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Buffalo Bills News - June 12, 2003

Marker Simonton Receives MVP Honors [4:45 PM] reports: Buffalo Bills running back KEN SIMONTON (Scottish Claymores) won the voting for Offensive MVP after leading the league with 871 rushing yards and finishing fourth with 39 receptions.

Marker Competition is good for all [3:53 PM]
Shout! reports: 'Eventually we should see a fierce competition between Travis Henry and Willis McGahee – an absolute battle to the death between two hardworking, mentally strong, enormously talented individuals. I’m so confident that Henry vs. McGahee would make such compelling television that I recently called ABC wondering if it would be interested in a new reality series, The Running Back.'

Marker Fan Reactions to the Shout! Song - Part II [3:27 PM] reports: '"I believe the Bill's Shout Song was and is one of the greatest things for the team and us fans. No matter where you hear shout you get excited about the Bills. It is one way that fans can connect to the team and get enthusiastic about the team. I for one love the song and what it does for the fans….I wish they would play it more at the games though."'

Marker Fan Reactions to the Shout! Song - Part I [3:26 PM] reports: '"The song is old and totally outdated. Lets get something more modern and not so ritualistic. Fans singing shout sound like they have been wound up and programmed. Something not as structured would be better."'

Marker A Hero's Welcome [3:26 PM] reports: 'During their tour of duty overseas, they stopped twice to pose for pictures, once in the desert of Kuwait and again in the heart of Baghdad in front of a military academy. In both pictures a Buffalo Bills banner was proudly displayed. The 15 men adorned their tank with Bills insignias, decals and even a "Bledsoe 11" on the canon. Their passion for their team was proudly displayed for all of Iraq to see, they were fans of the Buffalo Bills and they didn't care who knew it.'

Marker Individual Game Tickets Go On Sale July 12 [1:16 PM] reports: 'Due in large part to a considerable increase in season ticket sales, availability will be very limited for the team's home games vs. New England (9/7), Philadelphia (9/28) and Washington (10/19). The only way to guarantee tickets for all home games is by purchasing season tickets.'

Marker Beneath the Turf [1:15 PM] reports: 'After visiting various pro, college and youth-level fields in 10 - 15 cities, Munson and Frandina settled on AstroPlay for a variety of reasons. One of the biggest was the field's "G-max" rating, which measures the hardness of a ground surface based on vertical-drop tests. A measurement of zero is extremely soft; a measurement of 200 is extremely hard. Natural grass is an 85, and AstroPlay is close, "around an 85 to a 95," Munson says.'

Marker Denney Working Hard at Home and On the Field [11:11 AM] reports: Ryan Denney will have something to celebrate this Father's Day. The Buffalo Bills defensive end is a new father, welcoming his daughter to the world just two months ago. Though he is in the midst of training during mini-camp, he has also has his hands full at home, caring for an infant. But Denney doesn't let his fatherly duties interfere with his job. He's been hitting the weights and practicing hard in anticipation of the 2003 season.

Marker The Bills say thanks [8:58 AM]
Buffalo News reports: '"I have one request, actually an order, for you ladies - to beat the Patriots on opening day."'

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June 11, 2003

Marker The Mort Report Chat Wrap [11:13 PM]
ESPN reports: Kevin (Buffalo): Mort, my beloved Bills have made many great moves this offseason with the only downside being we had to trade Peerless Price. Do you think that Josh Reed will be able to fill his shoes or not? Thanks

Chris Mortensen: (7:12 PM ET ) Price and Reed are different receivers. Price is a speed, deep guy and Reed is a possession, run after the catch guy. Don't forget, Eric Moulds is still the best receiver on the Bills and he's not going anywhere. Bledsoe will be better in the system. The O-line will be better. Travis Henry will be hungry. It may be a little different, but the Bills should be better this season.

Marker The Bills Sign 6th Round Pick Sape [9:16 PM]
WGR-AM reports: 'Sape didn't expect to be drafted. He's enthusiasm has shown in Mini Camp with many off sides which drives new defensive line coach Tim Krumrie crazy. You can tell just from his brief time of the field, Sape's motor is always running.'

Marker Bills sign 6th-round pick, DT Sape [9:06 PM]
AP reports: 'Considered a project, Sape will have time to develop on a Bills defensive front made up of starters Sam Adams and Pat Williams, and projected backups Ron Edwards and Justin Bannan.'

Marker Unit recalls fallen member during visit to Bills practice [6:51 PM]
AP reports: 'A native of nearby Cheektowaga, Lance Cpl. Eric Orlowski was one of the Iraq war's first casualties, killed March 22 when a .50-caliber machine gun accidentally misfired. So it was a bittersweet memory when members of Bravo Company, 8th tank battalion, attended Bills practice Wednesday.'

Marker Bills Sign Lauvele Sape [6:49 PM] reports: Sape (whose name pronounced "la-VAH-lay sah-PAY) was a mainstay on the defensive line in his last two years at nose guard for Utah, where he started 14 of 35 career games. Last season, Sape was an All-Mountain West Conference second-team selection after starting every game at nose guard.

