Dream fulfilled... dream lost.

I am so happy that the Talk N Text Tropang Texters decided to activate Ralph Emerson Oreta (or Emmerson Oreta) from the free agent list. When he was in the UAAP, he was a Rookie of the Year winner. He was a good offensive player that I thought had a good upside because he was also defensive-minded. The problem all of a sudden was when the UST Growling Tigers decided to add two offensive scorers in their roster. Inasmuch as Oreta is a good player, having a tandem of Cyrus Baguio and Nino Gelig is just as better.

After UAAP, he started his journey of journeying, having pit stops in various teams in the PBL, NBC, and the Liga Filipinas. The last time I saw him was when he played for that South East Asian Games squad that wound up winning the gold medal in 2007. I thought he’ll be picked up in free agency but he this wasn’t the case. Prior to playing as a Tropang Texter, he was part of the Pampanga Buddies squad that also comprised of UST alums like Jemal Vizcarra, Allan Evangelista, Don Villamin, and Christian Luanzon, former UPHR Altas’ Khiel Misa, former San Beda Red Lion Francis Mercado, former PBA vet and FEU Tamaraw Chris Nicdao, former pro and Letran Knight JP Alcaraz, current Rain or Shine Elasto Painter Larry Rodriguez, and current Tropang Texter Jared Dillinger.

While I don’t think he’ll be in the roster long enough to make a name for himself, at least he’s enjoying the perks that Kelly Williams left when he was loaned to the Asian Games.

By the way, if Marcus Douthit was there, we could have won at least a medal.

President Noynoy Aquino never ceases to amaze me. Sure, he is the son of democratic royalty, but for some insane reason he’s turning out to be some sort of a tyrant. It helps actually in terms of cleaning the government because the stench of terms long ago can’t be dealt overnight. But had Noynoy signed the bill that would naturalize Douthit, the Philippines wouldn’t lag as far as sixth place.

And as if people would care... the lack of coverage over the region’s most awaited sports spectacle was appalling.

So the Philippines managed to score three gold medals. Overall, Team Pilipinas managed to claim three golds, nine silvers, and nine bronze medals. While this haul was good enough to rank the country in the Top 20, are we sure that we are ready for the 2012 London Olympics? While we won three gold medals, we won in the events of billiards, boxing, and bowling. Billiards and bowling are two sports that is not part of the Olympics. Add that with chess where we won a silver medal and dancesport where we won two bronze medals and we find ourselves lost for the Olympics.

Back when Roel Velasco, Eric Canoy, Harry Tanamor, and Onyok Velasco were playing for the flag, we used to collect a huge amount of medals in boxing. Sure, we have a powerful taekwondo team but boxing has been our brightest spot. The sport has given us two silver medals and three bronze medals. But right now?

You can blame this all you with the various sports programs in the country but unless they get support from the government, the elusive gold will continue to be a dream.  

I just realized that Kelly Williams, Sol Mercado, and Asi Taulava have returned to their respective ball clubs.

Poor Emerson Oreta then as he returns back to the reserved list.

Game over.


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