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Buffalo Bills News - February 5, 2005

Marker Tagliabue tackles TV, LA franchise and minority hiring issues [5:33 AM]
AP reports: 'Tagliabue also noted the NFL might stage a game that counts outside U.S. borders. The league is considering a game in Mexico or Canada, perhaps as soon as the upcoming schedule. Prime candidates to sacrifice a game in their home stadium would be the Cardinals for Mexico or the Bills for Canada, although Tagliabue mentioned no specific teams.'

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February 4, 2005

Marker Interview: Jack Kemp [9:31 PM]
Sports Fan Magazine reports: 'Oh, no! Do you have a rooting interest here? Are you an Eagles fan?
JK: I’m a Pats fan. I’m a Tom Brady guy. I love the Eagles—my son played for the Eagles—but I think Tom Brady is about as close to Joe Montana as you will see.'

Marker Bills sign six to pacts [8:52 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'Palafox, 26, is the only player who previously spent time with the Bills. He was signed last spring out of Angelo State but was released before training camp.'

Marker Chicago Bears hire Rusty Jones as strength, conditioning coordinator [7:26 AM]
AP reports: 'Jones has worked with the Buffalo Bills since 1985, spending 19 years as their strength and conditioning coordinator before being promoted to Buffalo's director of physical development and assistant to the head coach before last season.'

February 3, 2005

Marker Bills sign six free agents [5:37 PM]
AP reports: 'The Buffalo Bills Thursday signed six free agents and allocated all to participate in NFL Europe.'

Marker Bears hire Jones as strength and conditioning coordinator [5:23 PM]
ChicagoBears.com reports: 'The Bears on Thursday hired 20-year NFL veteran Rusty Jones as strength and conditioning coordinator.'

Marker Bills Sign Six Free Agents [3:36 PM]
BuffaloBills.com reports: 'The Bills today announced that the team has signed linebacker Kellen Brantley, tight end/long snapper Mike Gomez, defensive back Jonathon Palafox, kicker Owen Pochman, quarterback Kevin Thompson, and wide receiver LaDaris Vann.'

Marker Kemp: Brady can parlay popularity into politics [6:40 AM]
New York Newsday reports: 'Kemp had even fewer believers; he was a 17th-round draft choice who was cut by three NFL teams and had the queasy and humbling experience of being dumped by the Canadian league. None of those setbacks broke the spirit of an eternal optimist, who saw the newly formed American Football League as another chance in 1960. He started with the San Diego Chargers, who lost the first two AFL title games, then joined the Buffalo Bills, who won a pair of championships with a quarterback who didn't ring up big numbers but was clever and could always be counted on when the situation grew tense.'

February 2, 2005

Marker Two lawyers late paying their Bar dues [6:57 AM]
Miami Herald reports: 'Dorothy Doretha McNeil, 27, gave birth to Bria Andrea McGahee on Jan. 17 at North Shore Hospital. She says McGahee is the daddy. She dated him from January to May '04, according to court papers filed by attorney Gabriel Martin. No word on who represents McGahee.'

Marker Distraction factor overblown, Levy says [6:04 AM]
Chicago Sun Times reports: '"What killed us was the takeaway-giveaway ratio,'' Levy said. "We won it in every playoff game, but when we got to the Super Bowl, we lost it. So we started stressing it in practice. Maybe we stressed it too much.'''

Marker Levy's record improves with history [6:02 AM]
Toronto Globe & Mail reports: 'The most curious thing is happening to the man who used prose on the pros and preached, "What you do should speak so loudly that no one will hear what you say."'

Marker Levy Visits New York City Bills Backers [5:32 AM]
BuffaloBills.com reports: 'The event was a huge success, as Marv signed over 300 copies of his new book titled Where Else Would You Rather Be?'

February 1, 2005

Marker Fitness coach Jones leaves after 20 years [8:52 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'When Mike Mularkey was hired as head coach last January, he brought in a new strength and conditioning coach, Brad Roll, from the Miami Dolphins. Roll and Mularkey had been friends since working together in Tampa Bay in the early 1990s.'

Marker Bills raise most ticket prices [8:51 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'Season ticket rates will go up under the new plan but not as much as most tickets sold on an individual game basis. That means season ticket purchasers will enjoy an even greater discount, as much as $10 at the top scale.'

Marker Ex-Eagle Vincent in Jacksonville, but only to watch [6:08 AM]
Press of Atlantic City reports: '"Everyone's been asking me if I wish I was still back in Philadelphia,'' Vincent said. "No. I made the decision two years ago that my time would come (where he would be forced out). Besides, I stayed in touch with everybody. I talk to (the Eagles' defensive backs) more than I talk to my own teammates in Buffalo.'''

