Mike T. Limpag
Michael “Mike” Limpag’s passion for sports started at age 12, when he joined his first sports writing contest. Since then, his “crazy dream” was to be a sports columnist.
His wish was an arm’s length away when, after an enrollment glitch left him with plenty of free time during college, he snagged a job as a sports correspondent at The Freeman in August 1997. He later joined Sun.Star Cebu in 2000 but left in 2001.
In 2004, he reprised his post as Sun.Star sports correspondent while completing his AB Sociology studies at the University of San Carlos. From 2007 till today, he is the editor of Sun.Star Sports.
“When the barnyard dung hits the ceiling in the news, people go to the sports pages to look for positive news stories,” the 29-year-old says of the service the section offers.
But then again, covering games does not always go swimmingly well. As of his latest count, he’s had three strikes of bloopers: being mistaken as a caddy and waiter in separate golf tournaments, and as a driver in a Manila tournament.
The football matches in the 2005 Southeast Asian Games, though, evoke memories of the good kind. Mike recalls having a blast at Bacolod City, cheering his heart out for the Philippine team while wearing face paint.
The three items on his wish list, in order of importance are: interview Maria Sharapova; cover a World Cup finals match; and write about RP’s first Olympic gold medal. He has yet to check any of the items.
NOW on its 13th season, this year’s Cebu Schools Athletic Foundation Inc. would be just like the first one and I hope it’s time for changes to be adopted.
I’m not saying we should get rid of the officials. I’m just saying it’s time for some changes, and you can change, of course, without changing officials.
I ALWAYS knew that crowd behavior would be one of the factors for a successful hosting of the Asian Football Confederations (AFC) Cup. I just didn’t know how huge a factor it would be.
WHEN coach Brian Reid pointed to Ed Sacapaño to start warming in the first half of Global FC’s final match against Dordoi, a smattering of applause broke in the crowd, who witnessed how the errors of the bungling Mousa Sanogo led to back-to-back goals for the Kyrgystan champion.
He supposedly played for the third division in France but I’ve seen third-choice keepers in high school who could hold on to the ball better.
A FEW weeks back, there was an informal online poll on which club has the most passionate supporters in the Philippines, and the runaway winner then was the passionate Ultras of Kaya FC.
I didn’t join the online discussion because I haven’t really seen how passionate the groups are in the United Football League and I also agree that among all of them, the Ultras Kayas, based on what I saw on some of the TV matches, seemed to be the best bunch of fans.
IT’S the tail end of the election season and as usual, the politicians’ campaign are in high gear. I really don’t play partisan politics, but I hope that the next mayor of Cebu City and the governor of Cebu would be major sports fans.
I SAID Cebu needs a miracle for a succesfsul AFC President’s Cup hosting and I think we got one and aside from the guys in the Cebu Football Association and the guys who worked their asses off to get the pitch back into world-class condition, we have to thank The One above for it.
Anyone who has been outside his or her home the past weeks or so knows that it’s been hot as hell in Cebu, but, for the past few days, we’ve been blessed with good and grass-friendly weather.
IT WAS the perfect opportunity to pull a prank and I took the chance to troll Dan Palami and his Global FC team.
Everyone was wearing black, the colors of Global FC, during the welcome dinner for Global FC slash birthday party for host Ricky Dakay at his sprawling mansion.
GLOBAL FC got its spot in the AFC President’s Cup after winning the United Football League last year, but that lineup won’t be the one playing in Group B of the tournament that will be held in Cebu next week.
THE Cebu Football Association may move heaven and earth for a successfull Asian Football Confederation hosting but whatever they do won’t determine whether the hosting is a success or not.
Who would determine its success? The fans in the stands.
I AM really not that convinced by the reason that the “misunderstanding” between the Cebu Football Association and the Cebu City Sports Center management was because the religious activity was supposedly booked last December yet and the management can’t turn down the request of the organizers to put up a stage at the football pitch.