this is the worst that we have seen from the PBA or any other basketball game – a PBA player, import balkman in fit of stupidity grabs the neck of his own teammate, arwind santos.
this display of rage and anger is uncalled for in every circumstance. there is no excuse or explanation where we can say this was acceptable and even forgivable. unfortunately the petron blaze coach is saying the import needs to be given a second chance which can mean balkman continues to play in the PBA.
it’s a sad and wrong thing to do. PBA fans should show its displeasure on balkman by booing him on the court until petron blaze gets rid of this import.
senator pia cayetano on new UAAP rule on residency : “unconstitutional; unjust and cruel to athletes”
we are posting in full statement by senator pia cayetano:
Dear UAAP Board,
Many athletes, former athletes, and parents of athletes are in an uproar over the recent decision of the UAAP board to require graduating high school students to sit out 2 years if they come from a UAAP high school and go to a different UAAP college.
Forgive my ignorance, but what is the 2-year residency requirement for other than to curtail the freedom of the young athlete to choose the college where he wants to study and play?
In the USA, transferring college athletes have a 1-year residency rest before they can play for their new school – only 1 year, and it doesn’t apply to high school students who choose to go to a different college. The 1-year residency rule requires an athlete to sit out one year of competition because transferring student-athletes suffer academically over time. The year-in-residence is meant to help the athlete acclimatize to the new school and adjust academics-wise.  So what’s your 2-year rule for?
A student-athlete’s choice of university is influenced not only by athletics, but also by academics, campus life, and personal situation , and the 2-year residency encumbers their freedom of choice.
In my humble opinion as an athlete, a parent of both a college and a high school athlete, and a lawyer, the 2-year residency that is currently applied to transferring college students, as well as any residency rule for high school students, deny athletes of their rights to develop their full potential. It goes against the Constitutional mandate to promote sports especially among our youth, and is an unreasonable limit on an athlete’s freedom of choice as well as academic freedom to choose which college to enter into.
Section 19, Article 14, of the 1987 Constitution states that:
“(1) The State shall promote physical education and encourage sports programs, league competitions, and amateur sports, including training for international competitions, to foster self-discipline, teamwork, and excellence for the development of a healthy and alert citizenry.”
Will the new rule help achieve this?
To excel in sports, one needs to be in constant training of both the body and the mind. Do you know what it’s like for an athlete to sit out two seasons? Athletes thrive on competition. That’s what gets us going. That’s what all the hard training is about. Its what makes it all worth while. To make an athlete sit out two seasons? That just kills the dream. Para sa isang atleta, para mo na ring sinabi na wag ka na lang maglaro. Is this what you want to achieve? Seriously?
I am against any kind of residency rule for graduating high school students. For transferring college students, the 1 year residency rule will suffice. Anything more than that is injustice to an athlete.
I will end this letter by citing a provision in our Bill of Rights against cruel and unjust punishment. For an athlete, this 2 year residency rule is cruel and unjust punishment!
source : http://www.mydailyrace.com/?p=2566
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social media was ablaze in the last few days on this new rule of the UAAP on residency:
HIGH school players who will transfer to another UAAP school in college will now have to wait for two years before becoming eligible to play in the league.
The UAAP board on Tuesday approved the recommendation of its amendments committee to increase the residency requirements for transferring high school players from one year to two years.
The new rule, which got the vote of the board during its regular monthly, meeting will take effect immediately and will cover the current batch of graduating high school players in the UAAP.
apparently this rule was invented as a reaction to the recruitment war between the Ateneo and FEU on a star high school player of FEU, a two-time MVP in the high school league.
( read here : http://www.spin.ph/sports/basketball/news/blow-to-pingoy-astransferees-required-to-undergo-two-year-residency-under-new-uaap-rule and here http://www.spin.ph/sports/basketball/news/new-residency-rule-wont-stop-pingoys-switch-to-ateneo-insists-dad)
we think the new rule is all wrong :
- this new rule benefits only the UAAP schools, not anyone else, not the high school athletes and not the league. and the benefit to the schools is just temporary, all it does is delay the playing time and does not totally protect the schools from losing their top high school players to other schools. the obvious intent of the new rule is to prevent or strongly discourage high school athletes from moving to another school for college. it’s a selfish, misguided rule just for the benefit of the schools.
- it does the most harm to the high school athletes as they are unjustly deprived of playing the sport they love and have labored for for another year. the one year residency to begin with is wrong and extending it for another year makes it doubly wrong. these high school athletes have been competing, honing and practicing their skills throughout high school and to many it started during their grade school days, this rule puts a two-year stop to that regimen, to that success formula. any athlete know that sustained and continued playing time, specially in competition play and training are key to sports greatness. all athletes know – you stop competitive playing and you don’t improve and to some lose some of your skills while others who continue progress more.
