Sunday, February 2, 2014
Rangers predictions for the Super Bowl
By Richard Durrett
It's become an annual tradition here at ESPN Dallas. We ask as many Texas Rangers players (some former ones too), broadcasters and front office folks who they are picking for the Super Bowl. Get ready for lots of Russell Wilson talk after the Rangers selected him in the Rule-5 draft in December. Here we go:
FORMER AND CURRENT PLAYERS
Tanner Scheppers: Seattle 28, Denver 24
Comment: "Cuz Wilson is a Ranger. And cuz Sherman is the best corner in the game."
Colby Lewis: Broncos by 10
Mike Napoli: Denver 27, Seattle 21
Comment: "Peyton MVP."
Joe Nathan: Seattle 27, Denver 24
Comment: "Just think Seattle's D is going to do just enough to hold off Peyton."
Mark McLemore: Denver 28, Seattle 17
Comment: "Peyton Manning is on a mission and won't stop until he wins this Super Bowl!!"
Kevin Mench: Denver 28, Seattle 20
Comment: "Tamme has huge day. Peyton goes out on top."
Derek Holland: Denver 34, Seattle 31
Comment: "Game-winning drive by Peyton Manning and also MVP. Should be a good game all the way."
Jason Frasor: Seattle 27, Denver 23
Scott Feldman: Denver 31, Seattle 28
Comment: "Beast mode will go off cuz he's from Bay Area, but in the end Peyton will prevail."
Michael Choice: Denver 14, Seattle 10
Comment: "Broncos win a defensive game."
FRONT OFFICE, BROADCASTERS
Jon Daniels, president of baseball operations, GM: Seattle 24, Denver 20
Comment: "Russell Wilson is the MVP. Does commercial: 'I'm going to Surprise, Arizona!'"
Ron Washington, manager: Denver 35, Seattle 21
Comment: "I think Denver with have a ton of weapons. If Peyton's receivers can get any separation, he will hit them. Even though it is against the best defense! Seattle offense is not very high flying."
Jamie Reed, senior director of medical operations: Seattle 31, Denver 27
Comment: "Love the whole Peyton thing, but Russell Wilson might be one of the best people that has ever put on a sports uniform. And the best D usually wins these games. Besides that, I grew up a huge Baltimore Colts fan, so I can never root for Elway."
Alex Vispoli, play-by-play voice for Frisco RoughRiders: Seattle 31, Denver 23
Comment: "Under-the-radar Russell Wilson hasn't said much of note the last few weeks. No one will be able to stop talking about him come Sunday night."
Greg Smith, special assistant, major league scout: Denver 35, Seattle 21
Comment: "Who can stop Mr. Manning?"
Don Welke, senior special assistant to GM and scouting: Seattle 20, Denver 14
Comment: "Excellent defense wins it."
Josh Boyd, director, professional scouting: Seattle 31, Denver 17
Comment: "I have to go with DangerRuss and the Seahawks defense finding a way to contain Denver's weapons in an easy Seattle win. I got Percy Harvin coming up big. John Schneider trade of the year!"
Mike Maddux, pitching coach: Denver 24, Seattle 20
Comment: "Peyton Manning's experience will lead the way to victory."
Nolan Ryan, Hall of Famer: Seattle 24, Denver 23
Comment: "That's not who I want to win. Go Denver!!"
Matt Hicks, radio broadcaster: Denver 24, Seattle 20
Comment: "Manning and destiny meet on the big stage. Plus, my wife is a huge Manning fan and I'm all for family harmony at the Super Bowl." (Smart man)
Emily Jones, TV broadcaster: Denver 34, Seattle 27
Comment: "Led by a stable of Red Raiders, the Broncos take advantage of ideal New York weather conditions and a lethargic Super Bowl crowd to deliver the Lombardi Trophy back to the Mile High City. The vaunted Denver O Line -- two-fifths of which played at Texas Tech -- doesn't give up a single sack, and Peyton Manning and Wes Welker -- another Red Raider -- team up for a new Super Bowl record. Guns up Broncos!!!"
Jake Krug, special assignment crosschecker: Seattle 27, Denver 24
Kevin Harmon, head athletic trainer: Denver 33, Seattle 24
John Blake, Executive VP communications: Denver 27, Seattle 20
Comment: "Broncos have slightly better passing game."
Mike Grouse, professional scout: Seattle 23, Denver 16
Comment: "I will be the worst. Spending every weekend with my daughter, I was only able to catch a few Chiefs games. Big Peyton Manning fan, but Seattle defense looks unbeatable if they score enough."
