It's been a week and the outpouring of Ice Bucket Challenges does not appear to be abating. Social media feeds of all kinds are still being swamped with videos of people dumping water on themselves in the name of a good cause.
If you'll recall, last week I reported on a couple of Raptors who had gotten in on the act--DeMar DeRozan and Kyle Lowry--and then tried to make some predictions on how other past and present Raptors would respond to the challenge.
And, um, we're still missing a lot of answers. So instead today we've got a ranking of the best Raptors ALS Ice Bucket Challenge videos to date. You can watch them all here.
First up, an honourable mention to Jonas Valanciunas:
As predicted, Jonas plays it real cool and barely moves in reaction to have a cooler full of ice water dumped on him. Also, I think he just called out Arvydas Sabonis in there. So now we know that he's got ice water in his veins as well.
Our second honourable mention goes to CEO Tim Leiweke:
This one evokes all kinds of conflicting emotions. We've got Amir Johnson as expected, humbly in on the assist. What a teammate. We've also got Leiweke showing great enthusiasm. But the symbolism is too powerful to ignore. It's Leiweke taking an MLSE-repped bath, his fire for the brand extinguished. You know what, let's move on.
Now, the Top Three!
3) Masai Ujiri:
Masai just squeaks into the top three for obvious reasons. At first blush, his calm non-reaction is nothing special. That is of course until Ujiri the 2013 NBA Executive of the Year, lets loose with a delayed, bugged-eyed shriek that defies description. I mean, that's Hall of Fame material right there.
2) Dwane Casey:
The highlight here is a three way tie between Casey calling out Landry Fields again to accept the challenge, Casey's prolonged and animated reaction, and last by not least his son crying out as he realizes he missed his chance to tip a bucket of water onto dear old dad's head. Casey eventually comes back to allow him the honour. You'd go to war for this guy.
And finally, for number one there really was only one choice.
1) Matt Devlin:
I don't even know where to begin with this. The suit? The socks? The lowered basketball net right behind him? Devlin's insistence on using his TV voice the entire time? His barely concealed contempt for Leo Rautins? If we were ever wondering about the answer to the question "Who is Matt Devlin when he's at home?" we have that answer now. He's this guy all the time.
And then his kids almost kill him with the bucket. This is a comedic masterpiece.