'THANK God it's Friday' used to mean party time for PBA stars, especially during the years when they were - to borrow a line from Snoop Dog - wild and young and free.
But TGIF takes a whole new meaning inside the Clark bubble.
See, every Friday morning from 8 to 12 noon, league officials allow packages from the players' teams and families to be brought inside the league bubble at the Quest Hotel inside the Clark FreePort Zone in Pampanga.
The goods are delivered by families to company offices and are in turn brought by team staff to the PBA bubble, where each package goes through a thorough disinfection process before getting in the hands of players.
The packages are like manna from heaven for the players, who, after over a week holed up inside the Angeles City hotel, are missing a lot of the things they used to enjoy outside the league bubble.
No wonder the packages are eagerly awaited and bring cheer to the players.
The goods could be favorite snacks and goodies from the wife like the one received by a grateful Meralco Bolts forward Cliff Hodge from wife Bea.
Or it could be an entire month's supply of food, supplements, snacks, fruits, and delicacies like the one big boy Asi Taulava received from the fam.
Kiefer Ravena's 'ayuda' from mom Mozzy and girlfriend Alyssa Valdez were as big as balikbayan boxes.
But if there's something players look forward to the most, it's meals cooked by their wives and moms.
Just take a look at the face of Ginebra back-up slotman Prince Caperal when he started eating the packed meals sent to him by family.
Meal of champions, right?