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07-25-2007, 10:44 PM
ATENEO-LASALLE: RIVALRY RETURNED
By Sam Miguel for Gameface.ph (as published in the homepage)



What makes a rivalry?

How about a good deal of animosity, brinkmanship, history and two colors that, ironically, when combined make up a color associated with whimpering, sniveling, fear?

After a year off the books the greatest rivalry in these beautiful islands will once again come to a head this Thursday, 26 July 2007.

Ateneo De Manila and De Lasalle will go to battle, the latest installment in what can only be described as the second-longest war in modern existence (the two Koreas take the dubious cake for longest, but I digress).

Lasalle has had it all over Ateneo ever since both schools made the jump from the storied NCAA to the then-fledgling UAAP over two decades ago. That’s a fine irony considering in the NCAA the two schools were not really rivals. San Beda and Ateneo were the hot and dirty rivals then, with the action spilling out of the court and even well into the bars and beer gardens of the day.

It was inevitable however that the two most expensive and most exclusive schools for boys would eventually cross paths, cross swords (figuratively) and yes, cross defenses on the basketball court. Lasalle has had more opportunities to bring home the annual bragging rights in UAAP basketball, having won more than twice as many titles as Ateneo, including an astounding four straight titles from 1998 – 2001 in the Don Allado-Renren Ritualo era. Lasalle also had a practically unbroken streak of wins against Ateneo in the decade of the 1990’s, during the so-called “dark ages” of Ateneo basketball.

Ateneo however has the edge in terms of head-to-head match ups in the Finals, having beaten Lasalle two (1988 and 2002) out of the three (Lasalle won in 2001) times they’ve met in the UAAP’s biggest stage.

So how do things look after a year?

Offense: Lasalle leads the league in scoring with over 84 points per game. Their transition game is unmatched thanks to the versatility and athleticism of all their players across the board. They also lead the league in team shooting percentage, and they can score on a variety of ways either in the open court or on the set up. Rico Maeirhofer is a double-double machine who rules the inside for Lasalle, together with tough new recruit Brian Ilad. JV Casio and TY Tang are two of the best outside shooters in the UAAP. Cholo Villanueva and James Mangahas fill it up wherever needed.

Ateneo on the other hand is groping for form after so-so wins against opening day assignment Adamson University and most recently against National University. Averaging barely 70 points per game as a team, and lacking any clear leader to show the way and lead their attack, Ateneo is having a hard time producing points consistently from anybody. Chris Tiu is supposed to be the King Eagle this season, but so far it has been the unspectacular Ford Arao who has been delivering the goods, at least up to the UE game.

Advantage: Lasalle

Defense: It may not be the old full court press but it is still the Lasalle full court press, meaning it is still one of the toughest defenses to break. With quick and athletic veterans anchoring one of the most legendary defenses in college basketball it is small wonder Lasalle is also among the league leaders on defense. And just to keep things honest, Maeirhofer is among the best shot blockers in the UAAP.

Ateneo however is no slouch on defense, ranking among the best in team defense in terms of points allowed as well as opponent field goal shooting. Ateneo employs a total team effort on its defensive rotation, operating like clockwork on the extended foul line. Scampering quick guards like Eric Salamat, Eman Monfort and Ken Barracoso allow Coach Norman Black a lot of flexibility in defending the perimeter, a must in stopping any offense.

Advantage: None

Post Players: Maeirhofer had a great off-season showing in all of the big non-UAAP tournaments, and he is on track for his first ever MVP award. He has improved a lot since coming in as a gangly forward-center some four years ago. Now he is a better-rounded player with a whole range of skills, able to operate in the post and away from it. He is one of the best rebounders and shot blockers in the UAAP and is a superb athlete.

After him however the Lasalle frontline thins considerably. As experienced as Ilad is he is still a UAAP rookie who will make his share of mistakes in his first ever Ateneo-Lasalle game. PJ Walsham may be a veteran but he is basically a rotation player only. Kish Co is still a little undersized as a UAAP 5 and 4.

Arao and Raba Al Hussaini are two of the biggest players in the UAAP, and two of the best-coached classic back-to-the basket post players in the league. But they are not the big man All Stars of Ateneo teams past. Still, they work efficiently and their overall size and strength does not allow any team to take them lightly.

Helping them out in the frontline are UAAP returnee Jobe Nkemakolam and Visayan recruit Nonoy Baclao. Nkemakolam and Baclao are polar opposites In terms of build and playing style but are definitely more talented than Arao and Al Hussaini, and they have proven fearless regardless of the opposition with their relentless rebounding and physical defense.

Advantage: Ateneo

Perimeter Players: This is where things swing drastically over to the green side. TY Tang, JV Casio, Cholo Villanueva, James Mangahas, PJ Barua and OJ Cua are a bunch of battle-tested and highly skilled players who can hurt opponents in a variety of ways. Tang has developed into one of the top three guards in the UAAP, and has gotten stronger and wiser; ditto Casio, whose overall game has improved considerably since coming in as a three-point specialist. Villanueva is at times the best player on a talented team with his guile and court smarts. Mangahas is having a career year.

Ateneo on the other hand is playing small ball in the backcourt over 80% of the time. While Monfort and Jai Reyes are deadeye shooters, it is painfully obvious that they are not real point guards, and neither is Salamat. Tiu and Barracoso carry the cudgels for Ateneo and they have been woefully inconsistent thus far. Rookies Kirk Long and Bacon Austria have size and some skill but may not see much time against the battle-tested Lasalle backcourt.

Advantage: Lasalle

Outlook: Ateneo has not scared any one thus far in UAAP Season 70. Lasalle on the other hand, in spite of the setback against UE, is still one of the most feared and aggressive teams in the league. While they match up well on defense, Lasalle simply has much more weaponry than Ateneo on offense.

Ateneo is simply overmatched in the backcourt in terms of size and speed, a distinct liability against the fast and aggressive Lasalle press. Ateneo had a tough time breaking the UE and NU presses, what more Lasalle’s. And they are not going to stop Lasalle’s own backcourt men either.

Perhaps Ateneo’s best chance is to slow the game down and pound the ball into the post where they have an advantage in terms of size and depth. But to get that done the guards have to find a way to get around the Lasalle defense first, which once again puts the onus on the Blue Eagle guards.

We see a 14-17 point win by Lasalle with Ateneo making a game of it only in a few stretches.

oca
07-26-2007, 11:33 AM
At the start of the season, I wondered why Black had so many guards in his line-up. The bigs guys from last season do not intimidate anyone and I was expecting one or a couple of new big guys should be included in the line-up. Baclao is a good addition but very seldom do we find a UAAP neophyte make an impact from the get go and Baldos is undersize at his spot.

