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adidas Goes Crazier with New Crazyquick Kicks

Wednesday, April 23, 2014

John Wall soars with the new adidas Crazyquick
2.0 shoes.
The adidas Crazyquick shoes have gone crazier with the new 2.0 series. Worn by John Wall and Damian Lillard in the 2014 NBA All-Star Game in New Orleans, Crazyquick 2 is an improved version of the first Crazyquick series that will once again redefine quickness.

Crazyquick 2 has an all-new Quicksole upper, which will increase the flexibility and the control of the player wearing the shoes.

The Quicksole upper will also incorporate perforated grooves that will contour with your foot movements while aligning with the Crazyquick's outsole technology.

The new Crazyquick also features four quick zones that will target specific parts of the foot which, together with the Quicksole upper, will provide maximum traction and flexibility to go quicker on the hardwood.

The new Crazyquick 2 will also change the way you cut on the court as it will bring greater traction with the floor, giving you more freedom to glide to an open spot.

The new shoe series also features an all-new molded Geofit collar for better fit, heel stripes for sleek look on the upper, an enlarged and re-engineered Sprintframe for optimum support and moderation of movements, and lace loops with Wall’s name on it.

The adidas Crazyquick 2 is now available for only PHP6,995 at all leading sports stores nationwide.


My Take on the Firing of David Moyes

Tuesday, April 22, 2014

David Moyes is now gone as Manchester United coach. Daily Vedas
The Manchester United front office had enough of the franchise's disappointing season in which it relinquished the Barclays Premier League title it won last year and early eliminations in various cup competitions domestically and Europe-wise. The soccer club decided to part ways with coach David Moyes, who succeeded long time manager Alex Ferguson. Soccer analysts and fans have mixed reactions on this shocking coaching development at the red side of the Eastlands. Me, a Manchester United fan? Here's my say.

First, I think the move to fire Moyes is kinda premature enough. Look, Manchester United will definitely be a different club from the powerhouse team with Fergie. It's gonna be a hard route for Moyes to duplicate how Sir Alex made the team a global soccer powerhouse. I believe, in an unbiased manner, that United can actually win a silverware next season. All Moyes, Robin Van Persie, Wayne Rooney, and the rest of the boys of Old Trafford need is more team chemistry.

However, I could not blame ManU's front office for this move. Considering that they were last year's league champs, it is an awkward sight to see United not even qualifying for next year's UEFA club competitions (they, currently at seventh place, still have a slim chance of making the Europa League). For the club administration, it's about preserving the glory. Also, the relieving of Moyes may have been led by a current mission in the pro sports trading markets: keeping a team's superstars happy. Again, I can't blame ManU for that, especially in the case of Rooney, who is its franchise star.

Now, the search for the next Manchester United coach is on. The club can opt to elevate interim manager Ryan Giggs to a permanent depending on how he will fare as its mentor at the homestretch of its underachieving year. United can also opt to find a "disciple" of Alex Ferguson to re-inject the lost pride of United. Well, my hope is that the first soccer club I grew up with will return to the top sooner.


PBA Commissioner's Cup Quarterfinals Preview Part 2 (Twice-to-Beat)

In the tail end of our PBA Commissioner's Cup quarterfinals preview series, let's take a look at the other two series at hand, both with the higher seeded teams owning twice-to-beat edges.

(2)San Miguel vs. (7)Air21
Asi Taulava and Junemar Fajardo will spearhead Air21 and San Miguel res-
pectively. K.C. Cruz
Should the Air21 Express have secured huge advantages against the Meralco Bolts and the San Miguel Beermen until the end, they would have ended up in the best-of-three series. Well, Air21 got a chance to finish some unfinished business with San Miguel. The problem: one Beermen win and the Express are gone! The key local match-up here is between Junemar Fajardo and Asi Taulava, two centers on different poles but define inside power. Also a must-watch is the import showdown between Kevin Jones and Wes Witherspoon. I think the Beermen could finish the Express in Game 1.

