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Buffalo Bills News - July 12, 2001

Marker NFL announces comprehensive new media agreement [10:38 PM]
BuffaloBills.com reports: 'The four-way partnership encompasses wide-ranging initiatives, including online and offline cross promotion and marketing with America Online, a wholly owned subsidiary of AOL Time Warner Inc., and CBS. It also takes advantage of Viacom's stable of media properties. In addition, SportsLine.com Inc. will produce and host NFL.com, the most popular sports league site.'

Marker Fund for Animals Asks Nation's Sports Media to Stop Promoting Hunting [5:15 PM]
Yahoo Biz reports: Quoting Marv Levy, legendary former head coach of the Buffalo Bills, who said, ``I don't consider hunting a sport; I consider it murder,''

Marker Bills Release Holecek [4:10 PM]
AP reports: There had been speculation last winter that Holecek would leave as the Bills worked to trim millions to get under the salary cap. But Holecek, who signed a five-year, $12.5 million extension in 1998, reportedly agreed to a $600,000 pay cut.

Marker Bills release John Holecek [1:24 PM]
BuffaloBills.com reports: "This has been one of our more difficult decisions to make," said Bills President Tom Donahoe. "We've decided to do it now so that John can have the opportunity to catch on with another team. We certainly appreciate all that John has contributed to this organization and wish him all the best in the future."

Marker Pittsburgh game sold out before single seats are available. [12:44 PM]
BuffaloBills.com reports: Tough luck to those Bills fans desiring to buy tickets to September 30 Pittsburgh game. The remainder of the seats were sold out to group sales before single ticket seats go on sale to the general public this Saturday, July 14th beginning at 9:00 AM.

Marker Bills sign two free agents [9:03 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'The Buffalo Bills Wednesday signed free agents Michael Early and Brian Leigeb and released undrafted rookie Randall Cummins.'

Marker Buffalo Bills Team report, notes, quotes, & anecdotes [8:01 AM]
USA Today reports: As Trent Dilfer stands in the unemployment line, the Buffalo Bills are heading to camp, apparently content that their backup quarterback situation is adequate should injury befall Rob Johnson.

Marker Leigeb headed to NFL [5:39 AM]
Midland Daily News reports: '"They must have called him five times on Tuesday," Phil Leigeb said.'

Marker Bills sign two players [5:29 AM]
D and C reports: 'The Buffalo Bills signed free agent safety Brian Leigeb and center Michael Early yesterday while releasing free agent rookie center Randall Cummins.'

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July 11, 2001

Marker From NFL to Bislett Games [3:55 PM]
Norway Post reports: \'Last season he starred for the Buffalo Bills in the U.S. National Football League. On Friday Leif Olve Dolonen Larsen, 26, is one of the main attractions at the track and field festival Bislett Games in Oslo.\'

Marker Phillips ruling pending [3:54 PM]
D and C reports: 'The NFL has yet to make a ruling on Wade Phillips' contract dispute with the Buffalo Bills.'

Marker Bills Alumni to assist with Educational and Athletic Camp [3:19 PM]
BuffaloBills.com reports: 'Members of the Buffalo Bills Alumni Foundation are participating in the second annual Educational/Athletic Camp being held at Buffalo State College on Elmwood Avenue through July 14th.'

Marker Bills/Gatorade Jr. Training Camp heads for Amherst [3:18 PM]
BuffaloBills.com reports: 'Tomorrow afternoon at 1:00PM, the Bills/Gatorade Jr. Training Camp will be making its sixth stop on its journey across Western New York at St. Leo's School (Northeast YMCA) located at 903 Sweet Home Road in Amherst, New York. '

Marker Bills make roster moves [3:17 PM]
BuffaloBills.com reports: 'The Buffalo Bills today announced that the team has signed two free agents- center Michael Early and safety Brian Leigeb. In accordance with club policy terms were not disclosed.'

Marker Campers have a field day with Ruben Brown [9:04 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'Their host was Buffalo Bills guard Ruben Brown, and they knew a good time was guaranteed.'

Marker Bills try to sign draft picks [9:03 AM]
Buffalo News reports: But the agents of cornerback Nate Clements, defensive end Aaron Schobel and running back Travis Henry are confident their clients will be under contract when the Bills\' rookies and veterans begin practice on July 29 at St. John Fisher College in Pittsford.\'

Marker No. 6 pick Alexander agrees to 3-year deal [6:54 AM]
Nashville Tennessean reports: 'The Titans yesterday worked out [Former Bill] Jonathan Linton, another potential reserve running back. ''We've seen enough film on him, we know what he can do. We just wanted to visit with him and give him a physical,'' Reese said.'

