The SYDrified caricature


An officemate called Clanch made a SYDRIFIED cartoon version and he placed this artwork in his commercials.

Dammit, I look like a geeky sidekick!


Wait... I remember!


I am like the nerdy guy from Denver the Last Dinosaur!


AAAARGGGHHH!!!

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The hole that proved to be a goldmine


Yes, your eyes don’t deceive you.

Indeed, there are two Tagalog movies in Trinoma right now.

One must ask if the current date is two weeks removed from the annual Metro Manila Film Festival.

No, it’s not.

To quote my buddy Evilbrain, “Dry land is not a myth”.


Anne Curtis did not need to flash her pearly white skin prominently to please men. Hell, do you think there are students and yuppies driven on watching In Your Eyes? If you ask me, I’ll probably say no but don’t let me be the judge of things. The current cinema experience relies heavily on a remastered top grosser and a couple of B-movies that you can enjoy in the comfort of your favourite Manong DVD (or shops that sell pirated movies). Mamarazzi was the other featured movie but it seems like it was In Your Eyes that’s reaping money at the box office.

You can’t deny that foreign movies rob the revenues that the local cinema should be getting. Can someone from the Philippines tell me who will regulate the overabundance of foreign flicks? From March to June, I expect big budget US movies to scatter their awesomeness in Philippine soil. Producers would welcome this since they’ll probably try to copy whatever coolness these flicks offered. However, there should be a time out. MTRCB must know that these flicks should have an off switch every now and then. I remember that this was also the time when Kimmy Dora dominated the movie houses and made Eugene Domingo a superstar.

Coincidence or not, In Your Eyes is enjoying box office success because the only big-budget movie existing in the screens is the testosterone-heavy movie The Expendables. The Expendables is cool… but only if you are a man. Sure, there are chicks that adore these macho stereotypes flaunt their masculinity in the big screen but I there you, ask any women about this Stallone movie and they’ll just wonder long enough to tell you that they didn’t even know that this flick requires a story.

The Tagalog also got favourable reviews for the collective that previewed it.

Thank Claudine Baretto and Anne Curtis for that.

Richard Gutierrez?

SHATAPSHATAPBOTHOFYOU!!!

Ehem.

Maybe film outfits would be brave enough to challenge those foreign like during the time when foreign movies are weak compared to Aga Muhlach, Richard Gomez, Andrew E, FPJ, Dolphy, Sharon, Vilma, Nora, and Tito, Vic, and Joey!

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The Tale of Two Teammates


One is said to be “better” than the other... and almost everyone agrees that THAT person is better than the other.

They are about to be teammates in the pro ranks and the “better one” is expected to be taken first.

But lo and behold, it was the lesser one who got the nod (photo grabbed from the PBA website).


First of all, I think Air21 has a say on who’ll they pick as their top guy. There are no questions about this. Also, Nonoy Baclao is not that bad of a player. If he develops an inside offensive game, then expect him to be the next Defense Minister. He has an arm that knows how to alter shots and of all the rookies, he has the body to contain the likes of Eric Menk, Sonny Thoss, Ranidel de Ocampo, and Asi Taulava.

The other guy that has that same capability?

None other than former Ateneo and current Air21 teammate Rabeh Al-Hussaini.

You see, we don’t know much about the future. Jojo Lastimosa was the rookie of the year in a season where teammate Jack Tanuan was the top pick. The first overall pick in history, Sonny Cabatu was not the top rookie in 1985 but it was his teammate Leo Austria who took home that prestige. The same can be said with Apet Jao when Gerry Esplana won ROY honors. The same can be said with Alex Araneta when Eugune Quilban won top rookie honors. The same can be said with Yancy de Ocampo when Renren Ritualo won top rookie honors.

And perhaps, Rabeh will become the top rookie despite Baclao being the top pick.

The first picks may have become automatic superstars but the pressure is twice as hard for them. Jun Limpot averaged in double figures expect for two seasons. Paolo Mendoza has averaged in double figures only twice in his career. Rich Alvarez has yet to average in double figures since emerging as the top pick in 2004 unlike James Yap who has netted twin digits in all of his seasons. For the players drafted second and so on, this is the time to prove their worth to the public that even if they are not the perceived best in the batch, they can still perform superbly.

And how is the Rabeh-Nonoy case different from RJ Jazul and Rob Lagabala? Jazul is fresh from a Smart-Gilas stint and has been powering the Letran Knights as their superstar for three consecutive years before he graduated in 2009. During his stay with Gilas, he has played in tournaments in the Middle East, Australia, US, Serbia, the Jones Cup in Taiwan, and the Stankovic Cup in Lebanon. Rey Guevarra, his Letran and Team Pilipinas teammate, injured himself playing for his college and he sat out most of the Gilas trips until the Stankovic Cup where most of the Gilas kids were playing for their teams in the UAAP.

Comparing Al-Hussaini and Guevarra, Jazul was the most important cog in the Smart-Gilas squad. Rabeh couldn’t get in Rajko Toroman’s good side and injuries hounded his stay with the squad. Guevarra was almost non-existent and was reduced to a cheerleader. Jazul plays behind Chris Tiu, JV Casio, Mark Barroca, and Dylan Ababou. With the additions of Marcio Lassiter and Chris Lutz, Jazul would find himself appearing in fewer games. However, staying with the squad would have given Jazul more knowledge with the point guard spot.

Rob Lagabala at 5’9 is a natural point guard. He ended his UAAP career in 2008 and he has played in numerous leagues in the Philippines. He was not in the radar of most teams and it shocked a lot of people when he was picked by Ginebra in the early part of the second round. Jong Uichico during his post-draft interview said that he was picking the best players left in the draft. Will people agree that Lagabala is better than Jazul? I for one don’t agree with this fact. Lagabala was never the top guy in UE and he had to fend for the PG spot there with Paul Lee, James Martinez, Toti Bandaying, Rudy Lingganay, and Marcy Arellano wanting the minutes as well. Plus Letran lived and died with Jazul while Lagabala can be absent in one match and people wouldn’t care as long as they have a point guard to sub for him.

However, one thing Lagabala has and Jazul didn’t was trust. Lagabala has the ability to run a team a la Al Vergara and not like Jazul who is pretty much a “raw” point guard as of this moment. The Kings trust Lagabala that he could direct the team well while Jazul for them is just an undersized shooting guard. Sure, Lagabala could find his self going back to the minor leagues since the Kings are overabundant with guards and Jazul could be happy as a Rain or Shine pick but in terms of rank, only eleven players were ranked higher than Lagabala than the fourteen men owning Jazul.

Perhaps the only reason why the Baclao-Rabeh rank is in question is because it will make or break the two careers. Will people see this as Scottie Pippen picked ahead of Michael Jordan? Probably they will. Rabeh would probably use this as a motivation tool to go berserk on his enemies. Expect him to demand the ball often, try to bully his self on the inside, make the opponents feel his presence and make people see that he is the much-deserving player to hit the top spot. Yeng Guiao admitted that the pick was meant to convey to Al-Hussaini that there are no star players in his squad. Yeng is still reeling from the Japeth Aguilar debacle that transformed his team from a contender to a team that lacked superstars.

But unknown to Yeng Guiao and company, they have given Baclao an overwhelming pressure to make himself an instant success for his squad. Baclao was contended as a second pick overall. He would have preferred to play behind a more flamboyant Rabeh’s shadow but instead, he was thrust to the spotlight.

He is the top pick on paper but in reality he is the sidekick of the second pick overall?

What if Guevarra, the eventual third pick who will be playing in more minutes now that Renren Ritualo and Sean Anthony has been dealt to Powerade, would claim more points and more minutes than him? He needs to develop his offense as soon as possible. He needs to make people believe that his defense is top notch. He needs to better his 5-point, 9-rebound, 2-block average in college and mimic Rabeh’s 16-point, 10-rebound game.

Baclao needs to demand the spotlight because gone are the days where Rabeh is the top guy.

Air21 must know that he is called the number one pick for the reason that he is the best in his batch!

Araneta, the last Atenean to be picked first, didn’t do well in the PBA. This former Alaska player who stands 6’6 and was said to be a dominating presence in the paint played in just five seasons and scored a sad 5.2 points per game. WAIT. The last Atenean WAS ACTUALLY Rich Alvarez, his current teammate. Alvarez has yet to get a good season ever since Shell left the league after his rookie season. He has bounced to Alaska, Red Bull, Purefoods, Ginebra and Air21 is not the team that would showcase his talent. Maybe Guiao believes that there is an Ateneo top pick curse and he doesn’t want Rabeh to suffer the same fate.

But what about Baclao?

Hopefully he’ll do wonders in the PBA because sad to say, if being picked second was harsh for Rabeh Al-Hussaini... being picked first overall seems like a cruel joke for Nonoy Baclao. Possibly we will experience "sibling rivalry" at the big man spot which was last seen when Menk was protecting his Tanduay spot against the determined Sonny Alvarado.

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Sydman's 2010 PBA Draft Results


During drafts, the easiest pick to predict is often the first round pick.

That my friends, is a given.

But wait...

What’s this!?!?


