In the September/October 2017 Cigar Aficionado


Inside The NFL

There’s nothing like sitting down for the big game, firing up a cigar and watching your favorite football team. As we inch closer to the first game of the new season on September 7, we present our largest-ever football package for your enjoyment. It begins with star handicapper Danny Sheridan making his predictions for the 2017 NFL season. We also get up close and personal with Jay Glazer and Dean Blandino, two NFL analysts who know the game inside and out. And what’s a great football game without a little money riding on the outcome? Our bettors’ guide to the NFL will enlighten you—and maybe even lead you to a profit. Our story on the extensive history of the NFL takes you from the early, leather-helmet days of the game to the current era of high-flying offense and Patriots' dominance. We also introduce you to a new age in NFL stadiums. All this, plus 80 cigar ratings in six sizes: Churchills, coronas, corona gordas, figurados, lonsdales, and robustos. On Newsstands August 29.


Up Front

Editors' Note
Are You Ready For Some Football?

Letters
Out Of The Humidor

Good Life Guide

Electronics
Naim artfully makes wireless music.

Drink
Raising the bar on the classic Highball.

Sport
Is rock climbing within your reach?

Cigars
Black is the new black.

Time
Hublot is making time with Fuente.

Wheels
Karma comes back as the Revero.

Places
The reborn Paris Ritz stays ritzy.

Fun
Zooming in your personal jet.

Style
A barber shave is good for your soul.

Gourmet
Perfect paella is a moving target.

Features

Golf
Final Rounds To Remember
Tournaments may be played out over four days, but the game’s greatest stage is in the final 18 holes, when drama amps up and true champions bring their ‘A’ games. Here are the 10 best finales.
Sports
Pigskin Preview
Danny Sheridan, our resident gridiron prognosticator, reviews 32 teams across two conferences and eight divisions to pick one to reach the pinnacle of Super Bowl success.
The Story of a Sport
After an inauspicious debut in 1920 the NFL put up a slate of early superstars and two games that changed the game to become America’s sport.
Inside Football
Both Fox NFL commentators, the scoop-hunting Jay Glazer and the former head of officials Dean Blandino discuss the state of the game in a comprehensive interview.
Stunning Stadiums
Not only are luxury boxes more numerous and lush, but the current trend in stadium upgrades is bringing fans closer to the action—and creating new Super Bowl hosts.
The Smart Money
With $100 billion risked on NFL football you can wager it’s sucker bets that are keeping the bookies in business. Here’s how to avoid the Monday morning blues.

Cigars

Tasting
Connoisseur’s Corner

Cuba Report
Is The Party Over?
The new president has announced he would halt the détente reached with Cuba by the outgoing president, but how will Trump’s policy affect cigar buyers?
Culture
The 10 Cigar Essentials
From seed to shelf, from filler to binder to wrapper, these are the 10 things every cigar aficionado needs to know when cutting, lighting and smoking his favorite cigar.
Made For You
Made For You
Ascots fit for gavotting; a mighty minibar; Rhett Butler’s cigar case; Bourbon-scented dish soaps; tailors who come to you; and the latest in seltzer making.


Ratings & Reviews

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