Brad Holman, pitching coach Triple-A Round Rock: Denver 28, Seattle 10
Comment: "Peyton Manning goes out with a Super Bowl win and retires."
Chuck Morgan, Public Address announcer: Denver 31, Seattle 29
Comment: "Moreno, Welker and Thomas led my Hillbillies to their second straight scoreboard league title, so I have to go with the Broncos."
Karin Morris, VP community outreach and foundation director: Seattle 24, Denver 21
Comment: "Not sure it will happen, but have to go with former Badgers QB (and current member of Rangers organization)."
Dennis Klein, head groundskeeper: Seattle 24, Denver 21
Comment: "Manning is not going to be able to sit in the pocket and survey his targets like he did in the New England game. Seattle controls the click and Hauschka nails one at the buzzer for the W."
Jay Miller, executive VP, Rangers enterprises, customer service and sales: Seattle 21, Denver 17
Comment: "I am a Peyton Manning fan, but I like the Seahawks to win it."
Neil Leibman, chairman, ownership committee: Seattle 24, Denver 14
Comment: "Russell Wilson a Texas Rangers MVP."
Matt Klotsche, manager, amateur scouting: Seattle 24, Denver 21
Comment: "Seattle D stops Peyton in the chilly weather."
Matt Vinnola director, baseball operations: Denver 31, Seattle 27
Comment: "With Elway, it would have been 56-27."
Tom Grieve, broadcaster: Denver 23, Seattle 13
Jim Colburn, senior adviser, Pacific Rim operations: Seattle 31, Denver 28
Comment: "A surprise score. Seattle pick-6 wins it."
Kellie Fischer, executive VP and CFO: Seattle 24, Denver 21
Comment: "I predict Ranger Russell Wilson's Seahawks win it."
Kurt Deichert, TV production: Seattle 27, Denver 24
Comment: "Everyone wants sentimental favorite Peyton Manning to beat bad boys Richard Sherman and Marshawn Lynch, but it's young Rangers farmhand Russell Wilson who steals the day."
Josh Frasier, bullpen catcher: Denver 27, Seattle 13
Comment: "Manning is too good this year."
Kip Fagg, director, amateur scouting: Seattle 42, Denver 10
Comment: "Big Seahawk fan. No question Seahawks win."
Steve Busby, TV announcer: Denver 27, Seattle 24
Comment: "Turnovers could flip the score, but Manning will make fewer mistakes than Seattle -- I think."
Mike Peasley, radio pre- and post-game host: Denver 24, Seattle 17
Comment: "Give Peyton two weeks to prepare and he'll exploit any defense. This is his year."
Todd Walther, advance scout: Seattle 24, Denver 20
Comment: "Coin flip, but I'll go with the elite defense. Most compelling matchup in years."
John Rhadigan, TV broadcaster: Seattle 24, Denver 22
Comment: "I am rooting for Peyton and the Broncos, but believe that Seattle defense will prevail."
Adam Lewkowicz, advance scout: Seattle 28, Denver 21
Comment: "Ball control and defense wins championships."
Joey Prebynski, assistant, advance scout: Seattle 20, Denver 17
Comment: "Physical play of Seattle secondary and aggressive pass rush slows down Denver offense and Russell Wilson leads fourth-quarter drive to win the game late."
Chris Lyngos, travel director: Denver 30, Seattle 23
Mike Daly, senior director, minor league operations: Seattle 24, Denver 17
Comment: "Texas Ranger infielder Russell Wilson takes the Lombardi Trophy over from former New York Yankee outfielder John Elway."
Bobby Crook, amateur scout: Seattle 27, Denver 24
Comment: "It's hard to pick against Peyton Manning, but Seattle's defense is that good."
Thad Levine, assistant GM: Denver 27, Seattle 23
Dr. Keith Meister, team physician: Seattle 28, Denver 24
Comment: "As much as I'd like to see Peyton win another Super Bowl, defense wins championships."
Todd Slavinsky, director of baseball information services: Seattle 24, Denver 21
Comment: "Marshawn Lynch runs for more than 100 yards and a pair of TDs."
Gil Kim, director international scouting: Denver 21, Seattle 17
Comment: "Solid Seattle defense trumped by a vintage Manning performance. Post-game interviews reveal Manning's reluctant, but honest prediction of a decade's worth of Vanderbilt-over-Tennessee dominance."