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Buffalo Bills News - May 25, 2005

Marker Familiar faces in sports world enliven scene [5:33 AM]
Rochester D&C reports: 'Bush also recognized another, more famous, western New York athlete: former Buffalo Bills quarterback Jim Kelly. Kelly, who is becoming a regular at big Republican events in New York, attended the speech because he said he wanted his 10-year-old daughter, Erin, to meet the president. "It was definitely a treat," said Kelly, explaining later that he has no immediate plan to run for office, despite speculation to the contrary.'

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May 24, 2005

Marker A Rheem Dream [11:03 AM] reports: 'Rheem was a semifinalist for the Lou Groza Award (nation's top kicker) in 2004 and is considered very accurate and consistent with good mechanics. League scouts said he just lacked superior leg strength and couldn't get top-notch distance or hang time on kickoffs. But Rheem was 13-of-15 on field goals as a senior including 2-for-2 from 50-yards plus.'

Marker Jets' stadium could hit Bills in the wallet [8:57 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'What does this mean for the Bills? As you may have read two weeks ago, owner Ralph Wilson is concerned about where the NFL is headed. The collective bargaining agreement with the players' association ends after the 2007 season. The players are seeking a share of heretofore untapped revenues, revenues teams aren't mandated to share among themselves. Franchises at the high end of the scale are opposed to divvying up the individual pots. That means that in the next CBA the Bills likely would take a heavier hit than the teams making more money. And that makes it less attractive for the Bills to remain in Buffalo when it comes time to settle Wilson's estate.'

Marker Bills WR Parrish on his first pro football trading card [7:23 AM]
WKBW-TV reports: 'The speedster out of Miami was among three dozen of the NFL's top rookies who just yesterday put on their pro-uniforms to pose for the Donruss Card Company out in Los Angeles.'

Marker Buffalo Bills to Host Bills Backers Weekend [5:50 AM] reports: 'Bills Backers from all over the world are invited to attend Bills Backers Weekend to be held the weekend of October 9th when the Bills host AFC East-rival Miami Dolphins at 1 pm. Special ticket packages are available for registered Bills Backers. The packages include a tour of Ralph Wilson Stadium, a meeting with a Bills official and a lunch buffet on Saturday, October 8th as well as a tailgate party and game ticket on Sunday, October 9th. Bills Backers will also have access to hotel room discounts for the weekend. Packages are available for purchase through the Bills ticket office by calling 877-BBTICKS and ticket availability is limited.'

May 23, 2005

Marker Wilson won't surrender to NFL's power markets [5:02 AM]
Sports Business Journal reports: '"Now the league is riding a crest of popularity, and I am afraid -- and I said that to the owners down in Atlanta (at a meeting on April 19) -- that some of the new owners who have come in the last 10 or 15 years don't know what some of the clubs went through 25, 30, 45 years ago," Wilson said during an interview in his sparse office adjacent to Ralph Wilson Stadium.'

Marker Talkin' Bills, post Wilson [5:01 AM]
Business First of Buffalo reports: 'Wilson wants to keep the team in Buffalo, but lawyers have told him that there is no way he can legally ensure that. Knowing that, it is time for a group of Buffalo-minded investors to approach the Wilson family about securing the rights of first refusal to purchase the franchise. If such an arrangement already exists in a shroud of secrecy, fine. But assuming that it doesn't, it's time for a well-intentioned, well-financed group to get to work.'

May 22, 2005

Marker Bills Team Report [7:45 PM]
The Sporting News reports: 'The Bills like what they've seen so far from rookie C Duke Preston, their fourth-round draft pick. Preston has good size (6-5, 311), strength and toughness to compete with defensive tackles at the point of attack. He has the intelligence to make the line calls and is technically sound as a blocker who plays with leverage and works hard to finish blocks.'

