Someone asked me how my blog and newspaper column came to be titled "Bleachers Brew". It's like this, it's an amalgam of sorts of two things: The bleachers area in the stadium/arena where I used to sit when I would watch baseball, football, and basketball games and Miles Davis' great jazz album Bitches Brew. That's how it got culled together. I originally planned on calling it "The View from the Big Chair" that is a nod to Tears For Fear's second album, Songs from the Big Chair. So there.

Wednesday, November 21, 2007

Rivalry? What rivalry?

The other day, I sat down with some fellow Ateneo alumni and while talking the time away, one said that there was nothing quite like the atmosphere of an Ateneo-La Salle game. I said, "yer kidding me."

The looked at me like I was nuts and I continued, "Obviously ya'll never been to a football match. No, not the local games, but the European ones..."

So I told them in 2005 UEFA Champions League Final between AC Milan and Liverpool FC, the Merseyside supporters were cheering and rocking the Ataturk Olympic Stadium in Istanbul, Turkey -- two hours prior to the match and all the way until its glorious end.

And speaking of Turkey, two of its clubs, Fenerbahce (which now has in their line-up one of my fave footballers in free kick specialist Roberto Carlos) and Galatasaray have a heated rivalry like our Ateneo-La Salle. But the atmosphere is totally totally different. And that is a goddam understatement. Check out these vids to see what I mean. The vid showing a match between the two teams is from a game last October 2007. Bloody hell!

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