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Color Him Orange: The Jim Boeheim Story Hardcover – November 1, 2011

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Scott Pitoniak, a native of Rome, New York, and a magna cum laude graduate of Syracuse University, has received more than 100 journalism awards. He has been named one of the top columnists in the nation by the Associated Press Sports Editors and is the author of 10 books, including The Good, the Bad, & the Ugly: Buffalo Bills.

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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 256 pages
  • Publisher: Triumph Books (November 1, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1600785174
  • ISBN-13: 978-1600785177
  • Product Dimensions: 9.1 x 6.4 x 0.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.9 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,214,098 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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A native of Rome, N.Y. and a magna cum laude graduate of Syracuse University, Scott Pitoniak has been telling stories about people and the games they play for four decades. He has spent 42 years in the newspaper business, including 25 as a reporter, feature writer and sports columnist for the Rochester, N.Y. Democrat and Chronicle, and has written 18 books and hundreds of magazine articles. Along the way, he has covered Olympics, Super Bowls, World Series, NCAA basketball tournaments, Stanley Cup playoffs and major golf tournaments.

The most decorated sportswriter in Rochester newspaper history, Scott has received more than 100 national and regional journalism honors. His work, which often deals with the human side of sports, has been cited in The Best American Sportswriting anthology. Scott was inducted into Rochester's Frontier Field Walk of Fame in 1999, SU's Newhouse School of Public Communications Gallery of Fame in 2000, the Rome Sports Hall of Fame in 2009 and the Rochester Red Wings Hall of Fame in 2013. He also was selected as a torchbearer for the 2002 Winter Olympic Games and was named one of the nation's top columnists by The Associated Press on three occasions.

Scott has published 10 books in the past four years - including Buffalo Bills Football Vault: The First 50 Seasons; Color Him Orange: The Jim Boeheim Story; Johnny Antonelli: A Baseball Memoir; The Hall: A Celebration of Baseball's Greats, and Juke Box Hero: My 50 Years in Rock 'n' Roll, a collaboration with Lou Gramm, the former lead singer and co-songwriter of the mega-hit group Foreigner.

Scott writes columns for the Rochester Business Journal (, his website (, Buffalo Bills Digest and, and does on-air work for CBS affiliate, WROC TV-8. He is a regular contributor to the Baseball Hall of Fame's bi-monthly magazine, Memories and Dreams, serves as the AFC East correspondent for USA Today SportsWeekly and the SportsXchange wire service, and co-hosts a daily sports talk show on ESPN's Rochester affiliates (95.7 FM, AM 990 and www.espnrochester.) A frequent radio and television guest, locally and nationally, Scott was interviewed extensively for two documentaries - ESPN's Sports Century profile of Maurice Stokes and Orange Glory: The 20 Greatest Moments in Syracuse Basketball History.

Scott is passionate about giving back to his community. Through the years, he has mentored scores of students, taught journalism at the college level and been heavily involved in several charities and community service organizations. He is past president and current board member of the Rochester Press-Radio Club, which has raised and donated more than $800,000 to local children's charities in the past 15 years.

He also is in demand as a public speaker.

His varied interests include everything from playing 19th Century Base Ball at the Genesee Country Village and Museum in Mumford, N.Y., to making a fool of himself as an aspiring thespian at Rochester's Geva Theatre Center's curtain call fundraiser. His most cherished moments are spent with his wife - Beth Adams - his grown children, Amy and Christopher, his granddaughter, Camryn Marie, and their energetic family cat, Sassy.

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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Olaf on April 16, 2012
Format: Hardcover
I'm a big fan of SU and also Boeheim. This is a nice, but fairly high level, recap of his early life and coaching career. I found that it lacked depth and insight, and was disappointed as a result. For example, there were no coverage of recruiting (except to mention that certain players were highly recruited), no discussion of his relationships with his coaching staff or how he administered the SU basketball program, no explanation for any coaching strategies he's developed or why he insists on always employing the 2-3 on defense, no mention of his relationship with his players, outside of a prominent few, or how he handled prominent off-the-court issues. Seemingly significant topics such as SU getting disciplined for NCAA violations get glossed over, as do some recaps of entire seasons. Most glaring is that there are almost no details of his personal life outside of how he met his second wife and his treatment for cancer; there's only a passing mention of his first wife, nothing about the birth of his children with his second, nothing about his relationships with his kids, almost nothing about he spends time away from the program. I could go on, but the bottom line is this: how can a I bio be complete when it's missing so much?

The book is approximately 250 pages, and it's not exactly densely spaced. I feel it could have easily been three times as long and it still wouldn't have had any filler. I'm not sure if I should place the blame with publisher for wanting to keep it short, or with the author for not writing something more comprehensive, or with the subject for not really being interested in having a book written about him.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By David Elfin on February 15, 2012
Format: Hardcover
As someone who grew up as the son of a Syracuse alum and who went on myself to get a degree from Newhouse and to cover the Orange for The Post-Standard, I'm a very reliable source on SU hoops and Jim Boeheim. However, not only did I learn plenty I didn't know from Scott Pitoniak's excellent biography, he made me get choked up reading about Boeheim finally winning the big one. And anyone who knew me when I covered Boeheim would have said that we were more likely to choke each other than get all choked up over each other. In short, this is a must-read for Syracuse fans, and, frankly, for anyone who loves college basketball.
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Format: Kindle Edition
I really enjoyed this biography of Jim Boeheim. I really wanted this perspective before diving into his autobiography that was released this week. Overall, Scott Pitoniak did a fine job summing up Jim's life from childhood through 2010. Still, I was disappointed that the dedication of Jim Boeheim court was left out, as well as more details about the various seasons. Overall though, a great read. I'm now looking forward to reading Jim Boeheim's autobiography.
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By KLiz on January 11, 2013
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
A must for any true Orange fan! I bought this for my husband, who bleeds orange, and he loved it. Very informative, and he said it made him feel like he knew Jim so much better. Great book!
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