Archive for the ‘Sports’ Category

missing the old pigskin

i guess it has been more than a month since i last held the ball and ran.

i miss the line, the rush and the pain.

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three-pronged stance

last down.

here comes the snap.

there goes the rush. there goes the defensive wave.

got to hold still and plant feet to the ground.

got to protect the quarterback.

here goes another salvo of bickering and jaunting statements.

it’s nice to be in this kind of work.

time to lower my center of gravity, keep my wits, observe the play and hold off the tsunami.

i’m gonna love this! oh, yeah!

~ sorry for the sports jargon. just got to prep up myself for the days to come.

sports fan

my whole day has been spent watching sports.

earlier this morning, the Pacquiao-Barrera rematch has been aired over GMA 7. i thought that it would been shown at around 8 a.m. so i woke up early. but i was mistaken, the fight would be shown at 10. i ended up watching inu-yasha.

then came the undercards. the first fight was good. and the Filipino won. i forgot his name though. the other undercards were boring so i just watched that Judy Ann-Ryan movie. then dozed off. then watched the undercard of Forbes and another mexican fighter. the contender graduate won.

at around 1:30, the fight started. as promised, Kyla sang the controversial national anthem. Ara Mina was said to have been the one to sing it but due to Manny’s alleged affair with her, the deal was off.

i had originally had a liking for Pacquiao. but my positive view of him faded away after all of his so-so fights and wondrous exploits. see here. and here.

now, after his anticipated fight with Barrera, i somehow like him again.

i liked the way he showed them his heart and sportsmanship in this fight. i liked the way he weaved his head. the way he threw those right jabs, most of which just hit air. i liked the footwork, so reminiscent of Ali’s pedalling. his stamina has greatly improved! for once, he can last for 12 rounds. and the way he penetrated Barrera’s defenses was just spectacular.

but then again, the old, exciting Pacquiao was not there on the ring. the hard abdominals were not there to shield his internals from body blows. his old one-twos have weakened. but most important of all, he has lost the weight in his punches. yes, there was that much talked-about left straight but it can’t bring down the old and ailing Barrera.

there might have been close calls but the hunger was not there. everytime Barrera wobbled, there was no follow-ups. he was always open to Barrera’s counters. oh well.

but Pacquiao did great. he did great with his acting. that 11th round illegal blow from Barrera was a classic. that right downward hook was just a brush but Pac-Man managed to go to his corner and wobble-off, as if he was hit by George Foreman in his prime. he clung off the ropes and paraded over to the other neutral corner. his past two movies have paid off. his acting was superb.

oh, well. all cheers to the Pambansang Kamao. details here.

and I hope Manny Pacquiao stops hitting on wussies and settle for fighters who could really go with him, toe-to-toe like Edwin Valero.

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after the Pacquiao-Barrera fight was another war. the UAAP season 70 men’s basketball finals was really a dramatic battle. and it was won by the De La Salle Green Archers.

it was a real upset, seeing the team with the best record in the play-offs trashed by a battle-weary team. the University of the East Red Warriors have been the best team there is with an untarnished record of 14-0. they were just there waiting for the final contender.

but the Green Archers have been unrelenting. They pulled UST down, then settled the controversial rivalry with Ateneo. then this time, the Warriors were just overwhelmed and were brutally choked by the Green Archer defense.

sayang. ang galing pa naman ng mga UE. masaya na naman ang boss ko. kawawa naman kaming mga dukha at taong masa. matapobre yun eh. sigurado sobrang panlalait na naman ang maririnig ko bukas.

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and as always, panalo na lang ang kabaklaan ni Lawrence. see here.

the king earns his crown

Lebron James is a real king.

he has lead the Cleveland Cavaliers to the franchise’s first NBA Finals after humbling the Detroit Pistons for games 5 and 6 of the NBA Eastern Conference Finals.

King James was a messiah in game 5. read this for details. and for game 6, Daniel “Boobie” Gibson had the sweetest touch of all. he shot 5-out-of-5 treys and had 31 points. it was real sweet. see here for the details of game 6.

The Greatest Upset

Today, Don Nelson and his armada of small and agile players made history.

Their eight-seeded Golden State team ousted the NBA’s highest caliber Dallas team from the Western Conference’s playoff eliminations.

The Warriors’ win cost the league’s best record team to fall from the top. The two teams clashed for five games, with the Mavericks trailing the Warriors with a 3-2 record.

The Warriors swept the Mavs in their first meeting, beating them at their homecourt. But the Mavs came back at them and won on Game 2. The Warriors then trampled over the ailing Mavs for the two succeeding games at Oakland, California. But with a spurt of desperation, Dirk Nowitzki pulled his team from a sorry end at Game 5 and made his team win by making 12 straight points, overcoming the leading Warriors.

And this series was ended with the Baron Davis’ pack of ravaging underdogs by winning the series’ Game with a 111-86 lead.

The Warrior’s win was a real shocker. A real kick in the ass. A real bummer.

The Dallas Mavericks was the team that was sure to be on the NBA finals. And now they’ve ended up as roadkill.

I’m pondering on how would Mark Cuban react to this upset, on how he will tackle Avery Johnson, the Mavs’ coach who happened to be one of Don Nelson’s former players.

It must have been hell for Johnson to go toe-to-toe with his coach, the man who has shaped him as a player and may have also been influential in making him a great coach. Don Nelson was also the genius behind the making of the the powerhouse that was Dirk Nowitzki. It must have been hard for him to match the man that knew all his strengths and weaknesses, the man who knew all his shots. Johnson was completely rattled and cornered by his mentor.

