Yes Chot Reyes is at the receiving end of a lot of boos . Like I said many times before . Basketball is all we have . So in a way Chot is all we have. He really has no rival. He is an only child. Yes I am very aware of all you jumping on the soccer / football bandwagon . But you are so new to the bandwagon and so bad at those sports locally that we don’t have a mainstay organic coach to vent your frustrations on. We have no non – basketball figure to breathe fire on. Might help if we had a competent coach stick around 5 minutes after the World Cup is over. Whatever feel good Stajic help generate just merely exposes the Philippines as a stepping stone not a destination.
There is a world of team sports out there that have zero pinoy impact. If the pinoys cared more than simply men’s basketball there will be not enough venom to go around even if they were all as winless as Gilas. Chot though reached the mountain top to be the national coach of the sole significant sport of this country. When you are just a cook in a one-cook restaurant that only believes in serving one dish then you get all the credit and all the blame.
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Pinoys are unique in the sports world because:
1) basketball myopia – whenever I bring this up people somehow bring up billiards as a #2 sport . Proves my point , if billiards is your #2 sport how athletic can your nation possibly be? It is a game not a sport. Pinoys made it a sport because it gives them the illusion they matter in the world of sports because of Bata-Reyes.
2) there is very little regional relevance in a country of 110 million people. Cebu and Davao are extremely well populated cities. When was the last time a significant number of people tuned in to major sporting events that were hosted there? Wouldn’t high profile sports all over the country benefit and encourage athletics ? Oh I forgot. A lot of people cheered on 18 American born and developed players who had the Philippine flag on their chests. Apparently there is not much talent here to encourage based on our local soccer federation.
3) there is no concept of seasons . Yes the Philippines has only two seasons :hot and hotter . Yet just like rotating crops in the same field makes biological sense and is practical. Having some kind of diversity in the local sports landscape might provide some synergy for all sports involved . Silly me, I mentioned sports plural. This is a basketball pa more society.
Who am I kidding ? I know what is on mass media here and there is no hope for the audience of those tv shows to comprehend anything beyond basketball . There is such a low barrier to entry for basketball much like a Daniel Padilla movie, a TV show featuring Vice Ganda or Andrew E hit. That is your audience. The thing is your audience is where your athletes come from and where your supporters come from. I already told you in my last piece how crowdless local soccer is. So it makes logical sense there is no inspiration for local players to work hard . Hard work is what leads to World Cup berths. Sporting events that are well attended means money. Money helps athletes.
I said before complacency is the problem with the pinoy basketball player with international aspirations. To get attention and funding , basketball was the one way to go. If you excel enough locally to get on the national team , you have no rival. You feel complacent. Yet every country that opens a can of whoop a$$ on the Philippines in basketball has so many other athletes accomplished in other team sports and consistently racks up medals every Olympics. Pinoy basketball players have no domestic rivals and get beat by other countries with more diverse athletes and broader sports choices.
We boo Chot because the locals actually play the sport he is coaching and most of the players on the team grew up like we grew up. Singing Lupang Hinirang and watching some version of Tito, Vic and Joey on noontime television. Basketball is all we know so we feel entitled to some relevance in that sport. Basketball is the only international championship that we regularly watch every year.
If Chot is considered stubborn and close minded, aren’t Filipinos closed minded in terms of where they focus themselves athletically and even creatively? All you have on TV are a very narrow range of locally produced TV shows and sports. Yet the elected officials want to ban Korean shows and claim a monopoly on “pogi“. Watch local over the air news and listen to the intonation. Are they addressing a literate audience? Vice Ganda ‘s popularity and longevity in this country speaks more about us than it does about him.
There are certain customer relations trainers in the corporate world who tell their employees that complaints are good. Let me repeat that , complaints are good. Commplaints or negative feedback may make us bristle instinctively. Complaints are the negative feedback we need to change course in our direction in the words of Tom Hopkins. Negative feedback like booing is a much more pleasant sound than what I heard in this game from Kaya FC-Iloilo vs. United City FC . I did not hear a crowd and I did not see a crowd. Boos are preferable to apathy. The point of my last piece was that pinoys are apathetic about football. Yet that cosmic leap that pinoys have too easily accepted . They do not play football well, they do not support football well but will gladly accept the World Cup appearance and the solitary goal they scored.
Pinoys it seems can’t stand Chot but they do nothing to change their culture. The basketball pa more mentality only takes them so far every single time. They are so blind to other sports that they cheer on women who have little in common with them and just salivate at getting more naturalized citizens on Gilas. They love basketball only and it is so painfully obvious that basketball loves other countries more. I doubt it is a coincidence that those other countries that make mincemeat playing Gilas love other sports more than basketball. Complacency and tunnel vision are the values that dominate pinoy team sports culture. That will not change anytime soon. Neither will their fortunes.
Putting a very sharp needle into the balloon known as Pinoy Pride since 2012.