CONWAY, S.C. — Not long after visiting Coast Carolina University, we needed to make a pit-stop. Since I was a little hungry and certainly curious, we stopped at a Bojangles’ Famous Chicken ‘n’ Biscuits, known for . Not needing a full meal, I ordered a two-piece and biscuit combination, ($2.18), for us to split.
Now, I’ve eaten at a few fried chicken places over the years; KFC, Popeyes’ and even El Pollo Campero and I have to say that even with this limited sample size Bojangles emerges as superior. The piece I had was hot, juicy (not just greasy) with spices that were complimentary and not overpowering. Seriously, that was some good chicken. The biscuit was also quite tasty and not too greasy like a lot of places. I will try and go back to one the next time I am down South.
By the way, there is a chain called Maryland Fried Chicken down there.
WTOP passed along some very important news this morning — today is National Chili Day! To celebrate, Hard Times Cafe is giving out free bowls of chili. They have locations throughout suburban Virginia and Maryland. They will have a D.C. location in Nationals Park too.*
I’ll see if I can get more details at lunch time.
UPDATED 6:55 p.m.: I went to the Old Town Hard Times to get my free chili. It turns out you have to make a purchase to get the free chili. Not a big deal, since you want something to drink with chili anyway. I had a Hard Times draft root beer with a bowl of Texas chili. Not bad for under $3 total. I was disappointed with the slow service though, it took several minutes for the bartender to acknowledge me. Had I not been getting a mostly free meal, I would have been out of there.
*I still need to comment on the recently announced ballpark food offerings. I’ll get to that soon.
You could say that Olie Kolzig responded well to news about a new competitor for the #1 goal spot. With Cristobal Huet acquired for a mere 2nd round pick (which was acquired in the Brian Sutherby trade), Kolzig’s reign as the undisputed #1 goaltender in D.C. is over. Tuesday night, he had 34 save performance in a 4-1 victory over Minnesota — he will not go gently into that good, good night it would seem.
The Huet trade, while creating a three goalie situation is a great one on paper, even if Huet is just a rental, though signing him is a possibility. The Caps have plenty of room under the salary cap and could use a younger #1 goalie.
The Caps also got Sergei Federov for d-man Theo Ruth, currently a Notre Dame player. Again, a good trade on paper even if Federov is just a rental. He should provide some of the spark missing with Michael Nylander out for the year.
Shipping out Matt Pettinger for Matt Cooke appears to make sense since both players needed a change of scenery. I don’t even care about the Joe Motzko-Alexandre Giroux trade.
On paper, the Caps appeared to strengthen themselves, without sacrificing the future, for a tough stretch run. They have 18 games to pick up 5 points on Carolina for the SE division title. Game on!
MYRTLE BEACH, S.C. — Since we only had a few hours to explore Myrtle Beach, we wound up choosing fast food for lunch. Having never been to a SONIC, we figured we would give yet another regional fast food chain a try. I hadn’t planned on making visiting fast food places a theme, but after trips to White Castle and In-And-Out Burger, I have to admit it is fun, if not good for me.
We pulled into the SONIC lot and I ordered directly from the car. Despite never having car service before, we elected to sit at one of the picnic tables. Yes, we realized this could be controversial, but after spending 1/3 of the previous day in the car, dining al fresco was a welcome option. Just a few minutes after sitting down, a server arrived with a tray of food. I ordered the SuperSONIC® Cheeseburger with ketchup, fries and a Sprite, and Erica ordered the Bacon Cheeseburger TOASTER® Sandwich with fries and a Coke. I was pleased, that was a tasty burger. Erica enjoyed her sandwich too. The fries were okay. Despite being satisfied, I also ordered a Coney, a foot long hot dog, with chili (hey, today’s National Chili Day), cheese, mustard and onions. That was okay, but nothing special, I only ate about half of it. If/when I go again, I’ll skip it and get a SuperSONIC®.
I’ll put SONIC behind In-And-Out Burger, but well ahead of White Castle.
