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.

Sunday, December 21, 2008

Bleachers' Brew #138 The Season to be Jolly

This can be found in the Monday December 22 2008 edition of Business Mirror.
The Season to Be Jolly

by rick olivares

In spite of the global recession, some people aren’t singing the blues but carols of good tidings and of comfort and joy. Maybe I should join them because I could surely use the extra bucks for some late Christmas shopping, eh?

Joy to the world, LeBron is come!
Let the NBA receive her King;
Let every New Yorker prepare Him room,
And Walsh and D’Antoni sing,
And Walsh and D’Antoni sing,
And Knicks fans, Spike Lee, and Jay-Z sing.
-- sung by New York Knicks fans

Deck the halls with boughs of money,
One sixty million, la la la la.
Tis the season to be jolly,
A New York Yankee, la la la la.

Don we now pinstriped apparel,
Fa la la, la la la, la la la.
Troll the brand new Yankee Stadium,
Fa la la la la, la la la la.
-- sung by CC Sabathia

Hark the new Three Lions sing
"Glory to the newborn team!
Peace on earth and mercy mild
Becks and Capello reconciled"
Joyful, are ye nations now?
Of the triumph of the skies
With the English host proclaim:
"Football was born in England"
Hark! The herald angels sing
"Glory to the return of the King!"
-- sung by English football fans

I saw Lakers and Celts come marching in
On Christmas Day, on Christmas Day;
I saw the Big Three come running in
On Christmas Day in the morning.

And what was in those ships all three,
On Christmas Day, on Christmas Day?
Ye Ratings on National TV,
On Christmas Day in the evening.
-- sung by NBA Commissioner David Stern
to the chagrin of Los Angeles Coach Phil Jackson

O come, O come, Emmanuel
And ransom captive Golden Boy
Who mourns in lonely East LA
Until Bob Arum’s news appears
Rejoice! Rejoice! Emmanuel
Ricky Hatton shall come to thee.
-- sung by Manny Pacquiao’s handlers

The first pick, Rain or Shine did say
Was to nab George Mason’s Gabe Norwood as to play
In the pro league where they played like sheep
Now on a team that is suddenly deep.
Gabe, Gabe, Gabe, Gabe
Born is the King of the PBA!
-- sung by Rain or Shine Coach Caloy Garcia

O Come All Ye Faithful
Joyful and triumphant,
O come ye, O come ye to modern Beijing.
Come and behold Yao Ming,
Our Bird’s Nest, Lin Dan, He Chong, and Cheng Fei;
O come, let us adore them,
O come, let us adore them,
O come, let us adore them,
As they all won Gold.
-- sung by Hu Jintao, President of China

Merry Christmas to all the Bleachers Creatures!

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