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Former Iggy Winner. I used to be somebody special
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Aug 15, 2011
Welcome to National Cheese Pizza Day!

National Cheese Pizza Day is dedicated to the pie shaped flatbread with toppings, first eaten in Naples in the late 18th and early 19th centuries. At the time, this coastal city was not part of Italy, but its own kingdom. The working poor, or lazzaroni, lived outside or in small homes, and needed cheap food. Pizza consisted of flatbread with toppings such as tomatoes, garlic, cheese, oil, or anchovies, and it was sold by street vendors and informal restaurants, and eaten for any meal. Naples became part of Italy in 1861, and in 1889, Queen Margherita and King Umberto visited Naples and tried pizza. Legend has it that she loved mozzarella pizza, which included mozzarella cheese, red tomatoes, and green basil—the colors of the Italian flag. The pizza then took her namesake. But, pizza didn't end up becoming popular in the rest of Italy until the 1940's.

It was in the United States, where Neapolitans immigrated to, that pizza gained in popularity. The first pizzeria in the United States was Lombardi's, which was started in New York City in 1905. Lombardi's is still in business, although it is in a new location, but the original oven is still in use. Neapolitans brought pizza to many other cities, including Trenton, New Haven, St. Louis, Chicago, and Boston. Pizza became popular all over the country, especially following World War II. Many styles of crusts and different toppings became popular in different regions. Eventually pizza made its way back to Italy, as well as to other parts of the world.

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For Syracuse basketball, 2-point shooting will make the season - The Juice Online (the juice; Irvine)

If the Syracuse men’s basketball team’s recent trip to Italy is any indication, the 2019-20 version of the Orange will feature a vastly more exciting offense than we have seen in recent years.

We have to take the results with a grain of salt, of course. The competition, ranging from Italian teams All Star Varese to Virtus Roma, was not great. But from the eye test alone we know SU will feature a faster pace and more 3-point shooting.

In the four-game stretch, SU attempted almost as many 3s (145) as 2s (146). The hot shooting of Joe Girard III (11-25 for 44% from 3) and Buddy Boeheim (13-32 for 41% from 3) rightly dominated coverage following the trip.

But the real story was the Orange’s 2-point shooting. This was an underrated Achilles heel of the last several SU teams.

After shooting greater than 50% from 2 for each of the fives seasons 2008-2012, Syracuse has only achieved the feat once since. Last season, SU shot 49.3% on 2-point shots, which ranked just 213th in the country.

» Related: What we learned about Syracuse basketball on its Italy trip

Some of last year’s worst offenders were also the team’s departures. Tyus Battle shot just 47.9% from inside the arc. Oshae Brissett, despite his physical presence, shot just 44.5%, including an atrocious 27.7% on 2-point jumpers. Frank Howard shot a meager 40.7% on 2s.

There was a lot of room to improve, and the Italy trip showed next year’s Syracuse team is up to the task. Across four Italian exhibition games, the team as a whole shot 55% from inside the arc.


Why did Syracuse pull Carrier’s name now? John Wildhack says ‘no rhyme or reason’ (PS; Carlson)

Syracuse University scrubbed references to Carrier from its new published football materials, eliminating the company’s name from many places it had been used historically.

The school removed 64 references to the Carrier Dome in its media guide, instead calling the building “The Dome” or “The Loud House." The changes included altering a quote from former star Dwight Freeney that had been used for the previous four years to remove “Carrier.”
Syracuse has eliminated the word Carrier from its 2019 football media guide, including in this quote from former star Dwight Freeney.

Syracuse has eliminated the word Carrier from its 2019 football media guide, including in this quote from former star Dwight Freeney.

Syracuse athletic director John Wildhack said Wednesday there was no “rhyme or reason” and “no underlying story” behind the timing of the changes.

“There’s no rhyme or reason here,” Wildhack said. “No underlying story, per se. The name is still on the building. Again, we’re trying to use the language our fans use. Our fans refer to it as the Dome. We’re proud of it.”

The changes have come as the two sides are locked in a “lifetime” agreement that has aged poorly for Syracuse. In 2016, Syracuse University Vice President & Chief Facilities Officer Pete Sala told Bloomberg that the school was seeking more money from Carrier.

Neither side has provided a substantial update on the state of those negotiations since.

Despite that background, Wildhack said the changes are simply an effort to use the verbiage that local fans use and there is no intent behind the removal.

The ACC Network Reaches Terms With Cox (DBR; King)

John Swofford said that it might take a little bit of time for the ACC to come to terms with every possible carrier of the ACC Network and he was right. Even so, progress is being made and more was made Wednesday when terms were reached with Cox Cable.

That’s a big get as Cox has about 4 million subscribers.

The ACC still needs to get some other biggies like Comcast and AT&T U-verse and especially has some work to do in the Florida market. All in all though, it’s made significant progress and picking up Cox is a big step in the right direction.


Developer pushing for quick approval of huge distribution center near Liverpool (PS; Moriarty)

The developer of a gigantic distribution center that would employ 1,000 people in Clay wants quick approvals of a zone change and a 15-year tax deal so construction can start in the spring.

“It’s a large and complicated project, but a fairly strict schedule,” George Laigaie, a principal of Dallas-based Trammell Crow Co., told the Onondaga County Industrial Development Agency on Thursday.

He said the company wants to start construction on the $280 million, 3.7-million-square-foot building on Morgan Road in the spring of 2020.

Given the size of the building -- it would be the second largest warehouse in the world in terms of floor space -- experts say Amazon, the world’s biggest online retailer, is likely the tenant.

Construction would take 12 to 18 months, so the building would begin operations in the fall of 2021 if everything goes according to plan, he said.

Trammell Crow has not said who the tenant would be, only that it would be an e-commerce company or retailer.

Trammell is seeking tax exemptions that would save the company $65 million over 15 years compared with what the project would pay without the tax deal. However, it would pay $28 million in payments in lieu of taxes during that period, considerably more than the $800,000 in property taxes the Liverpool Public Golf and Country Club could pay over the same period, according to Robert Petrovich, the county’s economic development director.

The company has also applied to the town of Clay for a change in zoning of the 111-acre site from recreational to industrial.

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