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As an outsider of the sports world, it’s hard to understand other individuals who live for a certain sports team. The Olympics and FIFA is easier to grasp, the world coming together to watch the best athletes compete every four years. Fun!  What’s puzzling the most is the branding of it all. Why do people like to separate themselves from one another by choosing a specific sports team?  Debating over which team is best, is it healthy to be consumed by the game? Matthew Madrid, a good friend, mentioned the word, “Tribalism” and it automatically clicked. But of course, it’s our innate human instinct to collectively join together. By definition in Webster’s dictionary, it’s having great loyalty to the tribe or social group over another. Asking others who are avid sports fans, gave additional reasons with some great insight. 

Hometown pride: To be proud of where you come from was the reason given by the majority. If someone was exposed to sports at a young age, it’s often influenced by the favorite pick within the household. Someone can be from one city but moved to another, soon embracing that team. For the true sports fan, it’s a great joy to watch their home team win the national championship. 

History:  There are many athletes that indeed made history, such as, Michael Jordan with the Chicago Bulls, the Brooklyn Dodgers with Jackie Robinson and the New York Yankees with Babe Ruth. These notable players lead their teams to influence the world with their talent, inspiring future athletes. Not only did they use their athletic ability for entertainment but impacted others in a positive way. Proving that it doesn’t matter where you come from or what color your skin is;  if you work hard, you can achieve your dreams. 

A healthy distraction:  Some of us listen to music or practice art; others watch sports to balance themselves. Finding out the latest score, watching the Super Bowl with family or simply talking about sports with friends helps to unwind from our hectic lives. 

Legacy – a tradition passed down from parent to child: It’s all about the family bond. A positive outlet for the pack to enjoy their time together. To have happy memories and cherish the limited time we have in life. 

This outsider’s perception changed for the better, understanding the rooted tribalism of sports and it’s significance to fans. There are a few of us that still don’t care to follow a team and that’s okay. Sports are to be accepted for what it is, a way to bring people together. 


Soup, the food with an intention to warm our hearts and comfort the soul, is universal in any language. Each soup has a distinct recipe, made with ingredients produced from the motherland, fused by the palates of neighboring countries or through colonization. The best soups are made by using anything and everything in supply to make the meal as hearty and filling, as possible. An inspiration came to mind after eating a delicious bowl of Menudo; to pay tribute to all hardworking countries and its individuals, that refer to soup as an important meal to sustain themselves for the everyday or on special occasions. Since there are too many to list, here are three countries that are close to the heart:

Sinigang na Baboy (Pork Sinigang) 

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There is more then one type of Sinigang (i.e. seafood, chicken, vegetable, etc.) depending on the region where Sinigang is made. The pork recipe was chosen because it’s sound delicious to make! According to, Pork Siangang is one of the most popular comfort foods in the Philippines. The broth has a sour base, commonly made out of Tamarind, that delicious sticky pulp often used in Asian cooking. The add-ins are mainly tomatoes, onions, your choice of pork, leafy green vegetables, spices and sometimes, taro root. The beauty of Sinigang is that there isn’t a wrong way to prepare, as it can adjust to a style that will delight your tastebuds. Just in time for the Fall and Winter seasons, here’s a recipe from: Panlasang Pinoy.

Guyanese Pepperpot


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Guyana, a country located North of the Latin American continent, is considered as one of the English speaking regions of the Caribbean islands. A fact learned from, Guyanese Pepperpot  is the main breakfast dish for Christmas. This protein enriched stew goes back to the days of the Amerindian people – indigenous inhabitants of Latin America. It consists of various meat: beef, pork and mutton; cassareep – a liquid extracted from the cassava (yucca) root, pepper, garlic, onions, cinnamon, brown sugar and spices. Eating Pepperpot with your choice of bread will fill your stomach for the majority of the day. For an easy to follow recipe, check out:

Panamanian Sanchoco
Sanchoco de Gallina (Chicken Sanchoco)

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The beautiful people of Panama are truly proud of where they come, always welcoming to others and will talk to you as if you’re family. Panama’s food scene is a melting pot, with many dishes influenced by Spain and other surrounding regions. The Panamanian version of Sanchoco, originates from the Azuero Peninsula. Mentioned in, Azuero is often referred to as the “heartland” of the country; home of the indigenous Panamanians, before the cultural influences of Colombia and Spain. The specific recipe chosen – Sanchoco de Gallina, with its main ingredient, Chicken, is a delicious concoction, made of a few simple ingredients packing a distinct flavor from cilantro, yucca root, your choice of vegetables and spices. Looks tempting? Check out the recipe from: As We Saw It.