The interesting things in this event are the picks from the bottom parts of the draft. Rain or Shine lacks size, Ginebra is souped up in the backcourt, and Barako Bull is pretty much in need of an overhaul.

Those are gimmes.

But once you have the name Yeng Guiao adjacent to the top three picks, complacency will lead you to huge jolt!

Yes, now that Meralco is the new PBA team, expect a lot of electrical terms coined by the Solar TV’s play-by-play boys.

Welcome to 2010 PBA Draft Coverage Report! I am not affiliated in any way with the PBA but just like most of you reading online, I am an armchair jock. This reminds me, you can see most of my local basketball work at www.hoops.blink.ph and my NBA work at www.armchairjocks.com. Now that the PBA Draft is over, I’m going to focus on the NBA. The site is currently littered with UFC work so I need to place hoop stuffs on that site.

I loved Mico Halili’s reason for the rookie camp – so that fiascos like Jason Webb and Richard Del Rosario won’t happen again.

That’s funny.

Say hello to Chito Salud, the incoming PBA commissioner. Sonny Barrios did well but Salud looks to be a long term commish. Hopefully he wouldn’t do a Noli Eala.

The Powerade logo is too blue and too black. Really... the logo is too blue and too black. The Meralco Bolts has a cool logo. The Powerade logo is too dark for my liking... and it’s too blue and too black!

The Meralco AVP... looks like a presidential campaign. Since they wear orange, why not let Manny Villar join in?

What... too soon?

Regine Tolentino danced but she was off-sync. I was glad a man appeared to be her partner because a slightly-dressed woman dancing in front of a lot of manly men is...

Luckily wasn’t a second or third song for that matter because I fear people would be ordering beer!

Patricia Hizon is the host. She’s bubbly. It’s not robotic. She introduced Chito Salud.

He’s robotic.

The PBA offered a minute of silence for the peaceful repose of the victims of the Quirino Grandstand Massacre. It’s a nice touch.

They gave Lito Alvarez a plaque of appreciation... hence the lengthy remark! Air21 should have a great tagline so that Lito Alvarez wouldn’t have to borrow an Alaska slogan ever again.

By the way, here is the draft proper. Alongside Patricia, Mico, and Jason are “courtside” reporters Magoo Marjon and the cute Lia Cruz (she should be in the FHM Top 100 next year).

DRAFT PROPER STARTS NOW1


FIRST ROUND

1 AIR21 / RABEH AL-HUSSAINI – Are you shocked? Where the hell have you been? Every blog, broadsheet, and sports channel in the country predicted that Rabeh will be the 2010 top pick of the 2010 PBA Draft...

Wait...

The hell!?!?!

Let’s do this again!


FIRST ROUND

1 AIR21 / NONOY BACLAO – Yes, you saw it right. What on earth just happened? Who the fuck knew??? Everyone inside the mall was shocked. What did Rabeh do to piss Yeng Guiao like that? Dammit! Maybe just because Rabeh is friends with Japeth Aguilar or something that Yeng Guiao is punishing Rabeh for being a “Smart-Gilas” person. Maybe this is a way to neutralize the “star quality” inside Rabeh’s head? Anyway, I don’t know if Nonoy Baclao will be the star player or not but everyone knew he’ll be an Express... but he shouldn’t be the top pick though. He should really, REALLY perfect his offense because his defensive passion will always be there. And I agree with Mico, he reminds you of Vic Pablo. Hopefully he’ll have Pablo’s scoring smarts because if he rides the bench and Rabeh gets all the action, he’ll likely be a draft bust.

The only thing I was thinking at the moment was maybe the envelopes got mixed up.

I am just looking for excuses because even if Air21 was going to get Rabeh, I believe that the right person should always be the top pick. Baclao is a good player but package-wise, Rabeh is a much complete basketball player.

By the way, Air21 drafted... but where are the cowboy hats? It must have disappeared when Lito Alvarez accepted the Customs post.


2 AIR21 / RABEH AL-HUSSAINI – Looking at Rabeh’s face, he is not that happy. When he was interviewed, Rabeh admitted he was insulted. I have seen outtakes from his Team Pilipinas trips covered by GMA Pinoy TV where he always jokes around but now he’s super serious. Hey, you just got drafted – imagine the other 41 guys who’ll love to be in Rabeh’s position! Maybe Yeng Guiao will motivate Rabeh by embarrassing him. I just don’t know how Yeng Guiao thinks! He’ll power Air21’s scoring frontline that will also have JR Quinahan, Rich Alvarez, Ronnie Matias, and Carlo Sharma. Rabeh and Sharma are the third brother tandem of Air21 following Yancy and Ranidel de Ocampo and Mark and Richard Yee. I was kidding about Mark and Richard for those idiots who think I’m an idiot. I am obviously the opposite of what you think... if you’re thinking I’m an idiot right now.


3 AIR21 / REY GUEVARRA – Wow! The events are flustering me! What did this former Letran Knight do to score such a feat??? I am shocked but this is a happy kind of shock since this guy had a top climb to get where he is in. I expect Guevarra to key the backcourt of the Express and hopefully his recent ACL injury won’t bother him professionally. He was about to cry when Magoo Marjon was talking to him. He should... because he being third is shocking. I know he’ll get drafted but I was thinking he would be in the late first round to early second round spots. He should be a workhorse for Coach Yeng since he’s thankful on how high he was picked. Hopefully he’ll have his Samboy Lim attributes working for him. Yes, I just compared this injury-prone ex-Letran Knight to another injury-prone ex-Letran Knight... hall of famer.

Now I know this draft was pre-recorded. Solar had a broadcasting booboo! Their plugs were repeating and repeating which means they had a crisis that needs to be cleaned up before their big bosses get uber pissed! I don’t want to say “Major, major” because with all the networks using the quote excessively, it has become seriously annoying but... THIS IS A MAJOR, MAJOR EMBARRASSMENT!

Admit it, I annoyed you.


4 ALA / ELMER ESPIRITU – TNT traded their pick to Alaska. This was a great trade by the Aces but giving up Larry Fonacier gives them a void in their shooting guard spot. Fonacier was shocked at this development but hopefully he’ll gobble the minutes Macmac Cardona left in TNT. Espiritu is certainly athletic and he could play a vital role in Alaska’s charge next season. He will probably boost Alaska’s second unit but I think he needs to learn how to play small forward because his height would be an issue playing against the league’s big men.


5 ROS / JOSH VANLANDINGHAM – Fire Quinito said Vanlandingham reminds him of Dwight Lago. For starters, Lago had a short name. Vanlandingham would likely spell out Gabe Norwood’s playing time but he will also give the Painters a huge backcourt with the Fire and Ice tandem in full swing. After Norwood’s departure to the pros, it was Vanlandingham who replaced Mr. President in Hapee’s PBL squad. Who is excited when this emphatic trio of Gabe, Sol, and Josh come in and torch their foes?


6 AIR21 / SEAN ANTHONY – This Fil-Am is 6’4 and he plays guard/forward. That is something players should look at. Anthony impressive a lot of scout because he has range, he has offensive awareness, and he’ll dive for the ball when he needs to. He is scrappy? Yeng Guiao loves scrappy players so he fits the bill! This guy has the potential to be the league’s next Tony dela Cruz but do you remember the last Fil-Am Yeng Guiao acquired? Well hopefully he won’t turn to be a bust a la Denver Lopez.


7 GIN / JOHN WILSON – He has offense and playing with the likes of Jayjay Helterbrand, Johnny Abarrientos, Mark Caguioa, Willie Miller, and their other guards could work well for Wilson. He doesn’t have a shot he doesn’t like but how will Jong Uichico control his over-eagerness to contribute? Will he have playing time – this is another question. Ginebra is a guard-loaded squad and this could pretty much be their team’s main...


8 GIN / JIMBO AQUINO – Oh. They picked a guard again! DAMMIT, WHY! I knew this Ato Agustin-clone is a first rounder but I never thought he’ll land in a team filled with guards. Aquino is PBA ready and he has the potential of becoming the baby version of the combo snipers in the PBA today like James Yap and Macmac Cardona. I hope they will use these players as trade bait because I am afraid at what Jong Uichico will do to the careers of Wilson and Aquino.


9 BMEG / PARI LLAGAS – Can he create points for himself, that is the question. I like how the Llamados addressed their big man problem. They also took the best available big man left in the draft so I have no worries in this pick. My only concern however is if Llagas can have the minutes for him to grow which will benefit his career. Offensively, he can perform great moves to parade in the shaded lane which could help the Llamados since Kerby Raymundo is recovering from an injury.


10 MER / SHAWN WEINSTEIN – Meralco acquired this pick for the Alaska Aces, getting Bonbon Custodio in the process. Weinstein is former BMEG import Tony Washam’s teammate so it seems that Ryan Gregorio has already scouted this player. By the way, WHAT THE FUCK IS THAT HARD HAT ABOUT!?! I was happy to see Air21 losing the cowboy hats! Again... WHAT THE FUCK!?!


SECOND ROUND

Jason Webb should punch Mico Halili for telling him that he has zero outside shooting.

But wait... he agrees.

He must be learning from Richard Del Rosario’s school to overcome rash criticisms!


