Price: Victim of numbers [5:16 AM]
Shout! reports: WR Peerless Price has put up career numbers but it wasn't enough to earn a Pro Bowl selection in an AFC that's loaded at the position. Price has 84 catches for 1,156 yards and 9 TDs. He was disappointed, but is on the Pro Bowl alternate list. "I know how it is and I know how political this stuff gets,” he said.
'Best Time Of My Life' [5:15 AM]
Dayton Daily News reports: '...in 1971 the Buffalo Bills picked him 30th in the NFL draft and made him a three-year starter. Then, in a move that shocked many, White gave up pro football to return to Dayton — he had worked for the Montgomery County Juvenile Court in the offseasons — and take a $10,400 a year job as a parole officer.'
TU Introduces New Gridiron Leader [5:14 AM]
TulsaSportsWeb.com reports: 'The Buffalo Bills, Kragthorpe’s soon to be former employer, and their talented quarterbacks were also a subject of his gratitude. He specifically mentioned Drew Bledsoe and Alex Van Pelt, among others. “Those guys are pro football players,” he described. “They taught (me) the true value of professionalism. They are my players, and I’ll miss them…but not too much.”'
Bills' Price unhappy in being left off of AFC Pro Bowl team [9:31 PM]
AP reports: 'Price's unhappiness was noted in the Bills locker room, as several players including quarterback Drew Bledsoe and team president Tom Donahoe stopped by to console him after practice.'
Bills to award community grants [3:43 PM]
Business First of Buffalo reports: 'The Buffalo Bills will be passing off a total of $25,000 in grants to 10 area community groups and individuals during the 2002 Community Quarterback Awards Dinner Thursday night.'
Bills' Bledsoe, Moulds, Brown selected to Pro Bowl [3:42 PM]
AP reports: 'Bledsoe became the third Bills quarterback to earn selection, behind five-time Pro Bowler Jim Kelly and Doug Flutie, who was selected once in 1998. Bledsoe finished third overall in fan balloting, receiving 733,754 votes, behind Green Bay quarterback Brett Favre (930,270 votes) and Kansas City running back Priest Holmes (747,297).'
Bledsoe and Favre close on and off the field [2:20 PM]
Olean Times Herald reports: 'The glaring difference between the two is that Bledsoe (46) has been sacked exactly twice as many times as Favre, who has taken the Pack to 11 wins as opposed to Buffalo’s seven.'
Three Buffalo Bills Earn Pro Bowl Honors [2:13 PM]
BuffaloBills.com reports: The Bills today announced that quarterback Drew Bledsoe, guard Ruben Brown and wide receiver Eric Moulds have been selected to represent the team in the 2003 Pro Bowl. Additionally, FB Larry Centers, LB London Fletcher, RB Travis Henry, P Brian Moorman, WR Peerless Price and DL Pat Williams were named as alternates to the AFC squad.
Bills QBs Coach Steve Kragthorpe To Be Introduced At Tulsa's Head Football Coach [12:20 PM]
BuffaloBills.com reports: Buffalo Bills Quarterbacks Coach Steve Kragthorpe will be introduced as The University of Tulsa's new head football coach at a news conference on Thursday, December 19.
TU made pick that can't miss [10:59 AM]
Tulsa World reports: 'Buffalo Bills assistant coach and former OSU assistant Tommy Kaiser said Kragthorpe is organized and meticulous. "And that's what you look for in a head coach. You wear a lot of hats as a head coach and I think Steve will do that just fine."'
Kragthorpe can't fight it alone [10:58 AM]
Tulsa World reports: 'Kragthorpe plans to remain in Tulsa through Saturday to launch his head-coaching career. He will resume his quarterback coaching duties Sunday with the Bills before returning to TU to begin the full-time task of rebuilding one of the nation's most troubled programs.'
Ch. 8 buries foes on Kragthorpe story [10:57 AM]
Tulsa World reports: 'Buzz 1430 [KTBZ-AM] afternoon host Jerry Ostroski, who retired from the Bills last summer, went to members of TU's athletic administration and lobbied on behalf of Kragthorpe.'
Kragthorpe named TU coach [10:55 AM]
Oklahoma City Oklahoman reports: '"We're extremely pleased to have Steve Kragthorpe as our football coach," said MacLeod. "Steve has the enthusiasm necessary for success in today's competitive football environment. He has demonstrated his outstanding ability as an offensive coach on both the collegiate and professional levels. Steve brings a wealth of experience to our football program. He possesses the coaching ability, organizational skills, and the personal characteristics and qualities we were looking for in a head coach."'
Foes have a bizarre history in Lambeau [9:01 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'The other memorable moment in the game was the "Wile E. Coyote play" - a crushing tackle Packers punt returner Darren Sharper put on Bills tight end Lonnie Johnson.'
A shiver runs through him [9:00 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'Perhaps scariest of all for the Bills:This is one of the best seasons in Favre's 12-year career.'
