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Matchup Selection W/L
NCAA-F  |  Oct 16, 2021
Purdue vs. Iowa
Purdue
+11½ -107
  at  PINNACLE
started

My free play is on Purdue at 3:30 ET.

This season is looking like it might be a special one for Iowa and that's saying something. Kirk Ferentz arrived in Iowa City way back in 1999 and after going 1-10 and 3-9 in his first two seasons, has been a steady, consistent winner. The Hawkeyes opened 2020 with back-to-back losses (by 4 points and one point) but then won SIX in a row, going 5-1 ATS with an average MOV of 21.8 PPG. Iowa earned an 18th bowl bid under Ferentz in 2020 but the Music City Bowl was canceled due to COVID. Iowa has opened 6-0 (3-0 in the Big Ten) and has already defeated three ranked opponents, No. 17 Indiana, No. 9 Iowa State and No. 4 Penn State. The Hawkeyes rallied past the Nittany Lions 23-20 last Saturday, as QB Spencer Petras found Nico Ragaini with a 44-yard touchdown pass with 6:26 remaining. Iowa has won 12 games in a row (10-2 ATS) and has captured NINE straight contests against Big Ten opponents. This past Sunday, the Hawkeyes rose to No. 2 in the AP poll, the school's highest ranking since being No. 1 back in 1985.

Jeff Brohm became a 'hot' coaching commodity by leading Western Ky to a 30-10 record in three seasons and then moved on to Purdue. The Boilermakers went 6-6 in each of his first two seasons, winning a bowl game the first season (7-6) and losing the following season (6-7). Purdue fell to 4-6 in 2019 and was 2-4 in "The Year of COVID" in 2020. Purdue (3-2, 1-1 in Big Ten) has scored just 13 points in each of its last three games. Two of those contests were losses, including a 20-13 home defeat to Minnesota on Oct 2 in its most recent game. The Boilermakers outgained the Golden Gophers 448-294 but were doomed by mistakes, allowing four sacks and committing two turnovers in the red zone. Purdue also lost 27-13 at Notre Dame on Sep 18.

Iowa QB Petras can be shaky but he's completing 60.7% for 1,138 yards with nine TDs and most importantly, only two INTs. RB Goodson has 518 yards on 4.2 YPC with 5 TDs for a running attack that is pretty mediocre, averaging 123.3 YPG (99th). However, it's Kirk Ferentz's defense that ranks fourth in the nation (and first in the Big Ten) in scoring defense (13.0 PPG) on 274.0 YPG (7th). The team's ability to force turnovers has become a big story, as Iowa leads the nation in turnovers forced (20), interceptions (16) and turnover margin (+15). not a bad trifecta!

Purdue comes to Iowa City and could stick with Aidan O'Connell. He started at QB in place of the inconsistent Jack Plummer and went 33 of 51 for 357 yards with a touchdown and an interception in the loss to Minnesota. However, Plummer has completed 69.5% with seven TDs and no INTs. We'll see. Either way, WR David Bell (six catches for 120 yards) topped 2,000 yards receiving for his career and certainly will be a focus of the Hawkeyes' defensive game plan. Iowa won't be too worried about a Purdue running game that is averaging 90.2 YPG (122nd). What Iowa's offense will have to worry about is a Purdue defense that is allowing 15.4 PPG (8th) on 300.8 YPG (15th)

Iowa is overdue for a "let down" spot and off the Penn St win and facing a rested Purdie team (was off last weekend), this could be the week/game! The Boilermakers hold a 49-39-2 advantage in the series, including THREE wins in the previous four games. The last time Purdue faced the nation's No. 2 team (back on Oct 20, 2018), the Boilermakers scored a resounding 49-20 victory over Ohio State in West Lafayette. OK, Purdue's NOT at home this time around but I'm taking the double digit points!

Good luck...Larry

YESTERDAY'S PLAYS
Matchup Selection W/L
MLB  |  Oct 15, 2021
Red Sox vs Astros
Astros
-135 at Caesars
Won
$100
Play Type: Top Premium

My 10* ALCS Opener is on the Hou Astros at 8:07 ET.

It's Boston vs Houston in the ALCS. Ironically, Boston manager Alex Cora serves as "the tie that binds" the Red Sox and Astros. He was the Astros' bench coach for their World Series title-winning team in 2017 and the Red Sox's manager during their championship-winning season the following year. His involvement in the cheating scandal saw him suspended for the 2020 season. Houston manager AJ Hinch was fired at Houston and veteran Dusty Baker was brought in. Cora has won all EIGHT postseason series in which he's been involved, 3-0 as Houston's bench coach in 2017 and now 5-0 with Boston. Baker has had a long and storied managerial career (he ranks 12th in all-time wins) but he's the ONLY manager in that top-12, who has NEVER won a World Series title.


