Tuesday, September 25, 2012

UAAP Season 75: Ateneo Final Four Schedule

Below is the Ateneo Blue Eagles' Final Four schedule. As the top team after the eliminations, they will enjoy a twice-to-beat advantage over the winner of tomorrow's rubber match between DLSU and FEU for the last semifinals berth.
Saturday, 29 September
Araneta Coliseum
4 PM - Ateneo vs. DLSU or FEU

Wednesday, 3 October (if needed)
MOA Arena
12 PM - Ateneo vs. DLSU or FEU


At the most crucial stage of the season the Blue Eagles have suddenly found themselves facing an uncertain future. They didn't expect or ask for any of this, but I hope they have enough poise and maturity to put the controversies aside for now and keep their eyes on the prize. They'll have all the time in the world to deal with the off-the-court issues once the tournament is over, but right now they have an immediate goal: to make it to the Finals.


[26 September 2012 Edit]

DLSU beat FEU, so the Blue Eagles will face the Green Archers in the Final Four. If I recall correctly it's the first time since the 2008 Finals that the two teams will meet in the playoffs.

Monday, September 24, 2012

UAAP Season 75: Gameday Scenes, DLSU–UST, 16 September 2012

UAAP Season 75: De La Salle Green Archers vs. FEU Tamaraws, Sept 16
[Photo credit: Juan Benjamin Janeo for Inboundpass]

A pair of glasses hid Superman's true identity, so why doesn't
a near-full-face mask work half as well for Manguera?

UAAP Season 75: De La Salle Green Archers vs. FEU Tamaraws, Sept 16
[Photo credit: Juan Benjamin Janeo for Inboundpass]

Even if that's indeed a malignant-looking growth on his nape,
it's still not polite to stare, Hargrove.

UAAP Season 75: De La Salle Green Archers vs. FEU Tamaraws, Sept 16
[Photo credit: Juan Benjamin Janeo for Inboundpass]

Sad Romeo is sad whenever the ball is not in his hands.

Sunday, September 23, 2012

UAAP Season 75: The UP Pep Squad Made8Happen



This was my amateur's forecast of the results of yesterday's UAAP Cheerdance Competition:
1 UP Pep Squad
2 FEU Cheering Squad
3-5 NU Pep Squad/ADMU Blue Babble Battalion/UST Salinggawi Dance Troupe
6-7 DLSU Animo Squad/UE Pep Squad
8 AdU Pep Squad
The final order of finish was:
1 UP Pep Squad
2 FEU Cheering Squad
3 NU Pep Squad
4 UST Salinggawi Dance Troupe
5 DLSU Animo Squad
6 ADMU Blue Babble Battalion
7 UE Pep Squad
8 AdU Pep Squad
Yeah, I wrongly ranked Ateneo over UST and La Salle (what can I say, I'm biased haha) but at least I got the top finishers right. That's not bad for someone who doesn't have a technical understanding of cheerdance.


The UP Pep Squad has now won three straight UAAP CDC titles, eight total, and five of the last six. I was pretty confident they would win (theirs was the only routine that gave me goosebumps), although the collapse of a pyramid in their last formation sure made things interesting.

Saturday, September 22, 2012

A Month's Worth Of Hundred-Pluses

In the past month this blog finally fulfilled one of my last few remaining wishes for it: to receive triple-digit site visits for at least 31 straight days.

[Image grabbed from SiteMeter.com]

Today is actually the thirty-second straight day; I forgot to blog about this latest milestone yesterday.

UAAP Season 75: Today Is Cheerdance Competition Day

Happening some two hours from now is one of the most awaited events on the UAAP Season 75 calendar: the Cheerdance Competition.

[Image source: GetBlued on FB]

It's the one day where I cheer as much (if not more) for a UP team competing head-to-head against an Ateneo side. This year the Blue Babble Battalion and the UP Pep Squad will be the penultimate and last teams to perform, respectively. It's an order that can't hurt, because two-time defending champ and traditional powerhouse UPPS is a tough act to follow (although the BBB will go right after another heavy favorite, the UST Salinggawi Dance Troupe). Best of luck to both squads!

