Friday, July 31, 2009

UAAP Season 72 Eliminations: ADMU Game 5 Results

The Blue Eagles are back on top of the standings.
No-nonsense Eagles power past Falcons; Archers rip Bulldogs
By Jasmine W. Payo
Philippine Daily Inquirer

MANILA, Philippines - Ateneo's main man was held to his lowest output but the Blue Eagles averted another upset with a 61-51 triumph over the Adamson Falcons yesterday in the UAAP men’s basketball tournament at the Araneta Coliseum.

Veteran guards Erik Salamat and Jai Reyes stepped up for the struggling Rabeh Al-Hussaini by knocking in key baskets in the second half as the Eagles reclaimed the solo lead with a 4-1 record.

Continued...
I didn't watch because two quizzes got in the way. Boo.

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Quote of the Year contender. Christopher "Oping" Sumalinog, on his difference from the most celebrated Chris to ever wear Ateneo jersey #17:
Marunong ako mag-kamay!
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The Ateneo Lady Eagles are now at 2-2 following a loss to defending champion FEU.

Thursday, July 30, 2009

TPatS First Anniversary

A year ago today I started The Past and the Spurious. How fast time flies; I've reached Post #193 when in the beginning I didn't expect the blog to last.

For posterity's sake here are the numbers for the past twelve months:

[Image grabbed from Site Meter.com]
[Image grabbed from Site Meter.com]

Daps to everyone: friends; regulars; lurkers; those who linked here; those who commented on a post; those who left comments in the sidebar shoutbox; the fans of the Ateneo Blue Eagles, UAAP basketball, ADMU courtside reporter Jessica Mendoza, and pool player Shanelle Loraine who all ended up here; and lastly, the people I wrote about with or without their knowledge and/or consent. Props to ST of From the 50 Peso Seats for being the first and only TPatS Follower.

Apologies if I missed anyone. There's always next year, right?

Wednesday, July 29, 2009

I've Been A Bad, Bad Boy

To the dude I raced and beat to the waiting taxi Monday night:

Sorry, man, but I was in no mood to be gracious: it was nearing 10 p.m., my formal pants were waterlogged from the knees down, and my leather shoes and dress socks squished with every step.

No worries, though, life has a way of evening out karmas. Like Dennis Miller said, at this point I'm coming back as a dung beetle with an overdeveloped sense of smell.

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Dang you, Y-slaybelle, now I'm all nostalgic about the Metro (or the trains, at least).

Monday, July 27, 2009

UAAP Season 72 Eliminations: ADMU Game 4 Results

Round 1 of this season's "Battle of Katipunan" goes to my other team.
Lowly Maroons topple Eagles
By Jasmine W. Payo
Philippine Daily Inquirer

MANILA, Philippines - It took a winless team to figure out how to topple the defending champion.

Bucking all odds, the University of the Philippines Maroons barged into the win column in grand fashion yesterday by shocking the erstwhile unbeaten Ateneo Eagles, 68-58, in the UAAP men’s basketball tournament at the PhilSports Arena.

A 14-0 blitz at the start of the second half sparked the Maroons to a 43-35 lead from 29-35, before a hot-shooting performance by Woody Co kept the overwhelming underdogs on top for the rest of the game.

Continued...
A lot of things went wrong for the Blue Eagles in this game: they shot poorly from the field and the free-throw line; the usually productive bench didn't deliver on offense (that means you, Ryan Buenafe); the defense didn't take advantage of the league's most turnover-prone team; and the offense coughed up the rock 18 times compared to the Maroons' eleven.

This was a big, big win for the UP. Not only did the Fighting Maroons win for the first time in Season 72—against a previously unbeaten team, no less—they routed a squad that has beaten them eight straight times the last four years. With the Lady Maroons beating UST, 55-49, on Saturday, it was a great weekend for UP basketball.
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The Ateneo Lady Eagles now have a 2-1 record after drubbing NU.

Saturday, July 25, 2009

That's A Lot Of Nurses!

32,617 passed last month's Nurse Licensure Examination. Congratulations to the passers, and best of luck with the visa applications. The full nursing board exam results are here. I think an acquaintance of mine took the test but I can't check the results because I don't know his complete name. These prospective nurses are lucky their results are released after a month or so. Regardless of the board's outcome they only have to wait awhile before they can start making plans, either to review or apply for a job. The same can't be said of barristers—those guys have to put future plans on hold for half a year after the bar exam.

