UPDATED as of January 9
IF YOU ARE READING THIS POST RIGHT NOW, you are supposed to be at work (except for the government sector) but if you are a student (with classes resuming tomorrow or next week) and happened to be a sports aficionado, you are probably watching the Granddaddy of Them All – the Rose Bowl.
With that, Timow’s Turf opening salvo kicks off with the New Year outlook — on sports.
Why tackle on sports and not on entertainment or news? Simple; sports is obviously action-packed but it is well-defined, well-planned and agreed upon years in advance, unlike the two categories.
Major Sporting Events of the Year
NOTE: All dates listed are converted to Philippine time.
Super Bowl LII
- Date: February 5
- Place: U.S. Bank Stadium, Minneapolis, Minnesota
- Broadcaster: TV5
The Big Game will culminate the most controversial season of the National Football League (NFL).
Throughout the league’s season, some players knelt during the national anthem as a sign of resistance and defiance that aroused President Donald Trump’s umbrage on Twitter.
However, it can only get worse than that as Justin Timberlake returns for the third time as the solo headlining act of the halftime show. Despite going solo this time, some will never forget him over the wardrobe malfunction on Janet Jackson 14 years ago.
XXIII Winter Olympic Games
- Date: February 9-25
- Place: Pyeongchang, South Korea
Although few sporting competitions began the day before, this Olympics would mark for the first time the northern neighbor (North Korea) will compete for the international multi-sport event. However, Russian athletes are unclear to enter the Games due to the state-sponsored doping scandal in which the International Olympic Committee suspended the concerned national committee. Should they enter, they will participate under the Olympic flag instead of the white-blue-red tricolor.
Since our Michael Christian Martinez failed to clinch a spot for not making the clear cut from the qualifying CS Nebelhorn Trophy, someone might take his place to hold the banner. Asa Miller, despite being a resident in Oregon, USA, will represent the country due to dual citizenship as the first alpine skier in 26 years.
On that note, local broadcasting remains in limbo between ESPN 5 and PTV 4. Should there be agreement, viewers might focus on his competition along with the artistry of opening and closing ceremonies.
2018 FIBA 3×3 World Cup
- Dates: June 8-12
- Place: Philippine Arena, Bocaue, Bulacan
- Broadcaster: unknown but definitely TV5
Back at home, this fifth internationally 3×3 basketball event will feature separate competitions for men’s and women’s national teams. All together, 40 teams from 37 member associations will compete within five days.
Since the finals will be held during Araw ng Kalayaan, cultural events (such as rondallas, regional dance troupes and singers) are also planned alongside in the grounds with the tournament proper.
2018 (FIFA) World Cup
- Dates: June 14 – July 15
- Place: Russia
- Broadcaster: S+A
This most recognizable international football tournament marked not only the failed appearances of strongholds of Italy, Netherlands, the United States, Cameroon, Chile, New Zealand, Ghana and Ivory Coast but the debut of two small countries, Panama and Iceland.
Our Azkals failed to qualify but our soccer aficionados will have to adjust as night owls as live coverage will kick off from late night to wee hours.
18th Asian Games
- Dates: August 18 – September 2
- Place: Jakarta and Palembang, Indonesia
- Broadcaster: Unknown (could be PTV, TV5 or both)
After hosting the SEA Games seven years prior, Indonesia will welcome athletic contingents from the concerned continent on the said key cities.
Due to the successful return of covering last year’s SEA Games, PTV 4 might cover this one after their 16-year hiatus but TV5’s experiential competitive base could be a pitching advantage for attaining exclusive broadcast rights. The Turf will not be surprised if, like last year, PTV has the exclusive rights to cover as TV5 will cover both basketball competitions – regular and 3-on-3.
Continuing Sporting Sagas
FIBA World Cup 2019 Qualifiers (Asia)
The road to China for Gilas Pilipinas in Group B will continue on February 22, as they will be the away team in Australia. Three days later, they will play Japan at home court. On June 29, they will play as the away team in Chinese Taipei and on July 2, they will play Australia at home.
Regardless of that outcome as they have enough wins to secure advancement; Gilas will play three out of four teams in Group D – Kazakhstan, Iraq, Iran, and Qatar – on Group F with the same home-and-away basis from September 2018 to February 2019.
Nonetheless, it will still continue the adversity of PBA’s current (43rd) season and the next one.
Are there other sporting events for this year that you think it really needs attention? Do let us know.
Photos courtesy of: Wikimedia Commons, Christian Science Monitor, Kyodo News, FIFA, Indonesia.travel, Philippine Daily Inquirer