Super Bowl Gatorade Color Odds: Buccaneers Dump Blue On Bruce Arians
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UPDATE: The CBS broadcast did not show it, but per photos, the color of gatorade dumped on Bruce Arians following the Buccaneers’ victory was blue.
While the clock was ticking down on the Kansas City Chiefs’ victory over the San Francisco 49ers in Super Bowl 54, the eyes of many a bettor turned to the sideline in anticipation of what has become something of a Super Bowl tradition: The Gatorade dunk.
Since 2006, the Gatorade dunk has been a staple of Super Bowl bettors (although the tradition dates back 35 years), with plenty of analysis dedicated to trying to determine which color will wind up getting dumped over the winning coach.
Thinking about joining in on the fun? We’ve got you covered. Here’s everything you need to know when betting on the color of the Gatorade dunk for Super Bowl 55.
Past Super Bowl Gatorade Colors
When orange Gatorade was dumped over Reid toward the end of last year’s Super Bowl, it netted a nice payday for those who bet on it. Orange was +750 heading into last year’s Super Bowl, ranking behind purple (-137), yellow/green (+500) and red (+300) on the DraftKings oddsboard.
However, orange is actually the most common color dumped on the winning team’s coach, going back to 2006 and Super Bowl 40:
Super Bowl Gatorade Color Odds
Given the fact that the Chiefs are favored in Super Bowl 55, and the Chiefs dumped orange on Reid a year ago, it should come as no surprise that the color is favored ahead of this year’s game.
However, it’s worth noting that three teams have won multiple Super Bowls since 2006, and none of those three — Pittsburgh Steelers, New York Giants or New England Patriots — used the same color both times (or in the Patriots’ case, twice in a row).
The Steelers used clear in 2006 and yellow in 2009, the Giants used clear in 2008 and purple in 2012, and the Patriots went blue, none, blue in 2015, 2017 and 2019, respectively.
In terms of what bettors are doing with these odds in the days leading up to the Super Bowl, clear seems to be standing out. According to data from PointsBet as of Wednesday, 22% of bets have been on clear, checking in ahead of yellow/green (20%), red (18%), blue (13%), orange (13%) and purple (10%).
Is There Any Correlation Between a Team’s Colors and the Color of the Gatorade?
Despite its common usage, there has been only one Super Bowl champion since 2006 whose team color is orange: The Broncos in 2016. They used orange. The Steelers used yellow in 2009, and the Patriots used blue twice. Those are correlations.
However, including the Patriots (who use blue and red) and the Giants (likewise) there have been six Super Bowl champions since 2006 whose team color is red, and yet no winner has ever had red Gatorade dumped on its coach. The Chiefs joined that trend last year.
So if you think red is the smart choice because both teams in Super Bowl 55 use red as a primary color, there’s some logic behind it. But it’s not as obvious as you might think.
Where You Can Bet on the Gatorade Color
The first time the Gatorade color bet was available at legal books was in 2019 for Super Bowl 53, when it was approved in New Jersey. In general, getting states to allow the color of the Gatorade for bettors has been problematic.
Currently, bettors in those states can find the Gatorade color prop at DraftKings, FanDuel and PointsBet.