Hockey: Why Bookies Have Ulcers

Even at 5-12 odds, it looked like the bet of the hockey season. The Toronto Maple Leafs, winners of the Stanley Cup for two years in a row, were shooting for three against the Detroit Red Wings. The Red Wings had all they could do just to finish fourth in the six-team National Hockey League. Their goalie, Terry Sawchuk, had 1) a pinched nerve, 2) a sick wife, 3) six kids and 4) a $100,000 liability suit over an automobile accident to contend with. And their star, Wingman Gordie Howe, was obviously slowing down. He would...

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