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Buffalo Bills News - September 11, 2003

Marker Fresh beer delivery [1:21 PM]
Jaguars.com reports: 'Budweiser, Bud Light and the Jacksonville Jaguars have designated Sunday, September 14, as “Freshness Day” offering thousands of adult football fans in the area an opportunity to taste Budweiser Family products the same day they are packaged. The Jaguars host the visiting Buffalo Bills that day at 1 p.m. ET. Stadium vendors will offer Budweiser and Bud Light draught beer, packaged and served bearing the same “Born On” date – September 14, 2003 – allowing consumers to try the freshest beer available.'

Marker Bills set for their future [1:20 PM]
Jaguars.com reports: '"The ability to get Drew Bledsoe speeded everything up for us," Donahoe admits. "We're very young and we'd like to think our team will grow and get better. Our scouts have done a good job of getting the roster turned over. We've had three good drafts in a row. You need free agency and you have to sprinkle guys in, but the draft is still the life blood of your team. The young guys fit better under the salary cap."'

Marker No TV on Sunday [1:18 PM]
Jaguars.com reports: 'This Sunday's game against the Buffalo Bills will become the first home-opener in Jaguars history not to be shown on local television.'

Marker Jaguars hit with first of several possible blackouts [1:16 PM]
AP reports: 'The Jaguars fell about 8,000 tickets short of the ticket sales needed by Thursday to air the game live within a 75-mile area of Jacksonville.'

Marker Quarterback Drew Bledsoe Previews Jacksonville [11:42 AM]
BuffaloBills.com reports: '"They have a tremendous defensive front and it's going to be a tremendous challenge and entirely different challenge that we had going into the Patriots game. These guys don't really try to fool you, they just line up and say here we are see if you can handle us, they are a load."'

Marker Broken Foot KO's Johnson [11:42 AM]
Boston Herald reports: Woody said he will never forget the block by linebacker London Fletcher that laid him out in Buffalo. ``I've never been hit like that before,'' said Woody. ``And I don't ever want to be again. I told him I'd get him the next time.'' . . .

Marker Turn for the better [8:54 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'The Bills' takeaway total stood at four last year - after the sixth game of the season.'

Marker Sunday's weather forecast is a hot topic [8:53 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'Weather could be a big factor for the Buffalo Bills in Sunday's game at Jacksonville. The forecast calls for a temperature of 89 degrees.'

Marker Bills' rising stock will bring night games into play [8:52 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'Bills President and General Manager Tom Donahoe reports the Bills are willing to host a Monday night game. I was surprised they didn't get one this year, after their improvement last season.'

Marker Donahoe the biggest acquisition [5:23 AM]
Rochester D&C reports: '“ He has taken a shell of a football team and in a relatively short period of time turned it into a contender,” Wilson said. “ He is as hard a worker as I’ve ever seen and he is as good a judge of talent as we’ve ever had. Every move in this business is a gamble and he’s pretty much hit on all of them. He’s done a remarkable job.”'

Marker Another Bill faces old foe [5:23 AM]
Rochester D&C reports: '“ Definitely, I want to go down there and get a victory,” Shaw said. “ You never want to go play against your old team and not come out on top. It will be a big thing where I’m hoping we can get down there and produce a big win.“'

Marker Bills a big kick for Spikes [5:22 AM]
Toronto Sun reports: '"The crowd was big, man, very big," Spikes said. "Myself, I am a very emotional guy when I'm out there on the field. I love to talk and see the fans get into it. I don't think a lot of people know that it helps defensively. It is big."'

Marker Sweep dreams for Jags [5:21 AM]
Florida Times Union reports: 'Although the Bills have Drew Bledsoe at quarterback and like to throw, the Jaguars won't be surprised if the Bills call the toss sweep several times with Travis Henry, who gained 86 yards last week in a 31-0 victory against New England.'

Marker Ah, the aroma of a losing football team [5:21 AM]
Orlando Sentinel reports: 'The Jaguars home opener is Sunday. Unless the four people I saw in line outside Alltel Stadium on Wednesday bought about 2,000 tickets each, the Jags came up about 9,000 tickets short of averting a TV blackout for their first home game.'

Marker Former NFL quarterback seeks new kinds of miracles at Charlotte seminary [5:20 AM]
AP reports: 'Reich, who started his new job July 1, has more than some incredible comeback stories to inspire his students and faculty members. He is fond of reminding listeners that he followed the Houston thriller by setting an inauspicious NFL record just weeks later, losing three fumbles in the Bills' humiliating 52-17 loss to the Dallas Cowboys in Super Bowl XXVII. "(God) was with me that day, too," Reich said as he led a visitor down one of the seminary's tree-lined paths on a summer morning. "Both games were tremendous experiences and I love to talk about them. But you need to talk about the whole package."'

