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Greatest Syracuse-Related Moments In Movie History - #10

With the impending release of The Express, two great tastes are about to taste great together. Syracuse University and The Talkies. When Al Jolson uttered those famous words in the 1927 film The Jazz Singer, "Wait a minute, wait a minute, you ain't heard nothin' yet," he had to know that he was commenting on the fact that Syracuse's place in cinema had yet to be confirmed. In the years since, SU and the city it resides in have become as synonymous with film as The Academy Awards or Hollywood Sign*.

* - Possibly debatable.

And so, with the eye of Sauron Hollywood affixed squarely on the Salt City with the official trailer for The Express making the rounds, it's time to take a look at the Greatest Syracuse-Related Moments in Movie History. I give you, the GSRMMH!

With thousands of moments to choose from, we could be here all year. It's only fair that we whittle it down to a Top Ten. And so we begin...each day revealing a moment better than the one before it until we reach the #1
GSRMIMH of all. Rolls off the tongue, doesn't it?

#10 - Anchorman: The Legend of Ron Burgundy

"But TNIAAM, I've watched Anchorman thirty-seven times and I've quoted every line in the movie at least 372 times and not once have I come across a mention of Syracuse and/or Syracuse University. What gives?"

Ah yes, you've watched the movie...a might say too many times...but have you watched the deleted scenes? AHA! Therein lies the rub. Because if you had you would have learned that Rita Genkin graduated from Syracuse University. Who the hell is Rita Genkin? That was Veronica Corningstone before she was, um, Veronica Corningstone.

For proof, we go to the only place one can go for such things...Joe "Guy Caballero" Flaherty's Wikipedia Page:
Flaherty appears in a cameo in the deleted scenes from Anchorman as the salacious News Director who first employs Rita Genkin after her graduation from Syracuse University, he encourages her to wear a swimsuit to do the weather and to "show off that little tooshie" this is before her moving on to do News in Asheville and prior to changing her name to Veronica Corningstone.
Shockingly enough, the Anchorman website is still up and running and a quick scan of Veronica's profile includes some further info to verify the facts (disregard the parts that say her parent's last names were Corningstone).
"..Attending Syracuse University on a basketball scholarship, she was All-Big East 1959-62, she received her Masters in Telecommunication and Speech from Brown University..."
Syracuse women's basketball was a Big East power in the early sixties. Look it up. It's science.

Since the scene wasn't actually in the film, it can't be graded any higher than #10 All-Time. Sadly, I can't find the actual clip anywhere online (if you have it or see it, please let me know). So in lieu, here's some good bits from Anchorman, which you have already seen too many times...but one more couldn't hurt.