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  1. Week #17 - Bill Simmons is THE Stoy

    ................................SSSS........Bookie
    Bill Simmons............30 - 14........9 - 5
    Randall the Handle...19 - 10........5 - 4
    Cousin Sal...............19 - 11........5 - 4
    Football Outsiders....15 - 21........4 - 6

    Jimmy Johnson........23 - 20
    Frank Caliendo........18 - 17

    Not only does Bill Simmons lead the Swami Subjective Scoring System (SSSS) through 3 weeks but he has jumped into the top 10 of ...
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  2. Week #2 SSSS Standings

    ..................................SSSS.... ..Bookie
    Randall the Handle......15 - 6.........4 - 2
    Bill Simmons..............16 - 12.......5 - 4
    Cousin Sal..................12 - 9........3 - 3
    Football Outsiders.......12 - 11...... 3 - 3

    Jimmy Johnson...........17 - 12
    Frank Caliendo...........13 - 10

    Randall the Handle takes a commanding lead after an irrelevant two weeks in the Swami Subjective Scoring System (SSSS) ...
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  3. Pro-Line is For Amateurs

    Chad Millman’s podcast with Pregame.com’s R.J. Bell this week is outstanding. The discussion about the change in the handicapping process due to the Internet’s impact on the dissemination of information is very informative and, though I hadn’t heard of Bell before this, I would now listen to anything he says. Intellectual honesty has been found once again! The podcast had some very good thoughts about how an amateur should act if he wants to emulate the sharps, and Bell’s openness about ...
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  4. First Week's SSSS Standings Are In

    The results are in from the first week of handicapper tracking. I’ve added Bill Simmons, Football Outsiders and Randall the Handle (a Canadian handicapper) to the list of those being tracked. I’m open to suggestions for additional names. I’m looking for true handicappers, those who pick between 0 and 5 games per week, rather than people picking the entire card. First, that’s too much work for me to track and second, that’s not how a professional player approaches the gig.

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  5. Preliminary Thoughts

    Okay, here we go with the first non-introductory post in On Handicapping. My real goal with this blog is to learn some things about the process of predicting football games, something I think is very difficult. I won’t pretend I’m much better at it than the average bear, but I hope to be better at it after a few months of this blog than I currently am.

    I thought a useful start would be to talk about a couple of sources of good, independent insight in this field. I’m interested ...
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