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Monday, January 12, 2004
Updated: January 15, 7:32 AM ET
THE PULSE: Nation picking Pats-Eagles for Super Bowl


The polls are still open, but so far SportsNation thinks we're gonna see an All-American Patriots-Eagles Super Bowl, with the Patriots the pick to win it all.

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SportsNation still outsmarting ESPN experts
After two weeks, the NFL fans in SportsNation are picking the playoff games more accurately than the ESPN's panel of experts.

On wild card weekend, ESPN's eight experts were right on 80.6 percent of their picks, which is excellent until compared to the collective wisdom of SportsNation -- the Nation was perfect, correctly picking the Titans, Panthers, Packers and Colts to win.

The next weekend, the ESPN experts got the better of SportsNation. While the experts hit on 59.4 percent of their picks, the Nation was 50-50, narrowly missing on the two overtime games (for the late Sunday game, 50.7 percent of SportsNation picked the Pack, while 49.3 percent had the Eagles winning).

Overall, SportsNation leads the experts 75.0 to 69.8 percent. It's still anyone's ballgame.

Week 1 predictions: Experts | SportsNation
Week 2 predictions: Experts | SportsNation

Rose popularity takes another hit
Pete Rose
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Last Wednesday, we reported that Pete Rose's revelations that he had bet on baseball, including Cincinnati Reds games, had hurt his standing with fans.

The news is only getting worse for Rose. In our most recent SportsNation polling, which began immediately after Rose's interview on ABC's Primetime Live, only 53 percent of sports fans believe Pete Rose should be in the Hall of Fame. That's down from 84 percent in July 2002. And only 23 percent believe he should be allowed to manage in the major leagues, down from 65 percent just five months ago.

Big deal? Well, if Rose's Hall of Fame campaign rests on his public popularity, his smooth sailing to Cooperstown may have hit the perfect storm: his time is running out to be selected by the baseball writers, many of the writers been turned off by his recent behavior, and the public no longer seems to be on his side. All of which may open the door to Bud Selig leaving the door closed.

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    SportsNation likes Wings to skate away with Cup
    In SportsNation polling on the major NHL awards, including the big one (the Stanley Cup, baby), a plurality of SportsNation's hockey fans have installed the Detroit Red Wings as favorites to win it all over the New Jersey Devils. But more than 60 percent say that the Wings won't win.

    Other midseason winners: Ilya Kovalchuk (Hart Trophy), Martin Brodeur (Vezina Trophy), Rob Blake (Norris Trophy), Bob Hartley (Adams Award), and Joni Pitkanen (Calder Trophy).

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