Then came the UE game. So that's the reason there were an array of guards. Black wants a controlled and disciplined offense.

Maganda ang pinakita sa UE, tignan natin kung uubra sa DLSU.

Ang DLSU naman, walang anggulo ang team na di alam ng isang hardcore. That line up never posed a surprise to anyone. Kilala na natin ang team na yan- alam natin ano ang kayang gawin. Pero may isang bagay na wala sa DLSU team na ito. Even before the UE game, wala yung tinatawag na swagger. Wala yung trademark na angas of recent teams.

Kahit si Ilad ay bumait. Maybe the suspension humbled the team and in a way changed its character. For so long it is that "angas", that "attitude" that made this team dominate the opposition.

Wala eh, sobrang bait nitong Archers ngayon.

Pero kung nainsulto ang pagkatao nila matapos tambakan ng UE, di ako magtataka kung may napukaw sa loob ng mga iyan.

Tignan natin mamaya.

Blue or Green? Green or Blue?

Nah, pakialam ko kung sino manalo. Basta maganda ang laban!

chorizo
07-26-2007, 08:06 PM
^^^Right on the money!

kulang nga sa angas/yabang yung lasal. Meirhofer tried pero kulang pa.

Howard the Duck
07-26-2007, 08:08 PM
does that mean la salle needs trashtalkers in order to win?

now somebody should enroll at the Mark Cardona and Ryan Arana School for Trashtalking :P

blue scorpion
07-26-2007, 09:11 PM
Good game by both sides.

Congratulations to the men in blue.

To the men in green, nice game. This game was a classic. Kudos also to JV Cassio, he carried his team in the 4th.

Sana ganito rin ang next Ateneo-La Salle game.

bluewing
07-26-2007, 09:23 PM
Sana ganito rin ang next Ateneo-La Salle game.



pati resulta. ;D

Pizza Guy
07-26-2007, 10:21 PM
I've noticed lang.... Majority of the games since 1993, if it's a close one come the dying seconds, Ateneo gets the win. Pero kung tambakan, it's all a different result. You rarely see an Ateneo win via rout.

I admire the fighting spirit of the men in blue in today's game. They made the La Salle press almost totally useless. Since the La Salle press works on a 1-2-1-1 format, Ateneo countered most of it by a 1-2-2 or 1-2-1-1 offiense. They never left the ball carrier which was the key to break the press. Plus the half-court inbound set-up was marvelous! The two-two approach was just picture perfect! The two blue shirts would cross to the halfcourt, while the other two would move to the back court, usually the big man receiving the ball from the inbounder. That is a move that provides a "pick" for a free receiver. Coach Norman definitely did his homework well. The La Salle trap is awesome. But there are ways to break such a press. Reminds me of an old Black Trick back in the 1980's. Jai Reyes was in the zone as well. Cholo, TY, JV, or anyone starting the La Salle trap couldn't even catch up with him. Parang si LA Tenorio doing a "Speedy Gonzalez" Or "Road Runner" move when he was with the team. And as always, there are the moments when Ford or Chris doing shots that would make me say, "...NO-NO-NO-NO...YESSSSSS!!!!" And as expected, Ateneo should dominate the boards. Kudos to Rabs(around 11 or 12 rebounds from my count), Jobe (7 boards), and Baclao (7 or 8 boards). And yes, I now believe that "White men can jump...." Kirk did a fantastic job on plucking the ball in the middle of towering men (7 boards). As I've shouted during the game, "Rico (Maierhofer), yang si Kirk --- PUTI. Ikaw, maputi lang!" Didn't get to count his rebounds, but everytime the next possession was crucial, I'd always see Kirk with the hussle and making sure that Ateneo got the ball (Kahit airball yung first two shots mo kid, you made me admire the skill from a White Boy...The White Chocolate of the men in blue!).

As for La Salle, JV was in the zone during the fourth and the overtime periods. Kahit nasa kalaban ka, I have respect for your talent...malinis, and totally would give me goosebumps during a close game. Cholo was productive. But it's expected from the 7-year veteran. Ty's dagger drive in the third, totally awesome. Made me curse in a way that would signal to the men in blue: "How and why the hell could you let a small guy penetrate that way?!" But for the rest of the game, looks like TY was off. It was expected that the guards of La Salle would produce. They did. But Ateneo's guards/SF delivered more. La Salle big men... Only Rico was the consistent producer. Most likely another double-double. But after him, La Salle became a doughnut. PJ has the beef to bang with Ateneo's big men, but it wasn't enough. Ferdinand had a lot of quality minutes, but he still has much to learn.

Generally, the game was clean, except for that Ford-Rico tussle. At balak pa sumama ni PJ. Cool heads would always prevail. That's a lesson. Kudos to both teams.

For us Ateneans...FEU is next. The next Ateneo-La Salle battle will have to wait. And we still have a score to settle with the defending champs. For now, "bragging rights" is ours for the moment. But I'm in no mood to brag at all. Maybe the better word to describe it is: THANKFUL.

Til the next Ateneo-La Salle game in the next round. This one became an instant classic for us, Ateneans. OBF!

swooosh823
07-27-2007, 01:26 AM
to MR SAM MIGUEL: :P

OBF!!!!

atenean_blooded
07-27-2007, 02:12 AM
does that mean la salle needs trashtalkers in order to win?

now somebody should enroll at the Mark Cardona and Ryan Arana School for Trashtalking :P


If you want quality trash-talking education, attend the Wesley Gonzales On-Court Heckling School. Works well in the UAAP, and by the time you get to the PBA, youd've grown up already, and will hopefully not need it.

Howard the Duck
07-27-2007, 10:06 AM
does that mean la salle needs trashtalkers in order to win?

now somebody should enroll at the Mark Cardona and Ryan Arana School for Trashtalking :P


If you want quality trash-talking education, attend the Wesley Gonzales On-Court Heckling School. Works well in the UAAP, and by the time you get to the PBA, youd've grown up already, and will hopefully not need it.
I thought Wesley owns the Wesley Gonzales I'm Willing to Be Kicked by a Lasallian School? :P

atenean_blooded
07-27-2007, 10:50 AM
does that mean la salle needs trashtalkers in order to win?

now somebody should enroll at the Mark Cardona and Ryan Arana School for Trashtalking :P


If you want quality trash-talking education, attend the Wesley Gonzales On-Court Heckling School. Works well in the UAAP, and by the time you get to the PBA, youd've grown up already, and will hopefully not need it.
I thought Wesley owns the Wesley Gonzales I'm Willing to Be Kicked by a Lasallian School? :P


You're obviously mistaken.

