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Buffalo Bills News - June 29, 2000

Marker Steve Tasker's Takes [1:49 PM]
Shout! reports: 'The 2000 Bills are facing a leadership turnover much as the 1990 Bills did. In 1989, our most vocal team leaders were offensive tackle Joe Devlin and nose tackle Fred Smerlas -- very well respected veterans, but not the team's best players at that point in their careers.'

Marker Bruce Smith to stump for Hillary [9:44 AM]
Roll Call reports: 'HOH has learned that Bruce Smith, the legendary defensive tackle, will be the star attraction Friday night at a Virginia fundraiser for Clinton's New York Senate campaign.'

Marker Buffalo Bills Survivor: Round 5 is complete! [9:23 AM]
TBD reports: 'The 5th castaway has been voted off Buffalo Bills Island. The voting was clear this round, as yet another future Hall of Famer was asked to leave the island. That means one current Hall of Fame player and three future inductees have been shipped back to the mainland.'

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June 28, 2000

Marker Q & A with DE Marcellus Wiley [9:32 AM]
Shout! reports: 'Wade Phillips is not expecting Marcellus Wiley to replace Bruce Smith at right defensive end. He is, however, looking for a good season out of the fourth-year player, especially rushing from the right side where he says Wiley is more effective. Here's a Q&A with Wiley.'

Marker Buffalo Bills Survivor: Round 4 is complete [9:15 AM]
TBD reports: The 4th castaway has been voted off Buffalo Bills Island. Once again, the voting came down to the wire. Only one vote separated these two future Hall of Famers! Just like rounds one and two - betrayal was the deciding factor in Round 4.

June 27, 2000

Marker Some notes on Bills during the off-season [3:03 PM]
Olean Times Herald reports: 'In the early line issued by the legal sports books in Las Vegas, the Bills are given 8-1 odds of making Super Bowl XXXV in January at Tampa. Buffalo ranks No. 5 on the odds list in the AFC behind Jacksonville (7-2), Tennessee (5-1), Denver (6-1) and Indianapolis (7-1).'

Marker Buffalo Bills Survivor - Round 3 Complete! [9:24 AM]
Shout! reports: 'The 3rd castaway has been voted off Buffalo Bills Island. This was a very interesting round as an old-timer battled with the youngest castaway. The vote went down to the wire. In fact, only one vote separated the two castaways.'

June 26, 2000

Marker You Make the Call! (#4) [10:58 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.

Marker Posts of the Week! [7:20 PM]
Shout! reports: 'June 18 to June 24 (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.'

Marker Catching up with MLB John Holecek [1:35 PM]
Shout! reports: 'Mike linebacker John Holecek has been busy strengthening the muscle around his knees this off-season. Holecek said he hopes the extra training will eliminate any chance of a leg injury forcing him to miss games during the regular season.'

June 25, 2000

Marker Buffalo Bills Survivor: Round 2 [10:52 PM]
TBD reports: The 2nd castaway has been voted off Buffalo Bills Island. This pick was another surprise to the TBD staff. He undoubtedly was one of the greatest Bills ever to play in Buffalo and will be remembered as one of the greatest players to ever play the game.

Marker He's tackling logistics for Fisher [10:01 AM]
D and C reports: 'Around July 10, the transformation of the sedate, private college into Billsville begins in earnest. Festival tents for vendors and corporate sponsors will take shape in the parking lots adjacent to the Fisher football stadium. Fencing to direct crowds, which could number 12,000 fans a day, will be erected. Portable restrooms, baby changing stations, shade areas and medical emergency posts are among other details germane to creating the fan-friendly camp. In addition, 70 training camp jobs earmarked for Fisher student-athletes must be assigned and the people trained. On July 17, the college plans a dress rehearsal.'

June 24, 2000

Marker Drake set to shuffle off (to Buffalo) [9:54 PM]
CBS Sportsline reports: 'Len Pasquarelli says that Rhein Fire wide receiver Kevin Drake should be heading to Buffalo barring any last minute snags. Scroll down this multi-subject column to find this piece.'

June 23, 2000

Marker Buffalo valgte Hurum-gutt [10:31 PM]
Oslo Aftenposten reports: 'Leif Dolonen Larsen blir spiller i den amerikanske NFL-klubben Buffalo Bills...FAKTA Buffalo Bills: Stiftet oktober 1958, Hovedtrener Wade Phillips, Quarterback er Doug Flutie, Pro Bowler og årets come-back spiller i 1998, Hjemmearena: Ralph Wilson stadion, 80 024 sitteplasser, Buffalo er en by i staten New York med 1,7 millioner innbyggere.'

Marker Bills face salary cap troubles in 2001 [2:43 PM]
Washington Post reports: This is an article about the Redskins and their salary cap issues. However, Buffalo is mentioned several times throughout the article as a team who will be dealing with salary cap troubles in 2001.

