(Editor’s note: This is the first in a two-part series previewing the Olean 1854 FC men’s amateur soccer team’s upcoming season. Today: Olean’s excitement for 2021 after losing last year due to the pandemic.)
This could get ugly.
For years, the stranglehold held by the NCAA over its Division I athletes has been concerning.
To be sure, after 7 o’clock Saturday night, the refrain was persistent: “It’s Matsuyama’s Masters to lose.”
So, 19 days before the beginning of the National Football League Draft, where do the Bills stand roster-wise?
ST. BONAVENTURE — By the time the final horn sounded in its 74-65 triumph over VCU in the Atlantic 10 Tournament championship, this much was starting to seem true of the St. Bonaventure men’s basketball team:
SHINGLEHOUSE, Pa. — When the ceremonial ribbon was cut prior to the first track and field meet at Oswayo Valley’s new surface on Tuesday, Bruce Kemp and the rest of the Shinglehouse community couldn’t help but feel gratitude.
So much for that dream meeting between the No. 1 and No. 2 men’s college basketball teams in the country.
ST. BONAVENTURE -- On the surface, he has the look of an enforcer.
Some observations from four different sports:
I’ve never liked “shock jock” radio, those morning shows with multiple hosts spending four hours, with minimal rock music, trying to be funny, at the expense of others.
Five hundred and nine days later, the memories have become rather hazy.
OLEAN — Jason Brooks attempted to take responsibility.
The news left me sad, but brought back a flood of memories.
It was, thankfully, only a footnote to perhaps the biggest news from the first weekend of the NCAA Tournament.
ST. BONAVENTURE — Jaren Holmes had alluded to its potential in a heartfelt postgame tribute on Saturday.
After the NCAA men’s basketball pairings came out a week ago Sunday evening, the “experts” quickly chimed in.
The day after St. Bonaventure won the Atlantic 10 Tournament over Virginia Commonwealth at Dayton and later that afternoon earned a No. 9 seed in the East Regional of the NCAA Men’s Basketball Tournament, an enlightening experience unfolded.
Well, four days into NFL free agency, the Bills have been more active than might have been expected for a team up against the salary cap. They re-signed six of their own, adding four from other teams – two of whom create inherent questions – and making one trade.
BLOOMINGTON, Ind. — Kyle Lofton shot a knowing glance to his left before covering his mouth and attempting to stifle a laugh.
SALAMANCA — After the loss of a beloved assistant coach, the Salamanca girls basketball team dedicated its 2021 season to the late Mark Chase.
In a span of four days, the Bills sent an emphatic message: They’re in it to win it.
For all intents and purposes, he should be the villain.
This time there was no real suspense.
ST. BONAVENTURE – The seeds for this were sewn on Jan. 18, 2020, inside the same building where the St. Bonaventure men’s basketball team just laid waste to a pair of Atlantic 10 Tournament opponents:
Last November, I wrote a column chastising the Buffalo franchise after it effectively usurped the fan-originated cringe-worthy phrase “Bills Mafia” and had it trademarked.
For the second consecutive year, the Big 30 Senior Classic, a March basketball tradition in recent years, will not be held.
To be sure, the Covid-19 pandemic has affected virtually every aspect of American life over the past year.
After Friday afternoon’s 75-59 Atlantic 10 quarterfinal loss to St. Bonaventure, Duquesne’s colorful and outspoken basketball coach, Keith Dambrot, had no trouble identifying the source of his Dukes’ defeat.
For St. Bonaventure basketball fans, the goal was to emerge from the Atlantic 10 Men’s Tournament with an NCAA bid in hand.
We’ve heard this song again and again … nine times to be exact.
ST. BONAVENTURE — This was going to be about how the St. Bonaventure men’s basketball team made a meaningful season out of one that, back in December, was begging to be a disaster.
ST. BONAVENTURE — It was supposed to be a festive night for the St. Bonaventure men’s basketball team.
ST. BONAVENTURE — It’s a peculiar component in this prolonged, and sometimes difficult to fathom, period of greatness:
ST. BONAVENTURE – Dominick Welch was irritated … albeit playfully.
If there was any question about Tiger Woods’ place as one of this country’s all-time cultural icons, it was answered Tuesday morning.
ST. BONAVENTURE — Lost, perhaps, in the magnitude of the game itself, was this particular footnote:
ST. BONAVENTURE — Reilly Center would have been bedlam … indeed it should have been.
The mere thought of it has left Bills fans salivating.
There was a time that my TV sports viewing habits included a liberal dose of tennis’ Grand Slam events: Wimbledon and the Australian, French and U.S. Opens.
ST. BONAVENTURE — It wasn’t meant as a slight toward Fordham.
(Editor’s Note: This is the third of a three-part series detailing Emporium native Nate Sestina’s basketball journey from Cameron County High School to the NBA G-League’s Long Island Nets.)
The reality hit Bills fans late in last Sunday’s Super Bowl.
ST. BONAVENTURE — Coaches are creatures of habit and routine … especially on the collegiate and pro levels where there’s so much at stake.
(Editor’s Note: This is the first of a three-part series detailing Emporium native Nate Sestina’s basketball journey from Cameron County High School to the NBA G-League’s Long Island Nets.)
So much for that “one for the ages” talk.
OK, so it’s the day before Super Bowl XLV when the Chiefs and Buccaneers meet at Tampa’s Raymond James Stadium.
(EDITOR’S NOTE: This NFL season marks the 30th anniversary of the Bills’ first-ever Super Bowl appearance. After the 1990 campaign, the Bills and Giants qualified for game XXV at Tampa. Come Sunday, the Chiefs and Buccaneers will play Super Bowl XLV in that same Florida city, but this time a…
It’s an opportunity Jeff Puglio didn’t think he’d get again.
The week began with optimism for Western New York wrestling teams, then fear.