Wesley also owns the Wesley Gonzales I Kick The LaSallites' Asses School.

Just ask Joseph Yeo.

Jeep
07-27-2007, 10:57 AM
does that mean la salle needs trashtalkers in order to win?

now somebody should enroll at the Mark Cardona and Ryan Arana School for Trashtalking :P


puede nilang gawan ng bagong program sa "university" nila -- with cognates in translation management. ask bro. armin to come up with a course syllabus.

Jeep
07-27-2007, 11:01 AM
does that mean la salle needs trashtalkers in order to win?

now somebody should enroll at the Mark Cardona and Ryan Arana School for Trashtalking :P


If you want quality trash-talking education, attend the Wesley Gonzales On-Court Heckling School. Works well in the UAAP, and by the time you get to the PBA, youd've grown up already, and will hopefully not need it.
I thought Wesley owns the Wesley Gonzales I'm Willing to Be Kicked by a Lasallian School? :P


You're obviously mistaken.

Wesley also owns the Wesley Gonzales I Kick The LaSallites' Asses School.

Just ask Joseph Yeo.


and while we're at it with this trashtalking thing, i just wanna share that yesterday, i said to my wife, looking at jai reyes's spectacular performance, that we have now seen the second coming of epok quimpo or LA tenorio.

but then, after his various exchanges with maierhoffor and whoever else on the green side, it appears jai is instead the second coming of wesley gonzales.

bluewing
07-27-2007, 11:13 AM
kahit second coming of jun reyes lang, ok na ako.

kenandmaybs
07-27-2007, 11:31 AM
epok quimpo was never as good as jai was yesterday

Wang-Bu
07-27-2007, 11:58 AM
May protesta daw si Konsehal Franz: naipasok daw ng sabay sa laro sina Laterre at Long na violation ng one-foreigner-at a-time playing rule ng UAAP.

Sa pagkakaalala ko walang pagkakataon na sabay naglaro sa court sina Laterre at Long. Unless counted na kapag na-announce pa lang ng barker na "in" na ang isang player.

Kung ganito nga ang nangyari bakit kaya hindi nagprotesta ahora mismo ang Lasalle? Alam ko sa UAAP rules pwede namang agarang protesta lalo na kung nahuli ng camera at nasaksihan ng almost 20,000 paying fans sa Big Dome.

Mahirap nga lang isiping hindi mismo manggagaling sa Ateneo na i-forfeit na lang nila ang laro kung ganun nga at ginawa na ito dati ng Lady Eagles kontra UP.

BigBlue
07-27-2007, 12:05 PM
^nahuli mo, wang-bu!

shyboy
07-27-2007, 01:04 PM
Teka, nakalaro ba si Laterre kahapon? Parang di ko ata siya napansin. Or is it just my eyes failing me again.

bluewing
07-27-2007, 01:21 PM
Teka, nakalaro ba si Laterre kahapon?* Parang di ko ata siya napansin.* Or is it just my eyes failing me again.


2 minutes lang yata. naka-2 turnover agad, so inalis agad ni kots.

muddatrucker
07-27-2007, 01:34 PM
May protesta daw si Konsehal Franz: naipasok daw ng sabay sa laro sina Laterre at Long na violation ng one-foreigner-at a-time playing rule ng UAAP.

Sa pagkakaalala ko walang pagkakataon na sabay naglaro sa court sina Laterre at Long. Unless counted na kapag na-announce pa lang ng barker na "in" na ang isang player.

Kung ganito nga ang nangyari bakit kaya hindi nagprotesta ahora mismo ang Lasalle? Alam ko sa UAAP rules pwede namang agarang protesta lalo na kung nahuli ng camera at nasaksihan ng almost 20,000 paying fans sa Big Dome.

Mahirap nga lang isiping hindi mismo manggagaling sa Ateneo na i-forfeit na lang nila ang laro kung ganun nga at ginawa na ito dati ng Lady Eagles kontra UP.

Nagprotesta si Franz (kaya may matagal na lull noong 2nd quarter) pero pumayag (o napilitan? baka natakot kay coach Norman ;D) din na technical na lang.

Jump_Shooter
07-27-2007, 03:23 PM
does that mean la salle needs trashtalkers in order to win?

now somebody should enroll at the Mark Cardona and Ryan Arana School for Trashtalking :P


puede nilang gawan ng bagong program sa "university" nila -- with cognates in translation management. ask bro. armin to come up with a course syllabus.

Hello Jeep. I'm about to be a KJ here. I know any thread about the Ateneo-La Salle rivalry will inevitably draw the usual kantsawans especially after a game like yesterday, but let's not get too carried away. That goes for everyone else. Thanks.

Howard the Duck
07-27-2007, 04:32 PM
dapat talaga translation management na lang kinuha ko. kung may pera lang pang-lasal ;D

Jeep
07-27-2007, 05:28 PM
does that mean la salle needs trashtalkers in order to win?

now somebody should enroll at the Mark Cardona and Ryan Arana School for Trashtalking :P


puede nilang gawan ng bagong program sa "university" nila -- with cognates in translation management. ask bro. armin to come up with a course syllabus.

Hello Jeep. I'm about to be a KJ here. I know any thread about the Ateneo-La Salle rivalry will inevitably draw the usual kantsawans especially after a game like yesterday, but let's not get too carried away. That goes for everyone else. Thanks.


hi, coach! my apologies. glad you cut us some slack given the hangovers we're still reeling under. hope to be more circumspect next time.

gameface_one
10-07-2008, 06:47 AM
Going overboard
SPORTING CHANCE By Joaquin M. Henson
Tuesday, October 7, 2008
Philstar.com


The bitter Ateneo-La Salle feud has escalated to a point where some diehards from both schools are blinded by school loyalty and can no longer discern what is right and what is wrong.

It is healthy to encourage rivalry because competition brings out the best in you. But if you take it to a level where your behavior becomes irreverent and uncalled for, you put yourself and your school to shame.

Nothing wrong with cheering yourself hoarse during a basketball game. But when you begin to curse, wag the middle finger and act like a boor, you set a horrible example for others. There is no place for hooliganism in a decent society.

Worse, your line of thinking becomes clouded by bias. You resist any form of criticism and suspect those who don’t see things your way as harboring ulterior motives. You dissociate yourself from others whose opinions may differ from yours and as a result, you lose self-respect.

