I would like to acknowledge George Nemhauser of Georgia Tech, Michael Magazine of the University of Cincinnati, and an anonymous reviewer for their extremely helpful suggestions. Most of all, I would like to recognize my best friend and sports handicapper, Jeff Sagarin. My discussions with Jeff about sports and mathematics have always been stimulating, and this book would not be one-tenth as good if I did not know Jeff.

Thanks to my editor, Vickie Kearn, for her unwavering support throughout the project. Also thanks to my outstanding production editor, Debbie Tegarden. Thanks to Jenn Backer for her great copyediting of the manuscript. Finally, a special thanks to Teresa Reimers of Microsoft Finance for coming up with the title ...

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