Synopses & Reviews
Orange is a state of mind for fans of Syracuse University basketball. Think Orange and images of greatness appear, from Vic Hanson in the Roaring 20s through Carmelo Anthony in the 21st century. Think Orange and the sounds of glory are heard, from old Archbold Gym to the gleaming Carrier Dome. Think Orange and the memories of 1,607 victories are stirred, from SUs first win in 1901 over Cornell to its 2003 triumph over Kansas that brought home the national championship. Many of the stories that have contributed to the phenomenon known as Orangemen basketball now come to life in Bud Poliquins Tales from the Syracuse Orange's Locker Room
Dave Bing, Jim Boeheim, Jim Brown (yes, he played hoops, too), Bouie and Louie, Leo Rautins, Pearl Washington, and Derrick Coleman—all of them and numerous other SU legends join Hanson and Anthony in the pages of this anecdotal anthology of Syracuse University basketball, certain to complete the bookshelf of any Orangemen fan. This book looks at the teams infamous 27-game losing streak in the early 1960s; Roys Runts; the Pearls stunning half-court buzzer-beater that knocked off Boston College in 1984; the fabulous Final Four runs of 1975, 1996, 2003, and 2013, with current players Michael Carter-Williams, James Southerland, and Brandon Triche; and Anthonys freshman brilliance that delivered the schools first-ever NCAA tournament title.
Recapture the excitement of Syracuse Basketball—newly updated!
About the Author
Bud Poliquin, the hot topics sports columnist of syracuse.com, has written about sports (and other subjects) in central New York since 1984. Before that, he was both sports editor and sports columnist for the San Diego Union-Tribune, for which he’d earlier covered the NBA. In seven different years, Poliquin has been named to lists compiled by the Associated Press Sports Editors group identifying the Top 10 sports columnists in America. Through 2012, he has covered 27 Final Fours, 18 college football bowl games, 15 Super Bowls, seven World Series, and two Olympiads. In addition, he has covered the NBA playoffs; the Masters, US Open, and PGA Championship golf tournaments; the Indianapolis 500; and various world championship boxing matches, among other assignments.