Wednesday, October 01, 2014

Fair Play: Green Loop? Why not green sports

(This is my Fair Play column for Sun.Star Cebu's Oct. 1 edition)
THE purpose of the organizers of the Green Loop experiment is noble and whether the experiment was a success or not--I'd leave that to the writers in the opinion pages--a pro-environment movement is something a dirty urban city needs.

Though it depends on which side of the fence you are sitting, closing the roads for the Green Loop was either a disaster or one big success, but closing the roads of Cebu isn't something new. We do that regularly for events like the Ironman, the Cebu Marathon and other sports events where the organizers managed to secure a permit.

Monday, September 29, 2014

Fair Play: Demotivational speaker

LAST year, Gilas coach Chot Reyes was the toast of the basketball world, having guided the team to second place in the Fiba Asia championship and a slot to the World Cup for the first time in decades.

There were those who criticized him of his choices, for sure, but they were drowned by an adoring crowd ready to crown him as the messiah that would get us the long-sought gold medal in the Asian Games.

But in the World Cup of Basketball last August, more questions came and they became louder.

Saturday, September 27, 2014

Fair Play: Unusual tales from the sports beat

(This is my Fair Play column for Sun.Star Cebu's Sept. 27 edition)
WHEN I started in sports writing back in 1997, while splitting time as a sophomore at USC taking up BS Electronics and Communication Engineering, I never expected to be in this position now, heading the sports desk.

Back then—heck, rare is a sophomore engineering student who plans beyond the weekend binge—life was simple. I rushed to the office after school to file my stories, or during weekends, I’d go to the venues to cover my beat.

No Internet, no social media, no cell phones. You had to be there where the story happened.
(CIRCA 1997. That's me in the middle with from left Banat Sports Editor Yoyo Abayan and then correspondent now Freeman Sports Editor Manny Villaruel.)

Thursday, September 25, 2014

USPF enjoys useless first place

(This is my Fair Play column for Sun.Star Cebu's Sept. 25 edition)
IT’S the semifinal round of the Cebu Schools Athletic Foundation Inc. football competition and the University of Southern Philippines Foundation is the No. 1 seed, a development that got me by surprise.

I thought the University of San Jose-Recoletos or the University of San Carlos would fight for the No. 1 spot, being last year’s finalists, but right now, the two-time defending champion Jaguars are at fourth place.

But thanks to an archaic competition that should have gone the way of the dodo, it might as well be USJ-R at first and USPF at fourth in this Cesafi football playoffs.

Monday, September 22, 2014

Fair Play: Get ready for Sun.Star Football Cup

(This is my Fair Play column for Sun.Star Cebu's Sept. 22 issue)
Last Thursday, I met Chad Songalia, Milky CaƱete and Neil Montesclaros--the men behind the Thirsty Cup--to discuss the details for another football tournament that they are handling.

The Sun.Star Football Cup.

This age group tournament that was first staged in 2012 after that historic Singapore vs. Philippines match will return for its third edition this year on Nov. 22 and 23, still at the Cebu City Sports Center.

Saturday, September 20, 2014

Fair Play: Can UV hurdles this latest test of character?

(This is my Fair Play column for Sun.Star Cebu's Sept. 20 edition)
THAT semifinal loss to the University of San Carlos Warriors has got to be the lowest point in the University of the Visayas Lancers’ 14-year stint in the Cesafi, worse even than that loss to rivals Southwestern University Cobras when a few Lancers started rough-housing their foes.

UV issued an apology then, issued an apology now.

What makes this worse is that a couple of UV players got in a fracas--not with the foes--but with each other. A first, I think, in the history of the league.

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.