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Buffalo Bills News - July 5, 2001

Marker Negotiating contracts is the ultimate off-field game [10:07 AM] reports: Right now, McGee (agent from Peerless Price) and Jim Overdorf, the Bills' contract negotiator, are currently working on a deal to sign Henry. "Contracts are all about timing and patience," McGee says. "Like with Travis Henry, I want to get something done; it's just difficult at this time."

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July 4, 2001

Marker How a Buffalo Bill Celebrates the 4th of July [3:42 PM] reports: 'The 4th of July is a time to enjoy fireworks, barbecues, family and friends. The Buffalo Bills use the holiday to appreciate their time at home. After all, these are their days to relax before the stress and hard work of training camp kick in at the end of the month. Some of the Bills prefer to stay low key and watch fireworks at home with their family.'

Marker Season of hope: Speculation about to give way to reality [3:40 PM]
CBS Sportsline reports: 'QB Rob Johnson -- The Bills made the right decision in making Johnson their starter and letting Doug Flutie walk. Now it's time for Johnson to show that he can be a legitimate starter. He has all the tools, but he has had trouble staying healthy, some say because he holds the ball far too long. That's a criticism to some, but isn't that also an indication of his desire to make a play? Now that the Bills have adopted a version of the West Coast offense, Johnson should have a better chance of staying healthy. Plus, he doesn't have to worry about the pain from all the knives in his back courtesy of Flutie.'

Marker Coach Williams' praise of Peerless last night ... [11:25 AM] reports: 'Williams' was really excited about our offense. He said that we had so many weapons that teams are going to have a real hard time defending the field. He was especially high on Centers, Riemersma, and Moulds. He said that Peerless has been impressive in camp, but he has to take his game to a higher level this year. He said that he expected great things from him.'

Marker Ranking QB units from top to bottom [9:37 AM]
The Sporting News reports: 26. Bills. This is Rob Johnson's team after the departure of Flutie. Johnson was a better fit for the new offense, but now he must stay healthy. Backup support comes from Alex Van Pelt, Pete Gonzalez and Tim Hasselbeck.

July 3, 2001

Marker Desktop Wallpaper: July 2001 Edition [10:28 PM]
TBD reports: Download great Buffalo Bills artwork to use as wallpaper for your PC. It includes a calendar and best of all it is free!

Marker Bills consider switching turfs [8:22 PM]
AP reports: 'Donahoe added that because of Buffalo's harsh winters, it's unlikely that the Bills would choose natural grass.'

Marker Tim Hasselbeck wants to hear from the fans! [2:37 PM] reports: 'Quarterback Tim Hasselbeck wants to hear from the fans, and he wants to know your opinion about what your favorite part of game days at Ralph Wilson Stadium! To let Tim know what you like most about coming to Bills games, just drop him an e-mail and let him know!'

Marker 1995 scores another upset win, advances to final four [2:35 PM] reports: 'Continuing their string of upsets, the 13th seeded 1995 Buffalo Bills defeated the 5th seeded 1993 Bills 22-6 in the last Elite Eight quarterfinal game of the Super Bills Tournament.'

Marker Rookie Symposium serious business [2:34 PM] reports: 'On the surface, it's a great way to make a living, playing football for hundreds of thousands of dollars (perhaps millions) in the National Football League. The money, the fame, the adoring fans… However, there can be a dark side to the glory. Young rookies, starry-eyed after their being drafted and reporting to their first team camps, were asked to open their eyes last week.'

Marker Kelly, Levy and Smerlas using their heads to fill stadium [9:06 AM]
Buffalo News reports: '"In looking across the leagues at the incredible interest in bobbleheads, this seemed like the perfect year to jump in," said Russ Brandon, Bills vice president, business development and marketing.'

Marker Wegmans giving Bills bobbleheads [5:36 AM]
D and C reports: 'And starting at 10 a.m. Saturday, bobbleheads of ex-quarterback Jim Kelly, former coach Marv Levy and ex-defensive lineman Fred Smerlas will be available for Buffalo Bills fans who purchase a pair of tickets at Wegmans Food Markets Inc. to one of three selected 2001 games.'

July 2, 2001

Marker It's now their call: Head ref Seeman passes torch [10:44 PM]
The Sporting News reports: 'It can be safely said that no one loves and appreciates game officials of any sport more than Jerry Seeman. And when he retires this week and returns home, he will leave with obvious sadness. He has had a no-win job -- who really ever embraces officials even when they are right?'

Marker You blew it: The worst calls in NFL history [6:27 PM]
Sporting News reports: Two terrible calls mentioned - Don Beebe stepping out in Bills-Oilers AFC playoff game and the 'lateral' in the Titans-Bills playoff game.

The Bills-Patriots game with multiple errors was mentioned as well.

Marker Robert Hicks and the Bills OL [6:13 PM]
CBS Sportsline reports: Still is plenty of uncertainty surrounding the Buffalo Bills offensive line, a unit that slipped dramatically in 2000. One exclamation point amid the question marks that exist, however, has been the offseason dedication of fourth-year tackle Robert Hicks, a prototype rightside power blocker who lost his focus and then his starting position a year ago.

