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.

Thursday, April 30, 2009

Thursday musings

NBA Play-offs

The San Antonio Spurs were booted out of the first round; the first time that has happened since 2000. It also breaks that cycle of winning a championship every other year.

Does this mean that it's over for this team? Not really, they were hardly healthy but Manu Ginobili was out for a prolonged length of time; an injury that dated back all the way to the Beijing Olympics. The team would have to revamp somewhat I would imagine.

The Boston-Chicago series is a thoroughly enjoyable one. Seven games? Hope so with the Bulls turning up aces.

The Bulls have played a couple of memorable series in the last few years -- the Washington one where Agent Zero killed them and the one with Miami.

The media is making Ben Gordon out to be a petulant player who only cares for a big paycheck. It may be partly true but I'd love to see him re-sign with Chicago.

PBA Fiesta Conference
Watching the PBA last nite, what's up PBA fans? What's this extended booing of Mac Cardona? C'mon! Give the guy a break! I haven't seen anything like this prolonged booing. But give credit to the TNT gunner, he's learned how to deal with it.

San Miguel Beermen feature coming up!

Jurgen Klinsmann was fired from his position as coach of Bayern Munich the other day. And there are still five matches to go. Holy Cow! What a move by Franz Beckenbauer. The two never were really good friends and this just puts the whole relationship on ice forever.

Who do I see going next though not in football?

The New York Yankees' Joe Girardi. The New York Yankees are at 10-10 with a -13 deficit in runs scored. If they don't make any headway in the the couple of series, I have this feeling that he could go. Subpar baseball and falling gate reciepts? Not the way to go for this team which would want to avoid missing the playoffs for the second straight year.

Speaking of the beautiful game here's some not so beautiful news:
This is why I dislike Man United. They made a deal with the (red) devil to win.

Ateneo Sports News
The Ateneo Men's Football Team with Coach Power and alum Zaldy Marañon bossting their line-up beat the Barotac Nuevo Open Selection over the weekend in Ateneo 3-2. No news yet on recruits.

As for the Ateneo Women's Team, Krissie Drilon won't be playing goalkeeper next year. The team wants her to concentrate on softball. Talking to Coach Buda yesterday, they are eyeing a few recruits from different schools some of who played in the 3-1 loss to Faith Academy yesterday.

Monica Santos is back and Tata Garcia played well also yesterday. No Tata just joined the team for a workout and wasn't in pain unlike during the last UAAP tourney. Yes, she learned how to play polo recently and it was thoroughly enjoyable she says. Alice de la Peña who was out with an ACL injury last year passed her first test on her knee. Now word on when she can start practicing.

Ateneo vs San Sebastian tday at 6pm in V-League action. Coach Mic Mic Laborte hopes to pull the rug from under Roger Gorayeb who is behind the Baste bench for this tournament. The two teams are friends and occasionally practice together.

There's going to be a cross-country event in ADMU soon. So all those who went to the AGS and AHS you know what that means. We're tapping the help of Track Program Head & Coach Mick Perez to handle this.

Hey, Mr. Palou... have a restful weekend. I know you got stressed out last week.

Ateneo Sesquicentennial
In case you're interested, there's an Ateneo Swatch as part of the Sesquicentennial celebration offerings that will be made available within a few months. I've seen the design but we're not going to post it just yet. It costs PhP 3,500. Interested parties let me know so we can send this straight to Ateneo.

Also other souvenir stuff: A silver coin made in Switzerland, stamps, a coffee table book of photographs that are so awesome. Everything will fetch for PhP 3,500 each.

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