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NU vs. UST: FHM's Not So Ordinary Final Four Primer Pt. 2

This time it's personal
by Paolo S. Mariano | Sep 27, 2013
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The Final Four of UAAP Season 76 has come down to this—a sudden-death showdown this Saturday, September 28, between NU and UST at the Mall of Asia Arena. The Growling Tigers forced the do-or-die affair after beating the top-seeded Bulldogs last Sunday. Now, they will have their final battle for the right to twerk all the way to the Last Dance.

Whatever happens in this game, history will be made. NU is looking to win its first UAAP title since 19-freaking-54 (McDonald’s wasn’t even established yet!), while UST is hoping to become the first No. 4 seed in league history to enter the finals.

This is for all the marbles, the jackstones, the plants, the soil, the oxygen, whatever you can think of. Only one team will face La Salle in the ultimate round.

Again, to keep you pumped up for the impending war, we’ll give you another Emmy-inspired primer. Just like what we did with the La Salle-FEU pairing, which BTW, we correctly predicted (we’re now 5-of-83,643 in sports predictions). So, who will be renewed for another episode like the Green Archers? National U or USTe?

Below is your guide to the season finale of NU-UST: Final Four. 



Last year was the coming out party of Homeland, winning four Emmys, including Best Drama Series. 2012 was also a breakthrough year for NU, finally advancing to the Final Four after 10 years. This year, Homeland struck gold anew, winning two of its seven nominations. The Bulldogs are no different, making a historic run and earning the top spot for the first time in the last three decades or more.

We hate to compare Ray Parks to a female but he’s clearly the Carrie Mathison of NU. He’s articulate, intelligent, and resilient like Claire Danes’ character. They’re both hell-bent in achieving their respective goals: end NU’s 58-year title drought and prevent terrorism in the The Land of Milk, Honey, and Honey Boo Boo. Simply put, they’re both trying to protect their homeland. Plus, it’s a shame not to match Park’s coach Eric Altamirano with Mathison’s mentor, Saul Berenson (minus the scruffy beard, of course).

Mathison suffers from bipolar disorder. Although Parks obviously doesn’t have one, he displays a sort of split personality on and off the court. When it’s game time, he carries this tough visage. But when it’s over, he’s one of the league’s most approachable and easygoing dudes.

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