Here is a roundup of SI.com's 10 most popular stories this week. Be sure to read to the bottom for a bonus story from the SI Vault.

Deflategate

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Deflategate reached its nadir on Thursday when Bill Belichick and Tom Brady gave lengthy press conferences on the matter, but we're still left wondering what was fact and what was fictionBy Michael Rosenberg.


Pass Perfect

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Monté Morris is the most reliable guard in the country, and may be able to drive Iowa State's offense all the way to the Final FourBy Brian Hamilton.


Draft do-over

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SI.com used its time machine to go back to May 2014 and re-pick the first round of the NFL draft. Knowing what we know now, who would have ended up whereBy Doug Farrar.


Dream dunkers

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The NBA's slam dunk contest is right around the corner, but the dunkers who would make this year's event the most exciting aren't the high flyers we've grown accustomed to clamoring forBy Ben Golliver.


Super reporters

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Three sportswriters have covered every Super Bowl. Here, they tell their stories about the most memorable games and how the event has changed over the last 49 yearsBy Richard Deitsch.


The real story

Fresno Bee

USC cornerback Josh Shaw infamously told a lie that quickly unraveled. Now, the NFL draft prospect must show NFL teams he can be an asset. By Andy Staples.


Midseason awards

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It's around the halfway point in the schedule for most NBA teams, which means it's the perfect time for SI's NBA writers to hand out some awards — and correct any bad preseason predictions.

The too-early Top 25

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It's been less than two weeks since the college football season ended, but we already can't wait for the next to start. Here's SI.com's best guess on what the Top 25 will look like when the 2015 season finally kicks off. By Martin Rickman.


Scherzer's big bet

The Washington Post

Former Detroit Tigers pitcher Max Scherzer gambled that he could play his way into a big contract. After turning down a $144 million extension from his previous club, Scherzer commanded a $210 million deal from his new team, the Washington NationalsBy Albert Chen.


Red Army

Mike Eruzione (21) of the U.S. wristed the winning goal past Vladimir Myshkin at Lake Placid in 1980.
Mike Eruzione (21) of the U.S. wristed the winning goal past Vladimir Myshkin at Lake Placid in 1980.
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A new documentary dives deep to show us the human side of hockey's greatest villains — the Soviet national teamBy Ben Reiter.


SI Vault: The Boy They Couldn't Kill

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This story — one of 60 iconic stories being republished, in full, in honor of Sports Illustrated's 60th anniversary — was published in 2012, 13 years after Rae Carruth conspired to kill his pregnant girlfriend and unborn son. The child has not only survived but thrived, thanks to the unwavering love of his grandmotherBy Thomas Lake.

 

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