Yes it's true that several Davao-based breeders have discarded their BB Sweater line. Yes I've heard many horrific stories of how this line turned tail on fights it could've easily won. And yes I've been told of how awesome they spar but sulks at even the most minor and non-life threatening wound.
Well I do breed all of Bebot's line and his meticulous ways are carried over at my farm. However, I do vary from him by being steadfast in maintaining my BB Sweater line. Knock on wood but this line has provided me many many "W" and based on its winning percentage it appears that it's gonna stay with me for awhile. The only thing I did was purchase a trio from the man. I linebred the original trio and offsprings were then crossed with other "quality and tested" lines. The results were superb! So currently I maintain two rules when it comes to BB Sweater line. 1) maintain the same blood by not "infusing" other BB line regardless whether the fowl came from other respected breeder UNLESS I personally know the history of that fowl. 2) never fight it "pure" and always seek the hybrid vigor by crossing to other bloodlines.
Case in point, 5 Cock Makati Coliseum Feb. 25 and Patrick Antonio, Bebot and several other breeders from Davao were with me. Bebot joined me during the limbering stage of every single fight. 1 bird was of Bebot line, 1 was my imported JJ Kelso broodcock and 3 were crosses with the BB line. Knowing how he has reservations about this line I wanted to prove before his eyes that I'm right in maintaining the line. The first was a BB x Lemon. My bird got hit first during the break but immediately delivered a lethal blow which quickly ended the fight. Right after I discovered the big wound that nearly severed the entire meaty part of his left thigh. YES that's right I said the LEFT thigh. In retrospect it's amazing how that fowl never slowed down and was able to sustain the level of power despite that type of wound. Second, it was a BB x DF or a straight sweater. Well this one won convincingly with no cut whatsover. 10 seconds and time to collect. Third was a BB x Gilmore. We were up against a menacing foe in Mayor Bunoy's famous Black Bonanzas and at the same time going for the Solo Championship. I saw that our foe had an advantage in height and age as I estimated the fowl to be at least 4 yrs old. The bird looked immaculate with healthy feathering and was moving extremely well. Through the deafening noise the birds were released and both warriors postured as if they were gonna go for it in the air. Three more steps and that was exactly what happened. The dark fowl broke superbly and was on top of our bird. In a flash the second buckle mirrored the first except this time our bird landed with his right leg completely disabled and had a gaping wound on his right side that exposed his intestines. At this time the pit was rocking as a dehado was ahead and appeared to have taken down a Champ. Down with one leg my bird persevered to continue to engage but his foe was elusive. But with a sliver of an opportunity which my bird only saw, he lunged with his one leg and delivered a blow which clearly connected as his adversary slowed down. Once the opponent became an easier target my bird got a bill hold and draged himself up then unleashed a fatal long shuffle. Isa, Dalawa and then we were crowned Solo Champ! On my way down Patrick Antonio commented to me that of all the birds I fought that last bird was the best. I proceeded to the mangagamot and discovered that my bird's intestines were practically minced to little pieces. I looked at the bird and he was still alert and I knew that I can't do anything about the inevitable death. Silently I thanked that bird for laying it all on the line. I stroked his bloody hackle for several seconds and then I bid adieu. I walked away reminiscing when that fowl was just a cockerel and how at 16 months he beat a cock in a big event in San Juan and now at 22 months beat another cock to secure us a championship. Yes folks at 22 months that bird was already a 2 x winner against cocks.
So I would say that the BB Sweater line works for me.
Originally Posted by ROY61479