Bonnies, Bruins, David, Goliath

The Bona-Nation is thrilled to be included in the NCAA Division I basketball tournament this year. We haven’t forgotten two seasons ago, when the Bonnies were unceremoniously shafted by “the committee.” We won’t complain about being relegated to an 11-seed play-in game.  We’re in. We’re dancing!

We’re dancing in Dayton against the Bruins of UCLA.  The Bonnies are gritty, tireless and talented. They can win this. In some ways, it will be redemption for what might have happened 48 years ago.  In 1970, the Brown Indians of Bonas were cruising toward the Final Four behind the strength of Bob Lanier. In the West, John Wooden’s UCLA Bruins were coasting toward the final rounds in a field of just 25 teams.  A Bonnies-Bruins showdown seemed inevitable.

Against Jacksonville in the semifinals, Lanier blew out his knee. Jacksonville defeated the Bonnies, earning the right to play UCLA in the finals. UCLA won.

Then, as now, it would have been a true David vs. Goliath story. Before entering into battle with the giant, David, a young and lowly sheepherder, explained  how he defeated lion and bear to rescue his sheep. The Bonnies have also vanquished some vicious opponents this year, and are ready to take on the giant, the UCLA Bruins. These are a few stats to chew on.

UCLA Bruins

45,482 students (Undergrad and Graduate)

Seasons: 99 (1919-20 to 2017-18)

Record: 1873-839 .691 W-L%

28-2 .933 W-L% (1st of 196)
Conference: 12-2, 1st in Pac-8
Coach: John Wooden (28-2)
The Bruins were led by forward Sidney Wicks, John Vallely and Henry Bibby.


St. Bonaventure Bonnies

2,100 students (Undergrad and Graduate)

Seasons: 98 (1919-20 to 2017-18)

Record: 1343-1021 .568 W-L%

25-3 .893 W-L% (7th of 196)
Conference: Ind.
Coach: Larry Weise (25-3)

In NCAA Tourney, they beat Davidson, NC State and Villanova to reach the Final Four.

After Bob Lanier, who averaged 29.1 points and 16 rebounds per game, blew out his knee, the Bonnies lost to Jacksonville (led by 7’1” Artis Gilmore) in the semi-final game.

Had the Bonnies won, they would have faced John Wooden’s UCLA Bruins.



At hand, we have a confrontation between the Bonnies and Steve Alford’s Bruins, favored by 3 points. Are they ready to slay the bear?




Author: The Atomic Kitchen

Kerry Gleason is a mad scientist-turned-food-writer who never quite learned the message, "Don't play with your food." Now, he's encouraging you to do the same. The Atomic Kitchen tries to explain the science behind cooking in poetic terms. "Cooking is poetry," he says, "with food instead of words. There is structure and rules, which can be stretched and broken. With The Atomic Kitchen, I'm exploring some of those rules to help readers become more creative cooks." Even before writing the press releases that made Wendy's "Where's the Beef?" campaign a worldwide phenomenon, he had won marginal prizes for recipe submissions and food articles. Since, he has worked with more than 100 restaurant owners, chefs and caterers to market their businesses. From 2003-2007, he originated and ran the Tuesday Night Supper Club, allowing participants to sample the finest cuisine in Rochester and Buffalo, N.Y. He's a past member of the National Association of Science Writers. The author of two feature-length screenplays, Mr. Gleason won the Buffalo Niagara Film Festival award for Best Screenplay in 2009 for NORTH STAR: THE LIFE OF FREDERICK DOUGLASS. He has since written ANGELS & ENEMIES, a supernatural suspense novel, that features some of the most unusual food selections in literary history.

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