The Washington Times - July 27, 2009, 09:43AM

GREENSBORO, N.C. —- After Boston College center Matt Tennant and defensive end Jim Ramella answered the same three questions about a half-dozen times each yesterday, it was clear both were a little weary after what had been a very long day.

So it seemed to be a good time to toss a curveball —- especially since I’d been tipped off to what was sure to be a hilarious tale.


So the question was basic, in its Dana Carvey-as-John McLaughlin simplicity: What did you guys have for breakfast?

“Ever hear of Five Guy’s?” Ramella asked. “It’s awesome.”

Alert to whoever does marketing for Five Guy’s: Get these guys an endorsement deal, or at least a Chestnut Hill franchise (the closest to BC’s campus is in Dedham). Anyway, back to the travel tale.

“Say you’re getting up at 4 in the morning and you’re getting on a 6 a.m. flight,” Ramella said. “So when you get to Washington, it’s pretty much lunchtime. So me and Matt, we get ourselves a double-decker burger.”

Tennant was even willing to share the totality of the order: Bacon cheeseburger, grilled onions, ketchup, mustard and french fries.

SID Matt Lynch, whose task it was to chaperone the Boston-to-Greensboro via Dulles International trek, drew jeers for his more modest choice —- a bacon, egg and cheese sandwich.

“It’s almost un-American if you ask me,” Ramella said. “Not getting a burger at Five Guy’s.”

But guess what is American? Pairing Five Guys with another semi-fast food college (and beyond) staple, as Ramella wished he could have done upon landing in North Carolina.

“You know what else I like? Chipotle,” Ramella said. “I was telling them, that would be my ultimate day. Having the Five Guy’s, getting off the plane and then getting a burrito.”

Sounds like a plan —- a belt-busting one, but one heck of a plan nonetheless.

—- Patrick Stevens