That said, I'm not about to argue that this series will be decided by the managers. The Game 1 starters are Chris Sale and Framber Valdez. Sale didn't take the mound until August 14th this season and in nine starts went 5-1 with a 3.16 ERA (team was 7-2). This marks Valdez's fourth MLB season and after going 13-11 with a 4.19 ERA over 45 appearances (23 starts ) in his first three, he had a breakout season in 2021. He made 22 appearances (all starts) and went 11-6 with 3.14 ERA (lowest among Houston starters). 


Sale is considered an elite pitcher but I just don't get it. He typically 'runs out of steam' when playing a full season and here in 2021, lasted just 2.1 innings at Washington (pulled when down 2-0) when the Red Sox needed a win in Game 162. Lucky for him, Boston rallied from a 5-1 deficit for a 7-5 win. Sale was then handed the ball in Game 2 of the ALDS with Boston coming off a 5-0 loss in Game 2. What did "Mr Elite" do? He allowed four hits and one walk and gave up five runs in the 1st inning, AFTER Boston had given him a 2-0 in the trop of the first. Cora had seen enough and Sale was taken out but again, the Red Sox would rally for a 14-6 victory. 


Valdez was very good in the 2020 postseason for Houston, which after a 29-31 regular season record, somehow got them into the expanded playoff field. The left-handed Valdez made four appearances (three starts), going 3-1 with a 1.88 ERA and 1.00 WHIP in the 2020 playoffs.  Valdez started Game 2 of Houston's ALDS against the White Sox and allowed four runs on seven hits in 4.1 innings of a no-decision (note: Houston won 9-4).


I just noted Valdez's postseason effort last year and Sale's postseason numbers are 'UGLY!' In eight appearances (five starts), he's allowed 21 ERs on 28 hits in 26 innings (7.27 ERA). Let me go back to his abbreviated 2021 season and point out that his 3.16 was slightly higher than his career mark of 3.03 and his 1.34 WHIP was the highest of any season in his career (30 points higher than his lifetime WHIP of 1.04). How about his BAA of .269 in 2021 being FIFTY points higher than his lifetime mark of .219! 


One last thing. Valdez owns a 1.59 ERA in four career appearances (two starts) against the Red Sox, including going 2-0 in two starts vs Boston this season, allowing just two ERs over 14.1 innings (1.26 ERA) with 18 Ks! Houston goes up 1-0!


Good luck...Larry

Matchup Selection W/L
NCAA-F  |  Oct 15, 2021
San Diego State vs San Jose State
San Jose State
+9½ -108 at pinnacle
Won
$100
Play Type: Top Premium

My 9* Friday Night Lights play is on San Jose St at 10:30 ET.

Brady Hoke coached SD State in 2009 and 2010, leading the Aztecs to a 9-4 season in 2010, including a Poinsettia Bowl win over Navy. He left for Michigan but after an 11-2 season in 2011, things fell apart quickly. He was fired after four seasons, going 6-10 in the Big Ten his last two seasons. He would wind up back at SD State as an assistant under Rocky Long and took over for Long when he retired after the 2019 season. Hoke's first season back was 2020's COVID season and the Aztecs went just 4-4, ending a run of 10 straight bowl appearances that had started with Hoke's 2010 team. SD State was expected to contend for the MWC title in 2021 but the team's 5-0 start (entered top-25 two weeks ag0) is somewhat of a surprise.

The Aztecs will play on the road the next two weeks, at San Jose St this Friday and at Air Force on Oct 23. San Jose St shocked almost all by going 7-0 SU and ATS to win the MWC in 2020, beating Boise St in the championship game, 34-20 (as a 7-point underdog). However, the Spartans then lost (as a 9-point favorite) 34-13 to Ball St in the Arizona Bowl. Still, with 19 returning starters, Brent Brennan's team entered the current season with high expectations. SJSU opened the season with a 45-14 win over Southern Utah, but then fell 30-7 to USC in Week 2. The Spartans bounced back with a 17-13 victory over Hawaii, before falling 23-3 to Western Michigan. A 37-31 win over New Mexico State followed but last Saturday, the Spartans fell behind early at Colorado St and was never really in the game in a 32-14 loss.

