May be my treasure or the price I have to pay

Let me start off my blog by saying condolence to the family, friends, colleagues of DILG Secretary Jesse Robredo, who died August 18, 2012 via plane crash that also claimed the lives of 2 pilots, I would also like to extend my condolences to the pilots’ families. May eternal light shine upon them.

May 27, 1958 – August 18, 2012

 

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DWIGHT HOWARD, MY FIRST PBA BLAST FROM THE PAST

Good Day!

Today was a pretty “tiring” day, first off I reported for work for the first time in 3 months, lack of sleep and all I survived the new hire orientation, then after that I was welcomed by heavy rains outside the office that delayed my visit to my aunt who happens to be in the hospital at that time (she’s out now). So I was wet, good thing I was wearing a dry fit shirt, that at least helped me because my torso wasn’t drenched by the cold rains of Muntinlupa. Anyway I got home at around 1030pm and was surprised that a friend told me that the Lakers have received Orlando on a trade, which hopefully gets approved by the NBA, I’m so tired of all those Dwight Howard saga him being a primadonna, holding the Orlando Magics Franchise “hostage”. Dwight by the way wasn’t the first Magic big man who transferred to the Lakers, more than a decade ago Shaquille O’neal signed a contract with the Lakers leaving the Magics to dust, since then the Magics didn’t have a significant team, until the arrival of Dwight Howard, like Shaq in 1993, Howard led the Magics to an NBA Finals appearance loosing to the Lakers. Shaq’s Magic on the other hand lost to the defending champions the Houston Rockets. Fans are now clamoring, the Lakers are now one of the favorites to win the NBA title if the trade pushes through, Howard joins Kobe Bryant, Paul Gasol, Metta World Peace, and recently signed Steve Nash and Antoine Jamison to the fold.

Here’s the detail of the said trade as reported by Bleacher Report and ESPN.

A four-team trade that would send Dwight Howard to the Los Angeles Lakers is complete, multiple sources told ESPN on Thursday night.

A source with direct knowledge of the talks told ESPN.com’s Marc Stein the Lakers will receive Howard, the Denver Nuggets will acquire Andre Iguodala, the 76ers will receiveAndrew Bynum and Jason Richardson, and the Magic will get Arron AfflaloAl Harrington, Nikola Vucevic and one protected future first-round pick from each of the other three teams.

Obviously the Magics will start rebuilding with some draft picks, a young guy in Nikola Vucevic and veterans like shooter Aaron Afflalo and journeyman Al Harrington, the good thing that came out of this trade is they got rid of Jason Richardson’s “fat” contract and they can finally start rebuilding AGAIN.

What I want to see is how Andre Igoudala could impact the balance attack of the Denver Nuggets led by Italian hot shot Danilo Gallinari and former UNC Tar Heel Ty Lawson, Igoudala will definitely be an asset to George Karl, he will definitely help this team improve this coming season.

The Laker’s on the other hand well…. Take a look..

A POSSIBLE STARTING FIVE.. Dwight Howard former Defensive Player of the Year joins former MVPs Kobe Bryant and Steve Nash, former Defensive Player of the Year Metta World Peace and the Spanish Gold Pau Gasol.

Though the trade has not been finalized yet as of the moment, this team on paper can be better than the Spurs or the Thunder, its a matter of how they gel as a team.

I just wish the Bulls can make another key Free Agent. Oh well we have Nazr Mohammed, Marco Belleneli, Nate Robinson and Chicago fan favorite Kirk Hinrich. GO BULLS!

PBA BLAST FROM THE PAST

CONEY ISLAND ICE CREAM (AKA PUREFOODS and B-MEG) versus SAN MIGUEL BEER (PETRON) 1993 PHILIPPINE CUP

Young Alvin Patrimonio, Jerry Codinera, Alvin Teng, Yves Dignadice, Ato Agustin, Frankie Lim, Chot Reyes, Norman Black, Jaime Zobel de Ayala cheering his team, Coney Island.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=62fn444P6AQ&feature=relmfu

enjoy

picture taken from my friend’s FB page

6 YEARS WORTH THE WAIT and THE COLLEGIATE CHAMPIONS OF RAIN OR SHINE

The Rain or Shine Elasto Painters (ROS) captured their first PBA crown Sunday at the expense of the heavily favored B-Meg Llamados led by former two time MVP James Yap. ROS of course was able to endure the loss of their ace rookie and top scorer Paul Lee, who bowed out of the series by aggravating his shoulder injury, they also endured inexperience as ALL of them (except Yeng Guiao’s coaching staff, who are holdovers from the old Red Bull Franchise of the late Tony Chua) are appearing in a PBA Finals series for the very first time.

Well I guess you guys might read a few articles on how the once dominant team in the PBL got their first championship and how long the journey was for the team who debuted during the 2006-2007 season, how the team battled to numerous disappointment on their way to their first title in franchise history. So instead of writing the history or the struggles of this particular franchise, instead I want to share a few useless trivia (s) from its personnel, meaning the players from Rain or Shine who won a collegiate title with their respective alma mater. So, if you want to add things up (assuming someone is reading this feel free to add trivias and players who I forgot to add, fair?). Ok lets start..

