Just like the normal, all I can feel the time Game 4 of the PBA Governors’ Cup Finals had ended until the tip-off of the sudden death game between the Rain or Shine Elasto Painters and my San Mig Super Coffee Mixers were restlessness and apprehension. I was really nervous. Of course I am already anticipating a Mixers victory but I am already bracing for the worst. I am so anxious that I really have to step my superstition game up. You know, I did some “kapag na-shoot itong (balat ng candy) sa basurahan, champion ang San Mig” tricks just to console myself. I am an Allan Caidic when it comes to basurahan shooting that is why. (I am also doing this type of [bleep] sa mga crush ko, wala naman nangyayari)
But not like the normal, the stakes for this old Purefoods franchise is much higher. They are not just chasing for a trophy, they are chasing history. They are trying to imprint the San Mig Super Coffee team in the history books along with already mythological teams like Crispa, San Miguel Beer and Alaska that have achieved a rare feat in the league which is winning the grand slam.
I have been a fan of the team for over two decades now. I did not really give a [bleep] about cartoons, comics, anime and the like when I was a kid. Nanonood din naman ako pero hindi ako fan na fan. Because of that, my childhood heroes are not Superman, Batman or even Detective Zenigata. My childhood heroes are Alvin Patrimonio, Jerry Codinera and even Roger Yap. Of course, Kobe and MJ are included but let’s talk about them some other time.
So for a, in some way, diehard fan like me, it would be a major blow if the Mixers will not take the fifth and deciding game of their series. That would be more excruciating. I believe that the first three championships prior to this year’s Governors’ Cup will all be forgotten and they will always be remembered as a team that did not complete the grand slam if they will not succeed.
Luckily, they did. Grand slam achieved. Tim Cone is indeed a coaching deity. Rain or Shine’s Arizona Reid did not put an end to Game 5’s sloppy last one minute and something. The ball he threw to tie the game just touched the rim and did not go in. As a result, Marqus Blakely jumped in the air as if he is Michael Jordan winning his first three-peat with the Chicago Bulls. Fittingly, Marqus also wears the famed #23. But the Michael Jordan of that night was James Yap. No doubt. He hit shots after shots after shots. Forget the missed free throws. He hit shots after shots after shots. While me, I drank water after water after water. My heart was beating as fast as the combination of Mark Barroca and Justin Melton. And then, I shouted after the buzzer sounded like the seldom used Yousef Taha. We are the champions! YEEEAAAAAAHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHH! GRAND SLAMMMMM! YEAAAAAAHHHH!
Now what’s next for the team? I hope they win more championships. But I think it is too hard to replicate what this team has done anytime soon. Sobra na yun. Kaya ngayon pa lang, kinocongratulate ko na ang siyam pang ibang team sa susunod na conference. Sobrang unstoppable siguro nila lalo na ang Ginebra! Oh, wait, there will be 12 teams next season. That includes Manny Pacquiao’s Kia Kamao. My goodness. Now, let’s just savor this moment, San Mig Coffee fans. Let’s do it while sipping a cup of hot San Mig Super Coffee.
Laban San Mig!