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Cotto Wins for PR on PR DayWeekend

Posted on June 10, 2007. Filed under: Sports |

Cotto Knocks out Judah

Big shout outs to Miguel Cotto for putting it down for all the Boricua’s this past Saturday. Winning by TKO (putting a beating) on Zab Judah Cotto remains the WBA welterweight champ!!! Miguel Cotto knocked out Brooklyn’s Zab Judah in the 11th round at Madison Square Garden in New York City. Way to start the PR day parade!!!

Cotto wins by TKO against Judah

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Latin Food at Yankee Stadium

Posted on May 26, 2007. Filed under: Food & Nutrition, News & Politics, Sports |

Latinos make up the majority of Yankee fans. So it’s no surprise that Mami’s platanos fritos will hit the stands.

“In the Bronx, Latin food has always been easy to find. But not in Yankee Stadium. It has been one place in the majority-Hispanic borough where the only thing that came close to qualifying as authentic Latin fare was an order of nachos.

This season, however, the stadium’s menu — hot dogs, hamburgers, chicken fingers, fries, pork fried rice, peanuts and even sushi and baked ziti — has some spicy new additions. They read like the day’s specials at a Washington Heights restaurant: ground beef or cheese empanadas; chicken in salsa with sweet plantains, rice and beans; Cuban sandwiches with plantain chips; and papas rellenas, or fried stuffed potatoes.”

Source: http://www.nytimes.com

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First Latino Open

Posted on April 27, 2007. Filed under: Sports |

The First Latino Open will be featured May 4th. The tournament is an attempt by advocacy group Latino Leadership to tap and empower an underserved segment of the Hispanic population, the growing professional and enterpreneurial class. It will fill the void of Hispanics who do not know the game.

Knowing how to play golf is essential for a person in a leadership role in any type of business. A lot of professionals use their time on the range and on the course as key opportunities to meet with potential clients. Additionally, many parents have their children learn golf because it is an investment to their professional future.

It is interesting to note that across all groups, golfers rank in the upper crust of income brackets. For example, most Hispanic households who play golf make more than $150,000 a year. Nearly 2,500 Hispanic households fall in that income category in Metro Orlando.

Even though there are several prominent Hispanic players, such as Lorena Ochoa, Chi Chi Rodriguez and Nancy Lopez, a 2003 National Golf Foundation survey shows that Latinos have not picked up on this sport networking opportunities. Only 5% of Hispanics tee off.

The Latino Leadership open, to be held May 4 at the Orange County National Golf Center in Winter Garden, signals a philosophical shift in how the organization will meet its goals of helping lower-income Hispanics. Instead of giving away back-to-school goodie bags, group officials say they’ll use proceeds from the golf open to support school computer labs and classes on literacy and work skills.

WHEN: May 4 starting at 1:30 p.m.
WHERE: Orange County National Golf Center, 16301 Phil Ritson Way, Winter Garden, 407-656-2626.
COST: $200 registration for individual players, $650 per foursome. Fees are tax-deductible donations to nonprofit Latino Leadership.
MORE INFO: latino-leadership.org/latino-open or
407-895-0801.

Source: http://www.orlandosentinel.com

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Video on Futbol and Latino Culture

Posted on April 1, 2007. Filed under: Sports |

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Futbol Fever – most popular Latino sport

Posted on July 2, 2006. Filed under: Sports |

Sorry the post delay. I’ve been so busy w/school, work, and watching the World Cup. It’s been an 3 weeks watching all the different countries play so hard to be awarded the World Cup. Even though the referrees can often be prejudice (as seen in the Spain vs. Australia game), their decisions are deemed as law on the game. Even though my countries (U.S. and Dominican Republic) are not playing in this international competition, I love seeing countries I’ve never heard of striving for recognition. It’s truly international.

This morning I was curious on the history of the FIFA World Cup. Here’s the 411 on what the World Cup actually is:

FIFA= Fédération Internationale de Football Association (FIFA) (soccer’s global governing body)
World Cup= an international soccer competition contested by the men’s national soccer teams of member nations of the FIFA.The tournament’s final phase (often called the “World Cup Finals”) involves 32 national teams competing at several venues (within the host nation or nations) over a period of about a month. It is the most widely-viewed sporting event in the world, with 1.1 billion people watching the 2002 tournament final. The World Cup and soccer in general have not caught on or gained popularity in the US as it has around the world. The 2002 World Cup ranked 7th in viewers ratings during the week of its broadcast in the US.

In seventeen tournaments held, only seven nations have ever won the World Cup. Brazil is the current holder, as well as the most successful World Cup team, having won the tournament five times, while Germany and Italy follow with three titles each. The other former champions are Uruguay, Argentina, England and France. Of the nine World Cups staged in Europe before the current tournament, only one saw victory by a non-European team, that being Brazil in 1958. When held outside Europe, the competition has only ever been won by South American teams. Only two teams from outside these two continents have ever reached the semi-finals of the competition: the USA (in 1930) and South Korea (in 2002).

The current World Cup Finals are being held in Germany between June 9 and July 9, 2006.

6 Latino nations are participating in this year’s World Cup:

  • Costa Rica
  • Paraguay
  • Argentina
  • Mexico
  • Brazil
  • Spain

The “it” players:
Jose Cardozo- #20, Forward position, Uruguay

Hernan Crespo (not to be confused with the very musical Elvis Crespo)-#9, Forward position, UK

Francisco Fonseca-#26, Forward position, Mexico

Ronaldo-#9, Forward position, Spain


And all of this history has led to this one point: Different nationalities housed in one German soccer stadium. Fans cheering. Unheard of countries make their mark in soccer history. And the announcer yelling to screaming crowds: “GOOOOAAAALLLL!”

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