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Buffalo Bills News - June 5, 2005

Marker Changes galore add intrigue to battle for AFC East title [5:03 AM]
Providence Journal reports: 'Buffalo closed 2004 by winning nine of its final 12 games and just missed the playoffs. If Losman can manage to play efficiently in his inaugural season, the Bills could pose a serious challenge in the East.'

Marker Canaseraga woman gets anthem callback from Bills [5:02 AM]
Hornell Evening Tribune reports: 'Now Allman, 21, is getting an opportunity to move up to the pro ranks - a chance to sing before a Buffalo Bills football game. She sent in an audition tape and will perform a live audition at 4 p.m. June 14 at Ralph Wilson Stadium in Buffalo. Allman discovered the anthem opportunity in her e-mail.'

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June 4, 2005

Marker Throwback Uniforms Get Alumni Approval [7:41 PM] reports: 'Shaw thinks that the tribute to his championship teams of the 60s can only lead to good things on the field. "The jerseys are almost identical to what we wore in '65," he said. "It's kind of fun to see it back, it brings back a lot of good memories. So they'll win every time they wear these."'

Marker Bills honor 1960s teams by unveiling third jersey [7:40 PM]
AP reports: 'The standing red buffalo is back on the Bills helmet -- for a few games at least -- and Billy Shaw wonders why the team can't bring it back permanently. "The new buffalo, I guess, has served its place," the Hall of Fame offensive lineman said Saturday. "But we love that old red standing buffalo. To us, that's the Buffalo Bills."'

Marker Prospect opts for NFL try [4:28 PM]
Vancouver Sun reports: 'Playing at 6-4, 325 in the NFL, Haley's weight was a concern to the Lions, who questioned whether he would be mobile enough for the CFL.'

Marker Mike Williams builds on his body of work [8:57 AM]
Buffalo News reports: '"I've come into the offseason with the mind-set that I just want to be physically in shape for training camp," he said. "I'm not focusing too much on strengthwise. I don't know how much stronger I can get. It's just maintain muscle tone and maintain the strength that I have and stay in shape."

Marker Inside slant [6:16 AM]
The Sports Xchange reports: 'The Bills pounced on Lee when the Dallas Cowboys cut him last month. At 5-feet-10, 220 pounds, he's the kind of big back coach Mike Mularkey favors. Like McGahee, Lee can work between the tackles but he has enough speed to turn the corner.'

Marker Notes, quotes [6:15 AM]
The Sports Xchange reports: '"I love Roscoe. There's something in those Miami bloodlines, those guys come in and really work hard. Roscoe's a quiet guy but he asks a lot of questions and I'm impressed with that aspect, that he wants to learn and help the team. He's been making lots of plays out here." - Bills veteran Pro Bowl WR Eric Moulds talking about rookie WR Roscoe Parrish, the team's top pick.'

Marker Reich completes class [4:59 AM]
Charlotte Observer reports: 'There was a time after football when Reich sought to dodge his past -- when his new direction made it tough to answer yet another question about the NFL and comebacks. But now, done with his studies and immersed in his work as a seminary president, he's comfortable with that other life. He relishes the football memories and friendships. And through his seasons as a quarterback, he embraces what he calls "a genuine bridge-building opportunity."'

Marker Mularkey Pleased with Production [4:59 AM] reports: '"I think it's evident the way that they have prepared mentality and practiced physically and from everything they are doing in these meetings… their on a mission," said Mularkey. "Whether it's a result from the loss to Pittsburgh that kept us out of the playoffs or what but there is something about them."'

June 3, 2005

Marker Vincent: NFL owners can settle revenue sharing [5:30 PM]
AP reports: '"At the end of the day, we all want win," Vincent said. "The way the system is set up today, every city, even us here in Buffalo with a rookie quarterback, believe we have just as good a shot as anybody else in the National Football League."'

Marker Visitor Gets Up Close Look at Bills [5:19 PM] reports: 'Rather, the visitor was Daniel Malin, a life-long Bills fan who won the opportunity to spend a day at One Bills Drive through a silent auction held by 97 Rock several months ago. With a successful bid of $800, Malin won a trip back to Buffalo to catch his favorite team in action. And he wasn't the only one who benefited - all proceeds from his bid went to the Make-a-Wish Foundation.'

Marker Cowboys sign free-agent safety Reese [5:17 PM]
The Sports Network reports: 'Reese spent his first four NFL seasons with Dallas after the team made him a sixth-round draft choice in 1998. He played for the Denver Broncos in 2002 and with the Buffalo Bills for the past two seasons.'

Marker Bills Are Halfway Through OTA's [3:25 PM]
WGR-AM reports: 'ookie CB Eric King says he's elected to keep the cardboard blinders in his face mask designed by Jerry Gray. He says it has helped him to stop looking into the offensive backfield. The 5th pick out of Wake Forest says it even limits the air flow through his helmet which helps his conditioning.'

Marker Championship Comparison: ‘60s & ‘90s Bills [3:19 PM] reports: 'So what were those great teams from the 1960s like? And how do they compare to the Super Bowl squads of the 1990s? Let's take a look.'

