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Not sure what was more surprising, Conor McGregor lasting nine-plus rounds vs. Floyd Mayweather or the season finale of HBO’s Game of Thrones. Either way, the fight of the century and show of summer are over, and it’s time to focus on the real business at hand.

College Football is back! As are this week’s Buff Bites.

RASHAAN SALAAM’S NO. 19 TO BE RETIRED

In the 127-year history of Colorado Football, only three numbers have been retired. This fall there will be a fourth. The University of Colorado announced it will retire the late Rashaan Salaam’s No. 19 in a ceremony during CU’s homecoming game against California on October 28.

‘THE 12 GREATEST’ BUFFS

As Colorado’s first and only Heisman Trophy winner, Salaam is often considered among the best players to ever don the black and gold for the Buffs. Saturday, the Pac-12 Network debuted a new series Saturday called ‘The 12 Greatest,’ showcasing the 12 greatest football players from each Pac-12 institution over 12 episodes. Salaam checked in at number five on the Pac-12 Network’s list of greatest Buffs, which was compiled by former players, coaches and media members. You can check out the entire show here.

THESE AREN’T LAST YEARS RAMS!

What happened to the Colorado State team the Buffs beat 44-7 last season? In case you didn’t notice, that team from Fort Collins put a 58-27 beat down on Oregon State to open their 2017 campaign Saturday. The Westgate Superbook in Las Vegas noticed.

After opening as eight-point favorites, the Buffs are now favored by only 4 ½ against their in-state rivals. As you can imagine, after their impressive win over a Pac-12 opponent, quite a few CSU fans are letting it be known that this year’s Rocky Mountain Showdown will be different.

I could be wrong, but wasn’t it ‘The Notorious’ Conor McGregor who talked more trash before Saturday’s fight? Let’s see how this strategy works out for you Rams Nation. Don’t have tickets? You can watch the game at 6pm MT on Pac-12 Network.

ROCKY MOUNTAIN SHOWDOWN RUMOR

CU and CSU aren’t scheduled to play each other after 2020, which will end a 26-year run of the Rocky Mountain Showdown. But rumor has it fans won’t have to wait that long to see these Centennial state schools clash. CSU athletic director Joe Parker told Buffzone.com’s Brian Howell that he and CU athletic director Rick George “really have a strong verbal commitment” for a home-and-home series in 2023 and 2024.

NEVER STOP RISING

Last year, the University of Colorado’s Emmy Award winning sports video department brought us ‘The Rise,’ a six-part series inside the 2016 Colorado Football program. Based on the teaser video from the tweet below, ‘Never Stop Rising’ might be even better.

WE HAVE AN INSTAGRAM ACCOUNT, AND IT’S GLORIOUS!

Yes, it’s true. Check us out and give us a follow. And if you don’t like any of the posts, please direct your complaints to Sam Metivier (@sam_metiver). Sorry Sam!

FEAST YOUR EYES ON THIS BILL

Former Buffs offensive lineman David Bakhtiari and some of his Green Bay Packers’ teammates hit up the Capital Grille in Denver last Friday before taking on the Broncos. The bill (seen below) came to a whopping $33,696.99, sales tax included, all of which the Packers’ rookies had to pay.

A close examination of the bill reveals seven bottles of 2010 Chateau Lafite Rothschild, which retail for about $1,000 per bottle, but the Packers’ first-year players were charged $2,700 each/$18,900 total. Ouch! Biggest question I have is who ordered the wedge salad? Oh, and In case you’re wondering, the Broncos defeated the Packers 20-17 the next day.

One more note before I go. All of us at here at the Ralphie Report are praying for those in the Houston, Texas and surrounding areas affected by Hurricane Harvey. Stay safe! Our thoughts are will you.

To donate to the relief efforts, visit www.redcross.org.