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Betting Nation

How much sports gambling is going on out there? Odds are you have no idea.

Updated: July 28, 2003, 12:21 PM ET
By Peter Keating | ESPN The Magazine
You may not know much about LaBrandon Toefield. Maybe you've never even heard of the bruising running back from LSU whom the Jacksonville Jaguars picked in the fourth round of April's NFL draft. But three groups will be watching intensely to see how his rookie year goes: his family, his friends and the people betting that he blows up the NFL this season.

That's right. Training camps are just opening, and oddsmakers have already made Toefield a 50-1 shot for NFL Offensive Rookie of the Year.

Peter Keating

ESPN Senior Writer
Peter Keating is a senior writer at ESPN The Magazine, where he covers investigative and statistical subjects. His column, The Numbers, appears in every issue.

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