Buffalo Bills News - April 1, 2014

Marker Biggest fight ahead for Buffalo’s toughest star [5:01 PM]
Salamanca Press reports: 'Some say coverage of Kelly’s cancer fight neglects ordinary citizens battling similar diseases. While I sympathize with anyone fighting cancer, I see no need for the criticism.'

Marker Jim Kelly’s cancer detailed [1:59 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'Kelly, King reported, is scheduled to have chemotherapy treatments today and Tuesday and radiation treatments Wednesday, Thursday and Friday in hopes of stopping the cancer from multiplying.'

Marker Kelly's chemotherapy treatment postponed a week till Monday [1:58 AM]
Buffalo News reports: '“He's had a couple setbacks,” his brother, Dan Kelly, told The Buffalo News on Monday night. “It's always this or that. We have to make sure Jim doesn't get sick leading into this.”'

Marker Marketing VP named to stadium panel that meets today [1:57 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'As executive vice president of corporate marketing and communications for Time Warner, Ginsberg, according to the company’s web page, works with Time Warner’s top executives at its operating divisions on a wide range of corporate matters.'

Marker Bills stadium committee meets Tuesday [1:56 AM]
Rochester D&C reports: 'This inaugural meeting is expected to be a get-to-know-you session for the 21-member panel. The formation of the New Stadium Working Group was a function of the stadium lease that was negotiated in 2012 between the Bills, Erie County and the state. When the renovation to Ralph Wilson Stadium that is taking place right now was approved, it was decided that exploration should begin regarding the construction of a new stadium either on the current site in Orchard Park, or another location in Erie County.'

Marker Bills stadium group gains member; to meet Tuesday [1:55 AM]
AP reports: 'Gov. Andrew Cuomo appointed Time Warner executive Gary Ginsberg to what's being called the Bills' "New Stadium Work Group." Ginsberg is the company's executive vice president of global marketing and grew up in suburban Buffalo. He previously served as an assistant legal counsel to President Bill Clinton.'

Marker Bills figure prominently in NFL rumor mill [1:54 AM]
WGR-AM reports: 'First off, I don't think the Bills will do it because they won't want to give up the collection of draft picks it would take to go up eight spots. It would only be worth it if there is a franchise quarterback they absolutely adore and the only way to get that player is to be at the top of the draft.'

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March 31, 2014

Marker Football star Jim Kelly receives outpouring of support in cancer fight [11:58 AM]
CBS This Morning reports: 'Link to video from Monday morning's program.'

Marker Tailgaters tap Bills tradition to honor Wilson [1:59 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'Midway through the rally, fans were surprised and delighted when Bills President and CEO Russ Brandon took to the stage to thank them for their dedication and support. “I never get to tailgate,” Brandon said, with a cup in his hand. “I love this.”'

Marker For an event as significant as Ralph Wilson’s death, nothing can compare to print media [1:58 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'As I watched as much Wilson coverage as I could, it seemed to me, yet again, that different media can’t help but OWN certain kinds of stories at certain times.'

Marker Ralph Wilson gave more generously than most people knew [1:57 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'Wilson’s generosity seemed to know no bounds. It stretched from his donations to the Hospice Foundation of Western New York to the United Way of Buffalo & Erie County to the Food Bank. His funding efforts went a long way toward feeding, clothing and comforting those in need. No accolades required.'

Marker Jim Kelly segment to air on 'CBS This Morning' [1:56 AM]
Rochester D&C reports: 'The show airs from 7 to 9 a.m., but Sutovsky said he did not have information about specifically when the Jim Kelly segment would be shown.'

Marker Jim Kelly Tough [1:55 AM]
SI reports: '“But now, this is just another river to cross. Now we know what it is, and we’ll keep fighting. Whatever I did in life’’—now he motioned to the crowded room of family—“I never did alone. So we’ll fight. It’s in the Lord’s hands now.”'

March 30, 2014

Marker At all costs, keep the Bills in Buffalo [10:59 AM]
Rochester D&C reports: 'They can't let the team get away. We won't be able to attract another franchise like bigger markets in Houston or Baltimore. This team means so much to the region, not just Buffalo.'

Marker Friends, family of Wilson say a private goodbye to a football patriarch [1:59 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'Most owners and NFL executives stayed away due to the private nature of the service. The same went for former Bills players. The only one seen in attendance was Hall of Fame running back Thurman Thomas.'

Marker Ralph Wilson valued friends, loyalty [1:58 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'It’s always been assumed that Ralph blocked the election of Lou Saban and Cookie Gilchrist from inclusion on the Bills’ Wall of Fame. I don’t recall an outright Wilson veto, but on more than one occasion, Ralph would explain why he felt Saban did not deserve to be honored. It was because Lou had walked out on the team twice, and Ralph viewed that as disloyalty.'

