The Smart Decision

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Fantasy players are in deep shit right now over the Smart-Gilas issue.

Yes, I know… a slew of individuals betting on how well their favorite player could play are irrelevant when pitted against national pride and glory.

But in our part of society, this is crucial. We just sit and complain and we ramble at their suckiness!




Last week, PBA has ordered the Smart-Gilas games as “no-bearing”. This means that win or lose their games will not affect the opposing team’s standings. This is the league’s answer for the RP Team’s lackluster performance. Ever since their debut, the infamous Smart-Burger King game where Wynne Arboleda MMA-ed Allan Katigbac, Gilas hasn’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. Letran’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 FEU’s JR Cawaling, Aldrech Ramos, and Mac Baracael, San Sebastian’s Jason Ballesteros, and UAAP MVP and UST standout Dylan Ababou.

Missing in action are Guevarra, Visayan centers Greg Slaughter and Junmar Fajardo, Ateneo’s Ryan Buenafe, and UE’s Paul Lee. UP’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 can’t shrug the fact that they need to put their best players! I am sorry but the team could use a couple of 6’9 and higher guys because Ballesteros and Aguilar are getting plummeted!

Obviously, these guys are starstrucked when playing against their idols. Moreover, they don’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 didn’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 DNP’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 if… just what if… the PBFANTASY organizers think that since the other games are non-bearing, they totally destroy all the points you caught using the “non-bearing” 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.

Game over.


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