The Good Life

The Sweet Smell of Victory

It may be over when the fat lady sings, but the party starts when the winners light cigars
By CA Editors | From Top 25 Cigars Of The Year, January/February 2020
The Sweet Smell of Victory
The victory cigar was general manager Red Auerbach’s trademark, but after the Celtics won the 1981 NBA championship Larry Bird stole his boss’s smoke—much to Auerbach’s delight.
Basketball A haze of cigar smoke was once a common phenomenon at such storied basketball arenas as Madison Square Garden in New York City and Boston Garden. But even as regulations have banished cigars from the ranks of spectators in the stands, special dispensation is often bestowed on players within the confines of the locker room. Never are the rules more lax than when celebrating a championship is in order. Hardly a title is won when someone doesn’t light up. But, as Michael Jordan told Cigar Aficionado editor & publisher Marvin R. Shanken in an interview in the August 2005 issue, smoking in the NBA doesn’t always wait until a crown is secured. The Chicago …
To read the complete story, subscribe to Cigar Aficionado or purchase this issue at your local newsstand or cigar shop.

More in The Good Life

See all
Carl F. Bucherer’s Heritage BiCompax Annual Evokes a Sporty-Chic 1950s Chrono

Carl F. Bucherer’s Heritage BiCompax Annual Evokes a Sporty-Chic 1950s Chrono

Following its initial unveiling at the Baselworld Fair in Switzerland last spring, Carl F. Bucherer’s …

Jan 15, 2020
LSU Football Celebrates Championship With Cigars Despite Cops Trying to Stop Them

LSU Football Celebrates Championship With Cigars Despite Cops Trying to Stop Them

Heisman Trophy winning star quarterback Joe Burrow lit up a victory cigar right after throwing for a …

Jan 14, 2020
Jack Nicklaus Rolex Sells for Record $1.2 Million

Jack Nicklaus Rolex Sells for Record $1.2 Million

The Golden Bear’s gold Rolex made history this week.

Dec 13, 2019
A Caribbean Cuban Cigar Celebration

A Caribbean Cuban Cigar Celebration

Cigars. Rum. Chocolate. The Dutch-speaking Caribbean island of Curaçao. All of these ingredients …

Dec 9, 2019
Homemade Cranberry Sauce

Homemade Cranberry Sauce

Cranberry sauce in all its glory.

Oct 24, 2019
Baseball At 150: Five Problems

Baseball At 150: Five Problems

Major league baseball turned 150 years old this year. But the game is far from perfect.

Oct 15, 2019