Buffalo Bulls Football 2000

J.R. Zazzara - Incoming Quarterback


  • Position - Quarterback
  • Class - Incoming Freshman
  • Hometown - Syracuse NY
  • High School - Christian Brothers
  • Size - Ht:6-3 | Wt: 185

J.R. Zazzara a dual threat quarterback from the Christian Brothers Academy in Syracuse gave a verbal to the Orange last summer. On the gridiron Zazzara, who is 6’3" 185 pounds, has shown his ability to throw the ball, make things happen when he runs.

This past season Zazzara led Christian Brothers Academy to a 10-1 record which included the Section III Class AA championship. On the year he was a part of 38 touchdowns (22 passes and 16 runs). He was named to the All-CNY football team as selected by The Post-Standard and Syracuse.com. .

About 2000

Forde

Forde was one of the higlights of 2000 and eventually went on to the NFL.

In their second year at the FBS level Buffalo got their first two FBS and conference wins when they downed Bowling Green and Kent State. Both of the games were played in front of home crowds at UB Stadium.

The Bowling Green win came after the Bulls held the Falcons to 63 yards passing and 175 total yards from scrimmage. UB survived three turnovers to secure their first win. Craig Cirbus got his second FBS win in an overtime thriller over Kent State.

The win over Bowling Green snapped an 18 game losing streak which is still the longest in the teams history.

It was not enough to save Cirbus' job however, shortly after the season was over, on November 30,  Athletic Director Bob Arkeilpane announced the hiring of Jim Hofher as Buffalo's new coach.

Coach

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Cirbus was a local Buffalo product who was on the UB football team in the late 70's. Cirbus attended high school at St. Joseph's Collegiate Institute in Tonawanda, New York before.

When he was done at UB Cirbus became an assistant coach at Cheektowaga Central High School but he got his big break when he joined the staff of Joe Paterno  at Penn State.

After Penn State UB brought Cirbus in as their head coach in 1995. He began his stint with a 3-8 record in 95 but reversed his fortunes in 1996 with an 8-3 mark.

Unfortunately over UB's next four seasons Cirbus went 8-36.

New York Governor -

George Pataki

American politician who was the 53rd Governor of New York. A member of the Republican Party, Pataki ousted Mario M. Cuomo in 1994 and held the office for three terms.

As he left office in 2006 the New York Times praised his work on health care and the environment.

He was unpopular in liberal circles because of his tax cuts but despite the 95 tax cuts revenues soared to the point that when Pataki left office in 2006, a rainy day fund exceeding $4 billion was passed on to his successor.

In The News News The Big news of 2000 was the Presidential election decided by 537 votes in Florida.

Al Gore prevailed over George Bush in the national popular vote. But Bush won where it mattered, in the Electoral College, thanks to his carrying of the crucial swing state Florida by a mere 537 votes.

IWith the stakes so high and the race so close, Democrats and Republicans dug in for a protracted fight that eventually would lead to the U.S. Supreme Court. Early the morning after the polls closed, Gore called Bush to concede, then hastily took it back. Florida would have a recount.

America was riveted by the struggle over disputed votes, becoming intimately familiar with arcane poll terms such as "butterfly ballots" and "hanging chads."

The drama continued until Dec. 12, when the Supreme Court handed down its controversial 5-4 Gore vs. Bush decision

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