Here are some of the Super Bowl stories making headlines around the nation today:
ANIMALS PICK THE SUPER BOWL
It’s hard to keep up with the increasing number of animals being asked to select the winner of the Super Bowl. Here are a few of the latest:
–Eli the ape of the Hogle Zoo in Salt Lake City picked the Seattle Seahawks by knocking down a papier-mache helmet with the team’s logo. Eli has picked the Super Bowl winner for six straight years.
– Buffett the “psychic” manatee, who lives at the Mote Marine Laboratory in Sarasota, Fla., picked the Denver Broncos. Buffet, who weighs 1,800 pounds, has also correctly picked the winner for six years straight. Buffett’s “psychic” half-brother, named Hugh, went the other way and picked Seattle. But his record is only 4-2 over the same time period.
– Ozzy the grizzly bear, who lives at ZooMontana, chose a peanut butter and banana cake with the Bronco’s logo. “He licked the Broncos cake, sniffed and licked the Seattle Seahawks cake, and then settled on the Broncos cake,” reports the Billings Gazette.
– Teddy Bear, a porcupine with a Dallas-based wildlife education company, picked the Seahawks. He has been correct the last two Super Bowls.
PAUL ALLEN’S SUPER PROFITS
Buying the Seattle Seahawks has proven to be a better investment for owner Paul Allen than his old company — Microsoft.
Allen bought the team in 1997 and has increased his investment by about six times, Bloomberg News reports.
By comparison, Microsoft’s shares have increased by a little more than two times during the same time period.
The team is now worth $1.25 billion, according to data compiled by Bloomberg.
“It’s a jewel of an asset,” said Steve Patterson, athletic director at the University of Texas and previously a sports-business consultant to National Football League owners, including Allen.
DENVER AND SEATTLE FANS HIT NY/NJ
Fans from Denver and Seattle are arriving in the New York-New Jersey area for the game — and a little vacation time.
Seattle fans are flying in from Washington and “all points Puget Sound,” reports the Seattle Times.
“Call it 12th Man meets the Big Apple,” said the Seattle Times’ Jack Broom.
“I’ve never been to New York before, and I just took my first subway ride,” Rod Briggs, 48, of Seattle, told the paper. “It was awesome.”
APPLES AND TROUT FOR THE WINNERS
There are plenty of Super Bowl bets between Denver and Seattle institutions. Now, two zoos have gotten in on the betting.
The Denver Zoo and the Woodland Park Zoo in Seattle have their own Super Bowl wager, the Denver Post reports.
“If the Broncos win, a curator from Woodland Park Zoo in Seattle will hand deliver a case of Washington apples to Denver Zoo’s Przewalski’s horses and spend a day working with the horses and elephants wearing a Bronco jersey,” writes the Denver Post’s Ryan Parker. “If the Seahawks win, the Denver Zoo Curator of Birds John Azua will take a case of trout to Woodland Park Zoo for its sea eagles and spend a day working with the zoo’s animals while sporting a Seahawk jersey.”