CONGRATULATIONS to the Ateneo Blue Eagles for winning the UAAP Season 80 men’s basketball title. In the next few days, expect to see them in news programs and other TV shows in major local and cable networks. And don’t be surprised if Duterte fanatic Sass Sasot starts questioning why those players from “a very minor league” are being invited as guests.
It was a see-saw battle between La Salle and Ateneo in the second half of Game 3. In the end though, the Ateneo Blue Eagles prevailed, 88-86. The fight was so close Bongbong Marcos thought DLSU should consider filing a protest.
While Thirdy Ravena was named Finals MVP, it was big man Isaac Go’s clutch shooting that generated more buzz. He sort of SAVED Ateneo with his end-game heroics – doing it thrice starting with that booming trey in the Final 4 match against FEU. The Duterte government badly needs an Isaac Go. Unfortunately, it could only give us a Bong Go.
The Ateneo Blue Eagles have won. They ruled the UAAP men’s basketball. They’re on top. Rumors say some Ateneo fanatics are pushing for a revolutionary team to win more titles.
The do-or-die game between La Salle and Ateneo was another epic thriller. Basketball fans absolutely loved it. The only thing I hated about the finals was…. UP’s not playing.
Businessman Manny V. Pangilinan, Ateneo’s No. 1 supporter, is reportedly giving each member of the championship team an iPhone X. On behalf of the team, Thirdy Ravena thanked MVP, and promised to not use “Viber too much” like his Kuya Kiefer.
The De La Salle Green Archers have been dethroned. Some are blaming Coach Aldin Ayo. Others say it’s the foul trouble. And some fans are blaming Pia Wurtzbach.
Green Archer Ricci Rivero was quoted to have said, “Siguro will ni God na nanalo sila. Di kami nag-pray na sana manalo. Nag-pray kami na whatever happens, sana ‘yong will ni Papa Jesus ang mangyari.” When sought for confirmation, God said, “Nanisi pa ang batang ‘to. ’Pag talo, talo.”
On Twitter, former Ateneo Blue Eagle Chris Tiu said, “That Isaac Go shot was blessed by St. Francis Xavier, whose feast we celebrate today & patron of Xavier School where Isaac went to HS.” Even St. Francis Xavier was like, “Sige, kunek pa more!”
In a display of sportsmanship, the façade of the St. La Salle Building at the DLSU campus was decked in blue lights on Sunday night after the game. Classy! Next year, that building will turn maroon.
Meanwhile… the Adamson Pep Squad pulled off an upset when it dethroned five-peat seeking NU Pep Squad and beating traditional powerhouses UP Pep Squad and FEU Cheering Squad in the 2017 UAAP Cheerdance Competition. UP’s lackluster performance resulted in the squad’s worst finish in the annual contest. They only placed 6th. Another “schadenfreude moment” for Sara Duterte.
In Other News…
According to the latest SWS survey, the number of Filipinos who considered themselves “poor” increased by three percent in the third quarter of 2017 — prompting President Duterte to doubt the success of the PNP’s Oplan Tokhang.
Following the government’s termination of the peace talks with the CPP-NPA-NDF, presidential spokesman Harry Roque slammed the Communist movement saying, “Passé na at out of tune na ang ipinaglalaban ng CPP-NPA. Laos na ‘yan.” Offended, CPP-NPA founder Jose Maria Sison immediately drafted a counter-statement using his typewriter.
“Win without boasting. Lose without excuse.”
~Albert Payson Terhune
“Iniwan na nga sila ng China. Kapitalista na ‘yung mga idol nila sa bansa ni Mao Tse Tung. Laos na ‘yan. Kailangan mag-move on na din sila.”
~Harry Roque on the CPP-NPA
“It will NOT be a ‘revolution’ starting a ‘revolutionary government’ the likes started by Bonifacio, Mandela, Gandhi, Cory Aquino, Washington, Bolivar, Sun Yat Sen, all coming from the outside to change the rottenness from within. It will be a scheming take-over the likes started by Hitler, Mussolini, Tojo and Marcos, people already in the corridors of power wanting more power to rule and not to serve. That is plain despotism.”
~Dean Mel Sta Maria at the University of the Philippines School of Economics Auditorium (Nov. 30) speaking before students coming from all over Metro Manila.
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[Photos: ADMU: Mark Demayo/ABSCBN News; Isaac Go: Joaqui Flores/Tiebreaker Times; Thirdy Ravena: The Guidon; DLSU: The La Sallian]