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Oklahoma City Bison Franchise Records Set in 2037

STAT- Setter, Record (Previous Holder, Record, Set)

Most QB Wins - Bret Marquez, 7 (tied Marquez, 7, 2036)

Most QB Losses -  Marquez, 8 (Douglas Stewart, 5, 2035)

Pass Attempts - Marquez, 561 (Stewart, 454, 2035)

Completions - Marquez, 355 (Stewart, 265, 2035)

Comp. % (20+Att) - Marquez, 63.2 (Marquez, 62.1, 2036)

Pass Yards - Marquez, 3798 (Stewart, 3156, 2035)

Pass TDs - Marquez, 29 (Stewart, 16, 2035)

TD/Pass % - Marquez, 5.1 (Stewart, 4.8, 2036)

Passer Rating - Marquez, 91.3 (Stewart, 84.1, 2036)

Rush Att - Gerald Mccarthy, 221 (Mccarthy, 156, 2036)

Rush Yards - Mccarthy, 970 (Mccarthy, 718, 2036)

Rush Avg/Att - Jimmy Baker, 5.01 (Mccarthy, 4.60, 2036)

Most Fumbles - Bret Marquez, 14 (Stewart, 8, 2035)

Most Tackled For Loss - Mccarthy, 24 (Baker, 22, 2035)

Receptions - Norman Bennett, 96 (Bennett, 80, 2035)

Most Drops - Willie Livingston, 4 (Bennett, 3, 2035)

Receiving Yards - Bennett, 1155 (Bennett, 1065, 2036)

Receiving TDs - Bennett, 11 (Bennett, 7, 2035)

Tackles - Henry Ballesteros, 160 (Dale Martin, 131, 2036)

MTACK - John Wyandt, 9 (Wyandt, 8, 2036)

Sack Yards - Robert Buseck, 69 (Jesus Anderson, 62, 2035)

Forced Fumbles - Ballesteros, 4 (Martin, 3, 2036)

Fumble Recoveries - Buseck, 3 (7+ players, 1, 2035-36)

Defensive Touchdowns - Buseck, Ballesteros, & Matthew Edwards, 1 (tied David Rumbley (twice), 1, 2035 & 2036)

GCOV - Billie Devor, 137 (tied John Kinabrew, 137, 2036)

KRAVG - Norman Bennett, 36.0 (Jimmy Baker, 31.7, 2036)

KR TDs - Gerald Mccarthy & Sean Thurby, 1 (tied Baker, 1, 2036)

XPA - Michael Camburn, 41 (Camburn, 32, 2036)

XPM - Michael Camburn, 41 (Camburn, 32, 2036)



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2038 Pre-Draft Projected Starters

Position                   2037 Incumbent                          2038 Projected Starter

QB                            Bret Marquez                                Bret Marquez

RB                            Gerald Mccarthy                           Gerald Mccarthy

HB                            Roy Nersesian                              John Wiskowski

TE                            Alan Isbell                                      Alan Isbell

WR1                         Norman Bennett                            Steven Green

WR2                         Steven Green                                Jeff Munox

LT                             Matthew Miller                               Matthew Miller

LG                             Donald Solarski                             Douglas Fox

C                               Richard Owca                                Richard Owca

RG                           Frank Jones                                    Donald Solarski

RT                            Leonard Sarelas                             William Starkweather

 

LE                            Joseph Snyder                                John Schweda

LDT                          John Wyandt                                   John Wyandt

NT                            Eric Parmer                                      Eric Parmer

RDT                          Anthony Williams                             Luis Spratte

RE                            Robert Buseck                                  Craig Paul

WLB                         Corey Sorenson                                Paul Buxton

MLB                         Henry Ballesteros*                             Henry Ballesteros

SLB                          Matthew Edwards                              Kenneth Green

CB                            Billie Devor                                         Andrew Jiminez

CB                            Brian Mcconnell                                  Billie Devor

FS                            Christopher Silverman                         Christopher Silverman

SS                            Justin Mcdaniel                                   Justin Mcdaniel

 

K                              Michael Camburn                                 Michael Camburn

P                              Eddie Moore                                         Eddie Moore

LS                            Edmond Zych                                       Edmond Zych

KR                           Gerald Mccarthy                                   Gerald Mccarthy

KR                           Sean Thurby                                         Jimmy Baker

PR                           Jimmy Baker                                         Jimmy Baker

 

KEY: * indicates 2037 Pro Bowl, slash indicates player no longer with team, italics indicates rookie, bold indicates new acquisition 



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2038 Oklahoma City Bison Schedule

