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