In the Philippines, a sport needs to get big on television to become acceptable to the mass audience. It has to be seen regularly on free TV to curry the fancy of more than its core spectators and participants.
Expect an even more physical confrontation when San Miguel Beer battles Talk ‘N’ Text in Game 2 of their PBA Philippine Cup semifinal series at the Mall of Asia Arena this afternoon after a tumultuous opener the other day.
The 2014 London Chess Classic, the last grand slam of the year, ended in a logjam with three players scoring 7.0 points apiece out of a possible 15.0. (3.0 for a win and 1.0 for a draw). In tiebreak order, Viswanathan Anand (India) nosed out his co-winners; Anish Giri (Netherlands) came second and Vladimir Kramnik (Russia) completed the triumvirate.
Let’s get this out of the way first – I am immensely proud of the Philippine Men’s National Football Team. Save for the 3-nil thrashing at the hands of Thailand in the second leg of the semifinals and even for stretches of the 3-1 loss to Vietnam in the group stages, they played thrilling and good football. For the first time, there was a concrete semblance of what they wanted to accomplish and not run around like headless chickens. They no longer had to park the bus and try their luck on the occasional counter attack.