i've lived in Manila all my life.
studied exclusively in Manila Schools:
De La Salle, the University of Santo Tomas, and ummm, Ateneo de Manila.
I often drink in Malate, food trip in Binondo, and obsessively hunt for DVDs in Quiapo.
I'm forever wed to this City.
For better or for worse...
Saturday, June 19, 2010
How SWEET It Is!!!
As Good As It Gets...
don't get any better than this:
a grinder of a game,
where will, more so than skill,
proves to be the undefinable difference
between a crushing defeat and a championship.
The pressure was tremendous, and all on The Greatest Basketball Player in the World.
One of the commentators, at the start of the fourth, saw Kobe Bryant suffer through a horrible shooting night, but still insisted, predicted: "I'll bet on greatness every time."
L.A. had never beaten Boston in any Game 7.
Black Mamba drove for free throws and rose for rebounds when he couldn't score from the field. The Lakers won in the end.
Greatness every time.
And Derek Fisher,
the Robin to Kobe's Batman,
drilled in a three to rescue his partner
at the most critical juncture of the last quarter,
and guaranteed another ring for Coach Phil Jackson:
the tamer of egos, the master of the triangle, the Tao of Zen,
calm and cool, poise personified, understanding understatement.
There was only one Laker who was not a member
of the 2009 Championship Team; a former Bad Boy
just a year removed from grabbing Kobe in a chokehold.
A man more notorious for brawling at the "Malice at the Palace"
than his accomplishments for his then team, the Indiana Pacers.
A defensive genius and offensive spark who had the most to prove;
and on his day of days, the most important game of his life,
with 20 points, 5 rebounds, and 5 steals,
he guaranteed the Ring.
Redemption for Ron Ron!!!
(and the most hilarious, most heartwarming press con ever ",)
And for our gallant opponents:
I miss all the Celtics fans already;
it was a glorious two weeks of trash talking
and non-stop heckling on Twitter & Facebook.
I can't wait for the rematch in 2011, but meantime?
I leave all the Boston faithful with this very useful gift...