I’m also wondering on how the Mavs team would accept the defeat. With Dirk, their savior, completely devoured and their team’s producing poorly in their series with the Warriors, how would they fare for next year’s season? I just don’t know.

But, if it was hell for the Mavs, the Warriors must be in cloud nine.

Baron Davis was, as always if he was healthy, phenomenal. Stephen Jackson has also successfully proven that his ejection from Game 5, was nothing. He dropped several spectacular treys. And my fantasy league players, Andris Biedrins, Matt Barnes and Mikael Pietrus were simply amazing. Biedrins was again, a monster, capping 12 points and 12 rebounds. He also made 3 integral blocks. I wanted to see him play for it was reported that he made several important hussles for the team.

Another question that came to me was if the Warriors’ win worth it? Will they last against the winner between the Jazz and Rockets’ bout? The Warrior’s win is quite dubious now that Monta Ellis and Davis have been reported to both have injuries. These two guards have been the frontliners that rallied their triumph. And now that they are down, who would pull the team up? Both Barnes and Pietrus may not keep up with their brand of play. They have been great during the regular season but this is the second round of the playoffs. And Jackson, is not a team player. He’s good but he’s not a great playmaker.

Oh, man, questions.

For the details of Dallas and Golden States’ final duel, read this.

This NBA season is great. Though plagued with so much injuries and still riddled with scandals, it has been very satisfying.

But still, my money is on the Bulls. Haha.

The Battle of the Surfaces

this was one heck of a concept. whoever thought of this was a genius.

bring in the two top players of tennis, place them in their battleground of choice and let them slug it out ’til the other can’t stand it no more.

without batting an eyelash, this battle is going to be one heck of a match. in fact, it reportedly was.

yesterday, one of the oddest exhibition games in tennis history was opened. Dubbed as “The Battle of the Surfaces,” the game was done in a half-grass and half-clay court and was dominated by two of the best tennis players of our time,top-seed Roger Federer and his powerful rival, Rafael Nadal.

the exhibition game was even dubbed as a battle between the King of Clay and the King of Grass. Nadal, who has been, time and time again, proven to be unbeatable at a clay court, was matched up with Federer who is simply unstoppable.

this odd-ball game was said to be quite exciting and tiring. the court giants had to regularly adjust themselves to the different surfaces of the court and they really had to change shoes whenever they changed sides.

but in the end, it was Nadal who conquered both surfaces. the young Spaniard beat the seasoned Swiss, 7-5, 4-6, 7-6. For details, read this.

to see what the court looks like, click here.

to cap it all up, I am just impressed by the originality of it.

mismatch

sunday’s Blaze of Glory was such a bore.

even though he won, it was tantamount to nothing.

his foe was a patsy. a light puncher with a weak chin.

he was so sure of himself that he toyed with his prey for several rounds. i don’t know if he didn’t have what it takes to knock him down or he was just so proud of himself.

and it took a hell of a headbutt to bring him back to his senses. he knocked the patsy fighter senseless.

i really hope he gets disqualified. for good.

He really went for it.

[Note: i wrote this weeks ago. Just didn’t have the time to post it.]

This guy is really unbelievable.

He really went for it, even though he’s really out of shape and he face got cut in a cheap-shot sparring practice. he says that it’s only a scratch. But the thing is, he’s wounded. Tough luck.

Real tough luck for us, too. He made his lawyer file for his candidacy even though he’s been disqualified by the Commission on Elections chief. He went for the cake when no one was looking.

I don’t know if he’s callous or he just doesn’t understand the gravity of his actions.

Or maybe, he has really gone bonkers. Maybe all those jabs, straights and hooks have bonked his noggin. A lot of boxers have gone bonkers. Muhammad Ali is already bonked. But let’s give it to Ali, he’s a real artist in the ring and he’s a champ. And Pacman, is no one. (Except that he’s Ring magazine’s Pound for Pound fighter of the year and the endorser of Extreme Magic Sing. Sheeut.)

I agree with Mr. Arturo Topacio, Jr. of Cavite City. He wrote this in the Inquirer.

Ah, to hell with him. I wish after this Blaze of Glory fight, he’ll be given a nice good KO punch in the jaw that’ll leave him dead like that poor Pinoy prizefighter who went down, and never stood up, in Thailand.

But, oops, if Pacman will end up dead, he’ll win all the sympathy of the world. Tough luck for us again. And may be they’ll incarcerate Solis and cricufy him.

Hay, I really hope something will happen. Something that’ll bring the People’s Champ back to earth.

updates

On Manny Pacquiao.

Sana matalo na lang siya. To bring him down back to Earth. Hay, sana naman, instead of Solis, ang kalabanin nya ay si Marquez. At least yun, masaya, Boxingan talaga. Pero, sa estado ni PacMan ngayon, baka wala rin siyang laban dun.

Sana nga, matalo siya.

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On Globe.

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jesus christ

man, he’s really miraculous.

after the lakers’ stump last, last week, they’re again reemerging and surging.

and it’s because of divine providence.

Phil Jackson has said that, after the team’s traumatic injuries, scandals, numerous fines and continous losing streak, “No one can save the lakers, not even Jesus.”

but they’ve got Jesus.

Kobe Bryant has been more than miraculous for the past four games, scoring more than 50 points in each. he’s been scoring 65, 50, 60 and 50 for those games.

Hallelujah for Kobe.