And @rolandsmartin Doesn’t Get It: Soccer and Sexy Beckham Are Here to Stay, Get Used to It

We will assume that the tweet by CNN's and TVOne's @rolandsmartin wasn't what he meant ("I don't need to see guys in their underwear"). During the Twitter frenzy that is Super Bowl Night, Martin tweeted out the following about the H&M David Beckham ad, which shows the soccer legend in all his tattooed glory:

If a dude at your Super Bowl party is hyped about David Beckham's H&M underwear ad, smack the ish out of him! #superbowl

Martin was referring to the following ad, which aired tonight during the Super Bowl broadcast:

Ok, we can go in one direction and make our assumptions about Martin feeling a bit uncomfortable with Beckham's studliness, but we won't go there. We will go with the whole "soccer sucks" angle that Martin played on Twitter tonight after he tweeted out his thoughts. Memo to Martin: soccer is here to stay in the United States. 

The reality is clear: soccer is trending up in the United States. Case in point: NBC Sports is betting on it big time and Fox believes in it as well, since last year the network paid significant dollars for future World Cups. So for all those dudes who follow soccer, don't worry. You will get more and more games, the quality of MLS has been growing significantly, and when legends like Beckham keep coming to the US, the sport will become more marketable.

So wear your underwear proudly, futbolistas. Leave the criticisms to the short-sighted American sports fans who just don't get it. As for the other suggestions Martin's tweet suggests, it's probably best to keep your thoughts to yourself. ¡Viva el fútbol!

VIDEO OF THE DAY: “Mass Hysteria” by Green Day

Some of our Rebeldes are happy tonight (Giants) and some of them are not (Patriots). What better way to shake the Super Bowl hangover away with some Green Day?

Here is one of the latest tracks from their last album that we just love. We don't want to live in the modern world.

Los Latino Rebels Felicitan a los Gigantes de Nueva York, Campeones

Felicitamos a los Gigantes de Nueva York, Campeones del Super Bowl XLVI and al boricua Victor Cruz. ¡WEPA!

Este diseño lo hizo el diseñador Julio César Román. Lo puede visitar en Facebook aquí.

VIDEO: Clint Eastwood’s and Chrysler’s “It’s Halftime” Super Bowl Commercial

Tonight during the halftime segment of Super Bowl XLVI, Chrysler aired a commercial with Clint Eastwood that left everyone we know speechless and wanting more. Did you even know that is was a car commercial? Did you even care?

Yes, in football-mad America, a quote like this one —"It's halftime, America, and our second half is about to begin."— resonates.

From Chrysler (FYI: The NFL took down the original official Chrysler video from the Chrysler YouTube due to "copyright violations". WTF? The NFL is so damn paranoid, it is sad.)

UPDATE, February 6, 2012, 11 am EST: Looks like the NFL wised it and cleared the confusion. The video, which has gotten 425,000 hits in less than 12 hours is back up on Chrysler's official YouTube page.

Four Proud Latino NFL Players Who Have Played in the Super Tazón

This year Super Bowl in Indianapolis will be known by some as the Boricua Bowl, since the New York Giants Victor Cruz and the New England Patriots' Aaron Hernández will be playing for their respective teams. Cruz and Hernández might be two of the most famous NFL players of Puerto Rican descent, but pro players of Latino descent have been playing in Super Bowls since 1970. Here are just a few who succeeded in their sport and spoke proudly about their Latino roots:

Joe Kapp, Minnesota Vikings, Super Bowl IV

In 1970, Kapp was the starting Super Bowl quarterback for the Vikings, who lost to the Kansas City Chiefs, 23-7. In a Sports Illustrated feature about Kapp published July, 1970, Kapp addressed his Chicano roots:

 

I'm aware of my own reputation, and I enjoy it. I've been called "one half of a collision looking for the other." The adjectives you usually read about me are "unstylish," "brutal," "unrelenting" and sometimes "dumb." (That's when we lose; when we win, I'm a "great genius.") People take one look at the scars on my face and they assume that I spend most of my off-hours prowling around looking for fights, when the truth is that the fights are prowling around looking for me, and sometimes they find me. I think of myself as a gentle, fun-loving, peaceful person, but you can be all these things and still get in fights—especially if you don't back down, and I try not to. You won't see me running out of bounds to avoid a little physical contact with a linebacker, and you won't see me ducking out the window when somebody wants to tangle. So I've been known to get in an occasional tête-à-tête.

Maybe this goes back to my Chicano childhood, and machismo. Machismo means manliness, a willingness to act like a man, and if a kid didn't have machismo in the polyglot neighborhoods of the San Fernando and Salinas valleys in California, where I grew up, he had it tough. When I was little I saw guys lying in their own blood at the corner of Mission Boulevard and Hollister Street in San Fernando. Sometimes the Mexicans would fight the Anglos; sometimes it would be the Mexicans and the blacks from Pacoima. They had gang fights going all the time and even an occasional shoot-out or knifing.