UAAP Season 72: Photo Of The Year Contender*


25 July 2009

Dear Chot,

I want to make fun of you, I really do. Thing is, I don't know where to start. Plus, I'm afraid of your 24-inch pythons.

Your fellow Ateneo alumnus,

P.S. Is your seatmate still hiring bodyguards? Cushy job, that.

P.P.S. Advanced happy 46th.

P.P.P.S. Seriously—that shirt?

*Best read with the Bee Gees' "Stayin' Alive" playing in the background.

Thursday, July 23, 2009

UAAP Season 72 Jerseyvaluation: DLSU Green Archers

Last year I grudgingly wrote that La Salle had better-looking unis than Ateneo. And though I can't say the same this season, the Green Archers do not disappoint. Consider:


For the second straight year the DLSU jersey is adidas-made. The look up front is classic and uncluttered; too bad the design at the side and back is not.



I really don't get the bubble wrap/honeycomb print down the side. And why didn't Flying V (temporarily) change its colors to match La Salle's green-and-white scheme like Globe did?

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Long, idle question: Did Rico Maierhofer forego his last year of UAAP eligibility in order not to diminish his stock going into the Philippine Basketball Association draft by suiting up for this season's La Salle squad that so far sucks and looks like it won't make it past the eliminations?

Monday, July 20, 2009

UAAP Season 72 Eliminations: ADMU Game 3 Results

The Blue Eagles now have solo leadership of the tournament!
Mighty Eagles defang Tigers; Warriors win
By Jasmine W. Payo
Philippine Daily Inquirer

MANILA, Philippines - Ateneo's main man spent more time riding the bench, but the Blue Eagles still proved unstoppable, rolling past the University of Santo Tomas Tigers, 93-77, yesterday to grab the solo UAAP men’s basketball lead at the PhilSports Arena.

A bristling shooting performance starring the 5-foot-6 Emman Monfort carried the Blue Eagles to their third straight triumph despite reigning MVP Rabeh Al-Hussaini riding the bench due to early foul trouble.

Monfort, who was cut from the team last year, unloaded 18 points from three-point range to finish with a career-high 20.

Continued...

In its third game of the season the team finally arrested its slow-starting ways. Ateneo shock troopers (Monfort, Ryan Buenafe, Nico Salva, Juami Tiongson et al.) also delivered big time, scoring close to two-thirds of the Blue Eagles' total.

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The Ateneo Lady Eagles lost to UP and are now at 1-1.

Saturday, July 18, 2009

UAAP Season 72: Jerseyvaluation

It's good to look good, better to play good, but best to look good while playing good. And because all teams in the UAAP Season 72 men's basketball tournament have now debuted, it's time to see which squads are rocking the best uniforms.

To help settle the matter there's a poll in the sidebar. Feel free to vote. I will also be using Paul Lukas' S.U.C.K. Index as (a) it's as good an evaluation tool as any, (b) "Uni Watch: Operation overhaul" was a great read, and (c) I have neither the time nor the originality to come up with my own.

The Index, in the words of Mr. Lukas, considers the following four variables:
Stale: Are we all sick of looking at this design? Does the mere thought of it put you to sleep? Does it lack zip, pizzazz, juice?

Ugly: Does this uniform have, as they say, a face made for radio?

Calendar: Is the uniform dated? Can you take one look at it and know when it was designed?

Karma: How has the team performed in this design? Is there some aspect of the uniform that makes no sense? Are there any other intangibles to consider?

If we rate each component on a scale of 1 to 10 and then add up the numbers, we get the uniform's S.U.C.K. rating.
The higher the S.U.C.K. grade, the more a particular uniform, well, sucks. Simple enough, right?

Friday, July 17, 2009

UAAP Season 72 Eliminations: ADMU Game 2 Results

The Blue Eagles came from behind once again!
Eagles, Tigers share top spot
By Cedelf P. Tupas
Philippine Daily Inquirer

MANILA, Philippines - There's a script slowly becoming familiar for the Ateneo Blue Eagles two games into their title defense in the 72nd UAAP Season: They end up on the wrong end of a blistering first quarter, recover their bearings in the second before Rabeh Al-Hussaini flexes his muscles for the knockout blow in the second half.