Preseason

Week                Team

1                        at Indiana Aces

2                        vs The Marvels

3                        at Ft. Lauderdale Fluties

4                        vs Philadelphia Eagles

Regular Season                                                              Line                      Last Years Record

1                        vs Burthorpe Badiaks                             Bison (2)                          9-7

2                        vs Tampa Bay Sun Devils                      Bison (1)                          7-9

3                        at Pennsylvania Posse                           Posse (6)                        11-5

4                        at Alabama Slammers                            Slammers (5)                  11-5

5                        at Compton Calzones                             Calzones (3)                    7-9

6                        vs Cincinnati Shrugging Atlases             Bison (2)                           5-11

7                        vs New York Giants                                Bison (2)                           8-8

8                        vs New Orleans Marauders                    Marauders (2.5)              13-3

9                        at Rimmington Redskins                         Redskins (4)                     7-9

10                      at Tampa Bay Sun Devils                       Sun Devils (3)                   7-9

11                      at Goshen Blue Collars                           Blue Collars (3)                9-7

12                      vs Chicago Governors                            Pick (--)                            7-9

13                      vs Alabama Slammers                            Slammers (1)                   11-5

14                      at Manawa Allblack                                 Allblack (3)                        5-11

15                      vs Chicago Coyotes                                Pick (--)                              10-6

16                      at New York Giants                                 Giants (1)                            8-8

                                                                       Projected Record                     Total Record (SOS)

                                                                              4-10-2                                        135-121 (.527)



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List of 2038 Pre-Draft Bison signees

Pos     Name                    Contract                               Former Team (Last Season/Preseason with)         

LB         Matthew Edwards     1yr/$2.0M/$1.045Mgtd              Bison (2037). Took salary cut to remain with team.

RB        Garald Mccarthy        3yrs/$14.66M/$8.07Mgtd          Bison (2037). Two-year extension to his contract.

FS        Michael Mcwhorter     1yr/$1.59M/$245Kgtd               Bison (2037).

G          Charles Sietz              1yr/$2.52M/$520Kgtd               Ft. Lauderdale Fluties (2037)

C          Tommy Jones             1yr/$495k                                 No prior experience (UDFA 2037).

C          Kenneth Carter            1yr/$730k                                Kansas City Black Dynamite (2034).

C          Glen Okeefe                 1yr/$730k                               Bison (2037 Preseason)

RB        Stephen Cole                1yr/$730k                               Graham Bullies (2037)

P          Bruce Clark                    1yr/$740k/$10Kgtd                Bison (2037 Preseason)

HB       Burton Stamper              1yr/$855k                              Pennsylvania Posse (2034)

SS       Frtiz Holland                    1yr/$855k                             No prior experience (UDFA 2030).

CB      Larry Delacruz                  1yr/$855k                            Bison (2037).

CB      Michael Brock                   1yr/$855k                            The Marvels (2034).

WR     Richard Mather                 1yr/$855k                            Ft. Lauderdale Fluties (2037).

RB      Eward Howard                  1yr/$855k                            The Marvels (2035).

DT      Daniel Ballard                  1yr/$855k                              Bison (2037 Preseason).

LB       Corey Sorenson            1yr/$855k                                Bison (2037).

OT      James Estes                   1yr/$855k                               No prior experience (UDFA 2032).

WR     William Paquette            1yr/$855k                                Ferguson Chokers (2036).

FS      Christopher Silverman     1yr/$875k/$20kGTD              Bison (2037).

OT      William Starkweather       1yr/$945k/$90kGTD              New Orleans Gators (2037).

C         Thomas Kline                  1yr/$955k                              Bison (2037 Preseason).

LB        John Dunphy                   1yr/$955k                             Harrisburgh Cougars (2037).

P          Eddie Moore                    1yr/$955k                             Bison (2037).

P          Kirby Hood                       1yr/$975k/$20kGTD             Pennsylvania Posse (2036).

OT       Raymond Johnson           2yr/$1.22M/$20kGTD           Bison (2037 Preseason).

SS       Bradley Vineyard              2yr/$1.22M/$20kGTD            Bison (2037 Preseason).

HB       John Wiskowski                2yr/$1.54M/$20kGTD            Bison (2036).

DT       Richard Andrews              2yr/$1.54M/$20kGTD            Philadelphia Eagles (2034 Preseason).

FS       Charles Atherton              2yr/$1.705M/$60kGTD          Bison (2037 Preseason).

LB       Kenneth Green                 2yr/$1.79M/$20kGTD            Bison (2037 Preseason).

LB       Paul Buxton                      2yr/$2.02M/$180kGTD          Goshen Blue Collars (2037).

G         James Garcia                  2yr/$2.435M/$410kGTD        Graham Bullies (2037 Preseason). 

