Thursday, January 01, 2015

SYDRIFIED TOP 100 PBA PLAYERS OF ALL-TIME: RULES AND OTHER STUFFS



A couple of months ago the Philippine Basketball Association released its 40 Greatest Players of all-time. It’s their list – and like it or not people should just learn to accept whatever guard, forward, or center added to the earlier 25 Greatest Players list. 

But like I said – it’s their list.

This is why people are entitled to make their own list as well.  




Four years ago, I posted an online article where I list down my Top 100 Best Careers. Up until now that article gets visits and while it’s a bit lengthy I’m happy that a bunch of dudes hovered on that novel-length mayhem. With how the masses reacted to the choices the select PBA committee made when they added an additional 15 from the original list, I think it’s an opportune time to refresh the list I made. Back then, I never really had much of the stats I have now. My stats aren’t that precise… but maybe I can use this as startup point for those chaps with the info I need.

This is the 2015 version of my Greatest Players list.

For those who don’t know me, I believe that actions speak louder than words. That is why I am going to do a stat-oriented list. With each set of statistic, award, or accomplishment, I have a multiplier.










And since this is my Greatest Players list, there’s a 250-point worth of freebies for the players whose ranks I want to increase. I gave 100 points to Samboy Lim and 50 points each to Hector Calma, Danny Florencio, and Bernie Fabiosa. My rationale for this is that these three never really had the awards and accomplishments unlike most of their contemporaries and I feel I need to help their grade since they are regarded as Hall of Famers (although Fabiosa has yet to get his HOF invite).

I will also try to sigh away from team accomplishments for the reason that I am on the lookout for the best individual performer. If there's a semblance of team-oriented statistic that will be part of the process, these are the players that were involved in the five grand slam eras. 

I also devised an easier approach to provide my explanation on why a player is placed on the spot he is in. There are six positive and negative determiners on why a player is Ranked This High or Ranked This Low. For example, if a player has the stat monkey sign, it means he’s the type that would consistently get a “one or more” average from the five major statistical categories.






And finally, the list is exclusive to the players who played in the league for five seasons or at least 200 games. If the player got either or both… then they get to qualify. There are players out there that came and left the league far too early and for me, I just can’t say that what they had is a career.




For my next trick, I’ll give you a rundown of the players from “The Negative Zone”. This is how I call the players who have yet to reach five years or 200 games in the PBA. Some of these players will get their chance to escape this situation while there are some who’ll get stuck in this part for all eternity.

Who are these players?

To be continued!


DeMarcus Cousins to Marcus Smart: Happy New Year to the ground!



You know that (The) Lonely Island song called “Threw it on the Ground”?




Well I guess if DeMarcus Cousins needs to end 2014 with a bang after an atrocious night of 5-of-17 shooting despite having 11 points and 11 rebounds (Sacramento Kings versus the Boston Celtics), then this was bound to happen.

Poor Marcus Smart though.








Wednesday, December 31, 2014

Scripted Slams: WWE Top 50 of 2014 - 1 to 5



Wazzap pro wrestling junkies!

2014 marked the year that WWE’s youth movement emerged.

Now I think I know what you’re thinking – I just made a stupid remark because this year marked the returns of Hulk Hogan, the late great Ultimate Warrior, and the New Age Outlaws to prominence. It was also the year that the company finally gave their title to Brock Lesnar… and the year we finally witnessed the WWE debut of Sting. But while John Cena and Randy Orton continued to reign supreme at the top, we saw little of former champions Chris Jericho, Rob Van Dam, Rey Mysterio, Christian, and yeah… The Great Khali. CM Punk and Alberto del Rio have moved on from the company, Kane, Mark Henry, and The Big Show have been transformed to midcard enhancers, and Santino Marella and quite possibly The Undertaker have retired from ring action. Daniel Bryan’s 2014 was limited because of neck injury but thanks to Dean Ambrose, Seth Rollins, Roman Reigns, Bray Wyatt, Luke Harper, Erick Rowan, Rusev, and the next wave of NXT stars, the WWE future train is running its course.

So who topped 2014?

Game starts now!




5
DEAN AMBROSE (3-9)
WON A MATCH:
WRESTLEMANIA  
EXTREME RULES
PAYBACK
LOST A MATCH:
ROYAL RUMBLE
ELIMINATION CHAMBER
MONEY IN THE BANK
BATTLEGROUND*
SUMMER SLAM
NIGHT OF CHAMPIONS*  
HELL IN A CELL
SURVIVOR SERIES
TLC

RANKED THIS HIGH:
If you mix Stone Cold Steve Austin’s character with some sort of devil may cry action movie character… then say hello to Dean Ambrose. The former indie star flourished as part of The Shield but scored even more acclaim when he got his singles push. If you thought their rivalry with The Evolution was groundbreaking, then what about his battles with Seth Rollins? He even main evented TLC against Bray Wyatt.