I’m reminded of the series of photos accessible in the Internet showing the metamorphosis of a lady in the basketball gallery from a prayerful pose with a rosary to a defiant stand waving her middle finger.

If there is to be animosity, leave it on the court. When the game is over, walk away. If your school wins, celebrate the moment and thank the loser for a gallant effort. If your school loses, congratulate the winner and resolve to bounce back next time. Don’t keep enmity in your heart because life is too short to be ravaged by hatred.

It’s in the spirit of fun that you hear a La Salle fan say Ateneo wins the UAAP men’s basketball championship “once in a blue moon” or that you hear an Ateneo fan say green is the color of envy. But if you take the ribbing to heart, you not only give yourself unnecessary stress but also show lack of good breeding.

* * * *
In the aftermath of Ateneo’s victory over La Salle in Game 2 of the recent UAAP finals, there continues to be a lot of mudslinging.

Ateneo fans accuse La Salle of poor sportsmanship. An Eagle alumnus swears he saw Chris Tiu extend his hand only to be ignored by Rico Maierhofer and J. V. Casio when they were called to center court for recognition as Mythical Five stars before Game 2. The same alumnus claims there was no handshaking among players after the contest. Then there was the brouhaha about the Archers not returning to the scene of battle to receive the runner-up trophy.

On the other hand, La Salle fans insist the Archers were short-changed by the referees who threw out Maierhofer on a questionable technical foul at the height of the Archers third period rally and disqualified Casio in the fourth quarter with the outcome still in the balance. They point to the glaring disparity in fouls called – La Salle 29 and Ateneo 13. The Eagles were 18-of-28 from the line and the Archers, 3-of-8. Wasn’t the UAAP commissioner a former Ateneo varsity player, the La Salle fans ask.

Some La Salle supporters candidly admit Ateneo was the superior team this season but surely, the Eagles would’ve preferred to win under less controversial circumstances – perhaps, a consoling thought.

A few days ago, Ateneo president Fr. Bienvenido Nebres wrote a letter to La Salle president Bro. Armin Luistro apologizing for an incident at the Loyola bonfire celebrating the Eagles’ UAAP triumph.

Fr. Nebres said:
“I would like to extend my deepest apology to you and to the La Sallian community for what some alumnus or student did at the Ateneo bonfire, namely, write the names of the La Salle players on the wood. Unfortunately, none of us saw it ahead of time because the wood pile was covered by a tarp against the rain until the time came to light it.

“Despite our rivalries in sports, we are both committed to Christian values and what was done is certainly a violation of values we share. Once again, my deepest apologies to you and to the La Sallian community. We are trying to find out who is responsible for the act.”

* * * *
A source says Ateneo alumnus Jesse Paredes has admitted responsibility. Paredes has reportedly written a letter of apology to Fr. Nebres, saying he never meant to offend anyone.

From pictures in the Internet, there are visible inscriptions on the wooden (or bamboo?) poles – Pumaren, Barua, Rico Maierhofer, Malabes, Mangahas, Three Blind Mice, among others. An Ateneo witness says rival schools in the UAAP were not spared in the burning but only the Archers players were named.

A La Salle fan, writing in the Taft Internet forum, says with obvious wit, “just wondering if Norman Black had something to do with converting the Ateneo to Black Magic.” The pun is in reference to the voodoo of burning the sticks with the players’ names – no offense meant to the Ateneo coach.

“As you can see, they wrote the names of the La Salle players on the sticks and burned them,” says another La Salle fan. “It looked more like a Ku Klux Klan bonfire. If La Salle did it, all the newspapers would’ve carried the pictures and countless commentaries written about La Sallian behavior. Also, La Sallian websites were hacked. Archerpride.com and greenarcher.net were vandalized the night Ateneo won the championship.”

Why has the rivalry come down to this? I know of an elementary student who breaks down in tears whenever his school loses to the other and can’t wait for the day to exact revenge. Bad blood is evident at such an early age.

There must be something the UAAP can do to foster the spirit of sportsmanship instead of fan the fires of animosity between La Salle and Ateneo. That will be the subject of tomorrow’s column.

atenean_blooded
10-07-2008, 03:22 PM
Well, Queenito, you can perhaps have sanctions for those who did not do the league justice by refusing to accept their runner-up trophy.

That's not just an insult to the champions, you see. That's an insult to the rest of the league.

antica
10-08-2008, 12:10 AM
has anyone heard about Brother Armin Luistro's speech delivered last Saturday October 4,2008 in Dlsu's commencement rites?

atenean_blooded
10-08-2008, 02:27 AM
has anyone heard about Brother Armin Luistro's speech delivered last Saturday October 4,2008 in Dlsu's commencement rites?


You might be referring to this quote:

"The campus can very well be an island in Thailand's Satun province where the only way of surviving is by maximizing your meager resources and beating the other tribe, hopefully without having to resort to bribing the tribal council or cheating your way to victory."


How utterly telling.

full battle gear
10-08-2008, 08:05 AM
DLSU accepts Ateneo’s apology

Wednesday, October 8, 2008
www.philstar.com


The De La Salle University yesterday accepted Ateneo’s apology on the bonfire incident where the Eagles’ supporters torched wood planks bearing the names of the La Salle Green Archers during the team’s victory party for winning the UAAP cage crown recently.

“In behalf of the entire Lasallian community, I thank Ateneo president Fr. (Bienvenido) Nebres for his heartfelt apology and accept it wholeheartedly,” said DLSU president and Chancellor Br. Armin Luistro, FSC.

A few days ago, Fr. Nebres, S.J. wrote a letter to the La Salle president apologizing for the incident at the Loyola campus bonfire celebrating the Eagles’ UAAP title romp.

Photos of the bonfire were circulated over the Internet and drew adverse reactions from various sectors.

“While the incident remains unfortunate and could possibly have been avoided, it should not be seen as reflective of the kind of values and principles that we, both La Salle and Ateneo, strongly uphold,” Br. Armin said. “The challenge to rein in excessive partisanship is an on-going process at DLSU and among UAAP schools.”

He has assured Fr. Nebres that the entire Lasallian community appreciates Ateneo’s effort in taking the initiative to investigate the matter further.

“Even if there is stiff competition in the UAAP games, we have always believed that our active participation in the league helps build character, foster camaraderie among the different teams, even as each of our schools rally the school spirit of our students and alumni,” he said. “We also believe that through the games, we are providing good role models, not just for the students of the different UAAP schools, but also for the youth at large,” Br. Armin added.

Meanwhile, Br. Armin clarified that the Archers did not go out of their dugout after the game to receive their trophy simply because no one called them. At the time, University officials and other supporters already filled the dugout to express appreciation for the team.