QB       Osvaldo Albers                2yr/$6.84M/$670kGTD          Chicago Governors (2037).

DE       John Schweda                 3yr/$2.11M/$60kGTD            Bison (2037 Preseason).

SS       Joseph Frear                    3yr/$2.43M/$60kGTD           New Orleans Maruaders (2035 Preseason).

LB       Marcus Bowen                  3yr/$2.555M/$60kGTD         No prior experience (2034 7th Rd Ferguson Chokers)

G        Charles Mazuo                   3yr/$2.78M/$285kGTD        Bison (2037 Preseason).

G        Douglas Fox                       4yr/$12.17M/$2.0MGTD      Tijuana Bales (2037 Preseason).

SS      Aaron Delpozo                    4yr/$3.08M/$120kGTD        Bison (2037).

DE      Craig Paul                           4yr/$3.08M/$120kGTD        Bison (2037 Preseason).

OT      Steven Dempsey                4yr/$3.315M/$120kGTD      Chicago Governors (2037). 

LB       Eugenio Hodgkins              4yr/$3.65M/$120kGTD        No prior experience (2034 7th Rd Chicago Governors)

CB      Andrew Jiminez                  4yr/$30.25M/$14.0MGTD    Chicago Governors (2037).



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Draft Day Signings

The Bison brought in two camp legs to push Michael Camburn at kicker. 9th year pro Leroy Darrow kicked for the Maruaders last year, finishing 26/30 on FGs with a 50 Long. William Moreno hasn't ever kicked officially in the league, but he spent time on the Bison's roster last offseason.



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2038 Draft

The Indiana Aces opened up with DE Justin Rayes of Furman with the 1st overall selection. The Manawa Allblack and Atlantis Tsunamis made selections of RB Corry Norris and WR Frank Oborne, both of Nebraska-Omaha, at 6 and 7 overall. It was a weak QB draft, with the first one selected coming at 22nd overall, Robert Chaudhuri of LSU to the Graham Bullies.

 

Oklahoma City Bison 2037 Draft Class

Round   Overall     Pos      Name                       College                         

      1          14          CB       Juan Rinaldi              Texas Tech                           

      2          46          DE        William Sneed          Auburn                            

      3          78          WR       Brad Jones                Monmouth                                    

      4         110         DE        Craig Burleson          Memphis                     

      5          142        G           Louis Treece             Maryland                      

      6           174       G           Kevin Kraft                Purdue                

      7           206       CB        Michael Bruce           North Texas

Rinaldi likely won't see playing time early in his career, but in a weak overall draft, he could be a gem in a few years. Sneed offers great depth as an end, and could progress, much like John Schweda and Craig Paul, into a starter over time. Jones is a reliable pass catcher, but his speed was limited majorly after two ACL tears, once in college and once at his pro day. Craig Burleson could likely be a practice squad designation for his rookie year, and maybe his first season after that, but his 6'4", 318 body looks great as a run-stopping end/goal line end. Louis Treece also appears headed for the practice squad, with hopes of development. Kevin Kraft will have a hard time even making the practice squad. Michael Bruce was released, as he's decided to attend Oxford. Bruce offered little as a football player.           



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OTAs, 2038

Coming out of OTAs, the Bison have lost a few faces. Guard James Garcia was cut to make playing time for the two rookie guards. Linebacker David Ferguson was a surprising cut, but was slotted to be the 4th inside linebacker and 6th oustide linebacker. 

 

The Bison said they liked what they saw out of the first team defense, and while the receiving corps could use an upgrade, the offense ran smoothly as well. 



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2038 Training Camp Report

The Bison come in to 2038 with high hopes of returning to 2036 form. Bret Marquez is coming off of a season in which he actually looked like a legitimate franchise QB, Gerald Mccarthy ran for more yards than ever before, and Alan Isbell continues to be a top-tier tight end. An improved offensive line should protect Marquez better. Defensively, the line is full of youth, and the linebacking corps is led by one of the hottest young players in the league. Andrew Jiminez vastly improves the cornerbacks, moving Brian McConnell back to his more comfortable nickelback role, and the safety group is full of young depth.

 

The Bison signed runningbacks Brian Allen and Walter Giordano during camp, both expecting to compete as return men. As RBs, neither have had much experience, with Allen appearing in 5 season (62 games) totalling 571 yards on 140 carries (4.07 average), with 10 touchdowns. Giordano has seen the field in just 2 games, both coming in 2034 with the Alabama Slammers. He's rushed for 59 yards (with 3 touchdowns) on 15 carries, a 3.93 average. The Bison also added H-back prospect Tracy Hutt, an undrafted rookie out of Mississippi State. Hutt doesn't offer much right now, as he mostly played special teams in college, but the 6'5", 256 prospect could be a promising player with a year or two spend on the Practice Squad.



