Saturday, March 24, 2012

Pennisi makes it to Sportscenter



6'9" Mick Pennisi's famous flop became viral that even the guys of ESPN have given him a few seconds of fame by including his act in the top ten plays of the day. Pennisi has that reputation of being an enforcer in any team that he plays. He is sort of like the Dennis Rodman of the PBA. He does not cross dress but he knows a million ways of getting under the skin of opposing players. Well, Will McDonald now knows that someone in the PBA will not back down no matter how big or tough his opponent is. McDonald learned the hard way and Petron is sent reeling towards the bottom of the standings. 

The reaction was a bit delayed and it would not have mattered since players will surely get penalized when they throw the ball and hit someone. Many really find it funny but Petron and Will McDonald is definitely not amused. This blog would really like to congratulate Pennisi for landing in the No.2 top play of the day. It is my first time to see a PBA player in Sportscenter's top plays. WTG MICK!!!!

Saturday, March 17, 2012

Tale of 3 Fil-Ams in the 2012 NCAA Basketball Tournament

The March Madness has started but it ended so soon for a trio of sophomore guards who have Filipino roots. 5-10 Jason Brickman plays for Long Island University Brooklyn Blackbirds. 6-4 Fil-American Stephen Holt dons the St. Mary's Gael's jersey. Former RP U-18 reinforcement 6-4 Matthew Wright is a varsity player of the St. Bonaventure Bonnies. St. Bonaventure, St. Mary's and LIU all lost their round of 64 matches to be eliminated from the big dance. 

It is sad to know that their teams lost immediately but as a consolation, I realized that we have 3 up and coming players from very good NCAA programs. All their teams won at least 20 games this season. Brickman is even No.5 in assists per game (7.3) in the NCAA. These players could be tapped by the SBP to play for the Smart Gilas in the future. All 3 are still sophomores and could still improve their games. Who knows? One of this 3 could be make it to the NBA. I will definitely be keeping my eye on them for the next couple of years.

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Matthew Wright 
2011-12 27.7 min. per game 7.0 ppg 2.5 rpg 2.8 apg 1.0 spg 1.5 TOpg 36% FG 32%3FG 78%FT
2010-11 16.2 min                 4.7 ppg 1.9 rpg 1.6 apg 0.8 spg 0.8 TOpg 39% FG 32%3FG 85%FT


Stephen Holt 
2011-12 32.6 min. per game 10.4 ppg 4.7 rpg 3.3 apg 1.8 spg 1.6 TOpg 50% FG 38%3FG 77%FT
2010-11 22.9 min. per game  6.2 ppg 3.1 rpg 1.0 apg 1.8 spg 1.0 TOpg 43% FG 34%3FG 83%FT


Jason Brickman
2011-12 34.3 min. per game 9.7 ppg 2.6 rpg 7.3 apg 0.9 spg 3.8 TOpg 45% FG 41%3FG 82%FT
2010-11 22.8 min. per game  6.2 ppg 2.1 rpg 5.5 apg 0.8 spg 1.9 TOpg 42% FG 39%3FG 88%FT

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Tuesday, March 13, 2012

Angel Guirado stars in the Azkal's conquest of Tajikistan

Days after being involved in a controversy, Angel Guirado gave the performance of his life to lead the Philippine Men's Football team to a victory over Tajikistan in their AFC Challenge Cup group match. The 2-1 win catapulted the Philippines to football heights that has never been reached before by its national teams of the past.

The Azkals fell behind at stoppage time in the first half via a controversial goal. Down 1-0, Angel Guirado got aggressive on the 54th minute and stole the ball from Davronjon Ergashev at the left flank. He then made an amazing cross to Phil Younghusband who kicked the ball to the back of the net and tie the match.  On the 79th minute, Guirado headed home the game winner. With the win, the Philippines has a chance to be the first Southeast Asian team to win the Challenge Cup.

Angel Guirado is in the center of attention again and this time, it is for good reason. Hopefully, the Azkals will respond to the challenge in the next match as they will play without him. He got his 2nd yellow card of the tournament and he will sit out against Turkmenistan.  His presence will definitely be missed.

I am sure though that his performance will be a canon-fodder for some supporters who did not like the accusation being hurled by Cristy Ramos againt Guirado and Lexton Moy. After the tournament, the 2 players will be at the mercy of the AFC disciplanary committee after being accused of sexual harassment. If he ever get some ban, I am sure that a lot of people will say that Ramos is sabotaging the Azkals ascent. It is quite hard to speculate what will happen in the coming weeks but for today, Angel Guirado is the Filipino Man of the Hour. :)
Guirado (middle left) - the Man of the Hour (photo via Philstar.com)


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Thursday, March 8, 2012

The day Pagunsan was better than Woods



I was pleasantly surprised to know that Filipino golfer Juvic Pagunsan is currently tied at 5th after the first round of the prestigious World Golf Championships-Cadillac Championship. The event is held in Florida and its the first time in recent years that a Filipino is doing well against golf's best. Well, our jungolfers had their share of exploits while Dorothy Delasin and Jennifer Rosales had won LPGA events but our men cannot seem to find the grove in the Western hemisphere.

Here comes Juvic Pagunsan.  He became the first Filipino winner of the Asian Tour Order of Merit last year. With the win, he was invited to the WGC event at Doral. So far, he is representing the Philippines and Asia well. He finished 3 under par in the opening round just 3 shots behind Jason Dufner and Adam Scott. He is 3 shots ahead of Tiger Woods and 4 shots ahead of World No.1 Rory McIlroy. I am sure he is happy with his performance. 

If Pagunsan continue to perform well, he is in for a big windfall for this is an $8.5M event. He could also get a ton of ranking points as a WGC event only ranks behind Majors when it comes to awarding points. A win or even just a Top 10 finish here would surely put our country in the Golf World Map. Pagunsan is the Filipino golfer right now but he has the potential to be the all-time great if he continue to improve his game and avoid controversies that has hounded him in the past.

Great job, Juvic!

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Friday, March 2, 2012

Sonny Boy Jaro upsets Pongsaklek Wonjongkam

What an amazing feat! Jaro's victory reminded me of Pacquiao's first world title in the 112 lb. class. Unlike the young Pacquiao, Sonny Boy is a veteran. At 29, some could consider that he is past his prime especially if you look at his record. His last loss was about a year ago against Hirofumi Mukai who was just on his 4th professional bout.

After the loss though, he somehow found his second win as he won 4 straight before his championship bout in Chonburi, Thailand. Nobody in the right mind would have bet for him against the legendary Thai fighter who was 83 wins in his career. Add to the fact that the match is held in Thailand. Even Alfie Jaro, Jaro's manager believed that the only to win is by knockout. And that was just what he did.

Sonny Boy gave it his all. He has lost in Mexico, Japan, Thailand, and Indonesia. Finally, the law of averages fell to his favor. Finally, he can say that he is a world champion. He won the same belt held by Manny Pacquiao, Malcolm Tunacao, Jorge Arce, and Daisuke Naito in the past. It is the belt that Pongsalek won and defended countless of times.

The victory of Sonny Boy Jaro capped the week when a 64 year old man became a bar top notcher. Their victories and vindications epitomizes the sayings that Age does not matter and it is never too late to pursue your dreams. Well done, Sonny Boy!

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