LAS VEGAS - Back in the day, like 1973 to 1978, Jim Lange hosted 'The Dating Game.' It was a very simple show with a gal asking questions of three guys that were hidden behind a partition.
The questions were PAINFULLY lame but we watched every damn episode. And we didn't know it then, but some of the contestants, like Arnold Schwarzenegger, Steve Martin and Burt Reynolds, did kinda okay after that.
They Do It A Little Different Across The Pond
Over in England, they've come up with a little twist on the original 'Dating Game,' called 'Naked Attraction.'
The basics are kinda similar. There's a host, actually hostess, or, presenter as they say in the UK. There is one clothed person and six bodies behind different colored foggy booths.
The bodies and faces are gradually revealed through successive rounds, from the feet up, and everything, and I mean EVERYTHING, in between.
At each round, the chooser eliminates one naked person until only two are left, when the chooser also takes off their clothes to make the final choice. The chooser then decides which person they wish to go out with, and they go for a fully clothed date.
'Naked' has been running in England since 2016, and while they've had numerous complaints, there were no issues after a government investigation by Ofcom. They said that the show was purely a dating show and did not contain any sexual activity.
Mrs. Ecks-Rated walked past the TV as I was watching season FIVE and blurted out, "doing research for another column honey?" OH YEA!
I'm not a TV critic, have never worked for Rotten Tomatoes, and have no idea what the Tomatometer is, but this show is actually a SOOZE-FEST.
However, hearing that one of the Off-Strip casinos is toying with the idea of a LIVE show, and they asked if I would be interested in hosting. Hmmmmmm. Either way, YOU KNOW I'll be out there, probably front row, to give my millions a first hand, IN DEPTH review!!!
NAME, IMAGE & LIKENESS!!!
All the NIL deals have turned the college football world upside down, but we just saw maybe the GREATEST one EVER! It's a deal between some of the Iowa State players and the Iowa Pork Producers Association.
Myles Purchase is a 205 pound DB, Tyler Moore is a 260 pound TE, Tommy Hamann is a 260 pound DL and Caleb Bacon is a 240 pound LB.
The brilliant folks at the Iowa Pork Producers decided to line 'em up, facing backwards, and you have Purchase, Moore, Hamann, Bacon. Hope they make MILLIONS!!!
Greatest NIL Deal Ever: The Iowa Pork Producers Association have signed Iowa State football players Myles Purchase, Tyler Moore, Tommy Hamann and Caleb Bacon.— Darren Rovell (@darrenrovell) September 26, 2023
Purchase Moore Hamann & Bacon! pic.twitter.com/EnuyhI6uga
LOX & BAGELS!!!
Put some LOX on my bagel, and, in my bank account last Thursday night when the 49ers posted a 30-12 W over the Giants.
Back to this week's TNF game and we're gonna roar with the Lions. Detroit has been an absolute beast ATS, with a 14-5-1 record since the start of last season. Now they face a Green Bay team with a QB that is just finding his way as a starter.
Jordan Love has been just kinda average so far with a 53% completion rate, and with three offensive linemen questionable, the Lions are gonna be SWARMING. They had seven sacks against the Falcons last week, and should be able to pressure Love all night.
Jared Goff has been solid for the Motown group, hitting on almost 70% of his passes. Since taking over the chalkboard and losing his first game at Lambeau, Dan Campbell and his kids have won and covered three in a row against the Cheeseheads. Goff, Gibbs and Amon-Ra will put another LOX on the bagel and in the bank BAABBBEEE!!!
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...[email protected].