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Buffalo Bills News - November 7, 2000

Marker Johnson: Flutie did the yapping [6:20 AM]
D and C reports: '"If your character gets slammed in a national way, or even in a local way it wasn't a performance thing at all, it was a character thing and that's what really bugged me. It came from a teammate who wouldn't put his name to it and that's one of the worst things I've ever seen."'

Marker Why can't everyone just leave Johnson alone? [6:19 AM]
D and C reports: 'Whenever and wherever there are two good QBs on a team, there more likely than not will be some jealousy, animosity and controversy. The alternative is to put all of your QB eggs in one basket.'

Marker Pats kicked when down [6:17 AM]
Boston Herald reports: 'But credit to Troy Brown and the Pats return blockers and to Johnson and the rest of the Pats defense for keeping Our Doug in check for most of the game. Most of it! That was again the problem. There were good until they had to be.'

Marker 'Rob is the starter,' Flutie says [6:13 AM]
CP reports: 'The Doug Flutie versus Rob Johnson quarterback controversy took another strange twist yesterday with both players agreeing Johnson should start if healthy while Buffalo Bills coach Wade Phillips said he would wait and see.'

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November 6, 2000

Marker 'Ticked off' Johnson accuses Flutie of questioning his character [8:04 PM]
AP reports: '"I was pretty ticked off, oh yeah," Johnson said on Monday, making his first statements to Buffalo-area reporters since the controversial Sports Illustrated article came out last week.'

Marker Bills lineman arrested for DWI [8:02 PM]
AP reports: 'Nails also was accused of driving to the left of the center line, failing to stop when police tried to pull him over and driving with a suspended license. Police said tests showed his blood alcohol limit at 0.14. The state's legal limit is 0.10.'

Marker Christie's magic saves Bills [2:54 PM]
Olean Times Herald reports: '"I don't know if we're a real good team that's lost some close games," Phillips said, "or a real bad team that has won some in the last second." The 60,292 in attendance would be inclined to vote for the latter.'

Marker Sunday's win a near fiasco for the Bills [2:53 PM]
Olean Times Herald reports: '...why is it the quarterback, normally the self-confident chance-taker, is the one showing restraint and common sense wanting to kick the tying field goal and take a shot at victory in overtime, while the head coach opts for taking a big risk with the game on the line?'

Marker Christie keeping Bills on sure-footing [2:52 PM]
Olean Times Herald reports: 'Of Buffalo's five wins this season, four have been via Christie kicks: Tennessee (16-13), San Diego (27-24), the Jets (23-20) and Sunday. And three of those - Chargers, Jets and Patriots - came on the last play, two in overtime.'

Marker Not Cowart Or Moulds, But Steve Christie Is Bills' MVP This Season [2:50 PM]
Jamestown Post Journal reports: 'Go ahead, laugh, roll your eyes, throw this newspaper in the recycling bin, but after you've calmed down, I challenge you to come up with anyone else more worthy than the gangly, round-shouldered place kicker from Oakville, Ont. No. 2 is No. 1 this season.'

Marker Flashback defeat for New England, Foxboro fandom [2:49 PM]
Metro West Daily News reports: 'Foxboro Stadium had that early '90s feel to it yesterday -- no Drew Bledsoe, offensive ineptitude of epic proportions, an obligatory comeback that gets trumped in the end.'

Marker Flutie does his part to beat the Pats [2:48 PM]
Metro West Daily News reports: '"He made the plays," said Patriots linebacker Tedy Bruschi. "He had a great drive."'

Marker Bills' Christie knows about pressure [2:46 PM]
Metro West Daily News reports: 'When you kick a 48-yard yard field goal with eight seconds left to send the game into overtime and a 32-yarder to win it, and basically all you do is shrug your shoulders after, it must because you've been in this line of work forever.'

Marker No quarterback controversy here [2:45 PM]
Metro West Daily News reports: '"John did some things that gave us the opportunity to win but we didn't follow through on them," said the coach. But there's a reason Friesz, a 33-year-old veteran in his 11th year in the league, hasn't been a full-time starter since 1991 when he was with the Chargers and it was brought home yesterday.'

