Mobile Polls: Off-Field Scandals Dominate Early NFL Season

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Controversy over Ines Sainz's sexual harassment claims and Reggie Bush's Heisman scandal spice up professional football forecasts. Voters at Predicto.com, North America's largest premium SMS service, weigh in on this season's hottest topics.

Whether or not the public absolves him, the chance to shine would provide Vick with a great opportunity for his on-field performance to shift the focus away from past scandal – perhaps serving as a metaphor for the entire League’s hopes, entering Week 2.

Just one week into the NFL season, controversy off the field has dominated the water cooler discussion revolving around America's most popular sport. The biggest story so far has clearly been Ines Sainz' alleged harassment by members of the New York Jets, with debate over Reggie Bush's tarnished Heisman legacy trailing not far behind. Currently, few pro football topics are without some scandalous slant, including those being debated at Predicto Mobile, the nation's largest premium text message community.

The conversation regarding Ines Sainz' treatment, beauty and clothing choices have kept that story in the news every day this week, with everyone from sports journalists to morning talk shows weighing in. While comments at Predicto.com echo the chicken-egg argument, predictions about what will happen next have shifted to what actions the League may take: 66% polled expect the NFL to fine the Jets this month.

The star running back for last year's Super Bowl champion New Orleans Saints, Reggie Bush started off this season facing the potential of seeing his Heisman Trophy stripped. Accused of taking illegal gifts during his time at USC, and with a majority of mobile voters predicting the worst, Bush got ahead of the story as best he could, announcing on Tuesday that he would give back the award. 73% polled thought that the Heisman should have then been given to Vince Young, who also enjoyed a stellar 2005 season, playing for Texas. However, Young has announced that he would not accept the trophy, so it will remain "vacant."

Reports today indicate that the Philadelphia Eagles will likely start Michael Vick in place of injured QB Kevin Kolb. Many have showed an unwillingness to forgive the former Falcon for his role in a dogfighting ring, a felony for which he served 18 months in prison. Yet after his strong play in last week's game, 74% of Predicto voters think Vick deserves to start at QB. Whether or not the public absolves him, the chance to shine would provide Vick with a great opportunity for his on-field performance to shift the focus away from past scandal - perhaps serving as a metaphor for the entire League's hopes, entering Week 2.

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Predicto Mobile is a market-leading interactive SMS provider that engages members on pop culture and current events. The service operates on the short code 654654. Additionally, Predicto has established itself as a prime destination for media to reference statistics, polls and public opinion. Visit Predicto.com to follow the company's entertainment blog, news updates, top polls and Twitter feed, or go to TV.Predicto.com for videos featuring the latest red-carpet interviews and celebrity predictions. Predicto Mobile is a Snackable Media company.

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