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Buffalo Bills News - May 13, 2002

Marker Twenty-Six Days Until Uniform Unveiling [4:08 PM] reports: As announced yesterday, fans can get their first look at the team’s new uniforms in a special unveiling event on Saturday, June 8 at Ralph Wilson Stadium. In anticipation of that, look for more details on the event to be announced in the coming weeks as well as different historical facts about the Bills uniforms over the years.

Marker 5th Down: The Fan Who Wanted A Team [3:11 PM] reports: Ralph Wilson was more than a simple fan. He was a dreamer, though his fantasy wasn't to play or coach or scout. He wanted to buy his very own football team. "I wanted to do it as a fan," Wilson says. "I wanted to be involved in the game."

Marker TBD Opener tickets purchased [12:19 PM]
TBD reports: The tickets have been purchased for the TBD 3rd annual tailgate party and game on September 8 vs the Jets. We'll be in Section 330, starting in row 15. If you promised you would send in a check for your ticket, please do so as soon as possible. If you forgot to sign up, post a note and maybe someone has purchased an extra or two.

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May 12, 2002

Marker Andre Reed interviewed on ESPN Radio [4:58 PM]
TheStadiumWall reports: A wall poster reports on the ESPN Radio interview with Andre Reed. Now that he is away from the game, Andre sems to appreciate the Bills organization a little more than he did in his final days there.

Marker Bills to unveil new duds in ceremony June 8 [9:15 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'The Bills also will set up the Bills experience outside the stadium and, of course, will make the new jerseys available for purchase.'

Marker Bledsoe: Comeback Kid? [9:15 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'Drew Bledsoe has not lost his flair for the dramatic. On the golf course, at least.'

Marker Bills' new look arrives June 8 [6:54 AM]
D and C reports: 'The team will hold a public unveiling of its new uniform design at 1:30 p.m. on Saturday, June 8 at Ralph Wilson Stadium. Players will model the uniforms and sign autographs and a yet-to-be-announced national recording act will perform. Admission is free but fans will need a ticket.'

Marker Bills To Unveil Uniforms On June 8 [2:49 AM] reports: The Bills announced that fans will have their first opportunity to see the team's new uniforms on Saturday, June 8 in a special unveiling event at Ralph Wilson Stadium.

May 11, 2002

Marker Unbeaten Galaxy loses Alexander and game [11:46 PM]
NFLEurope reports: Something had to give and there was a blow for the Galaxy on their second play when Buffalo Bills-allocated running back Curtis Alexander, the league's leading rusher, was shaken up on the second play and did not return.

This occured not long after Alexander said they key for him in NFL Europe was to not get hurt.

Marker WNY viewers aren't flocking to Hasek's Cup quest with Wings [9:12 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'Several Van Miller fans responded to last Saturday's column with e-mails of support for the voice of the Buffalo Bills. Here's a sampling...'.

Marker Saimes at home with Texans post [8:26 AM]
Canton Repository reports: 'He had squeezed 10 years and 22 interceptions out of pro secondaries in Buffalo and Denver. George Saimes’ next move was pretty obvious. An old Canton friend who wound up as head coach of the Bills volunteered a key clue. “If it’s coaching,” Hank Bullough advised, “be prepared to move.”'

Marker Cats lure former Bills' pivot to camp [7:10 AM]
Hamilton Spectator reports: 'Buffalo's loss may be Hamilton's gain when Bills' castoff quarterback Pete Gonzalez makes his way over the border to the Tiger-Cats' training camp in St. Catharines next month. The Tiger-Cats announced yesterday that Gonzalez, who has seen limited play with three National Football League teams since 1998, will become the fourth quarterback in camp this season.'

Marker Riemersma's future still debatable [5:41 AM]
D and C reports: '"I think some of the things with Jay unfortunately got blown out of proportion, " Donahoe said. "I've seen his name in various places as a cap casualty but that's not coming from us. We expect him to be here and we expect him to be an important part of our team." The key word is "expect."'

May 10, 2002

Marker Dr Z's grade of 1997 draft - 5 years late [11:34 PM]
CNN/SI reports: DE Marcellus Wiley in the second round was their best pick and he left via free agency. No one else remains, including their No. 1, RB Antowain Smith, who never quite cut it with the Bills, and a couple of linemen who were occasional starters but not very effective, Jamie Nails and Marcus Spriggs. Grade ... D

Marker Jim Haslett likely to recommend Tom Modrak for the general manager of Saints [11:12 PM]
ESPN reports: To ensure that he has a shot at lasting beyond this season, look for Haslett to suggest Benson consider Buffalo director of football operations Tom Modrak for the GM post. Modrak is a friend of Haslett, and when he was in Philadelphia, recommended the Eagles hire him in 1999, before club officials decided on Andy Reid as the guy. Modrak is a terrific football man and he would bring instant respect to the seemingly directionless Saints.

