Hope appears out of the ruins for local sports fans [1:57 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'Genuine hope in the Bills and Sabres appears to be making a resurgence after being absent from one or both for far too long. There’s a sense recently that Buffalo can claw its way from the depths of sports irrelevancy. In a refreshing departure from the past, the Bills and Sabres appear committed to winning rather than taking your money.'
Ralph Wilson made right call in wake of JFK's death [1:56 AM]
Rochester D&C reports: 'It was Buffalo Bills owner Ralph Wilson who did grasp the magnitude of the moment. According to the book Relentless, by my colleague Sal Maiorana, Wilson was the first AFL owner to call off a game in the wake of JFK's death and his fellow owners each followed suit.'
Bills’ Searcy catches Marrone’s eye [4:51 AM]
Buffalo News reports: '“I think he’s a good safety,” Marrone said. “Obviously we have Aaron and Jairus back there. I think if something happened to one of them and we put Da’Norris back there, I’d be very fine with that. I wouldn’t be like, ‘What are we going to do? We have to get them healthy.’ But he is an outstanding dime complement for us.”'
Bills playoff chances merit some consideration [4:50 AM]
Medina Journal Register reports: 'It's all incredibly optimistic, I know. But take a look at the rest of the AFC, and it's easy to see how 9-7 gets in. The No. 6 seed is currently at 5-5, co-shared by the inconsistent Jets and the Incognito-marred Dolphins. Other than that, it's between San Diego, Cleveland, Baltimore, Pittsburgh, Oakland and Tennessee, all at 4-6. And the Bills.'
Wilson convinced peers to do right thing after JFK's death [4:49 AM]
Rochester Business Journal reports: '"To me, the decision was a no-brainer," Wilson told me several years ago. "It was a slam-dunk that we shouldn't play. Fortunately (AFL commissioner) Joe Foss and his assistant (Milt Woodard) agreed with me. Some of my fellow owners were on the fence at first, hemming and hawing, but I was resolute in my decision. Had the commissioner forced us to play, I probably would have taken a forfeit-and we were in the playoff hunt at the time. That's how strongly I felt about it."'
Kiko heads Bills' list of promising rookies [4:48 AM]
AP reports: '"That's just people from the outside looking in because it hasn't been easy at all," Alonso said. "I prepare in practice just so I can perform well. Whatever comes along with it, rewards or whatever, is great. That's what I prepare for, to perform really well."'
Carpenter in position for Bills best kicking season [4:47 AM]
BuffaloBills.com reports: '“Everyone’s been great here, very welcoming. My wife and I love it here. We’ve had fun so far enjoying Buffalo,” Carpenter said. “Just going to take this one kick, one game at a time and try to keep this going.”'
Bills on pace for franchise sack mark [4:46 AM]
BuffaloBills.com reports: '“I’ve never been one to consider high sack totals a positive stat,” said Pettine back in June. “Wins first and foremost, to me it’s wins and points. I’m not even a big fan of the way the NFL ranks defenses. I always thought it should be some type of index that takes into account takeaways and points and those type of things.”'
Bills look to get running game back in gear [1:59 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'The Bills’ next three opponents – Atlanta, Tampa Bay and Jacksonville – rank 30th, ninth and 32nd, respectively, against the run heading into Week 12.'
Falling Bills fan raises questions of employment law [1:58 AM]
Business First of Buffalo reports: 'While the average worker may believe they have rights related to their employment, Wicka said unless they are part of a union, or have a specific employment contract, they are employed at the discretion of their employer.'
Bills rookie Kiko Alonso has arrived [1:57 AM]
ESPN reports: 'Although Alonso could prove his football knowledge, he still had to answer for his two arrests. "I just said that I made mistakes," Alonso said last week. "I just moved on. I'm not going to make that mistake again. I'm just smarter, and I know I have to be smarter."'
Upon Further Review: Bills vs Jets [1:56 AM]
WGR-AM reports: 'Following the worst game of his young career, rookie EJ Manuel (67, 5, 3.3) enjoyed the best game of his season to this point. Casting the hesitation and premature decision making aside for the most part, Manuel helped shut the door on the New York Jets even when they thought they were getting back into the game.'
Bills fan has a hard fall from grace [1:35 PM]
Niagara Gazette reports: 'You’ve received a hard lesson, at your own hand, but there’s a strong possibility that it could be your most important lesson. Lastly, during this public humiliation, you will learn who your friends are. They will understand what we all inherently know but often forget — that while there are many of us who would have never done anything as wild and risky as what you did, we likely all know and care about at least one other person who might.'
