As the old adage goes, be careful what you wish for. Well, we’ve never really been careful with anything. Carefulness is for the weak! And for little animated bears who seem to care a lot. That’s why we’re unabashedly and carelessly giving you—not one, not two, not even 10—our Top 14 Sports Wishes for 2014.
Don’t underestimate the power of relentless and irrational wishing. Just ask Aladdin. Or the millions of Maria Sharapova’s jealous male fans, who angrily wished for her break-up with Sasha Vujacic and his perpetually wet hair.
See, miracles do happen.
That’s why we believe that our sports wishes, no matter how improbable, will come true, one or way or another.
14. Continued rise of the Philippine Azkals
The magical aura of the Azkals tapered off a bit last year with a different national team stealing the spotlight (more on that in a bit). Heck, Phil Younghusband’s split with FHM favorite Angel Locsin attracted more attention than the team’s exploits.
She’s back in the market, boys!
Still, that hasn’t hampered the Pinoy booters’ ascent in the international scene. Just last month, the country earned its highest FIFA ranking in decades after rising to the 127th spot, moving past long-time Southeast Asian powerhouses Thailand and Singapore. We’re not overly delusional to wish for a World Cup berth. So for now, we’re pinning our hopes on a Suzuki Cup title and a move closer to the top 100.
13. A win (or two) for the UP Fighting Maroons
There’s no sadder team in Philippine basketball than the Maroons. Their number of wins in the last five UAAP seasons: six. That’s an awful 6-70 record, including two winless years! A pimply, stout kid with a bad case of halitosis could score better.
But with a coaching change allegedly on the horizon, we’re hoping that there’ll be renewed optimism in Diliman. Next year’s roster, led by Henry Asilum and Chris Ball, will still be one of the worst, but we’re not asking much, just let UP win one. Maybe one W will lead to another and another. If not, can the UAAP just let Benjie Paras and Ronnie Magsanoc play again?
They may be UP’s last hope
12. Best NBA Slam Dunk Contest ever
It’s the most polarizing NBA event. Some love it like Jennifer Lawrence videos, while some abhor it like Jennifer Sevilla’s movies. If you ask us, we’re kind of in between. There are times when the Slam Dunk contest is excellent (Vince Carter and co. in 2000) and times when it’s despicable (Fred Jones, ladies and gentlemen).
That’s why this 2014, we’re wishing for the best dunk contest in history: LeBron James, Blake Griffin, Gerald Green, Dwight Howard, and Andre Iguodala. Who wouldn’t want to see that? While we’re here, we’re suggesting a new side event: a three-point shootout among DeAndre Jordan, JaVale McGee, Andrew Bynum, and Roy Hibbert.
You’re welcome, NBA.
Even this amazing NBA video wants to see LBJ thrown it down with the best
11. A major win for Tiger Woods
In our Fearless Forecast for 2013, we boldly predicted that Tiger will finally get his first major win after his sullied adultery scandal. As usual, we didn’t get it right (we didn’t get enough training from Madam Auring). The 38-year-old golfing legend came close at the Masters, but he eventually settled for a tie for fourth.
Unleash the Tiger!
So the chase for major title no. 15 continues. He hasn’t won one since the US Open in 2008. That’s why we’re wishing for the dry spell (there’s a sex joke here somewhere) to end this year. We all love comeback stories and a huge victory will seal his roaring return to the green.
The Safety Check gets a much-needed upgrade
They're giving us an idea of how the national team will fare at the 2017 Southeast Asian Games