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 26, 2010

Much ado about a laser (at the 2010 Suzuki Cup Finals)

This is a shot of the offending laser (thanks bbcommunity) that was directed at Indonesian goalkeeper Markus Rihihina. Yes, it was totally wrong but I don't believe that it was that laser that beat the Merah Putih. Malaysia just played their hearts out and with a lot of pride. They obviously had to answer a lot of questions whether they could compete with Indonesia especially after that 5-1 drubbing at the Gelora Bung Karno to open the Group A quarterfinals. Simply put, Malaysia got the job done with one superb attack after another. If anything, they illustrated for all that one does not give up on the ball until it's out of play. Good job, Tigers.  

In case you don't know, Neil Etheridge had lasers also on him in Vietnam (against Vietnam) and in Indonesia. Simon McMenemy complained about it too but we went out and played the game.

But you gotta love this 2010 Suzuki Cup. In years past, I would watch it but never all throughout. It isn't solely the Philippines' performance but all the games have been great. 


  1. Right! There's a GIF of Neil that's circulating on Tumblr with lasers beams on him. Pshhh.

  2. That was really atrocious defending by the Indonesians. The Indonesian keeper has every right to be mad at his defenders for giving up on the ball and allowing that wide-open header.


  3. The Indos are being hypocrites coz they did that to Neil too. I saw two clips of him, one with laser lights aimed at his chest and another one where he was blinking because laser is directly aimed at his eyes............

    If they let their fans act that rude to us, then there's no reason why they should complain if they get the same treatment from Malaysian fans! Grow up Indonesians!