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These Latinos Are Helping To Make The 2019 Super Bowl The Greatest Possible For Latino Fans

The countdown to the 2019 Super Bowl is on. With just a couple days away until the championship, we wanted to recognize the Latinos in front and behind the scenes who are helping to bring the spirit and action of the Super Bowl to millions of NFL fans around the world.

Alfonso Garcia

When the Los Angeles Rams take the field at the Mercedes-Benz Stadium in Atlanta, Alfonso Garcia will be in the stands cheering them on with his son. Garcia was gifted tickets to the big game, flights and hotel accommodations by Rams wide receiver Brandin Cooks in appreciation for Garcia’s work maintaining the Cal Lutheran field where the team holds its practices.

Catherine Gonzalez Pack

During football season, Catherine Gonzalez Pack is busy calling the shots to bring the NFL Sunday Ticket viewing experience to NFL fans. Gonzalez Pack is the assistant vice president of video operations at AT&T’s Los Angeles Broadcast Center. NFL fans who have the DIRECTV package will be able to catch the game on any device thanks to Gonzalez Pack’s team.

Rodolfo Landeros

When Latinos who want to see the 2019 Super Bowl in Spanish turn on the TV to Fox Deportes, Mexican native Rodolfo Landeros will be one of the faces. He will be giving fans a play-by-play of the action. Landeros has been giving fans an inside look into Super Bowl LIII with his Instagram Stories straight from the ATL.

Gevrina Catalina

Reporting on the biggest moments of an NFL team is no easy feat, but LA Rams reporter Gevrina Catalina handles it in two languages. Fans of the carneros can catch her in videos from the Super Bowl media area on the team’s Vamos Rams website section.

Patriots Nation Monterrey

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When kickoff starts on Sunday, the New England Patriots will be cheered on by die-hard Pats fans across fan clubs in Mexico, including Monterey, Chihuahua, Toluca, Saltillo, Guadalajara, Mexico City and Mexicali. If you’re in Mexico and want to catch the game with these fan clubs, check out the full list.

SoCal Rams Booster Club

Supporting a team in good times and bad is the sign of a true fan. However, supporting your team when they aren’t even in the same city? That’s the hallmark of a mega fan. The SoCal Rams Booster Club was started in 2004, years before the Los Angeles Rams changed from St. Louis to their home in the city of Angels. President Ralph Valdez wanted a family atmosphere where Rams fan could enjoy the games with their kids and familia just like he and many of his supporters had done generations before when the Rams would originally play at the Los Angeles Sports Coliseum.

You can be sure many of the SoCal Rams Booster Club will be in attendance in Atlanta to yell, “Whose house? Rams House!” in the stands.

Joe ‘Silver Fox’ Ramirez

Joe ‘Silver Fox’ Ramirez has been an ardent supporter of the Los Angeles Rams since 1968. The Rams are the first NFL team he ever heard of, he told Vice Sports.

He has been collecting Rams memorabilia for decades and is instantly recognizable thanks to his ram horned-construction hat, which he designed himself.

Ramirez never wavered in his support of his LA Rams, attending games in San Diego or Phoenix when the Rams moved out of town. He eventually became an advisory council member for the SoCal Rams Booster Club.

“I would promote the Rams as my team and share my certainty that one day they would return to Los Angeles,” Ramirez told Vice Sports.

Now he is bringing the blue and gold spirit to the Super Bowl! Follow this OG fan on his official fan Facebook Page.

Maluma

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For those who are watching the Super Bowl only for the commercials, Maluma baby will be one of the celeb faces endorsing a product on Super Bowl Sunday. Beer brand Michelob ULTRA tapped the Colombian singer to be himself—Juan Luis to be exact— in his first Super Bowl ad while enjoying an ice cold beer with friends in the TV spot. Although he isn’t performing at the Super Bowl Halftime Show, the singer told Forbes this commercial might help him be one step closer to that goal.

“This is such a huge dream for me and it would be a dream come true for the Latino community,” he told Forbes. “With the way things are going, seeing a Latino perform during the halftime show isn’t an impossibility anymore. It’s going to happen and I hope that this commercial is helping me get closer to that prize.

Raúl Allegre

ESPN Deportes ramped up its Super Bowl coverage with a whole team of TV commentators, analysts, sideline reporters, and multimedia reporters. One of the analysts who will be live from Atlanta is Mexican-born former NFL player, Raúl Allegre. Allegre played for four different teams during his tenure in the NFL, including the Baltimore Colts, Indianapolis Colts, New York Giants, and New York Jets. He knows plenty about the game and will be giving fans in-depth analysis between the Rams and the Patriots.


READ: Non-Basic Latino Super Bowl Snacks

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The General Manager Of A Pro Softball Team Used Players To Promote Trump’s Anti-Black Lives Matter Message So The Entire Team Walked

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The General Manager Of A Pro Softball Team Used Players To Promote Trump’s Anti-Black Lives Matter Message So The Entire Team Walked

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This week, the pro women’s softball league held its first game in Melbourne, Florida. Soon after the game finished, every member of the Texas-based team called the Scrap Yard Fast Pitch, quit. The reason? The team’s general manager Connie May tweeted a picture of the players standing during the national anthem and tagged Donald Trump.

The women players decided that they’d had it.

In a post shared with Donald Trump on Twitter, May indicated that the members of his softball team are opposed to the Black Lives Matter movement.

