The Day Jared Lorenzen Told His Gambling Friends The Super Bowl Gatorade Color


James Lang-USA TODAY Sports. Pictured: Jared Lorenzen

The slowest sports betting day of the year deserves the best sports betting story of the year. It stars Jared Lorenzen.

Last week Lorenzen, also known as The Hefty Lefty, passed away. As a quarterback at Kentucky, he was the John Daly of football, a preternatural athlete in the body of a beer-league softballer.

At 300-plus pounds, he threw the ball, played wide receiver and ran the option, finishing his UK career as the school’s all-time leader in total offense, passing yards and passing touchdowns.

Lorenzen spent four years as a backup in the NFL, winning a ring with the Giants in 2007. But he was mostly synonymous with UK football. After his career, he  worked closely with the crew at Kentucky Sports Radio — Matt Jones and Drew Franklin.

This week, Franklin joined The Favorites to talk college football win totals, but when I asked him to share his favorite Lorenzen story, he dropped this doozy, which picks up at the 7:20 mark of the podcast.

Franklin: “We did a special football podcast which was Jared telling stories of his days winning the Super Bowl with the Giants. And I hate to tell on him here, but since he kinda said it himself, he might have gone over to have a look at the color of the Gatorade on the Patriots side and texted his friends what color to bet on that year.”

Millman: “No way!”

Franklin: “Then of course the Giants go on to upset the Patriots and his friends lost the bet. He was spying on the color of the Gatorade for his gambling friends.”

Millman: “He was spying for the opposite team.”

Franklin: “I think he told them both colors and they just assumed the Patriots were going to win. That is one of my all-time favorite Jared’s.”

Ours, too.

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