October 1, 1991 -- Happy birthday to the Buffalo Bandits.
The Bandits came into being on this day. The team was created as an expansion team in the Major Indoor Lacrosse League. The team colors were black, orange and white. They were placed in the National Division with Detroit, Boston and Pittsburgh, while New York, Philadelphia and Baltimore were in the American Division.
Why were the Bandits created? Mostly because of the age of Memorial Auditorium. The Buffalo Sabres were anxious to create interest for a new building. They believed one way to do that was to set up events that could fill up dates in the building. The Blizzard soccer team was part of that strategy, and the Bandits were another.
Since then, the team has won four championships and set attendance records, as well as sparking interest in lacrosse. You'd have to say it worked out well.
For more on the Bandits' first season, click here.
--- Budd Bailey