The PBA Grand Slam misses
Paul Lintag on Jul 07, 2017 01:13 PM
Jayson Castro and the Talk 'N Text Tropang Texters were the last team to attempt to win the Grand Slam and fail, coming up one win short back in 2011.
Winning a Grand Slam will give you PBA immortality. It's just that simple.
However, missing out on a PBA Grand Slam after coming oh so close means that you'll probably be forgotten and buried in the annals of history, remembered only when articles like this one are published and made available for everyone to read.
With the 2017 San Miguel Beermen going for the triple crown, they obviously want to win it all and join these teams in the GOAT conversation.
However, fail in this grand mission and the Beermen will end up like these teams that we're about to highlight.
Teams that are still probably trying to move on from the Grand Slam that got away.
1975 Toyota Tamaraws
The PBA almost saw a Grand Slam during its very first season.
As the league opened shop in 1975, Toyota immediately ran off with the first two championships, setting up a historic first season.
However, the Tamaraws lost to rival Crispa in the All-Philippine Conference, 2-3, denying them of a shot at ultimate glory.
Speaking of Crispa...
1977 Crispa Redmanizers
Let's just get this out of the way, Crispa was basically the Boston Celtics of the PBA.
Fresh from winning their first-ever Grand Slam in 1976, also the first in PBA history, the Redmanizers almost made it a golden double the following season.
As part of its six-championship tear, Crispa won the first two titles of the 1977 season only the fall short in the Invitational Conference, finishing in third place. All is good though as the Redmanizers won a second Grand Slam in 1983.
1985 Great Taste Coffee Makers/1986 Tanduay Rhum Makers
Both Great Taste and Tanduay made legitimate runs for the Grand Slam in back-to-back seasons, winning the first two championships before missing the Finals of the third conference.
In this case, the Coffee Makers made the most compelling case for the Grand Slam as the team actually won fourth straight titles, winning the last two championships of the 1984 season on top of the first two trophies at stake in 1985.
Unfortunately, the Grand Slam comes in a specific set and Great Taste missed it. Twice.
1998 Alaska Milkmen
After winning a Grand Slam in 1996, Alaska was ready to go at it again two years later in 1998.
Tim Cone's squad survived San Miguel Beer in both the All-Filipio Conference and the Commissioner's Cup but the Milkmen would fail to advance in the Finals of the Governors' Cup, finishing last in an eight-team field.
2011 Talk 'N Text Tropang Texters
Behind Jimmy Alapag and Jayson Castro, the Chot Reyes-coached Tropang Texters were running amok in the league six years ago.
Talk 'N Text vanquished both San Miguel and Ginebra in the Philippine Cup and Commissioner's Cup respectively, setting up the team's Grand Slam chase.
However, the Tropang Texters lost the Governors' Cup to the Beermen, then re-branded as the Petron Blaze Boosters, 3-4.
What's worse is the fact that Talk 'N Text practically handpicked Petron as its Finals opponent as an unusual semifinals format afforded the team of such option.
Playing a non-bearing game, Talk 'N Text dropped its semifinal matchup to Petron, allowing the Blaze Boosters to advansame carry-over record as Alaska and Brgy. Ginebra.
Additional failed Grand Slam note:
The PBA switched to a two-conference format from the 2004-2005 season to 2009-2010. No team swept both conferences and Red Bull was the only team to come close, winning the 2005-2006 Fiesta Conference over Purefoods before losing to the Chunkee Giants in the rematch during the Philippine Cup.
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