As a PBA fan since my genius father brought me to a Ginebra-Alaska game back in 1994 (He was pretty sure that the whole Ginebra mystique would grow on me. Turns out he was terribly wrong, the Flying A has been my hero for almost a score now), I have always contracted withdrawal syndrome when the L is in transition from one conference to another. The idle time just drives me nuts. It reminds me more of how much I love seeing Japeth Aguilar ambitiously point to the sky to signal an alley-hoop. It makes me miss Teddy Beau and Ronnie Matias, damn (Someone tell me where his Bulaluhan is!). Some symptoms that go along with those are I routinely going to channel 15 every time I touch the remote and I blocking off Sunday nights to stay at home.
The good thing about it though is that as a writer, I have way more time to think of redunkculous stuff to write. Yes, just like this one.
Most of what you will read below just was pulled by boredom out of my ass. These rankings are purely subjective and solely based on the question, “Shit. Kung papiliin ako ng Coaches sa PBA at college na pwede kong lasingin, sinu-sino?” Of course, thinking of what I’ll drink with these coaches and where played a part in the rankings. But mostly, it’s all about having a damn crazy time!
Without further ado, here are the Top 10 Coaches I’d like to get drunk with:
Things I assumed: these coaches have been drunk before, I have the power to bring them to any bar I want, and I have only one question to ask them that they all have to answer.
10. JOHNNY “THE FLYING A” ABARRIENTOS – FEU AND SMC ASST. COACH
Johnny A. is my favorite Pinoy basketball personality ever. But why is he only at the tenth spot? Well because I think among all the coaches on this list, he’d be the most drunk-averse.
I’d ask his college bestfriend Vic Pablo to tag along so Johnny A. would easily warm up (I was always fascinated by their friendship. That halftime video where they featured Johnny’s dancing skills and his affinity to Pablo is one of the things that stuck with me for some reason). I’d wear my custom-made Abarrientos 1990 Alaska jersey (one of my prized possessions) and bring a permanent marker for him to sign it. That should be the first agenda because it’s my dream to have his jersey framed and signed.
It should be weird for him, but for the fun of seeing him dance smoothly, I’d probably bring him to Guilly’s in Timog (they play hip-hoppy beats there so that should get him going). Seeing him bust his moves while kids young enough in the bar are not giving a damn should be butt-loads of fun.
The question: “Idol. Sa lahat ng point guards na na-coach mo na, sino paborito mo at kanino ka pinakabwisit?”
Projected answer: “Josh Urbiztondo paborito ko kasi madali siyang turuan. Ginagawa niya yung hindi ko magawa nung kabataan ko, yun bigla nalang titira ng tres sa fastbreak. Si Terrence Romeo. Hindi naman ako bwisit sa kanya. Ay, hindi pala siya point guard.”