11 MER / BAMBAM GAMALINDA – I expect him to play for the Bolts. This former San Beda Lion would seriously love playing alongside his buddies. However he needs to change his playing style because his pretty boy stance in getting physical will be gobbled up by Asi Taulava and Mick Pennisi. Hell, I don’t even think he has a chance when Wynne Arboleda gets on his face!


12 GIN / ROB LABAGALA – WHAT?!? SHOCKER!!! While I agree, I was hoping the Kings would soup up their frontline, Labagala is a decent enough quarterback to have his chance in the PBA. The only problem I have with this pick is he landed to Ginebra – the same team that is surrounded by a lot of guards and a few minutes ago just acquired John Wilson and Jimbo Aquino. During Jong Uichico’s post draft interview, he joked that he could be playing five-small at the same time. Brace yourselves people... because that may be true.


13 BMEG / VAL ACUNA – He reminds me of Bruce Dacia, that former San Juan Knight and FedEx Express slasher that could pump up a crowd by his offense brilliance. He had stints with the UE Red Warriors and ABL’s Philippine Patriots. He will be called up to create instant offense off the bench and if he wants to become a bigger deal, he needs to deliver... big!


14 MER / FORD ARAO – It was said that his stock dropped when officials found out that he was just 6’4 and not the towering 6’5 big man he tells people. YOU LIAR! Anyway, he will get minutes with the Bolts since this team lacks size. He needs to perfect his skills especially with regards to his scoring and rebounding. I thought he was a sure first round pick but it did him good dropping a few notches.


15 ROS / RJ JAZUL – Alaska traded the rights to pick Jazul for Rain or Shine’s second round pick next year. Jazul shouldn’t be happy on how this draft turned out for him. Sure, Rain or Shine will need him, but if this is a testament on what he should expect, I think this undersized shooting guard should have stayed in Smart-Gilas and learned a lot more on how to become an effective point guard.


16 MER / KHASIM MIRZA – Khasim “The Dream” Mirza? Not a chance, Mr. Halili. However, this is was a cool move for the Bolts. Mico likened this pick on how Mirza can be Ryan Gregorio’s KG Canaleta in Meralco. Mirza is big and this can score long bombs and dunks. The only cause for concern in his game is his inconsistency. He has the potential to become a superstar and he could shine as a Bolt if he wants to.


17 BAR / BORGIE HERMIDA – I was hoping Barako Bull would find a way to trade up but since they have lost their draft privileges until 2012, finding a winner like Borgie Hermida is perhaps what they need at this point. Before getting drafted, he scored a triple-double in his last game. With San Beda riding high, Hermida should get all the wins he can at Beda because wins are hard to come by in the Barako Bull camp.


18 POW / JAI REYES – Air21 trades their pick to Powerade. This was useless since both teams passed up their picks though. Anyway, Powerade should be happy to pick Reyes since this would spell their immediate need for a “starter-like” presence in their PG spot. I think the only thing Reyes is happy about right now is that at least he has a gig other than “Show Me the Manny”!


19 POW / PASS


20 AIR21 / PASS



21 ALA / MARVIN HAYES – He is a banger out of JRU. He plays with a special kind of fury. He will dive for loose balls and he will snub the elbows in his face just to claim a commanding presence. I am hoping Alaska will sign him because I remember during Willy Wilson’s rookie season, Tim Cone loved using him.

The draft left a sour taste in my mouth. I never really thought it would end like that. Two teams passed and I was hoping it would only be Yeng Guiao. I mean... Powerade needs to strengthen their squad and they could have used this draft for great things. Actually, there are a lot of great rookies left in the draft. JR Gerilla was outstanding in the rookie camp. John Smith was a projected first round choice but he can find a team that would use him in free agency. Other un-selections that could be used well are Gio Ciriacruz, Mark Canlas, Hans Thiele, JR Tecson, Rudy Lingganay, James Mangahas, Hyram Bagatsing, Toti Bandaying, and others.

Anyway, who do you think are the winners and losers of this draft?


WINNERS AND LOSERS: IN TERMS OF TEAMS

THE WINNERS:

Note: Special mention goes to BMEG for claiming two players that can be vital to their system in Pari Llagas and Val Acuna.

3 ALASKA – They moved up of the ladder which is something that unlucky teams should have done in the first place. They acquired Elmer Espiritu by trading Larry Fonacier (who’ll replace Macmac Cardona at TNT) and they sent their tenth pick to Meralco for Bonbon Custodio to “cure” their point guard situation. They also enlisted the services of Marvin Hayes and they traded another pick to Rain or Shine for a crack in better talent at next year’s draft.

2 MERALCO – They acquired a first round pick in Shawn Weinstein and they took Bambam Gamalinda, Ford Arao, and Khasim Mirza in the second round. These were smart picks. Combine them with the growth of Yousif Aljamal, Pong Escobal, and Ogie Menor and all of a sudden you have a great cast to complement Macmac Cardona, Bitoy Omolon, and Beau Belga.

1 AIR21 – There were a lot of teams that could use their second round spots and yet, they just wasted it. If only they tried to shop around their picks, they would have had a perfect draft. But then again, having the three top draft picks is a feat in itself. They could have seen something on Rey Guevarra but they had the best big men in Rabeh Al-Hussaini and eventual top pick Nonoy Baclao and then they also had a Fil-Canadian in Sean Anthony that is poised to wow crowds.


THE LOSERS:

3 GINEBRA – They have three draft picks and instead of claiming big guys like Pari Llagas, Ford Arao, Mark Canlas, Gio Ciriacruz, and Mel Gile, they opted to claim John Wilson and Jimbo Aquino. Sure, these guys are the best pick available in the first round but opting to take Rob Lagabala in the second round is insanely mind-boggling. This is only the third-best loser move because even if these trades won’t amount to their success this season, they could be worthy trade baits for their adversaries.

2 BARAKO BULL – When Borgie Hermida was picked, did you see the contingent that greeted him? Why I admit, maybe the big names will pop up in the 2011 PBA Draft, this is not a reason to not take worthy players. Sure, in terms of personnel, they have nothing to offer for their opponents but I was hoping they would try to enter the first round.

1 POWERADE – During the 2009 Draft, the Tigers fought to have rookies with the entries of Chris Ross, Francis Allera and the draft pick used for PJ Walsham. They had the chance to get potentially three draft spots in the second round but they passed. I mean Jai Reyes is a great find but surely there a lot of players undrafted that could be worthy for a tryout spot! They are not like Barako Bull who is strapped in terms of personnel and cash!


WINNERS AND LOSERS: IN TERMS OF ROOKIES

THE WINNERS:

3 ROB LAGABALA – He is PBA ready but I never saw him as a lottery pick. He was lucky to be picked but now he has to work hard to at least play a game in the guard-heavy Ginebra squad.

2 NONOY BACLAO – We all know he is going to Air21 but we didn’t know that he would be the top pick of the 2010 PBA Draft. With the top pick comes many responsibilities and he should now pounce on the fact that he must assert himself that he is not just Rabeh Al-Hussaini’s sidekick.

1 REY GUEVARRA – The emotions says it all. The guy that was just happy to get picked found himself the draft’s third pick overall. You can hear his voice breaking down and hopefully he could break down his opponent’s defense to create wonders in the hardcourt.


THE LOSERS:

3 JOHN WILSON/ JIMBO AQUINO – If this was a different team they would be valuable but come on, how can two rookies topple a rotation that contains a 2-time MVP, a 1-time MVP, a many-time Mythical team member, and a 1-time MVP that while semi-retired, can still put on a show. Also they have to contend with Celino Cruz, Kevin White, Sunday Salvacion, fellow rookie Rob Lagabala, and Mike Cortez. For these guys, all I can say is pray hard that a team will be interested in trading them to their squad because superstardom will not happen unless they are NOT Gin Kings.

2 RJ JAZUL – The scouting report made sense – he is too small for the SG spot and too raw in the PG spot. This is the reason why Jazul dropped tremendously. He can still ask to reclaim his Smart-Gilas job so that he can practice playing as a point guard but this depends on how much Rajko Toroman needs him. He needs to hope he’ll get the minutes he wishes at Rain or Shine because if this doesn’t happen, his PBA career is in jeopardy. As consolation, Rain or Shine has yet to find a permanent point guard and maybe he’ll try to win that spot where interested parties also include Jeff Chan, TY Tang, Don Dulay, and rookie Josh Vanlandingham.

1 RABEH AL-HUSSAINI – Normally people should be contended when they are the second pick overall but not in his case. He was a former UAAP MVP and during his years in Ateneo, he was the main man and Nonoy Baclao served as his lackey. Maybe this selection is his humble pie, but Rabeh isn’t happy with it. I don’t know how Yeng Guiao and his wards are going to solve this but they need to. They could be pissing their most valuable player this season.

Game over.

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Gimmick Hell: Orlando Jordan


This is Orlando Jordan.

Yes, he literally sucks right now.

Game over.

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Not a pretty sight


We can’t blame the Chinese for being pissed at us.

They are sad and angry at the botched hostage drama they are mourning at this point. If we Filipinos who watched the debacle were shocked and appalled at the circumstances we saw, then what about them?

Rolando Mendoza left the world, particularly the Philippines, with a lot of explaining to do.

