The Budd Bay Buffaloes have been competing in USA Rugby’s Pacific Northwest Region club competitions since 1998. With the addition of women's team in 2004, we have been growing the sport for all genders and introducing rugby to boys and girls through our youth programs. We strive to grow the sport we love, building community along the way.
LEGEND OF THE BUFFALO
The great American buffalo is often associated with being a beast of the Great Plains, but dating back to time immemorial their native range extended all the way to the shores of Puget Sound. Legend, as it has been passed down through local oral history, describes a particularly fierce band of buffalo in Western Washington.
According to these tales, this band was tromping through the foothills of the Cascades when an early fall storm caught the herd off guard. A fairly young male was separated from the group in almost whiteout conditions. The young bull hunkered down through the night. When the sun rose, he found himself surrounded by a group of famished wolves. Without the protection of his herd, the inexperienced bull had to defend himself. He battled for his survival and gored at least two of the wolves, but through the snarls and howls the young bull lost an eye. After more than an hour of fighting in the snow he could not fight off the seven wolves. When this bull thought all was lost, the rest of the herd arrived to drive the wolves away. One large stampede and the buffalo was safe. The herd never left him behind and was searching through the night.
This young buffalo became known as Parker, the one-eyed patron saint of rugby in the South Sound.