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06-07-2012, 04:09 PM
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PhoPhan
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The whole thing sounds vaguely patronizing to me. I'm not a Latino, but if I were, I might resent the implication that I may become interested in hockey if a player with a Latin surname were to explain it to me.
It would be one thing if they came out and just said "Like us because we have a guy named Torres here." But I'd think there's a tactful way to present him as sort of an identifiable face for Hispanic fans to rally around. I'm not Hispanic and will defer to pretty much any Arizonan on the ins and outs of the culture, but speaking more generally, most people find it easier to identify with members of their own community than with outsiders. How much Raffi Torres is a part of that community, aside from his hereditary ties, is beyond me.

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