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Wednesday, April 07, 2010

Just my opinion: All-Filipino Choker?

Just my opinion: All-Filipino Choker?
By n.d. a.k.a. nestor
23:16 / 11:16 p.m.
Anyway, before reading this, I’ll apologize to the fans of Alaska Aces if I suggest you to turn away from this blog post or you might get hurt reading it and ending up hitting a protest with my name on it.

For the last two All-Filipino Conferences in the Philippine Basketball Association, One team had a very fat chance of winning the conference title and also the same team whom failed to win it all. If you guess any of the San Miguel Corporation teams, well, you definitely got that wrong. If you think about the Talk N’ Text Tropang Texters whom had been drained emotionally after blowing the game series and a walkout? Hey, wrong either. You have forgotten they won the title over this subject topic team I’m talking right now. If Alaska Aces is your answer, well, sad but needless to say you got it right.

I know they won grand slam titles way back in 90s, including the All-Filipino Cup in ’96 and the Fiesta tourney in 2007, but this time around they got a possible addition to their championship history and yet failed big-time. How drastic, huh?

First, in 2009, they were 2-0 against the Smart Communications franchise and even 3-2 (thanks to Willie Miller’s surprising trey in clutch) only to lose out in Game 7 by… yes the same Miller guy whom this time missed free throws in the dying seconds. Perhaps he felt the pressure like never he had before. You can blame the guy if you want at that moment, especially on the high-percentage free-throw shooter like him whom can’t handle things in proper.

And just this past All-Filipino tournament, they topped the eliminations despite failing to swept out the first round but what’s even worse is that you were swept out in the finals after sweeping their opponent in the semifinal series. First, they had a chance to sweep the first round only to lose to then cellar-dweller Rain Or Shine Elasto Painters… and Donald Dulay’s clutch power in the rainbow country. Ironically it was the battle of the first and last-placer of the conference and it was set on November 13, 2009. Talk about Friday the 13th game, huh? (I don’t think it’s somewhat pure coincidence though)

Come playoff time, this really matters the most anyway. The first seed Aces had a long layoff after clinching an automatic semifinal berth and shrugged off any signs of rust when they swept put Ginebra 4-0 in the said round. Apparently, Tim Cone had quoted out after Game 3 (lucky break for us sports writing contestants at that moment) that “3-0 in not a safe lead when you’re facing Ginebra.” Well, let’s move fast forward. Then, it was the finals versus Purefoods Tender Juicy Giants, whom many picked to win the title though at that moment they were the underdogs since they came out through a long, windy road in the playoffs. At 0-1 loss it’s okay ‘coz the Giants will expect the Aces to fight back. Game 2 came and they ended up 0-2 in a controversial call in endgame… Nah, wait a sec! I think that drove them away from winning the title. They blew out their lead and the call leads to controversial question of foul or no foul (I remember seeing tons of comments of it at PBA Radyo’s Facebook account). They almost had the same story in Game 3. Except for the call though, but the “Mr.Thriller” failed to win it again like the old times of ’09 after he failed to knock a runner shot in their final possession. Thus, found themselves in a deep hole 0-3, after blowing their lead anew. And game 4 really show that they had no chance to snatch the title at all after seeing themselves down by double digit within the last 2 minutes of game 4. It seems that these past 2 years, All-Filipino Cup turned out to have a mediocre ending for Alaska. They swept out Ginebra in February 17, and they were swept out by Purefoods 2 weeks later (March 3.) Ain’t that an irony and an upset?

So, for the aces, you may say they choked out in the near end. They choked out after failing to keep their heads in the game enough. But on the other side, they were just humans, and players. No matter how hard or how high the spirits these guys have to win the games and trophies, they will always ending up tired and frustrated ‘coz simply the game doesn’t favors anyone even a superb team like them during that state. There’s a Filipino saying that Bilog ang bola. So, expect more upset results in the playing court, but hopefully (if you’re Alaska Aces fan) not on a winning team like this one. And expect the saying "history repeats itself" goes over and over again...

Just my opinion: Rivals on a political family

Just my opinion: Rivals on a political family
By n.d. a.k.a. nestor
17:52 / 05:52 p.m.

Perhaps this is something that is unusual in the issues of election. Conflicts between father and son who both run for one position: being a representative of legislation district of a city/province.

San Rafael, Bulacan was the venue of this political arena. And the involved people are within a family. They are Ricardo Sr. and Ricky Silverio Jr. Yes, it is kinda surprising though to read one set of paper which tackles the disqualification or as the declaration of a nuisance candidate case of a latter filed by the older Silverio, whom knows as “Tata Carding.” As shown on the Resolution of the Commission (Second Division) of the petition case between the two parties promulgated February 18, 2010.

