SMB Celebrates 2009 Fiesta Cup

Except with the Nuggets, I rarely tune in for post-game festivities after a playoff series ends. This is even moreso with the PBA. But since nothing good was on TV last Friday night, I decided to check out the post-game celebration of San Miguel.

For me, how you celebrate something shows how important that thing really is. So since this is SMB’s first crown in 4 years, I was expecting to see a jampacked locker room…

Miami Heat owner Micky Arison talking to the media after winning the 2006 NBA Championship.

Miami Heat owner Micky Arison talking to the media after winning the 2006 NBA Championship.

Or maybe something a little less congested but still raucuous like this…

Bostons Big 3 after humiliating the Lakers in last years title clincher.

Boston's Big 3 after humiliating the Lakers in last year's title clincher.

Or maybe have see the players with their loved ones…

The Greatest Of All Time with his dad James Jordan, Sr.

The Greatest Of All Time with his dad James Jordan, Sr.

Or maybe something more intimate…

Even the Spurs know how to have fun.

Even the Spurs know how to have fun.

Heck, I would’ve been content seeing the coaches, or better yet, with Danding Cojuangco showered with liquor.

Phil Jackson finally gets to shower again after 7 long years.

Phil Jackson finally gets to shower again after 7 long years.

However, intead of seeing a dozen interviews being conducted simultaneously, an extensive media coverage, family members crowding the locker room and upper management joining the celebration, this is what I saw.

Artists interpretation of the SMB locker room celebration after Game 7.

Artist's interpretation of the SMB locker room celebration after Game 7.

I can’t find any videos yet but it’s kinda sad to see that only Magoo Marjon was doing the interviews in the SMB locker. I’m not even sure if he was happy being there. The only time the players seemed to care was when he asked them, “sino gusto mong batiin?”

I only saw the interviews of Pingris (I’ll never mistake his accent for a half-French), Ildefonso (didn’t forget to mention his piggery business), Villanueva (didn’t want to get wet but kept greetings short), Cortez (probably still can’t speak Tagalog fluently), Racela (still intense even after the game), Washington (looks sleepy/wasted) and Hontiveros (did Olsen convince him to get braces?). I might have missed all the fun during the earlier parts of the post-game coverage, but come on! Where the hell was everybody?

Perhaps even sadder was the closing shot of Mico Halili and Jason Webb with people who I presume to be the PBA crew. If it weren’t for them jumping up and down in the background, excited just to be on national TV, Mico and Jason would have been backdropped by an empty Araneta Coliseum. How sad is that? The fans didn’t even bother to stay, which is understandable since the PBA wasn’t doing anything to keep them there anyway.

It might have been better to shoot the final exchanges between Mico and Jason while they were walking towards the parking lot. At least they might encounter some fans along the way and ask them their reactions about the game/series.

I don’t remember the exact dialog between those two guys, but Mico asked Jason about his final thoughts on the game/series, or something like that. And as expected, the former Senator’s son answered with his typical trite reply. As an act of kindness, Halili literally said, “Well said, my friend. Well said.” What a dull way to end an exciting series.

Good thing Bubble Gang was finally on after that.

One response to “SMB Celebrates 2009 Fiesta Cup

  1. I’ve watched the whole series including the deciding game and I can say your blog will really mislead anyone who doesn’t have an idea of what happened.🙂

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