The series featured an amazing pitching performance by junior Taryne Mowatt, who pitched every single inning of the Wildcats' post-season. How's this for astonishing: Mowatt, who set a record with 42 wins this season (suck on that, Big Unit!), threw more than 1,000 pitches over eight games in a week.
Congrats to the Wildcats and coach Mike Candrea, who is leaving the team next year--temporarily, we hope!--to coach the U.S. Olympic team.
Attendance at the Sidewinders games has averaged around 4,000 a game, one of the lowest in the Pacific Coast League. We blame the lousy fan support on the 1998 move from Hi Corbett Field to Tucson Electric Park; that's why we stopped going to every homestand. But it didn't take long for a reader at the Tucson Citizen Web site to blame the decision to sell and move the franchise on illegal immigration.
We're sure the lack of fan support for a championship baseball team doesn't bode well for the hockey or arena football franchise planned for the new downtown arena.
The only country still flying the F-14 is Iran, which got a fleet of the planes back in the good ol' days when it was a U.S. ally before the 1979 Islamic revolution. The country needs the parts to keep the jets in the air.
The Government Accounting Office has reported serious problems tracking the sale of surplus military equipment, including F-14 parts.
Giffords said banning the sale of the parts would prevent them from falling into Iranian hands.
"Congress simply cannot let this happen," Giffords press-released after the vote. "A hostile Iran represents a grave threat to our country and to the stability of the Middle East. The last thing we want--the last thing the world wants--is for Iran to be more of a threat than it is now."
Elsewhere in Washington, Congressman Raul Grijalva introduced the Borderlands Conservation and Security Act of 2007, which is designed to address the environmental impact of increased border security by having federal land agencies work more closely with Homeland Security.
"Many of these lands have suffered extensive environmental degradation as a result of unauthorized activity and border security efforts," Grijalva press-released. "This bill is the first step in preserving our unique natural heritage while we protect our borders."
ADOT warns: "Expect traffic delays, and please exercise patience, caution and courtesy."
For commuters who need to get between Marana and downtown, Sun Tran has set up express bus service that leaves the Arizona Pavilions and stops at various downtown locations.
In other downtown transportation news: As part of the rebuilding of the Fourth Avenue underpass, the Tucson Transportation Department has reduced Broadway Boulevard to two lanes between Fourth and Fifth avenues.