Old man knocks out boxer who never knew he didn’t have a chance

Originally posted on For The Win:

We don’t know much about this video, other than the fact that in it an old guy rocking a very snuggly-looking Cosby sweater beats the stuffing out of a young boxer.

The best part is how the young boxer thinks he’s having fun until the first punch lands. Then things get super serious super fast.

Old-man strength is not something to take lightly.

(Thanks to Sports Pickle for sharing.)

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2014-15 PBA season starts off with Philippine Cup

Life begins at 40, and this seems to be true to the PBA as the oldest professional basketball league in Asia turns 40 years old when the 2014-15 season opens on October 19 at the brand spanking new Philippine Arena in Bulacan. We saw all the teams at the Tipoff! PBA Liga ng Bayan preseason games that were shown on TV. This time, it’s for real.

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As per tradition, the season kicks off with the opening ceremonies. Kia made the biggest splash when it announced that Jinkee Pacquiao will be the Sorento’s muse. In addition, Sorento playing coach Manny Pacquiao invited Michael Buffer to attend. Will the ring announcer accede to the eight-division world champion’s request?

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Opening day games will have expansion teams Blackwater and Kia go up against each other, followed by Talk ‘N Text and Barangay Ginebra. The spotlight in the first game will be on Pacquiao as he debuts as a playing coach in the league. The Elite, on the other hand, will feature the likes of Larry Rodriguez, Alex Nuyles, JR Cawaling, Paul Artadi, and Sunday Salvacion in their lineup.

The Tropang Texters will parade a roster of Gilas Pilipinas players who saw action at the 2014 FIBA Basketball World Cup and the 17th Asian Games Incheon 2014 mixed with up-and-coming rookies. Ginebra will have former Ateneo Blue Eagles LA Tenorio, Japeth Aguilar, and Greg Slaughter being joined by a former De La Salle Archer in Joseph Yeo.

Nevertheless, the attention is on whether reigning two-time Philippine Cup champions Purefoods Star Hotshots (formerly the San Mig Super Coffee Mixers) can win a third straight All-Filipino crown and extend their championship winning spree to five conferences.

Meanwhile, Noy Baclao and Yancy de Ocampo, who were acquired in separate transactions, give GlobalPort more height. The newly-minted NLEX Road Warriors take over the Air21 franchise and will field Mark Cardona, Eliud Poligrates, Jonas and Enrico Villanueva, Mark Borboran, Aldrech Ramos, Wynne Arboleda, Niño Canaleta, and Asi Taulava.

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Michael Jordan disagrees with LeBron James, Dirk Nowitzki on 82-game schedule

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LeBron James is no Michael Jordan.

If you’re among the Jordan loyalists looking for any chance to tear down LeBron or any other current star, Jordan is giving you ammunition on a silver platter – while making a legitimately good case.

After the NBA announced it would experiment with a 44-minute game, LeBron (and Dirk Nowitzki) said fewer games were a preferable solution.

Jordan, via Chris Broussard of ESPN:

“I love both of those guys but as an owner who played the game, I loved playing,” Jordan told ESPN.com during a telephone interview. “If I wasn’t playing 82 games, I still would’ve been playing somewhere else because that’s the love for the game I had. As a player, I never thought 82 games was an issue.

“But if that’s what they want to do, we as owners and players can evaluate it and talk about it…

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Undefeated Algieri tests mettle of Pacquiao

WBO welterweight champion Manny Pacquiao puts his title and his legacy on the line as he takes on the undefeated Chris Algieri in the morning of November 23 at The Venetian Macao.

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The 35-year old Pacquiao sports a record of 56 wins, 38 of them by knockout, five losses, and two draws. On the other hand, the 30-year old American challenger has won all of his 20 bouts, eight of them finishing inside the distance.

Algieri is currently the WBO light welterweight champ, snatching the belt from Ruslan Provodnikov via split decision on June 14 this year. Pacquiao, meanwhile, was recently drafted by the Kia Sorentos and will be the team’s playing coach in the coming PBA season.

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Can Gilas win gold at the 2014 Asian Games?

Philippines Men`s Basketball Team  (Photo taken from Smart Gilas FB Page)

Philippine Men`s Basketball Team (Photo taken from Smart Gilas FB Page)

After an inspiring run at the recent 2014 FIBA Basketball World Cup, the Philippine men’s basketball team returns to action once more as the Gilas Pilipinas compete at the 17th Asian Games Incheon 2014.

The Philippines is grouped with Asian champion Iran and Group B top qualifier India. A win here propels the Gilas to the next round.