SD St is led offensively by a running game that averages 241.4 YPG (13th) on 5.3 YPC. Greg Bell has 520 yards rushing (5.5 YPC and five TDs). Both Brookshire (47.4% with 2 TDs and 1 INT) and Johnson (53.7% with 2 TDs and 1 INT) have played at QB. Neither has been effective, as SD St averages 128.8 YPG passing to rank 125th in the nation. The team's leading receiver (Bellinger) has seven catches, although he is averaging 23.3 YPC. Running the ball and a stout defense has been the key for SD State, with the Aztecs allowing 16.6 PPG (16th) on 270.4 YPG (6th).

Spartans QB Starkel played very well in 2020 (17 TDs / 7 INTs) but has flopped in 2021 (50.4% with 6 TDs and 5 INTs). Sophomore Nick Nash replaced him against New Mexico St and helped lead the Spartans to the win, completing 15 of 18 for 193 yards with three TDs (0 INTs). He was just 11 of 22 for 154 yards vs CSU but did have two TD passes (one INT). He looks like the best choice now. RB Tyler Nevens ran for 515 yards on 7.8 YPC in eight games last season and has 406 on 5.5 YPC after six games in 2020. The San Jose St defense is allowing 23.8 PPG on 369.5 PPG (rank 63rd in each category).

I believe that SD St is getting a little too much credit here and as noted above, has a 'testing' two-game stretch in which the Aztecs will have to be cautious to not get caught "looking ahead" to their game at Air Force next weekend (5-1 as of this writing). Sure SD State is the better defensive team but I will note that the Spartans did force CSU into settling for SIX field goals last weekend.

This is just SD State's SECOND road game this season, winning 38-14 at Arizona. FYI...The Wildcats are 0-5 in 2021 and are currently on a 17-game losing streak! Maybe not a SU win but the TD or more in points sure looks 'juicy!'

Good luck...Larry

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Matchup Selection W/L
NCAA-F  |  Oct 16, 2021
Rutgers vs Northwestern
Northwestern
+2½ -109 at pinnacle
Won
$100
Play Type: Top Premium

My 9* Las Vegas Insider is on Northwestern at 12:00 ET.

Rutgers and Northwestern have each failed to win a Big Ten game in 2021, as Rutgers visits Evanston for a game with Northwestern. Rutgers (3-3, 0-3 Big 10) currently sits at the bottom of the Big Ten East, while Northwestern (2-3, 0-2) is last in the West Division. Rutgers opened with three non-conference wins but has then been outscored 103-39 in losses to now-No. 10 Michigan State, No. 6 Ohio State and No. 8 Michigan. Northwestern has won two of three non-conference games but was crushed in its season opener 38-21 at home by Michigan St and then on Oct 2, suffered a 56-7 loss at Nebraska (second-largest margin of defeat under coach Pat Fitzgerald). Northwestern has been outscored 94-28 in its two conference games.

To add insult to injury last week vs Michigan St, leading receiver Bo Melton (24 catches / 2 TDs) did not play due to a shoulder injury, and Aron Cruickshank, whose 244 receiving yards are second on the team, exited in the second half with a shoulder injury. QB Vedral has completed 63.9% for 1,122 yards with six TDs and three INTs. He's also the team's second-leading rusher, with RB Pacheco checking in with 314 yards but a YPC average of only 3.8. Rutgers runs for 141.8YPG (85th) on 3.5 YPC. The defense is allowing 22.8 PPG (51) which is pretty good considering Rutgers has played THREE teams currently in the AP's top-10.

Northwestern allowed 427 rushing yards and 28 first downs at Nebraska, so the defense will be glad to see a mediocre Rutgers rushing attack. QB Hunter Johnson has 424 passing yards, four touchdowns, and four interceptions, but has been replaced by Ryan Hlinski. He made a decent jump in his second start, as the South Carolina transfer completed 25 of 39 passes against Nebraska for 256 yards and his first touchdown this season. Hilinski had 88 yards in the win over Ohio the previous week. Northwestern's best offensive player of Evan Hull, who has run for 509 yards on 7.3 yPC with four TDs. Fitzgerald's teams have always been known for playing excellent defense but the 2021 team allows 27.2 PPG (80th) on 451.6 PPG (113th).

