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What color Gatorade will the winning head coach be doused with at Super Bowl LIV? Photo by Erik Drost (Flickr).
  • Blue Gatorade was dumped on the winning coach (Bill Belichick) at Super Bowl LIII
  • Since Super Bowl 35, we’ve seen orange, clear and none four times apiece
  • Red Gatorade has never been dumped on the winning coach at the Super Bowl

The Super Bowl LIV matchup is set: the San Francisco 49ers will take on the Kansas City Chiefs on Sunday, February 2nd in Miami in the NFL’s Championship Game. One of the most popular props to bet on is which Gatorade color will be dumped on the winning coach. Let’s take a closer look at the options as Clear/Water is favored this year.

Super Bowl LIV Gatorade Bath Color

Gatorade Color Odds at Bovada
Clear/Water +160
Lime/Green/Yellow +250
Orange +350
Blue +400
Red +750
Purple +1200

Odds taken Jan. 19

Chiefs, 49ers Qualify for Super Bowl

It’s been 25 years since the San Francisco 49ers last won the Super Bowl. It’s been 50 years since the Kansas City Chiefs last won a championship (it was in 1969, before the AFL-NFL merger). Now the drought will end for one of these two storied franchises.

On Sunday, the Chiefs survived the Tennessee Titans in the AFC Championship to qualify for their first-ever Super Bowl. For a second straight game, the Chiefs had to dig themselves out of an early, double-digit hole to come back and earn the win.

As for the 49ers, they had a much easier time of things as they blew out the Green Bay Packers. The 49ers were in complete control of the game, earning themselves a cushy 27-0 lead at halftime before cruising through a relatively easy second half to earn the win.

The Gatorade bath has mostly been a tradition since Super Bowl 35 as that’s when the tradition and the tracking has started. Neither team has won a Super Bowl since then, so we don’t exactly have a ton of visual evidence to work with here.

What’s Been the Recent Trend?

Although some head coaches are able to dodge the Gatorade shower – namely, Bill Belichick has dodged it three times and John Harbaugh also missed out – typically, the winning head coach does get the sports drink bath.

Since 2001, the color of Gatorade has matched the team’s color scheme three times. We’ve also seen a trio of clear liquid results as from 2007 to 2010, we only saw clear liquids. Those typically translate to watermelon, strawberry or possibly even just water.

At Super Bowl 48, we saw Pete Carroll get doused with an orange-brown Gatorade after his Seattle Seahawks beat the Denver Broncos. However, as you can see from the patterns here, it’s pretty random.

Since Super Bowl 35, we’ve seen orange four times, clear four times, none four times, yellow three times, blue twice (once was at the latest Super Bowl, LIII) and purple twice. That really makes it tricky to handicap what bad to expect.

What’s the Best Bet?

We don’t really have a ton of intel to work with for either of the teams. With Andy Reid, we have seen him get a yellow bath in the past. With the San Francisco 49ers, we don’t really know but we have seen the franchise use orange when Jim Harbaugh last brought them to the Super Bowl.

Given the team colors, I’d go with yellow as it makes sense for both teams. Orange would be a close second but the Chiefs have some yellow in their colors while the 49ers have the gold, which is closest to yellow. Based on that, I’d go with the Lime/Yellow/Green.


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