According to the New York Times, the team received numerous texts and notifications of the post once they’d finished their game and returned to their locker room. The image was posted without their knowledge or consent and clearly used by May to promote a political message. The woman say that their standing for the flag has nothing to do with their political views.

Speaking about the incident, The Undefeated reports that “When May was brought into the locker room following the game, players expected an explanation.” May instead attempted to justify her post and at some point said “All Lives Matter.” Having heard enough one of the team’s members Kiki Stokes walked out. Soon after the rest of the team (which has only two Black members) followed. Kelsey Stewart, one of the Black players, was not at the game as wrote her teammates with a screenshot of the tweet saying “I am not going to ever be a part of this organization whatsoever.”

Fortunately, the softball team backed Stewart and Stokes.

“Moments later, her teammates took off their jerseys and followed her,” The Undefeated reports. “Every player in the locker room was done after that moment. They would no longer play for May or the Scrap Yard organization.”

Speaking to the New York Times, Cat Osterman a member the team said “The more we talked about it, the angrier I got, and I finally just said, ‘I’m done, I’m not going to wear this jersey. We were used as pawns in a political post, and that’s not OK.”

In a show of solidarity, USSSA Pride (who played against Scrap Yard Dawgs in Monday’s game) suspended the rest of their planned games.

The two teams were on each other’s schedules which means USSSA is likely refusing to win by default.

No doubt it’s pretty powerful these women decided to quit their jobs to stand with Black Lives Matter and their Black teammates. Speaking about the incident Natasha Watley, the first Black player to play with USA Softball at the Olympics called the move “powerful.” “Not one of them stood back and said this doesn’t really affect me, I’d rather play,” she said adding “We’re already getting paid pennies and now we’re going to get paid nothing to stand up for this. That’s how much it matters.”

Vanessa Bryant Opened Up About The Heartbreaking Reason She Blocked Fan Accounts Paying Tribute To Kobe And Gigi

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Vanessa Bryant Opened Up About The Heartbreaking Reason She Blocked Fan Accounts Paying Tribute To Kobe And Gigi

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There’s no doubt that in the wake of her husband Kobe Bryant and daughter Gigi’s deaths, Vanessa Bryant and her family have received quite the outpour of support from fans. Look up just about any hashtag with their names and you’ll find hundreds of thousands of images of the two deceased Bryant family members and just about as many fan accounts. The images and tributes have meant to be a eulogy to the two basketball players that lost their lives too soon.

Yet, recently Vanessa Bryant revealed that the ongoing support hasn’t always been so positive for her.

On Sunday, Vanessa Bryant opened up about having to take action and remove herself from all the social media love she and her family have received in the five months since her husband and daughter’s deaths.

In a post to her Instagram page, the mother of four, sent a note to fans to let them know that she and her 17-year-old daughter, Natalia, had decided to block fan pages in an effort to keep away from the constant pictures of Kobe and Gianna popping up on their “Explore” pages. In her post, Bryant underlined that she was only blocking the accounts to make sure she was continuing to heal and that it was not being done out of malice.

“Thx so much for all the [love]. @nataliabryant and I have unfortunately had to block fan pages because it’s been really hard to go online and constantly see pics of our beloved Gigi and Kobe under every single square of our explore pages. Blocking the fan pages has helped change the algorithm,” Bryant wrote in a post to her Stories on Instagram.

Vanessa continued to explain that “We [love] you all but please understand that we had to do this for our own healing not because we don’t appreciate your [love].”

Bryant’s Instagram page was made to be private soon after her husband’s death likely for similar reasons.

In a separate Instagram story to her own account Vanessa’s daughter Natalia shared, “We hope that people understand although these fan pages have good intentions, they make moving forward harder since they are constant reminders. Blocking the accounts have helped change the algorithm but we can not go public until the fan pages stop. We love all of your sweet intentions and we hope you understand.” 

Understandably, Bryant and her daughter are sheltering themselves from further hurt during this time.

Here’s hoping their fans continue to support them through this decision and understand their motives. Fortunately, while Bryant and her daughter Natalia have made their accounts private, they are still making their content available through other pages. Recently, Bryant revealed that she had decided to pay tribute to her late husband and daughter Gigi by commemorating their lives with tattoos.

Last week, Bryant took to Instagram to reveal she’d made the decision to honor her husband and daughter with two new tattoos.

Both images were shared with the public via Nikko Hurtado, the artist behind Vanessa’s ink work.

“Shoutout to @nikkohurtado for coming over and helping me get my Gigi’s sweet message transferred on me,” she wrote in a caption to her Instagram page featuring a video of her new tattoo honoring her daughter. The details of the tattoo aren’t totally visible but in the comments, Bryant revealed that the tattoo features her late daughter’s handwriting. “So happy I can see my Gigi’s handwriting everyday ❤️ #mambacita,” she replied.

Bryant also shared a video of herself receiving another tattoo, this time for Kobe.

In a post to her Instagram page, Bryant shared another video of herself. This time the video revealed that she was actively receiving a shoulder tattoo that is meant to honor her husband.

“I wanted my boo boo’s @kobebryant sweet message transferred on me,” Bryant explained in the caption of the photo.

For fans of the Bryants it’s important to note that while Vanessa and Natalia aren’t looking at fan accounts, the art is still available for you to view if it makes you feel better during this time.

Additionally, fans who want to keep up with Vanessa and Natalia and see how they continue to heal can follow friend accounts or stay in touch with us for updates!