The air was around 50 degrees, but the water was still more than cold enough to make Yinz Team Polar Bear Plunge III a worthy successor to the first two years.
We didn’t have as many jumpers this year, but we picked up
two three first-timers — fellow newspaper curmudgeon Arthur, Mr. PittGirl David and brand-new Yinz Teamer Mel.
And we had a ton of people come out to
laugh and point cheer for the swimmers as we all slogged through the mud to get to the muddy river.
And here it is — your annual look at Uncle Crappy in a bathing suit:
Afterwards, we headed to Ruggers, where the World’s Greatest Bartender — also known as AAA here at Uncle Crappy — suffered though illness to make sure we were all fed and, uh, hydrated.
And with yet another year of frigid New Year’s Day swimming under my belt, I still cannot think of a reason why I shouldn’t do this again next year. There is no better way to start a brand new year, and as Sorg says in the video: after the plunge, the rest of the year seems easy.
The pictures from the Mon Wharf all were taken by the fabulous Burgh Baby. Click each picture to go to the Flickr page for that image, or click here to take a look at the entire set. Thanks, Michelle.
Can we talk about the fact that the Mexican was the LEAST phased by the whole thing? He’s all “Cold? No hace frio, you wussies.”
Absolutely true. I even tried to hassle David about swimming — not knowing his intention to do so — and he just calmly started taking off his clothes.
I love Mel’s jump the best – as soon as she hit the water, she went into warp speed to get the hell out. It was a blast. Same time next year.
I think Mel set a record for least amount of time spent in the water.
Love love love!!
you guys all made it look so easy. i was afraid of giving myself a heart attack.
maybe next year i could be convinced…
The convincing will begin immediately. Dooooo eeeeet!
No! Im not gonna do that! Oh God you are so brave. I know the satisfaction that you get, but man, I just can’t do it. I wish I am as adventurous as you guys.