“We would have gladly received our trophy during the ceremony because we know that we worked hard to get to the Finals. Being a runner up in the UAAP men’s basketball tournament is an achievement the University is very proud of,” Br. Armin explained.

antica
10-08-2008, 11:10 AM
has anyone heard about Brother Armin Luistro's speech delivered last Saturday October 4,2008 in Dlsu's commencement rites?


You might be referring to this quote:

"The campus can very well be an island in Thailand's Satun province where the only way of surviving is by maximizing your meager resources and beating the other tribe, hopefully without having to resort to bribing the tribal council or cheating your way to victory."


How utterly telling.


Surprisingly, this has not yet come out in any of the major newspapers? Do you have a full transcript of this particular speech or some footage?

atenean_blooded
10-08-2008, 11:22 AM
has anyone heard about Brother Armin Luistro's speech delivered last Saturday October 4,2008 in Dlsu's commencement rites?


You might be referring to this quote:

"The campus can very well be an island in Thailand's Satun province where the only way of surviving is by maximizing your meager resources and beating the other tribe, hopefully without having to resort to bribing the tribal council or cheating your way to victory."


How utterly telling.


Surprisingly, this has not yet come out in any of the major newspapers? Do you have a full transcript of this particular speech or some footage?


What we have is the quote.

tigerman
10-08-2008, 11:43 AM
Meanwhile, Br. Armin clarified that the Archers did not go out of their dugout after the game to receive their trophy simply because no one called them.* At the time, University officials and other supporters already filled the dugout to express appreciation for the team.


With or without a call, it is incumbent upon the runner-up squad to receive their trophy. Besides, it's impossible that nobody among the university officials and other supporters took time to call their attention regarding the awarding.

Such line of reasoning is an affront to the champions, the supporters of both schools, the league and sportsmanship.



USTE LO MEJOR!
VIVA SANTO TOMAS!

atenean_blooded
10-08-2008, 11:54 AM
Meanwhile, Br. Armin clarified that the Archers did not go out of their dugout after the game to receive their trophy simply because no one called them.* At the time, University officials and other supporters already filled the dugout to express appreciation for the team.


With or without a call, it is incumbent upon the runner-up squad to receive their trophy. Besides, it's impossible that nobody among the university officials and other supporters took time to call their attention regarding the awarding.*

Such line of reasoning is an affront to the champions, the supporters of both schools, the league and sportsmanship.*



USTE LO MEJOR!
VIVA SANTO TOMAS!


Apologies are in order, although we shouldn't hold our breath.

bchoter
10-08-2008, 12:05 PM
Kasalanan pala ng UP eh. UP should also apologize for negligence :D

atenean_blooded
10-08-2008, 03:33 PM
Kasalanan pala ng UP eh. UP should also apologize for negligence :D


Suspension? :)




Ahihihihihihihihihihihi

glock23
10-08-2008, 05:34 PM
Meanwhile, Br. Armin clarified that the Archers did not go out of their dugout after the game to receive their trophy simply because no one called them.* At the time, University officials and other supporters already filled the dugout to express appreciation for the team.


With or without a call, it is incumbent upon the runner-up squad to receive their trophy. Besides, it's impossible that nobody among the university officials and other supporters took time to call their attention regarding the awarding.*

Such line of reasoning is an affront to the champions, the supporters of both schools, the league and sportsmanship.*



USTE LO MEJOR!
VIVA SANTO TOMAS!


Apologies are in order, although we shouldn't hold our breath.


Sorry! :D

jembengzon
10-08-2008, 07:53 PM
bwahaha ! as usual, glock my friend, you address the issue both with truth and with humor, to ensure we do not take ourselves a tad too seriously :D

glock23
10-08-2008, 11:48 PM
bwahaha !* as usual, glock my friend, you address the issue both with truth and with humor,* *to ensure we do not take ourselves a tad too seriously* :D


Jem my friend, humor is really the best way to counter a bout of depression! hahaha! it still hurts and sometimes being sore losers suddenly come out unconsciously. ;D A nice triple scoop of ice cream will surely help! ;)

Joescoundrel
10-08-2008, 11:52 PM
^ Glock, after you beat the shit out of us last season a gallon of vanilla fudge didn't help.

However the nice bottle of Smirnoff 100-proof vodka went a really long way... ;D

atenean_blooded
10-09-2008, 03:25 AM
Meanwhile, Br. Armin clarified that the Archers did not go out of their dugout after the game to receive their trophy simply because no one called them.* At the time, University officials and other supporters already filled the dugout to express appreciation for the team.


With or without a call, it is incumbent upon the runner-up squad to receive their trophy. Besides, it's impossible that nobody among the university officials and other supporters took time to call their attention regarding the awarding.*

Such line of reasoning is an affront to the champions, the supporters of both schools, the league and sportsmanship.*



USTE LO MEJOR!
VIVA SANTO TOMAS!


Apologies are in order, although we shouldn't hold our breath.


Sorry!* :D


How gracious of you. :)

glock23
10-09-2008, 07:25 PM
Meanwhile, Br. Armin clarified that the Archers did not go out of their dugout after the game to receive their trophy simply because no one called them.* At the time, University officials and other supporters already filled the dugout to express appreciation for the team.


With or without a call, it is incumbent upon the runner-up squad to receive their trophy. Besides, it's impossible that nobody among the university officials and other supporters took time to call their attention regarding the awarding.*

Such line of reasoning is an affront to the champions, the supporters of both schools, the league and sportsmanship.*



USTE LO MEJOR!
VIVA SANTO TOMAS!


Apologies are in order, although we shouldn't hold our breath.


Sorry!* :D


How gracious of you.* :)


It's the proper thing to do! :)

salsa caballero
10-10-2008, 10:49 AM
bwahaha !* as usual, glock my friend, you address the issue both with truth and with humor,* *to ensure we do not take ourselves a tad too seriously* :D


Jem my friend, humor is really the best way to counter a bout of depression! hahaha! it still hurts and sometimes being sore losers suddenly come out unconsciously.* ;D A nice triple scoop of ice cream will surely help!* ;)


Jem,

Got to agree with Glock on this one. Although I think he forgot the mix-ins ;) ...

You see, this rivalry thing hurts when you lose and just feels great when you win.The thing about ice cream though is that it's great as comfort food and even better as a celebratory one. Hehehe.

glock23
10-10-2008, 03:28 PM
bwahaha !* as usual, glock my friend, you address the issue both with truth and with humor,* *to ensure we do not take ourselves a tad too seriously* :D


Jem my friend, humor is really the best way to counter a bout of depression! hahaha! it still hurts and sometimes being sore losers suddenly come out unconsciously.* ;D A nice triple scoop of ice cream will surely help!* ;)


Jem,

Got to agree with Glock on this one. Although I think he forgot the mix-ins ;) ...

