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Rangers predictions for the Super Bowl

2/3/2014

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

Comment: "Omaha!!!!"

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."