CLEVELAND - The art of tailgating has been mastered by many Cleveland Browns fans. They get to the Muni Lot early and begin to set up camp for what they hope will be a great day for football and the team takes home a win.
There's music, lots of food and, of course, liquid refreshments. I won't say alcohol because we know that's not allowed and Browns fans don't violate rules, they follow them. Right? Right.
Tailgating is a time to hang out with friends, and even make new ones as you walk around chanting, "Here we go Brownies, here we go!" It's all in the name of good team spirit. Right? Right.
But, what kind of spirit tells a man named Phil to dunk his head in a five-gallon bucket filled with urine? I have to ask, what made you do it? Was it all for the money, Phil? $450? Is that the price for you to do something crazy like this?
I watched the video and cringed when I saw Phil's head go into the murky, yellow abyss. It was awful to see. I bet the smell and potency of the urine made his nose hairs fall out one by one. People are questioning if Phil was drunk, high on drugs, or just coo-coo for cocoa puffs. I would guess you would have to be all of the above to carry out a stunt like this.
And here's another question. Who are the people who were kind enough to deposit their precious urine in the bucket so that Phil could carry out this outlandish act? Maybe they were the ones cheering Phil on to do the pee-pee dunk. I don't know.
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What I do know is that Phil is now an Internet star. He's beyond Cleveland. This has catapulted him into viral celebrity status. I mean, he doesn't even need to use his last name. He's just Phil.
Now, I'm sure he bathed himself in sanitizer and is praying he hasn't contracted some type of yuck-yuck disease from the urine he so willingly put his head into. But I have to wonder if somewhere in the back of his mind he regrets playing dunking for dollars in a bucket of the yellow stuff. Was it really worth $450?
Maybe his response is yes. Maybe his response is no. But at the end of the day, Phil will always be known as the Browns fan who stuck his head in a bucket of urine for $450.
They say fame costs. And Phil paid for it, in pee-pee.