A Series Neither Team Wants To Win

Today, the Miami Heat thrashed the Atlanta Hawks 98 – 72 at home to even their series. They now go to Atlanta to try to win Game 7 and advance into the 2nd round.

The way I see it, neither Atlanta nor Miami wants to win because they don’t think they can advance into the Championships. Therefore, it makes better sense to just shut down their respective teams for the ’08-’09 season, rest, rebuild, and get better for the next.

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Championship Sunday Scores 2 Out Of 3

Last Sunday, the NFL’s Super Bowl was considered a ‘game for the ages‘ by commissioner Roger Goodell, highlighting one of the more rousing Championships of the decade.

What this means for the Sports Fan? Definitely a big Win.

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In tennis news, Rafa beat Roger providing one of the most grinding and entertaining clash of contrasting styles in the world of sports. The matchup between the two is rightfully compared to that of the Andres – Sampras era, where the two protagonists’ tremendous talent and skill is matched only by their respect and admiration not only for themselves but, via their exemplary play, for their sport.

What this means for the Sports Fan? A double win if at all possible.

In the PBA..

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The Finals Should Be Free (Are ADMU – DLSU Games Worth that much?)

I’m sure I’m being blasphemous just sayin that, but I’ve got a point here, trust me.

Tickets for the last elimination games as we all know now were sold at 300% to 400% higher than regular rates. In other words, P200 tickets were sold at P6,000 or (if I were to believe rumours), even P8,000 or more.

Let me just say it out right now, that I think that is absolutely horrible, and that such a thing might possibly lead to the demise of the UAAP, or even Collegiate / Amateur sports as we know it. Please let me explain, in three points:

First: Obviously, the ‘profit margin’ earned from the price disparity is not going to UP, this season’s host, or the UAAP. It is going to scalpers. In fact ‘scalpers’ isn’t the right term anymore, as it alludes to some type of low level operator hawking tickets by the sidewalk. No, granted the large amounts of money involved, I’d rather call them the ‘mafia’. Hell just for this example, why not we call them after my fave mafioso of all, Tony Soprano.

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