Since joining the Big Ten in 2014, Rutgers has played in every stadium in the conference, except one. That ends Saturday when the Scarlet Knights visit Ryan Field. However, I believe Northwestern has some edges in this game, one being having had last weekend off after getting humbled in Lincoln. Northwestern was 4-0 SU at home last season and is 2-1 here in 2021 plus Fitzgerald is going to see some old friends (and get some much-needed support) when Northwestern honors the 1995 and 1996 Big Ten championship teams. The Wildcats' coach was a star linebacker back then. The 1995 team went on a fairytale run to the Rose Bowl and ended a string of 23 losing seasons. Any points are a bonus.

Good luck...Larry

Matchup Selection W/L
NCAA-F  |  Oct 16, 2021
Pittsburgh vs Virginia Tech
Virginia Tech
+5 -110 at Caesars
Play Type: Top Premium

My 9* Weekend Wipeout is on Va Tech at 3:30 ET.

4-1 Pittsburgh will visit Blacksburg to take on 3-2 Va Tech on Saturday. The Coastal Division's representative in the Atlantic Coast Conference title game may come closer to being decided based on the outcome of this game. The Panthers and Hokies each enter with a 1-0 conference record and with FOUR of the other five teams in the division having at least two losses (the only one that doesn't is 0-1 Miami), the winner of Saturday's game will have the inside track toward an appearance in the conference title game.

Pitt comes to town off a satisfying 52-21 win over Georgia Tech. QB Kenny Pickett is having an OUTSTANDING season, having completed 72% of his passes for 1,731 yards with 19 TDs and one INT. interceptions. Israel Abanikanda and Vincent Davis each have 200-plus rushing yards for a running game that's averaging 169.0 YPG on the ground. WR Addison has 29 catches, averaging 18.1 YPC and his nine TD grabs are tied for 1st among FBS players. Pittsburgh is averaging 52.4 PPG and has scored at least 41 points in all five of its games, which is the longest stretch in program history. The defense is allowing 22.6 PPG (49th), which 'works well' when the offense is averaging 50-plus points.

Virginia Tech is led by QB Braxton Burmeister, who is a true double threat. He has completed 58.8% of his passes for 930 yards with five TDs and two INTs. Burmeister also leads the team in rushing with 193 yards and has added two rushing TDs. As has been typical over the years, the Hokies have been strong defensively this season, allowing an average of just 18.6 PPG (24th).

Getting the job done on the road in Blacksburg is a lot easier said than done, despite Pickett being an amazing talent. It's hard to imagine Pitt "looking past" the Hokies on Saturday, but with home games upcoming against Clemson and Miami next, the possibility definitely exists. The last time these longtime rivals were both unbeaten in conference play when they met came back on Nov.2, 2002, when they were both 3-0 in the Big East. I'm going to grab the points.

Good luck...Larry

Matchup Selection W/L
NCAA-F  |  Oct 16, 2021
Michigan State vs Indiana
Indiana
+5 -110 at linepros
Tie
Play Type: Top Premium

My 9* Eye Opener is on Indiana at 12:00 ET.

The "Mel Tucker Era" began in 2020 with the Spartans going 2-5. Michigan State entered the season as an afterthought but after a 6-0 start, the Spartans are now one of FIVE Big Ten teams in the AP's top-10. Michigan St checks in at No. 10 but the question for some (me?) is, are the Spartans really a top-10 team? Michigan State has been one of the biggest surprises in the Big Ten season, as the Spartans were picked to finish as low as last in the Big Ten East in some national publications. Meanwhile, the Indiana Hoosiers are one of the Big Ten's most disappointing teams. Tom Allen made a HUGE difference to the football program, as after back-to-back 5-7 (2-7 in Big Ten play) seasons in 2007 and 2018, he led the Hoosiers to back-to-back bowl games. Indiana went 8-5 in 2019 and 6-2 in 2020's pandemic-shortened season. The Hoosiers were 6-1 SU and 7-0 ATS in Big Ten play but then lost to a 4-5 Ole Miss team 26-20 (as a 9 1/2-point favorite) in the Outback Bowl. Indiana QB Michael Penix Jr was back healthy for the opening of the 2021 season, after missing the Hoosiers' last two games of 2020 because of a torn ACL in his right knee. He had 14 TDPs and just four INTs last season and let me point out that Indiana is 10-2 the last two seasons when Penix starts at QB and 4-5 when other QBs start. However, Indiana is just 2-3, including 0-2 in Big Ten in which the Hoosiers have yet to score a TD.


