BILLINGS — After a crushing defeat last year, ZooMontana announced on Tuesday that Ozzy the Grizzly Bear has retired from his position as Super Bowl prognosticator, and Sid the Wolverine has been called up from the bench for the big event.
"After his devastating, incorrect pick last year, Ozzy has had enough," ZooMontana director Jeff Ewelt said in a news release. "However, waiting in the wings, an unexpected successor; Sid the Wolverine. This important responsibility now lays in the hands….er, paws, of this unique, strong, and incredible resident of ZooMontana."
Ewelt said the ZooMontana staff consider Ozzy a winner as he enters retirement. "With an overall success rate of 75%, Ozzy secured his place in history as one of the elite animal Super Bowl predictors in the country," he said.
Sid will make his debut prediction on Monday, Feb. 1 at 9 a.m., choosing between the Kansas City Chiefs and the Tampa Bay Buccaneers who face each other in the Super Bowl on February 7 (you can watch the game on KRTV).
"Sid the Wolverine will choose between two patés, both made of a delicious meat mixture," Ewelt said. "The paté that is eaten first will be this year’s projected Super Bowl winner. Each paté will be identical, ensuring no favoritism. Ahmari, ZooMontana’s female wolverine, hates football and will have no part of this nonsense."