When the Baltimore Ravens won Super Bowl XXXV, head coach Brian Billick received a yellow Gatorade shower. Over the years, the color of the Gatorade that flowed onto the head coach has changed, but the tradition continues.
This year, the color of the Gatorade that will be dumped has taken on another angle - the betting one. As one of the many traditional and not-so-traditional proposition bets, you can wager your hard-earned money on everything from the coin toss to the length of the National Anthem to, yes, the color of the game-ending Gatorade dump.
For instance, according to the wagering site, Bovada.lv, here are the options and the accompanying odds, updated recently (for whatever reasons):
SUPER BOWL XLVII SPECIALS - What Color will the Gatorade (or liquid) be that is dumped on the Head Coach of the Winning Super Bowl Team?
Clear/Water 7/4 19/10
Orange 5/2 3/1
Here's the same betting option from RJ Bell of Pregame.com:
Color of Gatorade dumped on winning coach ($100 wins . . . )
Orange: +$350 [was +250 in early odds]
If you are trying to figure out what this year's color will be, ...don't. I emailed Gatorade to see if I could get some "inside" information, innocently inquiring what colors they would be providing to the Super Bowl teams on their sidelines. Here's their response:
We appreciate the opportunity to respond. The NFL teams have a variety of flavors available to them to meet all the player needs/requests. Each team is different and may choose different flavors than the other team. The flavor/color of the dunk will depend on which cooler is picked up at the conclusion of the game.
Thanks for your understanding, Bruce.
Gatorade Consumer Relations
A Division of PepsiCo
I asked the other NFL writers on SB Nation and got a few responses:
I don't know whether you go to Ravens games or not but I know the Saints ONLY drink orange Gatorade. I have the good fortune of sitting behind the Saints bench for every home game. And every game, it's ALWAYS orange. If I had thought about it at the time, which you obviously have, I would have put good money down on orange when the Saints went to the Super Bowl in 2010. And I would have won a bunch of money because I was right.Try and remember what flavor the team has been drinking through the season. Fooch, the same applies to you. I think you might have a better shot asking on of the players what flavor they use most or all of the time.- Dave Cariello: Canal Street Chronicles (New Orleans Saints)
Last 10 SBs:SB XLVI: Clear (Giants - on Eli?) - I'm not 100% on this one.SB XLV: Orange (Packers)SB XLIV: Orange (Saints)
SB XLIII: Yellow (Steelers)
SB XLII: Clear (Giants)SB XLI: Clear (Colts)SB XL: Clear (Steelers)
SB XXXIX: Clear (An AFC East team that shall not be named....)
SB XXXVIII: None (That AFC East team again)SB XXXVII: Purple (Buccaneers)SB XXXVI: None (Seriously, can someone from the AFC East - and the southern US - win one?)SB XXXV: Yellow (Ravens)-Kevin Nogle: The Phinsider (Miami Dolphins)
49ers dump Pinot Noir Gatorade. Ravens use Sunny D.-Levi Damien: Silver & Black Pride (Oakland Raiders)