Pushed to the wall by a hot-starting University of the East squad, the Eagles drew another brilliant effort from Al-Hussaini to stage a big comeback that ended in a 72-57 rout last night at the Araneta Coliseum.

Al-Hussaini, the reigning Most Valuable Player, threw his weight around for 27 points, 19 coming in the second half, as the Eagles clawed their way back from an early 17-point deficit to register their second victory and gain a share of the lead with University of Santo Tomas.

Continued...
Ateneo is now tied for first with UST (which also won yesterday) and the two will clash on Sunday for solo leadership of the tournament. I have high hopes for that match-up: the Growling Tigers have only beaten patsies so far (Adamson and NU) while the Blue Eagles have already bested top-tier squads FEU and UE.

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On the distaff side, the Ateneo Lady Eagles won their season debut against UE.

Wednesday, July 15, 2009

UAAP Season 72: ADMU Courtside Reporter

Meet Jessica Mendoza, the Ateneo courtside reporter for Season 72.



In her profile in The Guidon she says, “I liked to read and write. I was a nerd, very much. Still am.” How cool is that?



Mendoza debuted during the Blue Eagles' game against FEU last July 12. She did a good job. The only hitch: in their postgame interview coach Norman Black couldn't hear her over the crowd and had to ask her to repeat a question. She'll learn soon enough.

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[12 February 2010 Edit]

Nonoy for President has posted Jessica Mendoza's graduation picture.

Monday, July 13, 2009

UAAP Season 72 Eliminations: ADMU Game 1 Results

My team won!
Eagles survive pesky Tamaraws
Al-Hussaini stars in battle of title faves
By Jasmine W. Payo
Philippine Daily Inquirer

MANILA, Philippines - Ateneo's crack guards propped up the Blue Eagles early before the veterans finished off the pesky Far Eastern U Tamaraws with a 63-59 victory in the 72nd UAAP men’s basketball tournament yesterday at the Araneta Coliseum.

The Eagles turned to Rabeh Al-Hussaini in the final stretch and the reigning MVP responded with a pair of key baskets that pushed the defending champions ahead for good at 61-54 from a 54-54 deadlock.

“It showed why everybody is picking FEU as the team to beat,” said Ateneo coach Norman Black. “We played well in the first half, but they came out with better intensity in the second half. Luckily we just kept our composure and kept our defense.”

Al-Hussaini finished with 18 points and eight rebounds and last year’s top rookie Ryan Buenafe contributed 10.

Continued...
Ateneo's best five on paper is Al-Hussaini, Buenafe, Nonoy Baclao, Eric Salamat, and Jai Reyes so I was very surprised to see Kirk Long starting the game instead of Buenafe. The gambit worked out, though, because Buenafe and fellow subs Nico Salva and Emman Monfort provided the scoring punch off the bench after the Blue Eagles got off to a slow start.

Sunday, July 12, 2009

UAAP Season 72 Eliminations: ADMU Game 1 Preview

Moments from now the Ateneo de Manila Blue Eagles will make their Season 72 debut against the FEU Tamaraws. I have butterflies in my stomach. The Blue Eagles are the underdogs in this game despite being the defending champions. It's easy to see why: they can field the league-best five of Jai Reyes, Eric Salamat, Nonoy Baclao, Ryan Buenafe, and Rabeh Al-Hussaini but that's about it. The rest of the names on the Ateneo bench don't exactly strike fear. FEU, meanwhile, is coming off a great preseason. They won the 15th Fr. Martin Cup Collegiate Open Cup in March and the 2009 Filoil Flying V Pre-Season Manny V. Pangilinan Cup in mid-June. Leading Tamaraws Mark Barroca, JR Cawaling, and Aldrech Ramos also played for the PBL PG Flex Unity Cup-winning Oracle Residences Titans and the Smart Gilas Pilipinas national developmental team that competed abroad. Be that as it may, “To be the man, you've got to beat the man.” And until another team knocks them off their perch in September, the Blue Eagles are the man.

