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99 for 99 - #53 - The Bison Become the Bulls

99 for 99 takes a look at the 99 biggest moments in UB Football history in anticipation of the 99th Season of UB Football which begins on September 1st, 2012. These moments are not in any order, however the top 10 moments have been saved for last.

1931 - Buffalo 0, Carnegie Tech 25 - UB Changes Nickname, Become the Buffalo Bulls.

In 1930, the University of Buffalo Bison had been playing football for 36 years.

The Buffalo Bison also played baseball in the International Association (1878, 1887-1888), the National League (1879-1885), the International League (1886-1969), and the Players League (1890).

The Buffalo Bison also played football in the NFL (1924-1925, 1927-1929).

The Buffalo Bison also played International Hockey League Hockey (1928-1936).


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I love the current Bull logo (2006-present) via UB Athletics

To differentiate themselves, the University changed their athletic nickname from Bison to Bulls. The Bison would live on as an American Hockey League team (1940-1970) and as National Basketball League and All-American Football Conference teams in 1946.

Unfortunately, in 1960, the Buffalo Bills were founded in the American Football League; leading to 50 years of brand confusion between the Buffalo Bulls, and the more well known Buffalo Bills.