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You annoy me. It is because of you that I now have to make a video to denounce my hatred of the NY Yankees. My pal Mike Robles, Emmy-wining comedian, won our bet when the Jets won.

I should like you. You are the first true Latino star of the NFL. Millions of Latinos around the United States feel proud of your accomplishments. My Facebook wall was splattered with posts of praise for your feats. It could be because of the ESPN The Magazine article that makes this mention when you were still at USC:

Sanchez chose USC not just because of the program’s star power, but also because it kept him close to his family in Southern California. He didn’t care that it meant he’d likely sit on the bench for two seasons, maybe three. He didn’t care that, for a while, he’d be as faceless to fans of the program as the Trojans water boy.

Or so he thought.

As he click-clacks through the gate and onto the practice field this summer day, Sanchez sees them before they see him: men in Mexican wrestling masks and serapes, flanked by other fans carrying signs of support. For him. When the crowd finally recognizes him, a cry goes out: “¡VIVA SANCHEZ!”

It is at this moment that Sanchez realizes he is playing for not just himself, his family and his team. Whether he likes it or not, he’s playing for people whose names sound like his; for those from south of the border who work thankless jobs for little pay; for those who are reminded daily that they live in a country that does not know what to do with them. These are the fans who once cheered for Valenzuela and Plunkett and now cheer for Garciaparra and De La Hoya. They are his fans too. On this day, Sanchez has arrived in Los Angeles.

So while you broke my heart last Sunday, I will be following your career and hoping that Latino and NFL can become two words that will fit together nicely.

Now about your coach…

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I love Mike Robles, an Emmy-winning stand-up comedian originally from the Boogie Down Bronx. I love his comedy (this one is our favorite: Mike’s New Dating Philosophy, over 188k views on YouTube) and I love his vibe on Twitter and Facebook. Mike is the real deal, and a great friend.

Only problem is that ever since we met two years ago, Mike has given me grief about my love for the Red Sox and the Patriots (he calls me the Bronx Judas). And tonight, he laid it all down on the line by challenging me to a bet on YouTube. Here is what he said:

Wow, Mike, you really want to go there? Ok, we will go there. You win and I will wear a Yankee cap and praise all that is Yankee (BTW, I have NEVER denounced the Bronx, I LOVE the Bronx, so there). I win and you wear a Red Sox cap and write a poem about my brilliance. Just in case you need a video record of that, here you go:

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