(1)Talk 'n Text vs. (8)Ginebra
Can L.A. Tenorio and Ginebra repeat that magical 8-beats-1 upset against
Jayson Castro and Talk 'n Text? K.C. Cruz
The Talk 'n Text Tropang Texters finished the elimination round with a 9-0 sweep. Now, the road to completing the conference sweep goes tougher as Barangay Ginebra are waiting in the quarters. Though already beating the Barangay in the prelims, the Texters should be extra cautious considering the previous playoff heartbreaks they had against the "people's club" (sorry, Global FC fans, but that's the reality). One of the major playoff series losses of Talk 'n Text against Ginebra actually happened with the Texters, formerly the Mobiline Phone Pals, having a twice-to-beat advantage. The question: Can Ginebra repeat the 1999 Philippine Cup upset against TNT? It depends on whether freshly-recruited Gabe Freeman of Ginebra makes a great stand against Talk 'n Text's Richard Howell. Also, it will depend on who among Jayson Castro and L.A. Tenorio takes an advantage in their top local match-up. Guess what, I have the Barangay winning this series.


PBA Commissioner's Cup Quarterfinals Preview Part 1 (Best-of-3)

Monday, April 21, 2014

The 2014 PBA Commissioner's Cup playoffs are on. In the first of two installments in my quarterfinals preview, let's take a look at the best-of-three series.

(3)Alaska vs. (6)San Mig Coffee
Can James Yap and the injury-stricken San Mig Coffee Mixers get the better
of Calvin Abueva and the Alaska Aces in the rematch of their semifinal series
last year? Nuki Sabio (file photo)
One of the two race-to-two series at hand is the Alaska-San Mig Coffee series. It's kind of awkward that the two clubs faced each other the night before they would battle each other in the knockout stages. The key story here is on whether the Mixers stave off injury bug and dethrone the defending champs Aces or not. As usual, the import battle between Rob Dozier and James Mays and the point guard showdown between Gilas alumni Jvee Casio and Mark Barroca will be a must-watch, but could Alaska make good use of its healthy roster against San Mig Coffee. I think so, but the Mixers have the heart to oust the Aces in the end. San Mig Coffee in three.

(4)Rain Or Shine vs. (5)Meralco
Gilas teammates Gary David and Gabe Norwood will be leading their respec-
tive teams in their quarterfinal clash. Nuki Sabio (file photo)
Rain Or Shine's win last night against Ginebra put the Elastopainters to fourth place and set up a date with the Meralco Bolts in the quarters. The Wayne Chism-Darnell Jackson import face-off will be a key match-up, especially that they were not around when Meralco and Rain Or Shine met in the eliminations on March 26. The question is on whether Jackson's local support at the Meralco camp can get over Chism's at ROS. I think the E-Painter's locals can beat those of the Bolts. Rain Or Shine by a sweep.


A Regular NBA "Sweet 16"? How About No?

Sunday, April 20, 2014

The Phoenix Suns lost big time at the end of the regular season after missing
the playoffs despite a 48-win record. Bart Young
It is an awkward and sad sight for the people of Phoenix to see their NBA team Suns going 48-34 yet getting relegated to the draft lottery. It was probably the same way they thought about the Suns' NFL counterparts Cardinals, who finished the season 10-6 but missed the playoffs too. Many are still wondering about this, especially considering that putting the Suns, a Western Conference club, to the East would actually give them the fourth seed (How about the Atlanta Hawks, the only subpar .500 team to make the postseason?). Now, rumors are in that the NBA playoff might be getting a face lift in which instead of a top 8 from each conference qualification, the top 16 teams after the regular season, regardless of what conference they're in, will battle it out.

If I were to ask, I would rather stick to the current "Sweet 16" format. If the US NCAA-like format is to be used, then might as well take away the East and the West thing. I'm not saying this because I'm accustomed to seeing the two-group, or two-conference, format of the NBA, but it's just like saying that the East teams making the cut despite getting less than 48 wins do not deserve the playoff berths they got. I admit that the cream of the crop right now is the Western Conference considering how the strength of the teams there, but it's not about racking up wins but about the pursuit of finishing the top 8. The catchphrase is simple: If you miss the cut, that's it, even if your record is impressive enough. Also, I think pushing for the overall top 16 format is more of an insult (for the lack of synonymous terms) to the East teams as if saying that the teams there are so weak. Again, it's not about the record but about being strong in the end.

The current NBA season format is designed so that all the clubs will get a good chance of making the playoffs and win it all. Yes, the tilt of  NBA power may have moved westward, but still beware of the East. For the Suns, however, the future looks bright for them. Watch out for them soon.


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