Michigan State is coming off a 31-13 win at Rutgers. The offense has been sparked throughout the season by freshman RB Kenneth Walker III, who leads the nation in rushing with 913 yards (7.1 YPC) and nine TDs. QB Peyton Thorne has provided more than just a little stability, completing 62.4% for 1,575 yards with 14 TDs to two INTs. The offense is averaging 36.7 PPG (27th) with excellent balance, passing for 26.9 YPG and rushing for 219.2 YPG. The defense allows just 19.3 PPG (27) but there may be a concern in the fact that the stop-unit is also allowing 420.4 YPG (94th!).


Michael Penix Jr suffered a separated AC joint in his throwing shoulder during Indiana's 24-0 loss at Penn State on Oct 2 and is not likely to play in this one. Jack Tuttle, who went 1-1 as a starter last season and has passed for 564 yards and 3 TDs in three seasons at Indiana, will likely play. Honestly, the Hoosiers may be better off without Penix in the short term. The running game has shown little, averaging 127.2 PPG (100th) and the offense is scoring a modest 23.8 PPG (99th). The defense checks in allowing 28.2 PPG (90th).


So why take the Hoosiers? MSU has had a very favorable schedule so far, getting wins against four underachievers in 2021 like Northwestern, Miami-Fl, Nebraska and Rutgers. The team is on the road for the second straight week with a bye on tap and then it's the team's "Game of the Year" at home vs Michigan on Oct 30. Naturally, the last thing MSU wants is to be coming off a loss heading into the Michigan game but I believe the Spartans are vulnerable here. Indiana is a MUCH better team than it's shown and has played the more difficult schedule. Michigan State has beaten Indiana in 10 of the past 12 meetings but lost at home 24-0 to Indiana last season. 17 starters are back from that Indiana team and the Hoosiers are coming off a bye week. This a HUGE game for Indiana's season and it's Homecoming! I'm telling you, the Michigan St defense can be had! This home dog may just 'bark' VERY loudly on Saturday. Take the points. 

 
Good luck...Larry

Matchup Selection W/L
NCAA-F  |  Oct 16, 2021
Toledo vs Central Michigan
OVER 51½ -112
Play Type: Top Premium

My 9* Featured Saturday O/U is on Toledo/Central Michigan Over at 3:30 ET

Toledo and Central Michigan are both 3-3 (1-1 in the MAC), as both teams meet Saturday in Mount Pleasant hungry for a win. Toledo smashed Norfolk in its opener 49-10, but then it suffered back-to-back losses, falling 32-29 at Notre Dame (excellent effort) and then 22-6 to Colorado State. The Rockets then bounced-back with victories over Ball State and UMass, before last week's 22-20 loss to NIU (a 'killer,' as the Huskies kicked the game-winning FG with 26 seconds remaining). CMU lost 34-24 to Missouri in its opener, before hammering Robert Morris 45-0. The Chips then lost to LSU 49-21, beat FIU 31-27 and lost 28-7 to Miami Ohio. Last Saturday's 30-27 win over Ohio came with CMU scoring the game's final 10 points.


Bradley and Finn have both been used at the QB position by Toledo (combined 7-1 TD/INT ratio) but it was Finn who passed for two TDs last week. Fin is by far the better runner, gaining 281 yards on 7.0 YPC with four TDs. RB Koback ran for 1,187 yards last year with 14 TDs (includes two TD catches) and has 455 yards on 5.2 YPC with five TDs this season. CMU has also used two QBS in Sirmon and Richardson but it's Richardson who has thrown for 859 yards the last three games with six TDs and two INTs.


Toledo averages 28.5 PPG and CMU 28.0 PPG but Toledo owns the much better defense, holding opponents to 17.5 PPG to CMU allowing 27.5 PPG. Toledo has won 10 of the last 11 meetings between the two MAC-West schools and I expect the Rockets to get a MUCH-needed win off last week's crushing loss to West-leader Northern Illinois (2-0). However, shutting down CMU won't be easy with Richardson playing very well (see above) and RB Nichols (591 yards on 5.1 YPC) adding excellent balance to the CMU attack.


This game has "Shootout" written all over it. It's Goin' Over!


Good luck...Larry

SERVICE BIO

Age: 67 (turns 68 in November).

Years in handicapping: Larry entered his 38th year as a professional handicapper in September of 2021.

Achievements in handicapping: 1985 Castaway’s Pro Football Challenge Champion, then the most prestigious handicapping contest in Las Vegas; 1999 Stardust Invitational semi-finalist.

