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Buffalo Bills News - May 22, 2003

Marker 12th Man Casting Call: Winners Selected [1:19 PM] reports: 'It was very difficult to select only 12 contestants from all of the 50-word essays we received. But we think we have a good representation from our avid fans to appear in the CBS spot. CBS is excited to shoot the promo and all of us are excited to see the spot when it airs.'

Marker Bills Install AstroPlay [1:18 PM] reports: Photo gallery of turf installation

Marker Rookie Chat - First Impressions of the NFL [12:39 AM] reports: OL Ben Sobieski "It's a privilege to be here. But ever since I was a freshman I worked to get to this point. Even though I really went through some tough times where one part of me didn't know if I was going to continue to play football, I always kind of saw myself ending up here (in the NFL)."

Marker Darryl Talley Answers Fan Emails [12:38 AM] reports: "Yes. It is the highest honor you can achieve as a Buffalo Bill because if you think about all the guys that have played there how many guys have put on Buffalo Bill uniforms and how many guys are on that wall."

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May 21, 2003

Marker Fans Can See Simonton Saturday [1:21 PM] reports: 'This weekend Simonton and the Scottish Claymores will travel to Amsterdam to take on the Admirals. Fans in Western New York will be able to watch the contest live on the Empire Sports Network at 1:00 PM on Saturday.'

Marker Bills Alumni Spotlight: Dave Behrman [11:20 AM] reports: Why did he choose the Bills over the Bears? "Not saying it was a lot, but there was a big difference in the money. You’re not talking about the kind of money they play for now. Plus Ralph Wilson was a pretty well-liked guy and he’s always been a big supporter of Michigan State."

Marker Group Tickets on Sale June 2 [11:09 AM] reports: To order your group tickets, call the Bills’ Group Sales Department toll free: 1-877-BB-TICKS or contact a Blue Coat on stadium wall.

Marker Jim Kelly Visits United Way [8:25 AM]
WROC-TV reports: 'The former Buffalo Bills quarterback was at the Oak Hill Country Club signing autographs for the United Way's biggest supporters. Kelly's in the area trying to raise support for the Hunter's Hope Ball this summer.'

Marker Gridiron Preview - Browns vs. Bills Scrimmage [7:55 AM] reports: The Browns and Buffalo Bills will scrimmage on Saturday, August 2 at 11:00 a.m. – Tickets will go on sale June 7 at 10:00 a.m. Buffalo features three offensive players named to the Pro Bowl in 2002: QB Drew Bledsoe, OG Ruben Brown and WR Eric Moulds.

May 20, 2003

Marker Lauvale Sape Adjusting To Life In The NFL [4:43 PM] reports: '"It's a different level. Everybody is fast. Everybody is strong. You always think you're the strongest one in college and you come here and you're going to dominate everybody. When it comes to this level it's truly amazing and that's why I was just jumping offside. I was really excited and also I got really comfortable so it came out really good. So we'll see where it goes from there."'

Marker 2003 spotlight brightest on Holmes, Bills brass, 18 others [3:10 PM]
CBS Sportsline reports: The Bills want to become a ground-control, defensive-oriented team. That's a far cry from the wide-open, pass-happy system from a year ago. The Bills were in the playoff hunt late in the season with that style but didn't accomplish enough to let the team keep playing that way. So they put much of their offseason focus on improving the defense, while letting the starting top speed WR, FB and TE leave.

Marker Bills report: Notes, quotes, anecdotes [12:54 PM]
CBS Sportsline reports: If expanding the NFL playoff field from 12 to 14 teams comes up for a vote at league meetings Tuesday and Wednesday in Philadelphia, the Bills will vote yes. GM Tom Donahoe said last season's expansion to 32 teams makes expanding the playoff field logical and it wouldn't water things down, considering 18 teams would still be left out.

Marker Bills report: Inside slant [12:53 PM]
CBS Sportsline reports: The Bills will give new meaning to the term "burn rubber" this season at Ralph Wilson Stadium. After two years of study, the club has decided to replace its much criticized artificial turf with a synthetic grass system that utilizes pulverized old rubber tires and is catching on as the wave of the future.

Marker A Breakdown of the Offensive Personnel [10:56 AM] reports: If football was a game played from a desk with a suit coat as the uniform and cell phones and paperwork as the equipment, then the Buffalo Bills would be in the Super Bowl already. After a busy off-season of roster additions, the Bills stand easily among the top playoff contenders. writer Tim O'Shei reviews Buffalo's offensive personnel.

Marker Bills interested in Jefferson [8:57 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'Jefferson is a 12-year veteran who caught 27 passes for Atlanta last season. Detroit reportedly is another club considering him. Jefferson, 34, will contend for a backup position wherever he signs. It's believed he is being offered minimum-salary contracts.'

May 19, 2003

Marker Chris Kelsay Talks About His New Job [4:48 PM] reports: '"My contribution to this team is unknown by anybody right now. If I said I knew what I was going to do I'd be lying. I'm not going to do that. Like I said, I definitely have goals for myself and I know I can play at this level. I'm going to give it everything I've got every time I step on the field be it practice or a game. I'm looking forward to it and I hope the coaches are too."'

