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The San Beda Red Lions soured what would have been a historic first championship campaign of the Lyceum Pirates via a 2-0 sweep of the men’s basketball finals.

This early in the NBA season, the Boston Celtics are making waves as the league’s miracle team, starting the campaign with two straight losses then rebounding to win 14 in a row to take pole position in the Eastern Conference.

Monday, Nov. 20, is the 11th anniversary of the television program Hardball, which has been broadcasting uninterrupted since 2006, the day after a memorable world title fight – the second one – between Manny Pacquiao and Erik Morales.

Blackwater Elite PBA governor Silliman Sy said the other day the team is ready to make a serious semifinal push this coming season.

Newly designated Phoenix head coach Louie Alas said the other day playing conservatively will be a thing of the past when the Fuel Masters welcome the PBA season with a resolve to engage in high-energy defense for 48 minutes.

Alaska coach Alex Compton said the other day he’s looking forward to a big rebound by the Aces this coming PBA season with high expectations of bringing back the fighting spirit that has defined the franchise in building a championship tradition.

The PBA board of governors will definitely be incomplete as their scheduled planning conference begins in Los Angeles this week. This is concrete proof that none of the issues which propelled the impasse over commissioner Chito Narvasa have been resolved.

In the UAAP senior men’s basketball tournament last season, Ateneo was the only team to beat La Salle in the double-round eliminations. Today, the Archers try to return the favor as they battle the unbeaten Eagles at the Smart Araneta Coliseum.

The fourth FIDE Grand Prix, which determines the last two Candidates berths, will get underway Nov. 16-25 in chess- conscious Spain.

The Philippine Basketball Association needs to take a deep, hard look in the mirror as it takes critical steps towards its future.

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