Favre rules Green Bay [5:36 AM]
D and C reports: 'He is the quintessential football player, an unpretentious superstar, one who can live up to his reputation.'
Bills reward speed-readers [5:35 AM]
D and C reports: 'The No. 11 Drew Bledsoe jersey hung like a tent on her, but Marissa Bauer didn’t mind. As far as the spunky third-grader from School 52 was concerned, the jersey, like the day, was a perfect fit. It was just one of many perks Bauer and her classmates Brionna Goins and Brian Bennett received Wednesday as winners of the HealthNow Rush for Reading program, held in conjunction with the Buffalo Bills.'
Bills await fate for AFC Pro Bowl [5:34 AM]
D and C reports: 'Those players -- quarterback Drew Bledsoe, wide receivers Eric Moulds and Peerless Price, running back Travis Henry, guard Ruben Brown, tackle Mike Williams, fullback Larry Centers and punter Brian Moorman -- will learn this afternoon at practice if they’ll be playing in the Feb. 2 game in Honolulu.'
At least Vikings play in a dome [5:33 AM]
Fort Lauderdale Sun Sentinel reports: 'To rejoin the Road Dolphins where we left them, we stop where they were stopped on Dec. 1, in "freaking hell," as senior vice president Rick Spielman too kindly recalls Buffalo resembling that day.'
Injury Report [9:39 PM]
BuffaloBills.com reports: Bostic's out, Jennings is questionable, Stevenson is doubtful for the Bills.
It appears the Packers have a lot of players that are dinged (probable), but Earl Dotson and Gilbert Brown are questionable.
Tulsa Names Buffalo Bills' Assistant Coach Steve Kragthorpe as Head Football Coach [9:02 PM]
TulsaHurricane.com reports: '"We're extremely pleased to have Steve Kragthorpe as our football coach," said MacLeod. "Steve has the enthusiasm necessary for success in today's competitive football environment. He has demonstrated his outstanding ability as an offensive coach on both the collegiate and professional levels." MacLeod added that, "Steve brings a wealth of experience to our football program. He possesses the coaching ability, organizational skills, and the personal characteristics and qualities we were looking for in a head coach."'
Kragthorpe Named New Head Football Coach at TU [9:00 PM]
TulsaSportsWeb.com reports: '"I'm very excited for my family, and thrilled about this golden opportunity to be the head football coach at The University of Tulsa," said Kragthorpe. "Tulsa and northeastern Oklahoma is a great area, and The University of Tulsa is such a quality institution. I feel very comfortable with the administration and the commitment they're willing to make. I can't think of a better situation for my family than to move to Tulsa and become the head football coach."'
TNT Strung Out [8:49 PM]
Variety reports: 'Most notable, however, is the terrible editing, which butchers real footage of games and fans. When winning touchdowns are scored, people are sitting and quiet, and there's even one sequence that starts out on the 50-yard line but then shifted to the red zone after a quick cut.'
Tulsa Hires Bills Assistant Steve Kragthorpe as Football Coach [8:42 PM]
Bloomberg reports: '``Steve brings a wealth of experience to our football program,'' Tulsa Athletic Director Judy MacLeod said in a press release. ``He has demonstrated his outstanding ability as an offensive coach on both the collegiate and professional levels.'''
Bledsoe's production dropping off down the stretch [8:20 PM]
AP reports: 'In Bledsoe's first eight games, he threw 16 touchdown passes and five interceptions. In the last six, he has seven touchdowns and eight interceptions.'
Buffalo Bills Notebook: Wednesday's Quick Hits [5:34 PM]
BuffaloBills.com reports: The Green Bay Packers have won 53 consecutive home games when leading by 10 points or more. The Bills trailed 21-0 at the half before losing 31-21 in their last visit to Lambeau.
Packers-Bills Preview [3:34 PM]
Packers.com reports: 'Kevin Harlan will call the play-by-play for the CBS telecast of Sunday's game and Randy Cross will provide the analysis, with Beasley Reece reporting from the sideline.'
Two Minute Drill With Drew Bledsoe [3:01 PM]
NFL.com reports: Q: Last DVD you bought?
DB: Last DVD that I bought was ... shoot, I haven't bought one in a little while. Just bought the new limited edition version of "Caddyshack". It's got all the commentary and all that stuff on it which is pretty classic.
Bills place CB Bostic on injured reserve [2:48 PM]
AP reports: 'To replace Bostic, the Bills promoted cornerback Marcus Floyd off of their practice squad.'
Kragthorpe may leave Bills for college job [1:45 PM]
WGRZ-TV reports: 'Ch2 Sports has learned Kragthorpe is a finalist for the head coaching job at Tulsa, but Kragthorpe's fate depends on another job interview at another school. Sources tell us South Carolina assisstant coach Charlie Strong is Tulsa's number one choice, but Strong will interview for the East Carolina job on Wednesday. If he takes that job, Kragthorpe, according to a source in Tulsa, would then be the choice.'
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