Lary Bump: Joe D., Lofton deserving of Hall [6:07 PM]
Shout! reports: We knew that the Hall of Fame would be opening its doors to a number of Bills over the next few years, but who would have expected the two who will be going in this year?
Distant Replay [1:19 PM]
Washington Times reports: '"They scared every team in the league but us," Banks said. "When we broke down the films, we saw they had abandoned the running game the last six games of the season. Their running game was a swing pass to Thurman Thomas. We said we were gonna play the pass and basically try to intimidate the receivers, punish them every time they got the ball. They ran a lot of crossing routes, similar to what the Raiders do."'
Forcing Success [10:13 AM]
WGRZ-TV reports: 'In fact, as I see it, even red zone stats, or third down stats, or opposing QB rating stats, aren’t nearly the measure of a championship defense as much as a defense’s ability to force turnovers.'
Bucs reinforce Donahoe faith in balance [9:00 AM]
Buffalo News reports: '"We've got a lot of work to do," Donahoe said. "I like a lot of things I saw with our offense this year. We have the potential to be balanced. We probably threw the ball more than we'd like to in the future. Our defense made some strides, but we have to get a lot better."'
No. 2 QB couldn't find his way to San Diego [10:52 AM]
San Diego Union Tribune reports: '"(The Super Bowl) sunk in when Disney asked me to sign a waiver sheet to cover their (rear end)," Johnson said. "To me, backing up is more stressful. You don't practice all week. But once you get in there, the butterflies go away."
DeLamielleure, Lofton reach Hall [9:22 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'It was a landmark day for the Bills franchise.'
'D' Day is family affair [9:15 AM]
Buffalo News reports: '...if ever there was a Bill who was a Buffalo type of guy, it was DeLamielleure, a reliable offensive guard who exemplified the town's blue-collar ethos during his 13-year NFL career - eight of them with the Bills.'
Ex-Bills DeLamielleure, Lofton named to the Pro Football Hall of Fame [5:20 AM]
D and C reports: 'The Bills public relations department supplied voters with testimonials from scouts, coaches and former players, along with a chart researched by historian John Turney of White Sands, N.M., comparing DeLamielleure’s career vs. the modern-era linemen already enshrined.'
Browns hold spot with lineman [5:19 AM]
Cleveland Plain Dealer reports: '"I will be representing the city of Cleveland and the Browns as much as I will be the Bills."'
DeLamielleure a by-the-numbers Hall of Famer [5:18 AM]
Charlotte Observer reports: 'DeLamielleure said he started to think about seven years ago that he wouldn't be elected. It wasn't until this year that he survived the cut to 15 candidates. "The longer you wait, the sweeter it is," he said.'
HOF is dream come true for ‘Joe D’ [5:17 AM]
Canton Repository reports: 'During his football life, Buffalo became home.'
Former Brown headed to Hall [5:16 AM]
Akron Beacon Journal reports: 'DeLamielleure, a salesman who lives in Charlotte, N.C., said he would have played football for ``a cap and a T-shirt,'' but appreciates the comfortable living the game provided his family.'
Teague: I think the Raiders will win the Super Bowl [5:15 AM]
Jackson Sun reports: '"I think I was able to help us become a better team," said Teague, a former star lineman at University School of Jackson and Tennessee. "But we're not going to be satisfied with 8-8 next year. We have a lot to build on."'
Steelers opt for experience in filling position [5:14 AM]
Pittsburgh Tribune Review reports: 'Cowher also had talked to former Cincinnati Bengals head coach Dick LeBeau about joining his staff as a consultant/secondary coach, where he would be working under Steelers defensive coordinator Tim Lewis. But LeBeau plans to discuss a coaching position with the Buffalo Bills this week. The Bills do not have an opening on their staff, but they are willing to create one to hire LeBeau.'
DeLamielleure, Lofton selected to Pro Football Hall of Fame [5:13 AM]
AP reports: '''No one blocked me better than Joe DeLamielleure,'' hall of fame defensive tackle Joe Greene once said.'
'Convoluted' logic ends long process [7:36 PM]
ESPN reports: The Hall of Fame, suggested Paige, in reshaping an old Supreme Court opinion, is a little bit like pornography. You might not be able to define it, or even deign to try, but you pretty much know a Hall of Fame player [but NOT an owner] when you see one.