When we moved to Salinas in the California lettuce belt, we lived in a housing project with pickers, Okies, Arkies, blacks and whites and browns and purples. In the fifth grade a bigger kid called me "a dirty Mexican," and at first I didn't challenge him. But when I got home I brooded on what he had said. My sense of justice was outraged. My mother, Florence Garcia Kapp, is Mexican-American, but my father is of German descent; therefore, at worst, I could only be half of what that kid had called me. So I went back and found him and really whaled him. I didn't win the fight, but I got in some licks. That was machismo, not backing down, acting like a man. I think I violated the code of machismo only once: in the seventh grade, when two guys took my basketball and rolled it down the hill. I should have whaled them, too, but one of them was Bob Sartwell, the best athlete in Salinas, six feet tall and 180 pounds, and I chickened out. I've never backed down since. On that dry, dusty basketball court in Salinas, I would look around me and say to myself, "Well, if I'm gonna win this game I'm gonna have to kick somebody's butt!" That was valuable training for NFL football.

 

Ted Hendricks, Oakland Raiders, Super Bowls V, XI, XV, XVIII

Hendricks is half-Guatemalan, having been born in Guatemala City to his Guatemalan mother and American father. He was also a 4-time Super Bowl champion, having won one title with Baltimore in Super Bowl V and three with the Oakland Raiders. Hendricks, known as "The Mad Stork," was one of the greatest linebackers in the history of the game and was inducted to the Hall of Fame in 1990.

When Sports Illustrated did a 1983 feature about Hendricks' illustrious career, he made it at a point to remind readers about his Guatemalan roots: "My roots are in the banyan trees," Hendricks will say. "My cousin owns a rum factory in Quezaltenango. Each city has its different costume…the beauty there…. I get excited just thinking about it…."

 

Jim Plunkett, Oakland Raiders, Super Bowl XV MVP, Super Bowl XVIII

Not only was Plunkett, who is of Mexican American descent, a Super Bowl MVP, he was also the 1970 Heisman Trophy winner out of Stanford. He is also a two-time Super Bowl winner. In 1974, People ran a feature about him, and Plunkett was quick to point out that his personal challenges did nothing to affect his quest for sporting greatness:

For all his triumphs on field, Plunkett's life off it has been laced with genuine pathos. His parents met in a school for the blind in New Mexico. His mother, Carmen, has been sightless since she was 20 and Plunkett's father, William, suffered a degenerative eye disease that left him legally blind long before his death in 1969. Plunkett's dad sold newspapers at a post office, and the family at times was on welfare. Plunkett, a five-sport high school star, had to work after school in gas stations and grocery stores. Between college years he joined construction gangs. But Plunkett winces in discomfort at any "hard-luck" handle. "That story has been blown out of proportion," he says. "I hesitate to go into it anymore. We were poor, but I did the things I wanted to."

 

Ron Rivera, Chicago Bears, Super Bowl XX

Rivera, the current coach of the Carolina Panthers, is of Mexican and Puerto Rican descent. He won his Super Bowl title with the 1985 Chicago Bears, considered one of the greatest defenses in NFL history. When Rivera became head coach of the Panthers, he was quick to acknowledge his heritage: "I'm very proud of the fact that I am of Hispanic descent. I'm very honored to have this opportunity."

Stockton Unified School District Students Use Social Media and Organization to Change School Board’s Move

Who says students can't convince district school boards to act? One story out of Stockton Unified School District in California, whose district population is 59% Latino, shows that students can take action when they disagree with proposals that their school boards are considering.

As the Stockton Record.net reports:

STOCKTON – As the Stockton Unified school board's facilities subcommittee meeting began Thursday evening, Superintendent Carl Toliver was expected to roll out a series of cost-saving proposals, among them a plan to move the district's teacher-training facility out of rental property and into the Weber Institute of Technology.

Ordinarily, subcommittee meetings are sparsely attended, but Thursday, the crowd swelled to more than 100. The audience was comprised almost entirely of past and present Weber students, as well as teachers and parents. They had turned out to plead with the district to leave Weber alone.

Observing the crowd in the boardroom, Toliver quickly told committee members David Varela, Sal Ramirez and Steve Smith to scratch the Weber proposal off their list. But the Weber supporters nonetheless seized the opportunity to speak passionately about their school.

"Going to Weber, it changed my whole life," senior Antonio Garcia said. "Seeing this unification of students signifies how important this school is to all of us."

Some of the students had gotten the idea the district was considering moving or closing Weber, though Toliver has never said any such thing. But Weber teachers say there is insufficient room at the downtown facility to simultaneously conduct classes and trainings.

Toliver told the Weber gathering, "We heard you very loud and clearly."

We applaud these students for utilizing social media tools to spread their message and to achieve their "victory." Sometimes all the textbooks and classes in the word won't do, and a real-life civics moment can add more educational value to young minds.

Boricuas For a Positive Image Enters 5th Week of ABC Protest: They Say They Will Only Get Stronger

Most of the online world has moved on after the Work It "Puerto Rican Drug Dealer" fiasco helped to cause the show's cancelation after only two episodes. Yet, the grassroots group Boricuas For a Positive Image continues to demonstrate every Thursday night in front of ABC's New York headquarters.

