Basketball, anyone?

Some time last August, I was tapped to represent a team in our company’s basketball league. They said it was their 6th season. Being the game challenged I am, I thought one season lasts a year not until someone had to explain and emphasize it to me that one season means just round-robin. Since their league is only composed of 4 teams, they made 2 sets of round-robin. So one team competes with another team twice and the one that has the most wins ends up with the title. They also awarded their modified version of The Mythical Five. Unlike the standard criteria that the best player of each of the five positions (center, point guard, small forward, power forward and shooting guard), they based theirs on the player’s total accumulated no. of points all throughout the season. The top five scorers get the special award.

Representatives.
Representatives.
Blaise Aniñon, Edsa Navaja, me and Rose Lea Quiamco.
Blaise Aniñon, Edsa Navaja, me and Rose Lea Quiamco.

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A quick reminisce though, I now fully understand why I got refused by friend who was the Captain of our department’s basketball team in college. Yes, being the thick-faced I am, I volunteered myself to be a part of their team. I was even willing to forego chess if she had just let me in. But of course, there is no point to cry over spilled milk. I enjoyed and finished college, end of story. Case closed.

So going back to the event, Intellmed Basketball League (IBL) Season 6, I have had three observations that concededly impressed me. Check it out! And tell me if you agree with me or not.

Team Diamonds
Team Diamonds: L-R: Stanley, Denver, Jojemhar, Gil, Mitchel, Blaise, Jove, Rudolph, Michael, James, Tata, Reyndel, and Reuben.
Team Clubs
Team Clubs: L-R: Jason, Baltax, Jerico, Edsa, William, and Citous.
Team Aces
Team Aces: Ralph, CJ, Ace, me, Alfred, Manuel and Marlo.
Team Hearts
Team Hearts: Charly, Antonio, Michael, Elray, Jan Vincent, Rose Lea, Keith, Bryan, Karlo and Neil.

1. The only event guys are willingly heading on.

Don’t get me wrong. I’m not saying that guys do not initiate nor volunteer their services to other company events. But I’m more accustomed to females and gays leading the activities. Most guys, well, I know at that, are always missing in action especially when such event involves planning costume changes and dances. I have two male siblings and I’ve had guy friends since grade school so I know how reluctant they are when they need to do something they think of unmanly. If it’s between presentation and sport, they’ll surely choose the latter. So when someone has tapped me as their representative, I’ve realized that guys can be as passionate as ladies wear their costumes and make-ups on. Al John, the basketball commissioner, has shared their files to me that include the uniform design to their line-up to their contribution and up to score sheets; everything is in there. Maybe I’m being gender biased now but I’m in awe to witness an all-boys project. They’ve planned the details smoothly. And it’s admittedly cool.

So it all boils down to the degree of want and interest. It’s always been like this, actually. The more you want it, the more you are decided to do it. The more interested you have become, the more you are impassioned to realize it.

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Team Aces vs Team Clubs

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Official jersey.
Official jersey.
Score sheets.
Score sheets.
Scorers.
Scorers.
Team Diamonds.
Team Diamonds.

2. People share their knowledge and prowess willingly.

I recently promised myself to follow the mantra of seeing good in others all the time. So I’m stopping myself from thinking that I only acquired details without having to google basketball because I persistently annoyed people in our office. I believe that they would offer such thorough explanation to anyone who is interested to know. Like on how Mitchel, center of Team Diamonds, patiently explained the basics of the game and named the players I didn’t recognize; or on how James, captain of Team Diamonds, readily signed me up as one of the upcoming girl players in their next season; or on how Ace, captain of Team Aces, religiously researched the information for me.

In general, I believe this is human’s innate quality: helping others especially those in need. It transcends from giving simple information and instruction rather goes beyond to changing your life completely. And innate sense that no matter how maliciously we think their motives are, sometimes people help without thinking of any reciprocal gestures. That no matter how ludicrously we overanalyze things, sometimes people help just because; no explanation nor reason is needed. And that no matter how ridiculously we deny help from others, sometimes we just inevitably need it. Most importantly, no matter how evil and cruel someone has become, there is still goodness and conscience lurking underneath all the time.

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My favorite photo.
My favorite photo.

3. Their love for the game is admirable.

I always stand by this thought, “You only need to continue doing what you love and enjoy doing.” So it’s refreshing to know that people still stand behind such thought as well, be it subconsciously or deliberately. Though they have admitted that the main reason that they organized such league and played the game is to appease guilty conscience on sedentary lifestyles they’ve been living during weekdays. Partly true, perhaps. To give you a glimpse of our work life, it usually involves almost 9 hours of sitting on swivel chairs, encoding on computers and talking on phones occasionally. Well, you walk at times when you decide to go out of the production floor during break times or go to the pantry for water refill or coffee. But mainly that’s just it. Not to mention, in general, people in our industry rarely find time to exercise after working hours. At the end of the day, pillows and blankets always seem to be a better idea. But conscience or no conscience, I don’t think it’s all for having healthier lifestyle.

I, personally, couldn’t be dragged down to Zumba classes even if I would be desperately wanting to lose some weight. So I know that they wouldn’t be allotting their Sunday afternoons playing the game if they were not enjoying it. As a matter of fact, they love it. And anyone who is passionate on something, be it on sports, art, music, travel, or business, is quite admirable. That, I know, is one of the main reasons I cancelled my prior appointment and eventually, decided to represent one of the league’s teams.

Team Aces on their championship game.
Team Aces on their championship game.

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Jerico's all smile after receiving his medal for The Mythical Five.
Jerico’s all smile after receiving his medal for The Mythical Five.
Congratulations to these five guys who were awarded as this season's The Mythical Five.
Congratulations to these five guys who were awarded as this season’s The Mythical Five.

As of this writing, they are done with this season’s championship and currently planning for the next season. I’ve heard that they were planning to have a friendly game for females and gays as well. Yay! I hope I’m still part of the company by the time they’ve finalized their decision because I am more than willing to be part of it. Not as a representative but a player on court. (Side note: At least I’ve known some information on their most beloved game now. annoying wink)

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