Bikini Blogger Q&A, Episode 5: Olympics, Sports Gambling, Super Bowl Predictions. New Pics Included!
Added by Gina Marinelli on August 11, 2012.
Gina Marie, Bikini Blogger
Welcome to Episode 5 of the Bikini Blogger Q&A. This week, Gina talks about the hot topic of legalizing sports gambling and a way too early Super Bowl prediction. While the Olympics have been full of drama and excitement this year, everyone always has another sport they would like to have included. Gina lets you know which sport she wants in the Olympics as well.
Let’s see how Gina answered some of our readers questions….
1. What are your thoughts on legalizing sports gambling?
As with anything, legalizing sports gambling has its pros and cons. On one end of the spectrum, it’s currently legal to bet on horses, dogs, and number odds (state depending), but not allowed on people. On the other end, legalizing sports gambling could potentially alter the competitive nature of the games (a.k.a. fixed wins/losses and a whole lot of conspiracy theories). I could go on for days about whether it would or would not benefit the economy, and there’s an argument to both sides. However, one of the main political arguments is that it would aid immoral behavior and, if that’s the argument, then I have to say I’m pro-legalization.
Regulating an activity with a growing interest appears to be something the government could ultimately benefit from its regulation by increasing taxable income and allowing customers safety when placing their bets. Plus, allowing individuals to place bets on sports games would only increase the already popular sports industry.
2. With training camps now starting all over the NFL, do you have a really early Super Bowl prediction?
The Packers had a nearly perfect season last year and I’m forced to believe that after the Giants demolished their defense at the end of the season, they will be back in full force. And as much as I’m taking a risk publicly stating it on a Northeast blog, you all know it’s a likely possibility that we will see the Patriots at least in the running. Now to end this on a brighter note, the Giants are the defending Super Bowl champs and, with two championships in the past four years, it would be wrong of me to leave them out. If any team can play like they want it to get the wins they need, its the Giants.
3. What is your go-to stadium food?
Depends on the sporting event, but, I must admit, I am obsessed with cotton candy, not really traditional, but I like what I like! I’m a junk food addict in general, and everyone knows sporting events have the greasiest food! Burgers, hot dogs,chicken fingers…I’ll take one of each!
4. What sport would you put into the Olympics if you had a choice?
I’m one of those people who would love to see a heavy contact sport added, or at least something action-packed. I’d love to see MMA on an Olympic stage. The sport has grown tremendously and continues to gain some of the most athletic participants internationally. Unfortunately,the IOC would never let MMA take the stage. I hate to say it, there’s just too much injury potential and violence in general. Olympic boxing and judo and anything even remotely close seem to be much tamer in the Olympics overall, so I can’t see it happening based on the current standards, which actually make the sport what it is.
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