Monday, September 15, 2014

Fair Play: Four days, five hours of non-stop football

(This is my Fair Play column for Sun.Star Cebu's Sept. 15 edition)
IF 90 minutes of football is tiring for some, try 6,060 minutes. That’s 101 hours or four days and five hours of non-stop football.

Crazy? Yes, but if the BPO football community in Cebu is successful, they are going to play 101 hours of football to break the Guinness record for the longest football match.

A search online shows there are two records for the longest football match, one is 33 hours for a full 11-a-side game and another is 53 hours for a five-on-five.

Saturday, September 13, 2014

Fair Play: Why USC community should rally behind the Warriors

(This is my Fair Play column for Sun.Star Cebu's Sept. 13 edition)
WHEN I was still a correspondent in early 2000s, there were basically two questions that would start a long debate among colleagues as no one had a clear cut answer – how long is the UV Green Lancers’ win streak and how long is the USC Warriors losing streak?

Back then, covering the Cesafi basketball was as interesting as watching paint dry--UV would win all the games and the titles and all the Lancers need to do, it seems, is show up. On the other side of the coin, the USC Warriors would lose all games so badly that it was often suggested that the school drop the Warriors monicker.

I was a correspondent and a USC student at that time, and I’d always get ribbed by colleagues, “Kulata na sad imong San Carlos.”

Thursday, September 11, 2014

Fair Play: The crazy rules on nationality in international sports

(This is my Fair Play column for Sun.Star Cebu's Sept. 11 issue)
FOR the Fiba World Cup, the former Brooklyn Nets center Andray Blatche was Filipino enough to represent the Philippines in basketball’s showcase event.

But weeks after leading the Philippines in scoring and in minutes played in the World Cup, the Olympic Council of Asia has disqualified the naturalized Filipino from playing in the Asian Games.

Monday, September 08, 2014

Fair Play: Pass the Peace Cup between fans, PFF?

(This is my Fair Play column for Sun.Star Cebu's Sept. 8 issue)
WHEN I first saw the cast of teams in the Peace Cup, I knew defending the crown would be one difficult task. Myanmar, Palestine and Chinese Taipei were all invited, a vast improvement from last year’s cast which seemed pre-selected to assure the Philippines keep the crown.

This year, the organizers wanted a real test for the Philippine team in preparation for the Suzuki Cup and it got what they wished for, of course, minus the silverware.

Saturday, September 06, 2014

Fair Play: Unforgettable night in Philippine sports

(This is my Fair Play column for Sun.Star Cebu's Sept. 6 issue)
IF YOU were not in front of a TV last Wednesday, then you just missed one of the biggest nights in Philippine sports. It was the night Gilas Pilipinas faced Puerto Rico in the Fiba World Cup in Spain and the night that the Azkals took on Chinese Taipei in the Peace Cup.

If you were in front of the TV last Wednesday and on Thursday were shopping for a new one, then you must be a downtown Cebu resident. Gilas and Puerto Rico were tied at 70 when the cable signal was lost and throwing the remote at the TV is a justifiable act.

Thursday, September 04, 2014

Fair Play: Here's hoping Gilas, Azkals win together

(UPDATE: This Fair Play column for Sun.Star Cebu's Sept. 4 edition was written before the Gilas vs. Puerto Rico and Azkals vs. Chinese Taipei matches. Gilas lost and the Azkals won.  It still was a magical and unforgettable night for Philippine sport.)

FOR some misguided passionate fans, you are either a basketball or football fan. I’ve seen some arguments over social media about such silly things.

I don’t really mind them as they are but a few. It’s just that sometimes, the argument spills over into the national team and folks point out why this team should have more support over that team.

Well, the truth is, when it comes to the national team--of any sport--it doesn’t matter if you’re a fan or not, you support the team because the players are playing for the flag.

Thursday, August 28, 2014

Fair Play: No room for nostalgia in Azkal lineup

(This is my Fair Play column for Sun.Star Cebu's Aug. 28 edition)
ONE forgotten December almost 10 years ago, Chieffy Caligdong and Aly Borromeo conspired in the dying minutes to end the Philippines’ winless drought in international football.

Facing a 1-0 deficit in the dying minutes, Borromeo’s header connected with Caligdong for the equalizer and deep in injury time, the two were at it again as Caligdong scored the game winner for the Philippines first win since the 1991 Southeast Asian Games.