Mr. Excitement's exciting commercial

Thanks for the person who uploaded this photo. I don't know you... but you should be awesome. 


Paul Alvarez could have been one of the best talents that ever played in the PBA but he had his flaws. Yes, just because he starred alongside Alvin Patrimonio and Jerry Codinera in Last 2 Minutes, it doesn’t mean that their careers would be intertwined.

Oh yeah... I remember now. He was an enemy in the Anjanette Abayari version of Darna.

Anyway, here are points on why he is otherwise.

Number 1: He has coaching issues. We knew his squabbles with Ron Jacobs but fact is, if you don’t give a lot of offensive plays for Mr. Excitement, then you should consider him as seriously disgruntled.

Number 2: He bounced from team to team. How can people consider him as the best if he keeps on bouncing from team to team? In his career though, he was prominent with Alaska, San Miguel, and Shell... and then came the numerous stints with other squads.

Number 3: His off-court antics are whacked. Alvarez has the tendency to man up when he gets hit with elbows and fists but he often gets trouble when he goes to bars... and yeah, when a former taekwondo jin interviews him and he mistreats the said jin and the jin goes berserk and opens up a barrage of punches.

But there was a point where people considered him as an all-time legend.

The guy after all, unleashed 71 markers in game.

And if you have a commercial where you go to a somewhat “abandoned” business district where your wallet is in the pocket of your playing jacket...

People seriously think that you’re legendary.

Wait... did he even shower before withdrawing?



Yes, the bank that said you are in “good hands” with them, asked the former San Sebastian Stag if he can become the face of their brand.

It’s just sad that his career never became as illustrious as people around him imagined it to be.

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The Statmonkey of the Day: November 29, 2010



Russell Westbrook is certainly one of the season’s biggest surprises.

Expect him to become a wicked force... as he gets another Statmonkey of the Day citation.

Bringing his “A” game, the Oklahoma City Thunder playmaker had 25 points, 5 rebounds, 5 steals, and 11 assists as the Thunder prevailed over the New Orleans Hornets to the tune of 95 to 89.

Rounding up the Top 5 are the Hornets’ Chris Paul, Miami’s Dwyane Wade, OKC’s Kevin Durant, and Utah’s Al Jefferson.

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The Statmonkey of the Day: November 28, 2010



For churning out his third career triple-double, Josh Smith is the Statmonkey of the Day!

J-Smoove was an all-around monster against the Toronto Raptors. In Atlanta’s 96 to 78 win against the Raps, he managed to wind up with 12 points, 13 rebounds, 10 assists, three steals, and two blocks in 37 minutes!

New York’s Amar’e Stoudemire played 54 minutes and ranked second that day followed by the Clippers’ Blake Griffin, Phoenix’ Jason Richardson, and Oklahoma City’s Russell Westbrook!

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Dream fulfilled... dream lost.



I am so happy that the Talk N Text Tropang Texters decided to activate Ralph Emerson Oreta (or Emmerson Oreta) from the free agent list. When he was in the UAAP, he was a Rookie of the Year winner. He was a good offensive player that I thought had a good upside because he was also defensive-minded. The problem all of a sudden was when the UST Growling Tigers decided to add two offensive scorers in their roster. Inasmuch as Oreta is a good player, having a tandem of Cyrus Baguio and Nino Gelig is just as better.

After UAAP, he started his journey of journeying, having pit stops in various teams in the PBL, NBC, and the Liga Filipinas. The last time I saw him was when he played for that South East Asian Games squad that wound up winning the gold medal in 2007. I thought he’ll be picked up in free agency but he this wasn’t the case. Prior to playing as a Tropang Texter, he was part of the Pampanga Buddies squad that also comprised of UST alums like Jemal Vizcarra, Allan Evangelista, Don Villamin, and Christian Luanzon, former UPHR Altas’ Khiel Misa, former San Beda Red Lion Francis Mercado, former PBA vet and FEU Tamaraw Chris Nicdao, former pro and Letran Knight JP Alcaraz, current Rain or Shine Elasto Painter Larry Rodriguez, and current Tropang Texter Jared Dillinger.

While I don’t think he’ll be in the roster long enough to make a name for himself, at least he’s enjoying the perks that Kelly Williams left when he was loaned to the Asian Games.

