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Super Bowl preview 1/30/14: Ape predicts winner, mayor sparks Chile battle

Published On: Jan 30 2014 03:41:46 PM CST
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A Utah ape that has correctly picked the Super Bowl winner for six straight years is predicting the Seattle Seahawks will be the next NFL champion.
    
Erica Hansen of Hogle Zoo in Salt Lake City says Eli the ape ran into an enclosure Thursday and swiftly knocked down a papier-mache helmet bearing the Seahawks logo, signaling his pick. She says there was no hesitation.
    
That could mean bad news for Broncos fans. The 13-year-old primate hasn't been wrong since 2006.
    
Last year, Eli charged out and knocked over a papier-mache goal post decorated with the Ravens logo. Sure enough, the Ravens beat the 49ers 34-31.

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A friendly Super Bowl bet between the Seattle and Denver mayors is causing a stir in New Mexico.
    
If the Seahawks win, Denver Mayor Michael Hancock has wagered a few things he says are indicative of his city. Among them: handmade skis, a hoodie and a sampling of Denver's "amazing green chile."
    
Chile from the Mile High City?
    
The question has fired up New Mexicans, who turned to social media to extol New Mexico's long history with the hot peppers.
    
After all, chile is the state vegetable and the basis of the official state question - "Red or green?" Laws have even been passed to protect its spicy reputation.
    
New Mexico officials are hoping to set the record straight by getting green-chile care packages ready for both mayors.
    
Hancock spokeswoman Amber Miller says the mayor wasn't aware of the stir and that the green chile culture is alive and well in Denver.

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The Seattle Seahawks were focused on turnovers - creating them on defense and not making them on offense - at Super Bowl practice Thursday.
    
It was "Turnover Thursday" for Pete Carroll's team, an approach that has worked well for the Seahawks this season. Seattle's stingy defense led the NFL with 39 takeaways, a fact Peyton Manning and the Denver Broncos are well aware of.
    
Quarterback Russell Wilson prefers to call the 90-minute session "No-Turnover Thursday" for the offense, which doesn't want to give the Broncos any extra opportunities with fumbles or interceptions.
    
"Turnover Thursday" followed "Competition Wednesday," a game-like practice session in which the Seahawks run a live scrimmage that includes a play clock.

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Richard Sherman, Russell Wilson and Marshawn Lynch deservedly get the attention.
    
Jermaine Kearse, Walter Thurmond and Malcolm Smith are just as big a reason why the Seattle Seahawks are in the Super Bowl.
    
Seattle may have one of the better starting lineups in the NFL, but the depth that general manager John Schneider and coach Pete Carroll have amassed is equally impressive. It's the reason they can rotate eight different defensive linemen. It's why when Brandon Browner was injured and Thurmond suspended, Byron Maxwell could step in and the play in Seattle's secondary not suffer.
    
It's a regular refrain in the Seattle locker room to hear that the Seahawks reserves could be starters on other teams. And there is some proof: in the past year 23 players once with Seattle have spent time on the 53-man roster of other teams.