It appears that even if BFPI is the only group that is asking to meet with ABC and discuss how the network can move forward with the Puerto Rican community, they will eventually achieve their goal. On a side note, ABC recently announced a development deal with adopted Redeble John Leguizamo. Who know where that goes? But in the meantime, BFPI shows no signs of stopping, as nyclatinopolitics.com reports:

5th. Protest At ABC! – Where Are We?

For the 5th consecutive week we had a very well organized and vibrant Demo in front of ABC yesterday. Again it was unexpected. It was obvious that the security personnel were not expecting anyone to show. Same with the NYPD. AS A RESULT WE SURPRISED EVERYONE & you should have seen the reaction when we began the chants with 5 then 10, eventually close to another 100 folks.

It’s obvious that while some think this issue is over (that is what ABC executives believe) this is not the reality. The National Hispanic Media Coalition (NHMC) has tried unsuccessfully to convince execs of ABC that this is not a movement that has gone away simply because the show was canceled and they too have found it difficult to get the message across. ABC no respeta a nadie en nuestra comunidad.

This incorrect view from ABC and others plus the fact that we have been ignored by much of the mainstream media would give the impression that we are a void onto ourselves, or like one reporter friend told me. “this issue in not important.” Something that could be no further from the truth. The mere fact that over 100 and up to 200, majority Boricuas have been demonstrating every week under all weather conditions and that is not news is incredible!

What none of these folks understand is that slowly this movement is touching the hearts & minds of Boricuas & others who once they are made aware of the facts are agreeing with us? Just like the many non-Latinos that walk by 66th St. while we are demonstrating and ask us about the issue and leave giving us the “thumbs up,” or the number of truck drivers that honk their horns when they drive by reading out signs.

This can also be seen from the emails & comments we get plus the new faces we have seen in the 5 demonstrations. Young, senior, male, female, labor & religious. I personally like going to an activity for our community and not seeing the same people all the time.

Bottom line is that this movement has touched a nerve. Particularly in the Puerto Rican community. A nerve that appears to bother and create discomfort for some. Why? We can speculate all we want, but something to consider is that Boricuas being the second largest Latino sector in the USA (4.7 million) and attached (directly or indirectly) with another 3.7 million on an island (that is another political issue onto itself) makes a very dangerous brew if united on anything. There are many people including among our own that would prefer that our community be “undisturbed.” Why wake up a community that has so much to scream about. Just look at any statistic regarding the Puerto Rican community and if that does not affect you, or get you pissed you are not paying attention.

As such we are asking all of you to join us in re-doubling your efforts to show that our community is very much alive and ready to defend ourselves when insulted, or attacked. Please continue to Send notices to all your contacts, family members, neighbors. Invite some members of Boricuas For A Positive Image (BFPI) to talk at your meetings, or  schools. Bring up the issue in any meeting from Tenants Association, to union delegate meetings. Help us expand the information that is growing. Inform your friends through your Facebook page, Twitter, YouTube, etc. If you have contacts in another city, or state, let them know what is happening here in NYC. If you have still not called ABC, please do and tell them that they need to apologize and meet with our community.

Soon we will be meeting to discuss ways to move this struggle to its next level. We will share this information with everyone via this page. If you have any ideas, or comments that could help build this struggle please write a comment at nyclatinopolitics.com and we will read it.

While many think this struggle is dying, or over they don’t understand that in reality it has not really begun. This might be the year of the Dragon, but this Pitirre is about to hit the eagle hard.

1 Hour For Boricua/Latino Pride & Respect!

Thursdays 5:30 to 6:30 PM 66th St. & Columbus. Come bring your family, come bring your class you will feel great upon leaving.

From @TheDailyShow: Around the World “South America” Edition

Here is the 2011 The Daily Show Wrap-Up, South American edition.

Not bad, Jon. But we are here to help you if you want to go take your Latin American comedy a little deeper.

 

Jimmy Fallon’s “Real Housewives of Late Night” Visit Indy for Super Bowl

Ahh, Jimmy Fallon. You are a true Rebelde.

Classic Fallon. Perfect for a Super Tazón party.

Yo @rj_c and @PapaHeroes: Tell the Giants That They Are Not Super Tazón Champions Yet

Talk about false propaganda and false advertising. Hours before the kickoff of today Super Tazón between the Gigantes de Nueva York and the Patriotas de Nueva Inglaterra, the official website for the Giants displayed this:

Oops.

The NFL quickly issued a statement:

“It is common practice for both teams to create web pages in advance of the conference championship games and Super Bowl. In this case, the hidden URL for the page was inadvertently available for a brief period of time while it was being positioned on the NFL server for possible post tomorrow night.”

 

Really NFL? You are a billion-dollar league and your IT people don't know how to click on DRAFT? We are not buying it. This is a definite jinx for the Gigantes and we can't wait to have @rj_c of @PapaHeroes submit his first blog post for us tomorrow morning.