By the way, if Marcus Douthit was there, we could have won at least a medal.

President Noynoy Aquino never ceases to amaze me. Sure, he is the son of democratic royalty, but for some insane reason he’s turning out to be some sort of a tyrant. It helps actually in terms of cleaning the government because the stench of terms long ago can’t be dealt overnight. But had Noynoy signed the bill that would naturalize Douthit, the Philippines wouldn’t lag as far as sixth place.

And as if people would care... the lack of coverage over the region’s most awaited sports spectacle was appalling.

So the Philippines managed to score three gold medals. Overall, Team Pilipinas managed to claim three golds, nine silvers, and nine bronze medals. While this haul was good enough to rank the country in the Top 20, are we sure that we are ready for the 2012 London Olympics? While we won three gold medals, we won in the events of billiards, boxing, and bowling. Billiards and bowling are two sports that is not part of the Olympics. Add that with chess where we won a silver medal and dancesport where we won two bronze medals and we find ourselves lost for the Olympics.

Back when Roel Velasco, Eric Canoy, Harry Tanamor, and Onyok Velasco were playing for the flag, we used to collect a huge amount of medals in boxing. Sure, we have a powerful taekwondo team but boxing has been our brightest spot. The sport has given us two silver medals and three bronze medals. But right now?

You can blame this all you with the various sports programs in the country but unless they get support from the government, the elusive gold will continue to be a dream.  

I just realized that Kelly Williams, Sol Mercado, and Asi Taulava have returned to their respective ball clubs.

Poor Emerson Oreta then as he returns back to the reserved list.

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The Statmonkey of the Day: November 27, 2010



Monta Ellis is the Statmonkey of the Day!

In their 104-94 win against the Minnesota Timberwolves, this Golden State guard scored 26 points, 4 rebounds, 10 assists, and 7 steals in 47 minutes of action!

Managing to get up on the echelon were Minnesota’s Kevin Love, Cleveland’s Mo Williams, Philadelphia’s Jrue Holiday, and Orlando’s Dwight Howard.

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The Statmonkey of the Day: November 26, 2010



Basically I'm borrowing time here as I wait for my GF to finish work but the Statmonkey of the Day is... 

RUSSELL WESTBROOK

The pint-sized guard of the Oklahoma City Thunder scored 43 points, 8 rebounds, 8 assists, three steals, and a block as the Thunder prevailed over the Indiana Pacers 110 to 106. 

Other players worth mentioning are Andris Biedrins, Jose Calderon, Gerald Wallace, and Deron Williams

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The Statmonkey of the Day: November 25, 2010



He looks undersized to be Atlanta’s ace power forward. He is not a low post threat and he plays a lot like a small forward than a burly bruiser.

But you know what, he gets the job done.

This is why Josh Smith is the Statmonkey of the Day.

In 29 lowly minutes, J-Smoove managed to make 20 points, 14 rebounds, 5 assists, 2 steals, and 2 blocks as the Hawks rout the Washington Wizards, 116 to 96.

Other players that did well today are LA Clippers’ Blake Griffin and Eric Gordon, Washington’s Gilbert Arenas, and Atlanta’s Al Horford.

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FHM Philippines November 2010 Issue: The Review




There are two schools of thought surrounding its cover. One side approves of the older sister while the other side like the younger.

Sisters Ehra and Michelle Madrigal take centerstage in this month’s issue of our favourite motivational manual!

YOU SHOULD BE HAPPY!

First of all, even if I really, really hate group shots (for example, those poorly posed RRJ chicks that only had one shot), I’ll let this one slide because I was a fan of the issue. You see, you like it when concepts work but oftentimes... they don’t. The sisters’ previous FHM covers weren’t that promising. Michelle’s cover were her dark skin was paired with a dark background blows because it didn’t really accentuate her beauty. This is why I like Michelle’s Maxim cover more than her first FHM cover – the Ice Queen concept was enough to make her stand out. On the other hand, the cosplay idea behind Ehra’s second cover shoot failed to work because her first cover was cute and sexy and shocking that whatever she makes after just fails in comparison.

Without any hint of some mind-boggling idea, the sisters posed and they stood out. The decision to release this while Survivor Philippines: Celebrity Edition was airing was good because it made people check out Michelle. In retrospect, this cover could have helped Ehra’s Diz Iz It.

