Most Philadelphia sports fans know what the Pickle Juice Game is. The Eagles went to Dallas and layed a whooping on the Cowboys. Duce Staley ran for 201 yards, and the Birds cruised to a 41-14 win. That day, the weather was extremely hot, so the training staff had the players drink pickle juice throughout the game. It kept the players from cramping, and helped them battle the heat.
Now, it looks like the Flyers are the latest drink innovators in town. Puck Daddy, by way of Frank Seravalli’s article on Philly.com posted something about a slushie machine that the Flyers have in their locker room. Trainers add various supplements to help the players replenish nutrients. In addition, the coldness of the concotion helps players cool down their internal temperature. Problem is that the slushie machine is too big for them to take to away games, which means this just adds to the home ice advantage.
Will this become a trend in the NHL? Well, it has a better chance than pickle juice. Pickle juice tastes a bit nasty, and that makes it hard to convince players to drink it on a regular basis. But slushies are delicious. you can add all sorts of things to them and they’ll maintain their great flavor. Unless some players aren’t into sweets, I think this would be popular in any locker room. And the fact that it cools players down faster than other methods means trainers probably should start copying this.
Now I’m inspired to go to Rita’s!
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