The year 2013 has been a wild one for sports.
It had its fair share of highlights and lowlights, like the Philippines’ FIBA Asia finish and Lance Armstrong’s deception. But as we move closer to 2014, it would serve us best if we focus on the good stuff and try to bring all the positivity we can to the coming year.
That's why we're giving you this quick rundown of the sporting world's most inspiring characters and fascinating stories of 2013!
Tengs for the Memories
It's hard to disagree that DLSU's Jeric and UST's Jeron Teng were the top dogs of college hoops the last season. The clamor for the siblings probably stems from their looks, plus their fiery brand of play that reminds many of the anime series Slam Dunk. The storied rivalry of the schools which the brothers pledged allegiance to was also a big boost.
It was only fitting that the two met in the finals of UAAP Season 76. After three thrilling games, it was the younger Teng who came away with the title, leaving his big bro in tears.
No one was sulking, though, a few days after the intense series. The brothers were no longer rivals but buddies again, guesting in numerous TV shows with their goofy PBA legend pops, Alvin Teng. And, best of all, they got to rub elbows with Jessy Mendiola. Lucky bastards!
Manny Matters: Pacquiao Vs. Rios
Unlike Guns N' Roses' Chinese Democracy and Vanilla Ice's attempt at heavy metal, Manny Pacquiao's comeback was a success. After suffering one of the most brutal knockouts ever, Manny returned with a brilliant performance against a formidable challenger in Brandon Rios. Manny didn’t get the K.O. but he won the fight via a very comfortable unanimous decision.
The win wasn’t also his best performance but it was stellar enough to bring back the smiles taken away by Juan Manuel Marquez. More important, a dominant Pacquiao win came at the right time as it helped to somehow uplift the spirits of those who were ravaged by Typhoon Yolanda. We all hoped for PacMan to beat Bam-Bam and so he did, now let’s all cross our fingers and wish for him to beat the Taxman.
Junior Gilas: Sinag's SEAG campaign
The Philippine national basketball team known as Sinag Pilipinas must've felt like they were the 1992 USA Dream Team as they laid waste to the Southeast Asian Games basketball tournament. The group made up of UAAP and NCAA standouts, aided by big man, Marcus Douthit, easily bagged the country's 16th gold medal in the history of the competition.
The young guns were sensational in Myanmar, looking like very worthy successors to their seniors, Gilas Pilipinas. After their triumphant stint as national players, it's intriguing to see if there’ll be significant improvement from Kiefer Ravena, Mac Bello, Roi Sumang, Kevin Alas and the rest of Sinag when they get to play for their regular squads.