But who am I kidding? A program made to compete against Showtime that is concept-wise the same as Showtime had an automatic death sentence long before its premiere episode (that just sucks since during bus rides, I was looking forward to Diz Iz Aktingan).

Bonus points should be given to the sisters’ hair. This could be the reason why I didn’t really like Michelle’s first cover – the long hair suits her more. On the other hand, the ridiculous hair Ehra had on the shoot isn’t really that bad as people perceive it. Hey, if Ehra can stay hot despite her “lawless” hair strands, then that means she’s that good-looking.

I was also happy with regards to the articles.

Sure, I hated the fact that FHM is constantly reminding me that aside from the fact those gymrats have Herculean bodies that is poised to make the hot chicks wet, they also have the tendency to dish out hotter sex scenes than those guys that frequently slouch in their couch. But my most favourite piece that they unloaded was the one where they featured the Meralco Reddy Kilowatts. During the MICAA days where people playing in commercial league actually works for the commercial squad they play in, Meralco was the team to beat. Leading the squad were Robert Jaworski, Big Boy Reynoso, Jimmy Mariano, Orly Bauzon, Fort Acuna, and others. Actually, it shocked me that when Jaworski and Reynoso were banned from MICAA in 1971 because they ganged on an import, he was already 25 years old.

His playing career spanned for three decades? Surely that is a feat you can seriously brag about.

Also, the thing where Bogs Adornado, a member of MICAA and PBA versions of the Crispa Redmanizers would reveal that Francis Arnaiz, one of the best shooting guards to ever play in the PBA, was a mere benchwarmer during those days was also an information worth keeping. In the article it was revealed that Crispa and Meralco were the predecessors of the storied Crispa-Toyota rivalry but during those days, it was only Adornado and Joy Dionisio playing for the squad because the Redmanizers has yet to cross paths with Atoy Co, Abet Guidaben, Bernie Fabiosa, Freddie Hubalde, and Philip Cezar.

My only qualm is that the Meralco Bolts, the current team playing for the PBA sans Ryan Gregorio, who pretty much knows his basketball all so well, seems as if they do not have any clue of the tradition that Meralco had in Philippine basketball.

Anyway, because I really, REALLY liked the issue’s two main points, I will say the November issue is a must buy. Hopefully the Premiere Vixens will return in the December issue as well. In terms of concepts, well... this is the one part of the mag that has yet to disappoint.

Until the next issue!  

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Crouching Cops, Hidden Badges



Will Sasso parodies Steven Segal on Mad TV.

Sure, Mad TV is the retarded baby brother of Saturday Night Live but...

Sometimes I miss this show...


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The Undefeatables?




George St-Pierre.

Anderson Silva.

Lyoto Machida.

Wait.

Scrap Machida.

This is for those guys whose current records are eternally flawless.

Although... for how long will these records be left unblemished?

Shogun Rua and Lyoto Machida’s sequel in UFC 113 gave “The Dragon” his first MMA loss. And it was not match that he could have won. From the get go, Machida wanted to snipe on Rua’s faults and when he finds a weak spot, he’ll do everything to torment Shogun. Unfortunately, it was Rua that saw the chinks in Machida’s armor which led to Lyoto getting floored and getting beaten.

In UFC 123, the losers of the Shogun/Machida and Rashad/Rampage fights faced off. Rampage Jackson and Lyoto Machida were desperately in need of wins. Although Machida went nuts in the third round, his passive pace in the first two rounds were enough for Rampage to clinch the victory. For Machida, this is his second straight defeat.

For some insane reason, if you add the recent title loss of Brock Lesnar to Cain Velasquez, being the favourite... doesn’t mean that they are the victors anymore.

And yeah, you can also add BJ Penn’s shocking consecutive losses to Frankie Edgar.

The only fighters worthy for such adoration are GSP and Anderson Silva.  

Almost three years after he won the UFC Interim Welterweight Championship from Matt Hughes and almost 32 months after he won the actual UFC Welterweight Title from Matt Serra, Georges St-Pierre’s title will be up for grabs anew.

