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Buffalo Bills News - June 2, 2005

Marker Bills' season tix sales spike 7% [3:59 PM]
Business First of Buffalo reports: 'Coming off a 9-7 record in 2004, the Bills announced in January an increase in ticket prices, for both season tickets and individual game tickets. Season tickets will cost $2 to $4 more in various seating areas. In addition, the Bills introduced a new seating category, the "Rock Pile," featuring more than 2,400 seats. The lowest-priced ticket in those seating areas will be $250. By comparison, individual game ticket costs will rise from $3 to $5 per seat, depending on location.'

Marker Ticket Sales Ahead of 2004 Pace, Closing in on Super Bowl Years [2:37 PM]
BuffaloBills.com reports: 'As of Wednesday, the ticket office has confirmed the sale of over 43,000 season tickets this year despite being 12 weeks away from the preseason home opener against Green Bay. At this point last year, the Bills had sold just over 40,000 season tickets.'

Marker Celebration starts today [8:54 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'The Bills have brought in carnival rides and attractions for children that will be set up in the stadium parking lot. They will be open from 5 to 9 p.m. today, 5 to 11 p.m. Friday, noon to 11 p.m. Saturday and noon to 6 p.m. Sunday. There will be reduced prices for rides and games today. Live music will be held in the lots Friday, Saturday and Sunday.'

Marker Bills, fans to view film of 'The Comeback' on Friday [5:02 AM]
Rochester D&C reports: '"Oh yeah, 1.5 million people were at the game and everyone was with a friend who wanted to leave," said Steve Tasker, the Bills' former special teams ace who can be verified as being among the players on the field that day.'

Marker Lionel Gates signs with Bills [5:01 AM]
AP reports: 'The 6-foot, 223-pound back led the Cardinals in rushing in 2003. Despite missing time with injuries during his senior season, he ran for 373 yards and seven touchdowns.'

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June 1, 2005

Marker NFL/CFL Continues to Call Upon BlueCats Player Stockpile [9:25 PM]
UnitedIndoorFootball.com reports: 'The Evansville BlueCats are excited to announce that wide receiver Shawn Miller was invited to attend next week’s mini camp with the Buffalo Bills of the National Football League. Miller’s participation in the mini camp workouts gives him the opportunity to compete for a spot on the Bills training camp roster.'

Marker Turf Jam 2005 with Brian Moorman [5:39 PM]
BuffaloBills.com reports: 'The second annual Turf Jam '05 will kickoff at 10 p.m. and will feature celebrity karaoke from many of your favorite Buffalo Bills. The event is benefiting Bills punter Brian Moorman's Punt Foundation, a group that helps Western New York children that are fighting chronic and terminal illnesses.'

Marker Bills Sign RB Lionel Gates [4:04 PM]
BuffaloBills.com reports: 'Gates is the first of the Bills six draft picks to sign with the team.'

Marker Running back inks 1-year, $1.43M deal [2:18 PM]
ESPN reports: 'Running back Lionel Gates, a seventh-round choice of the Bills, is the first of the team's six picks in the 2005 draft to come to contract terms. The former Louisville star signed a three-year, $959,000 contract that includes a $34,000 signing bonus and league standard minimum base salaries for all three years. Although he started just eight games during his college career, splitting time with fellow 2005 draftee Eric Shelton in the backfield, Gates is regarded as a solid prospect.'

Marker Reich Man for the Job [12:27 PM]
BuffaloBills.com reports: '"What I have found is, I shouldn't run away from these past stories," he said. "But the art of it is: How do I transition from these stories and really connect with people? I want to do that for the right reasons in order to give a more important message. And that's what I try to do."'

Marker Ex-QB's calls are now coming via videophone [10:50 AM]
Rochester D&C reports: '"I travel a lot, and for me to be able to sit at my home and to be able to talk to my wife and three kids, and tell each and every one of them that I love them and miss them, for me that's huge," he said. "I said, 'Why can't we do this with the military? Why not military families?' and they (5LINX) just took the idea and ran with it."'

Marker Kelly For Congress? [6:09 AM]
WHAM-TV reports: 'Rumors of a political run for Kelly are not new, but what is notable is renewed interest in Kelly by Republican party bosses, particularly given the dire financial situation in Kelly's home base of Erie County.'

Marker Shaping up as an area of strength [5:39 AM]
Chicago Sun Times reports: 'During the Buffalo Bills' dominance of the AFC in the 1990s, coach Marv Levy referred to one man as his secret weapon. Not quarterback Jim Kelly, running back Thurman Thomas or defensive end Bruce Smith, stars of the team, but a more obscure figure working behind the scenes...'

May 31, 2005

Marker Inside the Herd: HOF Billy Shaw [9:16 PM]
BuffaloBills.com reports: 'Have you kept in touch with any of your old teammates? Do you still feel like you are part of the Bills team? Thanks for the memories, the 1960 Bills are a big part of my youthful memories.
BS: Absolutely, that was a close, close group. When we come back every year in September for the reunion, it's amazing how many of those guys come back. Stu Barber, Paul Maguire, Dick Hudson, Mike Stratton, Howard Kindig, Gene Sykes, all live in the south. I see them at golf tournaments around a whole lot more often than I see some of the other guys, but a great number of those guys still live in Buffalo. We certainly see them. It was a very close knit group of folks who have stayed in contact over the years.'

