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The Legend of Jimmy the Greek 

This film follows the career of Jimmy Synder, a professional gambler. He helped legitimize betting in NFL games by finding ways to give points spreads during pre-game shows. His demise was ... See full summary »

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Fritz Mitchell ...
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Jimmy 'The Greek' Snyder ...
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Rich Podolsky ...
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Hank Goldberg ...
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Robert A. Fishman ...
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Irv Cross ...
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Art Manteris ...
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Richard O. Davies ...
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Gary Paul Gates ...
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George Veras ...
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This film follows the career of Jimmy Synder, a professional gambler. He helped legitimize betting in NFL games by finding ways to give points spreads during pre-game shows. His demise was both dramatic and swift when he finally stepped over the mark. Written by glenchapman@ruraltel.net

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A Greek tragedy....
19 February 2013 | by (Bradenton, Florida) – See all my reviews

This was a very interesting episode of ESPN's "30 for 30" series. And, like the rest of the shows, it was very, very well done. Plus, it had a distinction of being one my wife (a sports hater) enjoyed as well.

The show is about the infamous Jimmy 'the Greek' Snyder--the color commentator with CBS whose dumb comments ended up resulting in his being removed from the air. However, there is a lot more to the man than this and the film is like a biography of the guy. Much of it, by the way, made me sad--as he didn't seem like a particularly likable guy AND you also feel bad for his life situation (such as the deaths of his mother and children). Regardless, it ALWAYS was fascinating and the show was excellent with one odd exception. Since Snyder was long dead by the time this film was made, they did something kind of stupid--having an actor who looked kind of like him in a few connecting scenes. Still, I could forgive this and the show is still as good as others in this remarkable show.


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