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, February 23, 2009

Now that the college sports season is almost over... thanks to the following!

The college sports season is over. Whew! What a year huh? These are the folks who were extremely helpful in covering sports this year and there are those in the pro ranks as well.

Tried to follow several teams for Ateneo: men's hoops, football, baseball, track, volleyball, baseball, and the Blue Babble Battalion. Those that I were not able to follow... sorry! Don't worry, I'll pilfer that clone machine from the Empire.

Huge shout outs to the following for all the help, kind words, constructive criticism, and praise from the following:
Fr. Ben, Joe Santos, Mr. Eddie Go, Sonia Araneta, Jun Dalandan, Jun Jun Capistrano, Ricky Palou, Em Fernandez, Benjo Afuang, Ric Du, Jon Aguilar, and the other UAO folks.

Coach Norman, Paolo Trillo and Debbie Tan. Coaches Sandy, Gene, Jamike, Gabby, and Jon.

Coach Ompong, Bobman, and Jerwin. Mick Perez (totally awesome), Roger Gorayeb (my jogging partner!), Oliver Almadro, Mic Mic Laborte, Coaches Buda and Karen, Randy Dizer and Emer Barandoc for allowing me to sit with the team during a game, and of course the players! And my girls: Bea, Steph, Misha, Kara, Belay, Tata, Cesca, and Nikki.

And the ball boys and utility folks at the Blue Eagle Gym. Rudy Allayban and his staff at the University Archives. And my friends at the Guidon -- Favian and Martin (I'm doing a guest column in the Guidon for their final issue of the year -- my first since I was in school!). Thanks for the invite! Yee-haw!

Sa BBB: there's coaches Ivan, Al, and Ralph (bro, you rock!). and the captains.... JR, Toons, Mary, and Cesar. Mas mahirap pa mga trabaho ng mga 'to kesyo sa akin. Saludo tayo diyan!

Fellow alums who were sounding boards for ideas and debate: Miko Samson, Joseph Nocos, Martin Lichauco, Nonoy Chuatico, Mhel Garrido, Ding Camua, Domeka Garamendi, Mickee Gimarino, Pat Ozaeta, and Paul Arcenas. Chito Loyzaga, my ABL teammate who I have yet to help also sa Philippine baseball.

To the Ateneans in New York, Chicago, and SanFo who wrote regularly. Even that tone alum from Alaska (the state not the milk product, dumbass). Those alums in Hong Kong, Thailand, and Singapore.

And to our friends at the US Embassy. And to the non-Filipinos who wrote intrigued by Ateneo, UAAP, and Philippine sports -- there's Nady from South Africa, Zeljko from Serbia, Gary, Edward (good luck to Portsmouth!), and Jack from England. Hey Jack, I will give you an Ateneo football jersey in exchange for a Steven Gerrard Liverpool kit! Aldrin from Verona, Italy. Repeat after me, "One Big Fight!"

Wish I was there for swimming. I tried to follow women's football but well... it was difficult to write what with all those issues in the team. Not the way anyone wanted the year to turn out and it will come back to haunt them as Mia Sumulong has transferred to Taft.

The biggest treat was being allowed inside the dugouts, huddles, film viewing sessions, and team meets. Unprecedented yung sa men's football, volleyball, track, and baseball. It was a revelation.

To the parents: the Señorens, Parejas, Cancios, the Reyeses (Jai), the Austrias, the Peraltas, the Banzons, syempre me family -- the Olivareses-Caluags-Cunanans who always pounded me for updates and info. Even tickets. As if I was a scalper!

And there were the other schools too! They graciously allowed me access to a lot including huddles, the locker rooms, practices, game situations etc.

Thanks to National University: Dr. Arline Royo, Tito Bam Paguia, Coach Manny Dandan, Coach Junel Baculi, Coach Johnny Candoy, Neil Ocampo, and Mr. Hans Sy!

Far Eastern University: Mark Molina, Belay Ripoll, Jens Knuttel and his brother Marc, and the staff at SPARC. Coach Glenn Capacio and Bert Flores! And in football Coach Adolfo Alicante.

The University of the Philippines Fighting Maroons especially to Coach Aboy Castro and my ABL teammates Jay Castro and Bert Mendoza. Jerry Codinera. In volleyball, Coach Ronald Dulay.

University of Santo Tomas: Fr. De Sagon and Mrs. Francisco, Coach Pido, and the players (salamat sa fishballs!). Sa mga estudyante ko sa Social Entrepreneurship, great times we had in our project.

Adamson University: Mr. De La Rosa and Coach Leo Austria, and Leo Canuday.

De La Salle University: Football's Hans Smit, Kim Smit, and Steph Pheasant. Mon Jose for the lecture on DLSU football (gracias, señor!). Coach Ramil of the volleyball team. Simon Atkins, PJ Walsham, and Marko Batricevic of the basketball team.

San Beda College: Frankie Lim, Fr. Anselm, their Library folks, and Ogie Menor. Hey, there's Ares Gutierrez and Mike Abasolo (Mr. Red Simba!).

Jose Rizal University: Coach Ariel Vanguardia and the team. Shoutout to Mark Cagoco.

And there's Letran College and Louie Alas (this is the story you all never read). Next year na lang.

STI: Mhel Garrido and Arnel.

Adidas... well to the folks who are no longer there like Joey Singian, Odette Velarde and Goody Custodio. And hi to Mike, Kath, Toti, and Pam!

My colleagues in the media:
Solar Sports: Vitto Lazatin, Rely San Agustin, Martin David, and Jude Turcuato.
ABS CBN/Studio 23 -- Direk Abet Ramos and Al Neri, Kenneth Ti, and the prod peeps you know who you are. Boom Gonzales who I've had many an interesting conversations with as we exchanged insights and info.
Inboundpass: eto mga bro and damn good buddies: Mike, Chris Soler, and Sid Ventura (tara Countryside ulit!)
Theo Jurado, Reuben Terrado, Tessa Jazmines, Jun Lomibao, Cedelf Tupas, and Jasmine Payo.

Sev Sarmenta, a mentor of sorts who has kept me on the path.

Jess De la Fuente, Mike Valencia, Frankie Varona at the Ateneo Alumni Association!

Jimmy Araneta at PS Bank.

Loudette Guevarra at Blueblood. Joanna Ruiz at the Loyola School Bulletin. Vlad Bunoan at Maxim and Business Mirror.

Robin Tong.......... geez. What a guy! What support beyond the call of duty. Unbelievable! Tito Jimmy Alabanza who was always a wealth of info and a great sounding board. The Zalameas. Me old boss... Meckoy Quiogue! And Rudy Ang of the JGSOM. Salamat, sir!

Coach Ronnie Magsanoc. Sana maka-trabaho ko kayo, Coach!

Coach Chot Reyes. Great advice and insights. And yes, I will do that long delayed TNT story na!

Coach Nash Racela. Bong Ravena, my old neighbor and friend who I used to hang out with in the old neighborhood. O, si Kiefer ha?

My band of brothers and two sisters in the trenches and the pit... the Ateneo Sports Shooters. You all know who you are!

And lastly: Brian Zialcita, Carlo Ricohermoso, and Mai Ventura.

Thanks for reading here at Bleachers' Brew, Business Mirror,, and the other stuff where ya see me. And sign up as a fan in facebook. Check out Bleachers' Brew there. Me old classmate Eric Roa set it up there. Gracias, Eric.

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