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LAS VEGAS — BODIES!

There is a fabulous exhibition at the Luxor Hotel here in Vegas called “Bodies the Exhibition.” You get to see 13 whole-body specimens and more than 260 organs. The “Bodies” people tell us that these real human bodies have been meticulously dissected and preserved through an innovative polymer process.

Human specimens on display illustrate health concerns such as cirrhosis of the liver, arthritis, smoking and over-eating. You can even find a healthy lung next to a black lung ravaged by smoking. Did I destroy your appetite? Sorry.

But for me, bodies is a WHOLE different deal. Sitting at my desk looking out over Lake Mead and the HORRIBLE drought has unearthed some unexpected stuff, like BODIES. So far, we have seen only three bodies and two old boats, including a Second World War-era landing craft. However, I have my high-powered telescope trained on the shore, and expecting to see some more history.

The first body was found in a barrel and was likely a murder victim who died from a gunshot wound. Thinking that we might find some REAL treasures as the lake recedes, like maybe Jimmy Hoffa, or even D.B. Cooper. For all you youngsters, Hoffa was the leader of the Teamsters Union and was alleged to have ties to organized crime. He disappeared in 1975 and his body still has not been found.

Lake Mead, maybe???

Then we have old D.B. Cooper, who skyjacked Flight 305 of the Northwest Orient Airlines that was bound for Seattle-Tacoma International Airport. After the flight took off, D.B. told a flight attendant that he had explosives and demanded $200,000 and four parachutes. They paid out the ransom and gave Cooper the parachutes. However, 30 minutes into the flight, he jumped from the plane near Mount St. Helens in Washington state. He was never found.

Lake Mead, maybe???

Odds on finding Cooper have to be like 100/1. Finding Cooper and the money would be more like 500/1. Odds on finding Hoffa are probably a little lower, like 30/1.

And the OVER/UNDER on bodies recovered from Lake Mead is 14.5.

These odds are all mine and not posted at any sportsbook, so if you want a piece of me, or wish to drop a few pennies, yell. BetBenj is ALWAYS open for biznezz!!!

Of course everyone is SALIVATING over the start of the NFL season/preseason/exhibition season, and while we are not interested in opening our wallet, here are some thoughts in case you wanna open yours.

Both the Raiders’ Josh McDaniels and the Jaguars’ Doug Pederson are first-year head coaches with their respective clubs. However, they do have history with other teams. Pederson has compiled an 8-8 preseason record, straight up and against the spread, while McDaniels is 2-6 straight up and 3-5 against the spread. Also, favorites in the Hall of Fame Game have covered 10 of the last 14 with two pushes. Hope that helps.

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.