RANKED THIS LOW:
Sure, he has main event matches but it would have been nice if he would finish his matches without outside interferences. Ever since the breakup of The Shield, Dean Ambrose has yet to score a PPV win. Hopefully his luck gets better working on gungho matches in 2015.




4
BRAY WYATT (6-4)
WON A MATCH:
ROYAL RUMBLE
ELIMINATION CHAMBER
EXTREME RULES
SUMMER SLAM
SURVIVOR SERIES
TLC  
LOST A MATCH:
WRESTLEMANIA
PAYBACK
MONEY IN THE BANK
BATTLEGROUND  

RANKED THIS HIGH:
While we may have not yet seen the last of The Undertaker and it’s unlikely that CM Punk will step in on a WWE ring anytime soon, Bray Wyatt has given the company its share of offbeat and batshit terrifying. He started the year shaking the core of Daniel Bryan and he has since been drawn to the established folks like John Cena and Chris Jericho. He has since moved on to Dean Ambrose – in a very violent manner.   

RANKED THIS LOW:
There was a time when the WWE couldn’t do anything with Wyatt. I guess this has something to do with the crowd reactions. Instead of hating Wyatt, fans are dragged to his charisma. They also haven’t given Wyatt the opportunity to fight for the gold – unlike Harper and Rowan who had chances whether as solo or duo.




3
RANDY ORTON (3-7)
WON A MATCH:
ROYAL RUMBLE
ELIMINATION CHAMBER
NIGHT OF CHAMPIONS  
LOST A MATCH:
WRESTLEMANIA
EXTREME RULES
PAYBACK
MONEY IN THE BANK
BATTLEGROUND
SUMMER SLAM  
HELL IN A CELL

RANKED THIS HIGH:
Since aligning himself with Triple H and the rest of The Authority, Randy Orton has claimed opportunity after opportunity for the big prize. After losing his title to Daniel Bryan, Orton would team up with Triple H and Batista to re-form Evolution and they would have a series of matches with The Shield. Over the course of the year he would rekindle past feuds with John Cena and Chris Jericho and form new ones like what he had with Roman Reigns and what he’ll have possibly in the early 2015 against Seth Rollins.

RANKED THIS LOW:
If this was another superstar, you can say that they were booked pretty strongly. Not for Orton though. Orton never really had a high profile PPV title rematch with Daniel Bryan which is puzzling considering how the WWE loves to string up matches like the way they stuck with Sheamus and Alberto del Rio for the longest time. Orton also had to work for WWE films which is why his 2014 ended abruptly.  




2
SETH ROLLINS (8-4)
WON A MATCH:
WRESTLEMANIA
EXTREME RULES
PAYBACK
MONEY IN THE BANK
BATTLEGROUND*
SUMMER SLAM
NIGHT OF CHAMPIONS*   
HELL IN A CELL
LOST A MATCH:
ROYAL RUMBLE
ELIMINATION CHAMBER
SURVIVOR SERIES
TLC  

RANKED THIS HIGH:
Seen initially as the weak link of The Shield, 2014 was the bomb for The Architect. After going against The Authority – fighting their cast of clowns from Kane and the New Age Outlaws to the awesome force that is Evolution – he shocked all by joining forces with the people The Shield were going against. After winning the Money in the Bank briefcase, Rollins would then feud with former Shield members Dean Ambrose and Roman Reigns as well as established superstars like John Cena and soon… Randy Orton.

RANKED THIS LOW:
He had a high PPV success rate and has been involved in a lot of storylines. However, there were two PPVs where he got involved with his former Shield buddies and it was more of a brawl than a match. The Shield’s Wrestlemania match was imba more than anything because there is no way this unbeatable core’s win slate will get tarnished by a trio of geezers. His Battleground match was won by forfeit because of a pre-match brawl and an injury to Reigns on the Night of Champions PPV would make Rollins claim another uncontested victory (although Ambrose would come in to set up a post-match brawl). 




