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The history of the Gatorade shower color bet

For over 30 years, labor has been dousing management in liquids after big wins. So what’s the best way to make some cash on the tradition in 2021?

Head Coach Andy Reid of the Kansas City Chiefs receives a Gatorade shower on the sideline against the San Francisco 49ers in Super Bowl LIV at Hard Rock Stadium on February 2, 2020 in Miami, Florida. Photo by Michael Zagaris/San Francisco 49ers/Getty Images

UPDATE Super Bowl LV 10:17 p.m.: Bruce Arians was doused in blue Gatorade after the Tampa Bay Buccaneers won over the Kansas City Chiefs.

The Gatorade shower is as much a tradition in American sports as the national anthem and overpriced beer. But why do we make the head coach of so many teams smell like a candy factory after big wins?

It goes back to the Giants of Bill Parcells, who made The Tuna swim in a vat of the sticky, brightly-hued liquid after big wins in the 1980s and beyond. The celebration convention can be traced to Giants nose tackle Jim Burt, who drenched Parcells after a particularly rough week of practice in 1984. They kept the tradition going all the way through the 1986 season, where the G-Men ended up winning their first of two Super Bowls under the legendary head coach.

Now it’s done in all sports, even on basketball courts with very expensive flooring and potential injuries involved. But figuring out which color of the sweet stuff will be used is the gambler's goal.

Here are the latest odds on which color will douse either Andy Reid or Bruce Arians at Super Bowl 55 on Sunday from DraftKings Sportsbook:

Orange: +125
Red: +200
Yellow/Green/Lime: +300
Clear/Water: +350
Blue: +700
Purple: +800

Since 2001, here are the colors of the liquid used. Keep in mind Bill Belichick avoided an on-air dunking three times, as did John Harbaugh with the Ravens in 2013.

Orange: 5
Clear: 4
None: 4
Yellow: 3
Blue: 2
Purple: 2

If the Chiefs are the winners, the chalk would seem to be the play. The champs put Big Red in orange last season, and you would think the team would want to keep things as copacetic as possible after winning it all a year ago.

There is so much to be covered during Super Bowl LV, but for bettors they’ll likely want to track some reporters with binoculars in the press box at Raymond James Stadium on Twitter or Instagram. That might give a big upper hand on a prop bet that pays nicely.

Here’s a full list of Gatorade results and winner for each Super Bowl dating back to 2001.

2020: Chiefs, Orange
2019: Patriots, Blue
2018: Eagles, Yellow
2017: Patriots, None
2016: Broncos, Orange
2015: Patriots, Blue
2014: Seahawks, Orange
2013: Ravens, None
2012: Giants, Purple
2011: Packers, Orange
2010: Saints, Orange
2009: Steelers, Yellow
2008: Giants, Clear
2007: Colts, Clear
2006: Steelers, Clear
2005: Patriots, Clear
2004: Patriots, None
2003: Buccaneers, Purple
2002: Patriots, None
2001: Ravens, Yellow

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