Marker Bills Backers Focus-Florida Style [4:32 PM] reports: The Space Coast Bills Backers recently held their 5th Annual Spring Fling Picnic in Kiwanis Park on Merritt Island, Florida. The picnic is held for club members every year, just before the "snow bird" friends return to the Buffalo area for the summer.

Marker Bills partner with Bausch & Lomb for 2002 Training Camp [9:40 AM] reports: Bausch & Lomb and the Bills announced their partnership for 2002 Training Camp yesterday in Rochester, NY.

Marker Training Camp Dates Announced [9:39 AM] reports: The Bills announced 2002 Training Camp Dates yesterday.

Marker Sponsor to see Bills through camp [9:04 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'Bausch & Lomb, which markets products in 100 countries, already had a three-year business partnership with the Bills. But being the sponsor of training camp gives the company a chance to enhance its visibility, said Mark M. Sieczkarek, Bausch & Lomb's senior vice president and president of The Americas Region.'

Marker Bills and B&L see eye-to-eye [5:06 AM]
D and C reports: 'Bausch & Lomb replaces Wegmans Food Markets, Inc., which dissolved its marketing partnership with the Bills earlier this year after its request to scale back and sponsor training camp only was rebuffed by the team. Tops Friendly Markets has since become the club's official supermarket but its contract didn't include naming rights to the camp like Wegmans had. That opened the door for Bausch & Lomb.'

Marker B&L to sponsor Bills training camp [5:05 AM]
Rochester Business Journal reports: '“It’s an excellent way to bring the message of the importance of eye health to the many young people at the camp and the fans who follow the Bills,” he said.'

Marker Bills announce new training camp sponsor [5:04 AM]
WHEC-TV reports: 'The third training camp at St. John Fisher begins July 24th when rookies are scheduled to report. The rest of the team will arrive on Friday July 26th. The Bills also be holding a scrimmage with the Cleveland Browns at Fisher August 3rd.'

Marker Bausch and Lomb and Buffalo Bills Team Up for Training Camp [5:03 AM]
WROC-TV reports: 'Under the deal, the camp at St. John Fisher will be known as the Buffalo Bills Bausch and Lomb training camp. And they're adding a unique feature this year. B&L will provide vision screening to kids who attend.'

Marker B&L And Bills Make It Official [5:02 AM]
WOKR-TV reports: 'Mark Sieczkarek, Bausch & Lomb Senior V.P., said, "[The partnership] reflects a commitment to our community. We haven't been as active in the community given the issues that we've been facing, and we want to get back out there and be seen and heard certainly by our employees and by the community itself."'

Marker Introducing the Buffalo Bills Bausch & Lomb Summer Training Camp [5:01 AM]
Bausch & Lomb reports: 'Buffalo Bills President and General Manager Tom Donahoe said, “Bausch & Lomb is a name brand that is respected around the world. We are privileged to have the opportunity to work together as partners in training camp. In addition to the wonderful things we are planning on the marketing front, the opportunities we have to work within the community are equally exciting."'

May 9, 2002

Marker Buffalo Bills Bausch & Lomb Training Camp: 2002 Important Dates [5:33 PM] reports: Key dates pertaining to the 2002 Buffalo Bills Bausch & Lomb Training Camp at St. John Fisher College have been announced.

Marker Familiar Neighborhood For LB Eddie Robinson [10:05 AM] reports: When the Bills acquired the 10-year veteran this off-season, they got more than just an average NFL linebacker. The 6-1, 243-pound Robinson brings the Bills experience, leadership and a vast knowledge of the defensive philosophy that head coach Gregg Williams and defensive coordinator Jerry Gray brought from the Tennessee Titans.

Marker Robinson, Moore answer age-old questions [9:05 AM]
Buffalo News reports: '"There was a time when I first went to camp in Miami that I had an ashtray in my locker because they were coming off the old school where they used camp to get in shape," Moore said. "Now you have to be ready to go full steam when you come into camp."'

Marker Bills' Irons investing in dream now [9:04 AM]
Nashville Tennessean reports: 'Irons passed up an offer to enter General Electric's Incoming Leadership Program, which would have directed him into management level at the company, to sign with the Bills. ''This guy is going to be a success no matter what he does, whether it's football or otherwise,'' Buffett said. ''He has a good attitude toward life. He handles himself well. You just feel good about him and his future.'''

Marker His tackles really smart [5:07 AM]
D and C reports: 'Luring Robinson away from the Titans -- they made him a similar $750,000 base-salary offer to stay -- was a coup for Buffalo's coaches. In Robinson, they landed a cerebral player who knows the complicated "46" scheme as well as they do, someone who can explain things to others in the huddle where they can't be.'

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