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But where’s Andray Blatche?

  • Written by Ed Andaya
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BREAKING:  The Philippine Olympic Committee (POC) reportedly  wants secretary-general Steve Hontiveros to head  the soon-to-be created national chinlone association.

Hontiveros, who already  heads  two national sports associations, is currently in Myanmar  to attend  the organizational meeting.

If  ever, it will  be  the third NSA under Hontiveros.

Trouble,  however, looms since chinlone is basically a sepak takraw event and should fall under sepak takraw association head  Karen Tanchanco-Caballero.

Chinlone, considered as the national sport of Myanmar, is a sport very much similar to sepak takraw.

AND  here  are  more   e-mails sent thru my inbox during this holiday-filled  Asia-Pacific  Economic Conference (APEC) Summit week in Manila.
    
The  e-mails also  came during annual Philippine Basketball Association (PBA) Board of Governors  meeting-turned-sightseeing tours in Los Angeles.
    
Again, I  took time  to answer them.

Dear Sports editor,
    
Blackwater team  owner Dioceldo Sy said the seven MVP Group-led teams seeking the removal of PBA commissioner Chito Narvasa cannot  be forced to play in the coming PBA Philippine Cup. In his Spin.Ph interview, Sy said the five teams cannot play on their own minus the seven so there’s going to be a lockout. Is it good or bad?
    
-- Concerned PBA

Dear Concerned PBA fan,
    
A lockout, which has never happened in the PBA history, is the one  thing that fans in this side of the  basketball universe  want to happen. And since the 43rd season is scheduled to open on Dec. 17 and the  blockbuster Ginebra-Star  showdown is set in Dec. 25, a lockout will surely be like the  Grinch  who will steal our Christmas.
    
It is only unfortunate that Blackwater would make such veiled threats of a lockout unless the five San Miguel Corp.-led teams reconsider  their  position. It came at a time both sides tried to calm  the  waters and continue to look for  ways to find a win-win solution.
    
Let’s hope for the best.

Dear Mr. Andaya,
    
As an avid Gilas Pilipinas fan, I   hope our team will play well against  Japan  and Chinese-Taipei  this  month  and Australia on February  in the FIBA World Cup qualifiers.
    
Based on the line-up being asembled by coach Chot Reyes, this Gilas team is good.
    
But tell  me,  where’s Andray Blatche?
    
-- Avid Gilas fan
    
Dear Avid Gilas fan,
    
The last time I checked, Blatche has yet to report to practice and join  his Gilas Pilipimas teammates with  barely a  week left before our team plays Japan in Tokyo and Chinese-Taipei in Manila.
    
Why, the 6-11 naturalized Filipino who also begged off to play in the FIBA Cup in Beirut last July  due  to security reasons,  is not even in the country yet.
    
Even  Gilas coach Chot Reyes said “you can’t be sure with Blatche until you see him in the flesh.”
    
Will  Blatche  actually play for  Gilas  again?
    
Maybe the  Samahang Basketball ng Pilipinas (SBP) -- and Reyes himself -- make a clear stand and give a deadline to Blatche.  Forget  about the  excuses. Enough of the wait.

Dear Sir,
    
I  read  a  lot of  comments from former PBL commissioner Charlie  Favis in his Facebook page. He is also very active sharing news reports slanted against the PBA commissioner.
    
He  even  mocked Narvasa by branding him “kapit-tuko”.I  am more  amused  than  enlightened. Is  he  applying for the job?
    
-- Amused Facebook follower

Dear Amused Facebook reader,
    
I  am just as  amused as you are  reading  comments  from both the so-called experts and even plain fans on the current controversy involving the PBA and Narvasa  in  Facebook  and other social media.

But while you and I do not necessary agree  with  these comments from  experts, we  just have to respect  them for exercising their rights.

If   you are  friend with them on  Facebook,  I suggest you just unfriend them.

Dear Editor,

What do you think about the coming  Ateneo-FEU and La Salle-Adamson showdowns in the UAAP?  With twice-to-beat advantages, Ateneo and La Salle look set for a blockbuster title match.  This is one match I do not want to miss. I need a ticket. I hope I can come and  watch.

--  Hopeful  UAAP supporter

Dear Hopeful UAAP supporter,
    
You failed  to mention if you’re pro-Ateneo or   pro-La Salle but I can say that you’re really  a  basketball fan  for wanting to  watch  the  championship game of the UAAP, which could be  really be a blockbuster.

But  sorry dear,  I do not have tickets for the game.

NOTES  --  Happy birthday to  ERJHS Alumni Sports Club Hall of Famer and volleyball coach  Minerva  Dulce  Pante, who  celebrated  last Nov. 17; AMA University coach  Eugene  Bautista (Nov. 17);  PR man  Dennis Abrina (Nov. 17); chess patron Dr. Bong Perez  (Nov. 18); Diliman College player Joseph Brutas  (Nov. 18); singer-actress Yssa   Muhlach-Alvarez (Nov. 19); and  ace  photographer Rey Nillama (Nov. 20).

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