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Bison owner expands ownership

Bison owner FreeBundy has moved some of his funds around, purchasing teams in both hockey and baseball.

 

The hockey team, an expansion team in League III.11, is based in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, which has done nothing to silence the rumors of the Bison potentially moving there. However, FreeBundy said he isn't sure as to whether or not he will take as much controll of the team as he has the Bison. The team, the Milwaukee Robins, is currently 13-18.

 

His baseball team, the Des Moines Rebels, is 32-18. The Rebels compete in league IV.8. FreeBundy has said he would like to focus on the Rebels, and is interested in moving them out of Des Moines. 



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Five ex-Bison sign elsewhere

   Following final cuts for the Bison, five former Bison players were signed to opening day rosters around the league.

WR Robert Ilalio signed a 1-year, $3.5M deal with the Pennsylvania Posse. CB Christopher Ross signed a 3-year, $13.475M deal with the New York Spartans. WR Jeff Munoz also signed a 3-year deal with the Spartans, worth $8.495M. LB Matthew Edwards signed a 1-year, $1.30M deal with the New Orleans Marauders, and K Leroy Darrow signed a 1-year, $1.02M deal with the Marauders.

 

   The Bison also cut lineman Steven Dempsey to pick up WR Michael Beavers. Beavers, an 8th year pro out of Louisville, projects as the #1 Bison receiver. He previously played for the Graham Bullies for his entire career, hauling in 258 catches for 3330 yards and 28 TDs in 96 games, along with 15 receptions for 219 yards and 2TDs in 11 playoff games. He's also returned 68 kicks for 1636 yards (24.05 AVG) and 3TDs, and 233 punts for 1916 yards (8.22 AVG). 



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2038 Starters

Position                   2037 Incumbent                          2038 Starter

QB                            Bret Marquez                                Bret Marquez

RB                            Gerald Mccarthy                           Gerald Mccarthy

HB                            Roy Nersesian                              John Wiskowski

TE                            Alan Isbell                                      Alan Isbell

WR1                         Norman Bennett                            Michael Beavers

WR2                         Steven Green                                Steven Green

LT                             Matthew Miller                               Matthew Miller

LG                             Donald Solarski                             Douglas Fox

C                               Richard Owca                                Richard Owca

RG                           Frank Jones                                    Donald Solarski

RT                            Leonard Sarelas                             William Starkweather

 

LE                            Joseph Snyder                                Robert Buseck

LDT                          John Wyandt                                   John Wyandt

NT                            Eric Parmer                                      Eric Parmer

RDT                          Anthony Williams                             Luis Spratte

RE                            Robert Buseck                                  Craig Paul

WLB                         Corey Sorenson                                Paul Buxton

MLB                         Henry Ballesteros*                             Henry Ballesteros

SLB                          Matthew Edwards                              Kenneth Green

CB                            Billie Devor                                         Andrew Jiminez

CB                            Brian Mcconnell                                  Billie Devor

FS                            Christopher Silverman                         Christopher Silverman

SS                            Justin Mcdaniel                                   Justin Mcdaniel

 

K                              Michael Camburn                                 Michael Camburn

P                              Eddie Moore                                         Kirby Hood

LS                            Edmond Zych                                       Thomas Kline

KR                           Gerald Mccarthy                                   Gerald Mccarthy

KR                           Sean Thurby                                         Jimmy Baker

PR                           Jimmy Baker                                         Jimmy Baker

 

KEY: * indicates 2037 Pro Bowl, slash indicates player no longer with team, italics indicates rookie, bold indicates new acquisition 



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2038 Week 1 Recap Burthorpe Badiaks (0-0) at Oklahoma City Bison (0-0)

   The Bison came into the game excited to take the league, and hoped to return to 2036 playoff form. (From a personal perspective, the Bison current offense is far better than that team, while the defense could hold the Bison back.) They looked perfect here in Week One.

   Bret Marquez showed MVP-like flashes in 2037, but had games where he would regress. Against the Badiaks, he went 32-39 (82.05%!) for 393 (12.28 average) and 4TDs, with no picks. At this rate, he could throw for nearly 6000 yards and 60+ TDs, and while those numbers would be hard to keep up for an entire season, Marquez certainly seems on pace for some gaudy stats. 

