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Commentary: In search of a great burger at a game

Posted: Saturday, Oct 6th, 2012

The hamburger and fries combo at St. Francis Central Coast Catholic High football games at Cabrillo College are worth picking up. (Glenn Cravens/Register-Pajaronian)

The hamburger. Oh, how America loves thee. It is one of the most consumed foods each year. Of all beef-related dinners served annually, half are hamburgers, according to several hamburger-related websites.

Billions of hamburgers are served annually. And yes, I contribute to the statistics on a request basis. Iíd eat even more hamburgers if a place such as an In-n-Out or Five Guys was built in Watsonville or Capitola.

Last month, I said that I would buy grilled food at the high school games I attended this season. I hadnít done it before, and I figured this is the season I start trying the food.

I didnít want to blow out my own personal budget, so I limited my selection to hamburgers.

So far, there is a clear winner.

Before I get to it, let me say that this experiment almost ended on the first weekend of the season. I traveled to Harbor High for its season opener against Pajaro Valley, and their hamburger ($4) was so tiny and burnt, I had lost hope that this experiment was a good idea. If all hamburgers were going to be like this, I might have to switch to a salad challenge.

But I chalked up the hamburger to the early season struggles, much like a lot of the football teams.

My hamburger journey started at Monte Vista Christian ($4). I thought it was above average, and I said right after I ate it that I was probably going to have a better burger later in the season. That was the case on Friday night.

Iíve had great hamburgers during games at Watsonville High ($4). The burgers were tender, and they tasted great.

But the best hamburger overall was the one I had at a St. Francis Central Coast Catholic game at Cabrillo College ($4). It was amazing.

Full disclosure, it was the first hamburger I had after I went to the Harbor High game, so I figured any hamburger after that one would be better.

However, this one was well above the curve. It was not only tender and juicy, but I could taste the seasonings, and it had plenty of kick to it. The fries that came with it ó they did not have chips and I wanted to get something to go with the hamburger ó were very tasty as well. Iím not sure who led the cooking at the St. Francis games, but much love to that person or people.

Overall, the experience eating at football games was more than I had thought it would be. Some of the food was bad, others were average, but there were some great experiences. The season is about halfway done, so I wonít stop now. Iíll be back at the end of the month to dive into more entrees like tri-tip, big sandwiches and chili.


In looking at all of the national sports columnists picking a World Series winner, itís as varied as the random 50-cent sticker machines. The big question here in this area is whether there will be a Bay Bridge World Series.

I think thereís as good of a chance of that happening as there is a Beltway World Series.

But hey, donít forget that Kentucky University won the NCAA menís basketball championship, and the last six times that happened, the Yankees won a World Series.

Or, maybe Dusty Baker finally gets the ring he couldnít in 2002. Or, perhaps Texas gets that final strike it couldnít last year.

When I wake up today, Iíll write ďA.L.Ē on one side of a quarter and ďN.L.Ē on the other side. Iíll flip it, and whatever comes up will be my pick to win the World Series.


Glenn Cravens is the sports editor of the Register-Pajaronian and rejects cheese on hamburgers. His commentary runs the first Saturday of every month. You can reach him at sports@register-pajaronian.com or twitter.com/GlennAtTheRP.

For the complete article see the 10-06-2012 issue.

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