The changing face of the Bucs [11:02 PM]
NFL.com reports: "It's very different," said Johnson, the former Bills Quarterback. "We kind of ran the remedial version of the West Coast up in Buffalo. Down here, it's a lot more advanced. Coach Gruden coaches it very well. He's very detailed, and knows where he wants everyone and what to do. He's a very good coach that way and it's nice to be in this type of system."
Jim and Hunter to be Grand Marshalls of 4th of July Parade in Olean [11:01 PM]
TBD reports: The Greater Olean Area Chamber of Commerce came around to my business and asked for donations for a big parade in Olean with Jim and Hunter acting as the Grande Marshalls.
Bills E-Postcard [3:35 PM]
BuffaloBills.com reports: Select a Bills E-Postcard and send a message to family & friends. Set of Postcards includes one with Drew Bledsoe and London Fletcher modeling the new uniforms.
World Bowl X Pits Berlin Thunder vs. Rein Fire Saturday On Fox [11:20 AM]
BuffaloBills.com reports: Recap of the Bills in the NFLEL. The NFL Europe League will conclude its 10th season on Saturday when the Berlin Thunder face the Rhein Fire in World Bowl X at the Rheinstadion in Düsseldorf, Germany.
5th Down: A New Era of Blue [4:37 PM]
BuffaloBills.com reports: In January of 2001, owner Ralph Wilson was looking rebuild his Buffalo Bills. He started at the top by hiring football expert Tom Donahoe to run the team. Donahoe had built the Pittsburgh Steelers into a powerful, playoff-bound team in the 1990s, and Wilson hoped he could do the same for the Bills.
2002 Flag Football Tournament - Recap/Photos [3:58 PM]
BuffaloBills.com reports: The four adult teams that won their respective divisions were Mallare (Red division), Buffalo Scale #1 (Blue division), Tony's Steakout (White division), and Stumpfs 2 (Green division).
Ruben Brown To Host Second Annual Motorcycle Run To Benefit The Salvation Army [3:57 PM]
BuffaloBills.com reports: RUBEN BROWN, the Bills six-time Pro Bowl offensive guard, will be hosting his Second Annual Motorcycle Run to benefit The Salvation Army on Sunday, June 23, 2002 at Ralph Wilson Stadium.
Peter King: Bills' offseason ranked #6 [2:43 PM]
CNN/SI reports: Drew Bledsoe replaces Alex Van Pelt. Mike Williams and Trey Teague (who I'm not crazy about because he failed with the Broncos last year) upgrade the Bills at tackle. Tom Donahoe has fixed a horrible cap situation. Heck of an offseason, and it will show on the field in September.
Buchsbaum: Steelers sign slot WR Mathis [12:45 PM]
Pro Football Weekly reports: Since they signed Mathis, don’t be surprised if the Steelers trade disappointing former first-round pick Troy Edwards to the Bills, if they can. Otherwise, they may just let him go and hope he doesn’t sign with the Bills. Tom Donahue, the Bills' GM, was the driving force behind the Steelers taking Edwards in the first round.
Rookies Hit The Ballpark [10:12 AM]
BuffaloBills.com reports: The Rochester Red Wings, the Triple AAA affiliate for the Baltimore Orioles major league baseball team, has announced that five members of the Bills draft class of 2002 will be at Frontier Field on Tuesday, June 18 to take batting practice prior to the game and sign autographs during the 7:05 p.m. game against the Columbus Clippers.
Alexander's NFL Europe Season Comes To An End [9:18 AM]
BuffaloBills.com reports: Bills allocated RB Curtis Alexander finishes season with 1,040 total yards from scrimmage.
Uniform Day Pictures [9:13 AM]
Boston Bills Backers reports: One of my fellow Backers organizers here attended the uniform unveiling ceremony and took some photos. I've posted them on our website. Enjoy.
Consider life without pro teams [9:05 AM]
Business First of Buffalo reports: 'For the True Believers, "wide right" and "no goal" are not yesterday's sports news. They remain viable, current topics. Few days in the lives of True Believers have been darker than those days. And the "greatest comeback"? It continues to send spasms of pleasure along their spines. Plenty of people have videos of the game and regularly watch it.'
Saints shopping for backup back [4:40 PM]
New Orleans Times Picayune reports: 'The club has discussed a deal for Buffalo's Shawn Bryson, a talented young reserve who is expendable in a backfield that includes 2001 second-round pick Travis Henry, free agent Richard Huntley and 2000 fifth-round pick Sammy Morris. The asking price for Bryson is believed to be a third-round draft pick.'
Bledsoe is feeling born again in Buffalo [4:39 PM]
Philadelphia Inquirer reports: 'A younger Bledsoe had to play against Kelly, Thomas, Smith, Andre Reed, and other mainstays on Buffalo's four Super Bowl teams. They were like idols to him in a way. "I know a lot of those guys," Bledsoe said. "Jim Kelly is still a huge presence in Buffalo, and I've seen him quite a bit. We played golf a couple of times. I just hope we can get back to that level of dominance and we can take it one step farther than that last step that they were fortunate enough to make."'
