Let's face fact. The honest fact. We're not a team nation, if not a divided one. Simply because many refuses to cooperate. Not only it is evident with the horde of unruly mob gathering outside the House of Representative to protest the State of the Nation Address of president Gloria Macapagal Arroyo this afternoon, it also reflects on how our Team Pilipinas basketball team fare poorly in the recent 31st Jones Cup in Taiwan where the RP team, fielded by millionaire athletes from the PBA, where they only managed to score two wins against six loses. Two of those wins comes from lowly Taiwan team B and Kazakhstan who also finished at the bottom of the final standings. We are defeated by nations from Korea, Japan, Jordan, Lebanon, Taiwan A and Iran. Last night, we are "massacred" by the Iranian team, for good measure, by twenty five points. Iran lead as much as 37 points. We are outplayed, out hustled, and more importantly, we are outsmart. Being out muscled never hurts. There are law of nature that will stay no matter how hard we try to defy them. But being out smart, where we have complete control of its power and possibilities to make a difference, is something more embarrassing than being physically bullied.
“We had no solution to their height advantage, we just couldn’t match up with their size,” said national coach Yeng Guiao.
I have to respectfully disagree Mr. Guiao. We are totaly outsmarted by the Iranian team. Their total assists doubled that of the RP had produced. In other words, they played smart. They did not resort to bullying, at least this time to gain victories against us.
Another thing, you couldn't put players on a team that is jealous of one another's individual success that is plaguing the PBA in recent years. So how could you expect to see them perform beyond their usual capabilities as an athlete to represent the country?
The more I see our RP team in international scene, the more I love chess in our country.