• Monday, May 18, 2020

Las Vegas - That's MY GUY on the right. He was a key part of the GREATEST GENERATION, but never talked about it, like most of those HEROES who fortunate enough to come back home. Those men and women just went to fight a monster, didn't even have to be asked, just went, then came back, raised families and kept everything jammed up inside. Until I decided to drag all the stories out of him while we were laying around in bed after he would come home from work. Think that I was in college and he was working in a funeral home. The one story that was burned into my brain was the time Staff Sergeant Eckstein and his brigade were island hopping in the Pacific, bringing supplies to the other soldiers. The front of his boat was hit by a Kamikaze, Dad was in the back. Many died but they kept moving, and NEVER stopped till the enemy was toast. He left for his next adventure in 1992, but really NEVER left. With TEARS OF LOVE & GRATITUDE, Happy Birthday DAD. And sorry for almost ripping your ear off!!!

Now, lets make some money. Even though they might be playing in an empty stadium, or, in front of cardboard cutouts, the German Bundesliga is back. Real pros, playing REAL games, that you can REALLY bet on. Got Bayer 04 Leverkusen vs. SV Werder Bremen. You might be familiar with the name Bayer, since you probably have their aspirin in your medicine cabinet. Maybe their Alka-seltzer. Maybe their Claritin. If you don't follow the Bundesliga, I'll tell you that Leverkusen is sitting in the five hole with 47 points. They have 14 wins, 5 draws and 6 losses, just a few points out of the 4th slot, which would put them in the UEFA Champions League next season. The Company's Eleven, yea, cool nickname, have scored 45 goals, allowed 30, for a +15 differential. Bremen, which is based in the Free Hanseatic City of Bremen, NO IDEA what that means, and not even gonna ask Siri, is sitting at the bottom of the table, actually next to last, with just 18 points. The River Islanders have scored only 27 goals, allowed 55, for a WHOPPING -28 differential, which IS the WORST in the league. In case you're wondering, Werder was founded in 1899 by a group of 16-year-old students who had won a football, after they were victorious in a tug of war tournament. The Islanders have dropped six in a row at home overall. And if you need any more ammo, Werder has been outscored 12-0 in its last four at home. That's TWELVE to a FREAKIN' DONUT!!! Depending on where you shop, Leverkusen is anywhere from a -$145 favorite to -$150, and there's just one thing left to say. This IS my BEST BET BAABBEEE!!!