Last week, PBA has ordered the Smart-Gilas games as â€œno-bearingâ€. This means that win or lose their games will not affect the opposing teamâ€™s standings. This is the leagueâ€™s answer for the RP Teamâ€™s lackluster performance. Ever since their debut, the infamous Smart-Burger King game where Wynne Arboleda MMA-ed Allan Katigbac, Gilas hasnâ€™t been playing well. Worse, their naturalization nominee CJ Giles is suffering from personal problems that made him less focused in their TNT game. However, their roster lists 18 players. Without Giles, they get their strength from top pick Japeth Aguilar, Mark Barocca and JV Casio. Chris Tiu played only in their debut while Rabeh Al-Hussaini missed their second game. Letranâ€™s Rey Guevarra is injured while RJ Jazul missed the first game to play for the Knights in their Final Four game against the San Beda Lions.
The other players that have seen action in all of their games are FEUâ€™s JR Cawaling, Aldrech Ramos, and Mac Baracael, San Sebastianâ€™s Jason Ballesteros, and UAAP MVP and UST standout Dylan Ababou.
Missing in action are Guevarra, Visayan centers Greg Slaughter and Junmar Fajardo, Ateneoâ€™s Ryan Buenafe, and UEâ€™s Paul Lee. UPâ€™s Magi Sison is suited up but has yet to see action in the PBA. These players are also students, people exclaim and while this is true, they canâ€™t shrug the fact that they need to put their best players! I am sorry but the team could use a couple of 6â€™9 and higher guys because Ballesteros and Aguilar are getting plummeted!
Obviously, these guys are starstrucked when playing against their idols. Moreover, they donâ€™t fight back. The BK experience is enough to psyche them out of their game faces. With the ruling, Noli Eala is planning to pull out their squad from the Philippine Cup altogether.
So how will this unresolved issue wreak havoc in the PBFantasy game?
1) I was victimized in the second week when I chose CJ Giles and Chris Tiu. Tiu didnâ€™t play because of injury while Giles found out of the personal matter against TNT. I only got 1 rebound from these guys in two games! WHAT THE HELL!?! WHAT IF BAROCCA, CASIO, or even AGUILAR DNPâ€™s!?!
2) If this is non-bearing, will the Smart-Gilas versus Coca-Cola Tigers game pit Barocca, Casio, Baracael, Al-Hussaini, and Aguilar against RJ Rizada, Francis Allera, Dale Singson, Rodney Santos, and Tigers assistant coach Gerard Francisco because WHY WOULD THE TIGERS RISK THEIR BEST PLAYERS TO GET HURT!?!
3) Try looking at the Nov 7 to Nov 13 sked: Sta. Lucia has two games: one against Gilas and the other is an out-of-town game against San Miguel. No one can argue of how sucky your picks must be if Gilas pulls out their roster a day after YOU FINALIZED YOUR ROSTERS!?!
4) And what ifâ€¦ just what ifâ€¦ the PBFANTASY organizers think that since the other games are non-bearing, they totally destroy all the points you caught using the â€œnon-bearingâ€ players?
Fact is, wasting your picks on Gilas will have its pros and cons. And the fact that the best players in the league playing against a bunch of amateurs are great to coral stat points (if they take these kids seriously).
But in a game that lasts for four months, their entry gave the gamers extra players to get points. They are the foremost reason why the players are cheap compared from last season.
But ultimately, he who bets best will definitely take over the tourney.
** As of October 21, 2008
I just registered in the online fantasy league site called pbfantasy.com. Its kind of a big deal site since it gets exposure in the actual PBA coverage. Itâ€™s simpleâ€¦ could be boringâ€¦ but it could morph to bigger things once you cash in on its dividends.
Hey, you know meâ€¦ I love to research my stats so this is something that I like. If you want to see where Iâ€™m playing, search the Chicago Balls team in the capâ€™n kidsâ€™ league section. Damn right, I mocked the name of the best NBA team in the 90â€™s. The problem I find with the game though is that once you register, you canâ€™t change leagues. However, for all you PBA addicts, this is the best way to become a PBA franchise owner.
Hereâ€™s the thing: I am going to mimic Rick Kamla and try to lure you in making the right choices for your fantasy team. You have 1,000,000 pesos and you have to get a starting five worthy for your budget. You canâ€™t have an all-superstar lineup since one superstar would probably get 300,000. Judging from their current stats and their price list, here are the best deals you can get. Read more
FANTASY LEAGUE ANYONE?
Due to technical difficulties, the POW10 failed to deliver this week. However this does not mean that there will not be a rundown.
Last Sunday the Blackâ€™s Board read a fan mail that wishes the PBA website to have a fantasy league. My response and Norman Blackâ€™s response is virtually â€œASAâ€. The league needs a credible website and pba.ph lacks articles, stats, player profiles, and even the audio streaming bogs down from time to time.
How can you even think of a fantasy league?
However, given approval, there are some sites that can moderate a fantasy PBA. Itâ€™s easy if you know how it works and with ten teams and 150 players on board, it can be sure fun!
And if you canâ€™t get approval from the PBA, you can at least fake it. Iâ€™m sure people would like to get their hands on PUREGOODâ€™S KIRBY REYMUNDO, BED BULLâ€™s BOLEX RUBENSON, and EARTH 21â€™s ARVIN SANDOS. Read more
OLONGAPO- Rookie Chrisangelo suffered the worst loss of his young pro career as his Iligan Privateers were publicly humiliated (pun intended) by the Olongapo Supernovas, 111-31 at the legendary Richmond Arena.
The 6-3 shooting guard from Santo Tomas was the only bright spot for the Privateers and showed why he was drafted 1st overall, leading his team in every statistical category with 9 points, 4 assists, 7 rebounds and a steal in 48 minutes of action.
Oh scratch, I’m running out of compliments. Chris is a longshot from playing in any pro league, much less get drafted first overall. Man, he can’t even outplay me one-on-one! :D
Anyways, I got your attention. Hehehe. Well, I stumbled into this cool site for hoosiers, cyberdunk.com. It’s still in its beta stage so don’t expect great graphics. The sketches are even weird and cheap-looking. But the play is definitely great. You can create a player (or manage a team), get drafted, and sign a contract in one of the leagues in any country you prefer. This is a dream come true I tell you. Hahaha. Read more