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