1
JOHN CENA (8-4)
WWE MVP
WON A MATCH:
WRESTLEMANIA
PAYBACK
MONEY IN THE BANK
BATTLEGROUND
NIGHT OF CHAMPIONS
HELL IN A CELL
SURVIVOR SERIES
TLC  
LOST A MATCH:
ROYAL RUMBLE
ELIMINATION CHAMBER
EXTREME RULES
SUMMER SLAM  

RANKED THIS HIGH:
Like it or hate him, the company stuck with John Cena in 2014. Cena started the year doing another program with Randy Orton and then moving to Bray Wyatt come Wrestlemania. When Daniel Bryan got injured he won the WWE title and kept it long enough for Brock Lesnar to forcibly take it from him at Summer Slam. He would then get Bryan’s spot as Authority hater when Cena prevailed over Orton and feuded with The Authority’s top man Seth Rollins. Cena would then get the edge of messing up on Triple H’s party when his team (Dolph Ziggler) won over their handpicked squad during the Survivor Series elimination tag match. And then at TLC, he won over Rollins for a chance to fight Lesnar at the Royal Rumble.

FURTHER JUSTIFICATION:
For the nth year, John Cena has been the company’s go-to-guy. The digital era’s version of Hulk Hogan brought his goody-two-shoes ways to the hilt especially during the time when Daniel Bryan got injured. How important was Bryan? I believe WWE was ready to turn to a different hero with how Bryan was booked but because of his actions, it forced WWE to speed up most storylines – and one of these storylines is the breaking of The Shield. Reliable as hell, Cena would then engage wars with the guys Bryan should be facing according to his story arc. People will cringe at the sight of his never ending main event status but unless the company finds another player with the same charisma as Cena or Bryan for that matter, I doubt if this will change.


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Game over!


The Postgame Pregame: The Nuptial Newsmaker



Allow me to chime in on the Dingdong-Marian wedding.

I get it that there are people that could care less about this wedding but the thing about haters… there are also fans. These fans would troop and mess up the already congested EDSA traffic just to rally behind their idols. I mean… who gives a shit on how Dingdong Dantes goes to the church?

They do.

In journalism, when there’s a cult following that involves prominent people, it’s news.

And this wedding IS news.

Now the shit that comes after it (like where they went before they went to their honeymoon and the post-nuptial party shit they’ll do) is another story. There’s a thin line between whether or not Marian Rivera can still pose for men’s mags and what they’ll paint on the attic of their rest house.

When most of these blasted showbiz news come knocking like hell, I wanted to go back in time when tabloid journalism isn’t the norm format and free TV news broadcasts still have business news, local news, lifestyle news, sports news, and international news. While I know they still have these segments… most newscasts will just do this only when they are reporting major events. 






Scripted Slams: WWE Top 50 of 2014 - 6 to 10



Wazzap pro wrestling junkies!

2014 marked the year that WWE’s youth movement emerged.

Now I think I know what you’re thinking – I just made a stupid remark because this year marked the returns of Hulk Hogan, the late great Ultimate Warrior, and the New Age Outlaws to prominence. It was also the year that the company finally gave their title to Brock Lesnar… and the year we finally witnessed the WWE debut of Sting. But while John Cena and Randy Orton continued to reign supreme at the top, we saw little of former champions Chris Jericho, Rob Van Dam, Rey Mysterio, Christian, and yeah… The Great Khali. CM Punk and Alberto del Rio have moved on from the company, Kane, Mark Henry, and The Big Show have been transformed to midcard enhancers, and Santino Marella and quite possibly The Undertaker have retired from ring action. Daniel Bryan’s 2014 was limited because of neck injury but thanks to Dean Ambrose, Seth Rollins, Roman Reigns, Bray Wyatt, Luke Harper, Erick Rowan, Rusev, and the next wave of NXT stars, the WWE future train is running its course.

So who topped 2014?

Game starts now!




10
DANIEL BRYAN (3-2)
WON A MATCH:
WRESTLEMANIA (TWICE)
EXTREME RULES 
LOST A MATCH:
ROYAL RUMBLE
ELIMINATION CHAMBER  

RANKED THIS HIGH:
During the initial part of 2014 – one man stood out as the best. Daniel Bryan had the charisma as well as the skills to score his place as one of the best sports entertainers to appear in the WWE. After missing out of title opportunities for both the Royal Rumble and at the Elimination Chamber, Bryan starred Wrestlemania by winning the first and last match – eventually winning the WWE title.

RANKED THIS LOW:
After Extreme Rules, Bryan was diagnosed with an injury that would put him on the shelf for a year. With the way he’s booked before that, he would have been an easy choice as the company’s MVP.