You see, this rivalry thing hurts when you lose and just feels great when you win.The thing about ice cream though is that it's great as comfort food and even better as a celebratory one. Hehehe.*


Then il celebrate with you guys! :D If it's going to make it even better....eh di GO ATENEO!!! ;D

glock23
10-10-2008, 03:32 PM
^ Glock, after you beat the shit out of us last season a gallon of vanilla fudge didn't help.

However the nice bottle of Smirnoff 100-proof vodka went a really long way... ;D


Joe, a whole bottle of schnapps with my co-green die hards at mickey's deli helped a lot! for a while there we were celebrating as if we won the championship! :D

canmaker
10-10-2008, 04:02 PM
Salsa also offered a toast to you last night !!!

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^ Glock, after you beat the shit out of us last season a gallon of vanilla fudge didn't help.

However the nice bottle of Smirnoff 100-proof vodka went a really long way... ;D


Joe, a whole bottle of schnapps with my co-green die hards at mickey's deli helped a lot! for a while there we were celebrating as if we won the championship!* :D

salsa caballero
10-10-2008, 05:01 PM
Hey, and I'll toast him again too! Glock is cool, just like you Canmaker. I'll vouch for him kasi kaibigan rin ng pamilya mga yan :) I have a feeling magkakakilala rin mga pamilya ninyo. Set ko mamam natin together soon.

Talk about bitter rivals on court pero sharing bitter brews off it...yan ang masaya sa Ateneo-La Salle :D Bawal dapat mapikon sa alaska pag may inuman na...hehehe...

jembengzon
10-10-2008, 06:38 PM
bwahaha !* as usual, glock my friend, you address the issue both with truth and with humor,* *to ensure we do not take ourselves a tad too seriously* :D


Jem my friend, humor is really the best way to counter a bout of depression! hahaha! it still hurts and sometimes being sore losers suddenly come out unconsciously.* ;D A nice triple scoop of ice cream will surely help!* ;)


Jem,

Got to agree with Glock on this one. Although I think he forgot the mix-ins ;) ...

You see, this rivalry thing hurts when you lose and just feels great when you win.The thing about ice cream though is that it's great as comfort food and even better as a celebratory one. Hehehe.*


Then il celebrate with you guys!* :D If it's going to make it even better....eh di GO ATENEO!!!* ;D


haha1 it's on me next time, with the scientific reason that it is impossible to be depressed upon eating ice cream. apparently, it really triggers a release in your "happiness" glands ;D say when padre :)

glock23
10-10-2008, 09:46 PM
Hey, and I'll toast him again too! Glock is cool, just like you Canmaker. I'll vouch for him kasi kaibigan rin ng pamilya mga yan :) I have a feeling magkakakilala rin mga pamilya ninyo. Set ko mamam natin together soon.

Talk about bitter rivals on court pero sharing bitter brews off it...yan ang masaya sa Ateneo-La Salle :D Bawal dapat mapikon sa alaska pag may inuman na...hehehe...


I concur! inuman na!!! Is canmaker from the green or blue?

salsa caballero
10-10-2008, 09:51 PM
Hey, and I'll toast him again too! Glock is cool, just like you Canmaker. I'll vouch for him kasi kaibigan rin ng pamilya mga yan :) I have a feeling magkakakilala rin mga pamilya ninyo. Set ko mamam natin together soon.

Talk about bitter rivals on court pero sharing bitter brews off it...yan ang masaya sa Ateneo-La Salle :D Bawal dapat mapikon sa alaska pag may inuman na...hehehe...


I concur! inuman na!!! Is canmaker from the green or blue?




Dude,

He's both :) but as we like to say he, uhm, saw the light.

Canmaker,

O ano, mamam daw ulit :)

salsa caballero
10-10-2008, 09:56 PM
haha1 it's on me next time, with the scientific reason that it is impossible to be depressed upon eating ice cream. apparently, it really triggers a release in your "happiness" glands ;D say when padre :)


Pag ganyan na usapan, hindi ako umaatras. I'm within striking distance of the best ice cream out of australia every day except sunday :) With rivalries like this, who needs allies,eh?

glock23
10-10-2008, 10:24 PM
haha1 it's on me next time,* with the scientific reason that it is impossible to be depressed upon eating ice cream.* apparently, it really triggers a release in your "happiness" glands* ;D say when padre :)


Pag ganyan na usapan, hindi ako umaatras. I'm within striking distance of the best ice cream out of australia every day except sunday :) With rivalries like this, who needs allies,eh?


beer and ice cream is a pretty potent brew! what the heck, im game!! :D

bluewing
10-11-2008, 08:00 AM
apparently, it really triggers a release in your "happiness" glands*


sounds bastos.... i like it!

canmaker
10-11-2008, 11:46 AM
Jem,

Baka may liberal na patak yang ice cream mo ng Hennessy XO !!!


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bwahaha !* as usual, glock my friend, you address the issue both with truth and with humor,* *to ensure we do not take ourselves a tad too seriously* :D


Jem my friend, humor is really the best way to counter a bout of depression! hahaha! it still hurts and sometimes being sore losers suddenly come out unconsciously.* ;D A nice triple scoop of ice cream will surely help!* ;)


Jem,

Got to agree with Glock on this one. Although I think he forgot the mix-ins ;) ...

You see, this rivalry thing hurts when you lose and just feels great when you win.The thing about ice cream though is that it's great as comfort food and even better as a celebratory one. Hehehe.*


Then il celebrate with you guys!* :D If it's going to make it even better....eh di GO ATENEO!!!* ;D


haha1 it's on me next time,* with the scientific reason that it is impossible to be depressed upon eating ice cream.* apparently, it really triggers a release in your "happiness" glands* ;D say when padre :)

nextgen
10-11-2008, 02:39 PM
Glock, is that you DD?

glock23
10-11-2008, 02:47 PM
Glock, is that you DD?


