Gambling definitely is not a sport

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I am a typical male fanatic sports viewer. Although the recent gambling accusations against Atlanta Falcons quarterback Mike Vick and an NBA official are very disappointing, what should we expect when the sports media (i.e. ESPN ) portray gambling as just another spectator sport?

All sports gambling venues should be removed from public media forums. This should include the glorification of playing poker and televising the tournaments, on anything other than pay-per-view venues. Who declared playing poker to be a sport? We can't have our cake and eat it too!

B.D. Greer, Martinez

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patriciathomas 07/29/07 - 06:46 am
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It's the fierce mental

It's the fierce mental competition of poker mixed with the threat of winning or losing a substantial bet that makes it a sport. It's not a physical sport, even though it can be exhausting, but anyone that's played it seriously knows it's a sport. As far as the gambling aspect goes, we live with it almost constantly, every day. Taking a car ride, running out to close car windows in a storm, crossing a street, or opening a can of Castelbury's chilli. The risk factor and stakes change, but much of everyday life is a gamble. ESPN isn't on every channel.

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Manuel_Izturis 07/29/07 - 09:53 am
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1) I'm pretty sure it was the

1) I'm pretty sure it was the dog-killing, not the gambling on said dog-killing, that has landed Mr. Vick in trouble.

2) In regards to the letter's last sentence, exactly what cake are we trying both to have and to eat? I'm confused.

3) I rarely agree with you on anything, Patricia, but the Castleberry chili eat-off is loaded with great sporting potential.

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