The 14 modern-day finalists are first cut to 10 and, falling out on that vote were Monk, Lester Hayes, Stabler and Buffalo Bills owner Ralph Wilson.
Lary Bump: Coaching staff improves a tick [5:56 PM]
Shout! reports: Let's look a little closer, though. Blackmon was defensive coordinator for the 2001 Falcons, who couldn't stop a sloth. Steckel was offensive coordinator for the 2000 Bucs, who couldn't move the ball against the '01 Falcons, and that helped keep Tampa Bay out of the Super Bowl until now. There's a reason neither coach was employed in the NFL last season.
Mike Doser: Winfield crushes fellow Buckeye at Madden Bowl [5:55 PM]
Shout! reports: The annual tournament, held during Super Bowl week, features the NFL's top Madden video game players. Unfortunately, Winfield and Springs were nor part of the main tournament. Winfield tried to get into the regular eight-player, single elimination tournament, but EA Sports determined he wasn't a big enough name among player.
Reports: Bills, Steelers interested in LeBeau [5:20 PM]
Cincinnati Enquirer reports: 'Various newspaper reports would have LeBeau assisting the defensive coordinator of either the Steelers or Bills and working with defensive backs.'
Cowher makes addition to staff [5:19 PM]
Pittsburgh Post Gazette reports: 'But LeBeau told Cowher he was not interested in returning to the team where he served as an assistant coach for five seasons (1992-96) -- three as secondary coach and the final two as defensive coordinator. LeBeau is considering taking a similar position with the Buffalo Bills, where former Steelers director of football operations Tom Donahoe is team president.'
Allen, four others elected to Hall of Fame [3:41 PM]
AP reports: 'A day before his estranged former team plays in the Super Bowl, Marcus Allen was elected to the Pro Football Hall of Fame on Saturday. Joining him in the Class of 2003 will be Elvin Bethea, Joe DeLamielleure, James Lofton and Hank Stram, who went in as a seniors candidate.'
Class of 2003 [3:31 PM]
Pro Football Hall Of Fame reports: 'DeLamielleure, is the most honored member of the Buffalo Bills famed "Electric Company" offensive line of the 1970s. Best known as the lead blocker for O.J. Simpson, the NFL's first 2,000-yard rusher, Joe was a six-time Pro Bowl selection during his years with the Bills and Cleveland Browns.'
Three Buffalo Bills await election results for Hall [11:36 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'Three Buffalo Bills will contend today for induction into the Pro Football Hall of Fame. Bills owner Ralph C. Wilson Jr., former guard Joe DeLamielleure and former receiver James Lofton are among the final 15 candidates for election.'
Thurman talks of trouble [11:35 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'On ESPN's sports issues program "Outside the Lines" (9:30 a.m. Sunday), Thomas tells reporter Tom Rinaldi that he lost purpose and became an alcoholic after retirement. In his first interview since rehab, Thurman tells ESPN: "I was completely out of control. I didn't have anything to do. We were going to restaurants having dinner, and I kept excusing myself to go to the bathroom, when in reality I wasn't going to the bathroom. I was going to the bar."'
Bills send six to Europe [11:35 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'The Buffalo Bills signed six free agents Friday and assigned them to NFL Europe.'
DeLamielleure shouldn't have to sweat Hall [11:34 AM]
Charlotte Observer reports: Of the 13 offensive linemen who have been elected to the Hall of Fame since 1970, DeLamielleure's numbers are comparable or better than everybody's but those of Anthony Munoz and John Hannah.
Wilson deserves to bust into Canton [5:43 AM]
D and C reports: '“I can’t say enough about Ralph Wilson as a leader,” he said.'
DeLamielleure has been lost in the Hall shuffle [5:42 AM]
D and C reports: 'The Class of 2003 will be announced today and if the voters do their homework, they will tell the folks in Canton, Ohio to start casting bronze busts of “Joe D” and the man who drafted him, Ralph Wilson.'
Advice on losing from a Bills fan [5:41 AM]
Leesburg Daily Commercial reports: 'Stop and appreciate just getting there. Realize this, every Bills fan that died before January 1991 never saw the Bills advance to a Super Bowl in their lifetime. The same applies in Tampa for those no longer with us as of two weeks ago. Putting it bluntly, think of Cubs fans.'
Tortoise beats the hare [5:40 AM]
San Diego Union Tribune reports: 'I can still see that ball, etched against the Florida night. Four years of Super Bowl frustration had begun for the Bills.'
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