Marker Tom Roth Promoted to Bills Scout [4:18 PM] reports: 'Cleveland area-native Tom Roth has been named the Buffalo Bills BLESTO scout after spending the past two seasons as the team’s College Scouting Administrator. Roth’s scouting territory will include colleges in North Carolina, Tennessee, Virginia and the Washington D.C. area.'

Marker Donahoe's hold 'em play looking good [9:04 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'Maybe the Bills will trade Henry yet, but what's the rush?'

Marker Pats have a familiar ring [9:03 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'Is Losman ready to lead the offense? How much better will RB Willis McGahee and WR Lee Evans be in their second year as starters? Is Gandy the answer at left tackle? Will Henry's status become a distraction? Can Campbell and Euhus return to preinjury form? Can Anderson and Edwards fill Williams' shoes?'

Marker Philosophical differences over revenue could cause labor rift [5:16 AM]
Rochester D&C reports: '"The league was built on sharing revenues, but these big- market clubs just don't want to give up any more," Wilson said recently.'

May 21, 2005

Marker Bills host coaches [2:29 PM]
Buffalo News reports: 'The Buffalo Bills will host more than 2,050 Western New York high school and college football coaches today at the fifth annual Buffalo Bills Coaches Clinic in the field house.'

Marker ESPN reveals Dobler's secret tragedy [2:28 PM]
Buffalo News reports: 'Dobler, who has always been a colorful character, illustrated he could deliver and take a good joke about his image when he was roasted for the benefit of the local Cystic Fibrosis Foundation in 1988. But as an ESPN story will illustrate at 10:30 a.m. Sunday, the life of Dobler and his family has taken a very serious turn.'

Marker Inside slant [6:45 AM]
The Sports Xchange reports: '"Your team centers around your leaders and we have some great leaders on this team," Gray said on NFL Sirius Radio. "Hopefully, J.P. steps into that role. J.P. is the leader but we have to rally around J.P. and knowing teams are going to throw a lot of stuff at him. It's up to the defense and the special teams to take the heat off ... make him not say, 'I've got to win this game.'"'

Marker Notes, quotes [6:44 AM]
The Sports Xchange reports: '"The league was built on sharing revenues but these big market clubs just don't want to give up any more. ... The old-time owners, they've been through the strikes. They've seen the players outside screaming obscenities to them, the cops with the guns. They've seen the hairdressers (strike players) playing out here. The old-timers, there's not enough of us old guys left and the new guys, it's hard to convince them." -- Bills owner Ralph Wilson talking about a growing rift among owners regarding the sharing of more revenues.'

May 20, 2005

Marker Wilson Not Sure Of The Long Term Fate Of The Bills [2:17 PM]
WGR-AM reports: 'Wilson's lawyer has advised him that his estate can not require a buyer to keep the team in Buffalo because it's illegal.'

Marker Lineman visits Bills [8:55 AM]
Buffalo News reports: '"That's one thing I'm happy about, that I can play all different positions," he said. "Wherever the opportunity arises, I'll be more than happy to play anywhere."'

Marker Brown's health always an issue [5:38 AM]
Nashville Tennessean reports: 'Although Reese has publicly downplayed his efforts to trade for Henry, who is unhappy with his situation in Buffalo, the Titans and Bills have been discussing a deal since the April 23-24 NFL Draft. Their most recent conversation was earlier this week. The Bills have remained firm in their demand of a third-round pick for Henry, but so far the Titans haven't been willing to go that high. "We have no control over that, that is all their deal,'' Reese said of the Bills. "I don't think it is their No. 1 priority to let him go right now. I think the owner really likes the guy, the GM likes the guy and they are probably saying this is a player who can help us.'''