Corey Moore cut from Dolphins [10:36 AM]
Sun-Sentinel reports: Former Buffalo Bills draft pick Corey Moore was cut because "Moore also showed no instincts on special teams". Moore was a Bills project at LB after playing as an undersized DE in college.
Bills come to Frontier [10:08 AM]
D and C reports: Five players (Josh Reed, Josh Bannan, Kevin Thomas, Mike Pucillo and Rodney Wright) chosen in the Buffalo Bills 2002 draft will be at Frontier Field on Tuesday, taking batting practice prior to the Red Wings' game against the Columbus Clippers and signing autographs.
High Expectations For Tyrone Robertson [10:01 AM]
ESN reports: "Hundred percent," Robertson said when asked how much more comfortable he was this year compared to his rookie season. "I say that with full confidence in myself. One hundred percent change, attitude, focus, responsibility, every aspect. I've changed a little bit in every area and gotten better which makes me a better football player.
Kelly carries son's hope to Hall of Fame [9:59 AM]
D and C reports: 'But the most special moment will occur Aug. 3 in Canton, Ohio, when Jim is inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame. Hundreds of relatives and friends will be on hand. Jim prays daily that Hunter will be healthy enough to be among them.'
Moulds ends relationship with MuscleTech [9:57 AM]
Buffalo News/AP reports: WR Eric Moulds has stopped endorsing a bodybuilding supplement, a deal that was in violation of NFL policy, according to his agent.
Frankfurt Galaxy At Berlin Thunder - 7-27 loss for Galaxy [9:40 PM]
NFL Europe reports: Curtis Alexander only had 12 rushes for 49 yards and 4 catches for 23 yards in a Galaxy loss to the Fire. Galaxy has not been the same since it lost its starting QB. Elsewhere David Dinkins did not play in meaningless game in which Admirals triumphed over World Bowl bound Fire.
Moulds ends deal with supplement company [7:30 PM]
ESPN reports: '"It was just easier to stop (the endorsement deal)," said Moulds' agent, Harry Henderson. "Rules are rules and this has become, essentially, a condition of employment. So, really, a player doesn't have any choice."'
Moulds finished endorsing supplement [7:26 PM]
AP reports: 'Moulds' endorsement of NITRO-Tech, a natural protein supplement that's free of any substances banned by the NFL, was not the issue. The league was concerned about the supplement's manufacturer, MuscleTech Research and Development Inc., which also makes products that contain banned substances.'
2002 Buffalo Bills Cheerleaders Selected [5:31 PM]
BuffaloBills.com reports: Good to see so many returning faces though I must admit there were a few that didn't make the squad that I wish had.
Over 100 young ladies performed an initial dance routine before a panel of judges. The group was then narrowed to 70 finalists, which all went through a brief interview before the 45 women were selected to become members of the 2002 Buffalo Jills.
Moulds relinquishes endorsement ties [6:24 AM]
D and C reports: 'Moulds had been a spokesperson for MuscleTech Research and Development, Inc., of Mississauga, Ontario, since his 1996 rookie season. He had specifically been promoting an all-natural protein supplement called NITRO-Tech. However, the company also makes other products containing banned substances by the NFL such as ephedra, a controversial stimulant used for weight loss and energy gain, and Androstenediol, an anabolic steroid.'
#3 Offseason - Buffalo Bills [8:56 PM]
CBS Sportsline reports: The Bills bit the bullet last year, stunk up the division and seemed like they were destined to join the ranks of their football friendlies a short drive north in Canada. But a funny thing happened on the way to the CFL -- they got pretty darn good and cut loose a lot of dead weight.
Let's see who's laughing at the Bills this year
New defensive coordinators should keep it simple [8:54 PM]
ESPN.com reports: Len talks about the Bills possibility of looking at DE Marco Coleman. It is near the bottom of the article in the PUNTS section. NOTE: Coleman signed with Jacksonville Friday.
Bills appear playoff-bound with Bledsoe on board [8:50 PM]
SportingNews.com reports: Will the addition of Drew Bledsoe propel the Bills back to the playoffs? NFL fans seem to think so.
Grant Irons following his father's footsteps in the NFL [9:28 AM]
BuffaloBills.com reports: Grant went to Notre Dame, while father Gerald -- a 10-year NFL linebacker for the Oakland Raiders and Cleveland Browns from 1970-79 -- graduated from Maryland-East Shore.
Kidnapper gets 50 years in prison [9:05 AM]
New Orleans Times Picayune reports: 'Hill, 25, grew up in Marrero and played football at Brother Martin High School and LSU before playing strong safety for the Buffalo Bills in the National Football League. He now is a free agent and may try out for the New Orleans Saints, he said.'
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