- Paperback: 186 pages
- Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform; 1 edition (February 13, 2013)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1482506114
- ISBN-13: 978-1482506112
- Product Dimensions: 7 x 0.4 x 10 inches
- Shipping Weight: 15 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 9 customer reviews
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How To Grow An Orange: The Right Way To Brainwash Your Child Into Becoming A Syracuse Fan Paperback – February 13, 2013
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About the Author
Born and raised in Central NJ just 20 minutes from Rutgers, it's a miracle that Sean Keeley never became a Scarlet Knight fan. Then again, no one in New Jersey even began rooting for Rutgers until 2004 so it's a moot point. Sean graduated Syracuse in 2000 with a double major in Marketing & Entrepreneurship and if there's any advice he can give, it is...don't do that. Major in something creative. Write. Paint. Dance. Emote. Unless you're going to be a doctor or an accountant, your major is irrelevant. His favorite Syracuse-related sports moments while at SU are storming the field after the '98 Virginia Tech win, storming the court after beating Georgetown and awkwardly making eye contact with Donovan McNabb one time on the South Campus shuttle. After college, Sean moved out to LA and started up a Syracuse blog called Troy Nunes Is An Absolute Magician. Four years later, it's the No. 1 independent Syracuse blog, attracting over 200K unique visitors a month. Sean's writing has appeared on ESPN.com, FoxSports.com, CBSSports.com, Deadspin.com and Syracuse.com. He is also a frequent guest on various Syracuse radio sports-talk shows. Sean currently lives in Seattle with his wife, Lucy, who doesn't care about Syracuse sports.
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In the interests of full disclosure, I am a daily visitor and commenter to Mr. Keeley's blog, so his sense of humor and reporting style are familiar to me. That having been said, even someone with no knowledge of his writing before finding this book would find it as entertaining as it is informative. It is both a personal narrative into Keeley's own time as a student at Syracuse-documenting events and encounters not necessarily unique to that institution-and also a guide to the history of the school's three major sports teams (football, basketball and lacrosse).
The book is accessible to the neophyte Orangeman not only because of the amount of detail and context provided, but also because it is clearly written by a fellow fan (even one who admittedly was raised rooting for the school's hated rivals). The book is not a comprehensive history of any person or event associated with the university, nor is it meant to be. The academic historian would undoubtedly take note with its lack of references and bibliography to support what is clearly extensive research. However they would be missing the point of the book entirely. While the title and format suggest a tongue-in-cheek manual for brainwashing your offspring to cheer for Syracuse athletics, it might well also be titled "An Idiot's Guide to Syracuse Fandom." Armed with the information herein, any barroom trivia contest or tailgating discussion should easily be mastered. This book ought to be assigned to incoming freshmen at SU as mandatory reading before they are able to purchase their student tickets to sporting events. They will find it invaluable in understanding the traditions they are supporting, and give hope that the football team will turn it around some season, and if not, there's always basketball and lacrosse around the corner.
The book is light and humor filled between the many tips and trick Sean has provide to help brainwash your child into cheering for the Orange.