benjamin eckstein burger basket

Benjamin Eckstein’s Burger Basket


Just found out some very disturbing news. The PBR Rock Bar & Grill is leaving the Miracle Mile Shops on the Strip inside Planet Hollywood after 12 years.

“It’s absolutely heartbreaking that after two years of negotiations with the Miracle Mile Shops, we were unable to reach a new deal with the landlord,” Jonathan Fine, owner of PBR Rock Bar & Grill, said Monday afternoon.

“Although we had 12 successful years of growth with an incredible staff, the landlord has determined a Country Americana brand is not a ‘FIT’ for them at this time. As a company we are committed to our employees and the brand, therefore we are relocating PBR Rock Bar to a different location on the Strip. We look forward to the future as we transition away from the Miracle Mile Shops.”

So, for all you COWBOYS coming to Vegas, give it a few minutes and I’ll let you know where the PBR is gonna land. And just to be completely honest, I have never stepped inside the PBR Rock Bar & Grill, but I once rode a horse on the streets of New York City!!!

From Cowboys to HOOTERS!!!

Word is that Hooters just signed about 50 college football linemen to Name, Image and Likeness (NIL) deals. Not sure why linemen and not QBs or WRs, but maybe they’re looking to stock their restaurants with future bouncers. Not sure if they’re interested in handicappers/sportswriters/columnists, but I would NOT turn down an NIL!!!

Now, you up for a challenge? The folks at Public House at the Luxor Hotel in Vegas will serve you four massive double cheeseburgers, a basket of loaded fries and a 22-ounce milkshake. If you eat it ALL in 30 minutes, it’s FREE, and you get a souvenir T-shirt. But once again, you need to read the fine print. Below the glorious pictures of the burgers and fries on the website is a teeny tiny little advisory...

Participation in the Public Challenge is voluntary and at your own risk. By participating, you release Luxor and its affiliates from all liability and damages.

Now the only thing you have to figure out is how much money it’ll cost you for a visit to the emergency room.

If you just read that Kevin Durant is coming back to the Nets and saw their odds to win the NBA title have just dropped, DO NOT BITE! Just a note of caution to my millions of readers.

KD met with owner Joe Tsai in London and asked that they pink-slip coach Steve Nash and GM Sean Marks. Yeah, he wanted them GONZO!!! And now we’re supposed to believe that he’s gonna be a happy camper and help them win the title. No way. My odds on Brooklyn winning the title are NEVER TO ONE!!!

And now for a tease. Not a teaser, just a tease. I’ve been at the handicapping game for a few decades, and have had a blast and have been able to fatten up the wallet. DETEST calling any game a LOCK or a GUARANTEE, but will have a very TASTY pick for you in my next column that hits on Friday. PLZ c’mon back!!!

Benjamin Eckstein is a nationally syndicated sportswriter/oddsmaker. His column, America’s Line, with the Ecks & Bacon appetizer, has run in the New York Daily News and over 100 other papers since 1988. You can follow him online at He is beloved by most, when he picks winners, and detested by others, when he picks the occasional loser. If you wanna piece of Eck, hit his email... [email protected].