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Buffalo Bills News - June 11, 2002

Marker Chicks on Football: Pleasant Surprises at RB, TE [3:57 PM] reports: Travis Henry (RB), Buffalo: The Bills' powerful back is ready to shine as one of this year's Sophomore Sensations.

Marker Modrak Promoted To Assistant General Manager [1:22 PM] reports: The Bills today announced that Tom Modrak has been promoted to Assistant General Manager. Modrak, who signed a multi-year contract, served as Director of Football Operations since joining the club in early June of last year.

Marker Equipment Room Busy Incorporating New Look [10:20 AM] reports: The re-designed uniforms were revealed in a ceremony at Ralph Wilson Stadium this past Saturday in front of 16,000 plus screaming Bills backers. That's not where the story ends though. With the new look comes more changes behind the scenes and added tasks to an already busy schedule.

Marker Bills Host Chat With Uniform Expert On Wednesday [9:48 AM] reports: will host a thirty-minute live chat with Jet Blue Airways uniform design expert Stan Herman of Stan Herman Design (NYC) on Wednesday, June 12, 2002 at 3:30 PM (ET). Herman will answer questions about the new uniform design.

Marker Bills aren't joshing when they praise Reed [9:09 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'They didn't think twice. They had to have Reed. They couldn't pass up the Biletnikoff winner, a first-team All-American who the team graded highly in character, effort, toughness, production and running after the catch.'

Marker Jersey-mania [5:42 AM]
D and C reports: 'On Sunday's Meet the Press program on NBC, host and Buffalo native Tim Russert closed the show by holding up his brand new Bills jersey, a dark blue home version.'

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June 10, 2002

Marker Fashion show at the Ralph [11:10 PM]
WKBW reports: The new uniforms are still red, white and blue, but the patriotic blue is replaced by a darker navy blue. The uniforms were well received by fans, who formed long lines to purchase the new digs.

Marker Chris Brown: New Team, New Look [11:06 PM]
WGR reports: Bills officially unveil new uniforms
The traditional red, white and blue color scheme that has been part of the Bills look since 1962 remains but has been intensified with the addition of a darker blue. The team's red helmet with a blue charging buffalo on the side has also been maintained but has been modified to include nickel gray and navy stripes. In another nod to tradition, the nickel gray of the 1960-61 Bills returns as a subtle enhancement on the helmet as well as the jersey and pants.

Marker Monday Mini-Camp Notes [11:03 PM]
ESN reports: The second-week of mini-camp didn't produce any major changes but, one is still expected to take place starting Tuesday's practice. If all goes according to plan, left tackle Trey Teague will go inside to center while Jonas Jennings, last year's RT, will get snaps at LT. And as Gregg Williams said after practice on Monday, using a Tom Donahoe reference during the Drew Bledsoe talks, "stay tuned" the rest of the week.

Marker Several camps will be summertime hot spots [8:25 PM] reports: Drew Bledsoe in a Bills uniform intrigues me. GM Tom Donahoe and his right-hand man, Tom Modrak, know how to build a playoff team and they will right Buffalo's ship sooner rather than later.

Marker Breaking the Moulds [8:23 PM] reports: With the addition of Bledsoe, Buffalo becomes a bona fide contender for New England's crown. The Bills' offense -- now directed by Kevin Gilbride -- has a leader who can get the ball downfield to receivers Eric Moulds, Peerless Price and Josh Reed, the team's second-round draft pick.

Marker Back To Work For The Bills [6:15 PM] reports: After spending the weekend modeling the new uniforms, the Bills were back on the football field on Monday for the first of four workouts this week before breaking until camp begins on July 24.

Marker Bills Making National News With New Uniforms [3:43 PM] reports: Here's a list of the national appearances that Bills members will be making this week talking about the uniform change. Listen in to hear what they have to say.

Marker 5th Down Book: Super Plays [2:22 PM] reports: Don Beebe's End Zone Chase: Perseverance. Toughness. The absolute inability to quit. Those are the qualities that make up the greatest play ever in Buffalo Bills history. It's also one of the most memorable plays ever in a Super Bowl, and the lone bright spot in a painful loss for Buffalo.

Marker Bledsoe turns down invitation to attend Superbowl ring ceremony [12:05 PM]
Canoe - AP reports: QB Drew Bledsoe, who was injured early in the season and never regained his starting job, was invited but did not attend the ceremony. WR Terry Glenn, who played four games between injuries and suspensions, did not receive a ring.