Depth, rush schemes put Bills on pace for team sacks record [1:59 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'Their 37 sacks lead the league and they already have surpassed last year’s total by one.'
Former Bills receiver Reed among 25 Hall of Fame semifinalists [1:58 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'The Hall on Wednesday night released the results of voting that brought a preliminary list of 126 down to 25. The 25 semifinalists will be narrowed to a list of 15 finalists in early January. Reed has been one of the 15 modern-era finalists for induction seven years in a row.;
Fan who fell at Buffalo Bills game to face criminal charges [1:57 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'There was no indication what charges he will face.'
Bills sign OT Unga off Ravens practice squad [1:56 AM]
AP reports: 'At 6-foot-5 and 320 pounds, Unga was first signed by the Ravens as an undrafted rookie free agent out of Midwestern State, where he earned first-team Lone Star Conference honors last season.'
Marrone preaches staying smart to young Bills team during bye [1:55 AM]
WGR-AM reports: '"Absolutely. And we addressed that today in the team meeting," he said. "We gave them some examples of what's gone on with some things on the bye week. We talked about how important it is for our focus. We talked about now we're going back out, leaving an atmosphere of quite a bit of structure from during the season, and going back out there, keeping the structure and being careful."'
Bills sign OT J.J. Unga, moving him to guard [1:54 AM]
WGR-AM reports: 'Unga comes to the Bills from the Baltimore Ravens practice squad, where he's spent the entire 2013 regular season. The 6-foot-5, 320-pound lineman is an undrafted rookie out of Midwestern State, and spent training camp with the Ravens before being released and signed on to their practice roster.'
Bills add offensive tackle [1:53 AM]
BuffaloBills.com reports: 'Unga (6’5” 320) signed with the Ravens as an undrafted college free agent this past May. He was released during final cuts, but was promptly signed to Baltimore’s practice squad where he has spent the entire 2013 season.'
Doug Marrone: ''All of our focus is going to be on winning'' [1:52 AM]
BuffaloBills.com reports: 'We talked about the mindset when they come back, we as coaches we’ve been able to look back at a lot of things and it’s tough to sit here with a smile when we look back and some of the opportunities that we’ve had. It’s like going through and reliving those things. We still have a large portion of games in front of us.'
EJ Manuel: ''I love our rookie class'' [1:51 AM]
BuffaloBills.com reports: 'When we get back it’s going to be all business, and we understand we have to come back ready to play.'
Kiko Alonso tackling rookie year like a pro [1:59 AM]
Buffalo News reports: '“I’ll tell you what, his effort is unbelievable,” said Bills coach Doug Marrone. “All of a sudden he gets cut-blocked, he gets up and makes a play. … Really the instincts are getting better and better.”'
At least 39 spectators have fallen at stadiums in last decade [1:58 AM]
Buffalo News reports: '“This is the first one that I have seen where someone slid down a railing in the stands” before falling, Penza said.'
Bills fan who fell from upper deck banned [1:57 AM]
Rochester D&C reports: '"It was kind of crazy," Savidge said. "The fact that he fell on that other guy kind of cushioned him."'
Buffalo Bills fan seen in video fall loses his job [1:56 AM]
AP reports: 'Hopkins hasn't responded to a phone message left at his home Tuesday.'
Bills' Dareus, Williams realizing potential as a pair [1:55 AM]
WGR-AM reports: '"I told Kyle I want us to be the best defensive tackle duo in the NFL, and I'm pretty sure nobody is close," said Dareus boldly. "That's our goal."'
Dominant D and a Bounce Back QB [1:54 AM]
WGR-AM reports: 'Geno Smith entered the game with 13 interceptions and 3 fumbles. He's a turnover machine. He's the gift that keeps on giving...and boy oh boy did he give.'
Bills release DB Justin Rogers [1:53 AM]
BuffaloBills.com reports: 'Buffalo’s former seventh-round pick in 2011, Rogers struggled when pressed into a starting role earlier this season at boundary cornerback against the Jets in a 28-20 loss back in Week 3. The reserve cornerback appeared in the first five games of the season, but as the injury-riddled secondary got healthier, Rogers playing time disappeared.'
From the booth: Jets at Bills [1:52 AM]
BuffaloBills.com reports: 'In the Jets game, he finished with 13 carries for 6 yards, thanks to five carries that produced zero or fewer yards. The perception among some is that Spiller is creating his own problems by bouncing runs outside, but while that may have been the case against the Steelers, it was not against the Jets.'
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