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'Outside the Lines' to look back at 1958 Buffalo team

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"Outside the Lines" has what sounds like a great story for Sunday about the 1958 University of Buffalo football team that turned down a Tangerine Bowl invitation - its first and still only bowl bid - because its black players were unwelcome to participate.

Here is a text version of the story.

I found out about this not from the ESPN p.r. machine but from a friend from Buffalo who forwarded an email alert that went out to UB-affiliated people.

Which makes this post cooler.

I often talk about moving someday to Buffalo, one of my favorite cities. Mrs. WatchDog promises to call me regularly to say hello if I do.

(UPDATE: The p.r. machine saw my post and pointed out it did send something earlier this week on the Buffalo segment. Click below to read it.)University of Buffalo’s Anti-Discrimination

On the 50th anniversary of the University of Buffalo’s best football season, Outside the Lines looks at the 8-1 team which won the Lambert Cup as the best small school in the Eastern U.S., and earned an invitation to the Tangerine Bowl in Orlando, Fla., its first and only bowl bid in 102 years of football. However, when it was discovered that a rule instituted by the Orlando High School Athletic Association, which held the lease to the field, prohibited interracial events -- Buffalo had two African-American players on the team – the Bulls voted unanimously to reject the bowl bid. ESPN.com’s Eric Neel reports. Excerpts:

“I went to the store to get a newspaper; I discover my picture on the front page along with Mike Wilson and the article suggesting that Mike and I would not be able to play… It was dumb people making dumb decisions. How can you dislike someone because the way they look?” -- Willie Evans, one of the two African-American players on the team

”In unison, we all stood up and looked at each other and said that we aren’t going anywhere without our brothers, without Willie and Mike.” -- Joe Oliverio, Buffalo quarterback

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