RHP Garrett Mock, acquired with Chico in the LIVAN! trade, pitched two innings, giving up an unearned run. He is not expected to make the majors this spring.
Chico was the latest player featured in an washingtonpost.com video:
For Johnson, An Exhibition Of Pure Joy – The Post Johnson avoids another collision – AP/Florida Today 1B Nick Johnson played his first competitive baseball game since Sept. 23, 2006 last night. Johnson told 3B Ryan Zimmerman that he “Slept in my uniform last night.” He also fielded a fly ball much like the one that resulted in his collision with RF Austin Kearns. By the way, Jim Bowden is already hinting a trade of either Johnson or Dmitri Young.
Nats Lose First Battle Over New Stadium – WTOP The District defeated the Nationals in arbitration over “ancillary items at the new stadium, such as golf carts, fork lifts, and medical and office equipment.” That will save the city $4.2 million. I don’t understand why the team was trying to get that from the city.
Do you wonder what it is like to be a sports photographer?
washingtonpost.com’s Nationals RSS feed made its monthly/quarterly appearance in Google Reader at 1:18 a.m. this morning. I had 41 total headlines dating back February 10.
CONWAY, S.C. — Penn State’s first opponent of the 2008 football season is the Coastal Carolina Chanticleers. It just so happened that our drive down to see Aunt Janet took us right past Brooks Stadium, home of CCU football. After our visit this past weekend, we stopped by the campus to take photos.
The campus itself is spread out with pleasant looking brick buildings. The athletic complex on the edge of campus is suitable for a school of its size. There was a baseball tournament going on with Pitt beating Virginia Tech, 9-3 in the fourth inning before dozens of spectators.
Brooks Stadium is a small, but attractive football stadium. According CCU Athletics, it seats over 6,000. It also doesn’t have locked gates, so I walked around and even onto the field. I was a bit surprised, but pleased to see that CCU plays on grass and not a rug. Good for them, it almost makes up for the teal and black colors.
Legendary broadcaster Myron Cope dies at 79 – Post-Gazette The Maryland Bureau Chief tipped me off that Cope who was “so bad, he’s good” as a long-time Steelers broadcaster died today at age 79. He was credited with inventing the Terrible Towel.
I remember on Thanksgiving Sunday we were driving back from seeing family friends in Michigan and we found a Steelers game. We agreed the broadcasters were awful. Later, through the magic of NFL Films, I became more familiar with his work and became a fan of him. Not a Steelers fan though (except for Super Bowl XL).
Let the games begin – Florida Today The first spring training game of the season is tonight at 7:05. The Nationals head to Jupiter to take on the Marlins. Tomorrow afternoon, they host Georgetown University. Matt Chico will pitch the first two innings.
Johnson to make debut today – The Wash. Times 1B Nick Johnson plays his first game since he broke his femur in a collision with Austin Kearns on Sept. 23, 2006.
López Begins His Climb From Last Year’s Depths – The Post Did you know that Felipe López had an awful family? I did not. Anyway, he has said that last year is already behind him. Problems with family, though not immediate family, contributed to his terrible 2007 season. He is battling for a job in the middle infield where there are three players for two positions.
THOMAS BOSWELL – Nationals Park: Best of a Bad Lot – The Post Wow, a column about the Nationals from The Post. Boswell is very grumpy about the ballpark situation, setting himself up for a “wow, everything is really great, they overcame it all, blah blah blah, column” after Opening Night.
Spring training report – The Wash. Times I am pleased to learn that 33 is unofficially retired for Frank Howard. Frank Robinson‘s 20 is also not being given out either. In fact, those two numbers and one other are the only ones below 93 that are not being used in camp. The other number? Well, let’s just say if you hoping to see Robert Fick‘s 13 hanging on the outfield wall, you can still hold on to that dream.
GWU Team Will Be First Up at New Stadium – The Post The first game at the ballpark will be George Washington University vs. Saint Joseph’s University on March 22. It will be the dry run before the dry run on the March 29 against Baltimore.
I guess I have to post the Jim Bowden Segway video: