Staying MAJOR Podcast with Eric Menk

"Major Pain" Eric Menk hosts a weekly show where he interviews personalities and discusses topics surrounding basketball in the Philippines.
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Sep 5, 2017

Host Eric Menk goes over current events and answers Twitter questions in the 48th episode of the Staying MAJOR Podcast.  Topics covered: Mick Pennisi's retirement, Manila Classico, The Ginebra-Blackwater trade, Alaska wins, SMB changes import, Standhardinger declares for PBA Draft, Parks signs with Alab, Kyrie trade & May-Mac.

You can follow Eric on Twitter and Instagram at @emenk30 & Staying MAJOR's Twitter account is @StayingMajor

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Sep 1, 2017

Barangay Ginebra import, Justin Brownlee joins the 47th episode of Staying MAJOR.  This is Justin's 3rd tour of duty for Ginebra as a PBA import.  Brownlee led Ginebra to the 2016 PBA's Governor's Cup title snapping an 8-year title draught for the Kings.  Justin played collegiately for the St. Johns University Red Storm and since has played in the NBA Summer League, NBA D-League, France, Spain, Italy & Mexico.  Ginebra is currently in 1st place in the 2017 Governor's Cup standings at 5-1.

In this episode, Justin discusses Ginebra, his background, the 2016 PBA's Governor's Cup title run and much, much more.  You can follow Justin on Instagram at @magicbrown32.

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Jul 7, 2017

PBA Commissioner Chito Narvasa joins the 37th episode of Staying MAJOR.  Commissioner Chito has been a longtime basketball guy, playing and coaching in the UAAP, coaching in the PBA, & being the president of the Basketball Association of the Philippines (BCAP).  In 2015, Commissioner Narvasa took over as the PBA Commissioner in 2015.  Chito Narvasa continues to lead the PBA into the future with his strict, no-nonsense style of regulation over the PBA and its teams.

In this episode, Commissioner Narvasa shows his lighter side, while also tackling tough subjects of the current PBA.  Topics like officiating, fines, player's fund, accelerating technology, and PBA format are things discussed with the Commissioner.  Mr. Narvasa also answers social media questions from the PBA's fans and Staying MAJOR's listeners.  The 2017 PBA Governor's Cup is set to launch this July 19th, where all games will be covered by TV5, Sports 5, & PBA Rush.

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Jan 4, 2017

Jayjay Helterbrand is one of the best point guards to ever play in the PBA.  He, together with backcourt mate, Mark Caguioa formed one of the most feared backcourts in PBA history.  Known as The Fast and the Furious, they reigned Barangay Ginebra's backcourt for the last 15 years.  Over the course of his career, Jayjay was a 7x PBA All-Star, 2x Best Player of the Conference, PBA Final's MVP, & 2009 PBA MVP.  Jayjay also represented Team Pilipinas in international competition in 2005, 2007 & 2009.  Still showing he is a great player, Jayjay recently scored 11 points in the 4th quarter of Game 4 of the Governor's Cup Finals, on his 40th birthday to lead Barangay Ginebra to victory, which eventually led to their first championship in 8 years.  He currently is playing for Barangay Ginebra, who is competing in the Philippine Cup in the PBA.

In this conversation with host and longtime teammate, Eric Menk, Jayjay reflects on his long career in the PBA for Barangay Ginebra.  Helterbrand discusses his early life before coming to the Philippines, his rise to eventually becoming the PBA MVP, and dealing with the struggles of an aging professional athlete.  In this 1 hour and 8 minute episode, Jayjay reveals several seldom heard stories and anecdotes about his career.  This is a real inside look at the man who has won over the hearts of the Barangay Ginebra faithful.  You can follow Jayjay on Instagram: @jayhelterbrand

Dec 28, 2016

"The Jet" Jeffrey Cariaso guests on episode 9 of Staying MAJOR.  Jeff enjoyed a 15 year PBA career, where he won many accolades, including being named a 10x PBA All-Star, a PBA Finals MVP & PBA Best Player of the Conference.  Known for his leadership and tough 2-way play as a player, Jeff quickly transitioned into coaching when his playing career was over.  Assisting Tim Cone at the B-Meg/San Mig Coffee franchise, he helped them win 4 PBA titles.  From there, he went on to be the head coach at Barangay Ginebra for 2 conferences.  Jeff is currently an assistant coach with the Alaska Aces, a franchise he played 8 years of his career for. 

Away from the PBA, Jeff is a successful business man.  He owns the very successful basketball specialty store/barber shop, Titan (  Titan has 8 stores in metro Manila.  You can follow Jeff at the following social media handles:

Twitter: @thejet_22

Instagram: @thejet_22

Dec 22, 2016

The "Mighty Mouse" also known as "The Captain" Jimmy Alapag joins Staying MAJOR for episode 8.  In this episode, host Eric Menk asks Jimmy about his upbringing in southern California.  From a 4'9" 100lb. 9th grader, Jimmy worked relentlessly to gain a college basketball scholarship to play at Cal-State Bernardino.  There he led their team to the Elite 8 as a junior and was named All-West Region as a senior.  Jimmy then enlightens his fans with an inside look at his PBA career at Talk-N-Text.  To close the episode, Jimmy takes Twitter questions from Staying MAJOR's listeners.

