Monday, July 21, 2014

Fair Play: Samsam Gullas' move is step in right direction

(This is my Fair Play column for Sun.Star Cebu's July 21 edition)
DURING their undefeated reign as nine-time Cesafi champions, there were some members of other varsity teams in UV that resented the privileges of the basketball kings, saying those players rarely attend classes.

Way skwela-skwela, pasar gyapun. Basta makadula ra’g basketball,payts na,” a member of UV’s football team, who won a Cesafi crown, told me.

Fair Play: Ironing out Ironman kinks

(This is my Fair Play column for Sun.Star Cebu's July 19 edition)
ONE of the most memorable images in the 2013 edition of the Ironman 70.3 wasn’t that of an athlete but a group of passengers carrying their luggage up the Marcelo Fernan bridge, caught unaware of the closure of the vital link to Lapu-Lapu City.

Organizers say they have had several information blasts regarding road and bridge closures for the Ironman but even if they’d do it daily, there would still be people who’d be caught by surprised.

Tuesday, July 15, 2014

Fair Play: Can CCSC, CFA team-up for futsal league in Cebu?

(This is my Fair Play column for Sun.Star Cebu's July 14 edition)
THERE are two unrelated developments in Cebu that, if put together, could mean Cebu City taking the lead again in Philippine sports. The Cebu City Sports Commission (CCSC) is busy with its grassroots program and is now re-booting its archery program.

How succesful are they? For starters, from a pool of less than a handful, there are now at least 9,000 students who have learned archery.

Monday, July 07, 2014

Fair Play: Hobbled South Americans vs. Europeans

(This is my Fair Play column for Sun.Star Cebu's July 7 issue)
LET me gloat a bit. In a previous column, I picked Brazil over Colombia, Germany over France, Argentina over Belgium and the Netherlands over Costa Rica and so far, I’m 100 percent correct. I even guessed it right that James Rodriguez would score and that Colombia would still lose to the host.

If you say that those were just lucky guesses, you are right. Besides, those were easy picks made by my spirit-fueled crystal ball. I was hoping, though, that I’d be wrong in the Costa Rica vs. Netherlands match and that the Cinderella run of the South American country would continue.

Who wouldn’t want to cheer for the underdog in football’s greatest stage?

Fair Play: Why sharing is important

(This is my Fair Play column for Sun.Star Cebu's July 5 issue)
A FEW weeks ago, I learned of an unfortunate experience of a child who wanted to learn gymnastics.

Her mom took her to one of the clincis and really liked the sport. The problem was the coach was unprofessional and was always late, and the other parents and students made them feel so unwelcome that they didn’t return.

Mura’g ganahan sila nga sila ra’y kamao,” I was told.

Fair play: The World Cup quarterfinals

(This is my Fair Play column for Sun.Star Cebu's July 3 edition)
THE World Cup started with 32 teams in eight groups a few weeks ago, and in a curious twist, all eight group winners advanced to the quarterfinal round. It is another first in an event that is proving to be unlike no other.

I wanted the USA to advance further in the event, because it’s always great to cheer for the underdog. However, despite a valiant display from Tim Howard, the Americans lost to Belgium, 2-1, in extra time.

What an exciting match it was. No score in regulation and then just 17 minutes into extra time, you have three and the US could have gotten another in that lovely set piece of theirs that seemed to have been borrowed from basketball.

Tuesday, July 01, 2014

Fair Play: A potential win-win relationship

(This is my Fair Play column for Sun.Star Cebu's June 30 edition)
A FEW years ago, I got an unexpected call from Ed Hayco, who was then about to be tapped as chairman of the Cebu City Sports Commission. He asked for advice about the post and I told him simply: Don’t take it.

I was afraid that the amiable godfather of dancesport would be stuck in the quagmire that goes along with being a political appointee in a sports landscape.

Thursday, June 26, 2014

Fair Play: How to train your Suarez

(This is my Fair Play column for Sun.Star Cebu's June 26 issue)
A FEW years ago, Fifa blamed the rising number of diving incidents on professional players whose dives in big matches were imitated by amateur players.

The pros got away with it, so, those who idolize them started copying their antics.

Saturday, June 21, 2014

Fair Play: So, how's your team in the World Cup so far?

(This is my Fair Play column for Sun.Star Cebu's June 21 edition)
FROM the days when the only way you could watch a World Cup match live is a girlie bar, now, it seems everybody’s got the World Cup fever. And that’s fine by me. Just be careful though and don’t make the same mistake like the fan who said she’s going to cheer for Spain because of Ronaldo.

And, just like in the old days, we have to sacrifice sleep to catch the games live but now, we can do it at home.

Monday, June 16, 2014

Fair Play: Girls 14 ushers in bright future for PHL football

(This is my Fair Play column for Sun.Star Cebu's June 16 edition)
WE CAN compete internationally in the youth levels, it’s only in the 16-Under age group that we begin to lag.”

That was what Philippine Football Federation technical director Aries Caslib said during the PFF Board of Governors meeting in Cebu in 2011, when he laid out the plans for the development of grassroots football just weeks after the country’s consciousness was raised because of the Miracle in Hanoi by the Azkals.