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Buffalo Bills News - June 10, 2002

Marker Players Participate In Autograph Signing For NFL Charity Auction [9:26 AM] reports: The Bills players participated in an autograph signing of items that will be sold for charity via NFL Auction, an online charity-based initiative of the NFL

Marker Bills' uniforms stay true to red, white and blue [9:08 AM]
Buffalo News reports: '"Obviously, it's going to take more than new uniforms. But hopefully the new guys wearing them will help the Bills get moving in the right direction."'

Marker Defiant Henry faces plenty of challenges in possible break-out year [9:08 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'The question is, can he carry the ball 300 times and be effective in December? He had arthroscopic knee surgery in the offseason to relieve the tendinitis in his right knee. Can he thrive while carrying a Bettis-like load?'

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June 9, 2002

Marker Buffalo Bills Uniform Unveiling Pictures [9:04 PM]
TBD reports: Pictures from TBD's Blue Coat on the Spot.

Marker Transcript for June 9 [6:17 PM]
NBC's Meet the Press reports: 'The French Open is next, but the big sports news: The Buffalo Bills have new uniforms, unveiled yesterday. New aggressive, and there's the new secret weapon. We're going back to the Super Bowl. Drew Bledsoe, bring it home one time.'

Marker Mike Doser: Bills' new uniforms the pinnacle of COOL [5:12 PM]
Shout! reports: 'Despite filing a logo for trademark - a "B" folded into the head of a buffalo - the team did not include it. The Bills remain one of only 9 NFL teams to feature jersey numbers on the sides of their shoulders instead of on the tops of them. Many teams have put numbers on the tops so they can include a secondary logo on the sides. The fact remains that the Bills have a secondary logo registered to them, but have decided not to use it.'

Marker Pasquarelli: Some veterans still on the bubble [4:54 PM]
ESPN reports: "The hemorrhaging hasn't quite stopped yet," said agent Jack Wirth, who represents Jay Riemersma, the Buffalo tight end whose continued tenure with the franchise remains an iffy proposition. "There still could be a little more blood before camp."

Marker Bills Uniform Unveiling Main Page [1:42 PM] reports: Complete coverage of Saturday's unveiling: video, audio, photos, uniforms for sale, etc.

Marker New Bills Jersey Makes Appearance On "Meet The Press" [11:12 AM] reports: On this morning's "Meet the Press" program on NBC, host and Buffalo native TIM RUSSERT closed the show by holding up his brand new Bills jersey, a dark blue home version.

Marker 52 year old FG kicker scores only points in Fire win over Galaxy [10:45 AM]
NFL Europe reports: The Galaxy went straight to their ground game, with Buffalo Bills-allocated running back Curtis Alexander pounding out a pair of first downs on their first series. A interception by the Fire ruined that drive. A 21-yard field goal by 52-year-old Manfred Burgsmüller. His successful kick made him the first player in NFLEL history to reach 300 career points and gives him the chance for a fairytale ending to his NFLEL career in World Bowl.

Marker Curtis Alexander's efforts not enough in Galaxy loss to Fire [9:30 AM]
NFL Europe reports: The Rhein Fire will play in World Bowl X after beating the Galaxy 3-0 in front of an NFLEL-record crowd of 58,572 in Frankfurt's Waldstadion. Curtis Alexander had 15 carries for 69 yards plus 3 catches for 17 yards in a defensive battle between top rated Rhein Fire and Frankfurt Galaxy. Backup QB Hendricks was able to make only 9 completions in 30 attempts, many of them overthrown, underthrown (including one of the receptions to Alexander who dived for the catch) or otherwise off target. World Bowl X will be an all German matchup..

Marker Wade Phillips is rested and ready to rebuild Falcons' defense [9:18 AM]
Buffalo News reports: '"I enjoyed the whole time I was in Buffalo," he said. "The owner made a decision. He's allowed to do that. The disappointment for me was I still wanted to be there. I had a successful career going, and it got derailed. I did a good job and won a lot of games. I'd still rather be the head coach of the Buffalo Bills."'

Marker Added bulk should help Edwards [9:16 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'The Texas A&M product weighed between 285 and 290 pounds and saw limited action in seven games as a rookie. He's up to 305 pounds at the team's minicamp this week.'

Marker Bills show off new uniforms [9:15 AM]
USA Today reports: The Bills unveiled their new uniforms during a rally Saturday at Ralph Wilson Stadium. While the traditional red helmet and charging buffalo logo remain unchanged, the team will be sporting new navy blue uniforms trimmed in red, silver and royal blue for the 2002 season. Picture is shown of Jim Kelly holding the jersey with his son Hunter's name on it.