He also left us with a couple of heartless peons.


Who can we blame? Seriously, it sucks that we have to resort to finger-poking but where can we point our fingers? The city officials can’t be blamed, the police officials can’t be blamed, and hell, even the hostage taker has an alibi for doing such acts of evil. Why? Because they are assuming someone else would think about it. Sheesh... they are called leaders?

Let’s admit that the officials were babying the situation. It shouldn’t have been this way but if we thought this incident was important from the get-go, then this wouldn’t have happened. One thing I learned from my stay in school is that a leader should be ready to point a finger to himself when there’s a blunder.

But where can we cast our fingers when there are apparently no leaders to begin with???

Jackie Chan wrote in his Twitter account about the incident. People in Hong Kong are pissed as hell at the events that took place but Chan is optimistic that this will serve as a wake up call for the Philippine police to get their act together.

“HK is a nation built by a lot of different people…don’t worry! We do not hate!”

“If they killed the guy sooner, they will say why not negotiate first? If they negotiate first, they ask why not kill the guy sooner? So sad.”

“This kind of things always happens around the world. It happens to HK’s people. The whole HK is talking about it. It’s really sad.”


However flak BOMBARDED Chan’s comments! I thought what Chan said was okay but I guess we need to be on the other side of the map to find what’s cool with them and what’s not.

But dammit, what have we been doing since?

I found myself browsing to a certain HK-based website and it had these photos of our police officers taking pictures of the bus as if they are tourists! If you think this is the only website that rants against us then you’ll be surprised at how wonderful our nation is in the blogosphere right now! In the news it was reported that some Hong Kong guy from their customs returned Senator Jinggoy Estrada’s passport with angst and the most definite reason is because they are still fuming over the incident!

I say… WHAT THE FUCK! Just because your cellphones have cameras in them doesn’t mean it automatically gives you the right to shoot cameras at crime scenes!

I admit that I push boundaries when I write something in my blog. It’s my journalistic pulse kicking in. But even I have boundaries. Grief for one is one of my no-no’s. Criminal acts are another. If a man and woman photograph themselves in a room… it is instinctive for a person to think they are in the man’s room or the chick’s room… or a hotel room.

Posting a profile pic in Facebook is more dangerous than writing a blog because blogs are explained through words and pictures are more often than not, explained through perceptions.

So imagine these happy police officers sharing a group pic in front of a bus drenched with bullets and blood???

And worse of all, I saw this pic. This is a picture of a bunch of high schoolers that should be responsible for their actions visiting Quirino Grandstand and posing for pictures for their Facebook accounts as if they are a bunch of gasp… tourists!


Did a lot of people “like” this?

Did a lot of people “tagged” your pic?

Perhaps because WHY ON EARTH WOULD IT REACH BLOGGERS FROM THE FAR EAST AND THEN PLACE IT IN THEIR BLOGS!?!?!

Why the fuck are these kids near a crime scene?

What are these people doing and why are they obstructing the location of a massacre?

YOUR REPUTATIONS ARE TARNISHED AS IT IS!

DAMMIT FOR THE LOVE OF YOU COUNTRY, DO YOUR JOBS RIGHT!!!

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2010 PBA MOCK DRAFT (The Final Version - As of August 27, 2010)


I finally finished my mock draft. This is super final. This cannot be changed.

With the importance of online research going full steam, the results of what I think will unfold in the 2010 PBA Draft is now complete!

BWAHAHAHAHAHA!!!

Uhurm.

So here are the 20 names that I hope to see in the draft with the teams I predicted them to be on!

BUT WAIT!!!

It has come to my attention that there 21 picks in the 2010 PBA Draft!

AAAAAAARRRRRGGGGHHHHH!!!


I discovered this while snooping around various websites and I discovered PBA-ologist Fidel Mangonon’s Twitter account. They added an extra pick for virtual newcomer Meralco. Yes, this made me some sort of an internet stalker but what you call stalking…

I call researching!

Also, I discovered that San Miguel RELINQUISHED their draft pick to Powerade! A rookie was saved from pro ball hell! Actually, I found a lot of changes that would probably tinker draft selections.

Anyway, it’s not as if this is relevant.

I just want to predict things.

I like the way how my pet blog has a ratings spike.

Hopefully this spike would last after the PBA season.

So here is my most definite prediction of the 2010 PBA Draft.

GAME STARTS NOW!


THE FIRST ROUND:

1 AIR21 / RABEH AL-HUSSAINI – I believe it’s a cruel joke to pick Rabeh number 2 or 3 just to drive him insane. That’s Yeng Guiao’s chore. One factor that would surely boost the Express is his ability to score via low post or by short stabs. His defense is invaluable as well. Hopefully he won’t get any ideas to return to Smart-Gilas.

2 AIR21 / NONOY BACLAO – The guy is lean but he also has size. Do not expect him to become a goldmine on offense (a part of his game he needs to develop) but he is your man in terms of defense. Looks like Yeng Guiao found himself an import stopper. Is he the PBA’s next Defense Minister?

3 AIR21 / ELMER ESPIRITU – He can play both forward positions and he can leap to either dunk or block shots. He has defense like the first two mentioned but he has a better shooting range that Guiao could exploit. I’m guessing teams like Ginebra would try to claim this pick though. Yeng please save Enrico Villanueva’s career!

4 TNT / JIMBO AQUINO – People are saying Josh or Sean but my gut is telling me that Chot Reyes is looking for a Cardona clone. It will take a while for him to develop but this bigger version of Captain Hook has the potential to become a superstar in this league. Yes, I am hoping he gets the break!

5 ROS / SEAN ANTHONY – What if Gabe Norwood and Sol Mercado fused? I was hoping to say baby but that’s a little too gay for these readers. Anthony could be their spawn. If he can play four positions, then he is what Rain or Shine ordered. They could pick a big man but they’ll have better luck in free agency.

6 AIR21 / RJ JAZUL – With all the big bodies Yeng Guiao engulfed, it is time for him to shore up his backcourt. Jazul is a good offense/defense player and his services should matter when they need a spark of the bench. Also with all the rumors surrounding Renren Ritualo’s move to Coke, picking Jazul is something they need to do.

7 GIN / JOSH VANLANDINGHAM – The last thing this team needs to do right now is to draft a guard. They are overloaded in these spots right now but if Vanlandingham is still available, they could probably keep the best player left or give him up for a team that badly needs players. Barako Bull should beg for a trade.

8 GIN / PARI LLAGAS – He has improved offensively to sync it with his rebounding tenacity. He could play the power forward spot for the Kings but he can also be quick enough to be in their fast breaking lineup. Llagas could languish in the bench but with the health of Ginebra’s bigs, I’m sure Jong Uichico can find time for him.

9 BMEG / FORD ARAO – The logic behind here is that Kerby Raymundo is injured. Sure, the team has a lot of frontliners riding their bench but they need an able body until Kerby heals from sickbay. Also, Don Allado and Romel Adducul’s contracts are up and they could look for a team that can give them playing minutes.

10 ALA / JOHN SMITH – I don’t really know who this guy is but Smith has been in Tim Cone’s wish list for some time now. His entry could give LA Tenorio more time to rest. He can also play both guard positions and could be a great relief for the big guns. I’m just hoping he’ll play well enough to land some graces from the Alaska fans.



THE SECOND ROUND:

11 MER / REY GUEVARRA – Fresh from his Gilas stint, this guy is out to prove that he can dominate even if he’s recovering from an ACL injury. Larry Fonacier is an example that ACL injuries will have little effect on a player’s effectiveness. Look at him now. Guevarra needs to make his self extremely productive for the talent-hungry Bolts.

12 GIN / MARVIN HAYES – The guy is not as big as some of the power forwards in the draft but this doesn’t mean he is ineffective. He is a workhorse in the mold of Willy Wilson or gasp… Rudy Hatfield. Ginebra heavily relies on backcourt scoring that all Wilson needs to do is claim the boards and defend at all costs.

13 BMEG / JOHN WILSON – This guy was a former NCAA MVP. He is strong and is a good defender and yet he can deliver offensively. There is a need for the Llamados to shore up their bench and he could make waves rotating in the three small positions. Hopefully he can be an effective player under the tutelage of Gallent.

14 MER / SHAWN WEINSTEIN – I taught he didn’t exceed expectations during the rookie camp but rumors are coming in about his potential. I saw the online pics and while he looks impressive, we can only check out what he could do when the draft takes place.

15 ALA / GIO CIRIACRUZ – The guy seriously reminds me of Bong Hawkins in his heyday and Alaska should claim him if he is available. Unlike Devance, Ciriacruz’ has less range and less muscle. However, Ciriacruz was a go-to-guy in Arellano where he starred for the squad by scoring, rebounding, passing, and being an intelligent player.

16 MER / BAM GAMALINDA – He can play the forward spot for the squad. He is playing well in the rookie camp. While he looks as if he’ll be in the mold of Kelvin Gregorio, Ryan G. will find ways to effectively use him. Besides, they’ll probably pick at least one San Beda Tiger applying for the draft to make things “Lion-y” for the Bolts.

