Essay: Did Pete Rose Do It? What Are the Odds?

What Are the Odds?

The race is not always to the swift. The battle is not always to the strong. But that's the way to bet.

-- Damon Runyon

Since the celluloid Gipper has repaired to California and the call to win things for him has happily left the language, maybe it is not too impolite now to remember that the real George Gipp of Notre Dame was a low-life gambler who openly bet on his own football games and everything else from cards and craps to flies landing on sugar cubes. Gipp seldom attended class and only occasionally graced football practice. The sentimental writer...

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