Saturday, August 16, 2014

Fair Play: Being fit helps

(This is my Fair Play column for Sun.Star Cebu's Aug. 16 edition)
BACK in college, one of our boardmates got confined at the Cebu Doctors’ Hospital for a few days. I’ve forgotten what for, but what I can’t forget is that we visited him regularly for two reasons.

First, it was the NBA finals and for cable TV-deprived college students like us, his confinement was god-sent as it allowed us to catch the Michael Jordan-era Chicago Bulls beat the Utah Jazz. And the second reason, of course, as engineering students in male-dominated classrooms, his stint at the hospital was just what the doctor ordered for eyes deprived of lovely sights.

Thursday, August 14, 2014

Fair Play: Lessons from Gilas, disgruntled Azkals can learn

(Sun.Star Cebu's Aug. 14 edition, this is my Fair Play column for)
WHEN Gilas Pilipinas was first formed, I thought, this over-paid bunch doesn't need a new patron, but to rediscover the honor of playing for the flag.

Let them look at the football team, I'd tell colleagues over beer—no allowance, no fancy uniforms, no recognition, and heck, there weren't even overseas stints, and they play like wearing the country's colors is the highlight of their careers.

That was in 2009, a year before the Azkals phenomenon hit fever pitch in Hanoi 2010.

Thursday, August 07, 2014

Fair Play: Should PFF give in to ultimatums?

(This is my Fair Play column for Sun.Star Cebu's Aug. 7 edition)
I WON’T play if Coach Dooley is still in charge.

If that came from any of the players based here, he’d be pilloried no end. Ostracized for thinking he’s bigger than the team.

But this came from Stephen Schrock, one of the more respected and high-profile members of the team. Denis Cagara said it too.

The two guys are essentially saying, if you still want us, get him out.

Thursday, July 31, 2014

Fair Play: Busiest week in Cebu sports history

(This is my Fair Play column for Sun.Star Cebu's July 31 edition)
THIS weekend is truly for the sports fan.

Aside from the Ironman 70.3 event, which will attract world-class athletes and showbiz personalities--if that’s your thing--two other major events are kicking off this weekend.

There’s the basketball season of the Cebu Schools Athletic Foundation Inc., which will open on Aug. 2, the same day the Ironkids event will kick off, and then there’s the Visayas leg of the Milo Little Olympics, which opens on Aug. 1.

Fair Play: Are you ready for Cesafi season?

(This is my Fair Play column for Sun.Star Cebu's July 28 edition)
EVER since Sunnex (Sun.Star Network Exchange) decided to air the Cesafi basketball matches over livestream, college basketball in Cebu has never been the same again.

Fans who watch the game no longer need to go to the misnomer that is the New Cebu Coliseum—though sportswriters have dropped the name new over a decade ago—as they can watch the matches in the comfort of their homes.

Fair Play: Caught in a numbers game

(This is my Fair Play column for Sun.Star Cebu's July 25 edition)
THE Cebu City Council got caught up in the numbers game anew lately with the controversy on the proposed P5,000 doleout for single parents.

Whether who is right or wrong, I’m going to leave that to our more experienced opinion columnists like Frank Malilong (who is a former sports editor, by the way) and Bong Wenceslao. But this latest round of numbers game led me to think that if Cebu City wants to spend its money why not spend it for Palarong Pambansa medalists?

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.