Joe P. Tone: One of the Better American Sportswriters

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Scene Managing Editor Joe P. Tone received an honorable mention in Houghton-Mifflin’s Best American Sports Writing 2007 for his story “Man on Fire” [October 6, 2006]. The piece is a profile of Jeff Rotsky, a millionaire who moonlights as a high school football coach. There are a ton of Best Whatever books in a number of fields. And while being selected for any of them is an honor, Best Sports Writing is consistently the most lively and engaging... The entire story didn’t make the final cut to be reprinted in the book, but it was among the runners-up. Edging him out were Michael Wilbon (of the Washington Post and ESPN’s Pardon the Interruption) and some guys from the New Yorker and Runner’s World. The distinction was the second year in a row Tone nearly made the cut. In the 2006 edition, series editor Glenn Stout selected September 2005’s “Thrill in the Ville,” an account of the transformation of the Glenville Tarblooders into a football powerhouse. “Not to be dodgy, but as a matter of policy, I don't make any comment or critique about submissions,” Stout told Scene. “In general, however, in the ‘Notables’ section I tend to make note of those stories that, perhaps in another year, might have made the book, or to encourage writers who I feel are on their way. Suffice to say I would not have listed the story had I not enjoyed it.” -- D.X. Ferris

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