July 10, 2001

Marker Developing Trend: Media Picking Bills in 2001 [11:57 PM]
TBD reports: 'Predictions don't mean much, but they do show that people are taking notice of you. It would be easy to ignore the Bills on the heels of an offseason which they lost some very good players, saw a major turnover of a respected front office team AND hired a new, untested coaching staff installing all new systems in the process.'

Marker Sammy Morris vs. Shawn Bryson vs. Travis Henry for Bills' No. 1 running back job. [9:27 PM]
CBS Sportsline reports: The Bills must have a running game to help take the pressure off Rob Johnson, so one of these guys has to win the job. Running by committee isn't the answer. Likely winner: Henry.

Marker Bills' new look starts at top [5:03 PM]
NFL.com reports: 'Nowhere in the NFL did an average season breed more renovation than Buffalo, where the coaching staff, front office, and depth chart all underwent offseason makeovers. '

Marker Levy's legacy [2:11 PM]
BuffaloBills.com reports: "When we were driving for Super Bowl XXV, he had adopted the phrase 'One more river to cross," receiver James Lofton recalled. "He would sing the song and nobody had ever heard of it. We didn't know where it came from, but it did become our rallying cry."

Marker Bills single-game tickets go on sale this Saturday [2:11 PM]
BuffaloBills.com reports: ' The Buffalo Bills are reminding fans that single-game tickets for 2001 will go on sale to the general public this Saturday, July 14th beginning at 9:00 AM. '

Marker Ruben Brown selected as one of the "Good Guys" [2:08 PM]
BuffaloBills.com reports: 'A Pro Bowl selection in each of the last five seasons with the Bills, guard RUBEN BROWN is also one of the "Good Guys" in sports, according to the July 16th issue of The Sporting News. For the third straight year, the magazine has selected 99 "good guys" from the sports that it covers and Ruben is one of 25 NFL players chosen. '

Marker Offensive burden falls on Johnson [10:15 AM]
The Sporting News reports: How the Bills will adjust to a new offense and a new coaching staff. After several lackluster offensive seasons under Wade Phillips, new coach Gregg Williams hopes to open things up.
He hired Mike Sheppard as his offensive coordinator, and Sheppard is installing the potentially explosive West Coast offense.

July 9, 2001

Marker Ruben Brown Football Camp for Kids [11:34 PM]
BuffaloBills.com reports: 'Bills all-pro guard RUBEN BROWN will host a group of 150 youngsters from the Salvation Army at the inaugural "Ruben Brown Football Camp for Kids," sponsored by the Adam's Mark Hotel. The event will take place tomorrow, Tuesday, July 10, at Ralph Wilson Stadium from 1:00-5:00 PM.'

July 8, 2001

Marker AFC East still open as camps start [6:55 AM]
Palm Beach Post reports: 'Some veteran Bills felt Phillips squandered what was a potential Super Bowl team when he took over for Marv Levy. Hoping to reach those heights this year is folly.'

July 6, 2001

Marker Buffalo Bills 2000 Highlight Film [9:13 PM]
ESPN reports: The Buffalo Bills 2000 Highlight Film will be shown on ESPN2 at 6:00 a.m. EDT on Saturday, July 7th. Repeats on Monday, July 9th on ESPN2 at 10:30 a.m. and Sunday, July 22nd on ESPN2 at 3:30 a.m.

Marker Tim Hasselbeck hears from the fans! [4:08 PM]
BuffaloBills.com reports: StadiumWall.com poster, Bill Race, submitted this to Tim:

'A Buffalo Bills game is more than just a game, it is an experience. It starts meeting friends in the parking lot, shoot the breeze, look at all the impossible fan activities going on and fixing a fine lunch to share.

Next, off to the game at 12:15, meet more old friends inside. Now for a great game.

The Bills always win (almost). Back to the parking lot to rehash the game, moan about the officials and another meal. What did I like best??? ..The atmosphere!!!'

Marker Get to know Tim Hasselbeck [4:05 PM]
BuffaloBills.com reports: 'Rookie quarterback Tim Hasselbeck recently sat down with buffalobills.com to answer a few questions about his adjustment to Buffalo...'

Marker Crowded Backfields Abound in NFL [3:45 PM]
Pro Football Weekly reports: 'The rookie, Henry, has the best chance to be a first- and second-down back. He's a very powerful runner with a low center of gravity and tremendous desire. On the other hand, Morris is a terrific receiver with good run skills, adequate speed and very good balance and body control but questionable durability. Bryson has the best speed of the three and is a breakaway threat, but he also has the fewest run skills. Hands-wise, Bryson's between Henry and Morris.'

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