Thursday, May 21, 2015

Fair Play: Will LVP reincarnate PVF's woes?

(This is my Fair Play column for Sun.Star Cebu's May 21 edition)
SO the Larong Volleyball ng Pilipinas has just received recognition from the FIVB (International Volleyball Federation) as the national sport association for volleyball in the country, and I hope this ends t he political infighting in volleyball.

I hope, too, that now LVP is recognized as a national sports association, it will really become a national sports association, and not commit the same mistake as its predecessor and think that “national” only covers Manila.

Wednesday, May 20, 2015

Fair Play: You can bet the house on Donnie winning

(This is my Fair Play column for Sun.Star Cebu's May 20 edition)
I'M not a betting man, but if I was, I'd bet my buddy's bonus on Donnie Nietes stopping that cocky Mexican challenger in Pinoy Pride 31. I'd probably throw in his new ride, too.

Donnie, like most Pinoy fighters, especially those from ALA, is not one to boast. They'd let their fists do the talking. Many sportswriters have been disappointed that they can't lead with, "I'll beat the crap out of him," in their stories instead of, "I will just try to do my best."

But Donnie's body of works--longest-reigning Pinoy champion and three defenses in Mexico--speak volumes, and when he says he'll do his best, it doesn't mean he's 100 percent ready, it means he can go another 12 rounds after a 12-round fight. That's how Donnie is.

Monday, May 11, 2015

Fair Play: Is it time to fix Cviraa's broken reinforcement system?

(This is my Fair Play column for Sun.Star Cebu's May 11 edition)
CENTRAL Visayas, after finishing at fourth place in every Palaro since god knows when, dropped to sixth place this year.
Going into the Palaro in Tagum, Cviraa’s Vivian Ginete told Sun.Star Cebu that they would be relying on the team events to get that much-needed medals to get ahead in the standings. They didn’t get it, and now, one of Central Visayas’ key strategies for next year according to

Victor Yntig, the team manager, is to ask DepEd to adopt the core medal system for parity.

I think that’s not what is broken.

Wednesday, May 06, 2015

Fair Play: History will smile on Manny, not Money

(This is my Fair Play column for Sun.Star Cebu's May 7 edition)
MOMENTS after the greatest win in a stellar career, Floyd Mayweather Jr. climbed the ropes, crossed his arms and looked at everyone in the arena, as if they were all beneath him.

He got booed.

He just beat the fighter whom most thought would beat him. Beat him soundly, too. And he made sure, they knew that.

“I told you so! I told you so!” he screamed. Booo! The crowd answered.

Thursday, April 30, 2015

Fair Play: Let's end DepEd's cruel Palaro practice

(This is my Fair Play column for Sun.Star Cebu's April 30 edition)
IN 2007, when I covered the Palarong Pambansa for the first and last time, I saw a bunch of elementary football players barely having even the strengh to even cry after a tough finals loss.

They were playing their fifth game in three days, because the tournament manager’s only concern was the schedule, not the players’ welfare. I thought those days are gone and DepEd has finally taken steps to ensure players’ health aren’t compromised in the Palaro.

Wednesday, April 29, 2015

Fair Play: Region 7 faces murderous schedule in Palaro

(This is my Fair Play column for Sun.Star Cebu's April 29 edition)
THE Palarong Pambansa will officially start on May 4--moved a day later to give way to the Manny Pacquiao vs. Floyd Mayweather fight--but kids are already in the venue as early as two weeks before the start.

Doing what? The Department of Education only knows.

Some delegations who arrive early cram some practice time, some make do with tours. Some teams arrive a bit late, but still days before the opening, as they opt to practice at home rather than compete with other delegations for limited venues in the Palaro.

Monday, April 20, 2015

Fair Play: Fans need to get together in Azkals' most important game

(This is my Fair Play column for Sun.Star Cebu's April 20 edition)
WHEN news of the construction of the Philippine Sports Stadium by Iglesia Ni Cristo broke online, football fans got giddy at the idea of finally having a proper stadium that’s not older than Sepp Blatter.

And of course, the inevitable question was asked---when will the Philippine national team play there?