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Place your bets, except on Bill Gullickson
2007-03-16 15:00
by Bob Timmermann

Murray Chass of the New York Times wonders why if Pete Rose bet on the Reds every night to win when he was manager, he apparently didn't bet when Bill Gullickson started.

According to the Dowd report, which included a diary of bets that Rose made on Reds games and many others — it listed bets on 390 games over all, 52 of them involving the Reds, in a three-month period in 1987 — Rose developed a consistency of not betting on certain contests.

In particular, Rose stopped betting on Reds games that Gullickson started. If Rose bet on his team to win other games but didn't bet on Gullickson's games, he was sending a signal to the bookies he was betting with that he, as manager of the team, didn't think much of his team's chances in those games.

Gullickon's game log with the Reds in 1987 (via Retrosheet).

You can continue discussion of the NCAA tournament at the thread below.

2007-03-16 15:14:17
1.   Xeifrank
maybe his bookie was closed every 5th day?
vr, Xei
2007-03-16 19:32:39
2.   Gen3Blue
Since I know nothing of basketball, I really should comment here. To Pete Rose I would say something I heard your governor say in a film tonight to a terrorist who was hanging off a missile on said Govs. Harrier----"Your fired."

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