Mico Halili and rookie announcer Vince Hizon were doing the Purefoods double-OT loss to Coke last night, and I caught the BTV replay in the wee hours of the morning. During a lull in the third quarter, Mico casually mentioned that the full name of litte-used Coke forward Ricky Calimag was Recarido. It led to the following exchange:
Vince: "Are you serious? Do you really know all the first names and all the full names of all the players?"
Mico: (thinking) "Well, I know your middle name."
Vince: (sounding genuinely surprised) "Really?"
Mico: "Yeah. The Prince
Mico is bar-none the best announcer on Philippine TV. It's actually the second time I caught him doing a game with Vince. A couple of weekends ago, on Vince's first broadcast, Mico kept joking that he was working with royalty. Then when they showed a shot of Chris Tiu in the stands, Mico kept ribbing Vince about how before Ateneo fangirls screamed for Chris Tiu, they used to scream for Vince the Prince, so much so that you could hear
Vince blushing. Unlike Chris Tiu though, Vince never won championships for Ateneo, as he carried those crappy early '90s teams; back then, the school didn't pay their players hundreds of thousands of pesos to play for the team.