In 1979, Mike Warren’s Lock of the Year was South Carolina over Wake Forest. The line opened at Wake (-3)! Within two hours of releasing Game Cocks as the play, South Carolina had moved to -5, an 8 point swing. They won by 21, 35-14.
When “Legends” collide then myths are created. And Mike Warren’s heads up battles with the renowned linemaker Bob Martin, of the Union Plaza, were indeed epic. In 8 years of Bowls and Playoffs, Mike Warren beat Martin’s best lines 77% of the time.
Jimmy “the Greek” Snyder had a reputation all his own for picking winners, but on the TV Show “Beat The Pros” and in his own plays, Jimmy always sought out Mike’s opinion before he finalized his picks. People still talk about Jimmy “The Greek” and those who knew “The Greek” know the one handicapper he respected above all was Mike Warren.
In 1983, Mike Warren’s Formula for Winning was captured in one of the first handheld computers, THE MIKE WARREN FOOTBALL ANALYZER, an algorithm that combined hard data with Mike’s “gut instincts” for winning. It was the MOST SUCCESSFUL robot device in the history of sports betting….
…But, it was too successful! As Mike Warren notes, “The analyzer gave the true strength of the teams playing each other and predicted a final score. It was so accurate that beating the spread was easier than taking an Oreo from a 2-year-old, but the linesmakers wised up and began to adjust the spreads when ‘Analyzer Money’ hit. I had to take it off the market because who got down late after the lines changed either… Read more…