??? :D

jembengzon
10-11-2008, 04:35 PM
can, wala naman henessy pero hanapin natin ng paraan na gawin yan. ;D

o para hindi tayo lumayo masyado sa usapan, balik natin maski papano sa on-court rivalry ;D

glock23
10-11-2008, 04:53 PM
can, wala naman henessy pero hanapin natin ng paraan na gawin yan.* ;D

o para hindi tayo lumayo masyado sa usapan, balik natin maski papano sa on-court rivalry* ;D


yari ako! three against one nanaman!!! ;D

AnthonyServinio
02-19-2012, 04:40 PM
http://servssports.files.wordpress.com/2012/02/jump-shot-ateneo-vs-la-salle.jpg?w=300&h=225 (http://servssports.wordpress.com/2012/02/19/rivalry-music-on-the-court/)

An Ateneo-La Salle basketball game set to music? Kantahan na!

http://servssports.wordpress.com/2012/02/19/rivalry-music-on-the-court/

Sam Miguel
07-17-2013, 10:08 AM
How the Ateneo-La Salle rivalry began

POGI FROM A PARALLEL UNIVERSE

By RJ Ledesma

(The Philippine Star) | Updated July 17, 2013 - 12:00am

It is the rivalry that has sold sports apparel, donuts and specialty drinks in convenience stores. It is the rivalry that helps Araneta Center and the SM Arena meet its profit margins. It is the rivalry that even has its own Wikipedia entry.

It is the rivalry that brings out the better in the bitter for those of us whose blood flows blue or green. It’s UAAP season and the sixth men on both sides can’t wait for the Ateneo-La Salle men’s basketball game.

In the first rubber match for the UAAP’s 76th season, it was the Green Archers’ turn at hardcourt glory. But who’s keeping count, really? (It is actually their 78th encounter. That’s 39 apiece for La Salle since 1939, if you count the years of 2003-2005 when La Salle’s championships were forfeited. Like I said, its own Wikipedia entry.)

Yup, the rivalry runs deep in our alien blood. Which actually raises the question: How did the Ateneo-La Salle basketball rivalry start in the first place? And what has been the body count so far (since it doesn’t appear in the Wikipedia entry)?

When I thought I found the answer to that question, it appeared that this storied, generational (and even inter-generational) rivalry ran thicker than usual in my circulatory system.

It was before the invention of color-coding and before the invention of the cassette tape. Even before the invention of Facebook. The year was 1939, and the National College Athletic Association (NCAA) was in full swing. La Salle and Ateneo were both part of the league, but the rivalry of the day wasn’t Eagle versus Archer; it was Eagle versus another alpha-member of the animal kingdom: the San Beda Red Lions.

But it was in the NCAA’s 16th season that the seeds were planted for a future rivalry that has been the leading cause of heart attacks, hair loss and aneurysms among students, alumni and faculty from both sides: the first-ever championship matchup between the boys in blue and the boys in green. The Blue Eagles had been heavily favored to cop the 16th NCCA pennant and had won every game leading to the finals.

However, like any La Salle–Ateneo game, statistics were about as useful as the yellow lanes along EDSA. After a hard-fought rubber match where claw met arrowpoint, La Salle outscored Ateneo 27 to 23 (yes, you read the score right), with La Salle bagging its first-ever NCAA title.

Maybe it was the electricity from both sides of the court that powered the match or maybe it was all the testosterone bubbling throughout the game that put hair on the chest of those in attendance or maybe it was the intoxicating smell of pomade and gym socks wafting in the gymnasium, but the Finals match prompted the alumni of both schools to hold yearly La Salle-Ateneo “friendlies” (hee-hee, “friendlies” they call it). I suspect that the friendlies were also a venue for them to grow more chest hair as well. So on Oct. 22, 1939, the first La Salle-Ateneo friendship game was held in Rizal Tennis Stadium with President Manuel Quezon tossing the first ball.

“In the NCAA games from the very start, Ateneo and La Salle had a very heavy following because of the color that predominates whenever these two colleges meet each other,” read the article “Tale of Two Colleges” in RAH! — the 1940 commemorative program of the Ateneo-La Salle friendship games. “It is a matter of fact that these two colleges are mainly responsible for the introduction and development of organized cheering in the games. This ‘palabas’ is something which provides that intangible color in every game and adds to the thrill of watching a contest on the basketball court.”

The president of Ateneo, Fr. Carroll I. Fasy, SJ, added, “This yearly gesture of friendship and goodwill between our two colleges is a fine thing that deserves to become a tradition. La Salle and Ateneo have much in common. They have the education of the Filipino youth, the training of character by religion, the preservation of the glorious heritage of Faith in the Philippines, as the common aims. In the classroom and afterward in the world, La Sallites and Ateneans are imbued with and are guided by the same ideals.”

But of course, these friendship games were a great venue for both sides to slap on their tribal colors, do their war dances, and curse those on the opposite side of the hardcourt but in a friendly manner. The winner of the dual meet went home with the Quezon trophy while the loser, in the spirit of friendship, also went home with another trophy, the “Kalabasa.” Now, that’s a trophy you would want to proudly display inside your broom closet.

And since the universe demands a cosmic balance, the Blue Eagles won the first Ateneo-La Salle friendly after a hard fight. (But what Ateneo-La Salle game isn’t a hard fight?)

But just why does blood run thicker for me when we it comes to this rivalry? Apparently, the idea to stage a dual meet percolated in the heads of Carlos Ledesma from La Salle and by Benjamin Arcenas of Ateneo. Carlos Ledesma was the first cousin of my lolo, Ricardo Ledesma. Meanwhile, my lolo’s sister, Corazon, was married to Benjamin Arcenas (Incidentally, Carlos Ledesma was the father of Cong. Jules Ledesma). In effect, my great granduncles are to thank for testing the efficacy of my hair-loss prevention every time there is an Ateneo-La Salle game (there is a reason my dad’s is now a reflectorized surface). But, more importantly, both Ateneans and La Sallians should thank them for helping build school pride. And Adidas, Krispy Kreme, 7-Eleven, Araneta Center, Studio 23 should thank them for helping build their profit/loss statements.

However, was basketball the end all and be all of the rivalry between both schools? Or was there an even bigger rivalry between both institutions that led to that incendiary spark that has singed feathers and melted quivers? Could the spark have been the choice of school colors? Since the Jesuits were the first to arrive in Philippine shores, their school color was blue. However, La Salle’s school colors in the motherhouse were blue and gold. Did La Salle have to forcibly change its school colors to green because of the Jesuits? (The truth behind this is far less controversial: the green colors, which were first worn by the members of the varsity squad, betrayed the Irish heritage of the sports director, Brother Cerba John.) Or could the spark have been football, since it was a fanatically huge sport back in the pre-Azkal years of the 1930s, so much so that it was made a priority sport by the country’s physical director at that time, Dr. Regino Ylanan? Or could the spark have been with regard to which school had more coños in their roster?

Apparently, the rivalry was deeper than all that.

