Friday, June 27, 2014

UAAP Season 77: ADMU Courtside Reporter

We now know who's going to be Ateneo's courtside reporter in UAAP Season 77:

Lehmann was the first runner-up in the 2014 Bb. Pilipinas beauty pageant.

She's the interviewee in the middle below:

Looks promising, especially since she also has a background in sports. We'll soon see if she's competent in basketball reporting; Season 77 opens in fifteen days!

[3 July 2014 Edit]

Saturday, June 21, 2014

UAAP Season 77: Ateneo Blue Eagles Preliminary Lineup

With UAAP Season 77 set to open exactly three weeks from now, ABS-CBN Sports had a photo shoot with the Ateneo de Manila Blue Eagles.

That's Clint Doliguez, Kris Porter, John Apacible, Jay Javelosa and Fonzo Gotladera at the back, and Thirdy Ravena, Nico Elorde, Von Pessumal, Chris Newsome and Gwyne Capacio in front.

Kiefer Ravena and Arvin Tolentino make twelve, leaving four more slots to be filled. I wonder who else will make it to the lineup that will be submitted to the UAAP Board for approval, but am not going to hold my breath that Jerie Pingoy and Hubert Cani will be on it.

[25 June 2014 Edit]

The team's brain trust seems resigned to the possibility that Pingoy and Cani won't be allowed to suit up this season.

[3 July 2014 Edit]

It is said that the plan to reduce the number of foreign students allowed per team then eventually ban them will not be imposed in Season 77 because it would be, not in so many words, "too sudden."

I am so glad the UAAP member schools had the same regard for prospectivity when the 2-year residency rule, the so-called Pingoy Rule, was enacted before last season. Oh, wait….

Thursday, June 12, 2014

Today We Celebrate Our Independence Day

Maligayang Araw ng Kasarinlan, Pilipinas!

Today's commemoration of the 116th anniversary of the proclamation of Philippine independence has a little more personal significance than usual: it was launched at Plaza Quince Martires, Naga City in my home province of Camarines Sur.

How ironic, a student from my high school alma mater was arrested for causing a disturbance as the president delivered his Independence Day speech.

One can hear the off-screen commotion at the 3:35 mark of the video above. And we might've heard more had that clip not omitted about two and a half paragraphs from the president's published remarks at the 3:51 mark.

[14 June 2014 Edit]

Compare. Contrast.

Saturday, June 7, 2014

UAAP Season 77: Confidence, Thy Name Is Arvin Tolentino

If you're an Ateneo Blue Eagles supporter, you've got to love the positive attitude of this rookie:
"Arvin Tolentino's Long Road to Katipunan"

x x x

"Nothing is impossible naman. Sa talent namin, kaming mga rookies, madaming potential. Compare mo sa rookies nang [sic] ibang team. Kasi isipin mo rookies namin, halos lahat sa amin All-Stars nung high school at champions," Arvin reminds us.

x x x

"Napakabright nang [sic] future namin. Kailangan lang namin experience."

x x x

"We’re going to be champs. Two years from now. Even this year, we can do it."

Full story…
Meanwhile, here's what head coach Bo Perasol has to say:
Perasol sees retooled Blue Eagles being title contenders 'three years from now'

x x x

"Malaking challenge ito dahil puro bata," said Perasol, the former Powerade coach in the PBA who is entering his second season as Ateneo coach. "Magaling sila pero puro youngsters."

"In fact, I think three years from now, hinog na sila. Pero this season, malalamangan sila ng experience."

Full story…
Settle down now, Sixth Man. You need not despair at that statement, necessarily. The sky isn't falling—after all, Perasol did not say that Ateneo won't be in the thick of things in UAAP Season 77. A Final Four stint isn't out of the question, considering the quality of the Blue Eagles' 2014 recruitment class, as well as the rosters of the other competing teams.

So you do you, Arvin and Coach Bo. It goes without saying that the Sixth Man will be rooting for you and the rest of the Blue Eagles.

Thursday, June 5, 2014

UAAP Season 77: Season Logo

ABS-CBN Sports has unveiled the (perhaps incomplete*) logo for UAAP Season 77:

True story: In all the years that I've followed their coverage of the UAAP competitions, it's only now that I've noticed that the colors of the Season logos have largely followed that of the university that happened to be the year's host school.

In my defense, that wasn't too obvious previously, especially since prior to 2011 the logos did not use the same template. And due to a quirk in the UAAP's hosting schedule—Seasons 74, 75 and 76 were hosted by ADMU, NU and AdU, respectively—in recent years the logos have come in varying shades of blue. Following that, of course the red and white of this Season's host school UE stand out more.

*I think it's still missing the slogan for Season 77, "Unity in Excellence" (which seems like a backronym for "UE").

Tuesday, June 3, 2014

UAAP Season 77 Eliminations: Ateneo Blue Eagles And Lady Eagles Updated First Round Schedule

Here's the first round schedule of the Ateneo de Manila Blue Eagles in the Men's Division of the UAAP Season 77 basketball tournament as of 30 May 4 July 2014:
July 13, Sunday
Araneta Coliseum
2 PM - ADMU vs. AdU

July 20, Sunday
MOA Arena
4 PM - ADMU vs. FEU

July 23, Wednesday
Araneta Coliseum
2 PM - ADMU vs. UP

July 27, Sunday
MOA Arena
4 PM - ADMU vs. NU

August 2, Saturday
Araneta Coliseum
4 PM - ADMU vs. DLSU

August 6, Wednesday
Araneta Coliseum
4 PM - ADMU vs. UST

August 10, Sunday
MOA Arena
2 PM - ADMU vs. UE
The games will be telecast live on free TV channel ABS-CBN Sports+Action.

Here's the schedule of the Ateneo Lady Eagles in the Women's Division:
July 13, Sunday
Blue Eagle Gym
1 PM - ADMU vs. UP

July 16, Wednesday
Blue Eagle Gym
3 PM - ADMU vs. AdU

July 19, Saturday
Blue Eagle Gym
3 PM - ADMU vs. FEU

July 24, Thursday
Blue Eagle Gym
10 AM - ADMU vs. UST

July 27, Sunday
Blue Eagle Gym
10 AM - ADMU vs. NU

August 3, Sunday
Blue Eagle Gym
1 PM - ADMU vs. DLSU

August 10, Sunday
Blue Eagle Gym
1 PM - ADMU vs. UE

[Hat tip to J.W. Payo on Twitter.]