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Super Bowl 53 Gatorade Shower Prop Odds


You’re the coach of the winning team. You’re giving your first on-field, post-game interview and then it hits you, a cold bath of colored water. You’ve just been doused with electrolytes, aka the Gatorade Shower.

As a coach, you’re soaked, but as a bettor, you could really make some money by betting on the Super Bowl Gatorade Shower. This prop bet is one of the more popular betting options during the NFL’s big game because it appeals to novice and seasoned bettors alike.

A Brief History of the Gatorade Shower

Nobody puts Jim Burt in the corner. After a 37-13 win over Washington during the 1984 season, the nose tackle decided that he wasn’t getting enough playing time and was being treated unfairly during practice. While most of us would use our words, Burt used Gatorade instead and dumped the entire cooler of sugar-water on Giants coach Bill Parcells.

The Big Tuna would be doused with Gatorade 17 times during the 1986 NFL season. Luckily, the Giants won the Super Bowl that year so it wasn’t in vain. It was after this endless drenching of Parcells that the Gatorade Shower would become a staple of football games until the end of time.

Gatorade Shower Prop Odds

Since Super Bowl 35, only a select few winning coaches have escaped the Gatorade soak. Dark overlord and head of the Foot Clan, Bill Belichick (New England Patriots) was spared a shower after wins in Super Bowl 36, 38 and 51. Handsome John Harbaugh (Baltimore Ravens) also stayed dry following Super Bowl 47.

To quote Mike Ditka, “If you’ve never had a Gatorade bath, you haven’t done anything very exceptional.” Which is something the NASA crew that put people on the moon probably takes huge exception with. 

When MetLife Stadium in East Rutherford, New Jersey hosted Super Bowl 48, the frigid temperature of 49F did not deter Seattle Seahawks players from dousing Pete Carroll in a sea of orange Gatorade after they beat the Denver Broncos.

From 2007 to 2010, clear liquid – possibly watermelon/strawberry flavor Gatorade or plain old water – was dumped on the winning coaches. Purple and yellow Gatorade have been used in two showers since 2000, but it is orange that has truly shined as the color of choice for winners from the NFC. Orange Gatorade reigned supreme with Super Bowl-winning bosses of the bench Mike McCarthy (Green Bay Packers) and Sean Payton (New Orleans Saints) both being recipients of a carroty shower.

Since Super Bowl 35, the color of the Gatorade has only matched the team color scheme twice, with yellow being used on Mike Tomlin (Pittsburgh Steelers, Super Bowl 43) and Bill Belichick (aka the guy Cersei Lannister calls when she wants advice on how to be evil, Super Bowl 49) getting doused in a blue mess. 

Last year’s Super Bowl saw Philadelphia Eagles sideline sensei Doug Pederson drenched in a shower of urine-yellow Gatorade. Gross-looking, yes, but any time the Patriots do not win a Super Bowl, it’s a good time, no matter if the Gatorade-doused winning coach looks like he was on the receiving end of a rogue bodily function.

My Pick for the Gatorade Shower

Before I make my pick on the Gatorade color, I’d like to regale you with a quick tale. When I was interning at a magazine in New York in 2005 – remember magazines? – I went to a party and there was a rooftop terrace. To get to said terrace, you had to climb a ladder and go through a tiny trap door situation.

My friend and I go up to the roof and after a few minutes decide that we should probably go to Taco Bell instead. As we’re coming down the ladder, some guy drinking a jug of purple Gatorade decides he’s also going to go down the ladder. This is not a good idea because a) he is drunk and b) Fierce Grape is the worst Gatorade flavor. Anyhoo, the dude missteps and his Gatorade spills all over me and my friend. It looked like we had been barfed on by Barney the Dinosaur – remember him?

We did make it to Taco Bell but it wasn’t the most enjoyable experience eating a 7-Layer BurritoTM with sticky, wet hair.

So yeah, my pick for the Gatorade shower is NO SHOWER because having sticky, wet hair is no fun, and if you look at the historical data, you’ll see that NO Gatorade SHOWER has been bestowed on Bill Belichick (aka the guy who “frenches” his daughter after a win) three times.

However, this isn’t a betting option, so my wager is actually on CLEAR liquid because there’s a big chance the Patriots are going to roll over the Rams (BOO!) and Tom Brady is on a weird diet of alkaline-infused nuts and air smoothies and probably requested that, instead of Gatorade in the cooler, the team is supplied with oxygenated water from a protected stream in the Andes that only rich people know about. Plus, clear liquid has been poured on four coaches since Super Bowl 35, one of which was Bill Bellichick (aka Hans Gruber).

What Color Liquid Will Be Poured On The Game-Winning Coach?
  • Lime/Green/Yellow +250
  • Orange +350
  • Red +750
  • Clear/Water +160
  • Blue +400
  • Purple +1200
Odds as of February 3 (9:31am EST) at Bovada
Super Bowl Gatorade/Liquid Shower Results
GameLiquid ColorWinning Team
Super Bowl 35YellowBaltimore Ravens
Super Bowl 36NoneNew England Patriots
Super Bowl 37PurpleTampa Bay Buccaneers
Super Bowl 38NoneNew England Patriots
Super Bowl 39ClearNew England Patriots
Super Bowl 40ClearPittsburgh Steelers
Super Bowl 41ClearIndianapolis Colts
Super Bowl 42ClearNew York Giants
Super Bowl 43YellowPittsburgh Steelers
Super Bowl 44OrangeNew Orleans Saints
Super Bowl 45OrangeGreen Bay Packers
Super Bowl 46PurpleNew York Giants
Super Bowl 47NoneBaltimore Ravens
Super Bowl 48OrangeSeattle Seahawks
Super Bowl 49BlueNew England Patriots
Super Bowl 50OrangeDenver Broncos
Super Bowl 51NoneNew England Patriots
Super Bowl 52YellowPhiladelphia Eagles
Super Bowl 53