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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 …
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