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Strength in numbers

From grocery shopping to gambling, it's always good to make a list -- that's why Bill Simmons is unveiling his first 2006 Power Poll for the NFL.

Updated: October 13, 2006, 11:15 AM ET
By Bill Simmons | Page 2

There are three strange things about football betting. First, it's not legal to make or accept bets from other people, but it's legal to buy as many scratch cards or lottery tickets as you want, and it's legal to gamble online. That never has been adequately explained. Second, it's not legal to make or accept bets from other people, but it's legal for newspapers to run the lines for every sporting event. That never has been adequately explained, either. Why run these lines if it's illegal to wager ...

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