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Buffalo Bills News - September 10, 2003

Marker Bills Release Wright [3:47 PM] reports: 'The Bills today announced that the team has released wide receiver Rodney Wright from its practice squad.'

Marker Maddox, Spikes and Hentrich earn AFC Weekly honors [1:20 PM]
The Sports Network reports: 'In his debut with the Bills, Spikes intercepted two passes and recorded seven tackles -- including two for losses -- in a 31-0 victory over New England.'

Marker Sports Illustrated Cover - September 15, 2003 Issue [1:09 PM]
CNN/SI reports: 'On the Cover: Sam Adams, Football, Buffalo Bills, Jeff Posey, Football, Buffalo Bills, Woody Damien , Football, New England Patriots.'

Marker Teams Reserve Judgement After Week 1 [1:06 PM]
ESPN reports: Having seen the Buffalo defense four times in preseason, including a scrimmage in which the Bills dominated the Browns, it's difficult to believe the unit won't be vastly improved over a year ago. The additions of tackle Sam Adams, linebackers Jeff Posey and Takeo Spikes and strong safety Lawyer Milloy were huge individually and even more significant collectively. The Bills could be a top 10 defense, and Spikes will finally merit the attention he deserves, along with a Pro Bowl berth.

Marker Spikes Selected As Player of the Week [11:24 AM] reports: 'Bills linebacker Takeo Spikes has been named the AFC’s Defensive Player of the Week for his performance in the team’s 31-0 win last Sunday over New England.'

Marker Bills clicking at turnstiles as season-ticket sales climb [8:54 AM]
Buffalo News reports: '"There aren't really any magical formulas to selling tickets," Donahoe said. "Usually when your team does well, your season-ticket base starts to climb. It's a challenging market because of the population and economy. Not that we're throwing those things out as excuses, but we have to try and find a way to make it better."'

Marker Adams' jaunt cited by NFL [8:53 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'Buffalo Bills defensive tackle Sam Adams' 37-yard interception return for a touchdown against the New England Patriots on Sunday is one of five nominations for the NFL "play of the week."'

Marker Blackout likely, Jags official says [5:19 AM]
Florida Times Union reports: 'The Jaguars still had 9,294 unsold tickets yesterday afternoon and must sell all of them by 1 p.m. tomorrow to avert the first blackout of a regular-season home opener in franchise history.'

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September 9, 2003

Marker The Bills Can Thank Bill [8:38 PM]
WIVB-TV reports: 'Belichick underestimated the ability of the Bills or any team to get Milloy signed and on the field so quickly. That is exactly why he waited until the last minute to release him. He never thought he'd see him in a Bills uniform, playing almost every snap on defense. The difference in what Milloy wanted and what the Patriots were willing to pay was under a million dollars. When there are only sixteen games in an NFL season how much is each win worth? They are most certainly worth more than a million dollars.'

Marker Game Two: Jacksonville Jaguars vs. Buffalo Bills [8:25 PM] reports: 'There are four former Jaguars on the Bills: OT Marcus Price, an original Jaguar and sixth-round draft choice from 1995; TE Ryan Neufeld, who was a Jaguar in 2000; LB Jeff Posey, who was with the Jaguars in 2001, and WR Bobby Shaw, who played for the Jaguars a year ago.'

Marker Tops Game Ball Winner: Takeo Spikes [3:20 PM] reports: 'Now is your chance to ask Buffalo's new linebacker a question!'

Marker Adams' INT Return Up For NFL Play of the Week [1:51 PM] reports: 'Buffalo Bills defensive tackle Sam Adams' 37-yard interception return for a touchdown is among the five Week One nominees for the NFL Play of the Week.'

Marker Law: Time to look ahead [1:26 PM]
Quincy Patriot Ledger reports: 'Law said Milloy may not have been the reason the Pats lost the game, but Milloy did prove a point - that he could still play football at a high level. The notion that he had lost a step was floated when the Patriots cut him loose. ‘‘I think he proved a point, exactly,'' said Law. ‘‘I think he proved to you guys (media) who doubted him, to the organization, regardless of what they thought, and to himself. He got something off his back by proving he was as good, if not better.'''

Marker Milloy starts new chapter in Buffalo [1:14 PM]
Olean Times Herald reports: 'It was a welcoming feeling,” he said of Sunday’s player introductions when he was the last Buffalo defender to exit the inflated helmet. “From leaving Boston the way I did, rejected, to coming here and getting my name called out and getting the fans going, it just felt like I’d been here my whole career."'

Marker Pals, fans give Lawyer send-off fit for a King [11:22 AM]
Boston Herald reports: 'The Buffalo Bills' new tackle titan Lawyer Milloy was bowled over by all the love shown by 400 New England Patriots fans who packed a Boston bowling alley last night to raise money for his charitable foundation...``The city of Buffalo and my teammates welcomed me with open arms, but the city of Boston, I love you and thanks for lettin' me be me.'''

