Tuesday, December 1, 2015
Friday, November 20, 2015
It was, certainly, a head kick heard around the world. Holly Holm knocked out erstwhile unbeaten Ronda Rousey to win the UFC World Women's Bantamweight Championship. As referee Herb Dean stopped the fight, the world reacted with shock, disbelief, inspiration and "I told you so's," but here's the thing.
It's not a story of the perils of living a rockstar life. Yes, Rousey had movie and commercial shoots, TV guestings and events, but she's always been a strong woman who could multi-task. there was never an occasion where she didn't train enough. People love to bring out this story to any fighting champion with crossover personality, but there was never an occasion where she didn't train enough. Rousey is a training junkie. She made weight and didn't look dehydrated.
It's not a story of hubris or good vs evil either. Yes, Rousey had the scowl, the fighting words, the weigh in snafu and the refusal to touch gloves while Holm was gracious and mostly silent. But to infer that one protagonist is good while the other is bad makes no real observation other than the commenter is a casual fight fan. Fights are fought outside the ring as much as in it and fighters build and cultivate the personas that help them win. Holm projects the "I'm silent but I am a killer" vibe; Rousey projects the "I will get on you and destroy you" vibe. Neither lady is as simple as just the persona they project.
Sunday, October 4, 2015
Sunday, September 6, 2015
It was supposed to be simple. A historic win in the World Cup in 2014 meant the most logical conclusion would be that the same Gilas team would represent us in this year's FIBA-Asia Championships, but as is our country's wont, things got extremely complicated. Players started getting injured, backing out of the Gilas line up. Questions began building up. Why did so and so back out? Is he really injured? What in heaven's name is Plantar Fasciatis? Why is so and so included in the line up? Can he make a contribution in the international game?
Posted by sharwin l. tee at 11:27 PM
Thursday, September 4, 2014
A prominent "0" stands under the Win column of the Philippines' standings in the 2014 FIBA World Cup of Basketball. As the group stages come to a close, however, it's prominence is overshadowed by something else. The Philippine Men's Basketball Team, Gilas Pilipinas, has captured the world's attention.
Oftentimes, we are warned that letting our hearts decide over our heads is a prescription for disaster. Being too emotional leads to poor decision-making; it clouds judgement. The head is stable; it protects you from being hurt by telling you to avoid any possible pain. To live with your heart on your sleeve is to open yourself to tremendous hurt. Yes, following your heart to pursue your passions, your childhood dream, your one great love, is a recipe for incomparable heartache.