Thousands have answered the Ice Bucket Challenge.
No one who has helped raise awareness and/or money for ALS research by getting drenched with ice-cold water has had a sitting governor and NFL team owner do the honors.
That would be no one until Jon Bon Jovi. On Saturday, the legendary rocker, die-hard Patriots fan and hopeful owner of the Buffalo Bills posted the above video of himself meeting the challenge. His chilly deluge came courtesy of New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie and New England Patriots owner Robert Kraft.
Bon Jovi challenged bandmates Richie Sambora, David Bryan and Tico Torres.
Hopefully they will hold their cameras sideways.
Meanwhile, Red Sox DH David Ortiz responded to Trot Nixon's challenge.
Since the middle of July there have been more than 614,380 Ice Bucket Challenge-related posts on Twitter and public Facebook pages, according to Boston-based Crimson Hexagon. The posts included one of the following hashtags or phrases: #icebucketchallenge, #alsicebucketchallenge, #strikeoutals, ?Ice Bucket Challenge,? ?ALS Ice Bucket Challenge,? or ?Strike Out ALS.? Discussion of the challenge peaked on social media with a total of 262,107 mentions from 1 p.m. Thursday until 1 p.m. Friday.
In other Ice Bucket Challenge news Saturday:
Several members of the USA basketball team got soaked:
As did LSU football coach Les Miles, who met the challenge with a twist:
San Francisco 49ers QB Colin Kaepernick, who doesn't get cold, challenged Josh Gordon, Johnny Manziel and Drake to do the same.
Heisman Trophy winner and crab-leg fanatic Jameis Winston of Florida State University challenged his head coach, Jimbo Fisher.
And the Colorado State Football team joined the long list of people challenging President Obama.
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