Bills take sponsors to camp [9:50 AM]
Business First of Buffalo reports: 'The novelty of training camp in Fredonia had long worn off and attendance there waned in recent years. Estimated figures say about 10,000 spectators watched the team during the course of the approximately three-week training camp period. The Bills are optimistic that 10 or 15 times that number will sample training camp this summer.'
Wegmans aims to cash in with Bills [9:47 AM]
D and C reports: 'Those interests already are being boosted: The Wegmans-Bills pairing has attracted attention across the NFL. While almost every NFL team has some sort of relationship with a local supermarket, said Chris Widmaire, a league spokesman, the Bills-Wegmans matchup is "unique to the entire NFL." "When we have league meetings and the Bills make presentations about their relationship with Wegmans," said Widmaire, "people are blown away by the breadth and depth of it."'
Surgery for Wiley [6:42 AM]
Shout! reports: 'Starting right end Marcellus Wiley will undergo surgery today [Saturday] to correct a bulging disk in his lower back and will be sidelined between four to six weeks, according to media reports. It comes as a shock because Wiley showed no signs of problems in any of the mini-camps.'
Sudden impact [11:52 PM]
AP reports: 'The Buffalo Bills defensive lineman is one of the most generous players in a league that seems to get more attention nowadays for the ones who commit crimes. With his own charitable foundation he established in 1998, Washington has made it his mission to give. He hands out thousands of pairs of shoes annually, plays Santa every Christmas to donate toys, and offers advice and hope to all. He also has organized a football camp for hundreds of children at the Marine Corps Air-Ground Combat Center near Twentynine Palms, Calif., in the Mojave Desert.'
Bills score New York jets [8:56 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'The Bills recently signed a sponsorship deal with JetBlue Airways, a new airline based at New York's Kennedy Airport. The Bills will promote the airline on an electronic billboard in the east end zone and other stadium signs. JetBlue executives are already salivating at the prospect of flying throngs of Bills and New York Jets fans between Buffalo and New York when the teams meet during the upcoming season.'
Crown doesn't appear a fit for Patriots [7:17 AM]
Boston Globe reports: 'Doug Flutie said recently that he will be back on the field, despite coach Wade Phillips going with Rob Johnson as his No. 1 quarterback. The decision to bench Flutie in the playoffs last year may become Phillips's haunting legacy. Even former Bills great Jim Kelly said that while he considers Phillips a friend, he can't approve of the decision to bench Flutie. Another bad sign for this team, which will be one of the league's youngest, was cutting fullback Sam Gash. The Patriots found out Gash brings an attitude to the offense. The Patriots miss it and the Bills will also. This is also a team void of the great Bruce Smith, who can still be productive. But the Bills have drafted well lately and their young players will be put to the test. The Bills must also replace receiver Andre Reed. At least they have a viable option in Peerless Price.'
Wiley to miss training camp with back surgery [9:01 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'Wiley will be out of action for four to six weeks due to surgery he will have today to repair a bulging disc in his lower back. The fourth-year right defensive end probably will miss all of the team's training camp in Rochester. He is scheduled to be back on the field sometime between Aug. 7 and Aug. 21.'
Ex-top doctor for Bills cited over billings [8:56 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'The former head doctor to the Buffalo Bills has been sanctioned by state health officials for inappropriate billing. Dr. Richard L. Weiss, of Amherst, agreed not to contest the charges against him, including professional misconduct and filing false reports. He also agreed that his license to practice medicine be permanently limited, although Weiss is retired...Weiss, 71, joined the Bills as an associate physician in 1967 and had been their primary team doctor from 1977 to 1995, when his role diminished...State officials could not say whether the billing was related to the Bills or Weiss' other patients.'
Returning for another NFL season: Flutie Flakes [9:02 AM]
Buffalo News reports: "Flutie Flakes, which made their 1998 debut in a bright red box, then were switched to a deep blue box in early '99, will hit supermarket shelves in early August in a new red, white and blue box. Melissa Heher, vice president of PLB Sports, the Pittsburgh company that created Flutie's hit breakfast food, said the time was right for Flutie Flakes III."
Bills sign quartet [8:57 AM]
Buffalo News reports:
Bills add four NFL Europe players [6:34 AM]
AP reports: "The Buffalo Bills signed four NFL Europe players Thursday, including wide receiver Kevin Drake, who led the league this season with a record-tying 12 touchdown catches. Also signed were defensive backs Nick Ferguson and Quincy Coleman and wide receiver Todd Floyd, who returns to the Bills after they released him prior to the start of last season."
Bills sign four from NFL's European league [6:15 AM]
D and C reports: "They are wide receiver Kevin Drake and defensive back Nick Ferguson of the World Bowl champion Rhein Fire and wide receiver Todd Floyd and defensive back Quincy Coleman of the Frankfurt Galaxy."
Buffalo Bills Survivor: Round 7 is complete! [10:15 PM]
TBD reports: 'The 7th castaway has been voted off Buffalo Bills Island. This former Bill went out in style. His last play in uniform was a touchdown catch against the Miami Dolphins in 1986. He injured his knee that play and never suited up again.'
Bills sign four players [10:14 PM]
Shout! reports: 'The Bills announced that the team has signed four players who most recently competed in the 2000 NFL Europe season. They are wide receiver Kevin Drake and defensive back Nick Ferguson of the World Bowl champion Rhein Fire and wide receiver Todd Floyd and defensive back Quincy Coleman of the Frankfurt Galaxy.'