- putting in place rules that have the effect of barring or impeding a high school student from pursuing his college education in the school of his choice is wrong and immoral, specially if this is being done just to protect the school’s college sports program. the fact is schools have differing quality of education, the same as having differing quality of sports programs. high school students, including athletes choose the best that they can have (and afford). putting in barriers for the students to choose the best or better education and sports program is wrong for the schools to do so.
- it does not make sense that the league is stopping high school students from pursuing greater things for their education and the sport they love.
- the new rule does not make the UAAP league any better nor does it do anything positive to sports, all it does is give the schools some kind of fake psychological benefit.
- the new rule is definitely discriminatory against universities who do not have coed high schools like la salle and ateneo. this will mean their women recruits for the women sports in the UAAP sill need to wait it out for two years. not having female students in their high schools automatically mean they will need to recruit from high school girls.
there is something very wrong with UAAP schools looking for ways to improve their chances at winning games in the league not by improving their sports programs but by imposing rules that discriminate other schools and do nothing but harm high school athletes.
winning UAAP games is best done by winning in the courts during games, not in meeting rooms by creating unfair, discriminatory, harmful and selfish self serving rules. this new UAAP rule does not help the league in any way, all it does is hurt the future and dreams of high school athletes.
read more here : Twitter ablaze as #NewUAAPRule stuns UAAP fans http://www.rappler.com/sports/23150-twitter-ablaze-as-newuaaprule-stuns-uaap-fans
this latest live TV rant of willie revillame is about what happened backstage between him, ethel bubba and ate guy. the ladies apparently complained to willie about something that happened on TV.
willie felt so livid about the encounter that he felt compelled to disrupt the live show to go on air and tell everyone in the studio and the millions watching on TV what happened backstage.
you could see this was an un-scripted interruption by williem the producer and star of the show.
looks at the girls who were on camera at the start – this lady in a yellow skirt was in mid sentence when she saw revillame approach with a microphone. her facial expression was priceless, then she slowly hides behind the another co-host on stage before leaving it completely.
then the lady in a red dress started to walk off the stage too, with her head bowed down. the kembot girl on willie’s left tried her best to stay put but eventually felt so uncomfortable that she also leaves.
willie’s live rant was obviously unplanned and spur of the moment. the show did not even bother to let the sequence end and cut to a rant segment. the director and floor director must have been so surprised too that they forgot to do their jobs and ask everyone on stage to leave.
looks like this latest rant is just one more thing that happens in a day in the life of willie revillame and the tv shows he appears in.
the alternate title – damn it’s hard to take sports shots! sub-title – specially if you do not have the camera and lens for it.
those are things we knew before but got confirmed when we actually tried it.
the football match was between the juniors teams of Ateneo and FEU at the Ateneo football field for the UAAP. given that we did not have the right camera and lens for sports shots, the expectations for great pictures were intentionally set very low.
sports photography is probably one of the few types where you do need really specialized cameras and lenses. you need a fast camera, a fast and very long lens (telephoto or zoom) and one that can take many multiple shots one after the other with each shot perfectly focused. these types of cameras and lenses will cost easily more than $100,000 versus the camera and lens we used which was a fraction of that cost.
but we took the pictures anyway.
we wanted to capture a a specific shot – one that an Ateneo striker kicking a ball past the FEU goal keeper. i was hoping that the picture will show the ball just passing through the goal keeper. the shots we got were multiple shots and resulted to some nice pictures of the ball getting kicked, sailing to the goal keeper and then passed the goal keeper down deep into the net for a goal.
but no shot where the ball just passing the goal keeper. we missed that shot by a mere one or two seconds!
nice try, better luck next time.
photo #3 : well in this space is supposed to be the shot we wanted to record – the ball sailing just past the goal keeper. but the camera motor failed me as it was unable to take the shot. we swear our finger was continuously pressing the shutter button!
the other thing we experienced was the need to stalk the play of the game. we intended to take a goal shot and we needed to read the game and get ready to take the shot when the goal was supposed to be made. looking at the viewfinder the whole time to follow the flow of the game didn’t work. we needed to remove the camera from our eye to watch the game. and as soon as a developing goal was about to be made, that’s when you put the camera up to your eye.
these were lucky photo shots as we were able to read the play correctly and a goal was made. but, those one to two seconds delay didn’t allow us to achieve our goal.
oh well, that is what happens to amateur sports photographers with amateur cameras and lenses. (insert laughter here)
just how bad was the snow storm that hit boston and other parts of the northeast in the US? these pictures show it, one day after the storm left and it became safe to go out.