The Gatorade shower has become synonymous with winning coaches getting doused by their victorious players. Let's review this proposition wager and include it as one of our NFL picks.
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The first manifestation of the Gatorade dump took place halfway through the 1984 campaign when Giants defensive tackle Jim Burt decided to give coach Parcells a very public shower after a convincing win over their rivals the Washington Redskins. Big Blue claimed this as a winning ritual during their 1986 Super Bowl season when Parcells was soaked 17 times during that championship season.
We now see teams from all sports adopting the Gatorade shower and it is no longer the exclusive domain of the New York Giants. Since Super Bowl 35, held in 2001, only three coaches have been spared the super soaking and the Patriots Bill Belichick stayed dry in two of those three occasions.
Last season Belichick was not so fortunate as the Patriots snatched victory from the jaws of defeat when Malcolm Butler stunned the Seahawks and the entire world when he picked of an ill-advised Russell Wilson pass at the goal line. Bovada.com offered the following prop last season and its NFL odds:
All those who chose blue in their Super Bowl picks at 15/2 were rewarded when the Evil Genius was showered with the aforementioned color. The previous year Pete Carroll, coach of the Super Bowl champion Seahawks, was covered in orange Gatorade after beating up the Denver Broncos...or was it Orange Crush? Anyway, it's the color that counts not the brand and orange has proven to be the most popular choice recently with three of the last four NFC winners choosing it to douse their leaders.
Let's not forget that there may be no color at all as a clear liquid or water was the non-color of choice from 2007 to 2010. Yellow made an appearance in the Steelers Super Bowl 43 victory while purple was the color du jour at Super Bowl 37 courtesy of the Tampa Bay Bucs (yes, the Bucs were Super Bowl winners, imagine that?!) and again at Super Bowl 46, the choice of the New York Giants.
If you are a clever sort and trying to find an angle you might want to shy away from the Gatorade color coinciding with the team colors. That has happened only twice since Super Bowl 35 when Pittsburgh preferred yellow for Mike Tomlin and the Pats opted for blue for Belichick.
While I hate to bet the favorite one could make a case for orange this season as it is the most popular color and it was orange that the Carolina Panthers chose to shower coach Ron Rivera when they defeated the Cardinals to win the NFC Championship.
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