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"It's Your Dime" Episode 76 - Sports historian Paul Rubino

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Today on It's Your Dime radio at 5:30 p.m. CT, co-hosts Rourke Decker and Nate Koenig are pleased to be joined by sports historian Paul Rubino. Mr. Rubino has researched a number of issues extensively, digging back through decades of NFL history to come up with some surprising -- perhaps even controversial -- conclusions.

In this first installment of a two-part series, we will be examining Mr. Rubino's research into the importance of the running back position over time. In the early history of the sport, having a solid backfield was obviously of paramount importance. But is that still the case? Are running backs necessary to regular season and postseason success, or can fielding an elite running back actually hurt a team? Just how important is a "balanced offense" anyway?

A diehard Green Bay Packers fan from California, Mr. Rubino is a self-described gambler. He is famous among certain circles of Packers fans for two bold bets he made: He took the New York Giants over the New England Patriots in 2007 -- declining the 14 points -- and won a $450 bottle of Scotch by taking a Packers sweep at -21 pts over the Minnesota Vikings in 2010, despite what Vikings sweep of the Packers the previous year.