Marker Bills cut three UDFA's [6:07 PM]
AP reports: ORCHARD PARK, N.Y. (AP) -- The Buffalo Bills released three players, all recently-signed free agents, on Monday.

The Bills cut wide receivers Stephen Campbell and Teddy Johnson and long-snapper Ryan Diepenbrock. All three were signed last April. The
moves come less than a month before the start of training camp.

Marker Jim Kelly answers emails [1:53 PM] reports: 'This week, caught up with former Bills quarterback Jim Kelly at his Football Camp.'

Marker 2001 NFL Strength of Schedule [1:51 PM]
CBS Sportsline reports: 'Buffalo plays the 27th hardest schedule according to last year's results. The opponents had a combined record of 120-136 (0.469) in 2000. The Bills will play 8 games against teams with +0.500 records and 5 games against playoff teams.'

July 1, 2001

Marker Bills alumni remember team's best receivers [9:05 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'The ex-Bills are conducting a poll, open to fans, to determine the 10 best wide receivers in the history of the franchise.'

Marker Two Bills to tackle poetry reading [8:44 AM]
D and C reports: 'The yet-to-be-named Bills will be joined by Buffalo Jills cheerleaders, who will model fashions from L'Avant Garbe, a Pittsford boutique. The Blues Family, from Nik Entertainment, will perform.'

June 30, 2001

Marker Rebecca Grant to work on TBB's Robot Wars [3:49 PM]
TNN reports: Rebecca Grant, former host/correspondent for `The Buffalo Bills NFL Show', to report from the Pit in TNN'S ROBOT WARS: EXTREME WARRIORS.

June 29, 2001

Marker Bills to honor Levy on Dec. 9 [1:55 PM]
Buffalo News reports: 'Former head coach Marv Levy will be honored by the Buffalo Bills on Dec. 9 when the team hosts the Carolina Panthers. During the ceremony, Levy will receive his ring from the Pro Football Hall of Fame.'

June 28, 2001

Marker Centers, Bills happy together - Veteran FB fitting in [8:06 PM] reports: "With young guys, like we have on this team, there's quite a bit more enthusiasm [than with Washington]," Centers said recently. "There's a new energy about this place I'm happy to be part of it."

Marker QB Challenge returns to Hawaii [7:40 PM] reports: 'Who will be crowned the NFL's "Top Gun?" Six of the NFL's best quarterbacks return to the field on Saturday, July 14 and Sunday, July 15 to test their skills along with six former greats in the DIRECTV Presents the NFL Quarterback Challenge. Rob Johnson will be competing.

In a first this year for the NFL Quarterback Challenge, former NFL quarterbacks will be participating in the DIRECTV Million Dollar Throw. The star-studded list of players will attempt to throw a perfect pass from 30 yards for $1 million dollars (Half of the money will go to the player's favorite charity). Jim Kelly will be competing.'

Marker Fly Southwest to San Diego! - Bills/Chargers weekend [7:37 PM]
Rose Puskas reports: 'Reservations can now be made on Southwest Airlines to San Diego for the Bills/Chargers weekend! You will receive a 10% discount on round-trip flights to San Diego from any originating SWA airport. Fares are good between 10/21/01 through 11/02/01. To book thios special fare you must use the Bills Backers toll free number: 1-800-433-5368 and provide the special ID Code: R6674.'

Marker Bills to honor Levy at Carolina game [12:48 PM] reports: The Buffalo Bills today announced that the team will honor former head coach Marv Levy in a ceremony on Sunday, December 9 when the team hosts the Carolina Panthers. In that ceremony Levy will receive his ring from the Pro Football Hall of Fame, commemorating his enshrinement.

Marker Smerlas going on wall when Bills face Pats [8:59 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'Fred Smerlas will be inducted onto the Buffalo Bills' Wall of Fame Dec. 16 when the Bills play the New England Patriots, the team announced Wednesday.'

June 27, 2001

Marker 10 Teams in Tailback Trouble--Bills, Pats two of them. [11:56 PM]
CBS Sportsline reports: 'Rookie coach Gregg Williams claimed last week that he hoped he didn't have to make a decision until Thanksgiving on the full-time starter. "I hope they're all playing so well that I'm getting the opportunity to play them all," Williams said. Note to Williams: Forget about it. Choose one guy in camp and cement him into the lineup.'

Marker Fred Smerlas to be added to Buffalo Bills' Wall of Fame [4:32 PM]
AP reports: 'Fred Smerlas will be inducted onto the Buffalo Bills' Wall of Fame Dec. 16 when the Bills play the New England Patriots, the team announced Wednesday.'

Marker Gregg Williams' learning curve [12:31 PM] reports: 'Before he ever coaches a regular season game, we can give Gregg Williams credit for this: He speaks with a refreshing dose of honesty. Usually that's good; sometimes, it causes unnecessary problems. Williams is learning that.'

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