Another Great Burger

I’ve been known to pontificate on great cheeseburgers I’ve experienced, so I must wax eloquently about another of my favorites which comes from BrewBurger’s.

Brewburger’s cheeseburger with onion rings

The establishment sits the street from the hotel where I stay while covering the Rays during Spring Training.  If you’re driving south on I-75, you get off at the Jacaranda Boulevard.  Housed in an old Waffle House location is the burger paradise that annually wins the Best Burger award for Venice, Fla.  Normally I would have already hit the place several times, but last night brought my first visit of the spring.  I did not leave disappointed.

My order: cheeseburger all the way.

A brilliant blend of beef, toasted bun, cheddar cheese, pickle, onion, pickle, lettuce and tomato transported me to burger Nirvana.  Washed down with a couple of draughts and onion rings, this culinary delight reestablished why BrewBurger’s cheeseburger continues to rank right up there with my favorites on a exalted list that includes local favorites from El Cap and Ted Peters (both in St. Petersburg).  Something about the Billy Goat Tavern puts the Chicago establishment in the conversation and I love Airwaves, a joint in Arlington, Texas near where the Texas Rangers play.  And I’ve been turned on to a place in Atlanta called Bocado.

My quest will continue.  Please chime in with suggestions.

Hanks the Right Forrest Gump

Recently I read a story about the casting for the movie Forrest Gump.

Tom Hanks as Forrest Gump

For starters, John Travolta and Bill Murray were considered for the role of Forrest.  And, Winston Groom, the author of the book Forrest Gump, actually liked the idea of John Goodman playing Forrest.  Finally, Dave Chappelle and Ice Cube turned down the role of Bubba.

When you’ve watched a movie a bunch of times and grown familiar with the characters and their lines, it’s hard to envision somebody else playing their roles.  Can you see Travolta with a southern accent? Or bad ass Ice Cube befriending Forrest? I know, neither can I.

Chappelle’s Bubba would certainly have been interesting.  Like dropping in a few f-bombs while rattling off all the ways to make shrimp and he wouldn’t have told Forrest “I want to go home.”  Instead Bubba would have sprung to life and said, “Charlie Murphy!”

All told, I think the casting for Forrest Gump worked.

Sound of Music anniversary

Fifty years ago today, The Sound of Music premiered in New York.

The film that depicted Maria von Trapp’s journey from governess to captain’s wife–as portrayed by Julie Andrews–won five Academy Awards.  My mother always called it her favorite movie.  She particularly loved the music.800px-The_sound_of_music_(2671746365)

Oddly, I can’t shake the memory of Rolfe.  Has there ever been a bigger creep than the character who blew the whistle on the von Trapp family?

Speaking of anniversary’s…

Fifty-three years ago today, Wilt Chamberlain hung 100 points on the New York Knicks in a game played at the Hershey Sports Arena in Hershey, Pennsylvania.

“The Stilt’s” performance remains the NBA’s single-game scoring record.

Wilt Chamberlain
Chamberlain with the ball in a 1960 game against the Knicks.


Unfortunately, the game was not televised and no video footage exists.  So we are left to imagine how Chamberlain schooled Knicks center Darrall Imhoff.  Sounds a little like Sandy Koufax mowing down 27–against the Bad News Bears.