Marker My 4 Quarters On Monday Night Football [11:13 AM]
The Washington Post reports: 'I blasted Wade Phillips's decision to play Rob Johnson over Doug Flutie: "That's like benching Bambi!"'

Marker Put it behind us - the law and celebrity [11:12 AM]
Shout! reports: 'The majority of American sports fans seem to be intrigued by the problems of athletes and coaches. They find it hard to believe that people with such celebrity and wealth - or potential wealth - can get into such terrible predicaments.'

Marker You Make the Call (#3) [11:11 AM]
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.'

Marker Survivor: The 1st player has been booted [11:10 AM]
Shout! reports: 'The 1st castaway has been voted off Buffalo Bills Island. This pick actually came as surprise to the TBD staff, as we expected his exit much later. It appears that the wounds that were inflicted upon his once adoring fans have not healed.'

Marker Q & A with RB Sammy Morris [11:08 AM]
Shout! reports: 'Running back Sammy Morris recently signed a three-year contract with the Bills. Morris and his wife Leslie also bought a house in Hamburg. They have a nine-month old daughter, Kiera. Morris and defensive tackle Leif Larsen are the only draft picks to sign with the team. Here's a Q&A with Morris.'

Marker Bills single-game seats go on sale July 8 [8:57 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'Single-game tickets for all nine Bills home games will go on sale to the general public on Saturday, July 8 at 8:30 a.m.'

June 22, 2000

Marker Bills sign seventh-round pick [4:23 PM]
AP reports: 'Linebacker DaShon Polk, the last player drafted by Buffalo this year, signed with the Bills Thursday.'

Marker Running back Morris signs Bills' contract [8:54 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'The Buffalo Bills have signed running back Sammy Morris, a fifth-round draft choice this year. Morris, who played fullback and halfback over two seasons at Texas Tech, was the 156th player drafted overall.'

Marker Rucker set for XFL; Morris, Malbrough sign [5:49 AM]
Lubbock Avalanche Journal reports: 'Former Tech running back Sammy Morris said he expects to sign a three-year contract today with the Buffalo Bills. The signing bonus is $100,000, according to Morris..."It's a good deal," said Morris, the Bills' fifth-round draft pick in April. "My agent was able to negotiate was able to negotiate a bigger signing bonus than guys taken before me in the draft."'

Marker Steelers reach agreement with linebacker [5:41 AM]
Pittsburgh Post Gazette reports: 'More than likely, Northern will serve as a backup to Porter, the team's third-round draft choice in 1999 whose style of play reminds the team of a young Greg Lloyd. Porter had an outstanding training camp and preseason last year, and his development is one of the reasons the team elected not to re-sign free-agent Carlos Emmons, who started the past two seasons at right outside linebacker...Northern is 6 feet 2, 240 pounds and was a starter the past two years in Buffalo. But the Bills did not attempt to re-sign him because Keith Newman, a fourth-round pick in 1999, was expected to be the starter in 2000.'

June 21, 2000

Marker Buffalo Bills Survivor! [10:53 PM]
Shout! reports: 'Beginning June 21st, for several weeks, 16 great football players will be marooned on a tropical island off the coast of Crystal Beach. Day by day Bills fans from across the world will analyse the list of castaways in search of the least worthy. The last survivor will be crowned "The Greatest Buffalo Bill of All-Time".'

Marker Steelers Stay Active [9:02 PM]
Steelers Digest reports: 'The Steelers have apparently come to a contract agreement with linebacker Gabe Northern, although he has not officially signed a contract as of yet...The Steelers were one of three teams to show a strong interest in Northern, the New England Patriots and St. Louis Rams being the other two, but the black and gold was the only team that didn't have an incumbent starter at the weakside linebacker spot.'

Marker Four teams get a change of scheme [8:48 PM]
The Sporting News reports: 'Head coach Wade Phillips caused great debate in upstate New York last season when he benched Doug Flutie in favor of forgotten man Rob Johnson on the brink of the playoffs, despite the fact the diminutive folk hero completed his final 12 passes in a victory over the Patriots in the second-to-last regular-season game.'

Marker Bills sign fifth-round pick [8:44 PM]
AP reports: 'Sammy Morris, the former Texas Tech running back selected in the fifth round of the NFL draft, signed with the Buffalo Bills on Wednesday. During the recently completed minicamp, the Bills used Morris in the backfield and as a receiver.'

Marker Bills Caravan To Make Stop At Wegmans Today [1:28 PM]
Jamestown Post Journal reports: '‘‘Helping our players go out into the communities and interacting with our fans is one of the benefits of these caravan stops,’’ said Russ Brandon, the Bills Vice President/Business Development & Marketing. ‘‘We’ve had some great crowds on some of our recent stops and we are looking forward to the remaining visits.’’'

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