Taking the place of Andray Blatche and Jayson William from the World Cup lineup are Marcus Douthit and Jared Dillinger. The indefatigable Jimmy Alapag heeds the call of duty one more time despite announcing his retirement from international competition twice before.

The entry of Dillinger means the lineup got taller, but is Douthit enough to compensate for the loss of Blatche, who was deemed ineligible by the Incheon Asian Games Organizing Committee?

Barring any hitches, the Filipino ballers won’t face Iran for the second time in the tournament at least until the semifinals. Meanwhile, some of the other contending teams in the other groups include China, Chinese Taipei, South Korea, Jordan, Japan, and Qatar, and there is a big chance that the Philippines will meet at most three of them in the quarterfinals.

The question still is, can the Gilas win it all the way to claim the country’s first basketball gold in this competition since 1962? Considering the squad’s performance at the FIBA World Cup, anything is possible.

Here is the Gilas roster for the 2014 Asian Games:

• Marcus Douthit – 6’11
• Jimmy Alapag – 5’10
• LA Tenorio – 5’7
• Gary David – 6’1
• Jeff Chan – 6’2
• Gabe Norwood – 6’6
• Ranidel de Ocampo – 6’6
• Marc Pingris – 6’6
• Japeth Aguilar – 6’9
• June Mar Fajardo – 6’10
• Jared Dillinger – 6’5
• Paul Dalistan – 6’0

Head Coach – Chot Reyes

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Takeaways from the Gilas Pilipinas’ performance at the 2014 FIBA Basketball World Cup

Photo screen shot from Davey Langit Twitter Account

Photo screen shot from Davey Langit Twitter Account

  • The lineup is designed to dribble-drive and kick as well as to push the ball when the opportunity presents itself. Kamikaze small ball is what I call it. Nevertheless, forcing it inside in a halfcourt situation is a death sentence because of our obvious height mismatch, and that is why slashers like Paul Dalistan and Jayson William are forced to jack up threes.
  • Our style of play and philosophy, which is something that is unique to Filipinos, was apparent throughout the tournament. There are instances when players dribble without any purpose, which causes the offense to stagnate. When we ran out of options, we dump the ball to the best player.

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We came to the FIBA World Cup expecting every game to be like South Korea when it became Chinese Taipei except for one. We went to the tournament with only one play and we ran that play to the ground. It is not even NBA-style one-on-one basketball, rather, it is something that, as I have written in the previous paragraph, only Filipinos can execute.

  • This brings me to my next point. Our style of play is entertaining, and we surprised everybody because of it. We threw our opponents off and we frustrated them. They didn’t know how to guard us. Is our style of play wrong? No. It is something that we are already accustomed to doing, I will not take it against us. But is it a winning style of play? Apparently not.

Photo taken from FIBA.com

If only we reached the Round of 16, maybe our style of play would have changed the landscape of how international basketball will be played. There’s no need to break down the defense through swift ball movement, which is what Argentina did in the final minutes of the fourth quarter. Rather, we will discombobulate the opposition with our speed.

The rest of the world would have taken notice, see that what we do provides highlight reels, and it could have changed the way they play because it brings butts to the seats. We could have screamed, “We are Filipinos, we play basketball this way, we showed you how it’s done, and we won doing things our way. Live with it.”

If only.

  • As mentioned above, another tendency that was apparent is that we tend to rely on our main players sometimes to the point of excess. If it is not Andray Blatche, it is Jimmy Alapag. More so Blatche. Our tendency to “asa sa import”, something that we grew accustomed to seeing at the PBA, reared its head.
    Is it wrong? If you ask Kobe Bryant and Michael Jordan, the answer will be no. Big time players demand the ball in big time situations. The caveat though is that the offense becomes predictable.
Photo courtesy of FIBA.com

Photo courtesy of FIBA.com

  • There is no one to blame for our losses, not even Blatche, who led the tournament in turnovers. We rode on him from beginning to end. Fatigue had to set in eventually, what do you expect?
    Give the guy some slack. He played his heart out. He personified the idea of “puso” just like the rest of the team.
  • Where do we go from here? We have many options. We can continue to be stubborn and play our trademark Pinoy-style basketball and hope that one day we reach far by playing the sport we only know how. Or we can finally try to instill some semblance of discipline only seen when watching European teams.
    Better yet, we can try to develop a hybrid system that takes the best of our bravado and intensity, and couple it with the discipline and precision of Euroball.

After everything has been said and done, I do hope we bring more to the table by the time the 2019 FIBA Basketball World Cup comes. Especially if we do end up as hosts.

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