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The Buck Stops Here

Posted on March 24, 2015 at 4:42 pm

I learned a long time ago that gambling on sports is like trying to predict a jury’s verdict. Just about the time you think everything is crystal clear and the outcome is inevitable, something happens to completely baffle the senses and makes your prediction all wrong. Lawyers will tell you that you never really know what a jury is thinking until they render their decision. In sports gambling, upsets mean

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    Posted on March 3, 2015 at 2:50 pm

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  • The Buck Stops Here

    Posted on February 25, 2015 at 11:25 am

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    Posted on February 17, 2015 at 3:16 pm

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    Posted on February 3, 2015 at 3:47 pm

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    Posted on January 28, 2015 at 9:46 am

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    Posted on January 21, 2015 at 10:58 am

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