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Building a friendship $1 at a time

Updated: December 4, 2002, 5:50 PM ET
By Eric Neel | Page 2 columnist

The call comes every fall Sunday morning at 8. It's my father-in-law, Ted, on the other end of the line, and he's calling to bet the football games. We play four games each week -- he picks two and I pick two and we alternate first choice -- at $1 apiece. We've been doing it for eight years, since the first time I came home with my wife to meet her family, and over eight years, I'm up 11 bucks. It doesn't sound like much, I know, but it's plenty.

Ted's got a voice for betting. It's part ...

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