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Quote of the Day II: I Wish I Was a Baller

"“He’s the only player that’s in the N.B.A. finals who is so out of shape. For the minutes that he plays, that’s almost impossible, but somehow he manages to find a way. Eating pizza before the game, every game, that’s unheard of.” —Orlando point guard Anthony Johnson, on teammate Hedo Turkoglu... More

Quote of the Day

"Hell, maybe we like Chicago a lot and wanna come back. The pizza's freakin' good." —Doc Rivers, Boston Celtics coach, after the Bulls beat the Celtics, 121-118 (two overtimes!)... More

Papa John's LeBron James 'Crybaby' Shirt Controversy Means Cheap Pizza for Clevelanders

The news: Some Cleveland Cavaliers fans are boycotting Papa John's because of a T-shirt circulated at the Cavs-Washington Wizards game on Friday night. Behind the news: The shirt had the word "crybaby" emblazoned above James's number, 23, and was distributed by a local Papa John's as a way to help fans distract James during Friday's game. "Crybaby" was a reference to James's waterworks and whining over being fouled excessively hard in a previous game. The shirt nonsense didn't get much play until John Eick from the blog So Good posted about it and had Cleveland fans rallying against the... More

Sliced Foul!

“I’ve never caught a foul ball in my life. It’s been my dream to catch one. That’s the closest I’ve ever come. The pizza just thwarted it,” so says Red Sox fan Jason Sole, who's seen getting hit with a flying pizza in the video that follows:... More

Buy Me Some Pizza and Cracker Jack

Just got back from tonight's Yankees vs. Indians game (Yankees, 1-0). The seats kicked ass; the pizza didn't. It's Famous Famiglia, which you may be familiar with from one of its many locations in New York City or around the country. As one of my companions this evening said, "Eh. It's no better or no worse than Sbarro." You know the score -- I'd recommend sticking to the equally overpriced but more traditional hot dog, peanuts, and beer menu. Slices are $4.50 (!!!) each for plain or pepperoni and are sized smaller than typical slice-joint portions. Here's the upskirt:... More

U.S. Olympic Curler a Pizzeria Owner

From Flickr member MatthewBradley. From Reuters: PINEROLO, Italy — U.S. men's curling skip Pete Fenson is making the most of being in Italy for the Olympics to do some research for his day job. He's the owner of two Minnesota pizza parlors. "We've been to more than one pizza place, it is excellent, really good," he said. "But it's not like mine. Mine's different than most. Cue joke about frozen pizza. US pizza parlor skip samples Italian [Reuters]... More

Forget About the Medal Count ...

The Associated Press blogs the 2006 Olympic Winter Games. A few blocks away, on Via San Tomasso, I found a great pizza shack -- one slice with spinach and edam cheese, one slice with mushrooms and prosciutto -- that charged about half the press center price. And across the street was an ice cream shop. A cone with stracciatella (chocolate chip) costs a euro and a half. AP Blogs From the Olympics [New York Times]... More

Pizza on the 'Colbert Report'

On Slice, I'm pretty monomaniacal on what I post about: pizza. Sure, I'd love to rhapsodize about how great the new Battlestar Galactica is (I'm dying for the new season to start). Or the sad, sad cancelation of Arrested Development. But I can't. I've gotta stay on message here. So until I see Admiral Adama chowing down on a slice between cylon attacks or I run across one of the Bluths ordering a pie on the AD DVDs, I can't go there. But the fleeting mention of pizza on last night's Colbert Report gives me license to mention this... More

A Slice of the Action

The baseball playoffs are upon us, and once again the Yankees are enabling hizzoner's gambling habit. The Bronx Bombers managed to scrape themselves into postseason play, prompting Bloomie to place a bet on the Yankees-Angels series with Anaheim's mayor, Curt Pringle. If the Angels win, Mayor Mike will cough up "some of New York's best to the people of Anaheim, including two dozen hot dogs from Nathan's Famous, two pounds each of pastrami, corned beef and brisket, three loaves of jumbo seedless rye bread and two pounds of mustard from Katz's Deli, and two Pizza alla Vodka pies from Goodfella's... More

Mike Piazza, New York Catcher

"When you're 25, you can eat hamburgers and pizza and drink beer and stay out all night and come out the next day and drink a couple cups of coffee and just play. If I did that today, my heart would stop and I'd need a stretcher and an IV. I started kind of noticing that in my early 30's, and now that I'm in my mid-to-late 30's, it's even that much more." — Mike Piazza, catcher, New York Mets As Bodies Mull Retirement, 2 Aging Baseball Stars Play On [New York Times] Photograph by Sue Ogrocki/Reuters Thanks to... More

Race Baiting

Domino's, purveyor of such dreck as the Doublemelt, is holding a contest to find America's biggest pizza fanatic. Not big as in girth, but big as in enthusiastic (though we suspect the two might go hand in hand). The winner gets to take a friend to to a VIP NASCAR weekend September 9 and 10 at Richmond International Raceway. The vee-eye-pizzas get to meet Michael Waltrip, who'll be driving the Domino's car in those races. We know we've got some pizza fanatics among our Slice readers, and we'd love to see one of you win this (and take pix and... More

Cascarino's at Shea Stadium

KAZUO GANBATTE! * Kazuo Matsui's Seibu Lions card, with an actual piece of a game-used baseball (top left). Shea Stadium, or, as Seltzerboy likes to call it, "Shea International Airport" (top right). Mets players swarm Cliff Floyd, whose ninth-inning single drove in the game's winning run (middle). The food directory that led us to the pizza stand (above left). FOS (Friend of Slice) H.S. digs into (but doesn't dig) a lackluster slice (above right) at Shea. When it comes to sports, this reporter couldn't care less who's on first or who f_ _ _ed around and got a triple double.... More

Fan Apizziation

Toronto Raptors fans got a free slice after the team scored 87 points against the Denver Nuggets.Used to be 100, but the Raptors don't usually score that much anymore.... More

Former Deliveryman

This, from CNN.com: Tim Petrovic was another stroke behind after a 66, and he was on another kind of bubble. The former pizza deliveryman is 41st on the money list, and appears to be a shoo-in to wind up in the top 40 and qualify for the Masters. I don't really follow golf, so Petrovic's former career as pizza driver is news to me.... More

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