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Sports Weekend: 5 Things We Can All Agree On

Sports: consuming our weekends since the beginning of time
by Mikey Agulto | Aug 13, 2012
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...That Benson Henderson has the makings of a pound-for-pound champion – not predominantly the finest in all of mixed martial arts, but one who can and will easily govern the division that he’s in. While his split decision victory over former champion Frankie Edgar at UFC 150 last Sunday was too close to be called convincing, Benson looks primed to dominate the division for years to come, just like what Edgar had done in his two-year reign. The UFC Lightweight champ is also starting to collect an array of highlight reel-worthy moves — i.e. swinging up-kicks from the ground, thumping leg kicks to his opponent's calves — a sure sign of a superstar in the making.

...That we have arguably seen the last Dream Team. There are proposals for a 23-and-under age limit for international basketball tournaments, which if passed will put an end to star-studded national teams. Couple that with Team USA's close victoy against Spain in a very competitive Olympic gold medal game and the wealth of young talent available to European teams, the Americans' reign on top of the basketball world might be coming to an end — maybe even as soon as the 2016 Rio Olympics.

...That Pau Gasol is the Laker who will benefit the most from the Dwight Howard blockbuster trade officially made last weekend. With a true center like Dwight, Gasol will continue to play the four position and take advantage of smaller power forwards. He also won't have play at the post, which means he won't get banged up as much as he used to be. With opposing defenses expected to pay more attention to Dwight and Kobe, and with a pass-first point guard like Steve Nash, we also see more easy baskets for the Spaniard. But, above all, he gets to stay as a Laker, which basically equates to another trip to the Finals, to say the least.

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...That there might never be another competitive swimmer as phenomenal as Michael Phelps and another sprinter as great as Usain Bolt. The London Olympics saw Phelps haul down four gold and two silver medals, upping his career tally to a record-setting 22 Olympic medals; while Jamaica's Bolt defended his Olympic trifecta, the 100m, 200m, and 4x100m sprints, the last in world record time. Their victories cement their status as the young living legends of the Olympics.

...That most of us have stayed home during the weekends ever since the new UAAP season debuted last month. It all started with the FEU Tamaraw's come-from-behind win against the UST Growling Tigers during the season's first weekend. Then came the NU Bulldogs endgame collapse against UST three weekends ago. A week later brought us the gruelling and emotional double-overtime classic between UST and the DLSU Green Archers. Note that all of these thrilling games involved UST. Can we all agree that UST is this season's must-watch team?

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