Nuggets trump watching JUCO for longtime fans

The Denver Nuggets threw a small snag in Jess Guillen’s plans for watching the Alpine Bank Junior College World Series.

A life-long Grand Junction resident, Guillen has been a regular during at least the first three days of the JUCO tournament for a long time.

“I’ve been coming since I was a kid,” Guillen said, although he wouldn’t offer just how long that has been.

He and his wife Rose, whom he’s been brining to JUCO games since they were first married, had to sneak off midway through Saturday afternoon’s Seminole State (Okla.) College-Cowley County (Kansas) College game.

The Denver Nuggets’ third game of the NBA Western Conference finals series with the Los Angeles Lakers was about to be shown on television and the Guillens had to get home to watch.

“We come to games every Memorial Day weekend,” Jess said. “We see all the teams play and then we choose who we want to watch.”

The Guillens don’t have one team or region they continually follow year after year. They watch all 10 teams every year, then pick one to root for.

“We see the (Daily Sentinel) and watch TV to see who’s going to come,” Jess said.

“We just enjoy the games,” Rose said.

Jess’ sister and brother-in-law usually save them seats (or vice-versa) behind the third-base dugout, high enough to see the field and to see into the first-base dugout.

“We’ve got to come (Sunday) to see who’s here,” Rose said, anticipating tonight’s Spartanburg (S.C.) Methodist-San Jacinto (Texas) College-North game.

Even Saturday’s sporadic rain and the possibility of the same couldn’t dampen the Guillens’ spirits.

“I think the fans will be fans through anything,” Rose said.

Well, almost anything.

On the rare occasion that the Denver Nuggets make it to the conference finals, that trumps even JUCO for the Guillens.


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