Despite his small stature, Jimmy overcame the odds to have had one of the most memorable careers in modern PBA history.  After leading the Talk-N-Text franchise to 6 PBA titles (5 All-Filipino titles), being named Rookie of the Year, League MVP, Finals MVP & a member of the PBA's 40 Greatest Players, Jimmy became a national hero with his play while representing the Philippines in international competition.  His 3-point shot late in the semi-finals of FIBA-Asia against S. Korea helped book the Philippines a spot in the 2014 World Cup of Basketball.  There, he captained the team and poured in 18 points to help the Philippines secure their first win on the global stage in 40 years!  Jimmy recently broke the PBA's all-time 3-point record, while playing his last year for the Meralco Bolts.  Now retired from playing, Alapag serves as an assistant coach for the Meralco Bolts and the Gilas program, which represents the Philippines in international basketball competitions.  Jimmy also serves on the FIBA Players Commission, serving as an ambassador for basketball in Asia.  You can follow him on the following social media handles:

Twitter & Instagram: @jalapag3

Dec 8, 2016

"The Rocket" JC Intal joins episode 6 of Staying MAJOR.  JC currently is playing for the Phoenix Fuel Masters in the PBA.  After having a legendary collegiate career for the Ateneo Blue Eagles, JC joined the PBA as the #4 pick in the 2007 PBA Draft.  Blessed with great agility, grace, and athletic ability JC has played on the PBA courts for the last 10 years.  He had a memorable 3-year stint with Ginebra.  He also helped B-Meg win a championship in the 2012 Commissioner's Cup and also represented the Philippines for Gilas Pilipinas at the 2015 FIBA-Asia tournament.  Despite setbacks with illnesses and injury, JC is now one of the cornerstones of the Phoenix franchise.  An ever evolving athlete, JC reflects on his career while also giving Staying MAJOR's listeners a glimpse of his mindset and work ethic as he tries to lead the Phoenix franchise into contention.  In this episode, host Eric Menk and JC discuss the recently concluded UAAP Finals, the current state of his team & tips for aspiring basketball players in the Philippines.  His team, the Phoenix Fuel Masters are currently competing in the 2017 Philippine Cup in the PBA.  You can follow JC at the following social media handles:

Twitter: @jcintal7

Instagram: @jcintal7

Dec 1, 2016

Mark "The Spark" Caguioa joins Staying MAJOR for its 5th episode.  Mark is truly a legend in Philippine basketball.  He has won every award there is to win in the PBA.  His accolades are too many to list in this description.  Being a long-time teammate of the host, Eric Menk, they dive down memory lane to discuss the legendary teams of Ginebra's past.  They further discuss how Mark has become the player, leader, and person he is today.  Fresh off of a championship in the Governor's Cup, Mark explains what went into that championship run and how Ginebra looks to build upon it.  He further gives Staying MAJOR's listeners an inside look at their coach, Tim Cone.  This episode is a treat for Caguioa fans, Ginebra fans, and PBA fans alike.  Mark continues to lead the charge for Ginebra as they have just started their campaign in the Philippine Cup.  Mark has been a fan favorite for almost two decades and continues to inspire Filipino ballers around the world.  You can follow Mark at the following social media handles:

Twitter: @officialMC47

Instagram: @47markcaguioa

Nov 24, 2016

Former PBA great "The Kid" Kerby Raymundo joins episode 4of Staying MAJOR.  In this episode, Kerby talks about his humble beginnings, his PBA career and updates Staying MAJOR's listeners on what he has been up to since leaving the PBA in 2013.  Hailing from Bataan, Kerby turned himself into a 10-time PBA All-Star.  Despite his career being cut short because of injury, Kerby has found success off of the court in his post-playing career.  Running two companies and raising three boys, Kerby still finds the time to mentor young kids from his province of Bataan.  Kerby Raymundo is an inspiration to all athlete's, and he expresses an interest in helping current athletes be successful when their athletic careers are over.  You can keep up with Kerby at the following social media handles:

Twitter: @imkr21

Instagram: @kerbyraymundo

Nov 21, 2016

Alaska Aces point guard, "The Maestro" Chris Banchero joins episode 3 of Staying MAJOR.  In this episode, Chris talks about the events of his life preceding and leading  up to his arrival in the Philippines.  Despite an ACL injury to his knee that ended his college career, Chris has been able to come back and be a key contributor on one of the best teams in the PBA, the Alaska Aces.  Now midway through his professional career, Chris examines what the Aces need to do to finally get over the hump and win a PBA title after four trips to the finals in the last two years.  This is a great interview where Chris gives out never before heard information about his background.  A must listen for PBA fans, Alaska Aces fans and Chris Banchero fans alike.  The Alaska Aces start their season this Friday, November 25th.  Chris can be found at the following social media handles:

Twitter: @chrisbanchero

Instagram: @chrisbanchero

Nov 14, 2016

CNN Sports Desk anchor, Mico Halili joins host "Major Pain" Eric Menk for the second episode of Staying MAJOR.  Recorded on November 14th and released on the launch date of Staying MAJOR, November 15th, Eric and Mico discuss the beginnings of Mico's broadcast journalism career.  They also examine athlete's entering media, the current state of the PBA, and then take Twitter questions.  You can catch Mico on CNN Philippines M-F at 7 & 10pm, where he anchors, Sports Desk.

Twitter: @micohalili

IG: @micohalili

Nov 14, 2016

In Staying MAJOR's very first episode, Staying MAJOR is graced with the presence of the "H-Bomb" Rudy Hatfield.  Rudy had a colorful PBA career filled with accolades and charasmatic moments.  In this interview, Rudy discusses where life has led him after the Philippines and reveals some of his secrets that he feels were essential to his success as a player.  The mood lightens later in the interview where Rudy discusses his favorite professional wrestlers, takes Twitter questions, and even quizzes the host, Eric Menk.  This is an "at the table" listen as two close friends joke about the past, present, and future.  Here is where you can find more about Rudy and checkout a couple of YouTube video's that have made his legacy live on.

Twitter: @RudyHatfield99

IG: @rudyhatfield99