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Buffalo Bills News - December 21, 2003

Marker McGahee should stay glued to the bench [9:08 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'So why expose McGahee to a desperate Miami defense, with Zach Thomas, Sammy Knight, Junior Seau and their pals playing with sparks coming out the ear holes of their helmets? Why think about playing McGahee in the final game next week in New England with Richard Seymour, Mike Vrabel, Tedy Bruschi and the rest of the Patriots' defense seeking reparations for that 31-0 pasting the Bills laid on them on the opening day at the Ralph?'

Marker Will aloha mean goodbye? [9:07 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'Buffalo has had its chances since '95, but the Bills never neared another title game. Smith caught the flu before they lost to Pittsburgh in Brown's first year. Kelly's career ended with a playoff knockout against Jacksonville in '96. Buffalo suffered through Billy Joe Hobert and Todd Collins before Levy retired. Along came the Rob Johnson-Doug Flutie debate. Miami beat the Bills in '98. Home Run Throwback was in '99. Since, it's been four years of frustration.'

Marker Telephone calls for Van will sadly come to an end [9:06 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'Irv has moved away, John Otto has died. Each year, another part of what defined Buffalo for us departs. A foot ball team, and its voice, is a constant in an era of protean rosters and marketing-driven uniforms.'

Marker Dolphis activate TE Josh Whitman off practice squad [8:37 AM]
AP reports: 'To make room for Whitman, the Dolphins waived wide receiver Kendall Newson, who caught two passes for 55 yards in a reserve role this season.'

Marker Seeking direction [8:36 AM]
Miami Herald reports: 'If the Dolphins make an improbable playoff run that ends in a Super Bowl sprint, he will be allowed to continue coaching the Dolphins as he has done since 2000, according to a source close to Huizenga. But if the next few weeks don't deliver that storybook ending, Wannstedt could be dismissed or asked to move aside, the same source said, adding that decision is ``definitely not yet made.'''

Marker Explanations needed for this 8-6 record [8:35 AM]
Miami Herald reports: 'We keep talking about all this talent Miami has, so there has to be a reason that talent keeps falling short at important times in important games, right?'

Marker Spielman backs offseason moves [8:34 AM]
Miami Herald reports: 'Wannstedt makes all personnel decisions but relies on Spielman and others for advice. Insisting he has no regrets about last offseason, Spielman defended his and Wannstedt's personnel record and addressed criticism of several moves.'

Marker Dolfans brace for a letdown [8:33 AM]
Miami Herald reports: '''You know what's frustrating?'' he began, in a voice not quite his -- a voice a shade higher, and faster, and wobbly. ``The negativity that surrounds this team. The doom and gloom we get all the time. It's not that we're not trying.'''

Marker Spikes' escape: Was it worth it? [8:32 AM]
Miami Herald reports: 'But the relocation project for Spikes has become a classic example of someone needing to be more careful about what they wish for.'

Marker The disadvantages of Ivy League schooling [8:31 AM]
Miami Herald reports: '''They were writing up all the pluses and minuses and he had all these pluses,'' Morris said with a weary grin. ``But his main weakness they could come up with was both his parents are doctors, and he comes from a good area. That was supposed to be his weakness.'''

Marker Scouting report [8:30 AM]
Miami Herald reports: 'Bills: This team is just playing out the string at this point, so don't expect much in terms of a hard effort.'

Marker Bills' new goal: Put Fish on ice [5:16 AM]
Rochester D&C reports: '“They’re going to come in here needing this game,” said linebacker Takeo Spikes. “The way we look at it, we’ve got a lot of room on our couch to look at the Super Bowl and playoffs together.”'

Marker Bills Q&A: Chris Kelsay [5:15 AM]
Rochester D&C reports: '“Early on, I lived so close to Kansas City, I followed Derrick Thomas. As soon as I got into middle school and started playing organized football, I looked up to my older brother Chad. He played at Nebraska and played a year or two for the Steelers. He stuck out in my mind.”'

Marker Not much buzz around Bills-Dolphins these days [5:14 AM]
Olean Times Herald reports: '“Playing football in this area is a real privilege,” he said. “We have fans that come out in spite of the disappointing year that we’ve had and cheer for us."'

Marker Bills can finish Dolphins’ season [4:59 AM]
Fort Lauderdale Sun Sentinel reports: 'This is what desperation looks like for the Dolphins.'