Marker Woolfolk turns the corner [4:31 AM]
Nashville City Paper reports: 'As for veteran help, general manager Floyd Reese continued to downplay the talk of acquiring Travis Henry from Buffalo, saying no new talks have been held. Henry is entering the last year of his contract and is scheduled to make $1.25 million. Reese did acknowledge that if the Titans were to get serious in that regard, he would try to rework the contract. “I think if we traded for him, we’d rework the deal,” Reese said. “I think right now, their inclination is to hold onto him rather than trade him. They like him. It’s not like they want to get rid of him and he’s a bad character or any of that stuff, and they understand that if I can’t get such and such in compensation, there’s no reason to trade him.”'

Marker Fifth Annual Bills Coaching Clinic [4:22 AM] reports: 'The Buffalo Bills will host more than 250 Western New York high school and college football coaches at the fifth annual Buffalo Bills Coaches Clinic presented by Gatorade and Dick’s Sporting Goods on Saturday, May 21st in the Buffalo Bills Fieldhouse.'

Marker Offensive Lineman visiting the Bills [4:20 AM]
WGR-AM reports: 'German made the Dolphins is 2002 as a college free agent. He's played in 11 games with his only start coming at RG. Miami cut him a week ago.'

May 19, 2005

Marker Former Dolphins Lineman Visit Bills [5:18 PM] reports: 'Jerman said the way the Bills turned the season around last year, winning eight of their last 10 games, makes Buffalo an attractive destination for him. "This is really a team on the rise, I believe," Jerman told the media during his visit. "Now that I've been here and met with all the coaches and seen what kind of program they have, I've been really impressed with everything."'

Marker New field a boost for Bills [5:01 AM]
Rochester D&C reports: 'In the past, the Bills were reluctant to practice on the carpet-style artificial turf inside Growney due to the wear such surfaces cause on knees and joints. But synthetic athletic fields such as the one Fisher is getting are kinder on athletes' bodies — crushed rubber pellets surround plastic grass blades, acting as millions of tiny shock absorbers. "The players really like it," Mularkey said. "If we were on it more (in camp), I don't see it as a problem at all. And any time you can create a game-type atmosphere, that gets the adrenaline flowing."'

May 18, 2005

Marker Buffalo's search for spicy new wing leads to Losman [2:10 PM]
USA Today reports: '"When the Bills drafted J.P., everybody was saying, J.P.'s a cocky guy," CBS analyst and former Bills special teams legend Steve Tasker says. "I laughed. When Jim Kelly came to Buffalo he led the league in cocky. He came to Buffalo in 1986, kicked ass and took names. Jim was a blue-collar, beer-drinking, hard-living guy with a swagger. The reason people in Buffalo loved him was that he was willing to point the finger at himself. He was a great leader. Jimmy was the only quarterback from the Class of '83 who after he threw an interception, he'd go after the guy. He broke a guy's leg tackling him. That's what people in Buffalo expect from their quarterback. They expect passion."'

May 17, 2005

Marker Tickets For "Packers Family Night Go On Sale June 4 [9:30 PM] reports: 'Tickets, priced at $8, may be purchased either in person, over the phone or via the Internet.'

Marker Bills Waive RB Dante Brown [4:36 PM] reports: 'The Bills announced Tuesday that the team has waived RB Dante Brown.'

Marker O.J.'s Bills' ring up for auction [3:31 PM]
Buffalo Business First reports: The ring, which dates to Simpson's 1980 induction to the Bills' "Wall of Fame" at Ralph Wilson Stadium, was apparently found at the Belleview Biltmore Hotel in Clearwater, Fla.

Marker The steroid threat [9:05 AM]
Buffalo News reports: '"We live under a microscope," Vincent said. "We strive for zero tolerance; those are our intentions. We think we've put the right mechanisms in place to deter usage of steroids and performance-enhancing drugs. But you'll always have those cases. You live in an area where people are competitive."'

Marker Bills coach McNally to speak at YMCA's annual dinner [9:04 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'Jim McNally, offensive line coach for the Buffalo Bills, will be the guest speaker Thursday at the 153rd annual dinner of the YMCA of Greater Buffalo.'

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