Why A Smart Gilas Win Means Nothing To Me

Despite all the advantages the Philippines has in terms of basketball it has been 28 years since they were last in the FIBA Basketball World Cup
Despite all the advantages the Philippines has in terms of basketball it has been 28 years since they were last in the FIBA Basketball World Cup. What is wrong with this ad? Answer below.

 

We got smilin’ politicians
(It ain’t nothin’ to me)
Got songs from rich musicians
(It ain’t nothin’ to me)

Called Tokyo long distance
And the queen came for tea
Might mean somethin’ to you
(It ain’t nothin’ to me)

Tom Petty and The Heartbreakers “It Ain’t Nothin’ To Me ”

 

 

As you can tell from my previous rants I am not big on Pinoy Pride. No amount of FIBA or American Idols / or Steve Perry impersonators  will ever erase the fact that we have a convicted plunderer  as the mayor of Manila, a career OJT  as a Senator and a bland mama’s boy as President.

 

Besides that we have a few advantages in the basketball department that we have not been able to exploit. The best of the best athletes in this country are programmed by DNA to play basketball by default. We can not boast of Olympians, soccer, baseball or tennis players. Taiwan, Korea and Japan all love to play baseball and even produce major leaguers. China does well in every Olympics. All the other Asian countries have their own professional soccer and usually dominate the Philippines with what I assume are home bred players. Other Asian countries athletic leftovers play basketball internationally and they still beat the pants off of us.

 

As usual the bandwagon is full now. This may come as some surprise but it is OK to make a big deal about the tournament in other years when the pinoys are not contenders or hosts. Since this is the only country where basketball is the dominant sport. I thought you guys love basketball? Or is that love conditional on a pinoy presence? I would feel less annoyed if more people watched this tournament for the sheer joy of the level of the basketball. A level that usually escapes this country in recent decades despite the aforementioned advantages we have in the region. Even the advertisement  for the event (see above) plays up the country, the local team, the slogan  and the sponsors but   the event itself has the smallest representation. Like I said before in the Philippines, it is always more about nationality than it is quality.

 

I also have no idea why anyone would brag about the Volcanoes. We do not have a thriving local scene nor do the locals pay attention to the sport. They don’t even know the rules. Are we just a bunch of KSP lemmings?

 

One of the reasons I don’t buy the Azkals and the Smart Gilas as teams going into international competition is that maybe I am old fashioned. I am used to hearing Team USA, Team Canada, the Germans, the Brazillians etc. No other teams in international competition like the World Cup have a nickname ( Azkals) or worse a cell phone network provider. No wonder we can’t focus on winning. We are too occupied with epal even in places where other countries set the decorum.

 

For those who don’t follow sports in other countries, team names in North American and European leagues (NBA, NHL, NFL, CFL, Premier League , MLB) are devoid of advertising. Unlike here. Jerseys in Europe can have a very conspicious logo like “O2” while in North America there might be a slightly more subtle Nike “swoosh” logo. Even in international competition the pinoy culture of KSP and epal has to stand out among others.

 

I have loved spectator sports since I was a young boy. Sports is entertainment. I could care less though if Smart Gilas beats the Iranians, the Turks or the Koreans because a win against them means nothing to me and my life. What does matter to my life is the culture of corruption, self entitlement, disregard for law, chaos  and disregard for human life  that is so prevalent here in the Philippines that our children notice it as much as guppies notice water. This will shape their values and their future way more than 15 Filipino  men participating in the 2014 World Championships only to get blown out early in the tournament. I also do not appreciate a government that chooses to use taxpayer funds to covertly hamper citizens dialogue on whatever they want to dialogue on. To me those things define our pride way more than getting an orange ball to go into a hoop ten feet off the ground.

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Putting a very sharp needle into the balloon known as Pinoy Pride since 2012.

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Haha
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Bitter haha….

Big Boss
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Not bitter, but he has good points.

I just wanna tell you that although the USA has a great basketball program, they also strive as a society and a nation with a stable government and a stable economy. The Philippines? Nah.

I’m happy for Gilas’ success since I’m a basketball nut. But as a Filipino? Nope.

domo
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He’s not being bitter pinoy praydist. Please be specific on how he attacked Gilas point misser.

Anya
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I have always been a basketball fan and it has been a long time since the Philippines had the chance to get this far in the basketball scene. I’m happy about it, but I feel sad about your indifference. Pinoy pride is not just about winning against international opponents, it more about the camaraderie among us.

