UAAP Finals Game 1

Friday, September 30, 2005

Yesterday's UAAP Championship Game 1 between my DLSU Green Archers and the FEU Tamaraws, was a nail-biter. It was, in my opinion, one of the best games ever, but it turned ugly at the end of the game.

DLSU's Joseph Yeo and FEU's Arwind Santos were exchanging words on court after FEU won (on TV it seemed harmless enough, coz they were both smiling, pero mukhang nag-aasaran.). At first, it looked like DLSU assistant manager Manny Salgado was breaking up an impending fight between the two. But as he was walking away, he clipped Santos at the back of the head, which resulted into a commotion between the teams and their supporters, and a debris throwing incident.

I was appalled at Mr. Salgado's action, which I'm sure the whole LaSallian community is condemning. It was very unsportsmanlike and shameful, especially for someone of his age and stature. It was a cheapshot.

Nakakahiya talaga.

Unlike in professional basketball, team managers and assistants in UAAP are not employed by the schools, but are alumni. That makes it worse. What he did not only reflects on his person, dinamay pa nya ang buong LaSallian community. Nakakaines. Sinira nya yung reputasyon ng buong school dahil sa ginawa nya.

He completely forgot that as a representative of the school and it's alumni, he should set a good example. It was just a game. Sure, school honor and pride are at stake, but I think it's more important how people react after they've lost. A person's true character emerges during failure. Too bad Mr. Salgado didn't choose to show his good side.

Good luck to the Green Archers. They've worked too hard to get to the Finals, they don't need a controversy like this hanging over their heads.