When your sports gambling begins affecting the lives of your children, it might be time to take up a new hobby (and perhaps to get some professional help). Even if it’s just a friendly wager with no money at stake, it’s still kinda messed up to involve your kids.
When it sets the stage for your child’s entire life, it’s really messed up.
A Dallas Cowboys fan will have to live with the consequences of a wager she placed with her boyfriend, a Washington Redskins fan, every day for the rest of her life — and so will her unborn son.
Marissa Pena is a 31-year-old lifelong fan of the Cowboys and the father of her son, Emanuel Vega, favors the Redskins. The two placed a bet on the winner of the 2012 Thanksgiving Day game between the Cowboys and the Redskins. The stakes? The name of their unborn son.
The Redskins beat the Cowboys 38-31 that day, on the strength of a standout performance from rookie quarterback Robert Griffin III. Now, several months later, there’s about to be a new Robert Griffin in the world: Robert Griffin Vega.
Yep, RGV. Little baby Robert is due on April 16.
“I thought that was cool, our first official relationship game on Thanksgiving of all days,” Vega told The Washington Post. “She thought it was cool too, so we needed some kind of bet. She said the loser would wear the jersey of the other team on the last game of the season at a Redskins bar. That would be horrible for me. That would be horrible.”
So horrible and unthinkable that they decided to bet on the name of a human being instead. They didn’t want to go crazy or anything.
If Pena had won the best, the baby’s name would have been Miles Austin Vega, after the Cowboys receiver. The couple said that two potential names, Emmitt Vega and Darrell Green Vega, were considered and rejected.