Johnny Saint
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That doesn’t mean mean other Filipinos rooting for Smart Gilas are the same. That’s the point. Genuine sports fans follow the sport because they appreciate it and the athleticism of the players regardless of the team or nationality. If an athlete or team happens to bring attention to their country of origin by winning, then it’s even better and they should be supported. Unfortunately, a lot of Filipinos tend to support ONLY winners, NOT because they love the game. They come out to root for the national team because they want to be associated with winners; you wouldn’t find them… Read more »
corey
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@Anya: dear, just like the other cheeseballs overflowing in the bandwagon. NOTE: indifference would mean the author not blogging about it. but he did and expressed his opinion. indifference is not even blogging about it at all, not expressing any opinion. get it? seems like your diction may be as mixed up as your sense of “Pinoy Pride” after all.

Tony
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That’s not indifference! that’s potential activism just waiting for the right outlet. There are three things a higher than average intellectual will do regarding his country a. go with the flow and be a walking dead, b. strive to look for whatever small cracks in the corrupt system and carpe diem c. join them. this post is less basketball and more politics,a true-blue sports fan will appreciate the speed of J.Castro vs. big towers, the driblle-drive penetrations, the rebounding of the small Sakuragi, the trash talking, the emotional weight involved….but the political part of the blog casts a shade to… Read more »
Means Something
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Go Gilas Pilipinas!!

Bienb
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bitter? typical egghead pinoy comment…

the article pointed out a lot of what’s wrong with the pinoy character, and all he comes up with is “bitter”?

time to hit the books and broaden your vocabulary kid. first off, you had nothing to do with the team’s success, so riding on it is bad taste. next time, send the philippine team some money. then you earned the right to say, “yeah, i supported them”. be happy for the team, but don’t make it sound like you had a stake in their success. sigh….

Master Em
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Dude jusy enjoy the game.. Its the only small chance of enjoyment we have despite all of the negative things that occurs in our country.. The olny moment where we can forget the noytards, pork barrel scam, ballsy scandal… Give yourself a little break dude.. I know we cannot erase the fact that our country is in deep shit.. But for the love of sports, just focus in watching our very own team philippines and their road to the fiba asia finals… Am i making sense here?

Amir Al Bahr
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You Filipinos think you’re entitled to enjoy yourselves? But you guys made the mess your country is in!

potaters
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Count me in as someone who does not care either. It’s fine that some people appreciate the sport and not just out of bandwagon Proud to be Pinoy kind of mentality. For me, I just couldn’t bring myself to care. I’m glad they won but… eh. Life is too shitty here to care.

Ed
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Hey dude I feel you when you talk some shit about how our country is being govern right now but there is no sense for you to use and somehow degrade gilas win last night just to point out what you are trying to say. You say bandwagons are full? yeah it is coz you’re one of them. More than anything else, Pinoys deserve to have a break from all the shit we are facing, here it is now right in our hands, a proud moment! So please, if you are f**kin bitter in life, deal with it…your own! and… Read more »
Amir Al Bahr
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If you guys actually read the post, the author did not degrade Gilas’ win in any way. What happened was that validation-starved Filipinos latched on to the victory of a group of people who just happened to represent the country.

Bullet
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Don’t blame it on politics brother. Yes, bulok ang sistema natin. Matagal na, pero sana don’t spoil a great moment that the country stayed united and supported one common goal or team. This is a trait Filipinos have of being proud of achievements even small ones. Maybe because from the time we were colonized by Spain and that we were made “indios” even in our own country. To the blogger, I felt sorry you were born a Filipino because in your writings I feel your hate in what the current state our country is in right now. Basta ako, kahit… Read more »
Johnny Saint
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“One common goal?” According to the team uniforms it isn’t even a Filipino achievement, it’s a “Smart Gilas” win.

Going back to blaming the Spanish IS small-minded. That’s why Filipinos are contented with “small” achievements and fail more often than win on the world stage. If we had the right attitude, we wouldn’t be waiting around for generations before the next great sportsman. Or deluding ourselves that it’s okay to be “proud” regardless of the conditions in the Philippines.

Ferdz
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How i wish this writer was born in Afghanistan or he’s rubbing elbows with the Talibans under their bunkers.

seth
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does this article will solve the current woes of the country because of the yellows..nahh please post a better article

corey
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Maybe, maybe not. But it may better your grasp on the English language (read between the lines: your grammar).

badzzz
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You’re way off the topic man. Before you hit on someone else’s grammar, you better check on yours first. You don’t start a sentence with “But” and you should’ve used the conjunction “of” instead of “on.” You think you’re soo gooood noh? Pffft! Loser!

