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Thursday, January 17, 2013

Some Notes About Championship Sweeps at the Philippine Basketball Association

In sports terminology, sweep pertains to winning all the games in a championship series. Only three teams have did so at the Philippine Basketball Association (PBA):  Swift Mighty Meaties, and Purefoods Tender Juicy Giants, and Talk 'N Text Tropang Texters.

Yesterday, Talk 'N Text Tropang Texters defeated Rain or Shine Elasto Painters at the conclusion of the 2012-13 Philippine Cup. The first sweep happened at the 1992 Third Conference when Swift Mighty Meaties defeated Seven-Up Uncolas. The second sweep was during the 2009-10 Philippine Cup when Purefoods Tender Juicy Giants won over Alaska Aces.

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Talk 'N Text Tropang Texters (Source: Web site of the PBA)
* Interestingly, Seven-Up Uncolas' franchise is now held by Talk 'N Text Tropang Texters - from soft drink to cellular phone.

* Rain or Shine Elasto Painters coach Yeng Guiao was the coach of the Swift Mighty Meaties team that made the first sweep in 1992.

* Purefoods Tender Juicy Giants is currently known as San Mig Cofee Mixers. In 2010, it defeated the Alaska Aces team, which is then coached by Tim Cone. Two years later, Cone is the head coach of San Mig Coffee Mixers.

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