Friday, September 21, 2012

CHR, NYC, And Rock Ed Philippines Kick Off "Tandaan. Kalayaan. Alagaan." Campaign

Today is the 40th anniversary of the declaration of Martial Law in the Philippines.

To mark the occasion the Commission on Human Rights, National Youth Commission, and Rock Ed Philippines are teaming up on a campaign they've dubbed "Tandaan. Kalayaan. Alagaan." Here is the first of their many planned offerings, an animated video by Arnold Arre about one specific difference between the Martial Law-era and modern-day Philippines:



(Awesome work by Arre, as usual.)

May we never forget. Never again.

Thursday, September 20, 2012

UAAP Season 75: Gameday Scenes, ADMU–UST, 15 September 2012

UAAP Season 75: Ateneo Blue Eagles vs. UST Growling Tigers, Sept. 15
[Photo credit: Juan Benjamin Janeo for Inboundpass]

"Whoa, what is that?"

UAAP Season 75: Ateneo Blue Eagles vs. UST Growling Tigers, Sept. 15
[Photo credit: Juan Benjamin Janeo for Inboundpass]

20/20 vision.

UAAP Season 75: Ateneo Blue Eagles vs. UST Growling Tigers, Sept. 15
[Photo credit: Juan Benjamin Janeo for Inboundpass]

"It's a bird!"

"It's a plane!"

"It's a Jarencio extreme closeup on the arena video screen!"

UAAP Season 75: Ateneo Blue Eagles vs. UST Growling Tigers, Sept. 15
[Photo credit: Juan Benjamin Janeo for Inboundpass]

He got the game-winner—again—but all Ryan worried about
was where he left his postgame snack.

Friday, September 14, 2012

UAAP Season 75: Gameday Scenes, ADMU–AdU, 9 September 2012

UAAP Season 75: Ateneo Blue Eagles vs. Adamson Falcons, Sept. 9
[Photo credit: Juan Benjamin Janeo for Inboundpass]

Gonzaga is too predictable at this game.

UAAP Season 75: Ateneo Blue Eagles vs. Adamson Falcons, Sept. 9
[Photo credit: Juan Benjamin Janeo for Inboundpass]

And that is what's known as a dead ball situation.

UAAP Season 75: Ateneo Blue Eagles vs. Adamson Falcons, Sept. 9
[Photo credit: Juan Benjamin Janeo for Inboundpass]

Tiongson's back often freezes up at the most inopportune times.

UAAP Season 75: Ateneo Blue Eagles vs. Adamson Falcons, Sept. 9
[Photo credit: Juan Benjamin Janeo for Inboundpass]

"And if you're not down with that, I got two words for ya!"

UAAP Season 75: Ateneo Blue Eagles vs. Adamson Falcons, Sept. 9
[Photo credit: Juan Benjamin Janeo for Inboundpass]

Heartbreaking. Simply heartbreaking.

Wednesday, September 12, 2012

UAAP Season 75: JP Erram Is Out For The Year

UAAP Season 75: Ateneo Blue Eagles vs. FEU Tamaraws, Aug 18
[Photo credit: Juan Benjamin Janeo for Inboundpass]

By now it's old news that Ateneo Blue Eagles backup center JP Erram is out for the remainder of UAAP Season 75 with an ACL tear. It was a freak accident that may toll on the team's bid to win its fifth straight title.

Erram had earlier been hit with a one-game suspension after (belatedly) being assessed his second unsportsmanlike foul of the season in the aftermath of Ateneo's second round victory against the FEU Tamaraws. He was forced to sit out the Blue Eagles' win over DLSU Green Archers, and was not fielded in their next game, an upset loss to the UE Red Warriors. Then in his first game back following that two-game absence, he got injured during this sequence.

