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Patriots or Seahawks in Super Bowl XLIX?

Super Bowl XLIX is just days away, and so-called "Deflategate" still is dominating the talk surrounding the game. No matter what, though, the New England Patriots and Seattle Seahawks will square off Sunday in Glendale, Arizona, with each team attempting to add to its legacy. The Seahawks are aiming for the first NFL repeat since ... New England, which won its second and third titles under Bill Belichick and Tom Brady in 2003 and 2004. Will it happen again, or will the legendary coach/QB combo get its elusive fourth ring?

Which team will win the Super Bowl?

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  • Which team are you rooting for to win the Super Bowl?

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  • Is Russell Wilson an elite quarterback?

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  • Which unit is better?

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  • Who is the better coach?

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  • If the Patriots win the Super Bowl, will you look at their championship differently because of the underinflated footballs situation?

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    Discuss (Total votes: 86,717)

  • If Tom Brady wins another Super Bowl, where will he rank among the best quarterbacks of all time?

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Shortly after Bill Belichick and Tom Brady denied any knowledge of the New England Patriots' underinflated footballs from the AFC Championship Game, we asked SportsNation: Do you believe the coach and the quarterback?

The early response:

However, this poll was placed primarily on ESPNBoston.com, meaning only a few cynics from Nebraska could overcome the wave of support from the Patriots' national following.

When the poll went wide, though? Things changed everywhere ... except one certain region of the country.

Haven't voted yet? Now's your chance -- no matter where you are.

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Unless you're quite the contrarian, you probably consider one of Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo to be the best player in the world, and the other to be No. 2. So, assuming you're in the Messi-Ronaldo camp, we ask: Who's No. 3? Click on the images below to rank the candidates!

World's Third Best Player

Sergio Aguero

Sergio Aguero

Manchester City/Argentina

Angel Di Maria

Angel Di Maria

Manchester United/Argentina

Zlatan Ibrahimovic

Zlatan Ibrahimovic

PSG/Sweden

Toni Kroos

Toni Kroos

Real Madrid/Germany

Philipp Lahm

Philipp Lahm

Bayern Munich/Germany

Thomas Muller

Thomas Muller

Bayern Munich/Germany

Manuel Neuer

Manuel Neuer

Bayern Munich/Germany

Neymar

Neymar

Barcelona/Brazil

Arjen Robben

Arjen Robben

Bayern Munich/Netherlands

Luis Suarez

Luis Suarez

Barcelona/Uruguay

Arturo Vidal

Arturo Vidal

Juventus/Chile

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Kobe Bryant may have passed Michael Jordan on the NBA's all-time scoring list Sunday, but former Indiana Pacers star Reggie Miller says that Bryant, now No. 3 on the list, doesn't come close to being the player Jordan was:

The quote came from "The Dan Patrick Show" Tuesday when Miller was asked which player was tougher to guard. Miller did add: "That is not shortchanging Kobe Bryant because he gave me my lunch pail, too."

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