Phoenix head coach Ariel Vanguardia. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netPhoenix had a decent start in the PBA Governors’ Cup winning its first two games, but everything went downhill when the Fuel Masters strung together nine straight losses, effectively dashing any hope for a spot in the quarterfinals.The team’s 11th-place finish was the worst since head coach Ariel Vanguardia took over, and he knows there’s no one to blame for their dismal finish but himself.ADVERTISEMENT “This is all part of the journey and we are really humbled by this experience,” said Vanguardia after Phoenix lost to San Miguel 109-107 at Ynares Sports Center in Antipolo.“I take full responsibility. We will learn from this and we’ll move on to become a better team.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSRedemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie ThompsonSPORTSMayweather beats Pacquiao, Canelo for ‘Fighter of the Decade’SPORTSFederer blasts lack of communication on Australian Open smogPhoenix was able to enter the playoffs in the first two conferences of the season finishing as the sixth seed in both the Philippine and Commissioner’s Cups, but it was in the Governors’ Cup that Vanguardia’s team took a dip.And with the 2016-2017 season over for Phoenix, Vanguardia now looks at the future with a eye on the upcoming draft. Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. DAY6 is for everybody Phoenix, potentially, has the fourth pick in the draft and Vanguardia says they’re looking to add Filipino-German big man Christian Standhardinger.The 6-foot-8 bruiser, however, won’t play in the PBA in the first six months of the season as he is under contract with the Hong Kong Eastern Lions in the Asean Basketball League.“The first three teams may not like him [Standhardinger], because he’s not going to play for the first six months,” said Vanguardia. “We’re willing to wait.”Vanguardia also looks at NCAA standouts Rey Nambatac of Colegio de San Juan de Letran and San Beda’s Robert Bolick and Davon Potts to fill up their backcourt spots.ADVERTISEMENT Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award View comments LATEST STORIES OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ‘a duplicitous move’ – Lacson In ‘Jojo Rabbit,’ Comedy and Drama Collide How to help the Taal evacuees Margot Robbie talks about filming ‘Bombshell’s’ disturbing sexual harassment scene Jake says relationship with Shaina ‘goes beyond physical attraction’ Mos Burger to open in Manila; teases with a pop-up Steam emission over Taal’s main crater ‘steady’ for past 24 hours #KicksStalker: Adidas tries to woo Antetokounmpo with a van of sneakers Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next MOST READ It’s too early to present Duterte’s ‘legacy’ – Lacson
IT’S pretty safe to say that gay marriage is getting more presidential-candidate support now than in any other time in our nation’s history. There’s former Alaska Sen. Mike Gravel, Ohio Rep. Dennis Kucinich – OK, there’s two. You can’t accuse Kucinich of just playing to his vegan base to get the nomination. This time, he’s branching out. I’ll be the first to admit that marriage isn’t for everyone, whether they’re gay or straight. And I’m not alone in that feeling. According to recent data released from the Census Bureau, there are now more unmarried households than married in the U.S. In the feverish debate over same-sex marriage, the San Diego City Council recently passed a measure guaranteeing marriage rights to same-sex couples. The mayor promised to veto, then reversed his stand and backed the council. Still, despite all the overturning and the protesting with the hope of “saving” marriage, the institution itself has quietly slipped away. The majority of Americans are now not getting hitched. So people who want to get married can’t, and people who can get married won’t. It’s like how rich people who have everything are thin, and poor people who have nothing are fat. Or how the Axis of Evil has more countries than the Coalition of the Willing – it’s just one of those weird things in modern life. So why aren’t people getting married these days? I think it boils down to one simple reason: cost. According to a survey done by the Fairchild Bridal Group, the average American wedding costs $30,000. On the other hand, according to the U.S. Census Bureau, the median American household income is only $44,389. In Los Angeles, it’s a little less at $42,667. And if anyone thinks, “Well, it doesn’t have to cost that much,” you might as well be talking about the surface of Mars, because you haven’t been there! I wasn’t into conspiracy theories until I was a bride. Then I experienced one firsthand. As soon as you mention you are getting married, blood is in the water and the sharks come to feed. The hook propagated by those who work in the bridal industry (note that they don’t call it “the groom industry”) is that if your mate isn’t able to take out a second mortgage for the cake, then maybe you’re not marrying the right person. “If your fianc can’t afford a decent wedding, what’s the marriage going to be like?” What will it be like? Racked with debt. Overextended on APR. Monthly installed financial serfdom. Foreclosure! Isn’t it romantic? When I said that I didn’t want to spend a lot of money on something, whether it was my dress, the invites or the officiant, I was treated like I just walked onto a dealership and said that I want to buy a car with no tires. “You can’t just cheap out on the most important part,” they would chime. It’s the wedding-industrial complex that has made marriage into the Spruce Goose. The bird is just too heavy to fly for most Americans. The idea of spending 30K with no chance of a return investment and no low-end sailboat to show for it is deterring. Instead of the idea that being married is a way to improve one’s income and lifestyle (there are data to that effect), now it’s the idea that you need to have money in order to deserve to get married. If the American dream is to come from nothing and make something of yourself, then the American fantasy is that some undeserved windfall will make you rich. No one wants an entire industry to look at them as poor or cheap. The pressure is intense. People are putting off marriage until that “someday” comes and they can afford a wedding. A law recognizing same-sex spouses won’t destroy marriage. But grandiosity will. Tina Dupuy is a stand-up comic and a writer living in Los Angeles. She’s the author of the blog www.sardonicsideshow.com.160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!