In the 50's it was James Dean. In the 60's it was the King himself, Elvis Presley. How about the 90's when Nike implored us to "Be like Mike," meaning, obviously, the great Michael Jordan.
Now imagine if there was a man who had all the positive attributes of those icons without any of their fatal flaws: a man who had the rebellious nature of Dean without the recklessness; a man with the charisma and moves of Elvis but without the drug usage and weight gain: a man who had the skills of Jordan but wasn't such a horrible and degenerate gambler that he would be forced from his NBA job and have his father murdered over it (allegedly). Well players, there is such a man - The Lead ManTM.
Not a day passes without someone asking Lead for advice. And the advice they seek isn't always concerning an NFL total. Often it's about how to expertly negotiate this 80 year fiesta we call life. They want to know how the Lead Man became so beloved. They want to know how Lead got to the point where everyone wants to hang with him. How the Lead Man seems to smoothly operate in any crowd and how to say all the right things at all the right times, just like LP does. In essence people want to win in gambling and in life. They notice that Lead is a champion in both, and they hope he will show them the way, so they can do the same.
Players, it all starts with the name. Lead the noun and lead the verb are one in the same. And when the noun gets a chance to verb one would be wise to pay attention. This past weekend provided such as case. As many of you are aware, the Lead Man was in SEC country. The reason for his travels was to attend an event that most of us will be directly involved in a time or two in our lives (some of you more often), and an event you will attend on numerous occasions. Yes players, the Lead Man is talking about a wedding. What follows is a public service from Lead to those who look to capture some of the Lead Man's magic. Follow the Lead Man's rules and you'll avoid placing yourself in the dreaded 90%. If you hit the 90% you've relinquished even the slightest hope of ever being at the Lead Man's level.
So, if you wish to make your way to the window of life, following the Lead Man's "Wedding Leadiquette" is a good start.
Look, at the end of the day people want good food, plenty to drink, and excellent tunes. Nothing else is required. Trust Lead again, they don't care what else is going on - they've seen it a hundred times. Hell, people aren't all that concerned there's a war currently going on, you think they care about your wedding all that much?
Each year the Lead Man's goal is to beat the 52.4% required to profit from the house. Perhaps if more Americans heeded the above advice from the Lead Man, the country's divorce rate would drop below that percentage as well.
A winning weekend from SEC country last week and The Lead Man is ready to string a few together. On to the picks:
This week is the toughest board of the year ILO. Last week we had seven total plays. This week there are only four games at press time in which the Lead Man sees value. Two of them are below.
Let's open it up with a PAC 10 battle between fellow gambler Rick Neuheisel's UCLA Bruins and the Cal Bears. Cal is hosting this one at Memorial Stadium. Both of these teams are having trouble with their aerial attacks. Cal can't seem to find someone to step up and seize the QB position. Last week the mysterious Nate Longshore completed under 50% and also gave up a pick 6. Riley hasn't been much better. They are looking to split time this weekend and Lead subscribes to the theory that if you are using two QB's, you really don't have one. UCLA is suffering themselves with an erratic young QB in Kevin Craft.
Cal's big weapon, tailback Jahvid Best has some shoulder issues, and may not be 100% the rest of the year. Bottom line players, is while both teams are struggling, neither one should be favored by 17. That's too many points.
Take the Bruins and the 17 points.
The Atlanta Falcons travel to Philly to take on the Eagles Sunday. Philly has been decimated early by injuries to key players, but after waffle stomping the ‘Niners last week they appear ready to roll. The Falcons have a big match-up issue, with a rookie QB, on the road, against a team that has been terrorizing opposing QB's in the early going, having already recording 17 sacks.
Matt Ryan has been a pleasant surprise early, but he'll have trouble in this tilt at Lincoln Financial Field. Brian Westbrook has also has had two weeks of rest to get healthy, and to make matters worse the Falcons young defensive backs are going to have to tighten things up quickly. With the Eagles being a nine point favorite at press time it looks like a clear chalk wager.
Don't forget players, "The Pipeline," much like the Eagles, is back at full strength tonight, with a 10:30 kick-off. Lead himself, along with host Brian McPeek will discuss any game on the board, talk some post season baseball and wonder aloud if the Cleveland Browns will actually kill a player in the next few months. We'll also have the radio bonus selections. So tune in and listen to the magic.