Come December 11 (December 12, Manila time) Georges St-Pierre will battle the flamboyant Josh Koscheck for the prestigious title. This is not the first time GSP has faced Koscheck. He first faced Kos in UFC 74 where Rush won via unanimous decision. The win became the first of seven straight victories that catapulted GSP as the top dog in his division. This time Koscheck wants nothing more than to lose again. After Koscheck dismantled the “cheapshotting” Paul Daley in UFC 113 held in GSP’s hometown of Montreal, Quebec, he vowed to everyone that he will defeat GSP and win his title.  

The GSP streak started when he lost... and he will end the streak when he wins...

And the prize for breaking the streak is the UFC Welterweight Belt.

Meanwhile, Anderson Silva is out to defend his UFC Middleweight Title against MMA journeyman Vitor Belfort. Returning to the Octagon, the 14-year pro will headline UFC 126 against The Spider at Las Vegas on February 5 (February 6, Manila time). Silva is shooting for his twelfth win since conquering Chris Leben in his 2006 UFC debut. Belfort is a scary striker with tremendous grappling skills. Since both guys are Brazilians, expect this to be a more technical match... for Belfort’s sake. Silva at 35, showed signs of slowing down against Chael Sonnen but in the end Silva caught Sonnen with a triangle out of nowhere. Belfort needs to deal with the strikes but also be wary of Silva’s “sudden shifts”.

Defocusing on Silva for a measly second could be a world of entanglement from The Spider.

If you ask me, Silva should win against Belfort. While The Phenom looks like a Transylvanian vampire with a seriously rock solid body, I think Silva will have a chance to extend his streak. However, Silva shouldn’t give Belfort a fighting chance because that would be stupid. If Sonnen didn’t tap out, he would have definitely lost his title.

As for GSP, he better be wary of Kos. He has been on a tear as of late. After the freak loss against Paolo Thiago, he won two UFC fights in slightly over two months against Frank Trigg and Anthony Johnson. In his fight against Daley, he made use of his striking ability which was Daley’s forte and manage to destroy his game. If you saw how Kos dedicated himself to training in his last fights, you’ll understand how the former Ultimate Fighter original has evolved. Known purely as a wrestler, he discovered a sudden knack to dismantle opponents with his punches and kicks. He can also perform bunch attacks which was almost nonexistent in his earlier days.

The confidence he has unearthed could be enough to make himself the right person to destroy GSP.

But for Kos, he can trash talk in various frequencies but what’s certain is that if he wants to defeat GSP, he needs to dig deep and bring more than his A-game. GSP is bar none, the most perfect UFC fighter as of late. He can knee, kick, punch, grapple, and intimidate like hell and if he gets a chance to show his dominance then Kos will find it hard to wrestler the belt away from GSP.

This makes UFC 124 seriously interesting. Kos will invade GSP in his turf and that should definitely make this epic battle even more awesome.

Will GSP join Machida or will GSP win like how he always does?

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The Statmonkey of the Day: November 24, 2010




I am not really satisfied on the less than stellar games of Kevin Garnett, Tim Duncan, and Evan Turner.

Especially Evan Turner.

Man, for a second pick overall, he’s seriously groping in form.

Anyway, Kevin Love is bringing it and is the Statmonkey of the Day! Weeks past after he wowed a lot of people by scoring 31 points and 31 rebounds, he almost duplicated that feat by unleashing 32 points, 22 rebounds, and three assists in 46 minutes! The Wolves also made a good impression despite losing anew. Against the San Antonio Spurs, Minnesota almost pulled an upset until they lost focus in the dying seconds of the fourth quarter and in overtime. The final score was 113 to 109 in favor of the Spurs.

Landing on the Top 5 aside from Love are Chicago’s Derrick Rose, Charlotte’s Tyrus Thomas, Utah’s Deron Williams, and Toronto’s Reggie Evans.

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Happinoy Halloween





A few weeks ago, we made a series of plugs called “Happinoy Halloween”.

The rationale behind this? For Pinoys living in abroad, this is a way for them to “Filipinize” their Halloween. For Pinoys living in the Philippines, this is a way for them to celebrate Halloween... Pinoy style.

We employed the use of Pinoy fruits in place of the regular pumpkin as our Jack-O-Lantern.  







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Gentleman's Drink?





Here’s a funny clip from the Philippines’ most successful gag show (15 years and counting), Bubble Gang!



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The "Conservative" Axe Chick




I was looking for ideas in Youtube when I stumbled on this!

