Sunday, May 25, 2008
Santos Duro! Sí Se Pudo!
Santos advanced to the finals of the Mexican league with a last-minute goal against Monterrey. Mexico City powerhouse Cruz Azul now awaits. The photos to the left were taken about an hour after the game. The car in the above shot was moving at a pretty good clip, and there's a decent chance that the kid on roof is now in the hospital. After taking the picture below, I learned that the three shirtless teens dancing in front of the car are ex-students of mine. Keep on making me proud, boys! It was probably the most festive street atmosphere I've ever seen for a sporting event, with the possible exception of the area around Wrigley Field in 2003 and Knoxville in the pre-Pickle era. Even now, two and a half hours after the final whistle, cars continue with the trademark Santos honk (two long blasts, followed three in quick succession) without cease, and what is now a cool atmosphere will turn annoying really quickly if they're still at it when I want to go to bed.
Irony that I should have noticed a long time ago: the squad's official name is Santos (Saints), but its nickname is Guerreros (Warriors). Was that intentional?