Commentary

Denny McLain on All Fast-Food team

Originally Published: July 31, 2010
By Rob Daniels | Special to Page 2

Please pull up to the first window and consume our latest product: Page 2's All Fast-Food Team. In an attempt to stay within recommended daily allowances of calories and post length, we have decided to suspend super-sizing at this time.

Todd Burger: Burger and cheese have been partnered for years, and New Jersey authorities said that was the case when they arrested Todd Burger, a former offensive lineman for the Bears and Jets, and charged him with collecting debts for one Anthony "Cheese" Pecoraro in 2007.

Rob Domino: He lasted only two pro seasons, but Domino knocked a few pitchers around and delivered a few big hits in his time with the Reds organization. He hit .302 with 39 RBI in 92 games in 1993 and '94.

Guy Forget, Ray Guy, Guy Morton, Guy Lafleur and Guy Boros: That's five sports -- tennis, football, baseball, hockey and golf -- for Five Guys, the consortium of hamburgers and fries that has grown from six locations in 2002 to more than 600 today.

Bob Fry: In the 1960 expansion draft, the Dallas Cowboys decided they did want a Fry with that, and they selected Bob Fry off the Los Angeles Rams' roster.

Arby Jones: Arby's, the roast beef specialist, once marketed itself with the slogan, "Different is good." Jones apparently believed that; he helped Wake Forest football to its first ACC championship in 36 years as an offensive lineman in 2006.

Ben McDonald: The right-hander from LSU, a 6-foot-7 presence who also played two seasons of basketball for the Tigers, was supposed to be the next Jim Palmer or Bob Gibson. Or, if you prefer, the first Stephen Strasburg. But injuries took a gradual toll on Big Ben, who went 78-70 in nine MLB seasons.

Denny McLain: Baseball's most recent 30-game winner (31-6 in 1968) lived the same 24-hour lifestyle as the late-night chain that bears his first name. His gambling habits led to a conviction and six years in federal custody for scamming the pension fund of a Michigan meat-packing company.

Wendy Palmer: The forward was one of only six players to compete in each of the first 10 WNBA seasons, in which she played for Utah, Detroit, Orlando, Connecticut, San Antonio and Seattle. Like her namesake burger chain, she also did business in Turkey, Hungary and Spain.

Rob Daniels is a freelance writer for Sports Media Exchange, a national freelance writing network.