Wednesday, March 30, 2011

Final Four Profile: Virginia Commonwealth

After being panned much during the entirety of Selection Sunday, the Virginia Commonwealth University proved themselves worthy of their selection (and making said prognosticators eat crow), becoming the 2nd team from the Colonial Athletic Association to make it in the Final Four. (George Mason being the other one) Both were 11-seeds in making this accomplishment.

Final Four Profile: Butler

 The Butler Bulldogs are the first team since the old-school Runnin' Rebels of UNLV in the early 90s to make back-to-back Final Four appearances coming from a school outside of the members of the BCS  Power Six Conferences.

Tuesday, March 29, 2011

Manny Pacquiao and Twitter

I am pretty sure you heard about Manny Pacquiao and his mishandling of Twitter recently. You can find the full story here and here and here and here.

Friday, March 25, 2011

When #Winning Is Azkal Matters

Forget the draws against Burma and Palestine
Forget the missed opportunities during those games.
Forget Ian Araneta's goal-scoring struggles.
Forget the injuries that have struck us.
Forget the earthquakes that seem to follow us
Forget the saves Neil Etheridge and Ed Sacapano have managed to secure
Forget the crosses that James Younghusband and Chieffy Caligdong procure.
Forget the presence of Angel Aldeguer Guirado and Jerry Lucena
Forget the absence of Phil Younghusband and Chris Greatwich
Forget the veteran gamesmanship of Yanti Bersales and Roel Gener
Forget the youthful exuberance of David Basa and Yannick Tuason

What matters now is what lies ahead.
A crossroad, a fork instead.
On a field of green on a land far away
The Beautiful Game will be on full display
We will be blind on the action
Instead, anticipating the Twitter reaction
As we wait for the tweets to come in
From Cedelf, Craig, Roy and even Dyan
And we, the people, will forward them constantly
As the 90 minutes (and then some) pass by
When the games begin as the clock passes five
Nothing else matters
It is only winning
Pride for flag and country
This is what it is all about
Nasa ilalim ng iisang araw

Tatlong Bituin, Dilaw, Pula, Puti, Bughaw
Sugod, Laban. Huwag uurong.
Ang sigaw na dating bulong

Para sa bayan. Para sa sarili.

Good luck and God speed.

Thursday, March 24, 2011

The NCAA at a Glance (Sweet 16 edition in San Antonio)

The Southwest Regional is going to be played at the Alamodome where the San Antonio Spurs played before the advent of the AT&T Center.

Here are the matchups to determine who goes to the Final Four:

The NCAA at a Glance (Sweet 16 edition in New Orleans)

 The Southeastern Regional is going to be played at the New Orleans Arena (home of the NBA-owned New Orleans Hornets). They were hoping that they can help improve the economy. Then they realized that BYU is one of the teams.

The NCAA at a Glance (Sweet 16 edition at Anaheim)

The Western Regional will be played at the Honda Center in Anaheim (more well known as the Pond). Yes, that might also be the future home of the Sacramento Kings, if all things hold serve.

Wednesday, March 23, 2011

The NCAA at a Glance (Sweet 16 edition in Newark)

The Eastern Regional is going to be played at the Prudential Center (Pru for short) in Newark. Yes, that is where the Nets are temporarily based until the Barclays gets built in Brooklyn.

2011 NFL Rules Changes

The NFL just approved some new changes for the upcoming season. Whether that would be this year or next remains to be seen, but here are some of them.

Monday, March 21, 2011

Blog Outsourcing - 3/21 edition

As I was writing this, there was a slight earthquake that struck the Motherland. Reports say it was of 5.7 magnitude. Unfortunately, I did not feel it. I presume we all are tired and exhausted from the bracket monitoring we have been doing.

We learned about the Nantz's Fabricated Five, Pitt's continued bad breaks. John Henson's brain farts. And yes, the BEast possibly being a bit overrated.

I presume we will have further discussion on this soon, so I'll leave it at that.

Friday, March 18, 2011

The NCAA at a glance (Thursday Evening Edition)

The NCAA Tournament really starts tonight (12am here in Manila), because who really took the play-ins that seriously. Then again, this is March Madness, so... Here we go for today's games

Thursday, March 17, 2011

This is the Ateneo LA Clipper NCAA Bracket

Here is my Bracket. Feel free to take potshots.

The NCAA at a glance (Thursday Afternoon Edition)


The NCAA Tournament really starts tonight (12am here in Manila), because who really took the play-ins that seriously. Then again, this is March Madness, so... Here we go for today's games

Tuesday, March 15, 2011

Isang Araw... One Nation Under Football

I started writing this post on 3am, the day before the Philippine Men's Football Team will be taking the pitch in the frozen tundra of Ulan Bator. The nation is awash with giddiness of the game that is coming. We have a 2-goal advantage, but certain key elements will be missing, namely the goalkeeper, for starters. The weather will be crazy cold. But it does not matter. Everything does not matter, what goes on off the field or how we got there.

Monday, March 14, 2011

Blog Outsourcing - 3/14/11

Greetings! Welcome to the latest edition of The Victory Formation.

I am sure everyone was surprised with what transpired on this end of the Pacific. If you were living under a rock, Japan just experienced their worst earthquake in centuries. I did not really feel it, but it surely affected my work as apparently, we rely on undersea cables that are routed to the US via Japan, thus rending my Friday as unproductive due to the quake. You have probably seen the different images and videos of the carnage brought about by the earthquake and the tsunami that followed. A very jarring thought, indeed.

How can you help? Here is a simple way of doing so.

Meanwhile, Philippine Football will be facing off against Mongolia for their 2nd leg of the AFC Challenge Cup on March 15, 12nn local time. To prepare for the frozen tundra, (Because after all, we are a tropical paradise) they trained in Japan. So, they were in the area where the quake happened. Fortunately, they are all fine and are already in Mongolia to train for the big game. I'm already plotting whether to go watch the game in a bar with fellow football fans.

Sunday, March 13, 2011

The Ateneo Football League

Well, the quick raise of interest in the sport of football has piqued certain elements to devise a way to set up an Ateneo Football League.

Click the link to check out the details.

For lack of a better comparison, this is the soccer equivalent of the ABL.

Monday, March 7, 2011

Blog Outsourcing - 3/7/11

Welcome to today's edition of The Victory Formation.

I knew the importance of the game between the Bulls and the Heat and its significance. The Bulls needed a win to sweep the Heat, and the Heat are fresh from the embarrassment of that comeback the Magic pulled off and then the evisceration they got from San Antonio, so I watched the game live at 2am in the morning.

I was not alone in watching this game. Lots of people in the Motherland were up as well, not just because of the magnitude (lots of Lebron and Wade fans, as well as Bulls fans), but also the game that followed it had a team with a decent following here (Lakers)

I Was in the From the Stands Podcast

I love discussing basketball. So, it was natural for me to join the From The Stands crew in their podcast.

Click on the player to listen, or download the file, or subscribe to it on iTunes or on RSS.

Discussion centers on the latest deals in the NBA (as their stretch run begins) and the PBA (start of the Commissioner's Cup).

Any violent reactions and comments can be directed to either @misterjpmanahan, @chuck_araneta, @carlo_pamintuan, @polobustamante or @from_the_stands.