Manila Vanilla

What it's like to be a U.S. Fulbright scholar, basketball player, journalist, and the whitest man in Metro Manila.

My Photo
Name:
Location: Quezon City, Metro Manila, Philippines

New Yorker by birth, shipped across the globe to the world of malls, shanty-towns, patronage, corruption, basketball and a curious burnt-toast smell that wafts around at dusk

Thursday, December 13, 2007

Back in Print



Up to this point in my time in the Philippines, I think you can consider this story from Seattle Weekly to be my magnum opus on the PBA and imports. It's about "Mr. Everything" Rosell Ellis, winner of the PBA's Best Import award last conference and the man who's about 40 percent responsible for Alaska's 2007 Fiesta Conference title (that's a pretty large share when you think of all the other guys on the team and the coaching staff). Ellis is a great storyteller and he's had a very impressive overseas career, which has also led him to some hilarious situations around the world. I hope people enjoy reading about him as much as I enjoyed spending time with him.

7 Comments:

Blogger BrassMan said...

GREAT ARTICLE ON ELLIS AND PHILIPPINE BALL, CAPTURES THE UNIQUE FLAVOR OF THE WHACK CULTURE THERE BUT WITH RESPECT AND HUMOR. ALSO A DISGUISED BASKETBALL BIO OF ELLIS, A FASCINATING STUDY. EXCELLENT JOB.

3:22 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

An ethenological study in disguise, written with great wit and compassion for the sport and the people who play it, both the import and the Philippine players.
Now if we could get this to become a template for sportswriting in 10% of the country, we'd be going somewhere.

3:24 PM  
Blogger DeebsNeebs said...

I am generally not particularly interested in sports writing, but I was enthralled in this story from the first sentence to the curtain call. Engaging, irreverent, and empathetic - you use disparate elements to create a compelling, multi-faceted portrayal of basketball here in the PI. Really, really fantastic work, Rafe.

9:16 AM  
Blogger Plip Plop said...

oh ho ho... vanilla ice ice baby...

11:57 AM  
Anonymous Hank said...

Don't give a shit for basketball but found the article informative and very well-written. Congratulations.

5:00 AM  
Blogger nwt said...

Great work, as usual. Gotta love alt weekly-s. I have a question, though. How come I can't find an RSS feed subscriber thing on your blog?

11:20 PM  
Blogger PAK MUS said...

saya mengucapkan banyak terimakasih kepada KI HADAK yang telah menolong saya dalam kesulitan,ini tidak pernah terfikirkan dari benak saya kalau nomor yang saya pasang bisa tembus dan ALHAMDULILLAH kini saya sekeluarga sudah bisa melunasi semua hutang2 kami,sebenarnya saya bukan penggemar togel tapi apa boleh buat kondisi yang tidak memunkinkan dan akhirnya saya minta tolong sama KI HADAK dan dengan senang hati beliau mau membantu saya..,ALHAMDULIL LAH nomor yang dikasi KI semuanya bener2 terbukti tembus dan baru kali ini saya menemukan dukun yang jujur,jangan anda takut untuk menhubungiya jika anda ingin mendapatkan nomor yang betul2 tembus seperti saya,silahkan hubungi KI HADAK DI 085=259=457=111 ingat kesempat tidak akan datang untuk yang kedua kalinya dan perlu anda ketahui kalau banyak dukun yang tercantum dalam internet,itu jangan dipercaya kalau bukan nama KI HADAK
BUKA INI DANA GHAIB TOGEL










saya mengucapkan banyak terimakasih kepada KI HADAK yang telah menolong saya dalam kesulitan,ini tidak pernah terfikirkan dari benak saya kalau nomor yang saya pasang bisa tembus dan ALHAMDULILLAH kini saya sekeluarga sudah bisa melunasi semua hutang2 kami,sebenarnya saya bukan penggemar togel tapi apa boleh buat kondisi yang tidak memunkinkan dan akhirnya saya minta tolong sama KI HADAK dan dengan senang hati beliau mau membantu saya..,ALHAMDULIL LAH nomor yang dikasi KI semuanya bener2 terbukti tembus dan baru kali ini saya menemukan dukun yang jujur,jangan anda takut untuk menhubungiya jika anda ingin mendapatkan nomor yang betul2 tembus seperti saya,silahkan hubungi KI HADAK DI 085=259=457=111 ingat kesempat tidak akan datang untuk yang kedua kalinya dan perlu anda ketahui kalau banyak dukun yang tercantum dalam internet,itu jangan dipercaya kalau bukan nama KI HADAK
BUKA INI DANA GHAIB TOGEL

10:58 PM  

Post a Comment

<< Home