Beau Belga PCU Dolphins won an NCAA Title in 2004

BEAU BELGA 30 – Good God, I forgot he’s that “thin” back in college, Belga together with 2004 Rookie of the Year and League MVP Gabby Espinas, Jason Castro and Robert Sanz gave PCU its only collegiate basketball title in 2004 against the University of Perpetual Help Altas.

Ronjay Buenafe won 3 collegiate titles with the EAC  Generals in the UCAA

RONJAY BUENAFE 23 – due to the lack of coverage, I don’t know what else to add here except that the EAC Generals defeated my Alma Mater De La Salle University – Dasmariñas in 2005, now I know why my Patriots lost. I also heard stories that the Generals had an undefeated season during one of those title runs.

 CHITO JAIME 21 – the only thing that I can find with Chito Jaime is random pictures from the PBA, Al Magpayo’s back, the STI basketball team etc. etc. He won a NAASCU title with AMA Computer University in 2008, grabbing MVP honors as well.

Jervy and the UST Growling Tigers a UAAP title at the expense of the Ateneo Blue Eagles in 2006

JERVY CRUZ 20 – Jervy was one of the vital cogs of that tough UST team that also included Jojo Duncil, Dylan Ababou, Francis Allera and I could go on and on. They went up against the Doug Kramer/JC Intal led Ateneo Blue Eagles in an emotionally charged series. Remember repeat ’96 in 69.* They were coached by “The Fireman” Pido Jarencio. Jervy was also a mythical 5 member.

Araña on memory or at least on TV  have “won” the 2004 UAAP Title with De La Salle Green Archers

RYAN ARAÑA  18 – yes the title was forfeited to FEU, after La Salle found out that the institution has fielded in ineligible players during their 2004 UAAP campaign. But the memory of  “winning” that championship (against the Arwin Santos led FEU Tamaraws) is still fresh to every La Sallians and La Sallians at heart.

Won the UAAP title in 2004 and 2007

TY TANG 11 – Ty Tang was also a member of that 2004 “Championship Team” with Ryan Araña, he then won a legitimate title in 2007, beating the undefeated UE Red Warriors who is ironically led by ROS teammate Paul Lee while alternating starting point guard duties with future RP team stalwart and #1 pick Jayvee Casio.

*Note: If you’re wondering why Gabe Norwood wasn’t on the list, the reason for that is because Gabe’s team the George Mason University may have a good run during the NCAA tournament in 2005 reaching the Final 4 but they lost to the eventual champion Florida Gators led by Joackim Noah and Al Horford, and I’m pretty sure they weren’t champions on their conference either.

**More Notes: the year 1996 was the last basketball time for the UST Growling Tigers, that was season 59. UST was led by Chris Cantonjos, Henry Ong, Dennis Espino, Bal David among others who claimed their dominance during the 90s.

Pictures taken from Flicker, Pinoyexchange, Interkaktv, EAC Generals Blogsite and hoopnut.blogspot.com

Thoughts on a fan comment and Marc Barriga

Good Day, I know only a few or a handful of people will bother to read this post of mine first off I haven’t really learned how to use WordPress but don’t worry I’d be learning how to really use it efficiently in a few months time. First off, if you’re a basketball fan and been following basketball all your life, perhaps you’ve been following the men’s basketball competition in the Olympics featuring powerhouse teams like the United States, Spain, France and Lithuania, and boy the US are handing down a truck load of whoop ass all over London, well so far. Other than that you might also be following the PBA’s season closing Governor’s Cup finals between the upstart Rain or Shine Elasto Painters (who’s making its first Finals appearance) versus the B-Meg Llamados (who just won a championship last conference). The series has been physical and now that the series will reach its climax on Sunday, I expect the physicality to go to the next level, though there were no suspensions handed on each team, there’s been side comments by fans that the other team is playing too physical just like this comment from twitter.

translation: try hurting someone tomorrow (Game 7 is tomorrow in this case when she said someone it means players from B-Meg) after the game you will attend someone’s funeral you know very well who they are

If you ask me this post is a clear example of a death threat, the one thing I learned from a policeman friend that I met during college a threat no matter how bogus, stupid or real it is should be taken seriously, I mean this person is a great example on how fans can get low and I mean very low. There’s a big difference between defending your team because you’re a fan and intimidating family members of opposing team, giving them grave threats and all because you’re a fan. I’d rather not mention the person’s name or twitter ID because it would be immature on my part as well.

Barriga the lone boxing representative of the Philippines bows out of Olympic competition. Still I’m proud of you

Marc Barriga our country’s only boxing bet bows out of the competition specifically at the round of 16 falling short against Kazakhstan’s Birzhan Zhakypov, while the country is outraged because of the trigger happy referee giving out penalties to Barriga that cost him the match either way I’m still proud of Barriga, hope he’s still in top form come 2016 in Rio.