|TOMMIE RIVERA is in the lower right picture.|
Tomie Rivera is coming back to play his final year with the Ateneo Men's Volleyball Team. Rivera was red-shirted this past UAAP Season 76 because the team had two liberos including JP Pareja. Pareja suited up and was a part of the team that went to the Men's Volleyball Finals where they lost to National University. And this was no secret!
In an anonymous post last March 24, I made glib references to a volleyball player making a comeback. I deliberately did not mention Rivera or --- IF YOU READ IT CAREFULLY -- the gender of the player. That led some to point to a former La Salle Lady Spiker. Again, read things carefully. It was supposed to be an April Fool's article much like the Fil-Croatian storyline that I came out with last year regarding Illongo Jovin Bedic -- who now plays with Kaya -- who some mistakenly pronounced "Be-dich" much like Slavic names are supposed to be pronounced. We began by Tweeting that and putting it up on our Facebook statuses just to get the buzz going. Then on April 1, 2013 came the BIG REVEAL to the Fil-Croatian storyline I came up with the help of colleague Bob Guerrero.
With regards to the volleyball piece, I wrote that with the approval of Ateneo Men's Volleyball Coach Oliver Almadro and Rivera himself (just as I did with the Bedic article).
Well, good luck then to Tomie and the Blue Eagles.