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.

Friday, November 26, 2010

PBA Friday notes

Who do you think is faster -- Jason Castro or Paul Artadi? Looks like it's the SMB backup guard.

Great game by Rabeh Al-Hussaini who scored 31 points to go with 13 rebounds! I always knew the big guy would do well in the PBA. When he played with Smart Gilas during their PBA stint he showed that he could score some. And well, he's been getting better by the game.

I noticed today that from the beginning of the first game, League Supervisor of Officials Ramil Cruz sat in the stands. By halftime of the second game, I went up to Commissioner Chito Salud and asked him about it. Turned out that at least from hereon, Ramil will stay in the stands to take down notes. He will speak with the referees before the game, halftime, and post-game but not during the game. Was this a result of the last match between Alaska and B-Meg? I can't say. But according to the Commish, he noticed that during timeouts they discuss plays that had transpired when nothing could be done. In his opinion, the constant communication can mess up the officiating. So best to do it during the pre-game, halftime, and post-game. Make no mistake! This is no suspension. Knowing Ramil, the perspective from an elevated position will help.

Speaking of the officiating, the way it was officiated in the match between Barako Bull and Talk 'N Text  leaves much to be desired. 


Kirk Long watched his former Ateneo teammates Rabeh Al-Hussaini and Nonoy Baclao play tonight by Tata Garcia. Noy Baclao with four blocks? I counted five. Anyways, the heir to Jerry Codinera as the Tapal King is here! 

Mark Andaya placed on reserve for Jason Misolas? Seriously? Bring back the big guy!


Joel Banal is a consultant for the FEU Tamaraws. For now. Let's wait 'til the summer if there are any further developments. But my man inside Morayta tells me to wait 'til January.


Asked Ato Agustin after SMB's win over Air21 about the situation in San Sebastian. No truth to the rumor that Calvin Abueva is leaving the Stags. There are three different rumors floating on why he didn't play against Adamson in the PCCL. He had no uniform. He was in Pampanga. And he followed the footsteps of Ray Maconocido. So choose your pick (as a weird person used to say).

Game recaps tomorrow!

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