Atmosphere is charges [5:32 AM]
Boston Globe reports: 'After listening to this all week, I began to wonder whether anyone in Buffalo or San Diego besides Marcellus Wiley was ever told the story of Pinocchio, because if it still applies, there's no facemask thick enough to keep the noses of most of the people involved in this game from poking each other in the eye.'
Super Bowl XXXV 1/2 [5:24 AM]
D and C reports: 'He'll never say it publicly, but does anyone really doubt that Johnson isn't frothing at the mouth to beat the Chargers and Flutie, his arch enemy who he spent the previous three seasons sparring with in Buffalo?'
Butler, Smith happy in new environment [5:23 AM]
D and C reports: '"When you're told that Doug Flutie, after the first mini-camp, is terrible and send him back to Canada, you fight those battles. When you're told Eric Moulds is a bust, and let's cut our losses, you fight those battles. You fight 'em until you've had enough. The same with Antowain Smith. There's a long, long list of names. I'll give you three, not 43."'
Phillips finds himself on fence again [5:21 AM]
D and C reports: 'So when asked to predict the winner of today's Buffalo-San Diego game, pitting Johnson's Bills against Flutie's Chargers, he politely played it right down the middle. "Shoot, I don't know. I couldn't pick 'em when I was coaching them," Phillips says by phone from Texas, letting out a chuckle. "I just don't think you can tell. I know and like people on both sides so that's the good thing for me. It doesn't matter who I pull for, one is going to win."'
It's time to bring end to QB quarrel [5:19 AM]
D and C reports: 'I don't know what's been most nauseating about this No-Longer-So-Great Quarterback Debate: Rob Johnson's inability to take the high road in the fray; the fanatics who think Doug can walk on Flutie Flakes without crushing them, or the thin-skinned members of the western New York media who believe Flutie should burn in hell because his huge ego rubbed them the wrong way.'
Scouting report [5:18 AM]
D and C reports: 'Travis Henry and the running game need to give Johnson some help. Johnson isn't good enough to win this game with a one-dimensional passing attack, so he'll need Henry to rip off chunks of yardage on the ground to keep the San Diego defense honest. Rattle Flutie and prevent him from getting into a comfort zone.'
Buffalo Injury report from ESPN [7:49 PM]
ESPN reports: The Bills had a scare Thursday when WR Eric Moulds rolled an ankle, but he returned to practice Friday and was fine. He participated in all of Friday's drills. The Bills are expected to give backup WR Jeremy McDaniel another week to heal from his ankle injury. DE Phil Hansen says he will return after two missed games because of a dislocated elbow. He may not start, but he is expected to play. That will help the Bills run defense against San Diego. Jon Carman will start at right tackle for injured Jonas Jennings,who has a foot injury.
Sore Seau practices, hopeful of playing [10:55 AM]
North County Times reports: 'Bills quarterback Rob Johnson has a big fan in Riley. The two share a special relationship from their days together at USC. Johnson set numerous records there while Riley was the offensive coordinator. "Rob spent about every day in my office," Riley said. "He was a great guy to have around, and I really enjoyed coaching him. He was a heck of a kid."'
Running man [9:09 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'All Tomlinson has done is resurrect a Chargers' running game that hasn't produced a 1,000-yard rusher since 1994. He is the NFL's fourth-leading rusher with 544 yards - more than any San Diego running back has gained in a season the last two years.'
Butler exhales, then fires back at Wilson [9:08 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'He insists he had no arrangement in place with San Diego when Wilson fired him before the last game of the regular season in December. And he said it's ludicrous to think any financial decisions were made without Wilson's knowledge and consent.'
Henry pleads guilty, hurts endorsement potential [9:06 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'Henry was accused of having consensual sex with a 15-year-old girl in his home Sept. 23, authorities said. The girl, a runaway from the Hopevale residential facility for girls whom Henry had met at a Camp Road gas station, told Henry she was almost 18.'
The throwback [9:05 AM]
San Diego Union Tribune reports: '"I came in as a second-round draft choice and I went to three Super Bowls right away," Hansen said. "They (the Bills) have done nothing but treat me well, and I've given them an honest day's work with the talent I've got. It's been a good marriage."'
Seau still sore, uncertain about playing [9:04 AM]
San Diego Union Tribune reports: 'Yesterday's practice was supposed to give linebacker Junior Seau a better idea of whether he'll be able to play tomorrow against Buffalo. But after going through his second practice in as many days, Seau (strained groin) seemed no closer to having an answer.'
At long last, feuding QBs meet on same field [7:47 AM]
National Post reports: '"I don't have to face him," Johnson said of Flutie. "He's not playing defence. Some of his fans probably think he can play defence, but no." Johnson's problem, of course, is that few Buffalo fans believe he can play offence.'
Johnson’s put Flutie feud behind him [7:42 AM]
Olean Times Herald reports: '"We've gone beyond ridiculous (on the Flutie-Johnson issue) a long time ago," he said with a sad smile.'
