Being Latino Deportes
Welcome to the first edition of Being Latino Deportes – your weekly wrap up of all things deportes in el mundo Latino!
Here, we will be covering all of the biggest stories and events – stay tuned for updates every week.
The Giants are Super
For those who live under rocks or have been under witness protection for the last week, the New York Giants defeated the New England Patriots in Super Bowl XLVI by a score of 21-17. Contributing to the effort was Giants wide receiver and proud Puertoriqueno Victor Cruz, who promptly celebrated his touchdown with his signature salsa end zone dance. Not bad, considering he was able to show his stuff in front of the largest television audience of all time.
No Melo’? No Problem
New York Knicks forward Carmelo Anthony is still sidelined with a groin injury (ouch), and is expected to sit out for at least the next one to two weeks. Coupled with the absence of Amar’e Stoudemire in the wake of his brother’s untimely passing, one would expect the already loss-prone Knicks to fold the season. Since the dynamic duo have been out of action, New York has won three in a row and look to extend their streak against the Los Angeles Lakers tonight.
Dreadlocks? No Way, José!
In accordance with an old uniform policy, new Miami Marlins short stop Jose Reyes shaved his trademark dreadlocks in a charity auction broadcast on MLB TV. The haircut lasted around five minutes, and the newly liberated locks were auctioned on eBay for a whopping sum of $10,200. The proceeds from the auction go to the Make-A-Wish Foundation of South Florida, so at the very least someone Reyes will benefit from his new contract. No word yet if the winning bidder was a New York Mets executive hoping to clone a new shortstop.
Player of the Week: Victor Cruz
Who better for our first player of the week?
The Patterson, New Jersey native has the skills and the talent to take him far in his professional career. What stands out about this player is that he overcame great diversity to make it to where he is today.
Cruz was not invited to the NFL Combine – usually a crucial first step in evaluating player skills before the draft. If Cruz had not been friends with fellow UMass alum and New York Jets lineman Vladimir Ducasse, he might not have been signed at all. Ducasse was a highly touted prospect that garnered the attention of many NFL scouts. If the Giants hadn’t scouted Ducasse, they never would have had the chance to see Cruz practice and ultimately sign him after the draft. The rest, as they say, is history.