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.

Tuesday, April 1, 2014

Tomie Rivera to come back and play last year with Ateneo Men's Volleyball Team

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.


  1. Lol, you got us there. My mistake was wrongfully tying up the First blind article "Jeez, give her a break" (when I first read it, Gumabao's tweet wasn't there and posted yet, and ADMU alums are not as scapegoat and fault finders as Dlsu's) and the 2nd blind article (which as you said remained genderless, yes).

    But in that 2nd, I too carefully read it...the phrase that made me think it was still pertaining to the first (and hence DLSU wvt) was "but lost in painful fashion" in the finals. You gotta admit, ADMU MVT loss in the finals was not as bad and painful as DLSU's. NU was very much seeded being the defending champion in men's volleyball. The outcome was sort of expected. Not so though with what happened in women's. Those who assumed it was Gumabao were just inferring from how you phrased (specially)the (2nd) articles.

    Still good 'joke' No worries. :)

    1. Any loss in the finals is painful. Unless you're just content to be number two.