May 29, 2005

Marker Bills Team Report [5:18 PM]
The Sporting News reports: 'The team hopes the offensive line stays intact because it wants Trey Teague to remain at center. A former tackle, Teague has been solid in his three years as the anchor of the offensive line. He has exceptional quickness and agility to make blocks on the second level. He's a highly intelligent player who is adept at making the right line calls and has a good understanding of blocking angles. He is not a dominant blocker and has trouble with big, powerful defensive tackles. But his toughness, athletic ability and work ethic allow him to overcome any shortcomings.'

Marker Wyche finds an eager pupil in Losman [8:59 AM]
Buffalo News reports: '"He cringes at the comments about us not winning too many games because he's new," Wyche said. "It gets under his skin. And he doesn't want to be known as a scrambler. He wants to be a passer who can scramble."'

Marker Could '64 Bills have won 'Super Bowl' against Browns? [8:59 AM]
Buffalo News reports: '"This is all hearsay and all talk," said Bills Hall-of-Fame guard Billy Shaw. "I've said it many times before of the AFL champions prior to the Super Bowl, that was probably the team that could have really played with NFL champions. I'll say this: We matched up really good with them. I'd have loved to have had that opportunity."'

Marker NFL revenue distribution key topic these days [8:41 AM]
Dallas Morning News reports: 'Wilson insists he isn't asking for any handouts to survive. His Bills do play in an 80,000-seat stadium. But he does expect his fellow owners to accept the reality that a team in Dallas has greater opportunities and potential for revenue than a team in Buffalo. "I don't expect Jerry Jones to take money out of his pocket and say, 'Here, Wilson, take this,' " Wilson said. "But I do expect him to take a dollar out and say, 'Here, come play me next week, will you?' "'

May 28, 2005

Marker Lee glad for run at No. 2 [9:22 AM]
Buffalo News reports: '"I think I can mix it up a little bit," he said. "I can run tough inside and run outside. This will really be the first year that I'm being given the opportunity to show what I can do, and I'm excited about that."'

Marker Injured tight ends eye training camp [9:21 AM]
Buffalo News reports: '"They're right where we anticipated them, I think maybe a little ahead," Mularkey said. "But that's something you don't want to test it too much. You don't want them to get any setbacks. But I feel like they're on schedule."'

Marker Inside slant [6:50 AM]
The Sports Xchange reports: 'Losman said it's important he focus on throwing to the healthy targets and not worry about who isn't in the lineup. "We can't worry about injuries and who we're throwing to and who we're not," he said. "Trafford's doing a great job and Ryan Neufeld, those are the guys I'm throwing to a lot now."'

Marker Notes, quotes [6:48 AM]
The Sports Xchange reports: 'A half-dozen veterans skipped at least the final day of Organized Team Activity workouts at Ralph Wilson Stadium. That still meant some 80 players did take part, including QB J.P. Losman who wouldn't dream of skipping. He's been handed the starting job and the work he's putting in during May should make things run smoother come July. "Anytime you get a chance to come out here with the receivers, especially organized and running plays that we are going to run during the year, it's very critical," Losman said. "I'm very fortunate for the guys here that we're getting our timing down now."'

May 27, 2005

Marker Bledsoe finding Parcells treats vets differently [8:55 PM]
AP reports: 'Buffalo, which came one win short of the playoffs last season with Bledsoe, handed over the starting job to youngster J.P. Losman without an on-field competition. Bledsoe is driven to prove the Bills made the wrong decision, and also reward the faith Parcells has in him.'

Marker Maguire a Moorman Admirer [3:03 PM]
BuffaloBills.com reports: '"One record I'm not proud of is having the most punts in Bills history," said Maguire. "That will tell you what kind of crappy teams I played on."'

Marker Giants not in sharing mood [10:24 AM]
Bergen Record reports: 'Buffalo owner Ralph Wilson has been leading the charge for the sharing of those revenues. Wilson cites potential competitive imbalance, even though the league has a salary cap to level the playing field when it comes to signing players. Mara indicated some teams spend as much as 70 percent of their revenues on player costs, while other teams spend as little as 30 percent. That can impact on other team expenditures such as the coaching staff and building facilities, which could entice free agents to join the franchise.'

Marker Cameo roles challenge 'backer backups [8:53 AM]
Buffalo News reports: '"It's a big challenge being a backup because as competitors we want to be on the field," said Haggan, Fletcher's understudy at middle linebacker. "But to get on the field we have to go through London Fletcher or Jeff Posey and Takeo Spikes. We know that we can play. We just have to be patient because our time will come."'

Marker Reich takes his game to higher level [8:53 AM]
Buffalo News reports: '"I always tell people that in football I learned a lot of things," Reich said during a celebration-related conference call Thursday. "Two key things were preparation and leadership. And essentially what we do as a ministry is prepare leaders for the church."'

Marker Titans owner Adams confirms interest in Henry [5:24 AM]
Rochester D&C reports: '"I don't know exactly how deep it goes with Mr. Adams but I don't know if it's a matter of pulling the trigger, it's just are we hitting the right target?" coach Mike Mularkey said when asked about the Titans' overtures for Henry. "If it's the right target, the trigger will be pulled but obviously it hasn't yet."'

May 26, 2005

Marker New Bills RB comfortable with backup role [10:27 PM]
AP reports: '''I have no problem with that,'' said Lee, a free agent who signed with the Bills earlier this month. ''I'm a team person and I just want to win, and this will really be the first opportunity for me to show what I can do.'''

Marker TE's Campbell and Euhus Progressing [9:55 PM]
BuffaloBills.com reports: '"(The first minicamp) was more basic," said Losman. "We've thrown in a lot this time. We put a lot of new things in (to the offense) and it's making it a little bit difficult but then again, you're finding out what you are good at and what you aren't. It was a lot thrown at us but it was also fun at the same time."'

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