A member of the original cast of Proline (began in 1985), the nation’s longest running pre-game handicapping show on the USA-TV network (also hosted Sports Desk on the same network from 1996-98). In then joined the panel of The Winning Edge in the early 2000s. Although well-known on TV for his expert game analysis and no-nonsense handicapping style, Larry may be best known for his radio work. He hosted his own syndicated call-in radio show, Sports Central. It aired live from Bally's Casino in Las Vegas in the early to mid-90s and at one time was heard in more than 100 markets.

Systems used for handicapping a game: Fundamental and statistical analysis. "I'm not typically a trend and system kind of guy," Ness says. "I look at team strengths and weaknesses and compare them. It’s an all-encompassing thing and over 35-plus years, you get good at it."

Star Ratings: 9 and 10*s are considered "Best Bets." All other plays are rated between 6 and 8*s, depending on strength and/or price.

Release Times: Larry releases "daily sports" (MLB, NBA, NCAAB and NHL) on the day of the game. His full card is almost always available by 10:00 ET (save Late-Breaking games). In the FB season, Larry begins releasing plays as early as Tuesday. His full CFB card is typically complete by Thursday (on Friday, at the latest) and his full NFL card will be mostly complete by Friday (definitely by Saturday at 3:00 ET).

38-Club Play: It represents Larry's 38 years in the business and gets his highest star rating (10*s). Expect no more than one of these plays per month, per sport during the regular season.

LEGEND Play: Larry's often been referred to as a Las Vegas legend and he's 'borrowed' the title for his other "signature play.". Larry's LEGEND Plays were previously available to only a select group of private clients but they are now available to all, via the internet. Like his 36-Club plays, expect no more than one play per month, per sport (rated 10*s).

Game of the Month and Game of the Year Plays: Always rated 10*s. Las Vegas Insider: Throughout his 36 years "in the business," Larry has become known as "the ultimate Las Vegas insider." The contacts he's developed over more than three decades (on both sides of the 'counter'), are arguably "unmatched!" He confers daily with 'his 'friends' and when "all the stars align on the same game," Larry releases an exclusive Las Vegas Insider (rated between 7 and 10*s).

Oddsmaker's Error Plays: Larry uses this term with "great respect" (and not very often), as he counts among his very closest friends many of Las Vegas' most famous and respected Sport Book directors (past and present). However, when Larry feels "the line is significantly off," he'll release one of these "not to be missed" plays (rated 9 or 10*s).

Situational Stunners: Larry's a fundamental handicapper at heart but he does pay attention to team and situational trends (especially in MLB). When his fundamental handicapping and a strong trend or situation match up, he releases a Situational Stunner. He began releasing these plays in MLB '09 and he's expanded them since,to all sports (rated from 7-10*s, based on strength and/or price for moneyline sports).

PERFECT STORM: Larry just added these plays the last few years and his accompanying expert analysis makes these popular plays self-explanatory (typically rated 9 or 10*s but moneyline sports may be rated 7 or 8*s due to price).

Weekly and Weekend Wipeout Winners: Larry added this self-explanatory moniker just a few years ago. They've become immensely popular and why not? Who wouldn't want a game that has "blowout written all over it," supported by Larry's expert analysis (rated between 7 and 10*s, depending on strength and price).

Superstar Triple Play: Over the years, many of Larry's regular clients have clamored for more three-game reports. You asked for it and Larry's responded. Back in the late 1980s and into the mid 1990s, 900-numbers became "the rage." While a panel member of Proline (see above), Larry created the Superstar Triple Play. One call got you three Superstar Triple Plays (in a particular sport). For almost a decade, anywhere from 1,500 to 3,500 callers responded each weekend, when Larry offered his famous "Superstar Triple Play" pitch on Proline. Starting in 2009, Larry began going "Back to the Future!" Look for 3-game reports this FB season on Saturday (college) and Sunday (NFL). Get three plays on a single report from Larry (many will be TV games), the originator of the "Superstar Triple Play!".

Late-Breaking Plays: Larry will always go back and take a "second look" at each day's card, after posting all his games. When he finds something he missed the first time around, he'll release a Late-Breaking Play. These plays are more prevalent in sports like baseball and basketball than football (typically rated at 8 or 9*s).

Quote: "No one works any harder and my work-product speaks for itself," Ness says. "I have a no-nonsense style and my logic is easy to follow. Anyone buying my plays will know exactly what I was thinking when I made the selection. After 34 years, the Larry Ness brand is instantly recognizable and my analysis ranks with the best in the industry."