Let’s stop pretending.
You’re not buying a newspaper the Monday before the start of the NCAA basketball tournament because of the Sudoku puzzle. You’re not going to Uncle’s Super Bowl party because of the hot wings.
People gamble. They gamble all the time, even when they don’t think they’re gambling.
“Boy or girl” at the baby shower?
“Pick the big box, small box or ‘steal’ the Target gift certificate from your cousin” at the Christmas party’s grab bag?
Submitting your name for a lottery for a unit at a newly built condo building?
That’s gambling — if not of the wallet, at least of the heart.
The Supreme Court’s ruling that will open the possibility of legal sports betting in some states can only mean one thing … more interest in UH football.
UH’s home games have always been the chase picks for unfortunate bettors because the kickoffs at Aloha Stadium are at moe moe time on the East Coast.
The ruling and subsequent actions will result in more people caring about what happens in sporting events in the 50th state.
OF course, there are downsides to gambling. But people who want to bet already are betting. With legal betting, if you lose more than you can afford, you risk money but not your kneecaps.
Now, if only UH can find a way to capitalize on what will be a growing interest in sportscasts …