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Started by Armorbeast, December 09, 2019, 08:30:16 am

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December 09, 2019, 08:30:16 am Last Edit: December 10, 2019, 01:44:39 am by Armorbeast

Thunder Bay Buffaloes

The Toronto Lumberjacks began as a team called the Tonawanda Kardex Lumbermen in the US state of New York in 1913. It relocated to Toronto after 1921 when it was purchased by the Toronto Amateur Athletic Club and there it merged with the Toronto Rowing and Athletic Association as part of the USA-AFL. This new team would be called the Toronto Lumberjacks and rather than release the players it no longer needed, it would split into a Tier One franchise and a Tier Two franchise called the Toronto Buffaloes using the logo used to promote the Tonawanda Kardex team. With so little competition, the Lumberjacks wanted to ensure they had adequate competition until 1941 when the USA-AFL ordered that it liquidate the Buffaloes.

The Lumberjacks had been proven to cheat in its games with the Buffaloes to guarantee victories in the Canadian Division of the AFL Conference. As punishment, the USA-AFL stripped the Lumberjacks of their Buffaloes team and sold it to investors giving birth to the Thunder Bay Buffaloes. Both teams would claim the Tonawanda Kardex as a legacy team but the Buffaloes retained rights to its logo which featured a blue, gray and white buffalo. To capitalize on this conflict between the Lumberjacks and Buffaloes, the USA-AFL ordered them to pay for a trophy they would play for annually for bragging rights. To further legitimize itself as a franchise, the Buffaloes would purchase the Buffalo Bisons in 1929 and set itself apart from the Lumberjacks permanently.

Buffalo NY would be an important market for American football and the Buffaloes would establish a strong relationship with the city establishing a legacy going back into the 1800's through them. The Bisons were a franchise whose owners and players extend back to teams like the Buffalo Oakdales, the Cazenovias, Lancaster Malleables and the Buffalo Semi-Pro Football League. They were known as the Buffalo All-Stars from 1915 to 1917, Buffalo Niagaras in 1918, the Buffalo Prospects in 1919, Buffalo All-Americans from 1920-1923, Buffalo Bisons from 1924-1925, (1927 and 1929 also) and the Buffalo Rangers in 1926. Through the acquisition of the Bisons, the Thunder Bay Buffaloes also gained several championships and renewed several players contracts that had formerly played for the team.

Thunder Bay would dominate the Canadian Division of the AFC Conference and make it to the AFC Championship in 1940 only to lose in the final minutes of the game. They would next try to purchase the Buffalo Bills of the AAFC and would be outbid by South Dakota. This created another rivalry for the Buffaloes as the future South Dakota Stampede had decided to resolve disputes arising from the purchase on the field.


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