Originally posted on The Sports Bank  |  Last updated 1/13/13
2012 Miss America, and Miss Wisconsin Laura Kaeppeler relinquished her crown tonight. You remember her as the pageant contestant who mentioned the Green Bay Packers and Aaron Rodgers in her acceptance speech. Well, her era ended on the same night Rodgers and the Pack were eliminated from the NFL playoffs. Tonight the San Francisco 49ers and A 23-year-old Brooklyn native Mallory Hagan moved on as Hagan won the title of Miss America. Hagan triumphed at the Las Vegas hotel resort Saturday night after tap dancing to James Brown’s “Get Up Off of That Thing” and answering a question about whether armed guards belong in grade schools by saying we should not fight violence with violence. Well done. Gun control is the hot button issue right now, and she remained bland and centrist. Miss South Carolina Ali Rogers took second and Miss Oklahoma Alicia Clifton finished third. Hagan won a $50,000 college scholarship; her platform was stopping child sexual abuse. (So I’m guessing she really was horrified by Joe Paterno, Jerry Sandusky and Penn State) She’ll likely go on a nationwide speaking tour to raise money for the Children’s Miracle Network, the organization’s official charity. Here’s her Facebook page and blog Paul M. Banks is CEO of The Sports Bank.net, a Google News site generating millions of unique visitors. He’s also a regular contributor to Chicago Now, Chicago Tribune.com, Walter Football.com, Yardbarker, and Fox Sports A Fulbright scholar, published author and MBA, Banks has appeared on live radio all over the world; he’s also a member of the Football Writers Association of America, U.S. Basketball Writers Association, and Society of Professional Journalists. The President of the United States follows him on Twitter (@Paul_M_BanksTSB) You should too.
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