basketball, the beach

You may have missed them. I mean, I make it a point to read the papers every day, and I only saw Part 3 today.

The Philippine Daily Inquirer has been running reports on game fixing for a while now (I suppose in preparation for the UAAP opening ceremonies). I was not surprised by the idea, but I was shocked by the stakes involved:

As much as P300 million changed hands in recent years in each season of the Universities Athletic Association of the Philippines (UAAP) and the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA), officials say.

I’d rather accept that the UP Fighting Maroons just suck than to hear that its players are dropping games for money.

God, all this cash – for an amateur competition.

Anyway, the series is a good read. Keep your eye out for Part 4.

Part 1 – Stakes reach P300 M in varsity hoops

Part 2 – Player caught in trap allowed to go scot-free

Part 3 – Bookies using text messages make betting easy

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When The Beach came out I was in high school. I saw it, I loved it. Tilda Swinton is just a fantastic actress, and Leonardo DiCaprio is effective. I saw it again last night and I still loved it, though it might have been better without Richard’s final VO. I learned that Paradise is not a place but a feeling that you have in a moment yadda yadda it lasts forever. Ugh, no.

A lot of people didn’t like it that much, based on the film reviews I’ve read. Hm. I wonder if the book’s better.

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4 thoughts on “basketball, the beach

  1. WOW! MAY PLUG KAMI. WOOT! SALAMAT!

    hehehehe.

    the funny thing is, once we had the transcripts ready, we all did a double take on the comments of cedelf’s source, the one whose statement really broke the story wide for us (in fairness to him, we wouldn’t have had anything without his help, because the info we got from him loosened the tongues of other sources).

    Sabi niya: I only took four won-game bonuses and I never received money to drop a game.

    Tas tiningan kami. Parang, wait, it is unethical in the first place to accept any form of cash from a known gambler!

    And then, nagkatinginan ulit. Wait, it is unethical to receive cash as won-game bonus from an outside source, gambler or legal booster.

    And then we looked at each other and realized, wait, it is unethical in the first place for amateur players to be receiving cash at all. Even from the school!

    I don’t know if you were already alive then, but there was actually a time they played basketball for free education. I swear! Really! Cross my heart! Peksman!

  2. LOOOOOLLLLLL at this long comment slash inside dope hahaha.

    and yes, it’s so sad no. they’re not just athletes THEY ARE EFFING SCHOLARS!

    but really, it’s a good read. good job, i say! :D

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