Read all about this! [5:40 PM]
Shout! reports: 'There have been all kinds of media reports about the Bills this off-season, leading fans to believe all kinds of things. Here's what I believe - and I think you should take heed of my thoughts over some national journalist because I actually was at every mini-camp session this off-season.'
Single tix on sale [5:38 PM]
Shout! reports: 'Fans can purchase tickets in person at the Ralph Wilson Stadium box office, the team's downtown Buffalo office in the Statler building, the Rochester office in Pittsford Plaza, and the Central Ticket Office on Delaware Avenue in Buffalo. In addition, tickets can be purchased with a credit card by calling toll free at 1-877-BBTICKS and through the team's web site, www.buffalobills.com. Tickets are also available at all Wegmans Food Markets in the video departments, which are open seven days a week.'
TBD fundraiser to buy tickets for Roswell patients [1:34 PM]
TBD reports: 'Thanks to the generosity of its readers and supporters, Two Bills Drive has been able to donate six Buffalo Bills season tickets the past two seasons for the use by the Pediatric Care Unit of Roswell Park Cancer Institute. Please help us repeat our past efforts for this season.'
TSW Posts of week [1:30 PM]
Shout! reports: 'June 25 to July 1 (in alphabetical order by subject). This is a weekly collection of the fans' most interesting posts on The Stadium Wall message board. Posts will be highlighted each week on the Shout!/TBD web site. Posts from the previous week follow the new posts.'
Bills chat: Travares Tillman [9:49 PM]
NFL.com reports: Chat transcript with DB Travares Tillman, the Bills 2nd round draft pick.
Buffalo Bills Survivor: Round 6 is complete! [10:12 AM]
TBD reports: 'The 6th castaway has been voted off Buffalo Bills Island. The voting was clear cut once again. A great Bills player, who had a shortened career due to a knee injury, has been asked to pack his bags and head back to the mainland.'
You Make the Call! (#5) [5:22 PM]
Shout! reports: "You Make the Call" is a presentation of both real and imagined NFL scenarios, where we invite you to "make the call" based upon the Official Rules for the NFL for 1999. Good luck, because you'll need it.
Bills start ticket sale Saturday [1:21 PM]
Buffalo News reports: 'Starting at 8:30 a.m. Saturday, fans can purchase tickets in person at the Ralph Wilson Stadium box office, the Bills' downtown office in the Statler building, Central Ticket Office, 228 Delaware Ave., all Wegmans stores (in the video departments) and at the Bills' Rochester office at Pittsford Plaza. Tickets also may be purchased with a credit card through the team's Web site, www.buffalobills.com or at 1-877-228-4257. The team warned that telephone users "may experience delays and busy signals" because of a high volume of calls.'
Bills chat Wednesday: Travares Tillman [11:50 PM]
NFL.com reports: 'The Bills lost some key defensive veterans to free agency, but they believe they have plenty of young talent to compensate. One young player Buffalo has high hopes for is second-round pick Travares Tillman. Ask Tillman about his upcoming rookie campaign when he chats Wednesday at 5 p.m. ET. Send in your questions now!'
Sports publisher calls foul against the mail [3:46 PM]
D and C reports: 'Local publisher David Jones (of Shout! Newspaper) is tired of dealing with customer complaints about mail delivery, especially during the peak football season when he tries to get his football newspapers in fans' hands before Sunday games. Now he wants to do something about it.'
Johnson, Flutie rate No. 6 among NFL QB tandems [8:09 AM]
D and C reports: '6--Buffalo. Rob Johnson and Doug Flutie. Of the teams with excellent 1-2 QB punches, only the Bills have any controversy regarding which one should start. That could be a season-long problem.'
Bills Tickets Go On Sale July 8 [9:29 AM]
Jamestown Post-Journal reports: 'Demand is expected to be high during the opening weekend of sales and fans using the 1-877-BBTICKS may experience delays and busy signals due to the volume of calls. Last season, seven of the team’s eight regular season home games sold out.'
Any given Monday night [9:01 AM]
Salon.com reports: Not specifically Bills related, but an interesting article on a few problems with the NFL today. Hard to argue with this guy ...
'Spectacular' digs for Bills at Fisher [6:06 AM]
D and C reports: '"My first years here, my high school locker room was better than what we had in Fredonia," 10-year strong safety Henry Jones said. "Training camp is for concentration. You don't want distractions. And at the same time, the NFL is supposed to be a first-class operation all the way. That's what we're really moving toward right now. "We had decent facilities (in Orchard Park), but to upgrade them to this, then from Fredonia to what we'll have in Rochester, that's just going to make it a lot nicer to get up and go to work in the morning."'
Buffalo Destroyers on National TV [2:25 PM]
TNN reports: The Buffalo Destroyers play the Florida Bobcats on live national TV tonight: TNN at 8:00 p.m. EST. The Destroyers have won three in a row and have a shot at the play-offs.
Southern California Bills Backers [2:05 PM]
SCBB reports: The SCBB is proud to be an official chapter of the Bills Backers International fan club. Over 200 members gather to watch every game and cheer the Bills on to victory. In addition, we get together for many off-season social activities, such as bowling tournaments, baseball games, beach parties and Sabres games. Enjoy our website and be sure to stop by and visit us in person!...
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