WOOHOO!

There was a certain Axe commercial that I was fond of. This was not like the usual Axe TVC’s where the girl usually “sluts up” at the scent of guy. This is where the internet becomes educational. Did you know that this TVC came from Indonesia? Yes Indonesia, one of the largest Muslim countries in the whole world, made this extremely hot Axe commercial. Perhaps the conservative way was set because the country is extremely touchy with girls baring skin.

Who would risk baring skin for an intense round of lashes?

But who said that wasn’t hot? The way the girl acted was fine. In a span of 30 seconds or so, her cuteness transformed into hotness which was awesome in so many levels!



By the way, the name of the actress is Asmirandah Zantman. She is of Dutch-Indonesian descent. Turns out she’s also loaded with acting and modelling projects! I don’t know how big she is in Indonesia but the Axe commercial was enough to give her international fame.

Certainly the Axe commercial is better than her other commercials.


Also, it seems as if Asmirandah is trying her hand towards music. She is with these guys...


I don’t know Indon music but certainly this way beyond Rain and the rest of the K-Poppers! I don’t know if you foreigners are familiar with this term but kumu-Cueshe sila e!

Or I don’t know if Gen-X Pinoys remember The Boss Band but if you check their vocalist... then you’ll get the picture.

Anyway, this is one of my favourite commercials. Hopefully Asmirandah will find a random Pinoy producer who’ll bring her to the Philippines to do some random “poor guy meets foreigner” soap opera.

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The Statmonkey of the Day: November 23, 2010




A Washington Wizard found his way on this list and he is not John Wall... or Gilbert Arenas...

Hell, he’s not even Yi Jianlian.

Javale McGee dominated the Philadelphia 76ers with 24 points, 18 rebounds (10 offensive), two assists, two steals, and four blocks! Worse for Philly, he led the Wizards to a win, 116 to 114.

Other players cited are Dallas’ Dirk Nowitzki, Philadelphia’s Andre Igoudala, Chicago’s Joakim Noah, and the Lakers’ Pau Gasol.

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Office Pranks




I learned something evil.

It also works on certain Windows-based computers whose operating system is XP.

It started when my officemate accidentally functioned this on her computer. And then my other officemate found a way to delete it.

This opened a gateway on my work-oriented existence.

Yup... such a pathetic way of life.

Joke.

I then used this on the computer of my officemate. When he discovered it, I said it was a virus. Then I revealed the prank. 

He was pissed at first but eventually he was aching to use it on our other officemates.

So what the hell?

CTRL + ALT + ARROWKEYS

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The Statmonkey of the Day: November 22, 2010




The Superman soared to the heavens and even if the Orlando Magic lost to the San Antonio Spurs, his individual feats are enough for him to clinch Statmonkey of the Day status!

For his efforts, Dwight Howard unearthed 26 points, 18 rebounds, an assist, three steals, and two blocks in their 106 to 97 loss against San Antonio.

Among those who did well today were Denver’s Carmelo Anthony, Los Angeles Clippers’ Blake Griffin, Minnesota’s Kevin Love, and Indiana’s Danny Granger.

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NBA ESPN Fantasy League: Power Rankings (Week 1:Start to Nov 22)




Jason Kidd, Wilson Chandler, and Devin Harris were “temporarily” booted out from the rankings.

With that said, I want to maximize my games wisely. My core starting unit is solid but the problem is they only play three quarters because their teams are so damn good. Yes, I have Rajon Rondo, Paul Pierce, Kevin Garnett, Kobe Bryant, and Tim Duncan in my lineup and it’s hard to depend on their services when the teams lined up for them are patsy squads.

Anyway, here are the Top 50 for this week.

