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Giveaway: Win a Pair of Tickets to Jaws’ Super Bowl Cigar Party

15 Jan 2013

People don’t pay enough attention to this fact, but the cigar community is exceedingly generous. A perfect example is former NFL quarterback and current ESPN analyst Ron Jaworski, a cigar aficionado who spends considerable time and energy supporting charity.


Each year, just before the Super Bowl, “Jaws” (far right in the picture above) holds a cigar party with his many friends from ESPN and professional athletes, with proceeds benefiting charity. This year proceeds go to Jaws Youth Playbook Charity and the United Way for the greater New Orleans area.

Tickets cost $500 (with all proceeds going to charity); is giving one reader a pair of free tickets. (Details below.)

Jaws New Orleans Cigar Party, the 4th annual event put on by Jaws, features premium cigars from the industry’s top brands (including CAO, Macanudo, Miami Cigar & Co., Rocky Patel, Quesada, and La Gloria Cubana), single-malt scotch, and plenty of football celebrities to make it the must-attend cigar event. Jaws will be joined by ESPN personalities including Mike Tirico, Jon Gruden, Mike Ditka, Suzy Kolber, Mike Golic, Merril Hoge, and others. It is an intimate affair, so not only do you get up close and personal with the celebrity guests, the space will also fill up quickly.

Jaws is an active community champion. His foundation, Jaws Youth Playbook (JYP), works to improve the overall health and wellness of at-risk youth. JYP is proud to partner with the United Way for the greater New Orleans area and support their Hurricane Isaac relief efforts. This year’s event will take place on Thursday, January 31 at the Bourbon Vieux on Bourbon Street in New Orleans.

Enter to win two free tickets: Entry is simple. In the comments, let us know the best sports-related cigar celebration you’ve ever enjoyed. Just tell us your team, what they won, and what cigar you celebrated with. We’ll pick our favorite and hook you up with the free tickets. Just make sure you can get yourself to the event, since it would be shame to waste such a great prize.

And even if you don’t win the free tickets, please consider buying a ticket. The money goes to two great causes and it promises to be a fantastic event.

The Stogie Guys

photo credit: Jaws Cigar Party

47 Responses to “Giveaway: Win a Pair of Tickets to Jaws’ Super Bowl Cigar Party”

  1. Joseph Tuesday, January 15, 2013 at 8:24 am #

    My favorite sports related cigar moment was celebrating the Nationals making the playoffs. I smoke an Alec Bradley Black Market toro. Delicious.

  2. DaveG Tuesday, January 15, 2013 at 8:46 am #

    Each year during the college bowl season, I pick three games to pay particular attention to. I then select a winning and loosing cigar for each. This year it was Alabama/ND as number 3…although it was a choice of who I wanted to loose more it seems, I had Bama, just not by that much, rewarded myself with a LP Undercrown. Second game was Georgia – Nebraska. Went with Georgia as my son is currently enrolled there….and was able to celebrate with a mini herf with him enjoying an Emilio Draig K. The number one game was New Years Eve LSU-Clemson as I am a Clemson alum. After a great game, I got to settle back and bring in the New Year with a EPC Atlantic 10th anniversary and some Highland Park. (btw, the loosing cigars were not too shabby either, I like to hedge my bets)

  3. David Cline Tuesday, January 15, 2013 at 1:29 pm #

    In February 2009, I was invited by several college friends to join them for a Super Bowl party at a nearby Hooters. I was still somewhat new to the area, and while I knew the guys, it had been a while since I had seen them. I got to the Hooters at the appointed hour, and was greeted very warmly, and encouraged to order something to eat and drink – and was then haded a very nice, very tasty Macanudo cigar. The afternoon and evening were spent cheering and groaning (depending on what team you were rooting for), eating all kinds of food, enjoying many drinks, laughing with friends, playfully flirting with the waitresses, and lighting up a few more stogies. What made it extra special was that these were my first cigars! What was a one-day things has turned into a passion, and one I continue to research, learn about, and explore.