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September 10, 2003

Marker Buffalo (1-0) at Jacksonville (0-1) [8:37 PM]
AP reports: '``They brought us here for a reason -- to get better,'' Adams said. ``If we aren't any better, then they made a mistake on us. We worked hard together, gelled together, learned the defense. We came out and executed today and that was very important.'''

Marker Bills WR Reed has a lot of catching up to do [8:35 PM]
AP reports: 'He caught only one pass, for 5 yards, of the seven thrown his way. And most discouraging, Reed dropped the easiest one, off a perfectly timed flea-flicker, that had him wide open inside the New England 20 with a clear path to the end zone.'

Marker Bills Coach Gregg Williams Previews Jacksonville [8:32 PM]
BuffaloBills.com reports: '"I think our team spoke it very well in the locker room on Sunday, on how they handled the opening win. It was a good game, but again they put it in perspective and you have to focus week in and week out in this league. You have twenty-four hours to enjoy a win, you have twenty-four hours to suffer a loss. There are no easy games in this league. Our focus has been outstanding in the locker room immediately following the ball game. When they came in on Monday and as we graded the film it was very good focus. We have a lot of things to improve upon, a lot of things we have to work on. Our attendance yesterday on their day off was amazing. They were all in here watching film and getting ready for knowing the Jaguars as well as they know someone else in their division."'

Marker Bills linebacker named AFC player of the week [4:45 PM]
AP reports: '''He played well and deserved that recognition. His teammates do, too,'' coach Gregg Williams said. ''When the team does well, a particular individual gets recognized, and we hope that every week everybody steps up in that fashion.'''

Marker Bills receiver released from practice squad [4:44 PM]
AP reports: 'The second of Buffalo's four seventh-round picks in the 2002 draft, Wright had a promising preseason but failed to make the team's active roster for the second straight year.'

Marker Bills Release Wright [3:47 PM]
BuffaloBills.com reports: 'The Bills today announced that the team has released wide receiver Rodney Wright from its practice squad.'

Marker Maddox, Spikes and Hentrich earn AFC Weekly honors [1:20 PM]
The Sports Network reports: 'In his debut with the Bills, Spikes intercepted two passes and recorded seven tackles -- including two for losses -- in a 31-0 victory over New England.'

Marker Sports Illustrated Cover - September 15, 2003 Issue [1:09 PM]
CNN/SI reports: 'On the Cover: Sam Adams, Football, Buffalo Bills, Jeff Posey, Football, Buffalo Bills, Woody Damien , Football, New England Patriots.'

Marker Teams Reserve Judgement After Week 1 [1:06 PM]
ESPN reports: Having seen the Buffalo defense four times in preseason, including a scrimmage in which the Bills dominated the Browns, it's difficult to believe the unit won't be vastly improved over a year ago. The additions of tackle Sam Adams, linebackers Jeff Posey and Takeo Spikes and strong safety Lawyer Milloy were huge individually and even more significant collectively. The Bills could be a top 10 defense, and Spikes will finally merit the attention he deserves, along with a Pro Bowl berth.

Marker Spikes Selected As Player of the Week [11:24 AM]
BuffaloBills.com reports: 'Bills linebacker Takeo Spikes has been named the AFC’s Defensive Player of the Week for his performance in the team’s 31-0 win last Sunday over New England.'

Marker Bills clicking at turnstiles as season-ticket sales climb [8:54 AM]
Buffalo News reports: '"There aren't really any magical formulas to selling tickets," Donahoe said. "Usually when your team does well, your season-ticket base starts to climb. It's a challenging market because of the population and economy. Not that we're throwing those things out as excuses, but we have to try and find a way to make it better."'

Marker Adams' jaunt cited by NFL [8:53 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'Buffalo Bills defensive tackle Sam Adams' 37-yard interception return for a touchdown against the New England Patriots on Sunday is one of five nominations for the NFL "play of the week."'

Marker Blackout likely, Jags official says [5:19 AM]
Florida Times Union reports: 'The Jaguars still had 9,294 unsold tickets yesterday afternoon and must sell all of them by 1 p.m. tomorrow to avert the first blackout of a regular-season home opener in franchise history.'

September 9, 2003

Marker The Bills Can Thank Bill [8:38 PM]
WIVB-TV reports: 'Belichick underestimated the ability of the Bills or any team to get Milloy signed and on the field so quickly. That is exactly why he waited until the last minute to release him. He never thought he'd see him in a Bills uniform, playing almost every snap on defense. The difference in what Milloy wanted and what the Patriots were willing to pay was under a million dollars. When there are only sixteen games in an NFL season how much is each win worth? They are most certainly worth more than a million dollars.'

Marker Game Two: Jacksonville Jaguars vs. Buffalo Bills [8:25 PM]
Jaguars.com reports: 'There are four former Jaguars on the Bills: OT Marcus Price, an original Jaguar and sixth-round draft choice from 1995; TE Ryan Neufeld, who was a Jaguar in 2000; LB Jeff Posey, who was with the Jaguars in 2001, and WR Bobby Shaw, who played for the Jaguars a year ago.'

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