San Antonio Travelblog: The Alamo at night

by Berry Tramel Modified: May 21, 2014 at 11:51 am •  Published: May 21, 2014
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photo - Oklahoma City's Russell Westbrook (0) listens to reporters question talks following the Oklahoma City Thunder practice at the Texas Military Institute in San Antonio, Tuesday, May 20, 2014. Photo by Sarah Phipps, The Oklahoman
Oklahoma City's Russell Westbrook (0) listens to reporters question talks following the Oklahoma City Thunder practice at the Texas Military Institute in San Antonio, Tuesday, May 20, 2014. Photo by Sarah Phipps, The Oklahoman

Still haven’t been to the Alamo, but I’ve walked past it at night. And it’s fabulous at night.

The Alamo closes at 5:30 p.m. each day but is warmly lit at night. It’s not a massive building, as most of you know. The size of a very small church, with a wall around the grounds. Trees, some of them palm trees, line the shrine.

It’s a great scene, which is why you see so many television stations doing live shots with the Alamo in the background. I still hope to get to the Alamo for a visit, but the day was packed Tuesday.

I slept as late as possible – not all that late – got some work done, rode the stationary bike and headed out to the Spurs’ press availability with photographer Sarah Phipps. The Spurs have a Thunder-like headquarters in northwest San Antonio. It was very fruitful.

Talking to fresh faces is always good. I was part of a large group that interviewed Tony Parker, Manu Ginobili and Tim Duncan, then part of a smaller group that interviewed Gregg Popovich. Ginobili is one of my favorite players in the NBA, to watch and to talk to, and Pop is my favorite coach. He’s sort of a Bobby Knight Lite; crusty, but interesting. The difference is, Knight is legitimately mean and angry. I think Popovich is putting on an act.

Talked with Popovich for 14 minutes, all of it fascinating.

Then we found a Sonic, I got a cherry root beer, and we headed out for the Thunder press briefing at Texas Military Institute. Even more media were at the Thunder; I don’t know why. I find the Spurs more interesting, but that could be familiarity. We’re tired of asking the Thunder questions, and the Thunder is tired answering us.

We headed back to the hotel to get to work, but we stopped at Chester’s for lunch. It’s a local burger joint that came highly recommended by associates of A.C. Slater. RFD and I had suggested Big Bob’s Burgers, where we ate two years ago and which was fantabulous. But we gave a nod to A.C. and went to Chester’s. It was good. Solid. Not as good as Big Bob’s. Not by a longshot. The burger was very good, but the bun was a little big. Generally, you’d rather the meat outsize the bread, not the other way around.

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by Berry Tramel
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Berry Tramel, a lifelong Oklahoman, sports fan and newspaper reader, joined The Oklahoman in 1991 and has served as beat writer, assistant sports editor, sports editor and columnist. Tramel grew up reading four daily newspapers — The Oklahoman,...
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