Monday, October 31, 2011

Blog Outsourcing - October 21, 2011 edition


Hello and welcome to the Halloween Edition of The Morning After.

As the norm, the 1st day of November is a holiday here in the Motherland with All Saints' Day, where families all across the islands go to the cemetery and visit their dearly departed loved ones. The government has been kind enough to declare today as a special holiday to accommodate the throngs of people who will going back to the provinces.

As for me, I am looking forward to that, although I will be reporting to work today and tomorrow. Hopefully all of those who had to deal with the nasty weather have been able to resolve things correctly. It has been sunny here, but with November coming, the northeast monsoon brings the cold Christmas atmosphere.

Here forth are the links after the jump.

Tuesday, October 25, 2011

Beckham(?) and the Galaxy in Manila

So, there have been rumors about some English superstar coming into our shores in the holiday season. Of course, you have seen the reports and you got all too-giddy.

I'd like to remind you of some things.

1. The announcement of whether this is legit or not lies with the LA Galaxy, first and foremost. The only announcement from their end is their friendly against the Melbourne Victory scheduled on December 6 at the Ettihad Stadium in Australia. As per someone, a LA Galaxy official is said to be checking out if Rizal Memorial is ideal for such a friendly to take place. Bugging them Galaxy players about this is not really a good idea given that the team is currently starting its playoff run.

This measure once again reminds us that we really do need an updated stadium. Not necessarily a cavernous one, but nevertheless, a new stadium fit for an impressive friendly / match. It preferably has to be near the NCR, though. Also, wish said stadium is either covered or uses field turf, to ensure all weather availability.

2. Even if the LA Galaxy do want to come here to Manila, we don't know who are they sending here. Their newest acquisition, Ireland captain Robbie Keane, was injured in their Euro Qualifier and will in all likelihood will be missing most, if not all of the playoffs. The MLS Cup (if they get far enough, will be on November 20). And the biggest question of it all, David Beckham is an upcoming free agent. His contract expires at the end of the season. There has been no reports of David renewing his contract with MLS via LA. Plus, he wants to play in Europe once the transfer window reopens at the start of the year. With rumors of offers in England (Tottenham, Queens Park Rangers and Leicester City) and France (Paris-Saint-Germain) out and about, we are not exactly sure if he's coming.

I do, remain hopeful that they come and play. I just want to properly frame myself up and keep expectations modest and at the same time, realistic.

I ain't some kind of a naysayer. I'm just the truth-teller, y'all.

Monday, October 24, 2011

Blog Outsourcing 10/24 edition

So, the legend of Tim Tebow continues to grow, eh. Tim pulls off another comeback against Miami. So what if it was Miami, the guy sure knows how to win games late. So what he was missing the receivers left and right, he made them when it counted late in the game. Another thing, he did not throw a pick in this match, given all those missed opportunities. We'll see if Tebow can pull off another win/s in the next few weeks, with Detroit, Oakland, Chiefs and the Jets on tap.

Here forth are the links after the jump.

Wednesday, October 19, 2011

Carson is back... (In Silver and) Black

The long drama has ended, and Carson Palmer finally gets his wish. He finally exits out of his personal hell in Cincinnati. Took him this long, and finally, after Mike Brown gets a first rounder in 2012 and a conditional first rounder in 2013 (if they procure a playoff win, otherwise it would be a second-rounder) out of the Oakland Raiders.

The guy had been working out with former teammate TJ Houshmanzadeh in the CA, so he won't be moving too far.

Why Oakland?  Well, he and Raiders Head Coach Hue Jackson are familiar with each other. Hue recruited him to USC and was in Cincy during Carson's best years as a Bengal. This also brings the Jason Campbell chapter in Oakland to a close. He's a free agent after the season. And nope, Terrelle Pryor clearly is not yet ready for the big lights.

The cost may be a little too exorbitant to their liking, but hey, the Raiders must be smelling something we do not know, that they can win the AFC West and make the postseason.

Thursday, October 13, 2011


Remember these names. These ladies are going to play for flag and country. Let's pray for their success and effort.