52 year old FG kicker scores only points in Fire win over Galaxy [10:45 AM]
NFL Europe reports: The Galaxy went straight to their ground game, with Buffalo Bills-allocated running back Curtis Alexander pounding out a pair of first downs on their first series. A interception by the Fire ruined that drive. A 21-yard field goal by 52-year-old Manfred Burgsmüller. His successful kick made him the first player in NFLEL history to reach 300 career points and gives him the chance for a fairytale ending to his NFLEL career in World Bowl.
Curtis Alexander's efforts not enough in Galaxy loss to Fire [9:30 AM]
NFL Europe reports: The Rhein Fire will play in World Bowl X after beating the Galaxy 3-0 in front of an NFLEL-record crowd of 58,572 in Frankfurt's Waldstadion. Curtis Alexander had 15 carries for 69 yards plus 3 catches for 17 yards in a defensive battle between top rated Rhein Fire and Frankfurt Galaxy. Backup QB Hendricks was able to make only 9 completions in 30 attempts, many of them overthrown, underthrown (including one of the receptions to Alexander who dived for the catch) or otherwise off target. World Bowl X will be an all German matchup..
Wade Phillips is rested and ready to rebuild Falcons' defense [9:18 AM]
Buffalo News reports: '"I enjoyed the whole time I was in Buffalo," he said. "The owner made a decision. He's allowed to do that. The disappointment for me was I still wanted to be there. I had a successful career going, and it got derailed. I did a good job and won a lot of games. I'd still rather be the head coach of the Buffalo Bills."'
Added bulk should help Edwards [9:16 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'The Texas A&M product weighed between 285 and 290 pounds and saw limited action in seven games as a rookie. He's up to 305 pounds at the team's minicamp this week.'
Bills show off new uniforms [9:15 AM]
USA Today reports: The Bills unveiled their new uniforms during a rally Saturday at Ralph Wilson Stadium. While the traditional red helmet and charging buffalo logo remain unchanged, the team will be sporting new navy blue uniforms trimmed in red, silver and royal blue for the 2002 season. Picture is shown of Jim Kelly holding the jersey with his son Hunter's name on it.
Huntley a key in plan to build a power attack [9:12 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'So the idea is to pound the football. Travis Henry is a pounder, although not in the mold of Bettis, so Huntley may be the second prong of a two-pronged pound attack, just as he was for a while in Pittsburgh.'
Winning uniform approval [9:09 AM]
Buffalo News reports: '"It gives us a more aggressive, dynamic look on the field, but it doesn't drastically alter the look," Donahoe said. "Everyone in this building recognizes the great tradition of the Buffalo Bills. We didn't want to change the logo. We even dipped back into the history of the franchise and added some gray."'
Best Head Coach? Williams votes for Holmgren, Fisher and Belichick. [9:08 AM]
CBS Sportsline reports: "Belichick does a great job with the fundamental teachings that has to go on throughout the whole team -- special teams, defense and offense," says Buffalo's Williams. "It's the way he gets them all playing under one roof, the way he gets them to all play together."
Bills are blue-tiful! [5:40 AM]
D and C reports: 'An hour after the unveiling, a long line snaked outside the team store at the stadium.'
Blue on blue a marketing coup [5:37 AM]
D and C reports: 'Dark navy blue, vivid red, a touch of royal blue, some eye-catching silver, a white road jersey with navy on the shoulders, red helmet with new stripe and same charging buffalo logo. Old yet new. In the words of Dolce & Gabbana, "Me likey."'
Sabres' new look spiked sales, too [5:34 AM]
D and C reports: 'The year before switching uniforms, the Sabres ranked 24th in merchandise sales in the NHL. Their first season in their new attire in new HSBC Arena, they rocketed to seventh and have remained in the top 10 ever since.'
Bills unveil their new uniforms [12:05 AM]
AP reports: '"This is exciting," Bledsoe said, modeling the Bills home uniform bearing his number 11. "New uniforms for the past seven or eight years have been good luck for some teams. The Broncos changed and they won it all."'
Bills New Uniforms: Photo Gallery Part III [7:19 PM]
BuffaloBills.com reports: Billy The Buffalo, Tom Donahoe, Jim Kelly, Peerless Price, etc...
Bills New Uniforms: Photo Gallery Part II [7:18 PM]
BuffaloBills.com reports: Mike Williams, Eric Moulds, Ruben Brown, Buffalo Jills, etc...
Donahoe says uniform changes were in pipeline before him [4:54 PM]
BuffaloBills.com reports: NOTE: interview is sound only.
Tom Donahoe says they wanted uniform to be evolutionary not revolutionary and some of the original designs were more 'Stars Wars' like. Wilson appears to have been a balance and kept some of the more radical changes out of uniforms.