Marker Bills Alumni Spotlight: Ernie Warlick [11:21 AM] reports: '"These fans were just crazy. I just loved them. To come here and see this kind of support, even when we first got here, and it hasn’t diminished at all, I just wanted to give my heart and soul to the team and be a winner. I wanted to participate in the community and just offer all the support I could from the standpoint of a player on the team. It was just fantastic," said Warlick, who was presented with the Ralph C. Wilson Distinguished Service Award three years ago. "I was recognized as having played a part in not only the community, but the team back then. I made that my life’s work, playing professional sports, and to be recognized like that, that’s the ultimate."'

Marker Bledsoe keeps victory in perspective [8:55 AM]
Buffalo News reports: '"I think it was a little bit of a statement game for us," Bledsoe said. "We came out and said, "Listen, it's not just on paper where we got better. We actually can take it to the field.' But that being said, in this league you've got to prove it every week. We made a bit of a statement, but we also woke some people up."'

Marker Spikes nails fans' affection in Bills debut [8:55 AM]
Buffalo News reports: '"I checked out every one of them, man," Spikes said Monday afternoon. "Empire Sports, ESPN, CNN, ESPN2. I checked out everything. It was a sight to see."'

Marker QB Doman added to practice squad [8:54 AM]
Buffalo News reports: '"He gives you a threat on the perimeter," Williams said. "He gives you a threat with his feet that should he ever get in a ball game he can makes some plays out of nothing."'

Marker Donahoe's efforts successful so far [8:10 AM]
Dunkirk Observer reports: 'Although it was only one game, there was undoubtedly something different about this Bills team that I haven't seen in quite some time. Come to think of it, probably since the seasons surrounding that opening-day win over the Rams in '92 I had mentioned earlier. Could you feel it?'

Marker Are Bills now the favorite in the AFC East? [5:22 AM]
Rochester D&C reports: 'What did they really do? The Patriots aren’t exactly like shutting down Joe Montana’s 49ers.'

Marker Buffalo Bills replay [5:21 AM]
Rochester D&C reports: 'Who was Bill Belichick trying to kid when he kept denying that the Lawyer Milloy saga had nothing to do with his team’s performance? He kept saying the Bills totally outplayed the Patriots, and he was right, but to think his strange release of Milloy and his subsequent signing by Buffalo did not play a factor in the game is out of touch with reality.'

Marker Wire still stands tall [5:20 AM]
Rochester D&C reports: '“ Coy is a special young man and he made some significant plays in the special teams, plays that were needed for us on open-field plays,” Williams said Monday. “ He’s a good football player.”'

Marker M&T signs 5-year marketing agreement [5:19 AM]
Business First of Buffalo reports: 'M&T Bank has signed a 5-year marketing agreement with the Buffalo Bills that gives the it high profile exposure at Ralph Wilson Stadium and the status of "official bank" of the Buffalo Bills.'

Marker Milloy issue lingering [5:18 AM]
Boston Globe reports: '"Lawyer is no longer here. To my understanding he's probably not gonna come back, so we can't count on that. I mean, I want my granddaddy to come back, but I've been waiting a long time and he ain't coming back. The chances of me suiting up here with Lawyer again, you know, miracles can happen, but I don't see any. As soon as we win or as soon as they lose, things are going to be forgotten."'

Marker Defeat a team effort [5:17 AM]
Boston Globe reports: 'The Patriots came out with a surprising lack of emotion, considering it was opening day, against a division rival, with Milloy and Drew Bledsoe on the opposing team. "There wasn't really a lot for us to build on and that is because we didn't make enough plays for us to build positively on," Belichick said. "I think it is hard to be emotionally positive when things aren't going well and they certainly didn't go well early in that game and that is our fault."'

Marker No big comeback for Pats [5:16 AM]
Boston Herald reports: 'Even when the Patriots were down 21-0 to the Buffalo Bills at halftime on Sunday, linebacker Rosevelt Colvin was convinced his team could erase the deficit.'

Marker Belichick stays away from Milloy issue [5:15 AM]
Boston Herald reports: 'Patriots coach Bill Belichick said the club does not intend to pursue allegations of personnel tampering by the Washington Redskins in their pursuit of strong safety Lawyer Milloy.'

Marker Reviews poor on opener [5:14 AM]
Boston Herald reports: 'QUARTERBACK -- F-minus. Bad! Bad! Very bad!'

Marker Law: Let gones be bygones [5:13 AM]
Providence Journal reports: '"He got something off his back by proving that he can go out there and he's still the same player he's always been and even better," Law said. "If you put anybody in the right situation, they can make plays. Lawyer's one of those types of guys. He proved to everyone that he has not lost a step. He makes plays. Everyone will have a down year. Hall of Famers have down years."'

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