When root­ing for Bulls was nearly un­bear­able

The Buffalo News - - PARK RECOMMENDATIONS - Dan Schwartz, JD, Ph.D. teaches at SUNY Buf­falo State.

The Univer­sity at Buf­falo foot­ball team has a record of nine wins and one loss. If you have been a UB foot­ball fan as long as I have, that is cause for slap-happy rev­elry.

When I was a kid, a good year was when we won as many as we lost. As an adult, when­ever I’d at­tended aca­demic con­fer­ences, some­one would in­vari­ably in­quire about my alma mater. When I told them what it was, they’d get this sad ex­pres­sion and say, “Oh, UB is a very good aca­demic school.”

In­deed, once when one of our foot­ball coaches was asked on a lo­cal news show why the Bulls didn’t win more, he replied, “The trou­ble is our kids spend too damn much time in the li­brary.”

I ac­quired a cof­fee ta­ble book on the his­tory of col­lege foot­ball that’s as big as, well, a cof­fee ta­ble.

When I was a kid, a good year was when we won as many as we lost.

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