Monday, January 30, 2012

2012 Super Bowl XLVI (46) Prop Bet: The Gatorade Shower/Bath/Dump

Leading up to the 2012 Super Bowl XLVI (46) between the New York Giants and New England Patriots, we'll be taking a look at Super Bowl proposition betting, or more specifically, the fun or crazy Super Bowl 46 (XLVI) prop bets that you hear so much about. That includes props on the Super Bowl coin toss, Super Bowl halftime show (Madonna), the Super Bowl National Anthem (Kelly Clarkson), the Super Bowl Gatorade Shower dump and much more. Follow along on the Super Bowl sidebar to the right and follow us on twitter @stocklemonblog!

It's hard to pick a favorite prop among the now hundreds that you can wager on during the Super Bowl, but the Gatorade shower just may be the best Super Bowl proposition wager out there.

As you can see by the photographic evidence above, a clear favorite has emerged as as the answer to this year's "Which color/liquid will be dumped on the winning Super Bowl head coach?" prop bet.

This year, 2012 Super Bowl XLVI (46), is particularly unique in that it features the Giants, the team credited with the invention of the now commonplace sports ritual in a Super Bowl (sorry Harry Carson, the Bears beat you to it in a non-Super Bowl), as well as a former coach of that team who was on the receiving end of one of the first few Gatorade baths (yes, this is a young Bill Belichick with the Giants). Incidentally, the coach who received the very first of the Giants' showers went on to coach the Patriots to the Super Bowl in 1996, Mr. Bill Parcells.

Above, you see that both Giants Head Coach Tom Coughlin and Patriots Head Coach Bill Belichick have received Gatorade showers following Super Bowl wins, both receiving a clear Gatorade shower. The 2012 Super Bowl prop bet odds on the Gatorade Shower reflect that recent history:

Clear/Water... 2/1
Yellow... 2/1
Orange... 9/4
Red... 11/2
Green... 6/1
Blue... 10/1

Before we dive into what color Gatorade the winning coach of Super Bowl XLVI (46) will receive, we once again need to brush up on our history of the postgame Gatorade dump. Here's a blow-by-blow of the last 11 Super Bowl Gatorade Showers, all but two very notable omissions have ended in a sticky bath of electrolytes. Click on the color/team to see accompanying evidence below:

2001 Super Bowl XXXV (35): Yellow (Ravens)
2002 Super Bowl XXXVI (36): None (Patriots)
2003 Super Bowl XXXVII (37): Purple (Buccaneers)
2004 Super Bowl XXXVIII (38): None (Patriots)
2005 Super Bowl XXXIX (39): Clear (Patriots)
2006 Super Bowl XL (40): Clear (Steelers)
2007 Super Bowl XLI (41): Clear (Colts)
2008 Super Bowl XLII (42): Clear (Giants)
2009 Super Bowl XLIII (43): Yellow (Steelers)
2010 Super Bowl XLIV (44): Orange (Saints)
2011 Super Bowl XLV (45): Orange (Packers)

To break it down in order of frequency, here's what the last 11 Super Bowl Gatorade baths have revealed:

Clear - 4Orange - 2
Yellow - 2
None - 2
Purple - 1

The 2/1 favorite, Clear/water, was used on both of our potentially soaked Super Bowl head coaches in previous versions of the game. In total, it has been used four times, consecutively from 2005-08 and bookended by your 2012 Super Bowl XLVI (46) coaches.

Orange has taken the last two, hence the 9/4 odds, much better than last year when orange--despite having been used in the previous Super Bowl--was not even an option, instead a part of the 5/1 "field" odds which encompass any other color. Orange seems to have replaced purple, which made its only appearance when it covered Jon Gruden in 2003.

Yellow is another popular option, rounding out the top three, which are all multiple winners of this prop. Green, Red and Blue can pretty much be dumped out of your wager options at this point.

As the information above shows, the Patriots, despite their three Super Bowl wins, have only accounted for one soaked hoodie. Why? The answer is simple.

The first two of the Patriots' three Super Bowl wins came down to a last second field goal, preventing a shower at the conclusion of the game. Though the Pats still won by virtue of an Adam Vinatieri boot in 2005, the kick came with more than eight minutes left, allowing New England to finally douse their legendary head coach (and his dad) in a delicious fruit drink.

Since then, we haven't missed a shower, having this prop settled and paid out in each of the last seven Super Bowls.

One of those showers was given to Coach Coughlin in 2008, whose Giants prevented Belichick from the opportunity to receive another victorious Gatorade shower.

With all that out in the open, it's time for us to make our pick to the masses, eagerly awaiting the liquid bukkake about to take place on one very lucky old man.

We'll go with the favorite and take clear and the 2/1 odds. Considering both winning head coaches received the clear/water treatment following their previous victories, we're a little surprised to see the same +200 odds on this option as last year. Not to mention Coughlin also received a clear/water shower following the Giants win over the Cowboys to get them in the playoffs.

Now, if you weren't already amped for the Gatorade Shower:

The Gatorade dump is near!

We're back with more 2012 Super Bowl XLVI (46) Prop Bets throughout the weeks, so check back often for the latest updates and analysis on America's favorite pastime: prop bet gambling.