Marker Bills at risk of being moved to larger market [1:57 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'ut let’s not kid ourselves. The economics of the NFL long ago whizzed past our smaller-market, economically stagnant burg.'

Marker Trying times in Bills country [1:56 AM]
Rochester D&C reports: 'How could these Super Bowl Bills have envisioned a week like this? Mourning their beloved owner? Praying for their beloved leader? Circling the wagons one more time? Jill Kelly's blog post about her husband was like a punch to the gut.'

Marker Ralph Wilson Stadium undergoes massive renovation [1:55 AM]
Rochester D&C reports: 'Polancarz said the $130 million project, which is being funded by New York state, Erie County and the Bills, is almost 50 percent complete, though everywhere you look there's upheaval.'

Marker Bills' fate will help reveal NFL's commitment to small markets [1:54 AM]
Erie Times News reports: 'In a league whose wealthiest franchises are now valued at more than $1.5 billion, the cost of buying and financing an NFL team requires vast resources and steady revenue from a vibrant corporate partnership base. Good luck finding that in the rust belt.'

Marker Buffalo owe big debt to Ralph Wilson [1:53 AM]
Florida Times Union reports: 'The new owner will have to figure out a way to keep the team viable while making enough money to pay the debt service taken on after purchasing the team.'

Marker Raiders, Bills could be eyeing LA market [1:52 AM]
Saint Louis Post Dispatch reports: 'Six years may seem like a long time to get things settled in western New York. Then again, 19 seasons have gone by pretty quickly in St. Louis.'

Marker In cancer’s pain, former NFL star puts hope in Jesus [1:51 AM]
Christian Examiner reports: 'In public testimonies and in their book Without a Word, the Kellys have described how Jill became a Christian when Hunter was 2 years old. But a bitter, unfaithful Jim left the couple’s marriage seemingly doomed after Hunter’s death. During marriage counseling, he became a believer himself. Today, it’s next to impossible to find a spoken or written word by the couple that doesn’t mention God.'

Marker My Buffalo Bills [1:50 AM]
Bills Daily reports: 'It’s funny when you think about it. Ralph was once considered a member of the “Foolish Club” and Jim once never wanted to play here. And, somehow, “foolish” and “never wanted to” got together and made magic happen. And, as I run through the streets of our great city, I know what keeps my heavy heart going is the belief that someday, it might happen again.'

March 29, 2014

Marker Bills set Wilson tribute on April 5 in field house [1:59 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'Donations in Wilson’s memory are being accepted by the Hospice Foundation of Western New York, the Alzheimer’s Association Greater Michigan Chapter and to St. John Hospital and Medical Center to support of the Wilson Telemonitoring Program.'

Marker Bills' interest in top pick makes no sense [1:58 AM]
Niagara Gazette reports: 'This year's draft could go down as one of the deepest in recent history. Analysts have raved about the potential of the top 10-15 available players, meaning the Bills should have a few options when they pick at No. 9. Texas A&M tackle Jake Matthews and wide receiver Mike Evans have been popular projections in recent mock drafts, as has Alabama safety Ha Ha Clinton-Dix.'

Marker Bills to hold public memorial for Ralph Wilson [1:57 AM]
AP reports: 'The event will feature memorabilia, exhibits and a guestbook to allow fans to pay tribute to the Hall of Fame owner, who founded the former American Football League franchise in 1959.'

Marker Why Bills trading for #1 does/doesn't make sense [1:56 AM]
WGR-AM reports: 'While it wouldn’t be out of the question for the Bills to try and move up to secure one of their targets and sacrifice an additional pick in this draft, the thought of giving up multiple future top selections for just one player, that’s not a quarterback, likely isn’t Whaley’s cup of tea.'

Marker Ralph Wilson's passing has Buffalo Bills facing uncertain future [1:55 AM]
NFL.com reports: 'Scott Sarama, a longtime Bills fan who founded the fan website twobillsdrive.com, said that the dark cloud of potential relocation has hung over the region for so many years. While Wilson was alive, that storm on the horizon never got any closer, but it also never receded. Sarama, for one, is ready, after hearing so much speculation about the future, for the skies to finally gain some clarity.'

Marker Fan celebration and remembrance of Ralph C. Wilson, Jr. planned for April 5 [1:54 AM]
BuffaloBills.com reports: 'A private ceremony for Bills staff, players, coaches and NFL personnel will be announced at a later date.'

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