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Buffalo Bills News - August 1, 1999

Marker Bills' Flutie Starting QB For Now [10:23 AM]
AP reports: '"I have to use this camp to prepare to be the starter," Flutie said. "I've got to perform. There's no security in this profession, and Rob's one hell of a quarterback."'

Marker For Buffalo Bills Junkies, Even Practice Is Perfect [10:20 AM]
Olean Times Herald reports: "Among the features at this year’s training camp are new sideline seating with bleachers closer to the field, interactive games from the Buffalo Bills’ Experience, a Wegman’s booth with five holes of miniature golf, booths doing face-painting and temporary tattoos, a Jills’ booth with the team’s cheerleaders and a collectors’ corner for purchasing cards and sports memorabilia."

Marker Wade Brews QB Controversy in Buffalo [9:33 AM]
New York Daily News reports: 'If the season opened today, Phillips said Flutie would start because that's the way '98 ended. "But we're not playing today," Phillips said. "Doug made the Pro Bowl and he deserved it. And the other guy didn't do anything wrong. I want to give Rob an opportunity to play."'

Marker Bills Rookies In Camp On Time [8:41 AM]
D & C reports: "For a seventh straight year, general manager John Butler got all the team's draft picks signed on time."

Marker Bills' Smith Out To Prove He's 'The No. 1 Man' [8:39 AM]
D & C reports: '"Of course it caused me some concern," Smith said about Buffalo's serious effort to land Phillips. "Maybe it sent a message to me that they aren't as happy with me as they need to be. I just took it upon myself not to worry about it. He's a great athlete, I can't take nothing from him, but I don't consider myself a slouch. Basically, it gave me some incentive to come out here and work hard and show them they don't need anybody else, that I'm the No. 1 man."'

Marker Photo of Bruce Smith at training camp [12:10 AM]
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Marker Flutie signs autograph at camp (photo) [12:08 AM]
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Marker Doug Flutie photo from training camp [12:08 AM]
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Marker Rob Johnson Photo from Training Camp [12:07 AM]
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July 31, 1999

Marker Go Camping With The Bills [9:09 AM]
D & C reports: 1999 Training Camp Facts

Marker Bills Say Nucleus Is In Place [9:08 AM]
D & C reports: "I know we started 0-3 (last year), but we weren't the same team once we started winning," Phillips said. "If we can regain that . . . with the same players, and hope to get better, if we do that, we'll be awfully strong."

Marker Bills, Reed On Verge Of New Deal [9:06 AM]
D & C reports: "It's believed general manager John Butler and agent Jack Wirth hammered out a one-year extension, tying Reed to the Bills through 2001. A bonus could double Reed's 1999 pay, set at $1.3 million, and the extra year will provide the Bills salary cap room."

July 30, 1999

Marker Reed signs new contract! [3:06 PM]
CBS Sportsline reports: Wooohooooo!

Marker Bills Team Report - 7/30 [12:06 PM]
The Sporting News reports:

Marker Bills open training camp on Saturday [10:01 AM]
buffalobills.com reports: It's finally here! After being deprived of real football for months, we can now drink up!

Marker Bills announce formation of "Jamestown Club" [10:00 AM]
buffalobills.com reports: Bills are finally marketing regionally. Lets hope this type of smart marketing keeps the Bills in Buffalo for at least another 40 years.

Marker Reed A Holdout Unless Bills Pay Him More [6:19 AM]
D & C reports: "On his own team, the 35-year-old Reed has seen teammates with much less time and contributions to the Bills soar past him on the salary chart. This off-season, 36-year-old quarterback Doug Flutie, tackle Jerry Ostroski and cornerback Ken Irvin were given deals averaging $5.5 million, $3.125 million and $2.7 million."

July 29, 1999

Marker Flutie Flaunts His Talent With Drums [7:14 AM]
D & C reports: Buffalo has a multi-talented QB in Flutie. He certainly has the ability to improvise!

July 28, 1999

Marker Unnecessary Roughness [1:41 PM]
St. Catharines Standard reports: "If the bars are knowingly breaking the law by bringing in the TV signal by false pretenses, that is a crime. But to use bully tactics to seek penalties of an enormity which could cause these businesses to close up shop is overkill."

July 27, 1999

Marker McKenzie and Smerlas win Service Award [11:38 AM]
buffalobills.com reports: Those of us who are old enough to remember McKenzie and Freddy know that these awards are very well deserved.

Marker Bills sign three draft picks [11:37 AM]
buffalobills.com reports: With these 3 signings, Buffalo has 6 of 9 picks signed.

Marker Walsh Insists RB Is Matured [7:05 AM]
Santa Rosa Press-Democrat reports: "The Buffalo Bills and Green Bay Packers were also interested in [Lawrence] Phillips, but he chose the 49ers because, he said, the chances are better to immediately break into the starting lineup."

Marker Merely Courting Phillips Was A Bad Idea For Bills [6:24 AM]
D & C reports: Many of the same sentiments as expressed by the astute readers of this page.

July 26, 1999

Marker TBD Exclusive: Armon Hatcher Interview [10:00 AM]
TBD reports: Another exclusive player interview for TBD! Armon looks like he has a great shot to make the team.

July 24, 1999

Marker Best Sports Cities [11:23 AM]
The Sporting News reports: Buffalo - #21 Overall, #5 Hockey, #8 Football

Marker 49ers, Phillips Closer [11:15 AM]
San Francisco Examiner reports: "Heading into the weekend, the 49ers were close to signing Phillips, who instructed agent Mitch Frankel to negotiate only with San Francisco as he eliminated Buffalo and Green Bay from consideration."

Marker Big Pressure On Tiny Flutie [10:32 AM]
Toronto Sun reports: "[Buffalo general manager John] Butler, whose lineup remains virtually unchanged from last season, believes the pieces are in place for another run at the Super Bowl."

Marker Rochester Falls Flat In 'Best Sports Cities' Ranking [10:12 AM]
D & C reports: "Buffalo is No. 21 (up from No. 30 in 1998)..."

Marker Hunter's Hope Gives Grants To Researchers [10:08 AM]
D & C reports: "The western New York community and people from around the country have been extremely generous and supportive in helping the Hunter's Hope Foundation," Jill Kelly, the foundation's chief executive officer, said in a statement. "We are so happy we can finally put that money into research so scientists can get to work in finding a cure for this painful, fatal disease."

July 23, 1999

Marker Bills Team Report - 7/23 [12:05 PM]
The Sporting News reports:

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