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LAS VEGAS — SUDS!!!

If you like a few brews, lemme direct you to downtown Vegas and the Able Baker Brewing Company. You can grab an Uber or Lyft from the airport, and punch in 1510 S. Main Street. The first question you’re gonna ask me is where does that name come from? Gotcha. The brewery derives its name from the first two atomic bombs detonated at the Nevada Test Site. These two test explosions were codenamed after the military’s phonetic alphabet of the time, making them tests “Able” and “Baker.” They have 31 different types of suds, from Test Site Saison to Atomic Duck. If you’re not familiar with Saison, it’s an ale style of beer that originated in the farmhouses of southern Belgium. Only one thing left to say, here’s looking at you, kid!

CHEATERS!!!

Someone did a survey about cheating and which cities have the most cheaters. OBVIOUSLY, Vegas was at the top of the list, No. 1 with a BULLET! And we’re ALL very PROUD! The rest of the top five, in order, were Denver, Seattle, Baltimore and Boston. The least number of cheaters, No. 320 on the list, was New York City. Didn’t find any cities on the list from Canada, but have heard that you should be real careful when you head to Moose Jaw!

BEWARE OF TRENDS!!!

We’ve seen this trend floating around the handicapping community for Week 1 of the NFL. It says that Week 1 underdogs who had seven or fewer wins in the last season are 128-89 (58.9%) against the spread. So, when you look at the board, there are eight teams that fit the mold. Both New York teams, the Giants and Jets, as well as the Texans, Jaguars, Bears, Lions, Falcons and Seahawks. Let’s see where we land.

WINNING TIME!!!

Taking a look at the Texas A&M vs Appalachian State game and gotta tickle App State +19 points. This team from the mountains of North Carolina KNOWS where the end zone is. They scored 61 points against the Tar Heels, and while the Heels do not have the defense that A&M does, 61 is STILL 61! Mountaineers QB Chase Brice was 25 of 36 for 361 yards and SIX TDs. They gobbled up almost 300 yards on the ground and Brice spread the love around to 12 receivers. Yeah, I know that the Aggies threw a 31-0 bagel at Sam Houston State last week. Who? Exactly my point. And lemme remind you that App State likes to get in the ring with the big boys. Not gonna get crazy, but will throw a handful of chips at the visitors.

TEASE ME BABY!!!

Oh yeah, heard that the NFL has a few games on Sunday. Can anyone confirm? Well, if they’re playing, we gotta throw out another winner for you. And it’s Eckstein’s FAMOUS TPTTT! Which as you all know is my ten-point three-team teaser. For those new to the teaser game, it’s easy. Take 10 points and splash ’em wherever you want. Here’s where I’m splashing, and it’s all about the DOGS. Taking the Cardinals and Kyler Murray from +6.5 to +16.5 points against the Chiefs. Bumping the Raiders up from +3.5 to +13.5 points against the Chargers. And closing up shop with the Cowboys, and plumping Dallas up from +2.5 to +12.5 over Tom Brady and the Bucs.

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 www.americasline.com. 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... ben@americasline.com.