We are all aware that the NFL has hid underground after the Superbowl declaring a lockout in March. And now, a new league has declared it less than a month after its Finals. The NBA has recently declared a lockout for the 2011-2012 season. Sucks for us fans right now huh?
What is a lockout? For all you people that don’t know, A lockout occurs when an employer refuses to let its employees work. It’s caused to stop employee bitching (strikes) or imminent work stoppage.
Carrying on, we all know the NFL’s story for the lockout. There’s a shitload of money approximately more tha $9 billion that needs to be split up. Owners and players don’t know how to split that up, they have a problem of making too much money. The NBA on the other hand has a different problem, over half of the teams are losing money. Major teams/markets are reeling in all the cash when other teams are struggling to keep afloat.
It’s mind boggling to see that two of sports most prominent leagues are in this dilemma where one doesn’t know what to do with its money while the other is trying to find ways to make a profit.
Money is probably just the icing on a ginormous crap cake, but let’s be real money moves practically everything. The NFL season is starting in 2 months, pre-season is hurting. They’re even prepared to drop games if needed. The NBA season is still roughly 4 months away things look rather dim. We’ll definitely get our football season that’s for sure.
The NBA is trying to keep teams alive, trying to figure out a way to get the numbers up. As a fan this is a bold move, I wouldn’t recommend it but it’s necessary. They don’t have as such a die hard fan base like the most terrible NFL team.
In wild analogy here’s the NBA lockout simplified, Cleveland has a star, Miami has a star and Toronto has a star. Those stars have their own fan base and revenue. Now, Cleveland’s star and Toronto’s star joined Miami giving them 3 times the revenue. Cleveland and Toronto without a star loses a chunk of their earnings.
But who am I really? I’m just a fan after all.
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There’s a movement going on about being proud Filipinos. I’m leaning towards that movement. Why? Here’s why.
I’m not hating on the essence of Filipino Pride in general, but we’re being proud for all the wrong reasons. Being proud of your nationality is showing how better we are than other countries, other cultures. Filipino pride is when we show pride in our government, in our ability to not ask for help during calamities, showing how our camaraderie is all we need.
A nation’s pride can’t be harnessed by a single person’s achievement alone. Manny Pacquiao will get better and richer, he trains and works hard for it; while you will stay the same, same desk job, same routine, same commute. Charice Pempengco will get better and even more famous, but she didn’t get famous because she was Filipino, she got lucky that someone like Oprah Winfrey acknowledged her talents. Filipinos who excel abroad could care less, they don’t know how it is to live here, they don’t know the struggles average Filipinos have, sure they have Filipino blood in their veins but other than that, there’s nothing else.
I believe the greatest step to Filipino Pride was our parent’s ability to rise up against a person they considered a tyrant. A peaceful revolution. Good and bad points.
Good: we came together as a country, we all synced and believed a common goal.
Bad: nothing good came afterwards, we were in debt, the poor became poorer, the rich became richer.
I want to proud of a country that can go against any odds. Like Japan, they were able to rebuild after World War II and they progressed better than the west. Even when they were struck by that terrible earthquake and tsunami in March, they were able to rise up. They didn’t ask for help, they did it as a country.
Us on the other hand were running after trucks, acting selfishly, not as a country but as individuals. Considering that our disaster was not as severe as theirs. We didn’t help because we loved our countrymen, we did it because it was “in” it was “cool”, otherwise; disaster or not, we’ll be helping each other.
I want to be proud of a country that can deliver progress. Take Singapore for instance, they used to be as bad as us, in the bottom of the 3rd world pool. In a matter of decades, with endless progress turned into a high class country.
The trick is to keep the “great minds” in the country, performing, advancing. Our country is so messed up that the “Filipino Dream” is to get out of the Philippines. Our economy is fueled primarily with OFWs sending money over. Our “great minds” would rather work for a different country than their own. Progress for the Philippines is nothing more than a pipe dream. Such a shame too, we produce so many gifted individuals.
I wan’t to be proud of a country that fights corruption and longs for equality. Just because you’re rich and your family’s rich doesn’t mean that you and your brothers can run for office. Just because your mom was an ex-president you still don’t have the right to win the election. Rich stay in power, while potential leaders are left to rot. This is the endless spiral of Philippine politics, no wonder the poor stay poor face it, these so-called officials have no idea how it is to live in the ghetto. How can you fight corruption when even enforcers are corrupt as well? Straight road my ass.
In the end, individual achievements do not count as national pride. I don’t care if you wear a Team Manila Rizal shirt, that’s just insulting his memory. National pride, is accepting that we are or can be superior to any other country. We don’t have to leave the country for a better life, we can get through any kind of ordeal, because we are Filipino.
However, that is not the case. We still have much to learn, as a culture, society, and a country. My name is Reian, and I’m not proud to be a Filipino.
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Easter Sunday is upon us. For some people it’s a day for Church and whatnot. I remember a Breakfast Buffet and some egg hunting. Gotta love those plastic eggs filled with candy and whatnot. It’s like a Halloween but looking all prim and proper.
But seriously, I’m too lazy to go scavenging on old photo albums looking for a young me, hunting colored eggs with “RF” on the side. You gotta love those days though, not as that Hallmark Holiday that’s labeled but the family loving day. May it be painting eggs, looking for eggs, waiting in line at the Family Restaurant, Easter is the BOMB!
So, to make this a short post.
HAPPY EASTER FELLAS!
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