Quote: "If you want a sure fire way to ensure you'll lose next year's football betting pool, this is the book for you."
That's funny, because I have participated in large NFL office pools every year for the past three years. I have won every single one of them by significant margins. My strategy? I bet EXACTLY on the spreads for each game, averaged using five or six popular oddsmakers. Every year there are people (probably like this reviewer) who tell me precisely why my strategy won't work. They tell me they've got the inside scoop on how certain teams play in certain conditions--yet every year I beat them all. The best part is, I know next to nothing about professional football. I simply have a respect for the law of large numbers and it's very obvious to me that I should continue to win each year as long as people continue refusing to believe that the oddsmakers are onto something. Lots of people provide reasons for why my strategy "shouldn't" work, but my winning record is pretty convincing evidence as to why it does.
I have not yet read this book, but if one of the harshest negative reviews is from someone who attempts to refute the book's premise with such an invalid example, I'm that much more inclined to buy it.