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Girl relishes soccer practice (sorry)

Nov 18, 2009, 4:00 PM EDT


Just so you know, it’s not going to be my habit in the future to bore you with personal details of my life. But since it’s technically our first day, I think you should know this about me: I have a goddaughter who was once driven to soccer practice in the Oscar Mayer Wienermobile.

Samantha can also recite the entire script of Monty Python and the Holy Grail from memory, and knows every Spider-Man villain in chronological order. She of course will be President one day.

Her dad, Jim Guida, picks up the story.


A few summers back, we were vacationing in Lake Tahoe when Sami and I saw the Oscar Meyer Wienermobile at a supermarket parking lot. We were chatting with the drivers who said they were planning to stop in Sacramento, so we invited them to our house for a home-cooked dinner.

A few days later, they pulled up in the Weinermobile, all 27 feet of it, much to the delight of ourselves and our neighbors. The drivers were very gracious and when Sami said she was sorry she had to leave for soccer practice, they offered to give her a ride!

Meanwhile, at Sam Brannan Jr. High School, soccer practice was just beginning. Coach Harris was reviewing the roster with his assistant coach, when a giant, bright orange and yellow hot dog rolled into the school parking lot. Without missing a beat, Harris looked up, said “It must be Guida,” and then returned to his clipboard.

  1. Sean Fitzgerald - Nov 18, 2009 at 4:47 PM

    Her coach would go on to yell “Stop hot doggin’ it!” every time she touched the ball for the rest of the season. It would be funny at first, but would wear thin after the 30th time.

  2. Sami Jo Guida - Nov 18, 2009 at 6:39 PM

    I am Samantha Guida and I approve this meesage.

  3. Arima Claypool - Nov 21, 2009 at 1:29 AM

    This of very great sports import and I was glad to have heard of this story through a source that was not a part of the Guida family…. it was in fact mentioned to me by a friend at UNC who saw “Sacramento” in an article and of course had to ask me if I knew this person… I went to roll my eyes and tell him that Sacramento is, in fact, a really big city when I realized it was Sami…. now he thinks we’re a podunk town and/or that I know Arnold. Thank you Guidas.