WE ARE here. At the end of a year that to call eventful would be the understatement of modern times. We all thought that losing Kobe Bryant in the final day of the first month would be the news of the year, little did we know.
This was supposed to be the year of the Tokyo Olympics, but instead we spent most of the year under various forms of lockdowns. But at least the Lakers fans have something to celebrate, eh? And the one they love to call the goat got another chapter added to his story.
But months before that, we got reminded of the Goat, Michael Jordan, who else? “The Last Dance” reminded us of His Airness and of an NBA era when superstars mainly stayed in one team and didn’t invite other stars to form their own super teams. It also reminded us of Dennis Rodman, the rebounding demon and quirky basketball player, not the dictator-loving version of later years.
Which reminds me of a question. Does a sports star’s actions post-career tarnish his legacy?
Must it even matter?
It shouldn’t, some say. It should, others say.
It’s 2020, I say.
It’s the year of the NBA bubble and the year the players realized the power of their voice. They got the Black Lives Matter in their jerseyes and us Pinoy fans had our say. Sadly, most of the Pinoy hoops fans who were vocal about that were strangely silent when things hit closer to home.
Aaah, the power of the troll farms to direct discourse. I guess, you can’t blame our own sports stars for staying in their bubbles. The movie stars who spoke out got tagged as communists. I guess that’s a fate they want to avoid.
We also got another champion in boxing. Yeah! That it came in controversial fashion is 2020 keeping to its theme. Reymart Gaballo’s split decision win reminds us of the sometimes strange world that is pro boxing. I mean having scores of 118-110 for boxer A and 116-112, 115-113 for boxer B would be akin to an intersection collision and having one cop on the scene so convinced driver A was at fault and having two other cops on the scene think driver B was at fault.
Yeah, they could just check the traffic cams you say, but boxing doesn’t use cameras that way.
What will 2021 hold for us? I have no idea, but I sure hope the Olympics will push through and that we will win our first gold medal. And definitely I hope 2021 won’t be half as eventful as 2020.
It’s the end of the year. If you’re reading this, congrats, you made it.