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Posted: Tuesday, July 1, 2008 11:00 pm | Updated: 8:04 am, Thu Mar 24, 2011.

I am my own little Spain.  A mind doused with confetti.

I am a breathing, typing Iberian Peninsula, celebrating weekend victories with dreams of emptying my checking account at Home Depot on lumber, and building a galleon christened “Guillen.”

Never mind the treasonous nature of that opening statement, viewed against my Teutonic surname and the Euro 2008 Championship.  My White Sox swept the Cubs this weekend and settled accounts outstanding from last week’s Wrigley Field beating.

Sagittarius has returned to Chicago’s South Side sky.

Apologies, in advance, for another expat rant.  While I’m at it, I’ll try and forget all the out-of-state collegiate banners flying during the Accenture Tournament, in Dove Mountain backyards.

Just as paybacks sailed over U.S. Cellular Field’s left-centerfield wall, off CDO alum Brian Anderson’s bat during Sunday night’s fourth inning, the text messages began creeping in.

“Enjoy your Wildcat Triple AAA call-up’s moment,” sent a fellow expat, watching from some Phoenix bar. Sobbing, likely.


I earned no mercy after the column a couple weeks back, about the odds of a Cross-town World Series.  That one farmed taunts from Cub-friendlies the way kids poke dead raccoons with sticks.

I acknowledge the impending eight-game sugar crash the Sox will embrace after All-Star Break, which always happens. And I could care less. Wrigleyville’s best were sent back like overcooked steak, and the Sox’s lead on the AL West continues to grow over the Twins.

Granted, there’s a reservoir of local analysis waiting for our hammock-bound Diamondbacks, snoozing since that Dolphin Stadium day when Brandon Webb proved mortal against the Marlins.

And I eagerly await the day I get to masticate a cross-state series between the Phoenix Diamondbacks and the franchise Tucson will pick up, whenever the council quits chattering behind Mike Hein’s back and does something proactive.

OK, that’s a stretch.  See: Rio Nuevo.

Hallucinations of the I-10 Series may not materialize, but there’ll be a bucket of vacation days in my account come October.  

Good thing us South-Siders fly into Midway — rumor says United plans to surcharge Sox fans landing at O’Hare.

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HS Schedule

Tuesday, September 16

Boys Golf (@ 3 p.m.)

Buena, Cienega at Marana

Mountain View, Ironwood Ridge, Catalina at Amphi (Silverbell GC)

Catalina Foothills, Pueblo, Sahuarita at Sahuaro

Girls Volleyball (Fr 4 p.m., JV 5 p.m., Var 6 p.m. unless otherwise noted)

Mountain View at Rio Rico

Ironwood Ridge at Glendale Ironwood

Swimming (@4 p.m.)

Pusch Ridge, Sahuarita at Desert Christian

Wednesday, September 17

Girls Golf (@ 3 p.m.)

Rincon at CDO

Ironwood Ridge, Desert View at Flowing Wells (Silverbell)

Cross Country (@4:30)

Salpointe at Catalina Foothills

Palo Verde, Nogales at Marana

Rincon, St. Gregory at CDO

Sahuarita, Pueblo, Pusch Ridge at Desert View

Girls Volleyball (Fr 4 p.m., JV 5 p.m., Var 6 p.m. unless otherwise noted)

Empire at Marana (4:30, 5:30, 6:30)

CDO at Queen Creek

Cienega at Mountain View

Sahuaro at Catalina Foothills

Walden Grove at Pusch Ridge

Thursday, September 18

Girls Golf

CDO, Ironwood Ridge at Phoenix Aguila Invitational (all day)

Boys Golf

Sahuaro and Salpointe at Ironwood Ridge

CDO, Rincon, Sunnyside at Tucson High

Girls Volleyball (Fr 4 p.m., JV 5 p.m., Var 6 p.m. unless otherwise noted)

Marana at Sahuarita

Ironwood Ridge at Sahuaro (4:30, 5:30, 6:30)

Catalina Foothills at Rincon

Pusch Ridge at San Manuel

Swimming (4 p.m.)

Marana vs. Tucson at Quincy Douglas Pool

Cienega at Marana

CDO, Ironwood Ridge at Amphi

Catalina Foothills at Sahuaro

Freshman Football (all games at 6 p.m. unless otherwise noted)

Flowing Wells at Marana (4 p.m.)

Desert View at Mountain View

Cienega at CDO

Ironwood Ridge at Buena

Catalina Foothills at Sahuarita

JV Football (all games at 6 p.m. unless otherwise noted)

Amphi at Marana

Santa Cruz Valley at Pusch Ridge

Mountain View at Desert View

CDO at Cienega

Buena at Ironwood Ridge

Sahuarita at Catalina Foothills

Friday, September 19

Boys Golf

Catalina Foothills, Ironwood Ridge, CDO, at Phoenix Aguila Invitational (all day)

Cross Country

Mountain View, Ironwood Ridge at Mt. Carmel Invitational (San Diego, CA)

Girls Volleyball

CDO at Westwood Tournament of Champions

Football (@7 p.m.)

Pusch Ridge at Santa Cruz Valley

Catalina at Marana

Desert Vista at Mountain View

Ironwood Ridge at Buena

Cienega at CDO

Catalina Foothills at Sahuarita

Saturday, September 20

Boys Golf

Catalina Foothills, Ironwood Ridge, CDO, at Phoenix Aguila Invitational (all day)

Cross Country

Marana at Old Pueblo Invite(Lincoln Park)

Mountain View at San Diego

Catalina Foothills, CDO at Ojo Rojo (Chandler, AZ)


Marana at Wolves Classic (Chandler High)

Girls Volleyball

CDO at Westwood Tournament of Champions


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