17 BAR / KHASIM MIRZA – If Barako finds Mirza untouched, then they should consider themselves lucky. He can play at least four positions if he is asked to but his game is pretty much of the slashing genre and nothing else. Hopefully Barako finds a way to claim a first round pick but they should be super contented in selecting Mirza.

18 AIR21 / MARK CANLAS – This Pampango will fit well in Yeng Guiao’s huddle dialect-wise. One thing Canlas has is he can defend well. He can score… but with the way Air21’s rookies are stacked right now, he’ll probably earn his battle scars by hustling, making defensive stops, having grace under pressure, and have the will to win.

19 POW / JAI REYES – Ateneo’s spitfire should be glad to score a seat at this point because this is a team that could use his three-point shooting and playmaking abilities wisely. He is also a top notch clutch performer. Coke lacks star power in their PG spot and Jai-namite could lift Powerade’s chances in the coming season.

20 AIR21 / BORGIE HERMIDA – If Yeng Guiao has six picks in a draft that allows only 21 draftees, I’ll assume Guiao will be poised to go to the mic and pass. This will seriously make grown men cry. However, if Air21 decides to pick a player, they can pick up a brilliant playmaker like Hermida. I just hope they give up these picks to teams that would use them properly.

21 ALA / JAMES MANGAHAS – A draft is not a draft if a DLSU player isn’t involved. Sure, their ambassadors aren’t that well received this year, but James Mangahas could be a steal in this turn. He can play slasher and shooter and while he wouldn’t garner significant impact, he can be a project Alaska could work on.



For those undrafted, never worry. Barako Bull, Meralco, Coke, Rain or Shine, and Talk N Text are among the squads that could use extra talent. FEU’s JR Gerilla and Marlon Adolfo, San Beda’s JR Tecson and Jay-R Taganas, Letran’s John Melegrito Fred Malabago, UST’S Melchor Gile and Chester Taylor, La Salle’s Hyram Bagatsing and Peejay Barua, UE’s Rudy Lingganay, Toti Bandaying and Rob Labagala, San Sebastian’s Froi Saquillo, UP’s Kevin Astorga, Mapua’s Ian Mazo and Neil Pascual, PCU’s Ramon Retaga and Lizstian Amparado, and Liga mainstays Alan Husted and Raymond Montaniel could still see PBA action for other squads. Gerilla is one of those that could likely land in some squad, perhaps Barako Bull or Rain or Shine.

And perhaps they can watch their stock rise when the PBA Developmental League starts.

They probably double their effort though because this means they have to slug it out with veterans and free agents trying to keep their spots in the league. Last season, Japeth Aguilar asked for a trade that would send him to Smart-Gilas. First round pick James Sena failed to play for San Miguel as well as second round selections Edwin Asoro, Sean Co, and PJ Walsham. Among the players that played for their teams with ten games and less were Aguilar, Mark Benitez, Benedict Fernandez, Charles Waters, and Orlando Daroya. Mike Burtscher, Kevin White, and Chris Timberlake barely made any impact for their squads.

Hopefully these rookies go to teams that would use them wisely.

By the way, catch my 2010 PBA Draft Review here!!!

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New Yooooooooooooork!


Charles Barkley has a wonderful voice.

Apparently, it’s not reserved to heckling and trash talking.


If I’m going to make the most legendary basketball team ever assembled, I’ll make sure I’ll put him on my list.

I’m going to get his Philly 76ers version where he was lean enough to get the ball from the outside and penetrate to the basket. He will be a backup though, since there are a lot of power forwards in history that can do the same damage but are taller and wider (the wide issue will be solved if I get Barkley’s Houston Rocket version). .

In terms of color commentating though, he’ll be on top of my list. Sure, he’ll probably just do halftime reports but maybe he can piss the coaching staff by putting inputs as the loudmouth courtside reporter.

Anyway, people don’t know this but Charles Barkley kind of looks like Alicia Keys.



Evilbrain suggested this clip.

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2010 PBA DRAFT: WHAT THEY NEED - TALK N TEXT TROPANG TEXTERS


(Note: This is the last of ten installments. Visit the homepage of the site to find out the reviews of the other PBA squads)

This is a team that always looks good on paper.

Always… on paper.

This would bug Talk N Text fans but the last time they won a championship was when Macmac Cardona played awesomely. Problem is, Macmac is now playing elsewhere. Come to think of it, they suddenly lost a scorer in the guard spot. Sure, they can elevate Jared Dillinger, Ryan Reyes, or Jason Castro in the starting position but what will happen when they unload Kelly Williams to the Smart-Gilas squad?

Who could become their "answer"?


TEAM STATS:
PHILIPPINE CUP: QUARTERFINALS
FIESTA CUP: SEMIFINALS

DRAFT PICKS:
FIRST: FOURTH

CURRENT DEPTH CHART:
TOP 5: JIMMY ALAPAG, RYAN REYES, KELLY WILLIAMS, HARVEY CAREY, RANIDEL DE OCAMPO
RELIEF: JASON CASTRO, AARON ABAN, MARK YEE, JARED DILLINGER, ALI PEEK

WHAT THEY NEED:

They have the immediate need to fill up their SG position. They will likely suffer without Cardona or Williams in the roster. Perhaps the best choice would be taking a player from the SG/SF position. With Rabeh Al-Hussani, Nonoy Baclao, and Elmer Espiritu possibly gone, they could grab SEAN ANTHONY to fill the void in their SG/SF spot. They can also select JOSH VANLANDINGHAM, JIMBO AQUINO, REY GUEVARRA, JOHN WILSON and RJ JAZUL to fill their shooter/slasher spots. If they want to go big, perhaps the only choices feasible are FORD ARAO and PARI LLAGAS. Llagas’ offensive game has vastly improved and Arao is a wide body that can defend in the shaded area.


There was a rumor that Chot Reyes and Macmac Cardona have some sort of a rift (Ateneo versus La Salle) which was enough for Reyes to accept the idea of letting Captain Hook go. But for the first time in years, TNT doesn’t look so threatening compared to the other squads.

They are still a force though.

Chemistry just like in any case would be the answer if they want to exceed everyone’s expectations.

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2010 PBA DRAFT: WHAT THEY NEED - SAN MIGUEL BEERMEN


The team is a superstar goldmine. On paper, they have the best lineup in the PBA. They are deep in all five positions and most of their players can play multiple positions.

However one can’t deny that San Miguel is such an unstable squad. Even if all of them are superstars, all of them can play heavy minutes in some games while bench warming in other games. Hell, even their coaches are expendable!

Chemistry is an issue no draft pick can solve.

This is certainly one team that any rookie shouldn’t be a part of because this is automatic CAREER SUICIDE!


TEAM STATS:
PHILIPPINE CUP: SEMIFINALS
FIESTA CUP: TOURNAMENT FINALIST

DRAFT PICKS:
SECOND ROUND: FIFTEENTH

CURRENT DEPTH CHART:
TOP 5: ALEX CABAGNOT, DONDON HONTIVEROS, ARWIND SANTOS, JAY WASHINGTON, DORIAN PENA
RELIEF: JONAS VILLANUEVA, JOSEPH YEO, DANNY SEIGLE, DANNY ILDEFONSO, MICK PENNISI
OTHERS: OLSEN RACELA, DENOK MIRANDA, CHRIS CALAGUIO, LORDY TUGADE, MIKE HOLPER

WHAT THEY NEED:
Hmmm… what could a rookie do in this team? Since Sam Eman vacated their squad, their third team lacks a center. While finally picking James Sena is a possibility, perhaps they can get HANS THIELE, MEL GILE, MARK CANLAS, JR GERILLA, ROBERT SIMPSON, MARLON ADOLFO, and JAMES MANGAHAS or whoever is still a name in the second round. I guess it doesn’t really hurt a rookie’s ego that he is left off since unlike James Sena’s debacle, this pick is a late second round pick. Gerilla is playing well in the rookie camp while fellow FEU Tamaraw Adolfo was a name during his UAAP days. But why hurt a player’s chance to succeed? While Chris Calaguio could have retired, do they actually need another player to befriend Lordy Tugade and Mike Holper in the reserved list? Olsen Racela is about to retire in a year or so… maybe they need to check out a fourth option???


Siot Tanquingcen is on the outs. Battling for the spot is either Ato Agustin or Gee Abanilla. They like to experiment… eww… but do they really need to do these to their players? They seem to look seriously expendable… but not the Stallone kind.

There are a lot of teams out there that are desperate for players. Maybe they can give some for these less fortunate squads.

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2010 PBA DRAFT: WHAT THEY NEED - RAIN OR SHINE ELASTO PAINTERS


(Note: This is the seventh of ten installments)

Just when you thought they have returned to the tradition PBA’s Welcoat dubiously created, they prove critics otherwise. Rain or Shine was the only team to survive the Wildcard stages. At one point, their momentum was so high that teams facing them in the quarterfinals would find their selves worried.

And yet, they’ll always find their selves a win shy of the semifinals and they need to iron out the things that are pulling them out of the spotlight.


