Mendoza: We lose them all but please, not basketball

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By Al S. Mendoza

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Monday, December 16, 2013

BASKETBALL being our religion second only to Roman Catholicism, we should win at all times, especially in the region like the SEA Games in Myanmar.

As things stand today, we are leading in basketball. Meaning, the opposition is being swamped. We are beating them by massive margins that do not surprise anyone.

Since we are the undisputed leaders of the game in the SEA Games for as long as one can remember, it’d be a joke if we do not win convincingly.

And to win convincingly, we should be routing our opponents left and right.

It’s been happening since Day One. Like dominoes, our foes fall one by one.

It’s the same old song, old refrain. We win all the time.

Like Tarzan, we beat our chests no end at every conquest recorded.

We feel triumphant like returning heroes from war, a la Napoleon’s terrific troops in his pre-Waterloo days.

For, how many times has it been said?

We lose everything, including our shirts and sure medals in some fronts, but never the basketball gold.

In the SEA Games, the overall trophy is immaterial. What is material is the basketball trophy.

The SEA Games general championship becomes material to us only when we are host of the event.

Didn’t we win the last time we hosted it, in 2005?

Never mind that Thailand created a furor then by raising the old, tired line that we “cheated” to insure victory.

Oh, well, as if everybody did not know.

Doesn’t cheating happen in the Games all the time?

Isn’t cheating their legal—almost?

In the SEA Games, the host country, no matter if it’s not supposed to win, is expected to win.

Myanmar, perennially weak, will win the overall crown because that’s the way it is in the SEA Games. There is no other way.

Hosts are destined to win or P-Noy’s anointed will spring a surprise in 2016.

In the same vein, the Philippines will win the basketball gold because that’s the way it is in the SEA Games. There is no other way.

Forget about Peping Cojuangco’s threat to rally his fellow SEA Games officials to change the rules.

It won’t go far. A KJ has no place in the Games.

Good to scream. But it’s bad to scheme of things impossible.


Published in the Sun.Star Cebu newspaper on December 17, 2013.


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