Bills New Uniforms [2:32 PM]
BuffaloBills.com reports: The hype is over and now you see what they are hyping. The new Bills jerseys have been modernized in the Tennessee Titans and Denver Broncos type of style as previously leaked by game maker. Logo has not changed on Helmet.
Fina retires from football with class and dignity [12:28 PM]
Arizona Daily Star reports: 'He became a proponent of Buffalo's new modern art museum. He even got a job in a downtown restaurant, working at the bar, so he could mesh better with the community. His intellect separated him from the violence of the game. "I hope the next phase of my life will be as enriching as the last 10 years have been for me in Buffalo," says Fina, whose immediate plan is to go into business with his brother, David, a Tucson commercial builder. Ironic article is written by an author named "Hansen" since Hansen retired during the offseason after playing 10 years with him.'
New Bills Merchandise Available Starting Today [10:55 AM]
BuffaloBills.com reports: The only way fans will be able to get their hands on it in the first three days will be through the team’s official distribution outlets, which will have the largest selection in the area. This will be the first opportunity to purchase officially licensed Bills jerseys in the new style, both authentic and replica. Also available for the first time will be exclusive Drew Bledsoe merchandise, the team’s new on-field player hat, and other special-edition items.
New Bills jerseys greet a new era [9:17 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'The Bills ranked sixth in the NFL in merchandise sales in 1991 and '92, at the height of their Super Bowl era. They rank 23rd among 32 teams for the first half of this year, according to Sports Trend Info, a Florida-based trade publication that tracks sports marketing sales.'
Fox Sports Net's new groove leaves Levy behind [9:16 AM]
Buffalo News reports: '"Just because you're not 18 through 34 doesn't mean you can't appeal to 18 through 34 viewers," Levy said.'
1,500 tickets left for uniform day with the Bills [5:33 AM]
D and C reports: 'The remaining tickets -- free, but limited to four per person -- will be available at the stadium box office at 11 a.m.'
Fina, Huntley and new uniforms [10:36 PM]
Olean Times Herald reports: And, given his salary, Fina's June 1 exit was assured. But in many ways he was maligned. Extraordinarily bright and a bit eccentric, Fina was hardly a media favorite, usually irascible and infrequently accommodating. However, one reason his salary was a current burden to the Bills was that he willingly renegotiated his contract to help make cap room when Buffalo re-signed guard Ruben Brown, his best friend on the squad. And while Fina struggled last year, it should also be remembered he took one for the team.'
Signing Huntley means Bryson will probably go [5:18 PM]
The Sporting News reports: Donahoe insists the Bills are shopping Bryson, a third-year pro, but there aren't enough carries to go around with Henry, Huntley, Bryson, Morris and NFL Europe star Curtis Alexander all fighting for playing time in training camp. It will be no surprise if Bryson is eventually dealt.
Mike Doser: Q&A with Ostroski [5:15 PM]
Shout! reports: Ostroski has become the leader on the field tutoring young players such as Marques Sullivan and Mike Williams, suggesting ways they can improve or do things easier.
Bills Break Camp For Weekend [3:34 PM]
BuffaloBills.com reports: Overall, head coach Gregg Williams said "it's been a good week." Williams on Uniforms: "I think it's going to be a great event. I think the fans are going to have a lot of fun with seeing the uniforms and seeing the organization and the things that are going to take place, tomorrow."
Buffalo Bills "Adopt" 10 Special Olympics Athletes For Summer Games [11:54 AM]
BuffaloBills.com reports: Members of the Buffalo Bills will meet with their "adopted" Special Olympics athletes at a special gathering on Monday, June 10, at Ralph Wilson Stadium.
buffalobills.com Also Gets New Look In Time For Uniform Unveiling [9:40 AM]
BuffaloBills.com reports: Buffalobills.com will reveal its new look simultaneously with the unveiling of the Bills new uniform tomorrow. The site will offer the same exclusive coverage and functionality but with a fresh, sleek look reorganized to allow users to navigate more efficiently.
Bledsoe On The Sporting News Cover [9:40 AM]
BuffaloBills.com reports: The Bills are highlighted in this weeks issue of The Sporting News, with quarterback Drew Bledsoe appearing on the cover. The article inside, titled "Mr. Bill", discusses the excitement surrounding Bledsoe's arrival in Buffalo.
Swing band to play at Bills' unveiling [9:20 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'Big Bad Voodoo Daddy performed during halftime of Super Bowl XXXIII and has performed at halftime of the Orange Bowl college football game. Their self-titled 1999 album was nominated for a Grammy.'
Interview/Uniform Unveiling Information [8:42 AM]
ESN reports: The unveiling is NOT an all-weather event. In the case of inclement weather, a decision will be made in the morning as to whether to proceed with or cancel the outdoor event. If it is canceled, an indoor unveiling event will be held for the media only.
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