  4. Cigar Surgeon Tuesday, January 15, 2013 at 2:01 pm #

    Well I'm a New York Jets fan (queue groaning) and our victory over the Patriots and the Colts in 2010 was a big celebration for me.

    I celebrated by enjoying a Glenfiddich 30 scotch, a Macallen 21 scotch and I think I smoked either a Rocky Patel Edge or a Rocky Patel 1992 to celebrate.

  5. lyricsninja Tuesday, January 15, 2013 at 2:42 pm #

    The phillies – in 2008 when they won the world series, i immediately walked outside onto my deck… and opened a victory beer and lit up a victory cigar. The beer was a Guinness extra stout, and the cigar was a montecristo white no. 2. ill never forget those things. lidge on the mound, a nice heavy Guinness, and a light creamy cigar.

  6. Schwartz Tuesday, January 15, 2013 at 2:54 pm #

    Oh man…for once, one of these is easy for me!

    I've been a Saints fan through good and bad (mostly bad), so 2009 was obviously quite a special year for me. I'll never forget jumping up and down, crying, and screaming like an idiot when Porter picked off Manning to help the Saints win their first Superbowl. I remember calling my Dad, tears still in my eyes as we just both kind of sat on the phone, dumbfounded, both of us letting the realization of what had just happened sink in, while at the same time being terrified that it would somehow be taken away from us. Even though I was utterly exhausted from being so tense while watching the game, I didn't hesitate to make myself stay awake and enjoy the only cigar I had readily available after a quick drive to the Circle K near my house:

    A Swisher Sweet.

    It's still one of the best cigar experiences I've ever had, even if it was one of the worst cigars I've ever had. I'm sure that a good cigar would have made the night even better, but I still wouldn't do it different if I had the opportunity to do so.

    Things didn't quite work out so well for the Saints this year, but here's to hoping next year is better.

  7. Mo Tuesday, January 15, 2013 at 3:09 pm #

    The Ole Miss football team had not given us much reason to celebrate in recent years. We entered 2012 on a 14-game SEC losing streak, but we wrapped up this season by beating our rival and then winning our bowl game in convincing fashion. I celebrated our 7-6 record by digging out my last Padilla 1932 Oscuro.

  8. Christian Tuesday, January 15, 2013 at 3:32 pm #

    Awesome contest. My favorite memory came this year, when Vanderbilt beat Tennessee in college football for just the second time in 28 years. It was even better when that win kept UT from bowl eligibility and essentially got Derek Dooley fired. That emphatic win was equal parts shedding the "Same Old Vandy" label and lapping up the Tennessee schadenfreude.

    To celebrate, I broke out a Greycliff Espresso and puffed away like a goon, just imagining the Vandy bowl scenarios. It. Was. Awesome.

  9. Leigh Tuesday, January 15, 2013 at 4:05 pm #

    I'm from New Orleans. In New Orleans, after the Saints won Super Bowl XLIV, we didn't just celebrate that night, though I of course carried my debauchery til dawn at several nearby bars. The partying continued into our Mardi Gras festivities (which became affectionately known as Lombardi Gras). As all cities do, the Saints rolled in an honorary parade down the streets of NOLA. Imagine every other city's parade on steroids. The win didn't seem real until we were marching down the street to see Drew hoist that Lombardi trophy over his head. We ran back and forth blocks at a time to make sure we saw all of our favorite players. However, one of the most poignant moments of the evening happened right as we walked out the door. One of the best nights of my life started with great friends, cheap champagne and a fine cigar. The six of us in the group passed around an Alec Bradley cigar as we walked to the parade. It was my first cigar, and I'd never tasted anything better. Who dat.

