Underdog Days are Over
The greatest contribution of the national football team, also called the Azkals, to the country is introducing football as a more appropriate sport. The players, coming off from their feat against Vietnam last year that paved their way to overnight stardom, strove to pound us with the greatest truth of all time: “Basketball is not for Pinoys.” That football matches better with our height, physique, etc.
Last Monday, I had the chance to meet the Azkals (again) for the contract signing between ABS-CBN Sports and the Philippine Football Federation.
For the year, the company has been given the rights to air the Azkals’ games especially the home match against Mongolia for the Asian Football Confederation (AFC) Challenge Cup this February.
It was my first ~sports coverage actually, being new to the job and to the industry in general. Amid myself scampering from east to west, and north to south, just to take photos and interview the relevant people I needed for my web articles, I have to say that I had a lot of fun.
I was also with my blockmate in college, Kat, who was working for Metro magazine— a subsidiary lifestyle magazine of ABS-CBN.
As we went on the coverage, I suddenly blanked. Then I told her, “Kat… Look, ‘real world.'”
I don’t know. Apparently, a lot has changed since a year ago.
Last year, we were just talking about what to actually do with our effed up thesis dilemmas. And now, we’re talking with, writing articles about and taking unsolicited fan photos with, yes, Phil Younghusband. Lol.