Need some new ways to bet?
You can scratch that itch a number of different ways leading up to the Super Bowl thanks to the Indiana Gaming Commission (IGC). This week the IGC approved seven Super Bowl prop bets that should provide some interesting action.
The seven bets the IGC approved are:
- Which player will correctly call the coin toss?
- Result of the coin toss: Heads or tails?
- Team that wins the coin toss
- Color of the Gatorade shower at the end of the game
- Super Bowl MVP
- Will a team use a flea-flicker?
- Will a player retire after the game?
Only one of the prop bets is based on an in-game play, while the other six happen before or after the game.
The most intriguing of the prop bets has to be the coin toss. While the coin toss has equal odds of showing heads or tails, the past four Super Bowls haven’t been kind to the coin-toss winner:
- Super Bowl LIII: Rams won the toss and lost the game
- Super Bowl LII: Patriots won the toss and lost the game
- Super Bowl LI: Atlanta won the toss and loss the game
- Super Bowl L: Panthers won the toss and lost the game
For the superstitious, that’s a bad run for coin-toss winners.
Picking the right Gatorade color isn’t quite as easy as it used to be back in the days when the stuff came in glass bottles and there were just a couple of flavors.
Despite all the advancements, the company still produces its original blend in green, orange and red.
According to a Sports Illustrated article from 2019, four of the past 10 Super Bowls orange Gatorade was the celebratory color of choice.
Here are the color results from the past 10 Super Bowls, per video evidence from last year’s game and Sports Illustrated’s article:
- Super Bowl LIII: Purple
- Super Bowl LII: Yellow
- Super Bowl LI: None
- Super Bowl L: Orange
- Super Bowl XLVIX: None
- Super Bowl XLVIII: Purple
- Super Bowl XLVII: Orange
- Super Bowl XLVI: Orange
- Super Bowl XLV: Yellow
- Super Bowl XLIV: Clear
If you’re inclined to bet based on color-coordination, you’re in luck. Each of this season’s remaining teams has a corresponding Gatorade hue:
- Kansas City Chiefs: Red
- Tennessee Titans: Blue
- San Francisco 49ers: Red
- Green Bay Packers: Green
Super Bowl MVP history
Super Bowl MVP prop bets tend to be a little easier to discern simply because quarterbacks tend to dominate the MVP discussion. Here’s a list of the MVPs from the past 10 championship games:
- Super Bowl LIII: Julian Edelman (WR)
- Super Bowl LII: Nick Foles
- Super Bowl LI: Tom Brady
- Super Bowl L: Von Miller (LB)
- Super Bowl XLVIX: Tom Brady
- Super Bowl XLVIII: Malcolm Smith (LB)
- Super Bowl XLVII: Joe Flacco
- Super Bowl XLVI: Eli Manning
- Super Bowl XLV: Aaron Rodgers
- Super Bowl XLIV: Drew Brees
Of the four quarterbacks left in the playoffs, only Rodgers has played in a Super Bowl. The Packers legend won the MVP in 2011, throwing for 304 yards and 3 TDs in a win over the Pittsburgh Steelers.
In the past 10 years, Brady is the only quarterback to have won MVP honors twice. Overall, Brady has won four Super Bowl MVP awards.