  10. ALec Tuesday, January 15, 2013 at 4:23 pm #

    2009 Dynasty victory in Vegas lead to an unreal afterparty. Best for sure.

  11. Plotsky Tuesday, January 15, 2013 at 4:58 pm #

    My best would be last weekend. I'm not a huge football fan, but my girlfriend and her family are diehard Ravens fans. After than stunning upset of the broncos we all had a victory cigar, I had an asylum, and it honestly was the tastiest one I had ever had. Maybe I had bought into the whole "fan" thing, I don't know. I do know that smoking that stick with all of them after their win was one of the best smokes I've ever had.

  12. @Hellnation Tuesday, January 15, 2013 at 5:36 pm #

    I am a Cowboy's fan. So I haven't had much to celebrate in that field, but I refuse to give up on them. Honestly I was never into sports at all. I had a mentor who loved the Cowboys, so when he passed due to cancer I picked up where he left off. This is 5 years now.
    The closest thing to a celebratory cigar was at the beginning of this season when the Cowboys shut down the Superbowl champions the Giants, which seemed like an amazing start to what I thought was a superbowl season.. sigh.

    I smoked a La Flor Dominicana Double Ligero. One of my personal favorites.

  13. Mark Tuesday, January 15, 2013 at 5:57 pm #

    The year was 1979…

    The Pittsburg Pirates won the World series.. In Seven Games

    Dave Parker, Ed Ott, Willie Stargell & my Favorite Kent Tekulve brought it home over the Baltimore Orioles…

    I was 9 Years Old.

    After the game my little brother and I screaming and Dancing in my living room… then my dad.. goes over to his bookshelf… and grabs a Philles Titan CIgar

    and Says… 'Let's Celebrate in Style boys"…

    we go outside and he lights up…

    we discusss the game for what seemed like hours… while he smoked that Cigar.

    I remember thinking from then on, Cigars are for when you want to celebrate in Style.

    Miss my dad… and every once in a while I'll lite up a Phillies Titan.. just for him.

  14. Joe Tuesday, January 15, 2013 at 6:01 pm #

    My favorite sports related cigar moment has to be, without a doubt, Bama establishing themselves as a dynasty this season. My father grew up in Alabama and it was awesome to see him be so proud of the team. My dad smoked a Montecristo White and I smoked a Liga Privada T52 and a LP papas fritas.

  15. Thorne Tuesday, January 15, 2013 at 7:15 pm #

    My best "victory cigar" memory didn't celebrate a championship, but it was to celebrate a monumental achievement for a little program that could. I'm a native of Memphis and went back home to law school. Nothing brings Memphians of all different backgrounds together like Toger basketball and in the 2007-08 season the city came together. My parents were having dinner with my wife and I as the Tigers prepared to take on a loaded UCLA team in the Final Four. The Tigers played great and won by 15 by pouring it on in the second half. My wife, father, and I retired to the deck after the game to drink champagne and smoke Montecristo No. 2s. I'm so glad we celebrated that night because the Tigers collapsed late in the Championship game and lost a heartbreaker in overtime to Kansas. Ultimately the games were vacated and they don't appear in the record books but I'll never forget that time with my family. It is likely the closest I will ever be to my alma mater winning it all. It was a fun run and a treasured memory.

    I assure you I am looking for a reason to run down to New Orleans and my wife and I would love to have beignets at Cafe du Monde after this epic event. Thanks for the contest and best of luck to everyone!

  16. @MikeGoodfriend Tuesday, January 15, 2013 at 7:55 pm #

    I remember my event like it was yesterday. I am a huge UConn Huskies fan, in every sport. I remember all of our National Championships, but 2011 was something special. Not only did I get to celebrate the *greatest* Big East Tournament run ever, I witnessed an epic Championship run where each game was down to the wire.