50 MIKE BEASLEY / MINNESOTA TIMBERWOLVES
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49 LUOL DENG / CHICAGO BULLS
Up a notch from last week’s 50

48 JRUE HOLIDAY / PHILADELPHIA 76ERS
Down a notch from last week’s 47

47 AL JEFFERSON / UTAH JAZZ
Down five spots from last week’s 42

46 MANU GINOBILI / SAN ANTONIO SPURS
Down a spot from last week’s 45

45 DANNY GRANGER / INDIANA PACERS
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44 STEPHEN JACKSON / CHARLOTTE BOBCATS
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43 GERALD WALLACE / CHARLOTTE BOBCATS
Down 13 places from number 30 last week

42 ANDRE MILLER / PORTLAND TRAIL BLAZERS
Moved up six spaces from last week’s 48

41 KEVIN GARNETT / BOSTON CELTICS
Slid down 15 spots from last week’s 26

40 ERIC GORDON / LOS ANGELES CLIPPERS
Went up four spots from last week’s 44

39 MIKE CONLEY / MEMPHIS GRIZZLIES
Down 12 places from last week’s 27

38 TYREKE EVANS / SACRAMENTO KINGS
Down four spots from last week’s 34

37 ELTON BRAND / PHILADELPHIA 76ERS
Same spot last week

36 ANDREW BOGUT / MILWAUKEE BUCKS
Up seven spots from last week’s 43

35 BRANDON JENNINGS / MILWAUKEE BUCKS
Scored five spots from last week’s 40

34 STEPHEN CURRY / GOLDEN STATE WARRIORS
Up two spots from last week’s 36

33 LAMARCUS ALDRIDGE / PORTLAND TRAIL BLAZERS
Same spot last week

32 TIM DUNCAN / SAN ANTONIO SPURS
Down three spots from number 29

31 LAMAR ODOM / LOS ANGELES LAKERS
Up eight spots from last week’s 39

30 DWYANE WADE / MIAMI HEAT
Down eight spots from last week’s 22

29 DIRK NOWITZKI / DALLAS MAVERICKS
Up six places from last week’s 35

28 TONY PARKER / SAN ANTONIO SPURS
Last week’s 25... down three spots

27 DAVID LEE / GOLDEN STATE WARRIORS
Down three spots from last week’s 24

26 RUDY GAY / MEMPHIS GRIZZLIES
Zoomed down ten spots from last week’s 16

25 ZACK RANDOLPH / MEMPHIS GRIZZLIES
Down a couple of spots from last week’s 23

24 BLAKE GRIFFIN / LOS ANGELES CLIPPERS
Moves four spots up from last week’s 28

23 RAYMOND FELTON / NEW YORK KNICKS
Increased stock 15 spots from last week’s 38

22 MONTA ELLIS / GOLDEN STATE WARRIORS
Decreased seven spots from last week’s 15

21 STEVE NASH / PHOENIX SUNS
Same as last week

20 AL HORFORD / ATLANTA HAWKS
12 spots up from last week’s 32

19 PAUL MILLSAP / UTAH JAZZ
Down a spot from 18

18 KEVIN DURANT / OKLAHOMA CITY THUNDER
Down a spot from 17

17 AMAR’E STOUDEMIRE / NEW YORK KNICKS
Catapulted up 14 spots from last week’s 31

16 LUIS SCOLA / HOUSTON ROCKETS
Tagged three spots down from last week’s 13

15 ROY HIBBERT / INDIANA PACERS
Up four spots from last week’s 19

14 KEVIN LOVE / MINNESOTA TIMBERWOLVES
Down three spots from last week’s 11

13 KOBE BRYANT / LOS ANGELES LAKERS
Zooming to the top seven spots from 20

12 JOAKIM NOAH / CHICAGO BULLS
Moved out of the top ten from last week’s 7

11 CARMELO ANTHONY / DENVER NUGGETS
Takes a peek at the top ten from last week’s 12

10 JOSH SMITH / ATLANTA HAWKS
Slowly creeps to the top ten from last week’s 14

9 DERRICK ROSE / CHICAGO BULLS
Switched places with Deron Williams

8 DERON WILLIAMS / UTAH JAZZ
Switched places with Derrick Rose

7 DWIGHT HOWARD / ORLANDO MAGIC
Superman flies three spots from last week’s 10

6 RUSSELL WESTBROOK / OKLAHOMA CITY THUNDER
Gets a three-rank skid from last week’s 3

5 CHRIS PAUL / NEW ORLEANS HORNETS
Moves a spot from last week’s 6

4 JOHN WALL / WASHINGTON WIZARDS
Increased a notch although he is injured

3 LEBRON JAMES / MIAMI HEAT
Moves a spot from last week’s 4

2 RAJON RONDO / BOSTON CELTICS
Same spot as last week

1 PAU GASOL / LOS ANGELES LAKERS
Same spot as last week


The stats covered this week seem a bit credible. There was an almost Chris Bosh sighting but perhaps this can be a reality next week.

