Vegas veteran Benjamin Eckstein, author of America’s Line, brings three decades of experience to make weekly picks in his ‘Ecks & Bacon’ column.
Here’s his latest selections:
Las Vegas – Just saw something that actually made me fall off my chair. For real. Tumbled over on my head and was staring up at the ceiling. Kinda obvious that I have been a stat & numbers freak for many, many years, but this one is just INCREDIBLE. And it’s all about Wayne Gretzky. No wonder why they call him the GREAT ONE. Of all the records that Gretzky holds, the 2,857 career points is virtually unbreakable. But the most amazing part of that number is, his career assists, 1,963, are MORE than ANY OTHER player’s TOTAL points. Yeah, NUTZ right. The ancient Jaromir Jagr just moved into second place on the all-time list, with over 1,900 points, and he is STILL short of the Great One’s assists. I am IN AWE!!!
Before we get to the massive college hoop board, gotta throw some Vegas your way. Tons of people come to my town looking to get married, and sometimes are just priced out. Well, we finally have the answer, and it’s Taco Bell!!! Yeah, you heard me, Taco FREAKIN’ Bell. You can tie the knot in the fast-food chain’s Las Vegas Cantina restaurant as part of its “Love and Tacos contest.” To enter the contest, simply tell what role Taco Bell played in your love story in a photo or a short 30-second video, and post it to Twitter or Instagram with the hashtag #LoveAndTacosContest. Starting March 1, fans will vote on their favorite couples, and judges will choose the finalists.
No, they have NOT asked me to judge. The winning couple will get free airfare to Las Vegas, a Taco Bell-catered dinner at the chain’s Las Vegas Cantina restaurant, Taco Bell T-shirts, champagne flutes, and a slew of other perks like wedding photography, a private pool cabana and a VIP table at Drai’s nightclub. For couples who don’t win the contest, but still dream of saying “I do” while munching on some tacos, the window is still open. This summer, couples can purchase a $600 Taco Bell wedding package and walk up to the counter and order a wedding right off the menu at the Vegas location. Yeah, that’s VEGAS, BABY!!!
If you’re not planning on a wedding this weekend, but are planning to open your wallet, here are a few little tasty appetizers. Jumping across the pond, we’re gonna try a three-team parlay in the FA Cup on Saturday, using Middlesbrough, Manchester City and Leicester City.
Then dribble over to the college hoop board, and take Miami-Florida over Clemson, West Virginia over Texas Tech, and UCLA over USC, as long as the line is less than 10.
Enjoy, and make sure to come back next week for some Daytona 500 action.
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 want a piece of Eck, hit his email…firstname.lastname@example.org.