Saturday, July 11, 2009

Friday, July 10, 2009

UAAP Season 72: Ateneo de Manila Blue Eagles Lineup

This is the Ateneo team that will defend the men's basketball crown in the upcoming UAAP season:
Players
4 Juami Tiongson, PG
5 Jai Reyes, PG
6 Emman Monfort, PG
7 Nonoy Baclao, PF
8 Bacon Austria, SG/SF
10 Tonino Gonzaga, SF
11 Eric Salamat, SG
12 Kirk Long, SG
13 Ryan Buenafe, SF
14 Nico Salva, PF
15 Vince Burke, PF
17 Oping Sumalinog, SF
18 Justin Chua, PF/C
19 Rabeh Al-Hussaini, C
20 Chris de Chavez, SG/SF
21 Frank Golla, PF/C

Head Coach
Norman Black

Coaching Staff
Sandy Arespacochaga
Gene Afable
Jamike Jarin
Gabby Severino
Jon Jacinto
Dennis Aenlle
Chester Tiongson
Ateneo will no longer have the services of "energy" guys like Jobe Nkemakolam, Mike Baldos, and Yuri Escueta, but the player they're going to miss the most is last year's co-captain Chris Tiu. This year's guard corps will have big shoes to fill in the Blue Eagles' title-retention campaign.

Thursday, July 9, 2009

UAAP Season 72 Eliminations: UP 1st Round Schedule

Here are the University of the Philippines Fighting Maroons' first seven games in UAAP Season 72:
Sunday, July 12
Araneta Coliseum
2 PM - UP vs. NU

Saturday, July 18
Araneta Coliseum
2 PM - UP vs. Adamson

Thursday, July 23
PhilSports Arena
2 PM - UP vs. DLSU

Saturday, July 25
PhilSports Arena
4 PM - UP vs. Ateneo

Saturday, August 1
PhilSports Arena
4 PM - UP vs. FEU

Thursday, August 6
Araneta Coliseum
2 PM - UP vs. UE

Saturday, August 8
Araneta Coliseum
2 PM - UP vs. UST
After losing all of their games in 2007, the UP Maroons scratched and clawed to reach 3 wins last season. This year they're not expected to crash the Final Four, but I hope my other team continues to improve and finishes with at least 5 or 6 wins.

Wednesday, July 8, 2009

This Can't Be Good

Someone told me earlier that the New School has called off classes due to the Influenza A(H1N1) virus. A quick visit to the school website confirmed the suspension, but not the reason behind it. I tried calling the school but no one answered. This is bad. Now I have to keep away from people as much as possible. Worse, the professors will (wrongly) expect students to do nothing but read during the ten-day break.

Friday, July 3, 2009

UAAP Season 72 Eliminations: ADMU 1st Round Schedule

Here are the defending champion Ateneo de Manila University Blue Eagles' first seven games in UAAP Season 72:
Sunday, July 12
Araneta Coliseum
4 PM - Ateneo vs. FEU

Thursday, July 16
Araneta Coliseum
4 PM - Ateneo vs. UE

Sunday, July 19
PhilSports Arena
4 PM - Ateneo vs. UST

Sunday, July 26
PhilSports Arena
4 PM - Ateneo vs. UP

Thursday, July 30
PhilSports Arena
4 PM - Ateneo vs. Adamson

Saturday, August 1
PhilSports Arena
2 PM - Ateneo vs. NU

Sunday, August 9
Araneta Coliseum
5 PM - Ateneo vs. La Salle
Because of school and whatnot I can only watch Ateneo's Sunday games. But those three—against FEU, UST, and DLSU—will all be pivotal in the Blue Eagles' quest for their first back-to-back championships since 1987 and 1988.

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Here's the first round schedule for the Ateneo Lady Eagles in the Women's division:
Wednesday, July 15
FEU Gym
10:45 AM - Ateneo vs. UE

Sunday, July 19
PhilSports Arena
9 AM - Ateneo vs. UP

Saturday, July 25
PhilSports Arena
10:45 AM - Ateneo vs. NU

Wednesday, July 29
FEU Gym
12:30 PM - Ateneo vs. FEU

Sunday, August 2
PhilSports Arena
9 AM - Ateneo vs. Adamson

Wednesday, August 5
FEU Gym
2:15 PM - Ateneo vs. UST

Sunday, August 9
FEU Gym
2:15 PM - Ateneo vs. La Salle

Wednesday, July 1, 2009