The Gatorade bath has become as synonymous with the Super Bowl as the commercials. The winning coach is drenched in America’s favorite electrolyte drink – a celebration of winning on the game’s biggest stage.
It’s a unique tradition that has carried over to other events and is now one of the top prop bets for each year’s Big Game. Here’s everything you need to know about wagering on this wet winning celebration.
Super Bowl Gatorade color odds
Odds for this popular novelty prop will be posted soon at top US sportsbooks like DraftKings Sportsbook and FanDuel Sportsbook. We will update this section with those odds as soon as they are available.
Gambling on Gatorade – by the numbers
At the Super Bowl, the post-game Gatorade shower remains a tradition. That even includes betting on the color of liquid that douses the winning coach.
In 2019, FanDuel Sportsbook became the first legal US sportsbook to offer odds on the traditional shower. Here’s a look at those odds and five different colors bettors could choose:
Color Percent of Bets Price at Kickoff
- Blue +150
- Yellow +400
- Clear +400
- Orange +400
- Red +1000
Those betting ‘blue” cashed winning tickets when Bill Belichick was doused after the Patriots won.
At the conclusion of last year’s Super Bowl, Kansas City Chiefs head coach Andy Reid had orange Gatorade dumped on his head. “Orange” had closed at +400 odds at DraftKings Sportsbook.
Super Bowl Gatorade color history
|Year||Super Bowl Winner||Gatorade Color|
|2020||Kansas City Chiefs||Orange|
|2019||New England Patriots||Blue|
|2017||New England Patriots||None|
|2015||New England Patriots||Blue|
|2012||New York Giants||Purple|
|2011||Green Bay Packers||Orange|
|2010||New Orleans Saints||Orange|
|2008||New York Giants||Clear|
|2005||New England Patriots||Clear|
|2004||New England Patriots||None|
|2003||Tampa Bay Bucs||Purple|
|2002||New England Patriots||None|
What to watch for when wagering
Looking to place a few bucks on the Gatorade bath? While it certainly is more of a crapshoot than anything (unless the color is leaked by someone inside), taking a historical look might offer some insight.
Make no mistake, the Gatorade dunk has been good for business for the sports drink. The shower offers some nice prominence and the company has been an official NFL sponsor since 1983.
A quick glance at those colors since 2001 offer some insight into the favored colors. Here are the totals for each color since 2001:
- Clear – 4
- Orange – 5
- Yellow – 3
- Blue – 2
- Purple – 2
- None – 4
The two favored colors seem to be clear and orange. However, clear had a four-year run from 2005-08 and hasn’t shown up since then.
Orange seems to be an intermittent favorite through the years and might be worth a few dollars. Yellow has also been an occasional winner with blue and purple coming a bit as outliers.
The smart money says a wise bet would be on clear or orange with blue and purple as longshots. Those considering teams still alive in the playoffs, may also want to look at their previous Super Bowl and/or conference championship colors.
The Ravens had yellow in 2001 and the Seahawks had orange in 2014. Those might also be nice betting considerations should they make it to the big game.
A look at Gatorade popularity seems to offer a mystery. Why no red? As Delish.com noted in its recent rankings of Gatorade flavors, the red fruit punch is extremely popular. Yet it has eluded Super Bowl winning coaches since 2001 and red seems to remain a longshot.
History of the Super Bowl Gatorade shower
Legend has it that the Gatorade (or Powerade, water, etc.) bath tradition began in 1984. It’s believed New York Giants nose tackle Jim Burt was the first to think of the idea.
Burt felt he had been mistreated during that week of practice prior to a regular-season game with the Washington Redskins. After the Giants won, Burt grabbed a cooler and coach Bill Parcells got the Gatorade dump.
The tradition gained much more prominence two years later when the Giants won Super Bowl XXI. Parcells received a Gatorade bath for all 17 wins – the biggest coming after a 39-20 win over the Denver Broncos.
The tradition has continued in the Super Bowl as well as in numerous other sports feats and accomplishments. The Gatorade bath has helped celebrate wins in baseball, basketball, soccer, and numerous other sports.
Gatorade shower death?
One Gatorade bath stands out. George Allen, a member of the Pro Football Hall of Fame, was coaching the Long Beach State football team in 1990. The 72-year-old was given a celebratory ice water shower after the 49ers defeated the University of Nevada on Nov. 17 to end the season.
Allen had promised to turn the program around and the win over Nevada accomplished that. The 49ers finished with a winning record, 6-5, after three straight losing seasons.
That night the temperature was in the 50s with a steady wind. Allen was still drenched while giving post-game interviews and celebrating with players.
Afterward, Allen became ill and died about six weeks later of ventricular fibrillation. Many have credited the shower with his death, but his son later said Allen’s death was due to a heart arrhythmia.
It remains an interesting footnote in the history of the Gatorade bath tradition. The Long Beach State program lasted only one more season, finishing 2-9 in 1991.