Marker Bills Talking With Veteran Safety [4:00 PM]
ESN reports: An NFL source has told Empire Sports Network/WNSA that the Buffalo Bills are in discussions with veteran safety Marcus Robertson. Robertson has ties to Bills head coach Gregg Williams and defensive coordinator Jerry Gray from playing on their defensive unit during his playing days with the Tennessee Titans. Robertson was a member of the Seattle Seahawks roster the past two seasons.

Marker The Week In Bills History/Bills Birthdays [2:39 PM] reports: May 22, 1963 - BILLS SIGN RUTKOWSKI The Bills signed free agent all-purpose back Ed Rutkowski, out of Notre Dame. May 18, 1975 - Olandis Gary May 19, 1975 - London Fletcher

Marker Inside Dish: Despite rumors, Brady likely to remain a Jaguar [9:05 AM]
The Sporting News reports: One asset the Bills bought with free agents was defensive flexibility. The acquisition of Jeff Posey gives them a player who can play LB or rush end, and the opposing offense won't know which position Posey is playing on any given play. Takeo Spikes gives the Bills a second linebacker capable of covering on passing downs, as it already had London Fletcher. In fact, coach Gregg Williams' plan is for both linebackers to play in dime defenses.

Marker Growth industry [9:04 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'Why not switch directly to a natural surface? Bills President Tom Donahoe said the experience in Green Bay shows fields really deteriorate late in the season after the grass becomes dormant. "It's just not practical in a lot of Northeast and Midwest stadiums," Donahoe said when announcing the AstroPlay contract.'

May 18, 2003

Marker Four's a crowd [9:17 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'We'll see about second-round pick Chris Kelsay in training camp. Is there a quality third cornerback? Kevin Thomas and Dainon Sidney will battle. Will Reese (Broncos) give Pierson Prioleau a run for the free safety job? Will Reed be good? Is there hope for the long-suffering return game? Will the team decide it looks odd to have coach Gregg Williams in the last year of his contract and the coordinators with two years left on their deals?'

Marker Bills fans have shot at TV sport [5:21 AM]
Olean Times Herald reports: 'Over 600 season tickets were sold as the Bills staged their annual Select-A-Seat day. Fans got to meet players, tour the lockerroom, take the quarterback challenge and touch and test the stadium’s new AstroPlay surface. In addition, some 3,000 prime season ticket locations were marked with over 20 percent of them being sold.'

Marker Ex-Browns' comings, goings [5:20 AM]
Akron Beacon Journal reports: 'He said that when he quit playing, he gave up ice cream. He quipped that he worked out all the time and was 14 percent body fat, while Greg and Mike Pruitt never worked out, yet were 9 percent. At one point, he and his wife debated adopting a Korean child, but weren't sure. So one day, he walked into a Dairy Queen and ordered an ice cream for the first time in two years. While he was there, a man walked in with a Korean child. ``I went up to him and said, `Where did you get him? I want one of those,' '' DeLamieulleure said to many laughs. In the end, DeLamieulleure wound up adopting two Korean children. ``God has a plan for all of us,'' he said.''

May 16, 2003

Marker Opportunity Knocks For Ken Simonton [4:48 PM] reports: There might be a running back battle in Buffalo this season, but it has nothing to do with the drafting of Willis McGahee. Ken Simonton wasn't even on an NFL roster last season, but he has done just what the Bills' player personnel department hoped he would in Europe -- get better. Now Simonton has exploded offensively as a member of the Scottish Claymores and will challenge any other running back in Bills camp.

Marker Willis McGahee To Appear On BDSHP [2:40 PM] reports: On Friday's "The Best Damn Sports Show Period", Buffalo Bills first round draft pick Willis McGahee and SU hoops star Carmelo Anthony will appear on the show which can be seen on Empire Sports Network at 8:00 p.m.

Marker Buffalo Bills in the Media & Community [2:40 PM] reports: Saturday, May 17 Event Time Steve Tasker & Buffalo Jills Meyer's RV Stadium Sale 3:00 - 4:00 PM

Marker 'Express' on track [5:15 AM]
D and C reports: 'Prices in Rochester are $49 for the train only or $95 for train and game ticket.'

May 15, 2003

Marker Bills to offer train service to 3 games [4:03 PM]
Business First of Buffalo reports: 'Amtrak service begins in Albany/Schenectady with pick-ups in Utica/Syracuse and Rochester. The train stops at the Depew station just outside Buffalo and fans are bused the remaining distance to Ralph Wilson Stadium.'

Marker Buffalo Bills Express 2003 [4:02 PM] reports: The Bills Express will be available for three regular season games in 2003, including the home opener with the New England Patriots on September 7. In addition to the Patriots contest, fans can take the Express to see former Syracuse star Donovan McNabb lead the Philadelphia Eagles into Ralph Wilson Stadium on September 28 and catch the return of Bruce Smith to Orchard Park when the Washington Redskins come to town on October 19.'

Marker Denmark Import At Bills' Coaches Clinic [10:23 AM] reports: Last weekend's Bills' Coaches Clinic had dozens of the area's high school coaches trying to gain some insight from their pro counter parts. But there was one coach who traveled a bit further than the rest of the coaches for the clinic, as Denmark's Johan Laurizen came from half a world away to listen to Gregg Williams and his staff.

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