Chillin’ and Grillin’
As we head into the long Memorial Weekend and the unofficial start of Summer, it is always a good reminder that the weekend is really about honoring those who made the ultimate sacrifice on fields of battle so that we can enjoy the pools, picnics, and getaways here in the USA. While you’re having fun this weekend, take a moment and remember them…
That being said, there’s nothing like throwing some burgers and dogs on the grill, watching or listening to a ballgame, and for me, running the annual Loudoun Street Mile on Memorial Monday. It’s become a yearly tradition for me and hopefully, despite some nagging injuries this year, I can equal or better my time of 7:20 last year. Not too bad for an old guy…
Sadly, the Shenandoah University baseball season ended last weekend, and although it wasn’t “two and barbecue” as the saying goes, the Hornets had an all-too-early exit from the NCAA Mid-East Regional. Still, a great season for SU (35-12), featuring an ODAC Championship, and a berth in the NCAA tournament. Now, our sites are set on the Fall…and FOOTBALL!
Some Friday Tidbits…
It’s true. It really happened. The Washington Capitals are going to the Stanley Cup Finals! After 20 years of heartbreak, the Caps will play for Lord Stanley’s trophy after beating Tampa Bay this week in the Eastern Conference Final 4 games to 3. The capper was a 4-0 game seven win on the road Wednesday night. The stat for me was that the Lightning, the highest scoring team in the NHL, was held scoreless for the final 159 minutes and 27 seconds of the series. The Capitals have always been on the wrong end of a hot goaltender in the playoffs, but this year is different. Braden Holtby has been spectacular.
Now it’s on to Vegas for a showdown with the expansion Golden Knights, in what should be a very entertaining Stanley Cup Final. One of the many story lines in this series is that Las Vegas’ GM George McPhee used to hold the same post with the Capitals. McPhee is the architect of a Golden Knights team that has been the talk of the NHL.
Can’t wait til Monday!
As for the Nationals, as of this post, the Nats are 26-22 as they head to Miami to take on the Marlins. Washington is still without Daniel Murphy and Ryan Zimmerman, and Adam Eaton, and their most consistent hitter, Howie Kendrick, is out for a while (at least) with an achilles injury. On the upside, the starting pitching is solid, and newcomers Matt Adams and Mark Reynolds are holding down the fort nicely. Thanks to a recent 13-2 stretch, the Nationals are within shouting distance of the surprising Braves and Phillies in a more competitive NL East.
But the more important issue on the eve of the Memorial weekend is, “burgers or dogs?” I tend to be more of a hamburger guy. I’ve yet to find the perfect burger, although the “Cheeseburger in Paradise” at the Margaritaville Cafe in Key West was close. Yes, it came with all the toppings named in the song, including the big kosher pickle. I added the cold draft beer, because I wanted to stay true to the lyrics, you understand. Anyway, I am not a burger snob. I will eat any burger short of resembling a charcoal briquette. Even then, with enough ketchup…
All that being said, I am not one of the 61% of Americans surveyed who said they were afraid to eat a hot dog because they were afraid of what they were made of. All I ask is that you grill those dogs until they are a little bit black and crunchy on the outside, and juicy on the inside. And while you’re at it, top that hot dog with Gulden’s brown mustard, chopped onions, and sweet relish.
Come to think of it…I’ll have one of each!
Have a great Memorial Weekend…and until next time from the Booth, GO NATS & CAPS…and to the HORNETS, we’ll see you in the Fall!