LAS VEGAS --
Every team in every sport is making millions with the sponsor patches on the uniforms. The very talented PR folks at CamSoda are looking to hook up with the A's when they come to Vegas.
CamSoda, a leading adult company, is offering the franchise up to $16.9 million dollars for a jersey patch for the first season the team plays in Sin City. They're also talking about an official ‘Soda Station’ in the stadium, where the company can give fans an interactive experience with a bevy of gorgeous international models.
So, now when you go to the game in Vegas, and you tell your wife that you're gonna go get a SODA, it's a WHOLE different world. And if you're wife/girlfriend/partner wonders why you have been gone forever, just say the lines were REALLY long, and you met an old high school friend.
However, be prepared to give the name of the high school friend, and a few key facts about the friend, even if it's a DAMN LIE!!!
MUST HAVE INFO!!!
Bunch of Conference Championship games this week and there are some spread numbers that you need to have before opening the wallet.
On Friday night, the Conference USA Championship kicks off down in Lynchburg, Virginia, home of the undefeated Liberty Flames. But before you get crazy, gotta tell you that the visiting Aggies from New Mexico State have compiled the BEST spread record in the country at 11-2.
If you're looking at the Mountain West Conference title tilt, gotta throw out UNLV's spread record which is a gorgeous 10-2. And in the Pac 12 Championship Game, the Oregon Ducks check in with a sweet 9-2-1 spread record. They're not playing for the Pac 12 title, but there is no doubt that Arizona WILL BE going bowling. And when you see the matchup, tell your wallet that the Wildcats were 10-2 against the spread.
LOX & BAGELS!!!
Another SWEET win put Lox & Bagels at a very tasty 8-4. Gonna direct your attention to the Conference USA Championship in Lynchburg, Virginia.
This is Liberty's home field, the Flames are 12-0, they beat New Mexico State on this same field back in October, 33-17, and should have no problem wearing the crown.
That is certainly a distinct possibility, but in our world, the +10.5 point world, there's room for discussion. New Mexico comes in with a 10-3 record, but the Aggies work against the spread has been better than Warren Buffet's track record picking stocks.
They have covered TEN in a row and head coach Jerry Kill KNOWS how to get a team ready. Just look at what the Aggies did AT Auburn, upsetting the Tigers 31-10 as a TWENTY FIVE POINT underdog. State QB Diego Pavia was 19-of-28 for 201 yards with 3 TDs and ZERO INTs. And this is an Auburn team that took Alabama to the death, losing on a 31 yard Hail Mary as time expired.
We understand Liberty's 12-0 perfecto but the Flames NEVER faced a team like Auburn. Liberty Coach Jamey Chadwell hired a mariachi band after beating UTEP last week, and we heard that Bad Bunny might be waiting in the locker room at the end of the championship game. Liberty wins but the these Flames are not strong enough to cover the double digit spread.
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...firstname.lastname@example.org.