9
RUSEV (7-2)
WON A MATCH:
EXTREME RULES
PAYBACK
MONEY IN THE BANK
BATTLEGROUND
SUMMER SLAM
NIGHT OF CHAMPIONS  
HELL IN A CELL
LOST A MATCH:
ROYAL RUMBLE
SURVIVOR SERIES 

RANKED THIS HIGH:
NXT’s Bulgarian Brute had a spot on the Royal Rumble and since his entry to the main roster, he has yet to be pinned or submitted. While he has battled and defeated the likes of Big E, The Big Show, and Mark Henry, his biggest thorn to date is Jack Swagger… not unless you stopped counting before the entry of Ryback.

RANKED THIS LOW:
Rusev is the king of squash matches in 2014. There was one point when he destroyed R-Truth and Xavier Woods in a handicap match and he’s probably the reason why The New Day happened. Up until Jack Swagger, none of his matches were competitive and even noteworthy.




8
CESARO (2-10)
WON A MATCH:
WRESTLEMANIA (ANDRE THE GIANT BATTLE ROYALE)
EXTREME RULES 
LOST A MATCH:
ROYAL RUMBLE
ELIMINATION CHAMBER
WRESTLEMANIA (PRESHOW) 
PAYBACK
MONEY IN THE BANK
BATTLEGROUND
SUMMER SLAM
NIGHT OF CHAMPIONS 
HELL IN A CELL
SURVIVOR SERIES

RANKED THIS HIGH:
Cesaro’s size is deceptive as hell because pound for pound, he is a beast! His Cesaro Swing, while wildly cheered, is a terrifying evidence of this factoid. When he won the Andre Invitational, big things were promised to him and when he latched on the services of Paul Heyman, people believed that the world is his oyster.

RANKED THIS LOW:
Unfortunately for Cesaro, the Swiss Superman failed to capture the brass rings given to most of his indie contemporaries. While he had Heyman on his side, he looked as if he was Curtis Axel 2.0 – booked as the Heyman protégé that doesn’t get the same treatment as Brock Lesnar.




7
DOLPH ZIGGLER (4-5)
WON A MATCH:
SUMMER SLAM 
HELL IN A CELL
SURVIVOR SERIES
TLC
LOST A MATCH:
ROYAL RUMBLE
WRESTLEMANIA
MONEY IN THE BANK
BATTLEGROUND
NIGHT OF CHAMPIONS 

RANKED THIS HIGH:
Dolph Ziggler scored a rebirth of sorts in the second half of the year. It all started when he feuded with The Miz. Then he would jump to face a bigger fish with The Authority before ending 2014 battling Luke Harper. Ziggler won the Intercontinental Title twice this year, and it feels as if he’s bound to move to the main event scene especially when he scored the winning fall to wheel Team Cena past Team Authority in the Survivor Series elimination tag match.

RANKED THIS LOW:
Dolph Ziggler started the year with nothing to do. There were moments where he was just randomly tossed to the battle royals and there were times where he would totally go AWOL on the PPVs.




6
ROMAN REIGNS (4-4)
WON A MATCH:
WRESTLEMANIA
EXTREME RULES
PAYBACK
SUMMER SLAM  
LOST A MATCH:
ROYAL RUMBLE
ELIMINATION CHAMBER
MONEY IN THE BANK
BATTLEGROUND  

RANKED THIS HIGH:
Of the three Shield members, Roman Reigns was the most inexperienced. But Reigns is no patsy – and it was even more evident when the trio went their separate ways. Against Evolution he was able to go head-to-head with Batista (he was the last man eliminated in the Royal Rumble) and he was able to score gametime with the likes of Randy Orton and John Cena.

RANKED THIS LOW:
While The Shield were awesome, they wasted their Wrestlemania appearance on the team up of Kane and the New Age Outlaws. When Reigns moved to the title scene, an injury made him miss the last quarter of 2014.


To be continued!


Monday, December 29, 2014

The Postgame Pregame: Fan-tasmal Fiends



Fantasy basketball is one sport armchair jocks can delve into.

Nerds with zero physical talents can use this as escape – since it just needs math capabilities as well as luck to bet money and triple it… depending on the league managers.

Did I just say luck?

Yup… when this thing comes into play, it turns nerds into pretty cranky creatures.




GAME OVER!

Scripted Slams: WWE Top 50 of 2014 - 11 to 15



Wazzap pro wrestling junkies!

2014 marked the year that WWE’s youth movement emerged.