In my fantasy league, I hope the adjustments I made should be enough to give a semblance of moving up to the ranks. My stock has been floating from second to fifth and I seriously need to break out from the crowd.

Until next week...

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Sydman's Power Rankings (2010-11 Philippine Cup) - Start to November 22, 2010



My PBFANTASY team is suffering.

With my NBA Fantasy team leading… and struggling at the moment, I haven’t had the chance to seriously follow the happenings of the PBA.

Although… I have been craving to find a chance to watch Team Pilipinas to try to get back the Asian Games gold we have been drooling on ever since Olsen Racela muffed two charities and that Korean brought the team crying after sinking the freak three-point jumper.

Anyway, here are the Top 50 players from Day 1 up to the November 22 date of the 2010 Philippine Cup.

First up, here are the 40 players that could have been in the Top Ten!

Game starts now!


50 CHICO LANETE / TIGERS
49 WILL ANTONIO / TIGERS
48 NELBERT OMOLON / BOLTS
47 RONNIE MATIAS / EXPRESS
46 LARRY RODRIGUEZ / ELASTO PAINTERS
45 DOUG KRAMER / ELASTO PAINTERS
44 NONOY BACLAO / EXPRESS
43 JONDAN SALVADOR / LLAMADOS
42 SUNDAY SALVACION / ENERGY BOOSTERS
41 RYAN REYES / TROPANG TEXTERS
40 ASI TAULAVA / BOLTS
39 DENNIS ESPINO / TIGERS
38 TONY DELA CRUZ / ACES
37 JR QUINAHAN / EXPRESS
36 HANS THIELE / BOLTS
35 LARRY FONACIER / TROPANG TEXTERS
34 JARED DILLINGER / TROPANG TEXTERS
33 JAY-R REYES / ELASTO PAINTERS
32 RONALD TUBID / GIN KINGS
31 ROGER YAP / LLAMADOS
30 DANNY SEIGLE / BEERMEN
29 CHRIS ROSS / BOLTS
28 JASON CASTRO / TROPANG TEXTERS
27 MARK CAGUIOA / GIN KINGS
26 JONAS VILLANUEVA / LLAMADOS
25 RONJAY BUENAFE / EXPRESS
24 MARK ISIP / ENERGY BOOSTERS
23 PETER JUNE SIMON / LLAMADOS
22 JAMES YAP / LLAMADOS
21 LA TENORIO / ACES
20 GABBY ESPINAS / BOLTS
19 ALEX CABAGNOT / BEERMEN
18 GABE NORWOOD / ELASTO PAINTERS
17 CYRUS BAGUIO / ACES
16 ALI PEEK / TROPANG TEXTERS
15 JIMMY ALAPAG / TROPANG TEXTERS
14 RICO MAIERHOFER / LLAMADOS
13 RABEH AL-HUSSAINI / EXPRESS
12 WILLIE MILLER / GIN KINGS
11 SONNY THOSS / ACES


THE TOP TEN:

Here are the Top 10 seeds to claim the Best Player of the Conference award. These guys are the anchors of their team’s superb win-loss records… or basically they hogged every stat available for a 48-minute match without caring if their team wins or loses.

10 RUDY HATFIELD / GIN KINGS
Ginebra’s backcourt is superbly deep. Willie Miller and Mark Caguioa are battling with each other on who among them is the top scoring monster in their roster while Jayjay Helterbrand is averaging his lowest since his rookie year (this was when Helterbrand was Bal David’s backup). Whoever the small guys are, the H-Bomb is comfortably at the starting PF spot. The league’s rebounding leader is averaging 30 minutes a night. Let the small guys score for all he cares because he will be the one taking the rebounds.  

9 DONDON HONTIVEROS / BEERMEN
He is smoking hot just like Valerie Concepcion’s FHM covers! Yes… I had to say that. When the defense is doubling towards J-Wash and the Spiderman, this prompts the Beermen to call the Cebuano Hotshot to create offensive flurry. You know he’s doing extra spicy damage when his 3-point percentage is higher than his total field goal percentage. In three outings, he has scored 20 points and more… thrice.