   Gerald Mccarthy rushed for 74 yards on 17 carries (4.35AVG), and added a touchdown. The rest of the team managed just 34 yards on 12 carries (2.83 AVG). Mccarthy's success can be attributed to the starting line, specifically guard Douglas Fox and center Richard Owca, who both had 10.0 run grades and totaled 7 RBLK between themselves. Matthew Miller and Donald Solarski also contributed well, adding respective 9.5 and 9.3 grades, and 17 combined RBLK. William Starkweather struggled to a 6.7 grade. Reserves Charles Sietz and Thomas Kline played well over 11 offensive run plays, but Leonard Sarelas struggled to a 6.0 grade.

   The Bison bost an aging triple-threat of wide receivers. Michael Beavers could be a steal of free agency, hauling in 13 of 14 passes for 183 yards (14.07) and three touchdowns. Steven Green added 8 for 98 (12.25) and a score, and Norman Bennett went 4 for 46 (11.50). Bennett said he loves his new #3 role, and while he probably won't break 1000 yards for the third consecutive season, he loves doing what he can for his team. Alan Isbell added 3 for 23.

   Henry Ballesteros led the defense with 9 tackles. Paul Buxton had a sack, and Andrew Jiminez picked off a pass, in addition to 12GCOV and 2PDEF.  Michael Camburn was perfect on the day, hitting 5 of 5 XP and booting a 32 yard field goal. Kirby Hood punted three times for a 46.00 average, Gerald Mccarthy added a 19 yard kick return, and Jimmy Baker had two punt returns for 23 yards, with a 21 long. 

   The Badiaks struggled, as Robert West went 16-25 for 156, a TD, and a pick passing. Kevin Brown led their ground attack with a 10-42 outing, and receivers Dan Luna and Kevin Schuelke went 4-49 and 4-42 and a TD, respectively. Richard Sexton had 9 tackles, and Robert Springer punted 6 times for a 48.16 average.

 

Team Stats                              Bison          vs        Badiaks

Pass Yards                              393                          156

Yards Per Completion          12.28                         9.75

Yards Per Pass                      10.07                         6.00

Rush Yards                              108                             81

Yards Per Rush                      3.72                         3.85

Offensive Plays                         68                            48

NET Yards                               501                            234

Yards Per Play                        7.36                         4.87

Points                                         38                            10

 

Bison Media Player of the Game: QB Bret Marquez

 

Bison Media Rival of the Game: WR Kevin Schuelke



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50 years ago, my grandfather FreeBundy was part of a small group of owners who were competitive in what was known as League 41 of DeepRoute, a football league that struggled to keep owners and viewers alike. He single-handedly turned around  a failing franchise, but the reason he moved the team to Oklahoma City from Kansas City had been the promise of a new stadium; that stadium never came. He purchased two minor league teams in other sports, with hopes of creating a large enough fortune to build his own multi-sport complex, with all of his remaining funds; baseball's Des Moines Dragons, and hockey's Milwaukee Robins. Both of them failed within the first year of ownership, and to make matters worse, it sunk the Oklahoma City Bison. The League took away the bankrupt Bison, and relocated them to League HQ in Brooklyn, New York. FreeBundy was devastated, and the family had no money. His single son watched as his father spiraled out of control.

 

My father didn't know what to do about his father's despair, so he left home at the age of 18, in 2040. He eventually earned enough money on his own, to go to college. It was there where he met my mother. My father went into oil, and quickly rose the ranks to the top position of one of the finest Texas oil refineries. After some time, I was born, in 2052. Just a few months later, my father abandoned my mother, moving to somewhere in Europe; he told her he "wasn't fit to be a father," and he left most of his fortune to a bank account that would more than support me in my youth. My mother, young and now alone, and having no remaining family of her own, moved from Texas, to the house of FreeBundy, my paternal grandfather. We lived with him in a small apartment in Iowa, where he had once owned his minor league baseball team, and now had a job announcing all of the local high school sports games. It didn't pay well, but it was something. FreeBundy isn't my christian name, but I spent so much time with my grandfather that people started calling me a replica of him. We watched all of the local games together, football, hockey, baseball, basketball, whatever - and he would tell me stories of his GM position, all of the athletes he'd met, etc. I was hooked.