TEAM STATS:
PHILIPPINE CUP: QUARTERFINALS
FIESTA CUP: QUARTERFINALS

DRAFT PICKS:
FIRST ROUND: FIFTH
SECOND ROUND: FIFTEENTH

CURRENT DEPTH CHART:
TOP 5: SOLOMON MERCADO, RYAN ARANA, GABE NORWOOD, JAY-R REYES, MIKE HRABAK
RELIEF: TY TANG, JEFFREI CHAN, EDDIE LAURE, JERVY CRUZ, MARK TELAN

WHAT THEY NEED:
Size is still the issue. Jay-R Reyes is their only inside threat and he often gets the elbows, knees, and other things from his foes. Mike Hrabak scores on the outside while Jervy Cruz is a niche PF (he only gets the action when the opposing teams attempts to go small ball). At fifth, their main priority is to get a big man but with Rabeh Al-Hussaini, Nonoy Baclao, and Elmer Espiritu they may need to reconsider their priorities. One great player to claim is SEAN ANTHONY. He can play SF or PF if they want to play small ball, and he can move to the SG spot if they need to play big. PARI LLAGAS and FORD ARAO are other players to look at. They can also claim an additional shooting guard/small forward like JOHN WILSON, JOSH VANLANDINGHAM, JIMBO AQUINO, MARVIN HAYES, RJ JAZUL, MARVIN HAYES, and KHASIM MIRZA. There are other big men in the draft like MARK CANLAS and MEL GILE but none of them can give them the impact they need at this point.


Caloy Garcia has an eye for talent. Last year he picked Cruz and Marcy Arellano who were the perfect picks during those times.

Hopefully they’ll get the ingredients they need to at least give them a finals berth.

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2010 PBA DRAFT: WHAT THEY NEED - POWERADE TIGERS


(Note: This is the seventh of ten installments)

They changed their brand but still kept the moniker.

I’m sure coaching staff member and former UST stalwart Gerard Francisco is behind this.

The Tigers bled for recognition last year even with the new additions in their squad. Even with Gary David, Dennis Espino, and Asi Taulava, it seems as if no one is scared of Coke (now Powerade)! New finds like Larry Rodriguez, Ken Bono, Marvin Cruz, Paolo Mendoza, Chico Lanete, and Norman Gonzales are welcome additions but they need to improve their personnel if they want to succeed next season.

But how can that happen when the team doesn’t have a draft pick?


TEAM STATS:
PHILIPPINE CUP: WILDCARD
FIESTA CUP: WILDCARD

DRAFT PICKS:
NONE YET

CURRENT DEPTH CHART:
TOP 5: CHICO LANETE, GARY DAVID, MARK MACAPAGAL, DENNIS ESPINO, ASI TAULAVA
RELIEF: MARVIN CRUZ, RJ RIZADA, NORMAN GONZALES, LARRY RODRIGUEZ, KEN BONO

WHAT THEY NEED:
They need to find a way to at least score a first round selection. Air21 has six draft picks while Ginebra has three. Ginebra will probably destroy one first round pick’s future (probably the eighth pick because the twelfth pick is surely a goner while the seventh has a “chance” to show for himself). One thing the Tigers lack is a starting point guard, a shooter or a slasher off the bench, and backup center. They have a lot missing links in their squad that free agency and the draft could upgrade. Now if they get a pick in the last first round, it should be bliss for players like RJ JAZUL, FORD ARAO, REY GUEVARRA, KHASIM MIRZA, MEL GILE, SHAWN WEINSTEIN, PARI LLAGAS, MARVIN HAYES, JOHN WILSON, JAMES MANGAHAS, HYRAM BAGATSING, PEEJAY BARUA, JAI REYES, BORGIE HERMIDA, HANS THIELE, MARK CANLAS, AND WELL… ANY OTHER PLAYER THAT CAN PLAY UNDER THEIR SYSTEM! However, in order for them to score a player, they must first create deals that can give them the tools to fill up their voids.


Bo Perasol is a battle-scarred coach who wants to win his first PBA crown. With Gary David, Dennis Espino, and Asi Taulava, he has no reason to create wins for his squad.

Chemistry however needs to be provided and hopefully Powerade can find the “energy” to release their selves from wildcard hell.

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2010 PBA DRAFT: WHAT THEY NEED - MERALCO BOLTS


Sta. Lucia departs from the league which was the opening Meralco needed.

However they have most of the Sta. Lucia core intact… with new additions that could be the pieces for their rise in the league.

They have a new coach in Ryan Gregorio. They have a new star player in Macmac Cardona.

And they have a new set of rookies that could probably be the things they need the most.


TEAM STATS:
PHILIPPINE CUP: QUARTERFINALS
FIESTA CUP: QUARTERFINALS

DRAFT PICKS:
SECOND ROUND: ELEVENTH, THIRTEENTH, FOURTEENTH

CURRENT DEPTH CHART:
TOP 5: CHRIS ROSS, MACMAC CARDONA, NELBERT OMOLON, GABBY ESPINAS, BEAU BELGA
RELIEF: PONG ESCOBAL, BONBON CUSTODIO, OGIE MENOR, YOUSIF ALJAMAL, MARLOU AQUINO

WHAT THEY NEED:
No question, Meralco will use these picks to their musings. They have kinks that need fixings… particularly in the guard and power forward positions. I am sold that they’ll select someone from the San Beda core since Manny Pangilinan loves his San Beda wards. Does this mean BAM GAMALINDA, BORGIE HERMIDA, JAY-R TAGANAS, AND JR TECSON can see action for this squad? I like to think that but they’d probably think twice if guys like REY GUEVARRA, RJ JAZUL, JAI REYES, KHASIM MIRZA, MARK CANLAS, PARI LLAGAS, FORD ARAO, and GIO CIRIACRUZ are still available.

Ryan Gregorio wants another guy on their roster… actually, the whole MVP sister team-ship wants another guy to play for the squad. This happened when Asi Taulava played excellent ball playing for the Smart-Gilas squad.

Problem is, unless this is TNT, it’s not possible for Asi to join the Bolts.

Will the Powerade Tigers want a caliber like Nelbert Omolon or Yousif Aljamal for The Rock?

Hell no.

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2010 PBA DRAFT: WHAT THEY NEED - BRGY. GINEBRA KINGS


(Note: This is the fifth of ten installments)

Ginebra shopped a lot of players and they have bar none, one of the deepest rosters in the PBA today.

Unfortunately, they also have the most unstable.

While the fan favorites have the meanest backcourt in the league today, their big guys are considered one of the weakest. This is an area that they need to develop.

And unfortunately for them, the only decision they deem proper is by merely trading their players to other squads.


TEAM STATS:
PHILIPPINE CUP: SEMIFINALS
FIESTA CUP: QUARTERFINALS

DRAFT PICKS:
FIRST ROUND: SEVENTH, EIGHTH
SECOND ROUND: TWELFTH

CURRENT DEPTH CHART:
TOP 5: JAYJAY HELTERBRAND, WILLIE MILLER, RONALD TUBID, RUDY HATFIELD, ERIC MENK
RELIEF: MIKE CORTEZ, MARK CAGUIOA, JC INTAL, ENRICO VILLANUEVA, YANCY DE OCAMPO
OTHERS: CELINO CRUZ, JUNTHY VALENZUELA, SUNDAY SALVACION, WILLY WILSON, BILLY MAMARIL

WHAT THEY NEED:
Some teams need to shore up their rosters… but some teams need to trim down. Ginebra is a team that needs to be trimmed down! What they need is a dominant scoring big man and the only way they can get that is through trading for Asi Taulava. Enrico Villanueva’s confidence has been shattered (this is the first time since his rookie season that he didn’t score in double figures) and maybe they need to give him up to Air21 to claim either ELMER ESPIRITU or SEAN ANTHONY. Anthony is their choice but maybe it is crazy for them to think that he would still be available in the late first round. They could choose a slew of Willy Wilson-like clones are big men still available at this stage. Some of the notables include JOHN WILSON, MARVIN HAYES, FORD ARAO, PARI LLAGAS, GIO CIRIACRUZ, KHASIM MIRZA, and BAM GAMALINDA. But like I said earlier, they should just give these picks to teams that would use them properly because anything they get that’s not in the Top 5 will not work well for them.


Jong Uichico needs to figure out what he needs to do. While the good players pile in, their confidence is getting shattered by their unstable rotation. This is not the Jayjay Helterbrand/Mark Caguioa show anymore and that is scary because the Kings need these superstars to be their superstars in order for this squad to have the sense in things.

Maybe someone else needs to step up? Ronald Tubid? JC Intal? Mike Cortez?!?


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2010 PBA DRAFT: WHAT THEY NEED - BMEG DERBY ACE LLAMADOS


(Note: This is the fourth of ten installments)

Of all the SMC franchises, BMEG was the most “beatable”.

But for some insane reason, they had the drive to win games.

Who knew James Yap would become a two-time MVP despite his marital problems? Who knew Rafi Reavis would become the awesome force he became when he was traded by Ginebra? And who would ever think that Marc Pingris and Paul Artadi will have a renewed drive with their reunion with Ryan Gregorio???

Too bad that reunion was short-lived… because what they did last season certainly made heads turn.


