Friday, August 31, 2018

It's Time to Play Some FOOTBALL! Hope Springs Eternal!

It's game day Buff fans.
 Once a year the University of Colorado begins a new season. The Buffs are undefeated for at least another 10 hours or so. Dreams of glory fill the heads of fans and players alike.

Those who have been following the Buffaloes for more than a decade know that the Colorado has had some hard times for what seems like forever. 

It's far cry from the golden days of yore when the Bill McCartney Buffs were a mainstay in the Top 10 and played for the National Championship twice and were one game away from playing in a third. 

The Buffs went undefeated and ranked #1 in 1989 before losing in the Orange Bowl. In 1990, they started the season 1-1-1 before winning 10 straight to earn their first and only national championship in an Orange Bowl rematch with Notre Dame.

In 1994, only a loss to Nebraska kept the Buffs from playing for another national championship. It was perhaps the most talented Buff team ever. It featured Heisman Trophy winning tailback Rashaan Salaam and Jim Thorpe Award winner Chris Hudson. It also featured QB Kordell Stewart, WR Michael Westbrook, and Buff legends Ted Johnson and Christian Fauria. In 1995, NINE of the Buffs were drafted into the NFL. In 1996, five more members of that team were taken in the NFL draft.

2016 is the only year since 2007 that the Buffaloes have gone on to play in a bowl game. It was a magical regular season for Colorado. After a long string of last place finishes in the Pac-12 South, the Buffs managed to win 10 games to take the crown and earn a spot in the Pac-12 Championship game.

It was all down hill from there. The Buffs lost the conference title tilt by 31 points to Washington, and lost their bowl game by 30 to the Oklahoma State.

They continued their downfall last year with an uninspired effort to go 5-7. After wining 10 of 12 to start 2016, the Buffs have lost nine of their last 14.

Fortunately, the Buffaloes start the season against the Rams of CSU in the Rocky Mountain Showdown. Colorado State has been to a lot more bowl games in the last 10 years. The Rams have been in six bowl games to the Buffs' one. Despite that, Colorado has won seven of the last 10 against CSU, including three straight.

Tonight we find out if the Buffs can make it four straight against CSU. The Rams lost their season opener last week to Hawaii. 

It's game day Buff fans! Go Buffs!

Wednesday, August 29, 2018

A New Beginning! Colorado Buff Watch has become Golden Buffs!

The OLD beginning:
Back in the days before most of the current CU students were even born, way back in the 1980s, the author moved to Boulder. He changed schools from the University of California at Santa Barbara to the University of Colorado at Boulder.

Shortly before the author arrived, the university hired a new head coach by the name of Bill McCartney. Mac had a rough start in Boulder. The Buffs were down big time. His teams had an overall record of 7-25-1 in his first three years.

Then, Mighty Mac's luck changed when the author enrolled in classes in the Spring of 1985. When I arrived on campus, it seemed that not many of the students in my classes were football fans.

Maybe I was just excited to be at a school that played football at all. UCSB was one of the few schools in the country that did not play football at any level. We did have a volleyball team that was #1 in the county and we led the nation in volleyball attendance. And our basketball team hosted a game against the University of Houston's Phi Slamma Jamma, featuring Hakeem Olajuwan and Clyde Drexler.

UCSB is an awesome school, located directly on the beach a bit north of Santa Barbara. Still, no football. That was hard. I had grown up running around Sun Devil Stadium at Arizona State University. I was a hard core fan by the time I was in kindergarten.

Fortunately, I met a young woman at UCSB who was from Boulder. After several years we decided to get married and move to Colorado. And finally, I got to attend a college with football.

Like I wrote before, the Buffs were down way before Bill McCartney got here and his first three years were rough. But 1985 was the turning point. I started classes and the Buffs got good, and then they got great.

The Buffs went 7-5 in 1985, and did not have another losing season under McCartney. By 1989, the Buffaloes were one of the best teams in the country. They went 11-0 to start the season and ranked #1 before losing in the Orange Bowl to #4 Notre Dame. I was there.

From 1989 to 1994, Mac's last season, the Buffs won 58 games, lost only 11 and tied 4 times. They also won a national championship for the 1990 season. In Mac's last game, the Buffs trounced Notre Dame in the Fiesta Bowl. I was there for that one too.

The Not-so-old beginning:
 In October of 2013, I started a blog called "Colorado Buff Watch" to follow my Buffs. I wrote 168 articles in that time, pretty impressive since I was living overseas for much of three seasons (The Netherlands and China). That entailed using Skype to watch the games. Not much in the way of American college football on TV in those places.

The New Beginning:
The 2018 season is about to begin with the Rocky Mountain Showdown against Colorado State. I believe it is time for a new home to the ramblings of a football fan who was there in the stands for the greatest days of Colorado football.  Let's hope everything old can be new again.

 Note: The format and page design is still being worked on but it's gotta be in my less than generous amount of spare time. Things will change and the site will get better looking and more user friendly in the near future.