Sunday, September 1, 2013

The excitement of an Ateneo - La Salle basketball game



Few things in a never-ending Travelife make the heart beat faster than watching an Ateneo - La Salle basketball game.

There are only a handful of things that beat this heart-thumping experience, but I'll have to tell you what these are in another blog entry.

For now, let me just say that when the Ateneo - La Salle game is good, it ranks up there with the best experiences in the world, and in a never-ending Travelife.

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THAT STRONG SCHOOL SPIRIT

I guess this only applies to people who went to both schools, though, because the rivalry is well-known and both sides have really strong school spirit that extends for decades.

Especially when it comes to basketball.

It's really quite interesting to see people well into their 60s talking about school as if it was last year, for example, and discussing a basketball game with fantastic relish.

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A QUESTION EVERYONE UNDERSTANDS

In fact, on the day of the game, lots of people ask each other: "Are you going?"

That's all.

No details about the event or the place. But if you're a die-hard Atenean or La Sallite, you'll know what that means.

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HOW TO GET TICKETS

Consequently, the tickets to these games are the hardest to get of any UAAP basketball season.

You need to be really lucky or to have good connections, to secure a ticket -- even now that the games have moved to a much bigger location.

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THE CRUCIAL NETWORK.
AND 20 YEARS OF NETWORKING.

Fortunately I have a cousin who probably has the most extensive UAAP ticket network ever.

She can get tickets to any game, and even secure an entire block for my rather basketball mad and Ateneo-mad family, even for an Ateneo-La Salle game.

She has such a strong connection and UAAP network because she's never missed an Ateneo - La Salle game in 20 years. 

That's really amazing.

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THE LOW-DOWN ON SCALPERS

And if you resort to scalpers, the prices will shock you. I remember that someone was offering me a balcony ticket for upwards of 15,000 pesos -- when the actual ticket cost only something like 300 pesos.



But everything is usually in good fun, although of course it's not such a great feeling when your side loses.

I think both sides generally don't mind losing to other schools as long as they win the Ateneo - La Salle game.

And today's game was way more exciting than usual, both on court and after, in a never-ending, and never-endingly eventful Travelife.






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