    Like thousands of other students not at the game, I filed into Gampel Pavilion to watch on the jumbotron, cigar and flask in pockets. For some reason, they still don't search people entering basketball games. When the game ended, we ran out to the streets, yelling and cheering, and my best friend and I stepped aside to light our victory cigar. It was the most delicious cigar I've ever smoked, and was made even better with taste of victory and champagne on our lips. It was one of the greatest nights of my life.

  17. Steve Garland Tuesday, January 15, 2013 at 8:46 pm #

    My best celebratory cigar had to be after my wedding in 2011. I got married in Jamaica so I had a supply of Cubans. I sell rated with a Montecristo #2. Although I don't know if it was a championship ( bc I love my wife and she is smoking hot) or a farewell to a dynasty (college was fun for all of us). I know it's not sports related but I had to share that one. My best sports related celebratory cigar had to be after the 2008 Ryder Cup. A USA team without Tiger won the Ryder Cup for the first time since 1999. Talk about an underdog victory with a 5 point victory and never behind on the score board. I celebrated that one with a Perdomo 10th annaversary Maduro.

    • Steve Garland Tuesday, January 15, 2013 at 8:48 pm #


  18. Kevin Gorden Tuesday, January 15, 2013 at 11:49 pm #

    Anaheim Angels, 2002 world series, I ran up and down my street with my son screaming while smoking a Punch Grand Puro.. My son was all of 10 and we just yelled for a bout an hour…Then I called all my childhood Friends who had dreamed of that day since we were 10 and Sat in an empty stadium and watched some very bad Angel teams….

  19. Stewart L. Wednesday, January 16, 2013 at 12:07 am #

    My favorite sports related moment was on Jan. 3 1993. I live in Houston and was a big Houston Oiler fan. Houston was playing the Buffalo Bills in an AFC Playoff game. At halftime the Oilers were up 28 to 3 and seemed to have the game in the bag. Having been through many heartbreaks with the Oilers Luv Ya Blue years I had a feeling in the pit of my stomach and knew they'd find a way to blow it. So at Halftime I lit up a Partagas Dominican to celebrate a good year's run and to steel myself for the inevitable letdown. So in the 3rd quarter the Oilers intercept and score a touchdown to go up 35 to 3, a friggen 32 point lead but I had faith and hoped I was wrong as I continued puffing on the Partagas. From there it went downhill and Buffalo went on to win 41 to 38 and that game is still referred to as "The Choke" in Houston.

  20. Dario Wednesday, January 16, 2013 at 12:20 am #

    I hope this counts. Being from Indianapolis, I was super excited that we hosted the Super Bowl last year. It was a crowning achievement for our city, and many people, both that I spoke with personally, and on the news, stated that it was one of the best Super Bowls in a very long time. On Super Bowl weekend Nestor Miranda came to Carmack's cigar shop just north of Indianapolis, and I was able to attend the event, and smoke some of his Special Selection 2010 Danino's, which I love, while listening to Mr. Miranda regale us with entertaining stories of serving in the Cuban army etc.

  21. Craig Wednesday, January 16, 2013 at 6:59 am #

    Green Bay Packers winning the Superbowl. Celebrated with a Montecristo #2 that had been sitting in the humidor for a while. Overall great day.

  22. Swede214 Wednesday, January 16, 2013 at 2:09 pm #

    I'll pass on this one, If by chance you pick, pick from the rest the boys. Still a great contest!

  23. Marc Johnson Thursday, January 17, 2013 at 1:16 pm #

    My favorite cigar moment was last Sun when my Beloved Atlanta Falcons defeated the Seattle Seahawks to break Tony Gonzalez' & Mike Smith's playoff win drought to advance to the NFC Championship! I grew up in KC watching TG but have lived in Atl the past 6 yrs and followed TG since he got here. I celebrated with a Partagas Black Label torpedo! A most excellent smoke to celebrate EXELLENCE! Rise Up Falcons! The road to the Superdome goes thru Atlanta…See you in NOLA!