It was a rivalry that got downright Latin. And we aren’t talking about Latin dancing.

It was so down and dirty that it had a whole article devoted to it in the Catholic Historical Review of 1990 titled “The Latin Question: A Conflict in Catholic Higher Education between Jesuits and Christian Brothers in Late Nineteenth-Century America.” (Can you hear the explosions in the background?) The article was written by Bro. Ronald Eugene Isetti, FSC, a history professor at St. Mary’s College, Moraga, California. But for purposes of cosmic balance, Fr. Wilfred P. Schoenberg, SJ who had written such books as A History of the Catholic Church in the Pacific Northwest and Paths to the Northwest: A Jesuit History, suggested changes and corrections to the final text of the article.

The article was a surprisingly intriguing read about a controversy that erupted in the late 19th century America between the Jesuits and the Christian Brothers — the two largest teaching congregations of the Catholic Church — as they stepped on each other’s educational toes in the vast Catholic educational system that the American bishops were crafting in the wake of their Civil War. There was enough intrigue, finger-pointing and ecclesiastical chess-playing over the controversy to fill at least seven seasons worth of a teleserye plus a movie spin-off.

Sam Miguel
07-17-2013, 10:09 AM
^^^ (Cont'd )

Apparently in the “Old World,” the Jesuits and Christian Brothers had a long-standing albeit unspoken understanding between them when it came to their respective educational turfs. It was a “stick to what you know, we stick to what we know, and we won’t ruffle each other’s vestments” sort of an arrangement. The Jesuits would handle the classical/liberal arts education, while the Christian Brothers would handle the commercial and technical education.

However, the Brothers started treading into Jesuit territory when they introduced classical education (i.e., teaching Latin) at the secondary and collegiate levels of schools. It began when the Archbishop of Missouri Peter Richard Kenrick requested the Christian Brothers School in his territory to teach Latin to prepare parochial school graduates for the major seminary. Although the Bishop had been sending his candidates to the local Jesuit college for their secondary studies in preparation for the seminary, he was less than thrilled with the results. Instead of joining the Archdiocesan seminary, the graduates either entered the Jesuit novitiate (God forbid, as far as the Archbishop was concerned) or gave up on vocations altogether. Apparently, the good archbishop had no qualms over the Brothers educating his wards to prepare them for the priesthood since the Brothers had sworn off priesthood altogether to focus primarily on education (apparently, the archbishop wasn’t concerned as well that the Brothers might recruit his wards into becoming Brothers as well).

But teaching Latin posed a dilemma for the Christian Brothers of the United States. As a rule, the Brothers were banned from teaching all classical studies in their schools to close off any followers from a path leading towards the priestly vocation and ensure that the Brothers remained steadfast in their special mission in the Church of teaching basic subjects and religion to poor boys in their native tongue. Moreover, in Europe, classical studies had long been identified with the upper classes.

However, the situation in the “New World” was markedly different. Young men from immigrant families could improve their social standing in American society by climbing up the rungs of higher education, which meant they had to study Latin and Greek if they wanted to pursue a bachelor of arts degree (a secondary reason for the Brothers that made teaching Latin even more compelling).

So the Brother Principal of the school had to obtain permission from their “big boss” — the Superior General of the Christian Brothers — to teach Latin, a move that was met with much trepidation even among the higher officials of the Christian Brothers in Europe themselves.

This move put them on a collision course with the Jesuits, who wanted the Brothers to stick to elementary, commercial and technical schools, an educational line that had been clearly drawn in the Old World. In 1858, the Society of Jesus lodged a formal complaint with Holy See that the Christian Brothers in the United States were violating their charter within the Church by moving into educational territory where they didn’t belong. As a result of their complaint, the Sacred Congregation de Propaganda Fide (which exercised jurisdiction over the Catholic Church in the United States at the time) sent the leader of their American hierarchy to St. Louis to investigate the charges leveled by the Jesuits.

Finally in 1894, during a General Chapter of the Christian Brothers Institute in France, the teaching of Latin in the United States was once again raised by the European-based Brothers who felt that it undermined the mission of the Institute. Thus, after decades of accommodations and compromises for the American Brothers, the General Chapter voted to maintain the articles of the Rule banning the study and teaching Latin “in their full force and vigor in all our establishments.”

Whoa. This decision dealt a devastating blow to the extensive United States school system that had been set up by the Brothers to prepare young men to enter the priesthood and help improve the standing of young immigrants in American society but it also derailed the plans of the American archbishops who wanted to build Catholic higher education in the United States. Despite representations made by American archbishops to amend this decision, the ban was upheld by the Superior General in 1895. (In a memorandum sent by Bro. Joseph Josserand, the Superior General of that time, he wrote “Our Brothers, in limiting themselves to technical teaching, will avoid arousing on the part of congregations whose end is the teaching of the classics rivalries which are always regrettable and which can only be prejudicial to the charity and union so necessary between religious institutes” which indicated his desire not to butt heads with the “Illustrious Society of Jesus.”)

However, It proved nearly impossible to convince the American Brothers that the Jesuits was not involved in this decision to uphold the ban, especially since an influential Jesuit Cardinal, Camillo Mazzella, had sat on the special panel (although based on the article, most charges of Jesuit interference were often based on circumstantial evidence). Despite the ban on teaching the classics, the American Brothers lobbied for its re-instatement almost to the point of expulsion. There even came a point when the Brothers taught Latin surreptitiously in an apartment owned by the school’s baseball coach across the campus (and when this was discovered by the Jesuits, the Jesuits promptly made them sumbong to Church authorities who had the storefront Latin school shut down.)

So, could the current basketball rivalry between Ateneo and La Salle actually be a remnant of the rivalry between the Jesuits and Christian Brothers in the United States? Well, some of the first set of Christian Brothers who set foot in the Philippines came from the US. But who petitioned the Brothers to come over to the Islands in the first place? Archbishop Jeremiah Hames Harty, the Archbishop of Manila from 1903 to 1916. Archbishop Harty was a product of the Christian Brothers School in St. Louis, Missouri, where the Brothers first taught Latin in the United States.

The article ends by saying, “It is pleasant to note that today the Jesuit and Christian Brother high schools and colleges compete with each other without apparent acrimony or bitterness, except perhaps on the basketball court.” Hmmm. But perhaps, if we listen closely enough to a Jesuit or a Christian Brother in the heat of the next Ateneo-La Salle match, you might hear them cursing in Latin under their breaths. But in as friendly a manner as possible. Let’s find out in the second game this season.

Animo La Salle! One Big Fight, Ateneo!

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