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Utah ape predicts Seahawks will win Super Bowl

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) -- A Utah ape that has correctly picked the Super Bowl winner for six straight years predicted Thursday that the Seattle Seahawks will be the next NFL champion.

Eli the ape ran into an enclosure Thursday morning and swiftly knocked down a papier-mache helmet bearing the Seahawks logo, signaling his pick, said Erica Hansen of Hogle Zoo in Salt Lake City.

"He made his pick without any hesitation," Hansen said.

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.

Eli's pick this year drew mixed reactions from his team of zookeepers that include avid Broncos fans.

"They are hoping that this is his first wrong year," Hansen said.

After he made his prognostication, Eli was joined by his mate, Eve, and daughter, Acara, and allowed to smash, play and eat the papier-mache helmets.

Hansen said interest and excitement about Eli's Super Bowl pick has increased as his streak grows. This year, people have been asking daily when he's making his pick.

"He's better than the Vegas odds-makers," Hansen said.

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paul February 01 2014 at 11:42 PM

looks like everyones' gone apey!

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Rocco February 01 2014 at 11:13 PM

Another myth

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lacracker February 01 2014 at 9:01 PM

Good job, Eli..I'm sure you are right again. Go Seahawks!

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JC February 01 2014 at 8:45 PM

His track record is better than mine.

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aquacenturian February 01 2014 at 8:48 PM

that ape could be the next president!

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Joan aquacenturian February 01 2014 at 11:49 PM

"If I had a son, he would look like....." said Obama. Sure wasn't far off, was he?!

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kempray February 01 2014 at 6:59 PM

I hope he's right! He looks a lot smarter than those clowns in Washington DC!

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pattycash39 kempray February 01 2014 at 7:08 PM

Now that is funny!

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Libratina February 01 2014 at 7:30 PM

I'm with him!!! Although, not an avid football fan, I did watch parts of last week's game and noticed that the 'Seahawks were younger, thinner and more aggressive' than the 49ers; when mentioning this to my son last night.....he said that NONE of the entire Seahawks team ever played in a SuperBowl until this year and Denver has Manning. Doesnt
scare me......I still think the Seahawks will win and 'cause a huge upset!!!!!!
Grandma in Vegas

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lacracker Libratina February 01 2014 at 9:03 PM

Go grandma. I am with the Hawks...12th woman.

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PATRICK DOMAN February 01 2014 at 10:04 PM

i hope he is right to go seahawks ...........................

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dodenton February 01 2014 at 4:54 PM

Monkey see..monkey do, my money's on Peyton how about you?

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bgatlake February 01 2014 at 4:13 PM

isn't that an orangutan ? but I will be interested in the final score

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