  24. Abraham Paniagua Thursday, January 17, 2013 at 6:43 pm #

    The best celebration I've had was on 2011 when we were watching the NBA Finals. Miami vs. Dallas. I was a Dallas fan. EVERY game was a celebration day, even when Dallas lost. The final game was celebrated with a La Aurora Preferido and after it a Padron 64th Anniversary. Just an awesome night…smoked like 4 cigars and had tons of friends with me.

  25. Robert James Friday, January 18, 2013 at 10:38 am #

    My Favorite would have to be my first Indianapolis Colts Game
    Never being able to attend a Game because I was always working
    I was a big fan and always supported my team wearing my Colts Blue
    Things change and I got laid off out of the blue I got a call I have
    an extra Ticket to Sunday's Game.
    I was like a kid in a candy store me and the guys celebrated the Colts
    come from behind victory!

  26. Holly Friday, January 18, 2013 at 10:49 am #

    Born and raised in good ole Louisiana, I was beyond excited when the Saints made it to the Super Bowl. I was living in South Florida at the time and had to watch the game all by myself up late at my apartment (being as I had to work super early the next day and we were an hour behind). I had me a few Amstels and cheap Swisher Sweets (I know its not luxury but it was all that was available). I will never forget that unbelievable game and the joy I felt for the state of Louisiana. They needed that. You see, I may be a girl but it doesn't stop me from being a football fanatic!! GEAUZ Tigers and GEAUX Saints!!

  27. Nick P. Friday, January 18, 2013 at 5:30 pm #

    I attended the Super Bowl 42 in 2008, when the Giants, Cinderella underdogs, played the undefeated New England Patriots. As a Giants fan, I found myself in a predominantly New England fan section, and enjoyed friendly ribbing about the prospects for the Giants throughout the game. Needless to say, with the spectacular turn of events at the 11th hour and the Giants miracle win, I found myself leaving the stadium with a smile on my face (and eyes in the back of my head) in part due to the Giants win, but also due to the Padron 1926 in my pocket. On the long walk back to the car, I basked in the warmth of Phoenix, the satisfaction of seeing seeing Tom Petty, the joy of seeing my team win and one of the best smokes around.

  28. Gary T Friday, January 18, 2013 at 6:14 pm #

    One of my favorite cigars was an H Upmann at the Youngstown State games watching Ron Jaworski play.This was prior to YSU having their own field. I am a proud YSU grad,class of '68. Go Penguins!

  29. Heather Friday, January 18, 2013 at 6:24 pm #

    I attended a Saints SUPERBOWL party at a bar in Baton Rouge! After they won, My husband and I went outside and he shared his Java cigar with me. I hung out with the boys and enjoyed every puff of pure victory. It was wonderful! It is amazing how a good cigar can help celebrate a victorious moment! Sometimes makes it more memorable. This would be an awesome prize so that I can go with him and share another cigar! 🙂

  30. Jason Zahner Friday, January 18, 2013 at 7:06 pm #

    I was 16 (I'm 43 now) and staying at a hotel in Boston with some family friends. The Boston Celtics were have a Legends Dinner party (Cousy, Havlicek, Bird, etc.) in the main banquet hall and I snuck in behind Tommy Heinson and Dave Cowens. After chugging a few discarded beers to get my courage up I went over to Red Auerbach's table, which was swamped because he was sitting with Larry, and when he set his cigar down I grabbed it and took a few puffs before setting it back down, unnoticed. It was unbanded, and I was a little dizzy, so I have no idea what it was but to this day it's the coolest sports cigar moment I've ever had, even with Red's spit and all!

  31. Gary Goetsch Friday, January 18, 2013 at 7:53 pm #

    Being from Wisconsin you will understand this. Watched the ice bowl with my Grandpa and Dad. Not sure if the snow was on the TV or in Green Bay and had my first cigar with them. A White Owl and my first Blatz. Thank goodness things have improved in life. Just watch a very sad Packer / San Fran. game on a flat screen with my son having Montacristos and MGD. Have to stay with Milwaukee beer.

