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UAAP Season 73 opened this past weekend with a bang. Host school, De La Salle University prepared elaborate opening ceremonies, which included a short film portraying UAAP fans as superheroes, as well as performances by Kundirana alumni Ogie Alcasid and Gary Valenciano.

The best thing about the ceremonies, however, was that it was short, so we could go straight to the basketball actions. FHM looks at the highlights and lowlights of the UAAP opening weekend.

Thumbs up to Simon Atkins, who burned the nets for 20 points in La Salle’s 80-62 victory over the UP. It looks like he spent the offseason working on his jumper instead of focusing on his showbiz career. The Archers finally have a backcourt leader it has been sorely missing since JV Casio left two years ago.

Thumbs down to Simon Atkins’ terrible overacting in Studio 23’s new opening billboard for the UAAP. What the hell was that?!

Thumbs down to the UP Fighting Maroons, who lured their fans into getting their hopes up with an improved team featuring rookie Fil-Am Mike Silungan, whom Coach Aboy Castro described as a cross between James Yap and Dondon Hontiveros. True to form, they got plastered by La Salle. They should just go ahead and change their name to the UP Sucking Maroons.

Thumbs up to Woody Co, who along with Silungan were the only bright spots in UP’s opening game. It’s hard to tell if he plays more like a poor man’s Alvin Patrimonio, or a rich man’s Allen Glen Patrimonio.

Thumbs up to Coach Pido Jarencio of UST, who remains the most colorful coach in the league. After jokingly predicting that his team would place eighth in the tournament, he upgraded his prediction to seventh place after the Tigers’ impressive 80-67 victory over the UE Red Warriors. Plus, he co-hosts two shows on GMA-7 and regularly performs at comedy bars at night.

Thumbs down to Paul Lee. The UE spitfire looked like he lacked energy against UST, which is ironic, because he’s the star player for Cobra Energy Drink in the PBL – where the announcers gave him the nickname “The Cobra Commander.” Now that’s a cool nickname. It’s doubly disappointing when Lee doesn’t live up to it.

 Jaemark Tordecilla runs the sports blog, Fire Quinto. You should all check it out.

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