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.

Saturday, August 23, 2008

The Weekend

Liverpool vs Middlesbrough tonight.

Liverpool isn't the squad that Chelsea or Manchester United is. What will get Rafael Benitez' squad through is their fighting heart and if Fernando Torres stays healthy. Both teams LFC and Boro are coming off wins with the latter more convincing with their strong play. The last time Boro stepped onto Anfield they got their backs handed to them and with the young squad a year older, they'll certainly give the Reds some fits (especially since LFC Captain Steven Gerrard is out of shape).

But look for Liverpool to play hard (even without the injured Sammi Hyppia).

YNWA!

Ateneo vs. University of the Philippines
It's rivalry Sunday at Araneta. It's an unqualified success for the Maroons this year no matter what anyone says. They're just trying to finish strong and avail of the wild card slot for the Champions League and then they blow up that team and call up those in Team B. Both squads are coming off wins and both will have healthy line-ups this Sunday.

No let up, is the Blue Eagles' cry while the Maroons try to play spoiler and bag a real big fish.

Redemption is at hand
USA vs. Spain. The last time these two figured in the gold medal match was 1984. That was 24 years ago and the last time the USA sent a squad of victorious collegians.

I'd like for the Redeem Team to give Spain another royal butt kicking especially Ricky Rubio who whines too much. He may be talented and headed for the NBA but he's gotta learn that he's no golden child. I'd still go for Argentina's Pablo Prigioni.

If anything, Spain would have seen that a 2-3 zone and physical play can throw the USA off their rhythm for a while and that is their window to pounce. But with the gold medal 40 minutes away, no one is going to deny LeBron James and Kobe Bryant because if they lose, they better turn in their passports and seek asylum in Israel.


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