New rules help define '09 playoffs

Originally Published: January 8, 2010
By Bill Simmons | ESPN.com

I finished the 2000s having gained surprisingly little gambling acumen about the National Football League. In fact, I think I got worse. My picks became so shaky that, when I took 10 weeks off to work on a book two summers ago, readers repeatedly e-mailed me wondering if ESPN had suspended me for massive gambling losses, then made "finishing my book" the agreed-upon-alibi (shades of "I have always wanted to play Double-A baseball" and "Elin acted courageously"). This wasn't true. As ...

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