Move over, Tebowing. The #RoyHibbertChallenge, a new sports-related trend, has taken the social media world by storm, and it’s all thanks to Indiana Pacers center Roy Hibbert’s otherworldly Gatorade-chugging skills.
The trend began during Tuesday’s Eastern Conference Finals matchup between the Miami Heat and the Indiana Pacers. Hibbert, who stands an imposing 7-feet-2-inches tall and weighs in at 280 pounds, took a break from Game 7 to quench his apparently rabid thirst. However, a couple of sips of Gatorade just weren’t going to get the job done.
In a superhuman feat of chugging, Hibbert managed to finish an entire 20-ounce Gatorade in less than six seconds. Luckily for sports fans, The Gregory Brothers, a musical group, managed to capture the Pacers star’s feat on the Vine video app. In the Vine, Hibbert makes the bottle seem like a kindergartner’s juice box.
As news of Hibbert’s chugging skills spread throughout the Internet, USA Today’s For The Win blog decided to replicate the feat. After coining the phrase “Roy Hibbert Challenge,” FTW editor Mike and USA Today senior blog editor Chris Chase each tried (and failed) to finish their Gatorades.
Needless to say, Hibbert was not impressed by their efforts. “Y'all lucky I don't have any Gatorade in the house. Gotta go out n buy sum. Gonna post the vine later 2nite,” the 7-foot-2-inch star tweeted.
Before long, the Roy Hibbert Challenge had spread to the celebrity ranks. NBC talk show host Michelle Beadle attempted the chug in a Vine of her own, but didn’t get very far. “It was 2 cold,” she tweeted.
The Roy Hibbert Challenge proceeds as follows: Challengers are tasked with chugging an entire 20-ounce bottle of Gatorade within the length of a single Vine, which amounts to six seconds. It isn’t impossible—in fact, FTW has posted several successful Vines. Think you have what it takes?
Tom Barrabi is a reporter for the International Business Times. He graduated from Fairfield University in 2011, and has also written for Men's Fitness, Complex, GuySpeed, and...