Now I think I know what you’re thinking – I just made a stupid remark because this year marked the returns of Hulk Hogan, the late great Ultimate Warrior, and the New Age Outlaws to prominence. It was also the year that the company finally gave their title to Brock Lesnar… and the year we finally witnessed the WWE debut of Sting. But while John Cena and Randy Orton continued to reign supreme at the top, we saw little of former champions Chris Jericho, Rob Van Dam, Rey Mysterio, Christian, and yeah… The Great Khali. CM Punk and Alberto del Rio have moved on from the company, Kane, Mark Henry, and The Big Show have been transformed to midcard enhancers, and Santino Marella and quite possibly The Undertaker have retired from ring action. Daniel Bryan’s 2014 was limited because of neck injury but thanks to Dean Ambrose, Seth Rollins, Roman Reigns, Bray Wyatt, Luke Harper, Erick Rowan, Rusev, and the next wave of NXT stars, the WWE future train is running its course.

So who topped 2014?

Game starts now!




15
LUKE HARPER (1-5)
WON A MATCH:
ELIMINATION CHAMBER 
LOST A MATCH:
ROYAL RUMBLE
MONEY IN THE BANK
BATTLEGROUND 
SURVIVOR SERIES
TLC

RANKED THIS HIGH:
After appearing as Bray Wyatt’s crony, Luke Harper has emerged as an unstoppable threat – locking horns with The Usos as part of The Wyatt Family and even winning the Intercontinental Title against Dolph Ziggler.

RANKED THIS LOW:
This rank couldn’t get any higher. Much like Erick Rowan, Harper served only as ringside pawns to Wyatt when they started their WWE career.  




14
KANE (0-7)
WON A MATCH:
NONE
LOST A MATCH:
ROYAL RUMBLE
WRESTLEMANIA
EXTREME RULES
MONEY IN THE BANK
BATTLEGROUND 
SURVIVOR SERIES
TLC

RANKED THIS HIGH:
Kane seamlessly morphed from Demon Kane to Corporate Kane this 2014 and while he was more of a lackey, it didn’t stop the future Hall of Famer to score title opportunities especially during the Extreme Rules and Money in the Bank PPV. 

RANKED THIS LOW:
While Kane continued his devilish ways he was nothing but a glorified jobber frequently fed to the up and coming stars. Even Demon Kane wasn’t all demonic and would have eaten up Daniel Bryan during his prime.




13
JEY USO (4-4)
WON A MATCH:
WRESTLEMANIA
MONEY IN THE BANK
BATTLEGROUND
TLC
LOST A MATCH:
ROYAL RUMBLE
ELIMINATION CHAMBER
NIGHT OF CHAMPIONS
SURVIVOR SERIES 

RANKED THIS HIGH:
The Usos improved leaps and bounds in 2014. Not only is their traditional Samoan dance on the ramp a fixture in most PPV events, they were able to capture the tag team titles and have programs with the likes of The Wyatt Family, The Miz and Mizdow, and even with the New Age Outlaws.

RANKED THIS LOW:
While I would probably say that The Usos are primed to rank this high, there were some PPVs where they weren’t used and that could have made that particular PPV an even more worthwhile event.




12
JIMMY USO (4-4)
WON A MATCH:
WRESTLEMANIA
MONEY IN THE BANK
BATTLEGROUND
TLC
LOST A MATCH:
ROYAL RUMBLE
ELIMINATION CHAMBER
NIGHT OF CHAMPIONS
SURVIVOR SERIES 

RANKED THIS HIGH:
The Usos improved leaps and bounds in 2014. Not only is their traditional Samoan dance on the ramp a fixture in most PPV events, they were able to capture the tag team titles and have programs with the likes of The Wyatt Family, The Miz and Mizdow, and even with the New Age Outlaws.

RANKED THIS LOW:
Aside from what I mentioned on the Jey Uso blurb (notice I just copy-pasted the “ranked this high” part), this unit needs to have more storyline issues. They once teamed up with John Cena against Bray Wyatt but I think they need to have more to have a better 2015. Jimmy Uso is actually feuding with The Miz at the moment but that’s only because of his wife Naomi.  




11
SHEAMUS (3-5)
WON A MATCH:
PAYBACK
NIGHT OF CHAMPIONS
HELL IN A CELL 
LOST A MATCH:
ROYAL RUMBLE
ELIMINATION CHAMBER
WRESTLEMANIA
MONEY IN THE BANK
BATTLEGROUND  

RANKED THIS HIGH:
It’s a rough year for the Celtic Warrior but still a fruitful year nonetheless. Sheamus feuded with The Miz and Alberto del Rio and held on to the United States title until Rusev took it from him.

RANKED THIS LOW:
Sheamus started the year on the injured list before being the surprise entrant of the Royal Rumble. He also needed surgery which is why 2014 closed on him early. While injuries took its toll on him, the unification of the big belts further dampened on his performance as he was relegated to the matches with the secondary belts on the line.


To be continued!


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