LAST week’s column where I gave way to several email-senders, who shared their thoughts on the
controversy now rocking the Philippine Basketball Association (PBA), drew more emails from loyal
And as usual, I tried to give my five cents’ worth on the issues being raised.
Dear Mr. Andaya,
Now that the cat is out in the bag and that the thin lines separating the 12 PBA teams have
been drawn, I propose that we adopt a new but more interesting format for next year’s PBA All Star
Game. Forget about the old and boring South vs North or Veterans vs Rookies/Sophomores formats.
We all know what I’m talking about and it’s what the fans would like to see now — San Miguel
Corp. vs MVP Group of Companies All-Star Showdown.
We can have the five best players from SMC teams (San Miguel, Ginebra, Star) against their
counterparts from MVP teams (Talk N Text, Meralco, NLEX).
What do you think?
-- Imaginative PBA fan
Dear Imaginative PBA fan,
I admire your imagination. It could really be a blockbuster offering by the league now on
its 43rd year.
The league can instantly turn all the negative energies brought about by the controversy into
Rivalry, after all, makes the game even better. Remember Crispa-Toyota in the late 70s?
And I can think of one good place to hold such unique game -- Philippine Arena.
How to make these two feuding groups to sit together and talk about it?
Seriously, I don’t know. And I don’t know either if UCC-Ortigas is the right place to hold
such unity talks.
I read somewhere that President Duterte’s intervention to the current PBA crisis is being
sought by several individuals. Is it really necessary or a case of over-reaction?
-- Concerned Du30 fan
Dear Concerned Du30 fan,
You’re right calling President Duterte’s intervention to the PBA crisis is an overkill.
The PBA may be a house divided right now but the PBA Board is composed of sports-minded
gentlemen who can rise above their personal differences and work together for good of the league.
Asking President Duterte to dip his hands in the PBA crisis is like asking him to meddle in a
fight between a husband and a wife, which is something we all don’t like to do.
Dear Mr. Editor,
Thank you for replying to my email-letter last week. I have long thought about your advise to
buy a PBA team and persuade team owners to kick out PBA commissioner Chito Narvasa.
But in as much as I don’t have the money to buy one, I guess I have to be content in making
some noise for now.
So, if Narvasa must go, who do you think should replace him?
-- S. B Quezon City
I heard a lot of names being floated as possible replacement for Narvasa, if and when he will
be replaced at all. Most of them are household names already -- former PBA commissioners Chito Salud,
Noli Eala and Sonny Barrios, Chino Trinidad, Charlie Favis, JB Baylon, Chito Loyzaga and Jolly Gomez.
Why, there’s even one with the same initial as you. Are they better than Narvasa? Are they
more diplomatic and fan-friendly than Narvasa?
We can never tell. But frankly, my dear, I don’t give a damn.
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Congratulations to Metro Manila Development Authority (MMDA) chairman Danny Lim, MBT head
Bonnie Tan, PBA legend Pido Jarencio and the members of the organizing committee for the
successful MBT 24-under competition, which is now on its semifinal phase.
The tournament, which is participated in by 14 teams divided into South and North Divisions,
is a regular crowd-drawer in select cities since its Sept. 10 opening.
Making it to the semis of the two-month long event are Quezon City, San Juan, Manila and
Navotas in the North; and Mandaluyong, Las Pinas, MMDA and Pateros in the South.
Surprisingly, Marikina and PAranaque, the top two teams in the 16-under tournament held
last summer, failed to reach the smeis this time.
And judging from the crowd support of all the teams, the championship games should be a
NOTES -- Belated happy birthday to well-known baseball/softball patron Robert
Evangelista, who celebrated last Nov. 4; and PBA legend-coach Turo Valenzona, who turned another
year older last Nov. 5.