8 KELLY WILLIAMS / TROPANG TEXTERS
Ever since he moved to Talk N Text, he has yet to provide the offensive goodness he had when he was playing for the Sta. Lucia Realtors. This is such a pity because he is still leading the Tropang Texters in minutes. But let’s face it, his bad game is probably the best game a random rookie or benchwarmer can have. Perhaps the learning experience he will get from his Asian Games stint would catapult his stats. More so… he’ll play inspire ball when they clinch gold.  

7 MACMAC CARDONA / BOLTS
It’s been a rollercoaster ride for the man they call Captain Hook. In his new role as Ryan Gregorio’s go-to-guy, he struggled to make the offensive plays they need. He managed to bounce back in scoring but an injury sidelined him for two games. At the start, Meralco looked golden with Cardona and Asi Taulava leading the charge but their inability to produce big-time digits caused their squad to languish with an under .500 record. Time for Captain Hook to step up big!   

6 SOLOMON MERCADO / ELASTO PAINTERS
The Sol Train’s exit en route to the Guangzhou gave Rain or Shine a huge void to fill up. Mercado is the team’s scoring and assists leader. Caloy Garcia had to level with Sol because at this stage, he cannot be at odds with one half of his team’s one-two punch. Under .500, the Elasto Painters are counting the days when Jonathan Uyloan returns to the reserve list and Mercado returns to his spot. Problem is, during his Asian Games stint, he aggravated his nagging injury. Calot Garcia hates this news.

5 HARVEY CAREY / TROPANG TEXTERS
Carey is getting the stats with little fanfare. He does what he does and he does it good. With much of the offensive load reserved to the backcourt, Carey is letting it known that he shouldn’t be a person to look down on. He ranks second in his team in points and he is third in the league in rebounds. Moreover, he is also the only player in the Philippine Cup to average in double-doubles. If you look at it, this is not bad for a player who gained a lot of offensive plays because Ranidel de Ocampo got injured.  

4 GARY DAVID / TIGERS
He is Mr. Pure Energy. He is the leading scorer of the league today and only Arwind Santos and the Alaska trio of Joe Devance, Cyrus Baguio, and LA Tenorio rank higher in minutes. Whenever he is in the game, expect him to shine especially since he averages 19 shots per contest. However, could the reason be that David is the only scoring option for the Tigers? This feat could even be better if Powerade at this point didn’t have three wins in ten games.

3 ARWIND SANTOS / BEERMEN
The Spiderman is one of the reasons why San Miguel is on top of the standings. He continues to confuse his opponents because he has the ability to play all five positions with ease. Sure, it seems like he and Jay Washington are destroying each other’s chances to claim the Best Player cite but whenever they are together, most of the time their opponents find themselves in a bind. He is the Beermen’s top scorer and he is also the team’s second highest rebounder.

2 JAY WASHINGTON / BEERMEN
J-Wash is the team’s third leading scorer and the team’s leading rebounder and blocker. Fact is, Washington and Santos are play-alikes. Whatever offense he can pull from his bag of tricks, chances are they would be effective. While he nets a lowly 41 percent field goal shooting and 61 percent from the charity stripe, he hits 35 percent from the 3-point area. Despite the resurgence of offensive guns like Santos, Hontiveros, Alex Cabagnot, and Danny Seigle, expect J-Wash as one of their keys to victory.

1 JOE DEVANCE / ACES
JDV takes the cake by averaging 20.1ppg (second in league), 8.9rpg (second in team), 2.8apg (third in team), and 1.4bpg (first in team). He has been dominant for the Aces but I believe his top stint will face if the Aces can’t buy a string of victories. With the current inconsistent hellhole the Aces are in right now, The Speaker of the House is the lone bright spot of the squad. But fact is Devance is the top player because Tim Cone doesn’t depend on their bench much. Aside from Devance, only Cyrus Baguio is the top offensive threat of the squad with Tenorio, Tony dela Cruz, and Sonny Thoss getting the breaks when JDV and Skyrus are better. Sure, he is scoring the shots that matter… but for how long?


With the playoffs right around the corner, it is settled that the Beermen could pretty much hold at least a twice-to-beat advantage. This should scare Barako Bull and Powerade since they are the two in the gutter but from the cluster in the third to tenth spots, anything can happen.

Before the year ends, the last Power Rankings will be seen.

Until then, game over.

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