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Buffalo Bills News - February 2, 2003

Marker Kelly to speak at CDS dinner [6:01 AM]
D and C reports: 'Former Buffalo Bills star Jim Kelly will be the keynote speaker for CDS Inc.'s 25th anniversary dinner March 6 at the Hyatt Regency.'

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February 1, 2003

Marker Update From Hawaii [12:13 PM]
BuffaloBills.com reports: 'There was an area for autographs, a sports card show, raffles, and live bands playing all day long. I was even able to buy some really cool Bills merchandise!'

Marker Ex-Bill Parker rides Giant experience into AFL studio [9:09 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'He was practically railroaded out of town by some offensive comments made by local sports talk host Chuck Dickerson. Parker thinks Dickerson lit the fuse and others piled on, making him expendable when the Bills had salary-cap problems. After he left the Bills, Parker was named the most valuable player on the Kansas City Chiefs and went on to a Super Bowl with the Giants.'

January 31, 2003

Marker In Hawaii [1:59 PM]
BuffaloBills.com reports: 'This morning, I met Eric, Ruben and Travis for breakfast. Drew couldn't come because he was doing an interview for one of the TV stations. In was so hungry I had five omelets, 8 strips of bacon, and I lost track of all the pancakes. Even Ruben was in awe!'

Marker First Day In Paradise [1:58 PM]
BuffaloBills.com reports: 'Q: Danny from Salt Lake City, Utah asked if I am worried my tongue might get ripped out by an irate coach like the Calgary Flames mascot, and what precautions I am taking. A: I saw that clip too, Danny, and it was scary to see that such a thing could happen. So I guess I am a little scared. After all, I don't know any of the coaches that are here at the Pro Bowl. But I think if I behave myself and, most importantly, keep my mouth shut, I should be able to leave Hawaii in one piece.'

Marker On My Way [1:57 PM]
BuffaloBills.com reports: 'Spending 15 hours on a plane is tough, but when I got to the airport I found out that Mr. Wilson bumped my ticket up to first-class!'

Marker It's Human. Really! [1:57 PM]
BuffaloBills.com reports: 'What do athletes and politicians have in common? More than you might think…'

Marker 'Music City Miracle' isn't music to the ears of Buffalo Bills fans [1:53 PM]
Knoxville News Sentinel reports: 'Above all else, I enjoy and appreciate hearing from fans who are both passionate and sensible. The Buffalo fans I have heard from definitely meet (or exceed) this criteria. You guys rock.'

January 29, 2003

Marker Where Are They Now: Charley Ferguson [1:33 PM]
BuffaloBills.com reports: '"One thing that I’m proud of is being able to be part of a team that I thought was very, very good. Both defensively and offensively. What I mean by that is - the three years that we had a lot of success, ‘64, ‘65 and ‘66, although we did lose the (‘66) championship game to Kansas City. If we would have won that game, that would have given us the first opportunity of playing in the Super Bowl," Ferguson said. "I just thought at that time, we were really unified, a lot of camaraderie, the guys were very close, and we just showed that all the way. On the field and off the field."'

January 28, 2003

Marker 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?

Marker 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."'

Marker 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.'

Marker 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."'

January 26, 2003

Marker 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."

Marker DeLamielleure, Lofton reach Hall [9:22 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'It was a landmark day for the Bills franchise.'

Marker '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.'

Marker 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.'

Marker 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."'

Marker 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.'

Marker HOF is dream come true for ‘Joe D’ [5:17 AM]
Canton Repository reports: 'During his football life, Buffalo became home.'

Marker 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.'

Marker 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."'

Marker 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.'

Marker 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.'

January 25, 2003

Marker '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.

Marker 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.

Marker 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.

Marker 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.'

Marker 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.'

Marker 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.'

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