In Huddle

Heckler gets Perasol’s goat


LONG after last Sunday’s hotly contested Ateneo-La Salle game, people were still talking about the commotion that occurred in the passageway leading to the dugouts of Smart Araneta Coliseum.

Reports in various media said that a La Salle fan, later identified as JJ Atayde, had rushed from his ringside seat to within earshot of Ateneo coach Bo Perasol, who was on his way to the dugout with the Blue Eagles and his coaching staff after the team lost to the Green Archers, 62-64.

Good thing, a steel fence separated the passageway from the ringside section. Otherwise, there’s no telling how or where the fan could have ended up.

Nobody anticipated the reaction that the fan’s heckling elicited from the usually cool-headed, mild-mannered Perasol, who has no history of losing his cool even when he was still coaching in the PBA.

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Perasol’s transformation into a very angry Incredible Hulk happened in an instant, triggered by words uttered by the heckler.

What exactly did the heckler say, some fans wondered.

It took four or five big, strong men to restrain Perasol and stop him from going after the fan.

Later, when Perasol had calmed down, he apologized to everyone.

Except to the La Salle fan.

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“Right at the very beginning of the game, just after the tipoff, the heckler already made his presence felt,” said an Ateneo insider who requested not to be identified. “I saw him standing, I heard him shouting at Ryan Buenafe. For all we know, that’s the role he’s supposed to play—to get the opponent’s goat.”

The insider said he couldn’t blame Perasol for losing his cool.

“Imagine, we had just gotten from a bitter loss, and to our arch rival at that, when Coach Bo was met by this heckler who was shouting, “Perasol, salamat sa panalo! (Perasol, thank you for the victory!) O, di tanggal ang yabang mo! (Now, there goes your ego).”

“Coach Bo just blacked out and went after him,” the insider said. “Of course Coach Bo later regretted that he had allowed the fan to succeed in getting his goat. This was the reaction that the heckler had wanted to elicit from him. Coach Bo promised not to allow this to happen again.”

Well, heckling is all part of the game—as long as it does not get out of hand. The violent reaction to the heckling as well as the fierce partisanship—these will always be part of a La Salle-Ateneo duel.

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  • archerfan

    If that was the only thing that this atayde said to bo, cmon im sure he has heard far worse heckling than that. over acting lang yung mga coach, lalo na si trillo na akala mo lalaban. if you look at the tape, kung gusto talaga ni bo sumugod madali naman akyatin yung stand nung nakalabas na sya. tumigil sya matagal nag antay ng pipigil. pati si trillo at yung mga asst. kung ncaa yan durog na si atayde. pero masyado lang cry babies. i have seen alot of games live and i can say mas matindi mang heckle at manlait mga taga admu. tapos makanti ng konti iiyak. pero nakakatawa yung itsura ng magkapatid na atayde, takot na takot hahaha kung mangaalaska ka ng ganun kalapit, dapat handa ka. so ngayun, pag may nang alaska, pwede ba ireport tapos pa suspend din or privelage lang ito para sa mga taga ateneo?

  • LSGH 71

    ‘ang pikon .. talo’ – it was just unfortunate that Coach Bo did not understand the dynamics of a La Salle -Ateneo game. He should have pre-trained himself by first observing an alumni golf tournament where ‘ribbing’ from both sides goes to the next level to destroy your mental composure. In reality, that T did cost him the game…. he is smart enough to self-assess.
    If such ribbing is now to be banned, you might as well make the game a ‘closed door’ event and lets see how much the UAAP will profit from such.

    No one is holier than thou in this event except probably your ‘insider’ who probably is too young to have never experienced the physical NCAA wars. Ribbing is part of the event and once again …”ang piton – talk”.

  • ben allado

    im a graduate of ateneo, but bo perasol is pikon. you dont lose your composure like that.

  • jojo webmail

    this “rivalry” is overrated. a rivalry between 2 schools with rich sponsors.
    abs-cbn the 2 schools are milking money from these rich spoiled students and alumni.

    pera pera lang yan,

    • Db2 Synon

      di ka lang kasi taga lasalle or ateneo ..kaya ganyan reaction mo

    • PinoyMundo Biz

      Hindi lahat ng nag-aral at grad ng ADMU eh mayaman. Di ba pwedeng matalino at may scholarship grant?

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    G A G O

    • beeznet

      Lasalista ka, ano? Your post just revealed it.

  • nes911

    As a coach, perasol should have shown some restraints. Kaya siguro some of his players are barumbado din. Like coach, like players.

    • beeznet

      And what can you say about JJ Atayde? A kind Lassalite?

      • marx17

        What I can say is that he is similar as most of the kind senior Ateneans in the Patron and lower box area.

      • beeznet

        This is this why I’d rather watch the games on TV. I can scream, curse and tear my hair off. No one hears, no one gets offended. Now if only Boom Gonzales and TJ Manotoc can keep their mouths shut most of the time, it will be perfect!

      • PinoyMundo Biz

        Mas masaya kung ang kuning analysts/commentators ay from competing schools. Yung pinakamadadaldal nilang students or professors.

  • jus_sayinagain

    So when does heckling get out of hand? When someone reacts violently? Nope.

    Heckling, out-of-hand or not will always be there, like it or not, within ear-shot or not. There is no room however for violent reactions from mature adults who represent any school, paid professionals or not. I am assuming coaches have reached at least a minimum level of maturity. Maybe the UAAP Board should make it an eligibility requirement!

    When “kids” get into a fracas, it may be deemed understandable, but never tolerated (fouls, suspensions and whatever else are meted out). What about supposed to be responsible adults like coaches? Like father to sons —-Coaches to players. If the offending coach can not behave responsibly, should the UAAP Board tolerate it, or dismiss it altogether?

    Who was it, and when was it when a coach was issued technical fouls for not wearing an ID during a championship game? Then as now, coaches too are subject to disciplinary action….unless the application of it is as selective as the whims of the UAAP Board.

    UAAP on TV….circus or not?

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