Marker More than playoffs at stake for Dolphins [4:58 AM]
Fort Lauderdale Sun Sentinel reports: 'All the attention, as well as too much South Florida venom, is focused on Wannstedt. In the past 15 years, the Dolphins have had three coaches, the Marlins six managers, the Panthers seven coaches and the Heat five coaches. But none has taken a public pounding like Wannstedt.'

Marker Bills RB Henry dishes out punishment [4:58 AM]
Fort Lauderdale Sun Sentinel reports: '"You literally have to knock him unconscious to stop him," the Tennessee Titans' Jeff Fisher said a week ago in the sort of pregame hyperbole that seems to infect almost every NFL coach.'

Marker Dolphins Playoff Possibilities [4:57 AM]
Fort Lauderdale Sun Sentinel reports: 'Here are the scenarios that would help and hurt the Dolphins entering their final two regular-season games against Buffalo and the visiting New York Jets (6-8).'

Marker Bowens makes speedy recovery [4:56 AM]
Fort Lauderdale Sun Sentinel reports: '"When [Bowens] injured his knee, he had an isolated ACL tear," O'Neill said. "Another player that has a more complicated injury, there might have been other complications, and those things can prolong the recovery."'

Marker 1/12/1991: Bills 44, Dolphins 34 [4:55 AM]
Fort Lauderdale Sun Sentinel reports: 'The beginning of Buffalo's postseason superiority began in a divisional game on the iced carpet at Rich Stadium.'

Marker Dolphins (8-6) at Buffalo (6-8) [4:54 AM]
Fort Lauderdale Sun Sentinel reports: 'Prediction: Bills by 2.'

Marker Dolphins not on ice quite yet [4:53 AM]
Palm Beach Post reports: 'Because if there's a definition of what these 8-6 Dolphins are this deep into the season, it's that they lose to the very best teams (New England twice, Indianapolis, Tennessee and Philadelphia) and beat everybody else (except Houston). Buffalo is 6-8 and happens to be an everybody else.'

Marker Different foxholes, but in the same boat [4:52 AM]
Palm Beach Post reports: '"They know I'm in that foxhole with them," Williams said last week. "And they're in it with me."'

Marker Dolphins ready for both cold and Bills [4:51 AM]
Florida Today reports: 'There won't be a lot of scoreboard watching going on this afternoon at Ralph Wilson Stadium for the Miami Dolphins. That's only because the Denver Broncos and Indianapolis Colts play tonight.'

Marker 'Fins' season on line vs. Bills [4:50 AM]
Naples Daily News reports: '"We're not worried about our own jobs," he said. "We're not worried about Dave's job at this point. We're not worried about anything, but winning and getting a chance to play in January. Everything will sort itself out one way or the other. No one in his locker room can control whether or not we get cut or whether or not Dave gets fired or any of the other crap that is going on."'

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December 20, 2003

Marker Dial-up celebrations are costly [8:58 AM]
Buffalo News reports: '"We would hope that our players have a little more class and a little more concern about their team than doing something like that," team President and General Manager Tom Donahoe said this week. "We would look at that as a very selfish act, and not even having spoken to (Bills coach) Gregg (Williams) about it I'm sure, as well as I know him, he would say the same thing."'

Marker Williams questionable [8:57 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'The Bills have not indicated the nature of the injury, but Williams has been walking gingerly since the end of last week's game at Tennessee. Coach Gregg Williams said the second-year player would be a game-time decision.'

Marker Vandemonium [8:56 AM]
Buffalo News reports: '"There are a handful of broadcasters who are so distinctive (that) when you hear their voice you immediately think of their teams," said Steve Sabol, the president of NFL Films. "He is associated with the Bills the way Ray Scott was with the Packers and Chuck Thompson was with the Colts. I could be blindfolded and hear that voice and in my mind I'm in Buffalo and it is Jim Kelly or Bruce Smith. Like all the great radio broadcasters, his delivery and the timbre of his voice approximates the rhythms and the shifts of the game. He has a certain energy to his voice that added to the pictures."'

Marker Williams' status no concern for Bills [5:15 AM]
Rochester D&C reports: '“Gregg (Williams) has to take care of his family, I have to take care of mine,” said Buffalo defensive tackle Sam Adams. “I don’t play for him and he doesn’t coach for me.”'

Marker Hearty Bills fans score big [5:14 AM]
Rochester D&C reports: 'Congratulations to Buffalo Bills right guard Ruben Brown on his selection to an eighth straight Pro Bowl, but I’m starting to wonder if he might become the first player elected to a Pro Bowl the year after he retires.'

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