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.

Monday, September 22, 2008

Ateneo vs. La Salle UAAP Finals Game One

The Blackbirds
Ateneo 69 vs. La Salle 61

by rick olivares
pix by Philip Sison

Blackbird singing in the dead of night
Take these broken wings and learn to fly
All your life you’re only waiting for this moment to rise.
- from an ancient yarn by Lennon-McCartney

The day began unlike any other one. That is for a lot of people. Many had gone about the previous days’ business albeit with a knot of anticipation in their stomach that threatened to give them an ulcer until they popped an antacid. That’s what being on the cusp of a basketball championship means to so many.

For the Event Security detailed at the Araneta Coliseum, it meant getting very little shut eye for the previous night they worked the reunion concert of the APO Hiking Society. You could say that the seminal OPM group paved the way for an all-Ateneo weekend by kicking butt and taking names with a fabulous three-hour show. And that meant the event security had to be back at the Big Dome by 9am to prep for another slobberknocker between Ateneo and La Salle that ended in another defensive masterpiece by the Blue Eagles.

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