Edit Note: One of the most exciting games the Bulls played all season, too bad it was in Athens, OH. It was a game Buffalo should have won, and it may have been one of those games that set a tone to the rest of the season. UB did not win a game all season after beating Rutgers and could not seem to pull out those close games, much like this one.
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Early in the season, when I was working on another article, UB men's basketball head coach Reggie Witherspoon explained to me that the Mid-American Conference should actually be more popular in Western New York because of the presence of future NBA stars like Central Michigan's Chris Kaman. I had never seen Kaman at the time, but saw him absolutely dominate opponents in three games in Cleveland, as he lead his team to the MAC title.
In my two years as sports editor, I have been able to cover some pretty incredible sports events at UB. Sure, it was tough; some day another editor is going to get to enjoy the good times, while I was stuck with the gloom of some very unsuccessful programs, but I would not trade the experience for anything.
There is little doubt that the popularity and exposure of the world of sports has increased over the last few decades. The invention of cable stations designed solely for the broadcast of sporting events started a trend that has eventually led now to sports packages available on digital cable and satellite that bring nearly every game on the slate for each of the four major professional sports leagues (the NFL, NBA, MLB, and NHL) right into the viewer's home. Gone now is the allure of the local team; someone living off Maple Road can easily follow the Phoenix Coyotes through an entire season.
Minnesota head coach Don Lucia said before his team's practice Friday afternoon at HSBC Arena that he did not know if his hockey club was a great team.
The Buffalo Bandits needed to show up for only 30 minutes Saturday night to soundly defeat New Jersey.
The man most directly responsible for bringing Division-I athletics to the University at Buffalo is now taking over one of the school's most struggling programs.
Put this paper down. Stop reading this column and put this paper down. Get rid of it, toss it away, and actually pay attention to your professor for once. You had better get used to it; there won't be anything for you to read next year.
I did not know what I was getting in to. In sharp contrast to many of the things I have done with my life, there was no plan. No course of action. There was no chess match in my mind, where one facilitates a plan and then, based on the anticipated reactions of the parties involved, accomplishes a goal.
The Mid-American Conference representative has now won their first round game in the NCAA Tournament for three consecutive seasons.
The UB men's tennis team accomplished a milestone Thursday afternoon, leaving their head coach one victory away from a milestone of his own.
"The Price of Greatness is Responsibly." It's a slogan on the back of UB head coach Cheryl Dozier's practice T-shirt. It's the words that the UB women's basketball team have lived by this season.
Tuesday night will perhaps be the single most important sporting event in my five years here at University at Buffalo.
Think about all the miraculous comebacks you have ever seen in the world of sport. Did the team that lost the game play well down the stretch? No. Comebacks are a two-way street. It takes rejuvenation on one side and a collapse on the other to make them happen.
This week's participants are Managing Editor Michael Scott and Sports Editor Rick Owczarzak.
Nearly every week at his football press conference, UB head coach Jim Hofher talked about the opposition's massive bodies in the trenches and how his team would have to overcome them.
Mark Hamister has run out of time, meaning that at the end of this season, the Sabres' time in Buffalo may run out as well.
The venue and opposition changed, but it was the same old story for the UB men's basketball team. Once again, it was 3-point shooting, fouls and the inability to contain an opponent's star player that added up to a loss for the Bulls - their ninth in a row.
In a strange twist, when Kent State's Bryan Bedford nailed a 3-pointer as the final horn sounded Wednesday night at Alumni Arena to give his team a thrilling 69-68 victory over the UB men's basketball team, it assured me that nobody was going to walk out of that gym a loser.
There is always a period of small talk right before a reporter conducts an interview. A sort of, hey, how's it going period. The calm before the storm.