For flip side of Slam, try a pancake landing

Woods' feat in majors is food for thought and not over easy

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April 15, 2001|By Andy Knobel | Andy Knobel,SUN STAFF

It has turned into the latest great debate in sports.

Tiger Woods has won all four of golf's major tournaments consecutively - but not in the same year. So, is he the first player to win the Grand Slam?

Before Woods' win in the Masters last Sunday, columnist Jerry Greene of the Orlando (Fla.) Sentinel consulted the experts.


"No. They're not even sure what clubs you can use," he wrote.

The PGA Tour?

"They don't even know if you can ride a cart."

The Royal & Ancient Golf Club of St. Andrews?

"Come on - they're ancient."



The restaurant chain invented the "Grand Slam" breakfast in 1977 and probably has served a billion of them. When it comes to two hotcakes, two strips of bacon, two sausage links and two eggs (your way), Denny's knows it all.

So, Greene dropped by the eatery in Casselberry, Fla., in search of the answer (and some food he could charge to the newspaper).

Waitress Sheri Sawyer eagerly provided the breakfast and a stack of steaming opinions.

"No way!" she said when asked whether a Masters win could complete a Grand Slam. "That's like getting the hotcakes, bacon and sausage today, then coming back tomorrow for the eggs!"

Flattening her opponent

Here's a race to flip out about. Lisa Spillman, 24, set a record this year in the traditional Fat Tuesday sprint that pits pancake flippers in Liberal, Kan., against rivals in Olney, England.

She carried a skillet and pancake over the 415-yard course in 58.1 seconds, beating her British counterpart, Juliette Minter, by nearly 10 seconds.

The key to Spillman's success?

Secret syrup?

Better batter?

Nothing of the sort.

"It was chilly. She was hurrying to the finish line for her coat," said race watcher Joann Combs.

Smothering the puck fans

When Charles Wang and Sanjay Kumar were in the process of buying the New York Islanders last spring, they decided to hold a round-table discussion with some of the team's foremost fans.

Bob Ceparano, who organized two protest rallies the previous season, was thrilled by the gesture but surprised by the site.

"They're billionaires," he said, "and they're taking us to IHOP?"

Bear necessities

Legendary Alabama football coach Bear Bryant was in Gainesville, Fla., for an Alabama-Florida game years ago and called room service for breakfast.

"I'd like two raw sausage patties, burned toast, some blackened scrambled eggs and lukewarm coffee," he said.

"Sir," the hotel worker said, "we can't send you an order like that."

To which Bear growled: "The hell you can't. That's what I got yesterday."

Ready to order yet?

When Toronto Star columnist Richard Griffin worked as public relations director of the Montreal Expos, he was known for his wacky media notes.

He once listed the next night's pitcher as "Undecided" and provided a profile of this "player," including "favorite color - plaid" and "favorite food - waffles."

Cleaning our plate

It has hardly been in short order, but Baltimore has become a sports pancake capital.

Back in the 1960s, people began calling Orioles pitcher Jim Palmer "Cakes" as a truncated form of his pre-game meal of superstition.

Starting in the next decade, the Memorial Stadium sound system blared John Denver's "Thank God I'm a Country Boy" during the seventh-inning stretch. "Cakes on the griddle" every night.

And before this year's Super Bowl, Ravens center Jeff Mitchell said of teammate Jonathan Ogden's propensity to flatten his foes: " `Og' is the King of Pancake."

Compiled from wire reports and Web sites.

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