This year, Sportacular covered the 2011 Jones Cup, 26th Southeast Asian games, UAAP Season 74, FIBA-Asia Championships, and the November bout between Manny Pacquiao and Mexican slugger Juan Miguel Marquez.
It also focused on significant personalities both in sports – like college basketball superstar Bobby Ray Parks (The curious case of Ray Parks) who was NU Bulldogs’ jackpot recruit this year; and would-be sports, like Pop-A-Shot sensation Ricardo Reyes (Ricardo Reyes: Pop-A-Shot King) who became popular after demolishing NBA giants like Charles Barkley and Kobe Bryant in the basketball arcade game.
An article on the most beloved and hated Pinoy athletes of all time took a look at the most famous, and infamous, names to hit sports headlines. While among the most ‘beloved’ were Alvin Patrimonio, Efren “Bata” Reyes, and Gabriel “Flash” Elorde, the most ‘hated’ included Rudy Distrito, Wilmer Ong and Mark Cardona.
Sportacular also listed the 10 prettiest courtside reporters in local college basketball (10 Pinakamagandang Courtside Reporter ng UAAP at NCAA*), although readers may feel free to disagree.
The channel also delved into the issues hounding the sports world, looking into whether business tycoon Manny Pangilingan had plans of purchasing an NBA team, (Will Manny Pangilinan buy the Sacramento Kings?), to become the first Asian to do so; the larger backdrop of business behind the country’s favorite sport (Basketballs, hoops and corporations: The business of the PBA); and the controversy surrounding the Philippine Dragon Boat team (Rowing the Dragon), which despite bringing in gold medals is unable to officially represent the country in international sports events.
Primers on volleyball (Volleyball in the Philippines) , cheerleading (The changing landscape of cheerleading), football (Countdown to the Pinoy World Cup Dream) explored both the potential of Filipinos in those fields, as well as the challenges they face due to lack of exposure, financing, or support.
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