According to the said document, there were conflicts between the place of residence of the respondent (who happens to be Ricky), saying that he was not residing around the vicinity of San Agustin, San Rafael, Bulacan. Instead, he appears to be living on Makati City, which means that he was not a resident of the province’s third legislative district. This is something I’ll say a valid reason why the case was filed and eventually concluded by a decision and at least, not on dismiss-ion.

Other concern case is the fact that should Tata Carding’s son runs for a congressional position; this would cause confusions to the voters of the said area. I think this is something that usually happened a lot of times over the course of the election period.

However, I’ll just say my take for this: I think it is better to let this issue put to rest and let the family solve its problem by means of the so-called respecting privacy.

2 weird summers...

Summer is the hottest season in a year. And it's even hotter when you're living in a tropical country like Philippines. Last year is such a weird one. Imagine a lot of raining days in a supposed-to-be a sunny season during April and May and only for the Sun to rise its temperature come June to August. But for this year, due to abnormalities of weather that could be much better known as Global Warming plus the El NiƱo phenomenon that started December last year there is no doubt that this could be the hottest summer in a long time span. what makes it even weird is the fact that summer season appears to be started since mid-February, recording at least 32-34 degree Celsius during 9am-4pm span. (or let's say noontime, 11am-2pm). Last Saturday was the hottest temperature recorded in Metropolitan Manila at around 35 degrees. No wonder why I would rather stay at home in a half-naked clothing during noon time. (well, of course, topless!) But news says that according to PAGASA, there will be more hotter days (and some nights in high temp) to come 'til the dry spell ends. Nah, this really comes as a bad news for me especially if you stand in only a second and the next time around your shirt (back) is wet full of sweat. My goodness!

archive: just my opinion : 2009.11.28

first of all, this is my follow-up to my note posted yesterday named as "just my opinion" dated 27th of November 2009.

first... and foremost

what happened last monday was UNDENIABLY the worst violent act done involving three...(i repeat, THREE!) aspects: election, its political counterpart, and the broadcast and journalist media.

imagine 57 innocent civilians were killed in Maguindanao came noon of November 23, 2009. most of it are not really the supporters of a politician. they were actually the communicators itself—the mediamen. perhaps sick of hearing news throwing against them came this such bloodied incident, burying most of the victims down the ground, and even raping the women victims, and even beheading them?! how crap is that? a hundred gunmen threw these 57 lives away?!? isn't it a barbaric or inhumane acts of MAN?!. yeah, right the mastermind was arrested days after it happened, even the investigators were in the STUPID END of the news that they were still confused after all? i suggest to them that they shouldn't be stop working for just EVIDENCE. i know they were doing their job, but better do it even when no other communicators are around 'coz it's just a show-off thing if they were just making faces in front of the camera and doin' nothing afterward.

Datu Unsay mayor Andal Ampatuan Jr. was judged easily, perhaps 'coz he was the political rival of Buluan vice-mayor Esmael Mangudadatu. and later found out that INDEED, he was the man behind these, even if he was not physically present at that incident. perhaps, the people committed a mistake that he was judged earlier, but news and evidences, and not just hearsay, gossips proved it right.

he was brought to jail in manila for further investigation and possible hearings that may happen anytime soon as long as the 7 counts of murder cases will be filed against him coming Tuesday, December 1, 2009. and this brought the threat to the metro as if it may happen again here... (well, i hope it will not gonna happen!).

as far as i have been seeing clips, news stories from all the kinds of medium nowadays, and also to others' respective opinions. i think it is quite-a political tactic. i'm saying these because during election time came hotspots and the political killings since murder was their only way of eliminating their politicl rivals. we had a HISTORY from there and yet if these things were about to kept going from now, i'm not wondering why i could tell that POLITICS HERE IN THE PHILIPPINES SUCKS... DEFINITELY AND NO-EFFINS SUCKS!

mayor ampatuan, if proven guilty for that matter should be punished to death!

and so was his clan for banging the residents of davao city, disturbing their silence with their aura of being "siga" of the city. no doubt about it! being violent to your constituents will not definitely help you to in the game in the political arena 'coz in the first place, you're elected there at the seat, which means you're not only a leader and a model but also you are only a servant of the people! by all means! the power of the government still lies in the citizens (well, unless somebody changes it though) of the country. and if ampatuan will be punished, i just wish it should be the heaviest penalty that the victims could really afford for them to have justice awarded to their killed relatives or friends. he is such a barbarian, better fuck him away from the politics spotlight! he may not done anything in physical with his 57 victims but the fact that he was the mastermind... it was indeed his plan to eliminate his rival and have the others' vote for him as if he was feeling to be capable of running for it. too bad, this guy should be killed by means of death penalty.