Oscar
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I couldn’t agree more on the nationalism/ pinoy pride nonsense.. But what’s wrong with the advertisement part?? Would you actually prefer direct full government sponsorship and financing (taxpayers’ money) of a national team whose players and coaching staff are already earning millions of pesos annually?? I don’t have to google to show that there are a lot of national teams of other countries with sponsors/advertisements too..

Rookoz
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It’s called naming right sponsorship. I dont get his ‘biff’ with this,this is a fact of professional sports.

Giving the writer the benefit of doubt, maybe his ‘biff’ has more to do with the PBA clubs who does not seems to have a regional identity or link, their identity is the corporate brand.

J
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boooooo masyado ka naman CYNICAL& skeptical! tama na yung yellow tards ang tirahin mo! bbbbbbooooooo!!OA Ka na! at least you should be proud of them. umiyak nga sila after the win. they work butts off for the name of our country! WHAT MORE CAN YOU ASK FOR! THERE’S NOTHING MORE PATRIOTIC THAN THAT! ANO KA BA!? YAN LANG ANG MASASABI MO? TAPOS SA PINAG HIRAPAN NILA!? YOU COULD HAVE JUST SEEN SOMETHING POSTIVE OUT OF THIS!! JUST LIKE WHAT THE SOUTH AFRICAN RUGBY TEAM DID TO THEIR COUNTRY WAY BACK AROUND 1995! NAGKA-ISA SILA ANG MGA WHITES AT MGA BLACKS!… Read more »
dachronicler
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False patriotism shall always remain as the refuge of the scoundrels. LOL South Africa’s apartheid collapsed in a combination of social (studenet protests), political (Mandela’s organization had garnered international support) and economic (South Africa’s economy became stagnant during the late 80’s). The football match had little to do with the supposed ‘national unity’. Do not ever compare our country to that because our country is in the current state of delusion. A lot of the citizens are contented to escape reality due to the chronic problems in our society, politics, economy and the standard of living. The social cancer will… Read more »
corey
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OA would be your excessive use of CAPS, @J.

anyway, i couldn’t agree more with @dachronicler.

trixie
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i am actually confused of the falling tears after the game, simply shows how soft they are (not generalizing filipinos) crying on any situations either loosing or winning.

It's just a sport
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I’m an avid follower of this blog but this one just rubs me the wrong way. I mean it’s just a sport. Lighten up. Personally, I was never really a fan of basketball (or any other sport, for that matter) but I took the time to sit down and watch and cheer for the Philippine team with my basketball-loving(what guy doesn’t?)Mainland Chinese bf (Who cheered for PH, unless China was involved, then naturally he cheered for his homeland) When else have I done this? In high school and college when my school’s team is competing. I have no vested interest… Read more »
J
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YOU COULD HAVE JUST SEEN SOMETHING POSTIVE OUT OF THIS!! JUST LIKE WHAT THE SOUTH AFRICAN RUGBY TEAM DID TO THEIR COUNTRY WAY BACK AROUND 1995! NAGKA-ISA SILA ANG MGA WHITES AT MGA BLACKS! FROM THEN ON, NA BUWAG NA ANG RACISM SA KANILA IN A WAY!!! IT SPARKED THE UNITY IN SOUTH AFRICA! THE GILAS TEAM workED butts off for the name of our country! WHAT MORE CAN YOU ASK FOR! THERE’S NOTHING MORE PATRIOTIC THAN THAT!

dachronicler
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All caps does not make your argument valid moron 😛

domo
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Rookoz
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It can be argued that ‘Pinoy Pride’ is valid this time, as it is a team that suppose to represent Philippines. Unlike the times ‘Pinoy Pride’ is shown as a result of individuals own efforts, and people trying to share the limelight based on the share ethnicity. Is this a case of a boy who cried wolf (‘Pinoy Pride’)? Another thing about this article, the writer seems unaware of ‘Die Mannschaft’ (German National Football Team), or ‘seleção,’ (Brazilian National Team), ‘Azzuri’ (Italian National Team), ‘Three Lions’ (Englands National Team), ‘Socceroos’ (Australian National Football Team), ‘Blue Samurai’ (Japan’s National Football Team),… Read more »
Oscar
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… And just to add one more point, they’re more actually referred as GILAS PILIPINAS.. dropping that name of telco provider that you seemed to be very annoyed of.. TINGNAN MO NGANG MAIGI YUNG PICTURE.. nakaHighlight ba dyan yung SMART??? Loyal employee ka ba ng mga Ayala kaya bitter ka dahil hindi GLOBE ang sponsor ng basketball national team? … 🙂

dachronicler
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Another pathetic attempt at ad hominem. Troll harder moron. So It means that those who don’t support SMART support GLOBE? What kind of narrow mindedness is that? This is just an another pathetic attempt to delude our country from the more pressing problems of our society as a whole.