 

My mother remarried when I was 10, but she left me to stay with my grandfather. All of this time, the wealth my father had set aside for me remained untouched in a high interest account, and it was accumulating rapidly. When I was 18, I moved out of my grandfather's home and went to a D3 college, where I tried out for the football team. I didn't make it, as I was very undersized for a lineman, under 6 feet tall and barely 190lbs soaking wet. But this didn't deter my love for the game. I ended up coaching locally for a high school while going to college, and ended up the head coach by the time I graduated at age 23. After three seasons and a state semifinals loss, I regrettably had to move on from the position, as I was advancing through the ranks of my job and no longer had the time for football coaching. I left the company at age 28 to form my own startup company in video production, and lived in L.A. for half a decade, expanding to owning my own record label and being in charge of some of the top movie and TV sets in the world. When I was 33, my grandfather began declining in health, and while I still own my production companies, I took a step away from the daily activities. I moved to Oklahoma City, where the winters would be warmer for my grandfather, and it would be a familiar location for him. In 2086, he passed away at the age of 91, but before he died, he asked me if I ever wanted to own a football team some day. I told him "that would be amazing," and he gave me some contact names for the areas he'd once tried to relocate the Bison to, though most of them were no longer alive. I began investing all of my own time into finding a team to own, and halfway through the 2090 season, the sale went through for me to purchase the struggling Deep Route League 13 Tennessee Titans. If you remember my grandfathers purchase history of the Droids, then this Titans team would be the Droids to my own team. I tried to get a team in Oklahoma City or L.A., but it was much too short of notice for either. I eventually got permission to move the Titans to Boise, Idaho, sharing the field (and famously blue turf) with the Boise State Broncos.

 

This Titans team was 0-5 when I purchased them. I wanted nothing to do with their failing name, and so I asked around about what would be a good representation of the region. Someone suggested I go with a fierce bird or the state bird, and so I put some research into it, and I decided that the Mountain Bluebird would be a good symbol (and it was blue, so it would match Boise's turf). We had a logo sketched up, and I loved it, the bird's beak was wide open and screaming, and the Boise "Ballistic Bluebirds" were here to stay... or so I thought. While I was on the phone ordering jerseys, I accidentally got in a discussion about fierce birds, and I'd once seen an Indigo bunting fight two much larger crows and a blue jay away from a bird feeder in my youth. In the discussion, the person placing my order had a mix up, and wrote down "Buntings" as the team name for the uniform. This would have been fine and all, but there are no Buntings in Idaho. I kept the jerseys through the 2090 season, and the Boise Buntings were born! (though there is a competition running to come up with a more appropriate team name.)



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The new Boise Buntings were immediately transformed when I took the helm of the team. Gone were the losing ways of the Titans, and with them, the prior coaching staff. I hired a former arena football assistant, Mark Montagu, as the interim head coach. Mark and I went way back to my high school coaching career; after leaving the arena league, he coached his son's high school team, and his final high school season was my first season. The next year, he recruited two of my players to go to a D-II school, and we remained in contact ever since. 

 

Along with the coaching staff, I severed ties with a few different players before the move from Tennessee. Rookie and 2090 4th round selection Danny Ingram hadn't seen the field in the regular season, and while the kid had heart, it seemed he would never be more than a 3rd string option. LB Derek Ogden had been drafted by the Titans in the 6th round of 2089, and while he hadn't seen any preseason action in either of his two offseasons, he did manage to make it on the field 7 times in 4 games during his rookie season, recording no stats. In 2087, the Titans franchise (then located in Fresno, California) drafted guard James Mckinney, and he only saw the field in four 2090 preseason games and 1 2090 regular season game. RB James Mclean had been with the team since 2088, for their first season in Tennessee, and he played in 32 games over the 2.3 years he was there, rushing 346 times for 1163 yards and 10 TDs. However, he managed only 16 rushing yards through 4 2090 games. 

 

This team didn't have a punter or kicker on it when I took over. I quickly signed undrafted rookies Tyler Mohler of Kansas and Steven Pippin of McGill to take those respective roles. I also added two rookie WRs who had been cut from their teams, Glen Peery, a 7th round pick by the Texas StormTroopers out of St. Mary's Canada, and Russell Speaker, a 7th round pick by the Winnipeg Panthers out of Tennessee. (They both would combine for 1 reception, 12 yards, and a TD on 12 plays over 4 games.) UDFA TE John Testerman of Clemson was signed as well, but he was never active before being released during the playoffs. Over the remaining games, RB Mike Knuth was signed and later released, rushing 16 times for 42 yards and 2TDs in 6 games played. UDFA Gene Krahulec was picked up when starting FB Steven Taylor was lost to injury, and he rushed for 15 yards on 4 carries in his lone regular season game.

 

We started off hot, beating the Texas StormTroopers, New World Forsaken, Kansas City Chiefs, and L.A. Conquistadors over a 4 game home stretch, and added a 5th consecutive win in Cleveland over the Browns, igniting a passionate Boise fanbase. The Winnipeg Panthers and San Francisco Hell defeated us in back to back weeks, and we were down to 5-7, with an outside shot at the playoffs. We finished the season on a 4 game win streak, but to make the playoffs, it came down to division rival Cleveland needing to lose to the Venus Velocity. Venus won it! Boise was going to the playoffs!

