[Ricardo Caté cartoons at Without Reservations.]
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Hot sexy salsa dancers! A party — or is it a fiesta? Hopping lowriders! Flags of many nations! Something for the kids! Did Charter/Spectrum/TimeWarner/RoadRunner miss any Latinx cliches?
We asked our favorite ad maven Bernadette Rivero what was missing and what was happening in this spot:
“Missing?” she emailed back. “An abuela kicking a soccer ball with her feet while batting a piñata with one hand and making a call to Latin America.”
Canadian First Nations DJ Crew A Tribe Called Red mixes up traditional sounds with future sonics and they want you to use this song instead of racist mascot chants in sports arenas.
Man, it is hot out here today. Sun of a Beach!
In a universe far away, they call the sportsball spectator stand up/get down trick The Mexican Wave. Here in Pocholandia, it’s just The Wave. Maybe that was you doing The Wave on MLB opening day or on the final night of March Madness; maybe you Waved on the couch at home.
But do you know where The Wave originated, and why it’s now known internationally as The Mexican Wave? Watch y learn:
The BBC sent a reporter to the Southwest to find out what it means to be a Mexican-American. The answer? It’s complicated.
Everybody in Cleveland sure Loves You Some Indians, says Navajo poet Rowie Shebala. Imitation is the sincerest form of flattery, doncha know. We’re honoring your culture.
We pulled the stats and it’s official: These were the Top Ten Toons in 2014. POCHO Jefe-in-Chief Lalo Alcaraz’ La Cucaracha got most of the hot mouse-click action, of course, but the big surprise was the re-emergence of a Lalo-Toon™ from 2002 (above, and #1 below) which seemed to predict the future. That’s why Lalo is Numero Uno in our book! 😉
The Mexican Curling Team that will be going for gold at the Winter Olympics in Pyeongchang 2018 is training hard. Your modest cash contribution can help these brave young vatos as they go to SWEEP THE GOLD!
How did they get started with this less-than-mainstream sport? Consuela, of course:
Dan Snyder, the owner of the hatefully-named Washington Redskins football team, is offended that South Park is using their (no-longer-trademarked) name, even though Cartman is only trying to honor the team’s awesome heritage.
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Do you have a TV? Do you like to drink beer? Good for you, idiot — you have met the minimum requirements for sports fandom. But how do smart people drink and yell at the screen (often at the same time)? Watch and learn.
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The competition is set for the parking lot behind the bleachers in hot and windy El Monte, East Los, Califas. Can tattooed veterano Rizer put down his mocoso and beat hipster Ben, even if Ben is wearing his magic $3 thrift shore shirt? It’s a thrill-packed race up to the chain link fence and back again and there’s a hyna standing by with prizes. Skip Ventura of Varsity Punks reports.
When American Latinos watch Spanish-langugage FIFA broadcasts from Brazil, some are shocked by the casual use of words like “greña” and “moreno” that would be considered offensive in the U.S. This report from Public Radio International explores the controversy:
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Los Angeles “Paisley Underground” band The Bangles’ tune September Gurls gets a remake by History Teachers to tell the story of The Olmecs and those big stone heads.
Mira the History Teachers’ lyrics:
The Olmec heads
From long ago
Where they came from
No one knows
Native Americans have many names, but they are not your mascots.
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(PNS reporting from TIJUANA) While the American sports industrial complex is still debating the insensitive and racist Native American mascot of the Washington Redskins, fans and players of the Mexican Football League (MFL) openly question the sensitivity of some in U.S. sports circles.
Tijuana resident and avid MFL fan Nestor Gil de Vaca is puzzled.
“What is the problem with the gringos?” he asked PNS. “Sports team mascots are just that, mascots. It’s not like they are real people. I am a huge fan of the Monterrey Judios, the Sonora Cadaveres and of course my home team, the Tijuana Travestis. No one is offended, we just like to enjoy football.”
Back from the dead and live on tape, George Carlin is not afraid to share his feelings about Lance Armstrong. [Totally NSFW language.]
POCHO Olympics Especial Presentation of Nuno Rocha’s 3X3: Making that basketball long shot requires a special kind of sportsman. Or does it? (Comedy short; Portugal.)
Ladies: Does this song describe anyone you know? Or shall we ask again after tonight’s big game? Gary P. Nunn is a Texas singer/songwriter with a good eye for detail and a pointed wit.