“Stay, lady, stay, stay with your man awhile
Until the break of day, let me see you make him smile
His clothes are dirty but his hands are clean
And you’re the best thing that he’s ever seen.”
Sometimes the simplest things are right in front of us and we don’t even notice.
We tend to get caught up in the moment and because of it, many a shining opportunity is missed.
So it was for the Everly Brothers, the popular singing duo back in the 60’s. Phil Everly has stated in an interview that Bob Dylan offered the song LAY LADY LAY to them backstage after an appearance by the duo in New York. Phil Everly asked Dylan if he had any new songs that they might record, and answering “yes,” Dylan picked up a guitar and proceeded to sing the song so quietly that the Everlys thought they heard Dylan sing “Lay lady lay, lay across my big breasts, babe.”
Thinking it was a song about lesbians, Don Everly declined the song, saying “thank you, it’s a great song, but I don’t think we could get away with that.” Dylan did not question them about it and went on to record the song himself.
Months later, they heard Dylan’s version on the radio and realized they’d misunderstood the words. The Everlys realized they’d missed a big opportunity and later recorded the song on their EB 84 album.
So it goes with missed chances. The same happens to handicappers when working up a game. Sometimes we dismiss common logic for fear of making a mistake, or simply because we refused to clean the wax out of our ears.
Take, for instance, the golden opportunity of backing a healthy dog that found itself laying points over an extended period of games. Our database concurs, telling us to –
PLAY ON any college football conference dog of 6 or more points if they were favored in each of their previous seven games in a row.
These rare, quality dogs have gone 33-16-1 ATS in this situation since 1980.
Last year found two teams qualifying when Southern Miss beat Central Florida, and Nevada stunned Boise State – both winning straight up as DOUBLE DIGIT DOGS!
Looking deeper, this 33-16-1 ATS play improves to 17-3-1 ATS when our quality dog is taking on an undefeated opponent.
And if the undefeated foe arrives off a win of 20 or more points in its last game, our top quality dog improves to 14-1 ATS, winning almost half the games in straight-up fashion (7-8 SU).
This week we find the Georgia Bulldogs looking to lay one on top-ranked and undefeated LSU.
So, as Bob Dylan said:
“Why wait any longer for the world to begin
You can have your cake and eat it too
Why wait any longer for the one you love
When he’s standing in front of you
Lay lady lay, lay across my big brass bed.”
By Marc Lawrence