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Buffalo Bills News - December 18, 2002

Marker TU Dips Into NFL [1:42 PM] reports: 'Kragthorpe is in his second year with the Bills and tutors starting quarterback Drew Bledsoe. Prior to his post in Buffalo, Kragthorpe coached fours seasons at Texas A&M, spending three of those seasons as the offensive coordinator. He also held coaching positions at Northern Arizona (1990-1993), North Texas (1994-1995) and Boston College (1996).'

Marker Report: Kragthorpe to be next coach at Tulsa [1:41 PM]
AP reports: 'Kragthorpe, who has coached Bills quarterbacks the last two seasons, is credited with helping Drew Bledsoe return to the NFL's elite this year after he lost his starting position in New England last year.'

Marker Bills Make Roster Moves [12:43 PM] reports: The Bills today announced that the team has placed cornerback Jason Bostic on the Injured Reserve list (knee) and elevated cornerback Marcus Floyd from the practice squad to the 53-man roster.

Marker Alumni Update: Ed Rutkowski [12:06 PM] reports: Ed Rutkowski could have been labeled with the nickname "Slash" nine years before Pittsburgh’s Kordell Stewart was born. His six-year, multi-position career with the Bills began in 1963, when he came to Buffalo along with two University of Notre Dame teammates, Daryle Lamonica and Ed Hoerster.

Marker Second to None - Oscar winner Voight leads Bills to title in TNT original [10:50 AM] reports: "I wanted to do this part," admits Voight, "because I wanted to see the Bills win the Super Bowl in my lifetime. The Bills have had some great teams, but there's no resemblance between me and [former Buffalo head coach] Marv Levy."

Marker Send a question to Bills owner Ralph Wilson [10:28 AM] reports: Recently, the Pro Football Hall of fame announced the preliminary list of nominees vying to be named to list of 15 finalists for election to the Pro Football Hall of Fame's Class of 2003. Included on list of 74 former players, coaches, and contributors were several with strong Buffalo Bills ties.

Marker Bills' road to playoffs needs a detailed map [8:58 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'It starts with beating the Green Bay Packers on the road, a monumental accomplishment under the best circumstances but even bigger in December. However, even a victory would be merely drawing an ace when a royal flush is required.'

Marker Losing some luster [8:42 AM]
Milwaukee Journal Sentinel reports: 'The trio of Eric Moulds (6-feet-1, 204 pounds), Peerless Price (5-10 1/2, 190) and rookie Josh Reed (5-10, 203) has been terrific.'

Marker The book on the Bills [8:41 AM]
Milwaukee Journal Sentinel reports: 'The Packers probably haven't played a team with three greater threats than Travis Henry, Eric Moulds and Peerless Price.'

Marker Comparisons: Packers vs. Bills [8:40 AM]
Milwaukee Journal Sentinel reports: 'Buffalo's Eric Moulds and Peerless Price are big-play men. Moulds has 86 catches and 1,167 yards, Price 84 and 1,156. Both have nine touchdowns. Rookie Josh Reed has 33 catches. As well as the Packer receivers have played and stepped up this season, they're not an equal threat.'

Marker 'Second String' No Christmas Movie, But It's a Lot Better Than It Sounds [5:35 AM]
Salt Lake City Tribune reports: 'The pleasant surprise about "Second String" is how fast and energetic the movie can be and how the filmmakers don't turn the players into caricatures like in the Charlie Sheen movie, "Major League."'

Marker Love those'dogs [5:34 AM]
Newark Star Ledger reports: 'In the underdog football genre, it ranks slightly above "Necessary Roughness" (Scott Bakula as a 40-year-old college freshman, Kathy Ireland as a placekicker) and "The Replacements" (a movie that asks you to root for scab players), and is only a bit more plausible -- even ignoring the basic idea that the Buffalo Bills might finally win a championship.'

Marker TNT's 'Second String' fulfills fantasy football dreams [5:33 AM]
Pittsburgh Tribune Review reports: 'Bills fans will love the happy ending. And with the way the Bills are playing this year, they might have a chance to make the story come true. For his team's sake, quarterback Drew Bledsoe should stay away from shellfish.'

Marker Bills need whole lotta luck [5:17 AM]
D and C reports: 'New England (8-6), the defending Super Bowl champs, has to lose its remaining two games, against the Jets (7-7), and Miami (9-5), both at home.'

Marker TU's next coach is Kragthorpe [5:16 AM]
Tulsa World reports: 'Kragthorpe, a 37-year-old son of a coach, will be TU's 27th football coach.'