Marker Overtime kicks in for Bills [2:44 PM]
Springfield Union News reports: '"You have to give them credit," New England center Damien Woody said. "They just hung in there and hung in there, and it paid off for them in the end."'

Marker Flutie thrives in the clutch [2:42 PM]
Springfield Union News reports: 'Yet, for all his trouble and all that good defense by New England, Flutie still found the right touch in the clutch.'

Marker Not easy backing up Drew [2:41 PM]
Springfield Union News reports: 'The way they defensed the Buffalo Bills and Doug Flutie, they should have won going away. It didn't happen, simply because Bledsoe missed most of the game, and Friesz just wasn't up to the challenge of replacing him.'

Marker Christie, Bills go 3 and out [2:40 PM]
Worcester Telegram and Gazette reports: 'All he does is win football games. Pro football experts like to say that about Bills quarterback Doug Flutie. They should be saying it about Buffalo kicker Steve Christie.'

Marker Bishop gets Friesz-ed out [2:39 PM]
Worcester Telegram and Gazette reports: 'Bishop had been the No. 2 quarterback in recent weeks, but Friesz has been getting most of the work in practice in recent weeks, the coach said.'

Marker Flutie outFoxes Pats [2:38 PM]
Worcester Telegram and Gazette reports: 'Just when it seemed like Flutie Fever might be a thing of the past, Doug was Doug.'

Marker Bills get due [2:36 PM]
Nashua Telegraph reports: '"We had a chance at the end," Damien Woody said, "but we just couldn't finish it." They likely finished it several weeks ago.'

Marker Pats turn to backup, and Bishop gets rooked [2:35 PM]
Portland Press Herald reports: 'Drew Bledsoe was hurt and Sunday's game with the Buffalo Bills was in the balance. But instead of turning to the young quarterback with the alleged future, Coach Bill Belichick beckoned to the veteran passer with no real past.'

Marker Wet weather doesn't keep Flutie from pulling off yet another comeback [2:34 PM]
Pawtucket Times reports: '"Doug didn't play his best game today, and the conditions had a lot to do with it," added Bills head coach Wade Phillips. "But he came through for us on those last two drives. He just finds a way to win."'

Marker Review of Patriots? Thumb down [2:32 PM]
Lowell Sun reports: 'In a game like this, it's just a shame that someone had to win. And you knew it wouldn't be the Patriots.'

Marker Cheer up Patriots nation fans, your beloved team almost won [2:31 PM]
Lowell Sun reports: 'Stop me if you've heard this one before: The Patriots almost won but lost, though their 16-13 overtime loss to the Bills in the rain and swears of Foxboro gave Bill Belichick -- coach of the best 2-7 team ever slapped together -- fresh material to ulcerate over.'

Marker Christie to the rescue [9:07 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'Christie has developed a winning habit when it comes to late field goals. He kicked a 34-yarder last week to beat the Jets and has two other game-winning kicks to his credit this season.'

Marker Christie brings home the bacon [9:06 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'Marcellus Wiley has a nickname for Steve Christie. He calls him Bacon, as in Canadian Bacon. Sunday in Foxboro Stadium, Christie was the Saver of the Bacon for the Buffalo Bills.'

Marker Clutch Christie is automatic [9:04 AM]
Buffalo News reports: '"Best clutch kicker in the NFL," Wilson said proudly. General Manager John Butler did Wilson one better. "He's one of the greatest of all time."'

Marker Doug's no longer weaving that old Flutie magic [9:04 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'Doug Flutie's Magic Show has run its course. If that was supposed to be a rabbit Flutie pulled out of his helmet in a game that meant the survival of the Bills' season, it more closely resembled a field mouse.'

Marker Defense stands up to the pressure [9:03 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'There are goal-line stands, and then there is the one the Buffalo Bills produced in the third quarter of Sunday's 16-13 victory over the New England Patriots. The Patriots had four plays inside the 1-yard line, including three first-and-goal situations on the same possession. However, they failed to score against the Bills' stout defense as linebacker John Holecek intercepted a John Friesz pass in the end zone.'

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