Wednesday, January 30, 2013

2013 Super Bowl XLVII (47) Prop Bet: The Gatorade Shower/Bath/Dump

Leading up to the 2013 Super Bowl XLVII (47) between the San Francisco 49ers and Baltimore Ravens, we'll take a look at Super Bowl proposition betting and all the fun, silly prop bets that surround Super Bowl 47 (XLVII). That includes proposition wagers on the Super Bowl coin toss, Super Bowl halftime show (Beyonce), Super Bowl National Anthem (Alicia Keys), Super Bowl Gatorade shower dump and much more. Follow along on the Super Bowl sidebar to the right and follow us on twitter for prop betting updates @stocklemonblog

We love weird sports traditions, but we love weird sports traditions even more if we're able to bet on those weird sports traditions. With that in mind, the postgame Gatorade bucket dump might be our favorite weird sports tradition of them all. Certainly, it's a Super Bowl prop bet that we look forward to every year.

This year, it's brother-on-brother crime in the Super Bowl, so if anybody has any insight on the favorite Gatorade flavor of the Harbaugh family circa 1980, now's the time to dispense that information. Barring that, we'll stick with the tiny electorlytes of knowledge we have on the subject and make our best guess based on that.

The prop reads:

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 
Orange 5/2 
Yellow 5/2 
Blue 13/2 
Green 13/2 
Red 13/2

Before we break it down, let's take a look at the recent history of the Gatorade Shower at the Super Bowl, lest we be doomed to repeat it:

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) 
2012 Super Bowl XLVI (46): Purple (Giants)
 
The breakdown over the last 12 Super Bowl Gatorade bath by color is as follows:

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

Interesting, then that Purple is not among the choices this year, nor is the option of "other." Not only did last year's shower end up being purple, but we've seen it just as often as we've seen Orange and Yellow, both at 5/2 odds this year, over the last decade.

Be that as it may, we're not taking purple, nor would we if it were an option. We're going with yellow, based partly on the photographic evidence above, partly on the fact that the Ravens dumped the golden shower on Brian Billick in 2001, and partly because we think the Gatorade in the buckets might be swapped out in favor of the piss of every living Harbaugh. However it shakes out, we think there will be yellow in both teams' containers this year, ready to douse Jim or John and possibly Jack.


Keep in mind, neither of the above pictures were taken this year. To our knowledge, neither team went through with a Gatorade dump after their respective championship games. They did, however, engage in some premature irrigation after various wins last season, giving us a little bit of insight to the contents of the cooler.

Other than trying to base this off past Gatorade results, there really isn't much rhyme or reason to it. A lot of times, the color dumped on a winning coach in the championship game will differ from that of the Gatorade dumped in the Super Bowl. Let's not assume that they're only drinking one flavor of Gatorade on the sideline, or that they don't also have water available (apparently much more so from 2005-08).

But we'll take this small sample size of pictures available on Google Images and place our wager on Yellow at 5/2 odds. No matter the color, we can say with confidence that a member of the Harbaugh family will be the recipient.