Monday afternoon the San Francisco Bulls announced that they would cease operations immediately. They only played 40 games of their second season. The attendance reports are there on the ECHL site for anyone to see, like the catastrophic vitals of a terminal patient. The resounding silence of their marketing campaign, so boisterous last season, had been humming like a flatline tone since October. The surprise is not that the Bulls failed, but that they survived for so long in such a condition. On the ice, the team was stronger than before, but it didn’t show up in their final stats. That was a detail that only those who watched the games would know. Those viewers were too few, but as the link above shows, they were enthusiastic.
The Alaska Aces may not be the runaway ECHL points leaders they were last season, but they still occupy a special, dark place in the hearts of the San Francisco Bulls and their fans. Last weekend’s trio of games at the Cow Palace did little to change that. Despite a stunning comeback from the Bulls in the middle game, the Bulls only earned two points in three games. Continue reading →
The San Francisco Bulls will play three games in three days between Thursday and Saturday, all against the Alaska Aces, and all at the Cow Palace. They should be interesting games.
Since their three-game sweep of the Utah Grizzlies (December 18 to 21), the Alaska Aces haven’t lost two games in a row. They also haven’t won two in row. Their road record isn’t as daunting as their home record: they have won 8 of 14 on the road, compared to 11 wins in 16 home games. The Bulls have only won four of their last ten games, and earned points in two more. All of that might be irrelevant in light of the number of changes to the Bulls’ lineup. Continue reading →