Erram had been projected as Ateneo's starting center next year as current starter Greg Slaughter and backup Justin Chua will end their UAAP careers after this season, while fellow reserve Frank Golla's play has seemingly regressed. He was averaging 3.6 points on 64% FG (14/22) and 62% FT (8/13) shooting, 4.1 rebounds, and 1 block in 8.8 minutes per game, and was leading the league in field goal percentage before his nasty fall.


The last Blue Eagle I remember suffering the same sort of season-ending injury in a game was Larry Fonacier who, coincidentally, also sustained an ACL injury during Ateneo's fourth outing in 2004, a game against the UP Fighting Maroons that I actually attended.

Fonacier, however, eventually recovered to enjoy an award- and championship-filled pro career in the Philippine Basketball Association. He even made it to the Smart-Gilas Pilipinas national team that won the William Jones Cup last month and will compete in the FIBA Asia Cup starting this Friday.

So yeah, there's hope for Erram.


I expect the Blue Eagles to have an Erram-related patch on the jerseys they will use in tomorrow's game against the NU Bulldogs, similar to the "14" patch the Blue Eagles used in UAAP Season 67 for Fonacier, and the "JMR" patch the Green Archers used last month in honor of the late DILG Secretary Jesse M. Robredo, who was a DLSU alumnus.


[13 September 2012 Edit]

They didn't have uniform patches, but Erram's teammates didn't forget. More importantly, they won the game for him.

Thursday, September 6, 2012

UAAP Season 75: Gameday Scenes, ADMU–DLSU, 1 September 2012

UAAP Season 75: Ateneo Blue Eagles vs. De La Salle Green Archers, Sept. 1
[Photo credit: Juan Benjamin Janeo for Inboundpass]

Paper beats rock. Zags wins and advances to the quarterfinals
against Coach Norman.

UAAP Season 75: Ateneo Blue Eagles vs. De La Salle Green Archers, Sept. 1
[Photo credit: Juan Benjamin Janeo for Inboundpass]

"Hah, yari na kayo ngayon." *cocks shooting arm*

UAAP Season 75: Ateneo Blue Eagles vs. De La Salle Green Archers, Sept. 1
[Photo credit: Juan Benjamin Janeo for Inboundpass]

Ryan has just spotted the postgame spread.

UAAP Season 75: Ateneo Blue Eagles vs. De La Salle Green Archers, Sept. 1
[Photo credit: Juan Benjamin Janeo for Inboundpass]

Ravena and Teng exchanging hair grooming tips.

UAAP Season 75: Ateneo Blue Eagles vs. De La Salle Green Archers, Sept. 1
[Photo credit: Juan Benjamin Janeo for Inboundpass]

Gonzaga tries the oldest trick in the book.

Wednesday, September 5, 2012

You're Thinking Of A Different Guy, Guy

Michael Clarke Duncan of Daredevil and The Green Mile fame passed away yesterday. Amid all the expressions of condolence on Facebook, I encountered a comment that made me smile:

[Image grabbed from FB]

But it looks like that's a common mistake.

Monday, September 3, 2012

UAAP Season 75: The Phenom Says, "Hi Tibibord!"

For two years now Kiefer Ravena has been one of my favorite players on my favorite sports team, the ADMU Blue Eagles. That's mostly because on and off the basketball court this young man is a credit to the Ateneo.

I like that Kiefer plays the game with sportsmanship. He doesn't play to harm opposing players (well, other than the times he proves his "Phenom" moniker true and puts the hurt on the competition). He helps fallen opponents to their feet, and even pacifies them to defuse tension when things get too heated.

On his own time, Ravena runs an outreach program, organizes benefit games, and lends his name to admirable projects. What's more, from all indications Kiefer hasn't let his basketball stardom get to his head. He accommodates fans, even obliging those supporting the opposing teams.

Oh, and he obliged me:

[Original photo courtesy of CDI. Salamat ulit, padi.]