Bills' defense mindful of Flutie's abilities [5:46 AM]
D and C reports: '"He's a great player, a great athlete, so you always like to watch him, but now the tables are turned. We have to go against him, I can't be in awe of what he's going to do next. The awe is over with, I know what he can do, now we have to stop it."'
Chargers almost Rob-bed [5:45 AM]
Toronto Sun reports: 'With that in mind, tomorrow may provide the ultimate irony. Just as Ralph Wilson Stadium is sprinkled with Flutie supporters on any given Sunday, there will be a pro-Johnson faction of family, friends and fans at Qualcomm. Johnson is still remembered fondly in these parts for setting a number of passing records while at USC.'
Winging it in Buffalo [5:43 AM]
Toronto Sun reports: '"Here," longtime Buffalo News football columnist Larry Felser said, "you're not considered an outsider, a mercenary, even if you are. It's a very important, very impressive thing, to be an athlete here." Sunday, as they watch how the Bills fare against the Chargers, Buffalonians will be renewing a time-honoured habit. They will look west, toward the sun, and measure the friends who moved on against the friends who stayed.'
Wiley has lots to say about playing Bills [5:40 AM]
Toronto Sun reports: 'And how about Wiley on Chargers quarterback Doug Flutie? "Put it this way," he said. "When I signed here, I called Doug Flutie and I said, 'Come on, my man.'"'
TE Josh Whitman signed to active Chargers Roster [11:27 PM]
Chargers.com reports: DT Maa Tanuvasa (ankle) placed on "Reserve-Injured" list. On 10/9 Whitman was signed to Chargers PS.
Whitman, 6-4, 245, went to training camp with Buffalo as an undrafted rookie free agent in 2001. He was released by the Bills on 9/2 as part of final roster cuts. He went to training camp with Buffalo as an undrafted rookie free agent in 2001 after 4 year career at the University of Illinois.
Bills rookie RB Henry pleads guilty to sexual misconduct [8:58 PM]
Sportsticker reports: 'Along with the 90 days in jail, Henry can be fined a maximum $500 for the misdemeanor.'
Bills running back pleads guilty to sexual misdemeanor [2:58 PM]
AP reports: '...will be sentenced Nov. 9. He faces up to 90 days in jail and a maximum $500 fine for the misdemeanor, but it is more likely that he will have to do community service.'
Gleason speaks to Rome about Flutie article [1:30 PM]
Buffalo News reports: Bucky Gleason will be on the Jim Rome radio show shortly -- today, Friday 10/26 -- discussing this article.
Two Schools Benefit from the Buffalo Bills-Target Art Program [1:28 PM]
BuffaloBills.com reports: The Buffalo Bills, Target and two selected Buffalo city schools kicked off the Buffalo Bills-Target Art Program Tuesday with a press conference and reception for the students who will be participating in the program. Buffalo Bills' Bryce Fisher represented School #53 and Bills' center Craig Heimburger represented School #74.
Tasker, Edgerson inducted into Buffalo Sports Hall of Fame [1:27 PM]
BuffaloBills.com reports: During Tasker’s eleven seasons with the Bills, he was selected by his peers and coaches to represent the AFC in seven Pro Bowls and played in each of the Bills four Super Bowl appearances. His extraordinary talent on special teams and leadership attributes off the field, made him both a team and a fan favorite. Tasker retired in December of 1997 and is a commentator for CBS Sports, a host on the Empire Sports Network and member of the WNSA broadcast lineup.
Tomlinson makes immediate impact for Chargers [1:27 PM]
BuffaloBills.com reports: While the primary focus on the changes to San Diego's offense in the off-season has been on the acquisition of Doug Flutie, a rookie running back is quietly becoming the key to the Charger offense. LaDainian Tomlinson has made an immediate impact in the NFL for the Chargers, and is filling the role to help pile up yardage and time of possession.
204,248 cans 'contributed' by Bills fans to Fight Hunger [11:22 AM]
TBD reports: The Bills and their fans came in 8th in their contribution to the Tackling Hunger™ effort by Campbell's® Chunky soup and the NFL. Five million cans will be donated to food banks across the country. The Bills fans were against some prime competition for some NFL web sites choose to use prime real estate to advertise the campaign.
Rumbling for real [10:47 AM]
Orange County Register reports: '"It's better off for Rob that this game is on the road," said Dennis Williams, sports director at WIVB-TV, the CBS affiliate in Buffalo.'
Late night with Flutie is a hit [10:17 AM]
North County Times reports: 'Linebacker Junior Seau (groin) worked on Thursday; Sam Rogers (thumb) didn't. But coach Mike Riley said Rogers is more certain to play Sunday against the Bills than Seau. "He's not full speed, so we are going to reserve judgment,'' Riley said of Seau. "But it is encouraging that he worked a little bit today." Said Seau: "I practiced at a controlled pace.'' Riley said Rogers will play with a cast on his dislocated thumb. If Seau can't go, Gerald Dixon would move from the strong side to Seau's weakside position, with Rogers taking Dixon's spot.'
Rabid reunion [9:22 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'Wiley doesn't begrudge the Bills' decision. He just wishes they had made stronger attempt to keep him.'
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