Marker TU Narrows Coaching Search [5:15 AM]
KTUL-TV reports: 'There appears to be a front runner for a football coach at the University of Tulsa. Hurricane officials are zeroing in Steve Kragthorpe. Steve is currently the Quarterback coach for the Buffalo Bills...An announcement will be made on Thursday.'

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December 17, 2002

Marker Chargers Report Card [9:37 PM] reports: 'COACHING- Marty Schottenheimer decided to put in Flutie with a little over 8 minutes to go. Flutie did not respond. Brees was simply the victim of dropped passes and the decision to go away from the running game in the fourth quarter is baffling. The coach also decided not to kick a field goal in two situations where any other team in the league would have. The sorry state of the Chargers special teams and lack of confidence hurt them on this day. Grade: F'

Marker Playoffs start now for Bolts [11:49 AM]
North County Times reports: 'The Chargers find themselves back in the playoff pack after letting a winnable game slip away in upstate New York, where on late Sunday and early Monday morning 7 inches of snow fell to go with 21-degree weather. Buffalo fans take the weather in stride. More than 61,000 hearty souls stood in the misty rain to watch the Bills sneak past the Chargers on Sunday. Doug Flutie is right when he says, "They love their Bills." I can't imagine 61,000 Chargers fans coming out to Qualcomm Stadium if the weather was the least bit nasty.'

Marker Ask Running Back Travis Henry [11:46 AM] reports: visitors selected Bills running back Travis Henry as the Tops Game Ball of the Week winner for his performance against the San Diego Charges on Sunday, December 15.

Marker On Any Given Tuesday: Dec. 17, 2002 [11:45 AM] reports: All players will attend the annual Bills Holiday Party for Kids at Ralph Wilson Stadium. Eighty children from the Boys & Girls Club of Buffalo, Salvation Army and Courage House at Gateway-Longview sent in their holiday wishes. They will be granted on Tuesday night when the kids and the players celebrate together.

Marker Kicking the Odds [11:43 AM]
WGRZ-TV reports: 'It was a 47 yard punt, into a stiff wind in a light rain, with no return because Tim Dwight had to fair catch it. Unbelievable.'

Marker Williams talks about Packers, not his future [9:05 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'Obviously, winning the final two games to finish with three straight victories would work wonders for his immediate future. Losing the last two could place him in jeopardy.'

Marker To make a run Bills don't have to pass [9:04 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'The Bills have advanced past the stage of regaining respectability. They should be seething that a playoff spot appears destined to elude them when it was there waiting to be grasped.'

Marker Bills' owner supportive of coach [5:24 AM]
D and C reports: 'With losses in four of the past five games heading into the Chargers game, there was growing speculation that Williams’ job was in jeopardy. But Wilson quieted the talk with his strong comments in support of his 44-year-old coach, who enters the final year of his contract next season.'

Marker Should Travis Henry be the focal point for the Bills? [5:23 AM]
D and C reports: 'Yeah he fumbles, but those 1,300 yards and 13 TDs have made up for it.'

Marker Week 15: Green Bay in December is tough [5:22 AM]
D and C reports: 'WHAT does Gregg Williams’ future hold? A job in Buffalo, that’s what. Only in Buffalo can a head coach’s job be considered in jeopardy even though he has more than doubled the win total from the previous year.'

Marker Bills face huge odds vs. Favre in December [5:22 AM]
D and C reports: 'Favre is 22-2 in home games in December for his Hall of Fame career, with 47 touchdown passes and only 16 interceptions. The Packers are 20-1 in their last 21 December home games.'

Marker Henry rushes to elite status [5:21 AM]
USA Today reports: 'Bledsoe says he does not believe Henry's statistics, lofty as they are, accurately reflect his ability. "If we did not have to play from behind in a few games," Bledsoe said of the 7-7 Bills, "he would be right up there at the very top."'

December 16, 2002

Marker TBD / Shout chat rescheduled for Tues. night, 8 p.m. EST [11:39 PM]
StadiumWall reports: Mike Doser and Lary Bump should be there.

Marker Mike Doser: Bills, Henry stop Flutie-led Chargers [11:32 PM]
Shout! reports: The crowd greeted Flutie with cheers and boos. The people who were booing were probably just nervous that the QB would come back and haunt his old team the way he did in San Diego last season, running for the game-winning score with one minute, 10 seconds remaining.

Unfortunately, Flutie couldn't rally his team this time. Of course, next week it's back to the bench; fun while it lasted.

"Let's set the record straight," Flutie said. "Drew is the starter of this team and he is the guy."

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