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Super Bowl Gatorade Shower Prop Bets: Fun with Colors on Football’s Biggest Day

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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. 

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 were correct as blue Gatorade was poured over The Hoodie in February ’19. 

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 43 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 barrels of yellow Gatorade, and victorious skipper Mike Tomlin got a citrus-flavored bath after Pittsburgh earned a Lombardi Trophy. 

Where to Bet on the Super Bowl Gatorade Shower

Prop betting on the Super Bowl 54 Gatorade shower is available exclusively to in-house FanDuel Sportsbook clients in Indiana.

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?

Don’t be afraid to ask – “silly” prop odds-makers go through these scenarios all the time. For instance, a well-known sportsbook recently offered prop bets on Area 51 – if alien-artifact enthusiasts were able to “storm” Area 51 on an agreed date, then “Yes” prop bets would pay off. Of course, bloggers were quick to ask the sportsbook what would count as a “storm” of the USA’s secretive base in New Mexico. If a guy ran up and stuck his leg through a fence or past a “No Trespassing” sign, would that be enough to win for “Yes”? The bookmaker said yes, it would…even though the prop bet ended up paying-off for “No.”

Your blogger has spoken to the odds-makers at FanDuel Sportsbook, and gotten some clarity on betting rules for potential weird outcomes of the next Gatorade shower at the finish of Super Bowl 54.

Gamblers from the Hoosier State need not worry about losing their bets automatically if the Gatorade bath does not take place as expected. An assistant from the FanDuel office reassures us that “the wager is based on the color of Gatorade chosen for a shower, not on the shower itself,” meaning that if a victorious Andy Reid or Kyle Shanahan manages to dodge the rain of electrolytes whenever a group of teammates arrive with a Gatorade container in tow, the liquid spilled on the sideline (and not on the coach’s head) will still count toward a winning wager…assuming the right color has been chosen by a client at the betting board.

Furthermore, it is the established practice of sportsbooks to “push,” or refund all wagers if, for whatever reason, there is no attempt made at a Gatorade shower for a winning coach at a Super Bowl. Of course, that standard rule only applies when just the colors (including “clear” and not “no color” if the bookmaker is wise enough to avoid confusion) of sports drink are offered in the prop market. If there’s a prop bet offered on “no Gatorade shower” at 50-to-1 or similar odds, then the surprise lack of a Gatorade bath would not result in all wagers returned – everyone would lose except for the lucky souls who gambled on a total fluke occurrence.

Fanduel’s representatives at the Indiana location would not reveal their odds on each color of Gatorade getting poured on a winning coach in Miami. Perhaps they are concerned that if the numbers are reported in an internet blog post, authorities will think they’re promoting the Indiana sportsbook outside of its legal borders and boundaries. Or, since Fanduel’s online sportsbook has chosen not to offer the Gatorade shower prop bet in 2020 – at least as of Tuesday prior to Super Bowl LIV – the odds-managers may not want bettors from 4 other states getting excited about a certain number and then failing to find the markets upon logging-in to Fanduel Sportsbook on the web.

We can report that the odds on potential Gatorade shower colors in 2020 appear to be ironed-in across many gambling books and exchanges around the world. The gambling community is optimistic of a red Gatorade shower in Miami, given that the Chiefs and 49ers have each been spotted with “Fruit Punch” Gatorade in coolers on the sidelines since 2018. Bettors have been taking “Red” at nearly even-up prices, but Lemon-Lime is holding steady at between 2-to-1 and 3-to-1 odds.

While blog readers from Indiana may not find the exact same odds at Fanduel’s betting counter, chances are the lines aren’t going to be wildly different than those set by other handicappers.

Some bookies are covering all of their bases in 2020, including “water” on the list of potential Gatorade shower “colors.” In what kind of unholy circumstance would a winning team choose such a boring option as dousing the head coach with garden-variety H2O?

Maybe if it’s a boring NFL Title game with no touchdowns? We doubt that 2 such talented clubs as the San Francisco 49ers and Kansas City Chiefs would let that happen.

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