Monday, July 26, 2010

Miami's Big Three (Part 2)

Are these guys?
Miami's Big Three: Chris Bosh, Dwayne Wade, Lebron James

Reminds you of these guys?
Chicago's Legendary Big Three: Dennis Rodman, Michael Jordan, Scottie Pippen

Position wise Lebron James fills the shoes of Scottie Pippen and Dwayne Wade fills Michael Jordan's shoes. A friend of mine pointed out the differences of Dennis Rodman (defense-oriented) and Chris Bosh (offense-oriented).

Well the Bulls trio produced three championships in a row (1996-1998). The question now is... Will Miami's Big Three do the same? Perhaps, stop Kobe Bryant from winning his sixth title (and Phil Jackson's fourth threepeat) that would put him equal numbers of championship rings with the great Michael Jordan?

P.S. J.J. Redick and Lil' Nate Robinson re-signed with their respective teams, the Orlando Magic and the Boston Celtics. Dirk Nowitzki signed a new deal with Dallas Mavericks. Still waiting for Shaquille O'Neal but he seems busy with his Shaq VS than looking for another team.

Next: Is Kobe Bryant greater than Michael Jordan?

Saturday, July 24, 2010

Pacquiao-Mayweather Saga

One of the most anticipating fights in the boxing world is the impending fight between the two best boxers in the world, Manny Pacquiao (Philippines) and Floyd Mayweather Jr. (USA). The saga divided boxing fans in the internet. Filipinos ignorantly talking about patriotism or nationalism by supporting Manny Pacquiao and they're willing to defend Pacquiao's image whenever other boxing fans posted attacks or insults to the Filipino boxer. These Pacquiao fanboys are known as “Pactards!”. Then there are Floyd Gayweather's followers who for some reasons, just like their idol, run out of excuses and so resorted to accusing Pacquiao of steroids. These Mayweather fanboys are known as the "Flomos!".

Although, the anticipated "Mega-Fight of the Century" gained some publicities from the media but for more than a year now, the fight seem ain't happening despite Pacquiao (recently) accepted all of Gayweather's fetish testing demands from urine testing to sperm testing, from DNA testing to food testing, and most importantly, blood testing. Gayweather and his dad (who seem to have contracted a "foot-and-mouth" disease with his prejudice statements) did not respond at all when Bob Arum and Manny Pacquiao accepted the testing challenge.
Chicken(May)weather's refusal to fight Pacquiao in this coming November is a sure proof that Floyd Mayweather Jr. is SCARED of Manny Pacquiao. Floyd Mayweather Jr. is scared to lose his perfect unbeaten record to a little guy from the southern Philippines.

Even his dad (Floyd Mayweather Sr.) resorted to personal attacks and racial slurs because he cannot accept the fact that his lil' Floyd is scared lil' baby.

In my opinion, if the fight going to happen now or even in November, Floyd Mayweather Jr. have the upper-hand to beat Manny Pacquiao and reclaim the pound-for-pound title considering that Pacquiao is too busy with his unnecessary political career and overrated show business. Of course, Manny Pacquiao is probably thinking, I might as well focus on my job in the House of Representatives since Mayweather Jr. is too scared.

ESPN on Floyd Mayweather's Cowardness

Manny Pacquiao and his previous opponents
Come on Floyd.. the photo above is incomplete without you in it..

Thursday, July 22, 2010

Jury Duty

This week was the third time I was summon for a jury duty since 2006 (second time within 7 months). Not a bad experience but I'm yet to be in the final 12 jurors. Got selected twice for the "30" but thats about it. The random selection system ensures public/civil-based trial juries. The people convicting the offenders are purely democratic. "Its JUSTICE SYSTEM wherein the FUNDAMENTAL enforcers of its rule of law are the common people and not their government, be it federal, state, or local governments through the Grand Jury and Trial Jury Systems."

I wonder if the Philippines will learn something from that kind of jury system but such system is the complete opposite of the current Philippine system where justice applies only to the Filipino rich elites.

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Monday, July 12, 2010

2010 FIFA World Cup

 This year's FIFA World Cup in South Africa was one of the most exciting (perhaps, the greatest) editions of the football tournament. Since, the Philippines were not participating (did not qualify at all) and looks like it will never be :( , I  decided to support three other teams: New Zealand All Whites (my adopted country), England (the team with the biggest burden of expectation), and Spain (I'm a Real Madrid fan and of La Liga).

The 2010 Edition of the most prestigious sporting event in the world turned out to be the tournament of upsets. The 2006 World Cup finalists, France (justice for Ireland) and defending champion Italy (justice for Zidane) were booted out in the group stage. Italian floppers could not even beat New Zealand, in a game full of shameful displays by professional players against a team of professional and part-time players. If the Italians stop "flopping" around that day, they could have win that game but "too much drama", "too much faking", "too much Hollywood" cost them the game. Although it’s a draw but that was a victory for the Kiwis, scoring the first goal (through Shame Smeltz, A-League's leading scorer for the past two seasons) was a big morale booster not just for the All Whites but also for the entire country (New Zealand).

