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Buffalo Bills News - May 8, 2002

Marker ESPN Mother's Day special delivers a rose to Mama Bledsoe [9:13 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'But in a Mother's Day special that aired Saturday and repeats at 3:30 p.m. Thursday on ESPN, Drew's mom, Barbara, describes her All-American oldest boy in adoring terms.'

Marker Roth Returns To NFL With Kansas City [9:12 AM]
Jamestown Post Journal reports: 'Roth appeared to be on his way to a fullback job with the Bills under then-coach Wade Phillips, but Phillips was then fired and, after a training-camp injury, Roth was later cut by new Bills coach Gregg Williams prior to the 2001 season. ‘‘Sure he was discouraged,’’ Roth’s father said of being let go by the Bills. ‘‘The other coaching staff almost promised him a fullback job. Then he went to training camp and got hurt, so they let him go.’’'

Marker McKenzie elected to college Hall [9:11 AM]
Detroit Free Press reports: 'McKenzie, a consensus All-America in 1971, later starred for the Buffalo Bills in the NFL, where he blocked for O. J. Simpson on a line called the Electric Company. He spent 11 of his 12 NFL seasons with Buffalo.'

Marker Michigan's McKenzie will join Hall of Fame [9:11 AM]
Detroit News reports: 'Reggie McKenzie, who was an All-America guard at Michigan, will be among 13 players and two coaches inducted into the College Football Hall of Fame this year.'

Marker Chiefs report [9:10 AM]
Kansas City Star reports: 'Fullback Josh Roth impressed the Chiefs enough in a tryout at the weekend minicamp that the club signed him to a two-year contract. Roth received plenty of work in practice Tuesday. He and fullback Paul Shields were the only healthy running backs.'

Marker White, Marino, Lott in 2002 College Football Hall of Fame class [9:08 AM]
Sportsticker reports: 'Offensive linemen Reggie McKenzie (Michigan 1969-71) and Jerry Sisemore (Texas 1970-72) as well as defensive back Randy Rhino (Georgia Tech 1972-74) and linebacker Gary Spani (Kansas State 1974-77) also were chosen.'

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May 7, 2002

Marker Instead of 'Brady or Bledsoe,' it'll be Brady vs. Bledsoe [9:36 PM]
AP reports: 'Brady said he and Bledsoe have exchanged voicemail messages since the trade. "We've both been running around," Brady said. "It's kind of tough to find all the time in the world to talk. I know he's doing well. I know he's excited about being in Buffalo, from the things I've read."'

Marker Mini-camp helped and hurt [7:48 PM]
Shout! reports: Who was helped - WLB DaShon Polk & TE Brady McDonnell. Who was hurt - G Jon Carman.

Marker Players on the Hotseat: # 7 Peerless Price [7:45 PM]
CBS Sportsline reports: He has deep speed, quarterback Drew Bledsoe loves to throw the deep ball, and coordinator Kevin Gilbride is one of the few in the NFL who will challenge down the field.

Marker Bills Report: STRATEGY AND PERSONNEL [7:45 PM]
USA Today Sports reports: The Bills' top two RBs are Travis Henry and Shawn Bryson but there are rumblings the coaching staff isn't completely sold on that combination and wouldn't mind upgrading the competition.

(Curtis) Alexander figures into the mix, but should former Atlanta Falcon star Jamal Anderson become a post-June 1 cap casualty, the Bills will take a peek at signing him if he came cheap. Anderson has battled a series of knee injuries.

Another name that has surfaced in connection with Buffalo is Duce Staley of Philadelphia.

Marker Kansas City signs fullback Josh Roth [6:56 PM]
AP reports: The 6-foot, 238-pound Roth attended training camp with the Buffalo Bills last season, but was released just before the season started and did not catch on with another team. He entered the NFL as a rookie with the Bills in 2000 and spent the season on the practice squad. Roth played for the University of Buffalo.

Marker 15 picked for College Hall of Fame [4:29 PM]
AP reports: 'The other players honored were...offensive guard Reggie McKenzie of Michigan...'.

Marker Season Ticket Select-A-Seat Held This Friday And Saturday [11:05 AM] reports: Potential Bills season ticket holders will have the chance to try some of the best seats on for size this weekend at Ralph Wilson Stadium. The stadium will be open and available seating will be tagged so fans can simply walk around and choose the seats they would like.

Marker Good marketing can pay the bills [10:52 AM]
Business First reports: Bledsoe's acquisition in a trade with the New England Patriots turned into a marketing highlight film for the Bills. Spikes in ticket and merchandise sales are unusual at this time of year, particularly for a team coming off a dismal season, where it won only three games and was eliminated from playoff contention before the first frost. But sales are up and interest is growing.

Marker Champion for Children Award [9:17 AM] reports: A champion is someone who fights for another or for a cause, one who is a defender, protector, and supporter. Bills' quarterback Alex Van Pelt is a Champion for kids at the Children's Hospital.

