Most basketball fans understand March Madness. Sixty-eight teams from 31 conferences competing in 67 total games. It’s the Sweet Sixteen, Elite Eight, Final Four and ultimately one National Champion.
To be a Bonnie means March Madness is a whole lot crazier this year. It’s 707 miles and nearly 12 hours of travel each way. It’s two days of skipped classes and $63 for a game ticket. It’s five people packed in a tiny car and eight into a low-rent hotel room and innumerable bank accounts drained, all for one game.
Many people probably think that is a little dramatic. But most people don’t know what it means to be a Bonnie.
For most basketball fans, St. Bonaventure is a Catholic university in Western New York. It’s a liberal arts school with around 2,000 students. It’s cold, snowy and in the middle of nowhere. It had a good basketball program in the ‘70s and a huge scandal in the 2000s. It’s a team that hasn’t done much in a while.