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BBF memories and more

June 9, 2008 - Jim Bartholow
With Tim Hortons opening soon, it reminded me of another Seventh Street place to get food from years past: Burger Boy Food-a-rama, or simply the BBF. In 1972, when I came to town, Marietta was a few years away from its first McDonald's. But the BBF filled the gap with its burgers and I think it even served fried chicken (I don't think the KFC was in town yet). BBF burgers were dripping with grease and lots of cheese. And at the time they were well below a dollar. So, for a young reporter alone (until my wedding day on Oct. 21 of that year) in a new town, BBF cooked more than a few meals for me. I was familiar with the BBF cuisine from my four years in Athens while attending Ohio U. I measure any restaurant by its cheeseburgers and BBF's were tasty, for sure. As time passed, and McDonald's arrived in the mid-70s, BBF closed. A Chinese restaurant followed, but BBF's distinctive roof couldn't be disguised. Eventually, that business venture moved on and Marietta College bought the land, which is now used for the McCoy athletic training center. But like those BBF burgers, the memories of that restaurant linger.

Tribe update Yeesh!!!! We're nearing the halfway point of the baseball season and my Indians can't seem to get it going. Unless something is done soon, this season may be a wipe out. Three big reasons: 1. The offense is feeble - especially with runners in scoring position. May's team batting average was around .210. It's even lower with men in scoring position. There are too many wasted at bats: strike outs, outs that don't advance runners; and flyout to the warning track. 2. Relief pitching: Rafael Betancourt looks like the pitcher in Game 7 of the 2007 ALCS, not the reliever who shut down opponents for most of last season. Close Joe Borowski doing well now, but early on he was ineffective, injured, and spent a month on the disabled list. Since the offense doesn't score much, the relievers have to be perfect for the team to have a chance. This is a recipe for disaster. 3. C.C. Sabathia: The Cy Young award winner has done nothing to make life easy on himself or the Tribe. First, his contract remains up in the air. On the field, he has a hard time getting lefthanded hitters out. He doesn't look like a Cy Young winner, that's for sure. What's ahead? The team needs a big winning streak. To do that, someone has to get hot and carry the team. DH Travis Hafner has a sore shoulder. Cleanup hitter Victor Martinez has no homers and repeatedly hits popups instead of driving the ball. Maybe there's a trade out there that would lift the team much like last year's acquisition of Kenny Lofton did. I hope so, because the summer could be pretty dismal otherwise.


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