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"It's Your Dime" Episode 83 - Sports historian Paul Rubino

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We are pleased to be joined yet again 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. Last week, we examined the importance of the running back position over time. This week will be looking at the importance of defense in winning championships.

It is a common truism that offense wins games, but defense wins championships. Do these numbers hold up to scrutiny, or is it one of those old-fashioned tropes that no longer applies?

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. He was also ahead of his time in correctly predicting the decline of importance to the running back position several years ago.