Orange Fizz


Classic Syracuse Derrick Coleman Story from 44’s Told By Actor Peter Dante

Actor Peter Dante has appeared in over 20 films, and become a staple of many of the classic Adam Sandler flicks. He’s played the quarterback in “The Waterboy,” firefighter Tony Paroni in “I Now Pronounce You Chuck and Larry,” and a pot dealer in “Grandma’s Boy.”

He also was a standout athlete, and rode a scholarship to play lacrosse at Hofstra. The Hartford native is a huge Boston sports fan and has been hanging in the city this summer as they film “Grown Ups 2” nearby. He jumped on my show last night while we were on remote at CBS Scene outside of Gillette Stadium. Dante laughed while telling a hilarious story of partying at the venerable Marshall Street bar 44’s back in the day with some SU royalty.

“Over at 44’s, Derrick Coleman liked to come back and party at Syracuse even when he was in the NBA. I played against the Gait brothers, Paul and Gary Gait and all those guys, back in the early ’90s. DC was in 44’s with us one night, and literally reached over the bar with his huge arm, and reached into the tip jar to buy everyone’s drinks. He said, ‘This bar is 44’s, it’s mine.’ I said, ‘I don’t think they named it after you, but okay.'”¬†

Sounds like a move Fab may have pulled at Chuck’s last year. I’m sure the bartenders were thrilled a millionaire athlete would yank from the tip jar, but you know what? He’s DC. Orange kingpin in the golden years of Syracuse hoops. That’s just a boss move. Let’s just hope Terry Richardson never came back and tried the same thing.

You can listen to the entire interview with Peter Dante here. 

Posted: D.A.

The Fizz is owned, edited and operated by Damon Amendolara. D.A. is an ’01 Syracuse graduate from the Newhouse School with a degree in Broadcast Journalism.


Copyright © 2022 Orange Fizz

To Top