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Insider

A database of dreams

12/1/2010
Grant Cornett for ESPN The Magazine

Tom Stryker lives on a quiet block in Granger, Ind., a suburb of South Bend. He has
a buzz cut, smiles easily, coaches his 10-year-old son's baseball team and sits with his 7-year-old daughter when she has strep throat. A
baseball player at Indiana in the early 1980s, he's now in his mid-40s and needs reading glasses when he stares at his computer, which he does often. Because contrary to appearances, Stryker is keymaster for what may be the world's most valuable sports handicapping database.