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Super Bowl Gatorade Shower Prop Bets: Fun with Colors on Football’s Biggest DayBy Kurt Boyer
For decades, NFL experts maintained that gamblers couldn’t get ahead in the long-term by betting on pro football. Those who successfully beat the bookmaker didn’t want to crow about it in public in an era when betting was an underground taboo. Sportswriters and ex-NFL coaches who tried their hand at the sportsbook usually lost money.
“Old ladies with hatpins,” Paul Zimmerman would write in his column for Sports Illustrated. Dr. Z pointed to experiments in which people with no NFL knowledge would use hatpins or another random method to out-pick grizzled veterans of the game. Sure, it was possible to predict that the Dallas Cowboys,led by Troy Aikman, would likely beat the Buffalo Bills in the Super Bowl. But the precision of Las Vegas odds and lines, it was believed, made it too tough to predict for a living.
Since then we’ve learned that successful NFL high-rollers exist. Billy Walters made no secret of his riches earned on the Super Bowl, and the digital age has allowed handicappers to analyzeline-movement and public betting tendencies year over year. Any competent shark knows how to stay above 52% predicting wins, losses, covers, and the O/U.
Bookmakers fight back by relying on random chance as much as possible. When outcomes come down to luck, NFL gamblers are forced back into having coin-flip chances on everything, and better than 50% success based on skill is impossible. For that reason, wise Super Bowl bettors try to avoid speculating onpure-luck markets.
That’s where the Super Bowl Gatorade shower prop bet comes in.
Gatorade shower prop betting is Super Bowl handicapping with a casino (or a lemon-lime)twist. Great gallons of luck are involved in hitting the picksuccessfully. But there’s more NFL knowledge and forethought involved in predicting the winning coach’s Gatorade shower than you might gather on your first taste of the market.
What goes into handicapping a prop bet on the Super Bowl Gatorade shower? To get a better grip before gulping it down, let’s look at how bookmakers treat the ritual.
What Do Odds on the Super Bowl Gatorade Shower Look Like?
Gatorade shower prop bets are found on a Super Bowl gambling site with “moneyline”-style odds next to several color choices.
SB Props 🏆— FanDuel Sportsbook (@FDSportsbook) January 29, 2019
What will be the first Gatorade color dunked over the winning coach?
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The moneylines on Gatorade shower colors are comparable to Super Bowl “futures” odds available in preseason, during the season, and during the NFL playoffs. In the market above, imagine that the favored Gatorade shower color “Clear” is a Super Bowl favorite such as the San Francisco 49ers in 2020, taking January bets at (+200) or 2-to-1 odds. Blue’s “underdog” line, in contrast, is (+400) or 4-to-1. If the head coach of the winning Super Bowl team has clear Gatorade poured over his head, a prop bet on a clear Gatorade shower pays off at 2-to-1, while a blue Gatorade shower would pay off at 4-to-1.
Who won the 2018-19 Super Bowl Gatorade shower prop? Not those who gambled on the “favorite” and picked clear. Just as the New England Patriots had poured blue Gatorade on Bill Belichick after a Super Bowl win 2 seasons prior, less-trendy bettors wer
What Goes into Predicting the Super Bowl Gatorade Shower?
There are 2 common ways for odds-makers and bettors to try to predict the color of a Gatorade shower at the Super Bowl.
The first way is to take note of trends in the NFL’s preferred flavors of Gatorade. If a majority of NFL clubs prefer to drink a certain flavor on the sidelines during games, then it’s more likely that flavor will be dumped on the winning Super Bowl coach.
For instance, orange sports drink dominated the Super Bowl Gatorade shower for much of the 2010s, but had only paid off at a couple of Super Bowls as the colors seemed almost random. Whispers that New England players preferred clear-flavored Gatorade wound up leading to short prop bet odds on the uncolored brand in 2019…only to have the Patriots dump blue instead and win for the 4-to-1 “underdog.”
Another method for predicting the Super Bowl Gatorade shower – the “fun” method for NFL fans and pundits – is to weigh the Super Bowl appearance chances of various teams known to prefer specific colors of Gatorade.
Sometimes, those who handicap Super Bowl odds against a “silly” prop line can be more accurate than sports journalists in predicting not only the Gatorade shower flavor, but the match-up of the NFL championship itself.
Steelers vs Cardinals…and a Winning Gatorade Pick at Super Bowl 43
As the 2000s wound to a close, the Pittsburgh Steelers and Arizona Cardinals were each known to prefer yellow, or lemon-lime Gatorade during games. But while the Steelers enjoyed reasonably-short odds to become the AFC’s representative and win Super Bowl 53 in Tampa, the Cardinals were more than a 25-to-1 underdog on some betting boards.
Arizona employed an aging QB in Kurt Warner and manydoubted the Big Red could compete after several late-season defeats. But the Cardinals had been playing possum, and raced through the NFC playoffs while the Steelers beat all-comers to win an AFC title.
Those who had overlooked Arizona’s chances when placing traditional futures bets were out of luck. However, those enterprising gamblers who noticed how many 2008-2009 playoff teams preferred lemon-lime Gatorade and selected “yellow” on a Gatorade shower prop bet were guaranteed winners before the Super Bowl even kicked off.
The Steelers won Super Bowl XLIII with an all-time classic comeback that kept moneyline bettors in suspense to the finish. The Gatorade shower prop was a “gimme” though. Each club’s sideline was loaded with barre
Where to Bet on the Super Bowl Gatorade Shower
Prop betting on the Super Bowl Gatorade shower is available online at FanDuel Sportsbook to gamblers from New Jersey, Indiana, Pennsylvania, and West Virginia.
Sportsbooks have to have clearly-defined rules for even the zaniest Super Bowl prop bets. What happens to a betting handle when the Gatorade caper takes an unexpected turn?
What are the Rules on Super Bowl Gatorade Shower Betting?
What if a winning Super Bowl coach ducks out of the way, and avoids a Gatorade shower completely? Or what if a team invents a new postgame victory ritual and passes-up giving the coach Gatorade showers to begin with?
After all, the Gatorade shower at the Super Bowl began with Bill Parcells’ New York Giants in the 1980s. The tradition isn’t so old that it has to be followed every year.
Belichick has managed to dodge a Gatorade shower after a few Super Bowl and AFC Championship victories, leading to the question of what a sneaky bookmaker might say if gamblers on the prop bet chose the correct color of Gatorade but without the winning players managing to actually get any on the coach. Could a sportsbook refuse to credit the winning flavor of Gatorade if a team’s CEO is able to do-si-do out of the way?
Watch this space as Super Bowl 54 approaches. We’ll speak to the odds-makers at FanDuel Sportsbook, get some clarity on potential weird outcomes for the next Super Bowl Gatorade shower, and report the exact betting rules in regular (not fine) print.
The Hoodie knows how to dodge…no need to let bookmakers do the same.