Marker Around the corner, Troy proud of Birds [6:07 AM]
Delaware County Times reports: 'So Vincent, wearing his blue Bills jersey for best visual impact on his audience, walked proudly into the church parking lot, behind Oakland Raider Roland Williams and Jacksonville Jaguar Deon Grant, and below the TV blimp, visible in the distance, circling high above Jacksonville. So close, geographically, to the Super Bowl. So close, chronologically. So close, emotionally. But Troy Vincent was nowhere near regret.'

January 31, 2005

Marker Jones Leaves The Bills [3:02 PM]
WGR-AM reports: 'It's not clear if Jones has another job or if he's just leaving the Bills.'

Marker Bills' physical development coach leaving team [3:02 PM]
AP reports: 'The Bills, on Monday, did not provide a reason for Jones' departure.'

Marker After 20 Years Rusty Jones is Moving On [2:36 PM]
BuffaloBills.com reports: 'Bills Director of Physical Development/Assistant to the Head Coach Rusty Jones has informed Coach Mike Mularkey that he will be leaving the Bills organization.'

Marker Bills bump most ticket costs, add 'Rock Pile' section [10:25 AM]
Business First of Buffalo reports: 'Season ticket costs will now range from $25 to $43 while individual seats will range from $35 (Tops family section) to $53 per seat.'

Marker Bills Team Report [5:08 AM]
The Sporting News reports: 'Turning the offense over to rookie QB J.P. Losman next season would be a risky proposition for a team with playoff aspirations. Despite his strong arm, good mobility and supreme confidence, Losman needs work to get mentally ready to handle the demands of leading an NFL attack. The Bills can win with Drew Bledsoe, but there are doubts about how far he can take them. If the team turns to Losman, it's hard to believe Bledsoe would accept a backup role.'

January 30, 2005

Marker Bledsoe, Bills likely to part ways soon [6:34 AM]
Fort Worth Star Telegram reports: 'Bledsoe is scheduled to make $3.3 million in base salary next season and is due a $1.05 million roster bonus. His total salary cap charge is $6.5 million. If the Bills release Bledsoe, he would count $4.3 million against the cap, which is the amount of amortized bonus money left from the $6.5 million bonus he received in May.'

Marker Bills tickets will average $41, still lowest in the NFL [5:07 AM]
Rochester D&C reports: 'In a 2004 NFL pricing survey, Buffalo's most popular season ticket (lower level sideline seats between the 30-yard lines) ranked last in the league in price, nearly 50 percent cheaper than the next closest team.'

Marker Curses! Foiled again ... and again [4:53 AM]
Houston Chronicle reports: 'Best hope to break spell: If the NFL realigns again and the Bills land in a division that doesn't include New England. Don't hold your breath ... there's always the parity.'

January 29, 2005

Marker Bills CB Clements added to AFC Pro Bowl roster [9:03 AM]
Sportsticker reports: '"It is a great feeling of personal accomplishment," said Clements, who is the first Bills cornerback to make the Pro Bowl since Nate Odomes in 1993. "It says a lot about our defense and the type of players we have on this team. We have all played hungry and have made the plays to give us the recognition we deserve."'

Marker Clements to Pro Bowl [9:03 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'The 25-year-old Clements was a second alternate to the NFL's all-star game. Starting cornerback Chris McAlister of Baltimore had to back out of the game due to a foot injury, and his replacement, Miami's Patrick Surtain, was scratched with a groin injury.'

Marker Bills set ticket costs for 2005 [9:02 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'The Buffalo Bills will raise ticket prices this fall but also will decrease prices for a newly created end zone section being dubbed "Rock Pile" seats.'

Marker All football, all the time [9:01 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'Adelphia hopes to soothe the loss of Empire by carrying the network that covers Buffalo's favorite sport. "I wouldn't want to say anything about anyone losing anything, but what they gain is the NFL 24/7," said coordinating producer Eric Weinberger. "It should be on in a football town like Buffalo. . . . It is a great opportunity for everyone to be on the ground floor of something that is set up to succeed and the flagship of the No. 1 sport," Eisen said.'

Marker Bucs Reportedly Not High On Bills RB Henry [5:01 AM]
Tampa Tribune reports: 'The reason is not necessarily the second-round draft pick the Bills are believed to be asking for, but Henry's past fumbling problems.'

Marker Bills Restructure Ticket Prices For 2005 [5:00 AM]
WGR-AM reports: 'Select season ticket sections will increase by $2 to $4 while individual game tickets are also going to be more expensive; fans can expect to pay $3 to $5 more for those.'

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