Tuesday, May 17, 2011

[Post 500] Your UAAP Season 74 Ateneo de Manila Blue Eagles (For Now)

Sportswriter Rick Olivares' blog, Bleachers' Brew, has an active shoutbox so this interesting item was sent to the back pages almost immediately:

[Screen grab from here.]

The Blue Eagles playing in the ongoing FilOil Flying V Pre-season Premier Cup are Bacon Austria, Gwyne Capacio, Justin Chua, JP Erram, Frank Golla, Tonino Gonzaga, Kirk Long, Emman Monfort, Von Pessumal, Kiefer Ravena, Mark Tallo, Juami Tiongson, Nico Salva, Paul Siarot, Greg Slaughter, and Oping Sumalinog. They're the same players currently in the US to play tune-up games and train at the Joe Abunassar Camp and, for now, the squad that will battle to bring back to Loyola Heights a fourth straight Men's basketball title in UAAP Season 74 this July.

These developments can only mean that for some reason or another, Ryan Buenafe, Chris De Chaves, Art Dela Cruz, Jr., and Jeric Estrada—a quartet that helped the Blue Eagles three-peat in Season 73 and has seven Men's basketball championship rings between them—are all out of the Ateneo lineup for Season 74 (although they were also listed as part of the FilOil roster).

Like I said, interesting.

This is my 500th post since starting The Past and the Spurious in 2008. Finally, a blog post milestone that I did not mark after the fact.

[28 June 2011 Edit]

For different reasons, Mark Tallo and Paul Siarot are out of the roster and Bon Jovi Cipriano and Jeric Estrada are in.

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