  32. Mike Friday, January 18, 2013 at 10:01 pm #

    My favorate cigar was after the Bears won the superbowl in 1985.

  33. anthony Friday, January 18, 2013 at 10:17 pm #

    I have a Cohiba Esplendido given to me by my best friend before he passed away in February. He generously gave me a celebratory three pack (for my birthday/future wedding engagement plans that I filled him in on). I have one saved to the birth of my first child, and for a BCS Championship by my beloved Florida State Seminoles. Until then, this Cohiba merges celebratory moments envisioned coupled with fond moments of a great friend.

  34. Mike G Saturday, January 19, 2013 at 12:32 am #

    Me and my coworkers always go to the fire union hall for the Super Bowl Party in Miami. Everyone at our table smokes stogies. We all bring enough to share with each other. Nothing like smoking a nice VSG Spellbound, LFD 500 Natural Oscuro or a Liga 9 for the big game…

  35. stephen geib Saturday, January 19, 2013 at 12:55 am #

    one of my favorite cigar memories….the 2012 Ohio State vs. Michigan game. the day began with an early morning tailgate of cigar enthusiasts. this was followed by our group gathering at a local cigar lounge where we watched our beloved Buckeyes defeat that team from the north. the celebration cigar……a 1964 Anniversary Series Padron of course!!

  36. Chris G Saturday, January 19, 2013 at 1:34 pm #

    My father was born in 1928 and attended his first Pittsburg Steelers game in 1943. As a railroad worker, the Steeler's represented everything he stood for; hard work, dedication, faith, family and teamwork. He grew-up as one of 7 kids relatively poor, taking a full time job at 16 and attending a game or two a year as he could afford it. For his 80th birthday I surprised him with a trip to the Superbowl, the Steelers – Cardinal's. It was a surprise of a lifetime! Im not a sentimental guy but actually got chocked-up as I watched the smile and joy on his face! It didn't matter that we were in the second to last row in the upper corner, we were at the Super Bowl together! Needless to say, when Santonio Holmes made the miracle catch for a TD with 35 seconds to go, my dad was in heaven. That night on the balcony of our hotel without the crowds and in the quite of the night, we broke out the Talisker Scotch I had saved from a trip to the Isle of Skye 12 years earlier and 2 Patron Serie 1926 cigars. It just so happened these special cigars were a tribute to Patron by his son Jorge celebrating his dad's 80th birthday. I don't know if it was the wonderful scotch, the amazing smoke or the smile on my dad's face that made it so great – what I do know is that is was, the best moment in my life! Now, onto today…while still a surprise, I have already booked a trip to New Orleans and the Super Bowl for my dad and me. The steeler's won't be there but New Orleans and Bourbon Street will – another lifetime dream of my dad's and a prefect way to celebrate his 85th birthday!

  37. Sean G Saturday, January 19, 2013 at 3:19 pm #

    My favorite moment was when the Eagles beat the Atlanta Falcons to go to the Superbowl in 2004. I was a student at West Chester at the time and I sat outside on my snow covered porch and enjoyed a nice CAO Brazilia while I sipped on some Wawa Ice tea mixed with vodka (hey, I was in college). After losing in the NFC Championship all those years, it was beautiful to finally see the Eagles make to the big game. E-A-G-L-E-S… EAGLES!!!

  38. Richard Tonry Saturday, January 19, 2013 at 3:37 pm #

    It was already a miracle. The New Orleans Saints were in the Super Bowl. We didn't have to win, right? And, how could we against our hometown legend Payton Manning. Just be happy to be there. And then … the unthinkable happens. Tracy Porter from out of nowhere picks Manning and goes the distance. The city explodes and I sit in shock finally able to breathe and enjoy a 601 Blue Maduro. No more bags. Proud of my Saints, proud of my city.

