Coming off a championship season, expectations have been high for the 2009 Buffalo Bandits. A 5-0 start gave fans reason to believe before a loss in Philadelphia last week shattered hopes of an undefeated season. Back home for the first time in a month, the Bandits had to make a statement and were placed behind the 8-ball when the schedule-makers gave them a game against the Toronto Rock, a team that Buffalo has historically struggled to beat. However, fate, and a 17-point effort by fan favorite Mark Steenhuis as well as some stifling defense turned the 8-ball around as the Bandits jumped out to a 3-0 lead enroute to a 25-10 total domination of the visiting Rock.
The Bandits weren't all that was in dominating form as the NLL's premier dance squad, the Buffalo Bandettes put on a big show dancing to songs like Bon Jovi's "We Got It Going On" as well as a new routine that had guys in the stands close to fainting. The Bandettes put in a long day as they were at the Arena at midday to not only work on not only perfecting their own routines but to work with their Jr Bandettes to start getting them ready for their performance at the March 28th game against the New York Titans.
Coming up next, after the Bandits make a road trip to Toronto next week, the Bandits and Bandettes are back at HSBC Arena on February 28th to face off against the Swarm, a team they squeaked out a 10-9 win against in Minnesota last month. The Buffalo Bandettes will again be putting in a long day as they will again be working with their Jr Bandettes and then making it to the Arena for the game. Prior to the game, the 2009 Bandettes posters are expected to be available and if they are, we can expect to see the Bandettes at the top of the east bank of escalators ready to autograph them from shortly after 6pm until just before 7pm. Be sure to arrive early as the Bandettes will have to leave the autograph area by 7 so as to get ready for their pregame performance.