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Buffalo Bulls Basketball / Re: Finances for the tourney
« on: April 01, 2018, 02:10:48 PM »
What if KeyBank Center bid to host the MAC Tournament?

It's been in Cleveland for 20 years - why not here? Would give the UB players a giant home game every year to cap the season if they keep doing well in the tournament.

Buffalo Bulls Basketball / Re: Finances for the tourney
« on: March 24, 2018, 10:44:36 AM »
I think having at least a game or two a year at KeyBank Center would draw a lot of people.

Talking to a lot of older people around the city, they're all nostalgic for when Canisius used to play at The Aud years ago. No one from the city has any desire to trek out to Amherst, but I think the city definitely has an under-served community of basketball fans. An NBA team looks unlikely, so why not give them a few games each year?

General Discussion / Re: - your feedback is needed
« on: March 16, 2018, 01:14:56 PM »
Make tweets auto-embed when you post Twitter links

Yeah I seem to remember your screen name and Brooklyn bull

and admin haha

Happy memories watching Turner Battle in that elementary school gym with you crazy kids and musing on this board about what a shaqhole league the ABA was

Hope you're all doing well

No hotels.

I can't find any within 15 mins of the arena.

They must have all been purchased by other teams predicting to play there.

Buffalo Bulls Basketball / Re: Buffalo Watch Party
« on: March 19, 2015, 10:04:01 AM »
716 (Harborcenter) is showing the game downtown on the big screen - first 100 people in the door with UB gear get a free cowbell:

Buffalo Bulls Basketball / Re: Good places to eat in Columbus
« on: March 18, 2015, 10:32:21 PM »
Urbanspoon is always a good reference:

Buffalo Bulls Basketball / Re: MAC Champions!
« on: March 14, 2015, 10:48:55 PM »
I haven't posted here much since the days of the Buffalo Rapids semi-pro hilarity, but I still try and keep up with what's going on.

Congrats you crazy kids - go win a national championship!

Buffalo Bulls Football / Re: Fire Quinn and start over?
« on: November 26, 2010, 11:13:08 PM »
The bowl-season of 08-09 wasn't a fluke, but a bunch of stars aligned correctly and UB got a great team.

Ward and the school got lots of praise for the football program, but instead of ensuring the football program's future, they tried to piggyback on the hype of that season and pretend like a UB team minus Gill and minus the core of 08-09 is the same team. It's not - they suck.

If Gill gets fired from Kansas, they better do everything in their power to get him back.

I agree that Quinn will improve the team if he stays a few years, but no good players have reason to come to UB and play under him. Turner built up an attractive reputation and UB let him go - shame on them.

National US TV rating is in:,0,7351682.story

And while some rip bowls as meaningless or unpopular, the opposite is often true. The International Bowl between UConn and Buffalo on ESPN2 earned a 2.1 rating. The GMAC Bowl on ESPN, between Tulsa and Ball State, drew a 2.2.

"That will outrate every single college basketball game we do this season except for maybe four or five," Magnus said.

I'm not surprised about Canadian apathy toward NCAA football when they don't even get excited about NFL games on their soil.

Well, from that same article:

All that hockey had some effect on the NFL wild-card action on CTV, with the afternoon Atlanta-Arizona game (560,000) and the 8 p.m. Indianapolis-San Diego game (556,000) down 18 and 13 per cent, respectively, from 2008.

So the International Bowl only got about 1/10 of the audience that NFL games get in Canada.


An eye on the Bulls

The University at Buffalo’s loss to UConn on Saturday afternoon in the International Bowl was a local ratings hit. The game on ESPN 2 averaged a 16.5 rating, representing 16.5 percent of Western New York homes. To put that in perspective, UB’s afternoon game on cable outrated San Diego’s overtime victory over Indianapolis (16.2) on Channel 2, the local NBC affiliate. It also outrated Arizona’s earlier win over Atlanta (12.6).

The NCAA International Bowl didn't go up against either hockey or the NFL but still couldn't attract more than 61,000 viewers to The Score Saturday afternoon.


Buffalo Bulls Make Bowl After 50 Years

Team Plays in Honor of '58 Bulls, Who Stood Up Against Racism

BUFFALO, N.Y., Jan. 2, 2009

The Buffalo Bulls have been playing football for more than a century -- but without much success. The University at Buffalo's football program has been regarded by some as the worst program in the nation and, in recent years, a true laughingstock.

But this season, the Bulls' luck has changed. With dramatic upsets and fairy tale finishes, the team earned the title of Mid-American Conference champions, defeating heavily favored Ball State 42-24 on Dec. 5 at Ford Field in Detroit.

For the just the second time in school history, the Bulls earned a spot in a post-season bowl game. They'll face Connecticut in the International Bowl in Toronto on Jan. 3.

The last time the Bulls earned a bid to a bowl game was 50 years ago. The 1958 team had a monumental 8-1 season and was honored on "The Ed Sullivan Show" with the Lambert Cup for the best small school program in the East.

The hard-nosed '58 Buffalo squad earned a trip to the Tangerine Bowl in Orlando, but under one condition: their two African-American players, defensive end Mike Wilson and star halfback Willie Evans could not attend.

"Coach says that if we go, Willie and Mike are going to have to stay home," said Joe Oliverio, a quarterback on the 1958 Bulls, now 69, who remembers feeling blinded-sided by the news.

The Orlando High School Athletic Association, which hosted the Tangerine Bowl, prohibited inter-racial teams.

"I went and got the paper and there was my picture along with Mike Wilson's on the front page of the Courier Express," said Evans, the left halfback on the '58 Bulls.

In Buffalo, a place where whites and blacks worked alongside each other and the black and white teammates played together seamlessly, the Bulls were angry and dumbfounded when they first heard the news.

I was "insulted that my teammates would be treated based on the color of their skin," said Oliverio.

The university and coach Dick Offenhamer left it to the players to decide whether or not to play the game. They gathered in the basement of the gym to vote.

Team United Against Racism

"We all, in unison, just stood up and said, 'We aren't going,'" said Jack Dempsey, an offensive lineman. "Everybody felt the same and made the same decision, which was the right thing to do."

Even though they turned their backs on a chance in the national spotlight, the team walked out of that gym with their heads held high.

"And to be a part of that is worth much more than any small victory we might have gotten in a bowl game," said Oliverio.

As it turns out, the fellas on that '58 team were light years ahead of so many other quadrants of our society," Evans said.

The solidarity and spirit of the '58 team has served as an inspiration to the current Bulls. Evans has spoken with the current team, instilling the drive and desire into each and every player to push forward.

"You want to talk about what defines team and what defines unity?" asked Bulls head coach Turner Gill. "The 1958 team."

Gill, 45, is one of four African-American coaches at the major college level. Under his three-year guidance, Buffalo Bulls have defied expectations. Gill recently signed a contract extension in Buffalo after being courted by Auburn University and other major schools with coaching vacancies.

At homecoming this season, Willie Evans and the '58 team were honored by the university.

Many of the '58 teammates have sent their congratulations on the Bulls' bowl bid and feel connected to the players. About two dozen of the players from the 1958 team are traveling to Toronto and will watch the game from the Buffalo sideline.

In the Jan. 3 bowl game, this year's Bulls have extra motivation to win. They are not only playing for themselves, but in honor of the team that stood firm against racism, but never got the chance to play.

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