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Super Bowl XLVII: The Gatorade Shower

As soon as the Super Bowl goes final, the head coach is usually "bathed" in the tradition of the post-game Gatorade Shower.

Tom Pennington

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,, 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

Yellow 5/2 2/1

Green 13/2 7/1

Red 13/2 13/2

Blue 13/2 7/1

Here's the same betting option from RJ Bell of

Color of Gatorade dumped on winning coach ($100 wins . . . )
Clear: +$180
Yellow: +$200
Orange: +$350 [was +250 in early odds]
Red: +$650
Blue: +$700
Green: +$700

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.

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)
49ers dump Pinot Noir Gatorade. Ravens use Sunny D.
So, despite the grand efforts of my fellow SB Nation bloggers, it appears that there is no clear-cut way to predict what this year's Gatorade bath will be. Perhaps if there was a purple color, then Ravens fans could think they had an edge in figuring it out. Instead, the mystery continues and perhaps only the Gatorade people themselves only truly know the answer.

What's your guess?

Post your guesses below (only one guess per person) and the ones who get the color correct will have their names put into a hat and the winner will get a Ravens-related prize.

With that in mind, I don't think any Ravens fan will give a darn as long as it is head coach John Harbaugh getting the Gatorade shower at the end of a Super Bowl victory!