Marker Tailgate 2002 Page was updated [10:32 AM]
TBD reports: Click on Tailgate Central or bookmark link

Information on all of the TBD events including:
Jim Kelly's HOF Induction Weekend
TBD Tailgate Party 2002 - Jets vs. Bills (Home Opener)
TBD Tailgate North - Bills vs. Vikings
TBD Tailgate West - Bills vs. Broncos
Hunter's Hope Candlelight Ball
All events have contacts for further information

Marker Players Participate In Autograph Signing For NFL Charity Auction [9:26 AM] reports: The Bills players participated in an autograph signing of items that will be sold for charity via NFL Auction, an online charity-based initiative of the NFL

Marker Bills' uniforms stay true to red, white and blue [9:08 AM]
Buffalo News reports: '"Obviously, it's going to take more than new uniforms. But hopefully the new guys wearing them will help the Bills get moving in the right direction."'

Marker Defiant Henry faces plenty of challenges in possible break-out year [9:08 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'The question is, can he carry the ball 300 times and be effective in December? He had arthroscopic knee surgery in the offseason to relieve the tendinitis in his right knee. Can he thrive while carrying a Bettis-like load?'

June 9, 2002

Marker Buffalo Bills Uniform Unveiling Pictures [9:04 PM]
TBD reports: Pictures from TBD's Blue Coat on the Spot.

Marker Transcript for June 9 [6:17 PM]
NBC's Meet the Press reports: 'The French Open is next, but the big sports news: The Buffalo Bills have new uniforms, unveiled yesterday. New aggressive, and there's the new secret weapon. We're going back to the Super Bowl. Drew Bledsoe, bring it home one time.'

Marker Mike Doser: Bills' new uniforms the pinnacle of COOL [5:12 PM]
Shout! reports: 'Despite filing a logo for trademark - a "B" folded into the head of a buffalo - the team did not include it. The Bills remain one of only 9 NFL teams to feature jersey numbers on the sides of their shoulders instead of on the tops of them. Many teams have put numbers on the tops so they can include a secondary logo on the sides. The fact remains that the Bills have a secondary logo registered to them, but have decided not to use it.'

Marker Pasquarelli: Some veterans still on the bubble [4:54 PM]
ESPN reports: "The hemorrhaging hasn't quite stopped yet," said agent Jack Wirth, who represents Jay Riemersma, the Buffalo tight end whose continued tenure with the franchise remains an iffy proposition. "There still could be a little more blood before camp."

Marker Bills Uniform Unveiling Main Page [1:42 PM] reports: Complete coverage of Saturday's unveiling: video, audio, photos, uniforms for sale, etc.

Marker New Bills Jersey Makes Appearance On "Meet The Press" [11:12 AM] reports: On this morning's "Meet the Press" program on NBC, host and Buffalo native TIM RUSSERT closed the show by holding up his brand new Bills jersey, a dark blue home version.

Marker 52 year old FG kicker scores only points in Fire win over Galaxy [10:45 AM]
NFL Europe reports: The Galaxy went straight to their ground game, with Buffalo Bills-allocated running back Curtis Alexander pounding out a pair of first downs on their first series. A interception by the Fire ruined that drive. A 21-yard field goal by 52-year-old Manfred Burgsmüller. His successful kick made him the first player in NFLEL history to reach 300 career points and gives him the chance for a fairytale ending to his NFLEL career in World Bowl.

Marker Curtis Alexander's efforts not enough in Galaxy loss to Fire [9:30 AM]
NFL Europe reports: The Rhein Fire will play in World Bowl X after beating the Galaxy 3-0 in front of an NFLEL-record crowd of 58,572 in Frankfurt's Waldstadion. Curtis Alexander had 15 carries for 69 yards plus 3 catches for 17 yards in a defensive battle between top rated Rhein Fire and Frankfurt Galaxy. Backup QB Hendricks was able to make only 9 completions in 30 attempts, many of them overthrown, underthrown (including one of the receptions to Alexander who dived for the catch) or otherwise off target. World Bowl X will be an all German matchup..

Marker Wade Phillips is rested and ready to rebuild Falcons' defense [9:18 AM]
Buffalo News reports: '"I enjoyed the whole time I was in Buffalo," he said. "The owner made a decision. He's allowed to do that. The disappointment for me was I still wanted to be there. I had a successful career going, and it got derailed. I did a good job and won a lot of games. I'd still rather be the head coach of the Buffalo Bills."'

Marker Added bulk should help Edwards [9:16 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'The Texas A&M product weighed between 285 and 290 pounds and saw limited action in seven games as a rookie. He's up to 305 pounds at the team's minicamp this week.'

Marker Bills show off new uniforms [9:15 AM]
USA Today reports: The Bills unveiled their new uniforms during a rally Saturday at Ralph Wilson Stadium. While the traditional red helmet and charging buffalo logo remain unchanged, the team will be sporting new navy blue uniforms trimmed in red, silver and royal blue for the 2002 season. Picture is shown of Jim Kelly holding the jersey with his son Hunter's name on it.

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