TEAM STATS:
PHILIPPINE CUP: TOURNAMENT WINNER
FIESTA CUP: SEMIFINALS

DRAFT PICKS:
FIRST ROUND: NINTH

CURRENT DEPTH CHART:
TOP 5: ROGER YAP, JAMES YAP, MARC PINGRIS, KERBY RAYMUNDO, RAFI REAVIS
RELIEF: PAUL ARTADI, PETER JUNE SIMON, KG CANALETA, RICO MAIERHOFER, DON ALLADO

WHAT THEY NEED:
With their chemistry, BMEG is almost unstoppable. However, with Pingris and Raymundo playing hurt, they need to beef up their size. But maybe with George Gallent at helm, he would prefer a new setup in their execution, maybe look for a defensive specialist at the SG/SF spot or an offensive player from that same position mentioned. Don Allado, Jondan Salvador and Romel Adducul could flourish under this new coaching staff which will give the Llamados an option to shore up their scoring. I could see them struggling at first but perhaps when guys like JOHN WILSON, RJ JAZUL, REY GUEVARRA, MARVIN HAYES, or KHASIM MIRZA get key roles, they can be again the team to beat this season.


George Gallent will have something to prove this season. So are the former players of Ryan Gregorio after Coach Ryan fled to Meralco. Gallent once lead Harbour Centre to consecutive championships and this is his chance to score big in the major league.

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2010 PBA DRAFT: WHAT THEY NEED - BARAKO BULL


Sorry to tell their fans, but Barako Bull had a joke squad last season.

When they thought they proved to the PBA that underdogs could win… they did the opposite.

Wait…

Barako Bull fans in the PBA?

SHET! WHAT A RARE SIGHT!!!


WHAT THEY NEED:
PHILIPPINE CUP: ELIMINATED
FIESTA CUP: ELIMINATED

DRAFT PICKS:
SECOND ROUND: SIXTEENTH

CURRENT DEPTH CHART:
TOP 5: ARIS DIMAUNAHAN, JOJO DUNCIL, ROB REYES, MARK ISIP, RICHARD YEE
RELIEF: PAOLO HUBALDE, CHAD ALONZO, BRYAN FAUNDO
ABL-BOUND(?): AL VERGARA, CHRISTIAN CORONEL, REED JUNTILLA, ROB WAINWRIGHT, JERWIN GACO

WHAT THEY NEED:
Anything! Give them anything! If you wonder how a Liga Pilipinas team would do in the PBA, then take a look at this squad! If Ginebra had Sammy Monroe as their import, they would at least reach the semifinals. This team could have an open tryout and still get the best players rather than their current squad! With Mikee Romero also concentrating on the ABL which means guys like Vergara, Coronel, Wainwright, and Gaco could be unavailable (I saw Juntilla in the papers playing in a Liga team while I don’t know much about Vergara’s contract with Singapore). While Larry Fonacier and Ronald Tubid are testaments that there are superstars left in the second round, they need to pray hard that the right player would land in their laps. In terms of scoring, REY GUEVARRA, PARI LLAGAS, GIO CIRIACRUZ, BAM GAMALINDA, KHASIM MIRZA, TOTI BANDAYING, AND JAMES MANGAHAS can be that players that can deliver the scoring load but it could be better if they try to snag a top free agent or a first round draft pick to bolster their chances.


Junel Baculi can’t control the inevitable. Unless the Bulls find FIVE awesome players to lead their squad out of cellar dweller hell, they will continue to be the whipping boys of the PBA.

Game over.

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2010 PBA DRAFT: WHAT THEY NEED - ALASKA ACES


(Note: This is the second of ten installments)

Alaska didn’t have the depth… never had an outstanding rookie… and they had to let go of John Ferriols because… sigh… getting Samigue Eman shortened their cash flow.

And yet, Alaska was the only team to play in the finals of the two conferences last season where they won the Fiesta Cup.

So can Alaska please tell the other squads that just because they have many great players… don’t mean TEAM CHEMISTRY IS AUTOMATIC!!!


TEAM STATS:
PHILIPPINE CUP: TOURNAMENT FINALIST
FIESTA CUP: TOURNAMENT WINNER

DRAFT PICKS:
FIRST ROUND: TENTH
SECOND ROUND: TWENTIETH

CURRENT DEPTH CHART:
TOP 5: LA TENORIO, CYRUS BAGUIO, TONY DELA CRUZ, JOE DEVANCE, SONNY THOSS
RELIEF: TOPEX ROBINSON, LARRY FONACIER, MARK BORBORAN, REYNEL HUGNATAN, SAM EMAN

WHAT THEY NEED:
It shocks people how on paper, Alaska looks weak but on court, they are extremely dangerous. Blame this to Tim Cone’s wonderful system. Alaska has three options – 1) Find a SG to replace the retiring Jeff Cariaso; 2) Find a PG to complement with LA Tenorio; and 3) Find another big man just in case they need to get deep. They should probably get whatever is left in the draft that they deem PBA ready in the second round but on the first round, they could choose around RJ JAZUL, REY GUEVARRA, JAI REYES, BORGIE HERMIDA, or GIO CIRIACRUZ. Ciriacruz plays a lot like Bong Hawkins during his heyday and this guy is a blessed inside threat despite his height. Jazul is a combo guard that can play either guard positions. They want to snatch either JOHN SMITH or SHAWN WEINSTEIN in the draft but if other teams think they are good, I doubt if they are still available during this point. And if they are, just because they are foreign, doesn’t mean that they can do wonders in the PBA court (Mike Burtscher).


Tim Cone will probably rely less on the rookie that he will get this coming season… but at least the rookie will eventually find his way on his rotation… when he proves himself worthy.

Game over.

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2010 PBA DRAFT: WHAT THEY NEED - AIR21 EXPRESS


(Note: This is the first of 10 installments)
Last year, Air21 also had the top pick and they decided to pick the best player.

That player turned out to be Japeth Aguilar.

Unfortunately for the Express, Japeth decided to not play for them.

Well that sucked.


TEAM STATS:
PHILIPPINE CUP: WILDCARD ROUND
FIESTA CUP: WILDCARD ROUND

DRAFT PICKS:
FIRST ROUND: FIRST, SECOND, THIRD, AND SIXTH
SECOND ROUND: SEVENTEENTH AND NINTEENTH

CURRENT DEPTH CHART:
TOP 5: WYNNE ARBOLEDA, RONJAY BUENAFE (pictured), LEO NAJORDA, RONNIE MATIAS, CARLO SHARMA
RELIEF: JOSH URBIZTONDO, RENREN RITUALO, WESLEY GONZALES, RICH ALVAREZ, JR QUINAHAN

WHAT THEY NEED:
It is no secret that the Express will use their picks to beef up their frontcourt. The acquisition of RABEH AL-HUSSAINI will give Air21 a scoring big man while NONOY BACLAO will be a great addition as a dominant defensive clamp. With their abundance of picks, it would be best for Air21 to shore up their scoring options. ELMER ESPIRITU is a good choice if they want a scoring big while JIMBO AQUINO, SEAN ANTHONY, or JOSH VANLANDINGHAM can give this team a different dimension in the SG/SF spots. As for their second round picks, just like their sixth pick, they could just give this up for Barako Bull or Coke for a draft pick either in 2011 or 2012 (this is where the Gilas guys could apply in the draft).


Yeng Guiao is not the type of coach who’ll pick up players that he cannot use. And yet, I expect him to barter these kids for cogs of the future.

Game over.

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Major, major WIN!!!


I’m against in saying that her feat was divine intervention because it robs her of the hard work she put in this event.

Perhaps she was inspired by a well-known personality who was recently deceased…

Nope… that personality is NOT policeman-turned-hostage taker Ronaldo Mendoza but former Binibining Pilipinas-International Melody Gersbach.

Somewhere in heaven, someone must be smiling at her feat.

Again, that person is NOT policeman-turned-hostage taker Ronaldo Mendoza but former Binibining Pilipinas-International MELODY GERSBACH!!!


24 hours removed from what is said to be an embarrassing moment in Philippine history, Venus Raj outlasted a lot of beautiful women to place fourth runner-up in the 2010 Miss Universe Beauty Pageant in Las Vegas, Nevada, USA. This came off the heels of Melody’s tragic road mishap when a big vehicle crashed into their vehicle.

She emerged as one of the favorites to win this event that featured Miss Mexico winning the tilt and Jamaica, Australia, and Ukraine placing in front of her.

While this didn’t duplicate the wins Gloria Diaz and Margie Moran got, it was still one of the highest placings in recent history since Charlene Gonzales was in the Top 6 in 1994 and Miriam literally fell to the first runner-up honors in 1999.

She almost didn’t made Las Vegas when she was on the verge of getting replaced by the Binibining Pilipinas organizers. This was because she had citizenship issues that were making it difficult for her to secure her passports.

Well, at least these organizers finally relented.

Oh wait…

Imagine if they dethroned her… that would suck.

Her exotic looks proved vital in scoring the nods of the judges but she lacked grace under pressure when she was delivering her answer.

Everyone I talked to felt she was a bright decision away from clawing the crown. She was always the last person announced during the Top 15, 10, and 5 and it seems as if her striking beauty was enough to give Venus the title… had she spoke any answer… that wasn’t that.

