10) Bucky Lasek - September 20, 2003 - Buffalo 7, UConn 38 - & September 17. 2005 - Buffalo 3, Rutgers 17. - You can have too much of a good thing. Tony Hawk hit the height of his popularity in 1999, he landed a 900, his very popular video game came out. In 2002, he was at UB doing tricks, and it was pretty successful, but the whole genre was at a downswing. UB decided, to get a less well known guy, and try it twice more. If UB gets a pass for it in 2003, they certainly do not for 2005. Bucky lives in Encinitas, and is richer than us all because apparently his agent would take any offer to do anything anywhere, and I respect that.
9) Jim Kelly, Van Miller, Bruce Jenner and Lee Ann Womack - September 11, 2004 - Buffalo 17, Syracuse 37 - Buffalo F! yea, America F! Yeaaa, Kardashians F! yeaaaa, Hoping you Dance...F! yeaaaaaaa. The promotion was kinda lame and left me wondering if we kept the track in UB Stadium solely for Bruce Jenner to run around it with flags, but it worked, because the crowd was full and rocking. That was because we played Syracuse and people will show up to see us play Syracuse.
8) William "Refrigerator" Perry, Pedro, Uncle Rico - October 8, 2005 - Buffalo 7, Akron 13 - Just about a year after the debut of the cult comedy "Napoleon Dynamite" UB brought Uncle Rico and Pedro to Buffalo for homecoming. It went pretty well, so it must've been minute 14 of fame.
4-7) The Rockin' (Chair) Rallies:
Gin Blossoms: Performed in: 2006 Last Top 100 Song: 1996, Best Song: "Follow You Down" Best Song Year: 1996. Note: Played Springfest in May 1996 with Goodie Mob featuring Cee-Lo Green.
Eddie Money: Performed in: 2000 Last Top 100 Song: 1992, Best Song: "Take Me Home Tonight" Best Song Year: 1986.
Loverboy: Performed in: 2001 Last Top 100 Song: 1989, Best Song: "Working for the Weekend" Best Song Year: 1981
Pat Benatar: Performed in: 2002 Last Top 100 Song: 1988, Best Song: "Love is a Battlefield" Best Song Year: 1983
3) Wes, Johanna and Eric Badlands Booker - August 31, 2006 - Buffalo 9, Temple 3 OT - He was an annoying bro from Kansas, she was a California dream girl, and he was a very large competitive eater from Jamaica Queens. The love triangle America long since stopped caring about, was brought to UB because a game against a traditional east coast rival and a new National Championship caliber coach is just not that big of a draw. At least Booker served a purpose, a pretty cool wing eating contest with students. The Real World Austin alums served no purpose.
2) Screech, Rocketman, Michael Buffer - August 29, 2002 - Buffalo 26, Lehigh 37- A lesson in pointlessness. Rocketman could have been pretty cool if he flew in BEFORE the game maybe with the game ball. But he flew in at halftime, pointless. Michael Buffer telling us to "Get Ready to Rumble" pointless, we could have paid anyone to say those words, having the real thing added nothing. Finally Screech, why? If you are going to go Saved by the Bell you either go Belding (who had a striking resemblance to coach Hofher) or you capture the urban market with Lisa Turtle.
1) SHAGGY - September 13, 2003 - Buffalo 15, Colgate 38 - It has always been Shaggy and it will always be Shaggy. Jeezy is Mr. 175, Shaggy is Mr. 10K song. Paid $30,000 for 3 songs, which was coincidentally the number of hits Shaggy has had: 1995's "Bombastic", along with 2000's "It Wasn't Me" and "Angel". It turned out to be an appropriate soundtrack, after back-to-back home opening losses to FCS teams, Coach Hofher was saying "It Wasn't Me"
The under-card was the cast of MTV's Sorority Life 2, THE CAST FROM BUFFALO. Their season aired the previous winter, so basically the promotion was to meet your own classmates. I certainly hope they did not get paid for their appearance, because in concert with 30k for Shaggy, this would be the most damning indictment of amateurism ever.
Didn't make the cut: Buffalo American Idol finalist John Stevens. Zooperstars, Tony Hawk, Evan Farmer, Bigfoot Monster Truck, Smashmouth and The Pendragons.