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Las Vegas Expert Picks: All-In Challenge

Las Vegas Expert Picks: All-In Challenge

Vegas veteran Benjamin Eckstein, author of America’s Line, brings three decades of experience to make weekly picks in his “Ecks & Bacon” column.

LAS VEGAS — A bunch of folks in the sports and entertainment world are doing the All-In Challenge, started by 76ers co-owner Michael Rubin. They’re raising money for some PHENOMENAL charities, including Meals on Wheels, No Kid Hungry, America’s Food Fund, World Central Kitchen and Feeding America.

Guess whose package created the largest bid? TB12. Bidding for the Tom Brady extravaganza closed at $800,000!

What will you get for $800 large? Dinner or a workout with Tommy Terrific after his first home game with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. You’ll also score tickets to the game, his jersey and his cleats. Peyton Manning’s package brought in $525,000 for 18 holes of golf and dinner for 10.

A double date with Russell Wilson and his wife, Ciara, sold for $240,000. Meek Mill’s Rolls-Royce Phantom sold for $320,000. A game of HORSE and courtside seats with Magic Johnson at a Los Angeles Lakers game sold for $220,000. Golf with Bubba Watson and Denny Hamlin, and attending the Daytona 500 with Hamlin, sold for $200,000. And Eli Manning’s Corvette, which he received as the Super Bowl MVP in 2012, sold for $140,000.

Of course, I would like to jump in and create my own package, with all the proceeds going to meals for my local Nevada State Veterans Home. Since there are no major sports to handicap at the moment, I will invite you to my house for dinner on my patio overlooking Lake Mead. Sadly, my pool has a crack and needs to be replastered, but my next-door neighbor has offered her Jacuzzi (picture of the neighbor available on request).

It’ll be a little warm here in Vegas in the middle of May, probably mid- to high 90s, and we’ll also provide Neutrogena sunscreen, 100 SPF. Will also go into my super stealth, top-secret formula for handicapping college football, with a complimentary Bic pen. And to finish off the evening, you will be granted three hours of access to my Netflix account. Bidding starts at $29.99. PADDLES UP BABY!!!

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.