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Former Iggy Winner. I used to be somebody special
Staff member
Aug 15, 2011

Welcome to Different Colored Eyes Day!

Today we celebrate heterochromia, a condition that often gives people two different colored eyes. For example, one may be green while the other is brown. There are a few causes of heterochromia. For eleven out of every 1,000 people, it is genetic and they are born with it, while others get it from disease or injury. An eye exam can usually find out its cause. Not only do humans have it, but some animals do as well, particularly dogs and cats. While rare with humans, it is common with some breeds of dogs, such as dalmations and Australian sheepdogs.

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Ex-Syracuse basketball forward Tyler Lydon stuffs the stat sheet in NBA summer league game (PS; Waters)

Tyler Lydon, the former Syracuse basketball player, put together an all-around performance in the NBA's Las Vegas Summer League on Wednesday night.

In an 85-77 loss to the Toronto Raptors in the first round of the summer league's playoffs, Lydon filled up his line in the box score. He scored six points, grabbed 10 rebounds and added four assists, four steals and a blocked shot. The 10 rebounds were the most for Lydon through Denver's first four games in this year's summer league.

Lydon, who started andplayed 28 minutes, went 2-for-6 from 3-point range.

The game between Denver and Toronto pitted Lydon against his former Syracuse teammate Malachi Richardson. Lydon and Richardson played together on Syracuse's 2016 Final Four team.

Richardson scored eight points on 2-for-3 shooting for the Raptors. He hit one of his two attempts from the 3-point line. He also had two rebounds and one assist.

Better Know a Player: Now healthy, Is Georgia Tech's Jose Alvarado ready for a bigger role? - (; Geisinger)

At the ACC Analytics page, we’re big fans of comedian Stephen Colbert. Back when Colbert had his late night show The Colbert Report on Comedy Central, he used to run a reoccurring segment called “Better Know a District.” In these pieces, Colbert would give his audience the background of a different US Congressional district. They were brilliant.

So far, we’ve covered Wake Forest center Olivier Sarr, NC State wing Devon Daniels, Clemson defender Aamir Simms, Pitt combo forward Shamiel Stevenson, Florida State big fella Mfiondu Kabengele, Wake’s breakout candidate Chaundee Brown, Louisville’s Jordan Nwora and BC rebounding machine Steffon Mitchell.

Today, we’ll hit Georgia Tech sophomore guard Jose Alvarado.

A bright spot

The 2017-18 season was a tough one for Georgia Tech basketball. Injuries to returning star players Josh Okogie and Ben Lammers crippled a Yellow Jackets squad that won only 13 games, and lost 12 ACC contests. Georgia Tech ranked 197th nationally in adjusted offensive efficiency, per KenPom. According to Synergy Sports, GT scored just 0.82 points per possession in the half-court last season — No. 317 in the nation.

However, there was a positive addition to last seasons roster — one that had a r
are positive impact on offense — was freshman point guard Jose Alvarado.

Despite FBI's basketball probe, Peach Jam back and better than ever (; Wilkerson-New)

Last October, the AAU Basketball Boogeyman was dragged out of the darkness as shoe companies were tarred, feathered with promises they’d soon be persona non grata for their roles in a corruption scandal that rocked the game.

The influence of Adidas, Nike and Under Armour had grown too big, observers said, with cash changing hands and commitments sold like boiled peanuts in a South Carolina convenience store.

And 10 months after all of that hand-wringing, all those newspapers columns dedicated to the death of the shoe circuits, Nike’s Peach Jam opened bigger — literally — and better than ever at the Riverview Park Activities Center.

Please enjoy Patrick Ewing being forced to sit in a normal-people chair. (Featuring a cameo from @JAllison10 and @CoachJimFox)

— Brant Wilkerson-New (@BrantGNR) July 11, 2018
Two brand-new gyms greeted the thousands of spectators that streamed in to watch the nation’s top high school players battle for the Elite Youth Basketball League championship, the sparkling $5 million addition bringing the total to six.

2018 ACC celebrity golf tournament begins, fresh off 2017’s record-breaking attendance (; Whitney)

Celebrity golf is here.

Marked by interactions with frontrunners in the entertainment and athletic industries, the 29th annual American Century Championship (ACC) festivities began Tuesday with practice rounds. The fun continues through Sunday, July 15.

After record-breaking event attendance in 2017, this year's tournament is on track to be even bigger than before.

As of July 6, ticket pre-sales were trending 13 percent ahead of last year's numbers at the same time, according to Weidinger Public Relations — the company responsible for ACC publicity. At the 2017 ACC, host venue Edgewood Tahoe Golf Course welcomed a record 55,801 attendees (up from 2016's 47,109 attendees).

"Combine that with the favorable weather forecast and it could be another record," states the release.

Each year the ACC welcomes dozens of entertainers and athletes to compete for the grand prize: In 2018, the field of 92 participants will battle for a $600,000 purse.

This year's event attendees can expect to see athletes including NBA champion Stephen Curry, Super Bowl-winning coach Doug Pederson, active and retired NFL quarterbacks like Aaron Rodgers and Tony Romo, over a dozen Hall of Famers and former MLB pitcher Mark Mulder, who has clinched the win for the past three years.

Can't-miss entertainers include first-timer Ben Higgins of "The Bachelor," soap opera star Jack Wagner, Alfonso Ribeiro of "The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air," and comedians Ray Romano, Rob Riggle and Larry the Cable Guy.



Grimaldi's restaurants: A 75-year tradition of Italian dining in Upstate NY (photo essay) (PS; Weaver)

Fred and Rita Grimaldi opened a small restaurant on Bleecker Street in Utica in 1943. They were young newlyweds, married with one child. They lived over the restaurant, which served lunches and dinner, and gave away pieces of garlic pizza.

During the next seven decades, three generations of Grimaldis opened and ran restaurants across Upstate New York. The scallopini, linguini with clams and house-cut chops became a part of family celebrations and wedding receptions for loyal customers from Syracuse to Albany. Stars like Tony Bennett and Frank Sinatra stopped by. In Syracuse, the Grimaldi kitchen trained future restaurateurs who went on to open Rico's Ristorante, Casa di Copani and Joey's Classic Italian Dining.

Even as the family sold some of its restaurants, some buyers continued to operate under the Grimaldi name.

"It was quite a run," said Ray Grimaldi, the son of Fred and Rita.

Seventy-five years later, Fred and Rita Grimaldi's legacy continues at the sole remaining Grimaldi's restaurant at Carrier Circle, near Syracuse. Granddaughter Rita Grimaldi took over the restaurant in 2005. Her father, known as Freddie Jr., gave her this advice: "'Just because you're a Grimaldi, don't think they are going to rush through the door,'" she remembers him saying. "And it's so true."


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