But you have to appreciate this win especially considering how this past week was extremely unbecoming for us. As I watch my mom jump when her name is called (Mom then conceded the fact that she’ll lose the title with that question and answer debacle). For almost two hours, she gave us something to look forward to… that’s not watching the news and talking about the gunshots fired from that fateful 3-days and 2-nights package.

This was a major, major win for us, Filipinos!

Congratulations, Venus Raj!

Game over!

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Practically sisters... but not


What? They’re not related???

They are practically sisters... but they are not!?!

Sister teams... that is.

Talk N Text, Air21, and Meralco managed to make two separate deals involving five players and two draft picks!

Should SMC franchises be alarmed?


Air21 is on a build up. Before the season finished, they managed to send Doug Kramer to Rain or Shine for Marcy Arellano. Before the last season ended, Air21 traded Richard Yee to Barako Bull for one of Yeng Guiao’s favourite enforcers… Leo Najorda. With B-MEG opting to use their Air21 draft pick next season, the Express is facing a problem any PBA team would want to have – four draft picks in the first round! Finally with the first, second, third, and sixth pick of the draft the debacle that was Japeth Aguilar could finally rest.

Meralco on the other hand is re-tuning their lineup. With Ryan Gregorio hoping to claim a shooting guard with the calibre of James Yap, they are willing to do away with rookies to establish this point. Gregorio emphasizes on defense but he really wants to have a scoring superstar. Three seasons ago, Yap, Kerby Raymundo, and Peter June Simon were the only locals scoring in double figures. Two seasons ago, Simon was stricken off the list following an injury. Last season, Yap and Raymundo still averaged in double figures but Raymundo barely played for the squad in the Fiesta Cup. From the old Sta. Lucia core, Bitoy Omolon is the only potential scorer that can nail double-figure outputs (if consistent).

Talk N Text has been ping-ponging their players with the Lina Franchise (Air21, Burger King) for some time now and while their current core is solid, these Texters can’t seem to score wins. With the acquisition of Japeth, they’ll lose a slew of first round picks. The Kelly Williams loan to Smart-Gilas should also be an issue that they need to address.

Last weekend the Talk N Text Tropang Texters, Air21 Express, and Meralco figured in two separate deals. One deal sent burly bruiser Beau Belga from Air21 to Meralco. Belga is the lovechild of Noli Locsin and Jerry Codinera’s skills and he is solves the team’s center spot. In return, Meralco sent Ali Peek back to TNT. Even at 35, Peek is still a dominant inside operator and a defensive juggernaut. The Man Mountain would be a key player in the Texters’ frontline depth. Finally the Texters will give JR Quinahan back to the Express. After a disappointing rookie season at Alaska, Baby Shaq blossomed in the Lina franchise but his growth got sidetracked after not getting the minutes at TNT.

The other deal sent Macmac Cardona from TNT to Meralco. Rumors circulated during the latter part of the Fiesta Cup that Cardona and Chot Reyes weren’t seeing eye to eye which was one of the reasons of the move. Cardona is a proven scorer but an underrated rebounder for his position which is his edge against James Yap. The Texters will acquire Air21’s fourth overall pick selection. TNT has Jimmy Alapag, Ryan Reyes, Jason Castro, Mark Yee, and Jared Dillinger at the PG/SG/SF positions so they can afford to select a big man. If they won’t go for a big then they can still go with picking Josh Vanlandingham, Sean Anthony, or Jimbo Aquino. If they want a big man, it’s likely Rabeh Al-Hussaini, Nonoy Baclao, and Elmer Espiritu would land on their lap. While they have the first three picks, Air21 would probably try to also shore up their backcourt. Yes, along with Josh Urbiztondo, Air21 also claimed Meralco’s third overall selection. Urbiztondo would be an essential find for the Express to back Wynne Arboleda. But they could use this pick to get a shooter or a slasher. Aquino and John Wilson are credible picks at this point.

Obviously TNT lost in these dealings. Meralco won because they got two starters to spearhead their campaign but Air21 could get giddy with all the talent they can scour in the draft.

But the thing is the PBA should start checking out these three squads. Why is Air21 not part of the MVP sister team-ship is beyond me. Since the start of the 2000’s Air21 and TNT are basically trading players Renren Ritualo, Ranidel de Ocampo, Egay Billones, Yancy de Ocampo, Patrick Fran, Jec Chia, Yee, Quinahan, Vergel Meneses, and Bong Alvarez are among the players that has played for both squads while Jay Washington, Cardona, and Yousif Aljamal was drafted by Air21 but was traded to TNT instead. Sure, call the SMC talent hoarders but there hasn’t been a Derby Ace / Ginebra / SMB trade that didn’t have Barako Bull, Alaska, or Coca-Cola as the other player (Air21 was also instrumental in some of the SMC deals).

Maybe when the trades get rampant they could at least restrict their trades with each other.

It wouldn’t hurt if the SMC squads would join in as third parties... for once.

But if you think about it, SMC is still getting its way against the other squads. Billy Mamaril returned to Ginebra when Air21 accepted a trade that will give them Ginebra’s future first round pick.

Come to think of it, these trades are only destroying the player’s development.

What has happened to the PBA’s policy regarding fair trades?

Maybe it’s time that the Players’ Union take action.

Game over.

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Hostage Drama sa Primetime!


During the timeslot of 7 to 9pm, people are watching anxiously for their favorite soap opera.

Their favorite shows got bumped off because of a real-life drama.

Unlike their soaps, the drama didn’t end with “To Be Continued”.

But the drama didn’t also end happily.


Hong Thai Travel had superb TV airtime.

This is not the exposure they need though.

Ronaldo Mendoza wants to have his police job back.

He’s doing this by taking hostage a bus filled with tourists.

Yes… you have to love the logic of these words.

Philippine television’s finest two hours was infamous. It all started when an ex-policeman wearing his with a M-16 tried getting on a bus filled with a lot of Hong Kong nationals. It ended with a lot of people looking at a bullet-ridden bus… with foreigners exclaiming the competency of our police… and with our tourism on a standstill.

I don’t really want to say this but there were a lot of bad things that shouldn’t have happened in that crossfire.


First of all, who was leading this thing? It seems like there was no sense of urgency. I went on a day tour once and I’m pretty sure that the Manila tour (I think I’m sure this was the tour these foreigners had) starts its trip at around seven in the morning. It took them what… twelve hours? Sure, hostage situations require timing and controlling the situation but showing the cops walking around, puffing cigarettes, and laughing isn’t convincing people.

Then, you pampered the guy… and all of a sudden you piss him off. When he was sane, he is bartering the hostages with food and supplies. Why the hell would you make the hostage taker watch the cops arrest his relatives? That’s like stopping a fire by putting lighter fluid on it. Even if the hostage taker couldn’t see his posse getting escorted, it is not as if he is not watching television!

And one more thing – where’s the media blackout? I hate to say this but cops should always expect that a hostage crisis would suffer if a camera televising is involved. Often they act as nuisance (like the happenings in Oakwood and the dealings with the rebels), but they basically spoil the strategies being set. At least GMA waited until confirming with the authorities with regards to the death toll...

And by the way… what strategies you might be asking? If there is one thing I saw during that takeover, it was as if our cops weren’t prepared to spearhead these missions. I saw a cop holding a shield pretty scared. I saw a couple of cops bundled aimlessly at the front and back of the bus. I see a lot of cops going back and forth to get something but if they had their walkie-talkies in place, they wouldn’t have done that. I saw a lot of cops beating glass with little sense of what they should do after they tear it down. I saw a cop throwing either a smoke grenade or a flash grenade but it went back to him.

IF THIS IS A HOSTAGE SITUATION, WHY THE HOLY FUCK ARE YOU DRESSED LIKE NORMAL POLICEMEN??? WHERE ARE YOUR KEVLAR VESTS, GAS MASKS, AND HELL… UMBRELLAS FOR THAT MATTER???

How can almost 200 policemen act like unprepared cadets playing in the rain in front of live television?

And perhaps the worse thing: Who was that cop waving at his peers that it is all clear but then a round of shots ignited?

Maybe it is a blessing that there were no big high-ranking official leading this thing because crisis would have robbed his credibility.

And finally and most importantly… CROWD CONTROL. Out of nowhere these people burst out from nowhere and ran to the crime scene! For once I’m not going to pin this on the cops… even if they are partly to blame. What are these buffoons thinking??? These audiences could mess up the criminal investigation! What if there’s a timebomb? An hour before the finish a kid was hurt when a bullet flew to him. Should that be an enough warning?

It sucks because people might think that Pinoy cops are only good in torturing people.

I hate this from ever happening but with the way we handled the crisis, we need to exert more effort in dealing with these problems.

Mendoza was nailed on the head… by a sniper. During a gunfight where the cops have surrounded the taker, they defeated the hostage taker by a long ranged assault rifle.

Had someone stepped up when Mendoza was rational, this could have been over. Actually during the event of the takeover where millions are glued to their TV sets, someone should have stepped up and led. Instead we saw a lot of cops unprepared in crunch time.

I wonder what the president would say about this.

Though they did their best and while the end did justified the means. And while at least there are four lives saved in that event…

Our cops should be better than this in the near future.

Game over.

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