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, October 29, 2012

Scenes from Loyola Meralco Sparks' Sunday matchday

Sunday 340pm. We all left Albert Court Village Hotel in Bugis for Jalan Besar Stadium (a 10-minute drive on a Sunday). There's a certain seating arrangement in every coach that we take. The atmosphere was light as music was played with some guys singing along to One Direction's "What makes you beautiful". This has been their staple song for the last two trips to Singapore.

With some Loyola Meralco Sparks supporters before the match outside Jalan Besar Stadium. The fans have been wonderful coming out in full force to support the team win or lose. The cool thing was seeing Singaporeans outside the stadium entrance asking for photos and autographs. Wearing a Santos FC jersey. Have been a fan of that club -- obviously because of Pele. But have supported them with Serginho, Ze Roberto, Adriano, Robinho, and Neymar playing for the Santastico.

I snapped this seconds after the final whistle was blow announcing a 4-0 win by Gombak against Loyola. You could see the dejection on everyone's face. But the fans were incredible as they stayed behind to cheer on the team during the awarding ceremony. You can read about my thoughts on the whole Singapore Cup campaign of Loyola right here.

Post-match presscon where Phil Younghusband, Vince Santos, and James Younghusband talked about the loss and the tournament. Post-match presscon was attended by about a dozen media folks.

The team graciously took the time to sign stuff for the fans after the match. Dinner was at the hotel but the team went to a bar afterwards to watch the Chelsea-Manchester United game while others had some drinks.

So this one is from the following day at Changi airport with Master Kim. Wearing an Olympiakos shirt and a Darth Vader anime beanie given to me by my youngest son for my birthday.

My Singapore soundtrack: Feeder's Freakshow Generation, Noel Gallagher's High-Flying Birds, The Acacia Strain's Death is Only Mortal, and Ben Gibbard's horrible solo album that I tried to like.

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