Marker Jerseys To Be Available Immediately [3:19 PM] reports: 'The Celebration of Champions’ pinnacle event culminates with the presentation of the Bills’ third jersey at 2:30 pm on Saturday, June 4 at Ralph Wilson Stadium. Celebration of Champions weekend sponsors Dick’s Sporting Goods, the official sporting goods retailer of the Buffalo Bills, and Reebok, the official outfitter of the NFL, will offer fans an exclusive opportunity to purchase the third jersey for the first 72 hours after the unveiling.'

Marker Labatt Blue Tags Rock Pile Seating Section [1:02 PM] reports: 'The Labatt Blue Rock Pile will include eight sections and over 2,400 seats located in the 200 level of the scoreboard end zone. The $250 season ticket price represents a savings of $80 per seat from the 2004 season ticket price and a savings of $16 per game compared to the 2005 individual game ticket prices. InBev will create promotions and special offers for fans seated in the Rock Pile.'

Marker Haley skips Lions' camp in favour of NFL tryout [6:57 AM]
Toronto Globe & Mail reports: 'Defensive tackle Jermaine Haley was supposed to show up at the B.C. Lions' training camp yesterday, but at the last minute opted to fly to Buffalo to attend the Bills' mini-camp.'

June 2, 2005

Marker GHS grad makes NFL cheerleading squad [5:53 PM]
Finger Lakes Times reports: '“First and foremost, they are evaluated on physical appearance because that’s how they are evaluated by the general public,” Mateczun said.'

Marker Bills' season tix sales spike 7% [3:59 PM]
Business First of Buffalo reports: 'Coming off a 9-7 record in 2004, the Bills announced in January an increase in ticket prices, for both season tickets and individual game tickets. Season tickets will cost $2 to $4 more in various seating areas. In addition, the Bills introduced a new seating category, the "Rock Pile," featuring more than 2,400 seats. The lowest-priced ticket in those seating areas will be $250. By comparison, individual game ticket costs will rise from $3 to $5 per seat, depending on location.'

Marker Ticket Sales Ahead of 2004 Pace, Closing in on Super Bowl Years [2:37 PM] reports: 'As of Wednesday, the ticket office has confirmed the sale of over 43,000 season tickets this year despite being 12 weeks away from the preseason home opener against Green Bay. At this point last year, the Bills had sold just over 40,000 season tickets.'

Marker Celebration starts today [8:54 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'The Bills have brought in carnival rides and attractions for children that will be set up in the stadium parking lot. They will be open from 5 to 9 p.m. today, 5 to 11 p.m. Friday, noon to 11 p.m. Saturday and noon to 6 p.m. Sunday. There will be reduced prices for rides and games today. Live music will be held in the lots Friday, Saturday and Sunday.'

Marker Bills, fans to view film of 'The Comeback' on Friday [5:02 AM]
Rochester D&C reports: '"Oh yeah, 1.5 million people were at the game and everyone was with a friend who wanted to leave," said Steve Tasker, the Bills' former special teams ace who can be verified as being among the players on the field that day.'

Marker Lionel Gates signs with Bills [5:01 AM]
AP reports: 'The 6-foot, 223-pound back led the Cardinals in rushing in 2003. Despite missing time with injuries during his senior season, he ran for 373 yards and seven touchdowns.'

June 1, 2005

Marker NFL/CFL Continues to Call Upon BlueCats Player Stockpile [9:25 PM] reports: 'The Evansville BlueCats are excited to announce that wide receiver Shawn Miller was invited to attend next week’s mini camp with the Buffalo Bills of the National Football League. Miller’s participation in the mini camp workouts gives him the opportunity to compete for a spot on the Bills training camp roster.'

Marker Turf Jam 2005 with Brian Moorman [5:39 PM] reports: 'The second annual Turf Jam '05 will kickoff at 10 p.m. and will feature celebrity karaoke from many of your favorite Buffalo Bills. The event is benefiting Bills punter Brian Moorman's Punt Foundation, a group that helps Western New York children that are fighting chronic and terminal illnesses.'

Marker Bills Sign RB Lionel Gates [4:04 PM] reports: 'Gates is the first of the Bills six draft picks to sign with the team.'

Marker Running back inks 1-year, $1.43M deal [2:18 PM]
ESPN reports: 'Running back Lionel Gates, a seventh-round choice of the Bills, is the first of the team's six picks in the 2005 draft to come to contract terms. The former Louisville star signed a three-year, $959,000 contract that includes a $34,000 signing bonus and league standard minimum base salaries for all three years. Although he started just eight games during his college career, splitting time with fellow 2005 draftee Eric Shelton in the backfield, Gates is regarded as a solid prospect.'

Marker Reich Man for the Job [12:27 PM] reports: '"What I have found is, I shouldn't run away from these past stories," he said. "But the art of it is: How do I transition from these stories and really connect with people? I want to do that for the right reasons in order to give a more important message. And that's what I try to do."'

Marker Ex-QB's calls are now coming via videophone [10:50 AM]
Rochester D&C reports: '"I travel a lot, and for me to be able to sit at my home and to be able to talk to my wife and three kids, and tell each and every one of them that I love them and miss them, for me that's huge," he said. "I said, 'Why can't we do this with the military? Why not military families?' and they (5LINX) just took the idea and ran with it."'

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