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 2, 2012

Suzuki Cup coverage & Thai kits with media colleagues

We were planning on all wearing Thailand jerseys for a group picture but Cedelf Tupas hadn't gotten his kit just yet at the time this was snapped up. And the others not in the pic, well, I don't think they are into this kit stuff anyways. Anyways, from left to right doing the wai: Mark Escarlote, me, Olmin Leyba, and Jonas Terrado.

The cool thing about the coverage of the group stages of the Suzuki Cup was being once more with friends from the international press corps from previous trips in Vietnam, Indonesia, Malaysia, and Singapore and of course, members of the Philippine media. It made this trip more fun and interesting when it came to discussions or even verifying info.

Outside Supachalasai Stadium are a couple of streets lined with football shops. Most of them sell knock off kits. There are two that sell original kits but they are for Thai Premier League and futsal teams. The blue shirt (#10 Teerasil Dangda) I got is from Grand Sports, the official outfitter of Thailand's national teams. I love the material used by Grand Sports. The design is very simple but when you look at it closely, it's also very intricate. I know that the previous incarnation of Pachanga had all their kits made it Thailand. Not sure if it's exactly Grand Sports. But the material was pretty good. I also picked up two Muangthong United shirts that are both manufactured by Grand Sports that have left me extremely pleased with my purchases. Who says that only Nike and adidas have a monopoly on quality sports apparel? Looks like I was able to influence the guys in becoming kit afficionados. Hahaha. 

In the picture below, it's a few of us at the Suvarnabhumi International Airport before going home today.


  1. just curious... how much are the jerseys?

    1. Th real deal kits from Grand Sports are about 890baht. The fake stuff fetch for 199 baht or slightly less.

  2. where can i order thailand kits from grand sport? is it also available here in the phils? thanks!