Beating the Odds: The Rise, Fall, and Resurrection of a Sports Handicapper

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Skyhorse Publishing Inc., 2009 - Games & Activities - 249 pages
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The incredible rags-to-riches-to-rags-to-riches true life story of acclaimed sports tout Brandon Lang, subject of the motion picture Two for the Money (Al Pacino, Matthew McConaughey). Beating the Odds describes in vivid, colorful detail Lang’s rise from small time sports-phone tout to big time national exposure, his dramatic fall, and his subsequent rebirth in the internet age. Also describes the series of improbable events, while working as a golf caddie in Los Angeles, that eventually led Lang to the optioning of his story to Hollywood and the making of Two for the Money.

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Brandon Blows Everything out of Proportion

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This guy just sensationalizes everything. He would sensationalize a bowel movement if he thought he could make money from it. I heard people are starting a letter writing campaign to keep his TV pilot ... Read full review

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Interesting life. Seriously. I loved to read it. It comes to show how much work and skill it takes to make big things happen in life.

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In the Beginning
Finding My Way
Learning the Trade
The Million Dollar Man
Super Salesman
The Fundamentals of Handicapping
The Bubble Bursts
A Brief History of Sports Gambling
Caddy to the Stars
Skimming the CreamGretzky Jordan Woods
On Hollywoods Red Carpet
Back to Basics
Changing Seasons
The Case for Sports Betting
Looking Ahead

The Future Beckons
Connecting on the Links
Slouching Toward Hollywood

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About the author (2009)

Brandon Lang served in the United States Navy until 1984. He then traveled the world for three years before ending up in Las Vegas. It was there that he entered the sports handicapping industry, building a reputation by validating his opinion to customers worldwide. In 1989, he joined a nationally-known sports service based on the East Coast and immediately embarked on one of the most historic winning streaks ever witnessed in the handicapping world. But after an incredible six-year run he abandoned the industry in 1996, moving to Los Angeles in a attempt to get his incredible life story made into a movie. He networked his way in as a caddy at the prestigious Riviera Country Club, knowing the job would eventually put him in touch with a director, writer. It was there he met Dan Gilroy, to whom he pitched the movie idea of a lifetime. Six years later, with Matthew McConaughey playing Brandon Lang and Al Pacino and Rene Russo in supporting roles, Two For The Money was born. He lives in Ponte Vedra Beach, FL.

Stanley Cohen is a veteran award-winning newspaper and magazine journalist. For more than fifty years, he has worked as an editor, writer, and reporter for newspapers, magazines, and an international news service. He also has taught writing, journalism, and philosophy at Hunter College and at New York University. His work has appeared in numerous publications, including The New York Times , Inside Sports , and Sports Inc. , and he was a contributing writer for The Diamond magazine and Sports, Inc . He lives in Tomkins Cove, New York.

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