Marker Huntley a key in plan to build a power attack [9:12 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'So the idea is to pound the football. Travis Henry is a pounder, although not in the mold of Bettis, so Huntley may be the second prong of a two-pronged pound attack, just as he was for a while in Pittsburgh.'

Marker Winning uniform approval [9:09 AM]
Buffalo News reports: '"It gives us a more aggressive, dynamic look on the field, but it doesn't drastically alter the look," Donahoe said. "Everyone in this building recognizes the great tradition of the Buffalo Bills. We didn't want to change the logo. We even dipped back into the history of the franchise and added some gray."'

Marker Best Head Coach? Williams votes for Holmgren, Fisher and Belichick. [9:08 AM]
CBS Sportsline reports: "Belichick does a great job with the fundamental teachings that has to go on throughout the whole team -- special teams, defense and offense," says Buffalo's Williams. "It's the way he gets them all playing under one roof, the way he gets them to all play together."

Marker Bills are blue-tiful! [5:40 AM]
D and C reports: 'An hour after the unveiling, a long line snaked outside the team store at the stadium.'

Marker Blue on blue a marketing coup [5:37 AM]
D and C reports: 'Dark navy blue, vivid red, a touch of royal blue, some eye-catching silver, a white road jersey with navy on the shoulders, red helmet with new stripe and same charging buffalo logo. Old yet new. In the words of Dolce & Gabbana, "Me likey."'

Marker Sabres' new look spiked sales, too [5:34 AM]
D and C reports: 'The year before switching uniforms, the Sabres ranked 24th in merchandise sales in the NHL. Their first season in their new attire in new HSBC Arena, they rocketed to seventh and have remained in the top 10 ever since.'

Marker Bills unveil their new uniforms [12:05 AM]
AP reports: '"This is exciting," Bledsoe said, modeling the Bills home uniform bearing his number 11. "New uniforms for the past seven or eight years have been good luck for some teams. The Broncos changed and they won it all."'

June 8, 2002

Marker Bills New Uniforms: Photo Gallery Part III [7:19 PM] reports: Billy The Buffalo, Tom Donahoe, Jim Kelly, Peerless Price, etc...

Marker Bills New Uniforms: Photo Gallery Part II [7:18 PM] reports: Mike Williams, Eric Moulds, Ruben Brown, Buffalo Jills, etc...

Marker Donahoe says uniform changes were in pipeline before him [4:54 PM] reports: NOTE: interview is sound only.
Tom Donahoe says they wanted uniform to be evolutionary not revolutionary and some of the original designs were more 'Stars Wars' like. Wilson appears to have been a balance and kept some of the more radical changes out of uniforms.

Marker Bills New Uniforms [2:32 PM] reports: The hype is over and now you see what they are hyping. The new Bills jerseys have been modernized in the Tennessee Titans and Denver Broncos type of style as previously leaked by game maker. Logo has not changed on Helmet.

Marker Fina retires from football with class and dignity [12:28 PM]
Arizona Daily Star reports: 'He became a proponent of Buffalo's new modern art museum. He even got a job in a downtown restaurant, working at the bar, so he could mesh better with the community. His intellect separated him from the violence of the game. "I hope the next phase of my life will be as enriching as the last 10 years have been for me in Buffalo," says Fina, whose immediate plan is to go into business with his brother, David, a Tucson commercial builder. Ironic article is written by an author named "Hansen" since Hansen retired during the offseason after playing 10 years with him.'

Marker New Bills Merchandise Available Starting Today [10:55 AM] reports: The only way fans will be able to get their hands on it in the first three days will be through the team’s official distribution outlets, which will have the largest selection in the area. This will be the first opportunity to purchase officially licensed Bills jerseys in the new style, both authentic and replica. Also available for the first time will be exclusive Drew Bledsoe merchandise, the team’s new on-field player hat, and other special-edition items.

Marker New Bills jerseys greet a new era [9:17 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'The Bills ranked sixth in the NFL in merchandise sales in 1991 and '92, at the height of their Super Bowl era. They rank 23rd among 32 teams for the first half of this year, according to Sports Trend Info, a Florida-based trade publication that tracks sports marketing sales.'

Marker Fox Sports Net's new groove leaves Levy behind [9:16 AM]
Buffalo News reports: '"Just because you're not 18 through 34 doesn't mean you can't appeal to 18 through 34 viewers," Levy said.'

Marker 1,500 tickets left for uniform day with the Bills [5:33 AM]
D and C reports: 'The remaining tickets -- free, but limited to four per person -- will be available at the stadium box office at 11 a.m.'

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