Marker A piece of history [6:49 PM]
Buffalo News reports: The oldest living NFL player begins another story. This one is about visiting the Buffalo Bills Fieldhouse recently. There he met Gregg Williams and gave insight to the Bills coach about how the game was before agents, salary caps, ball control and even the wishbone offense.'

Marker Cota won’t join the Bills [1:36 PM]
Medford Mail Tribune reports: 'What Cota feared was spending mini camp and training camp in Buffalo and then getting cut before the season started in early September. The Bills were offering Cota the minimum salary for an eight-year veteran, believed to be more than $600,000, but he would collect virtually none of it if he were released.'

Marker Bills Alumni Spotlight: Greg Cater [1:27 PM] reports: 'It has been 20 years since he last played for the Bills, but Cater still has a job that requires him to work on Sundays. He is now the pastor of the Fairview Baptist Church in Rome, Ga.'

Marker Bills Alumni Spotlight: Jeff Wright [1:24 PM] reports: '"I was just watching it in the air the whole time and I saw Carlton out of the side of my eye. I thought if we both go for it, one of us is going to drop it. So I just put my hands in the air and moved back from it. I followed him in (to the endzone). That was the difference. That was a huge play. But I wish I would have caught it and been on ‘Good Morning America’ and get a little bit higher of a salary sooner," Wright laughed.'

Marker Aiken signs with Bills; Cota quits [9:00 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'Cota has not officially filed his retirement papers with the league. His agent said he is considering doing so.'

Marker WGR releases the Coach [8:59 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'Dickerson, who shared the afternoon time slot with Mike Schopp last season after Schopp moved over from rival sports station WNSA, originally was supposed to take the winter and summer off and return in the fall in time for the National Football League season. Ried said the station decided against bringing back the Coach and disrupting the afternoon show that has been hosted by Schopp alone since Dickerson left for Florida.'

Marker Riemersma may be part of revamped passing game [5:22 AM]
Pittsburgh Tribune Review reports: 'Riemersma, who had been asked to take a pay cut in Buffalo, said he wasn't disappointed that he had to leave the Bills after a productive 10-year career. "I left a great owner (Ralph Wilson), a great organization. There have been a lot of changes there the last two years, and I don't necessarily consider them changes for the better. It was just my time to leave and I sensed that and I'm actually happy the way things turned out. They got a new GM in there. I got along well with (former GM) John Butler. I didn't necessarily see eye to eye with some of the things that took place there in the last few years. We left amicably with ownership, and really, that's all I cared about."'
Editor's Note: Riemersma has played is in his 9th NFL season

June 10, 2003

Marker Bills report: Notes, quotes, anecdotes [10:38 PM]
CBS Sportsline reports: Paul Tagliabue better watch out, Bills DT Sam Adams is grooming for his job. Adams, the colorful veteran signed by Buffalo this offseason, was named commissioner of the North American Football League recently. The league consists of 102 semi-pro teams nationwide. Adams owns the Eastside Hawks, located near Seattle, who finished 9-2 last season. "It's awesome and really fun," Adams said. "When you have guys who are hungry just to play, it's nice to see. I have guys 18 to 50 years old on my team."

Marker Veteran safety Cota calls it quits [7:43 PM]
The Sports Network reports: 'The 31-year-old Cota, who agreed to terms, but did not sign an official contract with Buffalo last Thursday, spoke with Bills head coach Gregg Williams over the weekend about the decision.'

Marker Bills sign 4th-round pick, WR Aiken [7:42 PM]
AP reports: 'Selected 127th overall in April's draft, Aiken was the first of Buffalo's eight draft picks to sign. He's expected to compete for the team's fifth receiver spot with Charles Johnson and James Jett, the former Oakland Raider who signed with the Bills last week.'

Marker Bills Install AstroPlay - Latest Photos [6:16 PM] reports: Photos of the field

Marker Bills Fans Across America [6:16 PM] reports: The Latest Winner is: Indiana - Peter Tertinek

Marker Bills Sign Sam Aiken [6:15 PM] reports: The Bills today announced that the team has signed wide receiver Sam Aiken, the second of Buffalo's two fourth-round picks in the 2003 NFL Draft and the 127th player taken overall.

Marker Simonton states his case [4:32 PM]
Albany Democrat Herald reports: '"I don't really hold any chips," Simonton said. "The NFL is so fickle. I don't know. How much comfort can you really take in this (season), you know? I came here, and I played hard, and that's what I wanted to do. (Buffalo is) going to have to make the decision on what they want to do. I just wanted to win. This is the only season I can control. I still can't control how they feel about me. I still feel like I fit in Buffalo as much as any other place. I've never been scared of competition. I don't worry about that. My job is just to make their decision as hard a decision as possible. That's just been my goal, to make their job tough. Hopefully, I've done that."'

Marker Chad Cota Reconsiders And Rides Off Into The Sunset [1:39 PM]
WGR-AM reports: 'Over the weekend, he had a heart to heart with coach Gregg Williams and decided eight seasons were enough in the NFL.'

Marker S Cota retires before signing with Bills [1:36 PM]
AP reports: 'The Bills had hoped Cota would bolster their young defensive backfield. He was expected to compete with third-year safety Tony Driver for the backup spot behind Coy Wire, who is coming off a promising rookie season.'

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