 

Quarterback Robert Rinke was on fire. He went 19 of 29 for 220 yards and 2 TDs in a 27-24 Wild Card round victory over the Dayton Cheesemongers, and 25 of 37 for 283 and a TD in the divisional round at the #2 seed Leonia Lions, contributing to the 22-15 upset. And the wild card Gary Train Wrecks beat the 1 seed, making the Democratic Conference Championship being played in Boise! Rinke finished with 286 yards, 2TDs, and a pick, but it wasn't enough, and the Buntings fell 24-21 in overtime. 

 

2090 was a huge first step for me and this young franchise. But my grandfather also experienced similar early success, and I knew where that had gotten him. Boise had been a great team in 2090, but big changes were coming for 2091.



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excerpt from the April 1st, 2091 Idaho Statesman

Join Our 'Herd'

-Dan Huttenback, lead sports columnist, Boise, Idaho

 

The Boise football team carried us through highs and lows in 2090, giving us an exciting first season of professional football, and culminating in an overtime loss in the Democratic Conference Championship, just minutes from being able to taste a league championship game. Owner/GM FreeBundy noticed how much the region - not just Boise, not just Idaho, but the entire American West - caught on to the team, and he decided to reward us with a mascot much more fitting to the region. Gone are the Boise Buntings, who in truth, were born of a data entry error at the jersey manufacturers. In - and coming at the gentle price of $90M for the rights of the trademark - come the Boise Bison, who now share the name, mascot, and uniform of the early Oklahoma City Bison, a team of a different league who were owned by a relative of our owner. The Bison have invited us to become a part of "The Herd," which consists of every player, coach, and fan of the team. "We all were in this together last season, the team, the fans - we felt the support of everyone, and it was just such an exciting time," said Bison QB Robert Rinke, embracing the new mascot. 

 

The Bison also hit free agency hard, signing 15 players to contracts totaling $71.25M over 46 salary years. We'll detail more about them later in the week as the later rounds of free agency continue, leading up to our draft breakdown special.



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excerpt from the April 29th, 2091 Idaho Statesman

 

Bison Draft 7 Prospects

-Dan Huttenback, lead sports columnist, Boise, Idaho

 

Last week Thursday, at approximately 9:30 PM local time, the Boise Bison grabbed Stanford TE Donald Saulino 30th overall. Saulino is a raw prospect, but he's strong as an ox, and is quick off the ball. Saulino won the John Mackey Award as the nation's best collegiate tight end in a year that was rather unimpressive at the position; Saulino posted 53 receptions for 535 yards and 3TDs in his last season with the Cardinal. During his junior year, he was the runner up for the Mackey, hauling in a much better 68 receptions for 751 yards and 9TDs. He's more of a pick for the future than to improve the current state of the team.

 

On Friday the 27th, the Bison selected CB Alberto Oliver and WR Larry Dodge. Both selections were odd, as the team is stacked with raw talent at both positions, but apparently they don't feel strong at either position. Oliver needs work all around, but he dominated in D II with Missouri Southern, hauling in 11 interceptions in his two years with the team (he was the JUCO player of the year for the 2098-99 season, but chose immediate starting time at Missouri Southern over other offers that would place the then-junior near the bottom of depth charts). Larry Dodge was 2nd-team All-SEC, demonstrating great hands and leaping abilities, and while he's not fast and won't beat you off of the ball, he's a good possession receiver. Dodge finished his collegiate career at Alabama with 85 receptions for 991 yards and 10 TDs, with his senior season consisting of 35 for 468 and 5TDs.

 

Then the Bison concluded their draft yesterday. They selected another CB oddly, in Kevin Yandell of Southern Miss. Yandell started his career at Texas, but was the 12th and 11th options at CB the first two years there. After sitting out a year due to transfer rules, he debuted with Southern Miss in 2089 as the #4 CB. He was still #4 for his senior season, where he recorded his only 2 interceptions. He needs some work in tackling, and his coverage against any type of real competition is terrible. 

 

The 5th round yielded Auburn OT Raymond Garland. Garland was ineligible to play for the 2091 season due to accepting a gift from a booster, so he entered the draft a year early. He's strong, but lacks proper technique. If anything, he'll be a solid backup someday.

