For almost three decades, Nietos still waging war for Ateneo
Norman Lee Benjamin Riego on Dec 09, 2016 06:57 PM
FAMILY BUSINESS. The Nietos have been donning the blue and white for 28 years and counting.
In 1988, Jet Nieto was right in the middle of Ateneo de Manila’s war in the championship round against De La Salle University.
Almost three decades later, he’s still there – just not on the sidelines.
Instead, new Nietos in the form of twins Mike and Matt have taken his place on the frontline.
The results of their respective wars may have been different, but the father and sons all fought through them in the same manner. “Sinasabi lagi ni daddy na leave everything on the court and give all our heart para sa huli, hindi kami magre-regret,” Matt shared.
Pretty much like how Jet used to do it. “Parang dati lang, ako, I give it my all my best,” he shared.
Unlike their father who was part of the Blue Eagles who got the better of the Green Archers 28 years ago, Mike and Matt got swept by their archrivals in the UAAP 79 Men’s Basketball Tournament.
Still, Jet had wise words for his sons. “Sabi ni daddy, we just have to accept this loss and treat it as motivation for next year,” Mike shared.
Win or lose, the elder Nieto made it a point to remind his boys to appreciate how special their places are right in the middle of the all-out war for all the glory between the Philippines’ fiercest rivals. “I told them to enjoy the game. I told them to recognize how lucky they are with an Ateneo-La Salle,” he said.
He then continued, “Because in a decade, how many Ateneo-La Salle in the championship is there?”
Asked about how far the rivalry game has come since his time, Jet said, “The media coverage, grabe. During our time, you had to go to Rizal Memorial to witness the game.”
He also added, “Now, even if you don’t have tickets, there’s the TV, there’s the streaming. Then there’s social media, grabe na ngayon.”
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