As expected, New Zealand did not make it beyond the group stage but finished the tournament as the only unbeaten team in the 2010 edition with three draws. England, on the other hand, has sort of similar result with just one win and two draws. Other teams would have died to have that record of one win and two draws plus qualifying for the next round. But it’s England, the team with the biggest expectation of them all. The team failed to win a major trophy since 1966 and the fans expected the team would fail to deliver. Of course, injuries and scandal were the lead up towards the failure campaign. From David Beckham's heartbreaking (for him anyway) injury stint with AC Milan to the injury of Rio Ferdinand. Then the scandalous affair of John Terry that lead to his sacking as the national team captain. Despite the draws and the solitary win, fans still not satisfied and the burden turned out to be too much for the English players. England were eliminated in the second round of the tournament thanks to the tournament's form team Germany and the most controversial disallowed goal of the World Cup.

That leaves me with Spain to support all the way.

The European champions were looking forward to win their first World Cup title ever. Although, they did not demolish their opponents but they were playing effective football. Despite losing their opening game against Switzerland, the European champions remained the favourites to capture their first World Cup ever.


As expected, Spain made it to the finals.

The Spaniards faced the Dutch in the World Cup finals with both teams set to create history. The Netherlands came into the finals behind a 25-winning streak but after 90 minutes the game were 0-0 and it looks like a repeat of 2006. However, in the second period of the extra time, a red card and a goal from Andres Iniesta (finals MVP) seal the game and the trophy for Spain.
Spain are the World Champions!


My Teams:
  • New Zealand All Whites (Group Stage)
  • England "Three Lions" (Second Round)
  • Spain "La Furia Roja" (Finals) - world champions

World Cup Finals Result:
Spain (ESP) 1 - 0 Netherlands (NED)

Player of the Tournament:
David Villa (Spain)

Man of the Match (Finals):
Andres Iniesta and Iker Casillas

P.S. The I did not made the photos above and definitely do not own them...

Saturday, July 10, 2010

Miami's Big Three

Two weeks after the beginning of the NBA Free Agency Period, Miami Heat pulled the biggest signing coup in the NBA history. The Heat franchise, coached by Filipino-American Erik Spoelstra, signed the top three free agents in the NBA: Dwayne Wade, Chris Bosh, and reigning MVP Lebron James.

The signing will definitely change the NBA's landscape for a while with Cleveland turning into a mediocre team from being one of the contenders. Miami, on the other hand, will return to its old but not so distant glory in 2006 (when Shaquille O'Neal and Dwayne Wade leading the charge to the franchise's first championship trophy).

Now the question is “Will it work?”

Lebron James, Chris Bosh, and Dwayne Wade played together for the Team USA for the last five years or so that culminated in winning and retaining the Olympic basketball gold medal in 2008. If they (the big three) decide to play for Team USA in the upcoming 2010 FIBA World Championship, then it will be a glimpse for what to come in Miami and in the NBA.

NBA Big Three/Big Four is kinda big thing these days. There was the good ol' San Antonio Spurs (Tim Duncan, Tony Parker, Manu Ginobili) that won four championships and most recently, the Boston Celtics' big three (Kevin Garnett, Paul Pierce, Ray Allen) in 2008. There were failures too like the Los Angeles Lakers of 2004, when Shaquille O'Neal and Kobe Bryant teamed up with Karl Malone and Gary Payton (they were defeated by five not-so popular guys from Detroit in the finals).

Anyway, I prefer the one-two punch combo though like the Michael Jordan-Scottie Pippen or the Shaquille O'Neal-Kobe Bryant or most recently, Kobe Bryant-Pau Gasol. However, you can't say no to a line-up that includes Lebron James, Dwayne Wade, and Chris Bosh.

Free agency period isn’t finish yet; some players are yet to sign. I'm waiting for Nate Robinson, J.J. Reddick, and the big fella Shaquille O'Neal.
P.S. I did not made the photos and I don't own them. Second Photo courtesy of Miami Heat.

Monday, July 5, 2010

Yema (Custard Candy) Recipe

"Yema" (Photo courtesy of "A Cup Cake or Two")
You can't say "NO" to a Yema!.

Here's the recipe (courtesy to Ex-Designz):

1 can condensed milk
12 egg yolks 

Mix condensed milk and egg yolks in a sauce pan (a double boiler - which is basically a small pan inside a big pan containing water - works wonder for this). Cook mixture under medium - high heat, stirring continuously until the mixture coagulates and separates from the pan. Cool. Shape into pyramids and wrap with cellophane cut into squares.

P.S. The recipe above is not mine

Thursday, July 1, 2010

NBA Free Agency

Today is officially the beginning of National Basketball Association (NBA) Free Agency Period.

What makes this year's Free Agency special? Well they include such names as Lebron James, Dwayne Wade, Chris Bosh, Dirk Nowitzki, Paul Pierce, and Amar'e Stoudemire. Then there are other names such as three-time Slam Dunk champion Nate Robinson (second Filipino-American NBA player since Raymond Townshend) and the under-utilised but deadly shooter, J.J. Redick. There are also veterans such as Ray Allen and Shaquille O'Neal (the last active remnant of NBA 50 Greatest Players)... and many more...

The player to watch, of course, is the league's two-time Most Valuable Player (MVP) Lebron James. Where is the next stop? New York Knicks? Obama's Chicago Bulls? Pat Riley's Miami Heat? or the Russian-owned New Jersey Nets?

Another question… Is he going to play with his pal Dwayne Wade? Of course, if the Wade-James team up materialize then the teams with the biggest advantage to sign the duo are their own respective teams (Miami Heat and Cleveland Cavaliers)…

Anyway, I will be supporting the team (which I hope it’s Miami) that can/will sign Lebron James, Dwayne Wade, Dirk Nowitzki, lil' Nate Robinson and J.J. Redick.

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P.S. I did not made the photo above nor do I own it.

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