Manila Doctors Hospital
July 23, 2014
So you’re still disappointed that you didn’t get to see our beloved Gilas Pilipinas play a team of NBA stars headed by the young and supremely talented Kawhi Leonard, who helped the San Antonio Spurs beat the living daylights out of LeBron James’ stinky ass and the Miami Heat while snaring the NBA Finals MVP trophy in the process. Oh Kawhi. Maybe next time.
I guess you’re still probably in a queue to get a refund after the disaster that is the PLDT Last Home Stand. I repeat, Last Home Stand. Not Lost Home Stand. Nor Last Home Stank. But that’s over now. And stop the blame game. So set that aside and think of better thoughts. And this one is the best.
Her name is Maria Sharapova. Tennis goddess. Six-footp-two of pure, power tennis and beauty. Masha to everyone of us. I will pay the same amount that people paid in the PLDT Last Home Stand just to see her do drills. Heck, I will give them my house just to SEE her. Period.
You see, there’s a chance Sharapova will come into town after recent news announced that Masha has been named a member of the Manila Mavericks, one of the four teams that will comprise the fledgling International Premier Tennis League tentatively set on Nov. 28 at the Smart-Araneta Coliseum.
Bob Guerrero of Yahoo! Philippines, Marc Anthony Reyes of the Phl Daily Inquirer and Kristel Satumbaga-Villar of the Manila Bulletin reported it recently. COO Eric Gottschalk made the announcement. Sharapova, who replaced Victoria Azarenka of Belarus, will join our very own Fil-Am ace Treat Conrad Huey, Andy Murray, Jo-Wilfred Tsonga, Kristen Flipkens and former tennis stars Daniel Nestor and Carlos Moya. The other franchises are from Singapore, India and United Arab Emirates. It is said it will stake a cash purse worth $1 million.
That is assuming, of course, the league pushes through.
We wrote about this in The Philippine STAR months before. We learned that former Indian doubles specialist Mahesh Bupathi founded the ITPL and moved the franchise from Thailand to the Phl due to unrest in Bangkok. We also said the country will need to generate a whopping $8 million or a whopping P352 million for us to make it a reality.
The amount is way higher than what Smart had shelled out in staging both the Smart Ultimate All-Star Weekend that saw NBA stars including Kevin Durant, Kobe Bryant, Chris Paul, James Harden and Derrick Rose play at the Big Dome a few years back and the staging of the first ever NBA pre-season game at the MOA Arena last year. It is also more expensive than the PLDT Last Home Stand.
That’s why we’re lighting a candle now.
P.S. Dearest wifey, You are still the love of my life. Masha the love of my other life in a parallel universe.
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