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Friday, 01 November 2013

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This week, we look at how a couple of winning teams celebrate, visit a posh new cigar lounge and discover a novel way to bring Cuban cigars into the country.





Alabama Celebrates Win Over Tennessee with Stogies—Again

There’s a long-standing tradition between SEC college teams Alabama and Tennessee that the winners get to light up celebratory cigars after their game. Last week, the Crimson Tide beat the Vols for the seventh straight year, this time with a score of 44-13.

Some Tide players, like quarterback AJ McCarron, smoked their victory cigars, while others kept theirs as treasured mementos of the occasion. Safety Landon Collins and linebacker C.J. Mosley expressed their intentions to keep their cigars as souvenirs, but left tackle Cyrus Kouandjio was thrilled with both the rout on the field and the smokes in the locker room. He told a reporter, “The feel of victory, the feel of accomplishment and you have a cigar to prove it. It’s a good feeling.”

One person who has declined to take part in this particular tradition is ‘Bama coach Nick Saban, who acknowledges that his players enjoy the ceremonial smoke. “I know it’s something that a lot of people really enjoy," he stated after the game. “It’s not a tradition I started. It’s a tradition that was here that the players have continued. I think it’s something they have fun with. I’m happy that they do. Not really something that I’m interested in.”

Too bad—maybe if Saban could relax with a good cigar every now and then, he wouldn’t look so grumpy all the time.

Davidoff Lounge Opens in Chattanooga

Cigar lovers in Tennessee have a cool new place to hang since the Davidoff Lounge opened on October 24. The luxe lounge is located above Burns Tobacconist in downtown Chattanooga, and has everything a cigar aficionado could desire.


The 1,500 square foot lounge takes advantage of the architecture of the vintage building with 12-foot ceilings, exposed brick walls and huge industrial windows. A two-sided fireplace, along with soft lighting and custom leather chairs, creates a warm and inviting atmosphere.

The members-only lounge offers 100 humidified custom lockers where personal cigar collections may be stored. An extensive selection of Davidoff cigars may be purchased at Burns, located on the first floor below the lounge. 723 Cherry Street, Chattanooga, Tennessee 37402, 423-531-1130.

Artist Uses Pigeons to Smuggle Cuban Cigars

Many cigar lovers have attempted to defy the 51-year-old trade embargo against Cuba by using novel ways to smuggle cigars out of the country and into the U.S. Some are successful, while others get caught and hit with fines or imprisonment. One NYC artist has found a novel way to lampoon the embargo while smuggling out a few smokes.

Tattoo artist Duke Riley trained homing pigeons to transport Cuban cigars from Havana to Key West, with 50 birds carrying cigars and 50 more equipped with cameras to record the journey. Riley did this both to protest the embargo and to challenge the spying capabilities of the U.S. government. The pigeons and their home movies will be displayed at Riley’s solo show that opens at New York’s Magnan Metz gallery on November 1.


Riley told Reuters, “A lot of the work I do seeks to create some sense of possibility or empowerment, in a humorous and romanticized way, using the simplest means possible.”

Before you consider training your own aviary armada to bring back a batch of Cubans, be aware that only 11 of the original pigeons made it back to the U.S., carrying a total of just six Cohibas. A twelfth bird went down over Havana Harbor but somehow made it back home—alas, without any cigars.

Some of the surviving birds are breeding, and Riley joked that he had plans for the next generation. “Train them to smuggle more cigars. Or cocaine from Colombia.”

What do actor Chris Noth and the Boston Red Sox have to do with the cigar lifestyle?  Keep reading and see for yourself.

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