 

6th round selection WR Marcus Gibson isn't even 20 yet. Gibson graduated high school a year and a half early, and enrolled early at Nebraska. His freshman season - when he was just turning 17 - was phenomenal, and he hauled in 34 receptions for 561 yards and 7TDs in the first 4 games. He then ended up suspended for the entirety of the Big Ten portion of the season because he was caught drinking underage twice. He returned for a bowl game, catching 1 pass for 9 yards in a loss to Kansas State. His sophomore year was ruined early. He separated his shoulder on the first play of the spring game, and missed valuable time to adjust to the new Nebraska QB. He then partially tore his ACL in a July practice, and decided not to have surgery immediately. Hampered by his injury, Gibson managed 4 catches in the first 4 games, gaining just 16 yards. In the Big Ten opener at Minnesota, he turned awkwardly while running an incorrect route, and ended up tearing his ACL the rest of the way. He remained "active" for the next week at Penn State, but didn't see the field, and underwent surgery, missing the remaining 6 games. He returned last year for late August practices, but was buried on the depth chart, and struggled to find favor under a new head coaching regime. Gibson primarily spent time as the #6 receiver on the depth chart, and caught 9 of the 13 passes attempted towards him for 37 yards. Instead of transferring his final year of eligibility, Gibson went to the draft at just 19 years old, finishing his collegiate career of 23 games with just 47 receptions for 614 yards and 7TDs. He hasn't fully recovered from his ACL injury, and likely never will.

 

7th round pick DT Javier August is almost 24. A Texas A&M-Commerce grad, August spent two years in the U.S. Army before going to college, and while he has a great work ethic and is a tremendous weight lifter, his two years off from football left him quite rusty technique wise, and he never had adequate coaching to make up for it. August put up 33 bench reps at the Dallas-Ft. Worth regional combine. 



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Twitter, August 9th, 2091. @espn

 

@LeoniaLions trade WR Fred Kelly & RB Thomas Cochrane to @BZEBison for WR Jack Artis CB Alberto Oliver & CB Pedro Shover. #WinWin



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excerpt from Sports Illustrated DeepRoute Preview Issue, August 2091

 

Boise Bison

 

2090 Record: 9-7, 1st in Democratic East, lost in Democratic Championship round

 

Projected Starters (2090 Stats)

 

QB Robert Rinke, 3604 Yards, 24TD, 15INT, 61.2%

RB Thomas Cochrane, 153 Yards, 3.3 AVG, 0TD Leonia Lions

WR Frederick Kelly, 68 Rec, 990Yds, 9TD Leonia Lions

WR Luis Totino 46 Rec, 612Yds, 7TD

TE Kenneth Hollway 15Rec, 166Yds, 0TD

LT Landon Glasgow

LG Clayton Trujillo

C Kevin Morris

RG Robert Wartenberg

RT Jeremy Goodrich Somerville Speed Demons

 

DE Harry Solomon 7 tackles, 1 sack Dayton Cheesemongers

DT Harold Lee 39 tackles, 15 sacks

DT Robert Stinnett 42 tackles, 6 sacks

DE Christopher Irani, 44 tackles, 10 sacks Winnipeg Panthers

SLB John Marzili 65 tackles, 1 sack, 1 INT

MLB Alan Mccully no statistics, Gary Train Wrecks

WLB Louis Copeland 4 tackles

CB Lawrence Rodriguez 4INT, 1TD

CB Al Nolan 2 FF

FS Manuel Mayo 46 tackles, 2INT

SS Chris Godfrey 59 tackles, 2 sacks, 4INT

 

K Tyler Mohler 11/14 FG, 52 Long

P Jacob Amoe last played in 2087 for Buffalo Wings

 

*indicates 2090 Pro Bowl

italics denote new acquisition, team acquired from

 

Key Draft Picks: TE Donald Saulino (1st Round), DT Javier August (7th Round)

 

Key Additions: DE Christopher Irani (10 sacks), WR Frederick Kelly (990 Yds, 9TD)

 

Key Losses: CB Pedro Shover (was projected starter before trade) WR Jack Artis (2090 3rd overall pick) KR Henry Doss (21.6 AVG) S Steve Lamontagne (40 tackles, 2 sacks) RB William Clarke (462 Yards) RB Timothy Kelly (419 Yards, 4TD)



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2091 Boise Bison Regular Season Schedule

Week           Opponent                

1                   Kansas City Chiefs                                  

2                   Cleveland Browns                                   

3                    at Iowa Hornets                                    

4                    at Venus Velocity

5                    at Hyrule Warriors

6                    Seattle Sea Dogs

7                    New World Forsaken

8                    Gary Train Wrecks

9                    Santa Cruz Heat

10                  at Cleveland Browns

11                  Somerville Speed Demons

12                  at Chicago Weasels

13                  Venus Velocity

14                   at Dayton Cheesemongers

15                   at Las Vegas War Pigs

16                   at New World Forsaken






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