Q&A with Bikini Blogger, Episode 3: NHL, Nash, Ichiro, and more.
Added by Gina Marinelli on July 27, 2012.
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Episode 3 of the Q&A with the Bikini Blogger series. This week Gina talks about the pending NHL lockout and recent acquisitions by the New York Rangers and Yankees. Hope you also enjoy the bonus photo of the gorgeous Gina.
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1. Will the NHL and NHLPA get a contract done before the start of the season?
Submitted via Twitter by: @RUNYYFan
I hope so! Certainly seems like leagues are getting more and more comfortable with the lockout concept though. I think the possibility of another lost NHL season is slim since 2004-2005 is like a dark nightmare still haunting the lives of hockey fans (some who still haven’t returned), but the potential for a few lost games is always a possibility. There are five issues that need to be resolved in modifying the collective bargaining agreement. The player’s share, salary cap base, guaranteed contracts, escrow payment, and revenue sharing. The player’s share determines the percentage of NHL revenue that the player’s receive, and right now the NHL thinks the player’s percentage is too high. This is the central issue for what caused the most recent NFL lockout and the NBA lockout.
In a world full of rainbows and daisies, the NHL and NHLPA will come to an agreement sooner rather than later and the season will flow uninterrupted. As we all know, the world isn’t full of rainbows and daisies particularly when wallets are involved. The NHL has increased its revenue substantially since the last lockout and rightfully so, the players will expect a piece of the financial success. On the opposite end of the spectrum, the players are going to seek stability in maintaining their current contract guarantees, and the NHL wants to save the team owners from themselves by avoiding buyout possibilities.
We’ll have to revisit the status on the CBA negotiations as the season gets closer to predict exactly how it will pan out, fingers crossed we won’t endure any missed games though!
2. What is the best sporting event to bring a girl to? A girl that doesn’t know sports but is interested in learning.
Submitted by Joey in Green Brook, NJ.
Depends what sports you’re into! If she’s interested in learning then the sport you have the most knowledge and passion for she’ll want to be a part of. Tread carefully though, she might even become a fan of your rival team just to make game days more interesting.
3. What is your favorite modeling shoot you’ve done so far?
Submitted by Michelle in Long Branch, NJ.
I love modeling! The one factor that usually determines how much fun a shoot will be though is the photographer. I get to work with a lot of really awesome people and companies, so I actually don’t have a favorite because they’re all exciting in their own ways! I love shooting on the beach though. I’m a born and raised beach girl so I’m definitely in my element splashing in the ocean and rolling in the sand!
4. Is the recently acquired Rick Nash enough to put the NY Rangers over the top and into the Stanley Cup Finals?
Submitted by Jacob in New York, NY.
The Rangers were a strong Stanley Cup contender without Rick Nash but with 30 goals and 29 assists last season, Nash’s offense is just what the Rangers need to put them at the top. One of the only weaknesses we saw out of the Rangers last season was their struggle scoring in the postseason, which seems to be solved now. Nash joins Brad Richards, Marian Gaborik, Ryan Callahan, and some youth with Carl Hagelin and Derek Stephan. I think this team is going to be tough to beat, but never say never! Team injuries and/or Nash’s lack of playoff experience could throw a monkey wrench into what seems to be a perfect team.
5. What impact do you think Ichiro will have on the Yankees?
Submitted by Gregg in Somerville, NJ
With Brett Gardner on the disabled list, acquiring Ichiro gives them some much needed outfield assistance. The buzz is whether or not Ichiro can revamp his batting stats pushing 39 years old. He’s a veteran, so with his experience and some excitement surrounding the trade, mixed with the possibility of a World Series, I think he’ll be a great addition to the Yankees. The Mariners probably could have asked for more but with the pressure of Ichiro’s contract, the Yankees got a steal with the 10-time All-Star at a relatively low cost.
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