Marker Bledsoe: Final round [5:33 AM]
Boston Globe reports: 'Bledose has talked to Bills great Jim Kelly about Buffalo. Kelly tried to reach Bledsoe even before the trade, just to let him know that Buffalo was a good city to play in, to raise children in, and to spend time in. ''It says a lot that he chose to settle there after his career was over,'' said Bledsoe.'

Marker Bledsoe's final Boston tee party? [5:32 AM]
Boston Herald reports: 'When Bledsoe traveled to Buffalo to participate in the team's rookie minicamp two weeks ago, he was pleasantly surprised to learn that the offense he will be running there has ``a lot of similarities'' to the one he is leaving. ``A lot of the terminology is similar, which is nice. I honestly didn't have a clue what system we'd be running.'' He will not, incidentally, have to run any Doug Flutie plays, which have now been banished from the Bills' repertoire. ``They're not putting those in for me, that's for sure,'' Bledsoe said with a laugh.'

Marker Bledsoe presides at perhaps his last N.E. golf event [5:31 AM]
Providence Journal reports: '"We're losing a great man of outstanding character, which he displayed all last season," said wide receiver David Patten, who pulled off the impossible in the long-drive contest, hitting the ball three inches backwards. "That's the test of a man's character, when times are hard and it's not in your favor, how do you handle it? To lose him is sad, but it's part of the business and you want to understand the professional standpoint, but we are going to miss the guy."'

Marker One Last Round With Drew [5:30 AM]
Hartford Courant reports: 'Monday's "shootout," a five-man scramble won by former Bruins great Cam Neely and his group, raised $140,000 for Bledsoe's charitable foundation, which emphasizes "parenting with dignity." While Drew and his wife, Maura, fly to Buffalo today for house-hunting, his father, Mac, will be visiting Connecticut state prison inmates.'

May 6, 2002

Marker Tom Donahoe and Gregg Williams Headed Massive Roster Turnover [10:35 PM]
Empire reports: Only 25 players remain on the Bills roster that preceded the present general manager and coach. That is an astonishing turnaround in a very short amount of time. That number consists of just 47% of a 53-man roster and the changes are not yet finished.

Marker 5th Down: The Wildest Comeback [3:22 PM] reports: As the kick sailed through the goalposts, the Buffalo Bills soared into football history. This game had been more than a wild-card… It was a wild dream, a moment of glory for a franchise built on turning fantasies into reality.

Marker Peter King's MMQB [1:21 PM]
CNN/SI reports: I think I'm really starting to like the Bills. Look how they played last December, particularly in beating the Jets on the road and taking the Patriots to the last play. And look what they've added. This is, minimum, a wild-card team in 2002.

Projected move - OT John Fina, Buffalo -> Cleveland

Marker "Kids Day" Features Discounted Tickets [12:15 PM] reports: For the second straight year, the Bills preseason schedule will include a special "Kids Day" promotion. When the team hosts the Minnesota Vikings on Friday, August 16 at Ralph Wilson Stadium, tickets for kids 14 & under can be purchased at a reduced cost of $8.00 for the public and $6.00 for season ticket account holders.

Marker Dinkins And Allen Getting Work In Europe [9:24 AM]
BillsDaily reports: Q&A on two Bills players from Bills fans in Germany.

Marker Tasker a model for Bills' picks to follow [5:07 AM]
D and C reports: 'With any luck, Buffalo's newest class has more individuals who want to be "the best" instead of just "pretty good." The trait that separated Buffalo's Super Bowl teams from the pack.'

May 5, 2002

Marker Alexander helps Galaxy remain undefeated [9:54 PM]
NFL Europe reports: Frankfurt Galaxy 14, Scottish Claymores 10
Curtis Alexander carries the ball 22 times for 97 yards including key plays to keep ball out of Claymores hands after Claymores' comeback attempt.

Marker Former Steelers QB Gonzalez signs with CFL team [10:25 AM]
Pittsburgh Tribune Review reports: 'He also spent some preseason time last year with the Indianapolis Colts and Buffalo Bills. The Bills released him in training camp.'

Marker Moves make teams better in league's best division [9:34 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'The AFC East enters the 2002 season as the toughest division in the NFL by several yardsticks.'

Marker Saints' front office duo hopes this season's gambles pay off [9:33 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'The Bills will have a maximum of $5.13 million to spend on their 10 rookie draftees. That's the second-highest total to Houston...'.

Marker Bills pass the test [7:24 AM]
Boston Herald reports: 'Polian: ``I can only tell you what Drew looked like when we played against him, when we studied him on film, and what we saw against Pittsburgh. We see nothing that would lead us to believe he still doesn't have a lot left. He's probably got at least another four to five good years left.'''

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