How the Super Bowl Trumped the Mexican Constitution

Last Wednesday, some students studying in Cuernavaca invited me to Tónic, a local hangout, to watch the Mexico-Iceland friendly soccer match. Besides a table with eight students and myself, and a couple other tables with six men, the bar was completely empty. What a stark contrast with the scene just a few days earlier on Sunday, February 5, when the same bar, as well as many other restaurants and sports bars across the city, was filled to the brim with enthusiastic Mexican fans of American football watching the Super Bowl game between the Falcons and the Patriots.

You would think that now that so many are calling for Mexican national unity during these times of uncertainty brought on by the Trump menace, that Mexicans would be unified behind the national team that, as usual, was playing a friendly game in the United States and not in el Estadio Azteca (much more lucrative to play in Gringolandia). But no, Mexicans gave their team the cold shoulder, they didn’t come out in droves to watch the game (unlike the paisanos in the USA) and went about their normal daily lives, leaving my Mexican American students from California and Oregon disappointed and baffled.

Why so much enthusiasm for American football and so little for el fútbol mexicano? This attitude is peculiar, to say the least, since for weeks now the Mexican media has been pummeling Trump and his supporters. Every day newspapers, radio, television, and all social media blare out negative stories: no to the deportation of immigrants, no to the Beautiful Wall, and we’re not paying por el pinche muro! Says Mr. Fox. The frenzy has been bewildering. Then, the sacred day, Super Bowl Sunday, arrived and everyone calmed down and for a day forgot about that damn wall and the paisanos that are suffering persecution on the other side of the border. Mexicans with the means to do so made reservations in restaurants and bars, some had parties at home, and still others somehow found time to sit in front of a modest television set to watch the game and root for…The Patriots! I could handle all of this if at least the majority had been on the side of the Falcons, but no, most of the Mexicans wanted Tom Brady and his coach, Bill Belichick (both Trumpers) to lead the Patriots to victory. Go figure.

What’s really comical is that as the Mexican fanatics jumped up and down with joy at the end of the thrilling game and talked about how great Brady was, I wondered how many of them knew that that same day Mexico was celebrating the one hundred anniversary of the country’s constitution. Probably not many cared since to most Mexicans la Magna Carta has the value of a roll of Charmin paper. Few of them, I’m sure, had watched earlier in the day, around noon, as President Peña Nieto, his cabinet and all the other politicos representing the motley crew of useless political parties praised the equally useless, patched-up quilt of paper that is La Constitución Mexicana. The same pomp and baroque circumstance and discursos tan refritos that only give us lots of gas (y no del gasolinazo!).

But these fake Mexican patriots made sure to schedule the boring ceremonies early enough not to conflict with the true celebration that all of their non-compatriots were waiting for. So well before 5:00 pm, they put away the banda de guerra that had played the national anthem in front of el Teatro de la República in the city of Querétaro, where all these stale political theatrics took place. Then, the President, his cabinet and his generals, and the minions of the PRI, PAN, PRD, Morena and, let’s not forget the powerful, Partido Verde, they all scurried out of the theater and probably ran as fast as they could to their rich, comfortable homes to sit in front of giant plasma televisions, surrounded by the best food and drink imported from the USA, and watched the football game and rooted and hollered for … The Patriots!



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  1. Viva los Halcones! But who was that team that came out in the second half? I went out to do one of my favorite chores at the halftime break, cleaning out my gutters; when I came back in (I had a lot of garbage in my gutters) the Patriots had won! A related note, Alvaro. Brady skipped the visit to the Obama White House last year, in case you need more evidence of what a non-patriot he is.


  2. Now you need to address the question, “Why?”


  3. Dice bastante el que los mexicanos prefieran el fútbol americano al sóccer. Dado a que parecía ser lo único de lo que los mexicanos se sientían orgullosos y por lo que sí se ponían la camiseta del equipo. Al parecer también eso terminó. Y bueno, ¿la constitución? ay mi estimado Álvaro, como bien dejas ver, a nadie le importa. Se olvidaron de ella y de lo que medianamente unía a la sociedad mexicana, el sóccer.


  4. That Super Bowl game was so rigged – just like the great comeback “remontada” of Barcelona over PSG in the Champions League….so rigged! Okey, now that that is out of my system…I do wish more of us supported el tri (yo soy mexicoamericano). The current Colombian coach is not so bad – and the players seem to support him – well, at least Carlitos Vela is out there playing and giving more than his usual 70% effort jajajaja. It is true, though, that gringo sporting events will get priority over solid, Mexican national team games. Mexico is qualifying for Rusia 2018 and lots of Vatos are watching March Madness basketball.. Then there is the political… Teenage Mexican American kids and elementary School Latino kids are witnessing their dads and uncles handcuffed by ICE in “sanctuary cities” and we are not protesting…or organizing. I support el tri but I am not protesting …I am not organizing. I have become a yuppy.


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