  39. Mike Saturday, January 19, 2013 at 11:51 pm #

    I vote for Chris G. What an amazing story. I wish I had taken my Dad to the super bowl before he passed away.

  40. Blake Kaplan Sunday, January 20, 2013 at 12:08 am #

    Light. Puff. Enjoy. That was the routine I enjoyed in 1995 when the Dallas Cowboys won their third Super Bowl in four years. I was born and bred a Cowboys fan, growing up with Roger Staubach as one of my childhood heroes. But when the triplets (Aikman, Irvin and Emmitt) brought home the Lombardi trophy for the Cowboys' fifth Super Bowl win, I went outside my apartment and reflected on the game I just saw and my life as a Cowboys fan. Then, in a state of bliss, I fired up a Punch Grand Puro. Light. Puff. Enjoy. Those were some good times. I'll repeat the process when the Cowboys win the Super Bowl again.

  41. George Sunday, January 20, 2013 at 11:20 am #

    My best cigar sports celebration moment was after the 2010 BCS National Championship. After watching my Auburn Tigers beat the Oregon Ducks with my wife, two sons, and their families, I enjoyed an Opus X No. 2.

    It was the first time in fifty three years that my school had won the National Football Championship and I was fortunate enough to spend it with the entire family.

  42. James Barbey Sunday, January 20, 2013 at 11:11 pm #

    Favorite Team. The one and only RAVENS!!! Smoking my victory Bolivor Royal Corona tonight dreaming about the winning game at the Gillette Stadium I've seen them achieve their destiny. Puffing away, wiping the tears from my eyes (from the smoke of course) I can only hope to be one of the fans to cheer on Ray Lewis at his retirement party in New Orleans!
    I'll have all my favorite cigars to hand out after we win the Super Bowl. Here to believing in our team. GO RAVENS!!!!!

  43. Michael Parney Monday, January 21, 2013 at 1:28 pm #

    You said sports related. I had the great privilege to attend a charity event at Tiger Stadium called Keeping Kids In The Game, hosted by Miguel Cabrera, our Triple Crown Winner. We enjoyed fun auctions, great food and the opportunity to smoke cigars in the Tigers cigar lounge with all the players. What a fun way to spend money. The cigar, a 25th Anniversary Rockey Patel.

  44. Keifer Monday, January 21, 2013 at 7:21 pm #

    Believe it or not it was after Notre Dame lost against Alabama. Even though they lost, they are my favorite team and I was way too proud of them for making it that far, and I had a classic Oliva Serie V.

  45. Stan Tiner Friday, January 25, 2013 at 2:38 pm #

    Victory never tasted sweeter than the four cent cigar I lit up on that January day in 1966 near DaNang. You could buy a box of 100 of the mild Tampa-rolled cigars for four bucks, and that was my smoke for the thirteen and a half months of my tour in Vietnam, first as a rifleman, and later as a combat correspondent. I grew up an LSU Tiger fan, and my Dad and I were regulars at the LSU-Arkansas game played yearly in Shreveport. The 1965 season wasn't the best for LSU, but they made the Cotton Bowl and would play the mighty Razorbacks who were the defending national champion, and riding a 22 game winning streak. Arkansas was a prohibitive favorite, and there was a vocal fan of the hogs in my Marine unit who made a point of telling everyone how bad they were going to whip up on the Tigers. I kept quiet for a long time, but one night after supper in a general bull session with a large group of guys he started in again on how they were going to demolish LSU, and that they didn't deserve to be on the same field with his team. At that point i asked if he would like to put his money where his mouth was and said I would put $100 on LSU. He accepted, and I immediately thought what a stupid bet to make, but I was prepared to pay up. When LSU won the game, the vocal guy never had another comment about the topic. I found five twenty dollar bills folded and tucked under my pillow the next day, and that was when I lit up my victory cigar. I felt like Red Auerbach after a Celtics win.

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