Tab Baldwin rues 'farcical' noise from drums does more harm than good in UAAP games
Ateneo consultant Tab Baldwin says the drum noise eliminates the salient aspect of the game, which is communication between coaches and players, as well as communication among the players themselves. Jerome Ascano

ATENEO consultant Tab Baldwin wasn't too pleased with the noise of drums banging inside the stadium during games.

Baldwin made his feelings known after his first outing with the Blue Eagles in the UAAP, admitting he doesn’t like the atmosphere where the noise inside a venue is generated in an “artificial” manner instead by the crowd itself.

“I would be a lot impressed if the noise was coming from the fans instead of a bunch of drums,” Baldwin told reporters on Sunday after Ateneo's 73-69 win over University of Santo Tomas.

“I don’t really believe in artificial noise in indoor stadiums,” Baldwin added.

Baldwin said the drum noise eliminates the salient aspect of the game which is communication between coaches and players, as well as communication among the players themselves.

“The players can’t communicate on the floor, the coaches can’t communicate with the players. To be perfectly honest, it’s farcical," the Gilas Pilipinas coach complained.

“Basketball is a game of communication because it’s so fast moving and there is so much interaction between the players and when you eliminate that aspect, it’s a source of a lot of mistakes in the game because coaches and players can’t communicate with one another,” said Baldwin.

“Use that word. I believe it’s farcical,” Baldwin reiterated.

Baldwin also believes drums are unnecessary since the fans inside the stadium can generate the same amount of noise.

“You have a tremendous number of very enthusiastic fans who sit out there and make appropriate noises when the team is on a run, they will give them a lot of support. When their team is struggling, we’ll see if they will support their team when they are struggling. That’s the way it should be.

“I’m just not an artificial guy. I’m kind of a real guy. I like reality,” said Baldwin.

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The veteran internationalist said he has seen many instances in the past where the noise from the crowd affected the play of his teams.

“I’ve seen crowds that are flat out intimidating because of the noise they will lay on you. But drums? It doesn’t intimidate any.”

Baldwin made it clear he is not against the people who are only doing their job to perk up the team and the crowd.

“That’s their job. I’m against it being allowed to take place. I’m not against the people doing it. They are doing a heck of a job. But it doesn’t do anything for me other than drown out the communication,” said

“If Santo Tomas fans are drowning out the ability to communicate, I’ll applaud them. I’ll give them all the kudos in the world. But a bunch of drummers? No.”

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