Johnny Saint
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Ba’t kailangan no magsinungaling? Ang pangalan ng team mula pa 2009 ay “Smart Gilas Pilipinas.” Nagbago ba yun?

Trygem
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actually, it did. di ko lang mahanap yung news tungkol doon, pero tinanggal yung ‘smart’ some time ago. was that in 2011 or 2012?

Johnny Saint
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I stand corrected. Regardless of the name change, it still does not address the central theses of the article. Given the Filipino obsession with basketball it is deplorable that we do not perform better in the sport. Also — the level of animosity expressed against the author is disproportionate given that what he wrote was his own opinion and whatever commentary on Filipino attitudes and culture is essentially correct.

Trygem
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oh, i agree with you JS. the name change is a minor thing. all i wanted to do is give you the right info objectively. i didn’t mean to go out and say “you’re wrong, the name actually changed!!!” and divert attention from the real issue.

no need to defend the point of the article vis-a-vis my reply or read anything more into my reply. it was just a factual correction, nothing more.

dachronicler
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Although I support SMART GILAS, it means nothing to me. Heck I am not proud to be Filipino because of it. They achieved victory because they are competent enough to face the odds, not with that garbage Pinoy Pride. The writer has some good points. My analysis isit is just an another escape mechanism for a lot of Filipinos to forget reality in the short run

dachronicler
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*is it* Sorry for the typo folks, but the main point is I do not subscribe to these bandwagons. Are we too shallow as a people? Are we just contented on being proud for trivial matter that will almost do nothing to fix this country?

If we shall continue to celebrate trivial achievements, no doubt why our country will still remain a basketcase.

Felicity Merriman
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Agreed. It ain’t like it would do anything better to fix this cesspool of a country that’s so embroiled in banality, hypocrisy and jingoism. You consider yourselves as a predominantly Catholic nation, yet your actions are anathema to its principles. Is the pride worth it if it’s just an excuse to hide your insecurities? Pride is considered a mortal sin in the Bible, yet all this squeeing reeked more like building the Tower of Babel all over again. Sorry if I Godwin’d, but it’s not surprising if a regime like Hitler’s Nazi Germany went under after years of convincing the… Read more »
domo
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Same here. Even in soccer, I only watch them for entertainment. To all the asshurts, here’s the million dollar question: after all of your pinoy prayd nonsense escapism a lot of times, did our country even progress? Did YOU even move your ass yourselves to solve the diseases of this sick country?

Like benign0 said, pinoy nga naman parang aso. Matangkad lang kapag nakaupo. Sa tawag lang ng amo tatayo.

Arkitek
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Great insight! I agree 100% with the author. How can I enjoy the “success” of SMART Gilas, if I see the poor getting poorer, more people dont have jobs, and the country will suffer for another 3 years because of the abnoy president!

qsr
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at least there is still something good in our country at least on these segment, or just a while that keeps reminding us there is hope, there is good and there is God!!!!

dachronicler
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Hope? Hardly, how can a team of basketball players shall unite us against the social cancer? There is hardly any positive in this country because the positive is always outnumbered by the negative and the people will even side with the negative. We can argue about morality and the concept of God all day if you wish. There is no ‘good’ and ‘evil’, morality is relative. Nietzsche argued that there were two fundamental types of morality: ‘Master morality’ and ‘slave morality’. Slave morality values things like kindness, humility and sympathy, while master morality values pride, strength, and nobility. Master morality… Read more »
Oscar
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The Philippines’ winning in FIBA Asia semis after more than 2 decades is a proof that there is a God? WOW. WOW. WOW..

dachronicler
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I cannot stand the stupidity of these assholes 😛

Qsr
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Dachronicler if i were u i will go home and help ur mom get laid, and i will be happy to d same if u have a nice sister!!!! Or simply fuck urself!!!! Now im not talking about god!!!

domo
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Qsr please fill my glass with your tasty tears of asshurt. Sayang pa naman indio.

domo
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Either you’re sarcastic or you’re just a religiot who even thinks that a cat’s ass that looks like Jesus will make you believe that there is a God.

Qsr
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Domo fuck u if ur an atheist i think ur born out of samthing only, i was wondering how u express ur satisfaction wenever u fuck ur mom or ur dad fucks u in ur tight ass moaning omg o u dunno?

Felicity Merriman
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So you’re proud to be Pinoy? Please, tell me about how it will feed each and every family.

domo
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I’m a Catholic and I’m not a katoliban damaso like you who uses God for your selfish desires like those who hate anime only because of tits and sexiness.

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