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Buffalo Bills News - October 24, 2002

Marker Bills' owner Wilson makes $500,000 Hospice donation [9:45 PM]
Business First of Buffalo reports: 'Buffalo Bills owner Ralph Wilson Jr. and his wife, Mary, have made a $500,000 donation to The Center for Hospice & Palliative Care in Cheektowaga.'

Marker Bills vs. Lions Game Officially Sold Out [1:53 PM] reports: The Bills-Lions game this Sunday at Ralph Wilson Stadium is sold out and will be televised locally. Including this Sunday’s contest with Detroit, all four home games so far in 2002 have been soldout in time to meet the blackout deadline.

Marker Lions scouting report on the Bills [1:39 PM]
Detroit Lions reports: 'The Lions have to pressure Bledsoe, even if it means blitzing on every down and leaving themselves open to the long bomb. If a team sits back, Bledsoe will tear it apart.'

Marker What the Bills are saying [1:38 PM]
Detroit Lions reports: '“We start to need fast to get our fans involved."'

Marker Lions will face a Bills team that's on a Roll [1:35 PM] reports: 'Detroit picked the wrong team in the wrong place at the wrong time. Buffalo 31 - Detroit 20.

Marker Millen tells Lions 'sorry' [1:34 PM]
Oakland Press reports: '"It was good,'' Lions fullback Cory Schlesinger said of Millen's talk. "Anytime something like that comes up in the newspapers, it's a good idea for him to address us and explain the situation."'

Marker Harrington has good memories of Bledsoe [1:33 PM]
Oakland Press reports: '"It was right when I was going through all the high school recruiting,'' Harrington said. "Drew Bledsoe was very kind and very generous. He gave me advice. Of course, he was leaning toward Washington State. But I know that still sticks out in the minds of both my brothers. They thought very highly of him."'

Marker New York City Buffalo Bills Backers [1:27 PM] reports: Three hundred Bills fans from all over the metro New York City area gathered in McFaddens Pub on East 42nd Street in Manhattan to watch the Bills "squish the fish"

Marker Bills - Lions Series History [10:38 AM] reports: The Bills have faced the Lions just six times since the series started in 1972 and Detroit leads 3 games to 2 with one tie. Detroit's last visit to Ralph Wilson Stadium was in 1997 when Buffalo posted a 22-13 win.

Marker Drew Bledsoe Quotebook: Lions Preview [10:03 AM] reports: "Gregg (Williams) is doing a great job with this team. His messages to the team, on a weekly basis, are right on. Our attention to detail during the week and our preparation during the week has been outstanding. Gregg has done an outstanding job, particularly since I've been here.

Marker Bills put opponents on red alert [9:07 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'The Bills have scored touchdowns on 64.3 percent of their trips inside the opposition's 20, which ranks sixth in the NFL. They have scored on 18 of 28 trips.'

Marker It's no dress rehearsal as Pac-10 QBs meet again [9:06 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'Only about 200 tickets remained Wednesday for the Detroit game.'

Marker Lions players pleased with Millen's apology over 'devout coward' remark [6:48 AM]
Booth Newspapers reports: '"He can't take back what he said, but he apologized for it and I'll give him credit for that," one veteran said.'

Marker Bills' Jenkins tackles woes [5:17 AM]
D and C reports: 'Based on his solid play against Williams and Miami, and the fact that Sunday at Ralph Wilson Stadium the Bills will be facing another big, bruising running back in Detroit’s James Stewart, Jenkins may get what he wishes for.'

Marker Bills' hairy situation brings unity to offense [5:17 AM]
D and C reports: 'Now the Bills are looking like the NHL Buffalo Sabres during a playoff run. That, or a bunch of guys who got lost on the way to the Lumberjack Olympics.'

Marker Bills passing credit to coach [5:16 AM]
Toronto Star reports: '"He's definitely hands-on, but he has a really good feel for when to step back and let the players work some of the things out ... that's the thing that I've been most impressed with from last year to this year," Centers said. "He deserves a tremendous amount of credit for his approach."'

Marker Millen contrite at Lions meeting [5:15 AM]
Detroit Free Press reports: 'Millen, who stirred a controversy last week by referring to an unidentified Lions player as a "devout coward" and questioning his manhood, expressed his regrets to owner William Clay Ford and select players before the game Sunday.'

Marker Millen explains comment to team [5:15 AM]
Detroit News reports: '"It was just to let us know he's there for us. I think his comments were based a little bit on him being a player before. I think this came out the wrong way. We understood what he said."'

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October 23, 2002

Marker Ricks hoping to return against Bills [9:12 PM]
AP reports: 'Harrington's younger brothers were altar boys in Buffalo quarterback Drew Bledsoe's wedding.'

Marker Bills responding to Williams' toned down approach [8:46 PM]
AP reports: '''I think he deserves a lot of credit,'' receiver Eric Moulds said. ''I think people are starting to see that he can coach, and he has the people that can put guys in a position to make plays. We're having fun right now.'''

Marker Winfield expects to miss two more games [8:45 PM]
AP reports: '``They tell me it's day-to-day, but I'm not ready for this week, maybe Kansas City,'' Winfield said Wednesday, referring to Buffalo's game against the Chiefs on Nov. 17.'

Marker Alumni Update: Pete Metzelaars [5:22 PM] reports: There was a time not too long ago when NFL players looked to spend their entire playing career with the team that drafted them. That’s what Pete Metzelaars hoped would happen in Seattle. But after three seasons with the Seahawks, the tight end was traded to Buffalo in 1985.

Marker Ask Nate Clements A Question [2:37 PM] reports: visitors selected Bills cornerback Nate Clements as the Tops Game Ball of the Week winner for his performance against the Miami Dolphins. He tied the franchise record with three interceptions and finished just one shy of the NFL mark.

Marker Offensive line starts to come together [1:32 PM]
Oakland Press reports: 'Not only has it done a good job of protecting rookie quarterback Joey Harrington when he sets to pass, but the run blocking has improved. Last Sunday, the offensive line keyed a 172-yard rushing effort by running back James Stewart during a 23-20 victory over the Chicago Bears at Ford Field.'

Marker There's a cowardly coach among us [1:18 PM]
Battle Creek Enquirer reports: 'Millen called one of the Detroit Lions a devout coward last week, but failed to name names. For going about things this way, Millen is the real cowardly Lion.'

Marker Week 8 Injury Report [12:23 PM] reports: Winfield (Doubtful), Driver, Moore, Williams all questionable. The Lions list nine players.

Marker Clements Named AFC Defensive Player of the Week [11:36 AM] reports: Bills cornerback Nate Clements has been selected as the AFC Defensive Player of the Week following his performance in last week’s win at Miami.

Marker Heavy hitter Jenkins is a smash in run-stopping performance [9:09 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'Jenkins' number was called a lot last Sunday in Miami. With Wire struggling, Jenkins got the majority of the defensive snaps at strong safety. He was in on just three tackles, but played a key role in holding Dolphins running back Ricky Williams to 97 rushing yards.'

Marker Time off to think about 'Barbershop,' Katie Couric and a Bills movie [9:08 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'The film won't air until Dec. 15 on cable's TNT so you'll have to wait for a full review. For now, let's just say that, after a slow start typical of the Bills offense these days, it is an entertaining film that works as a comedy, a football movie and as a romance. And star Gil Bellows, who came for the premiere, may be as likable a performer as Drew Bledsoe.'

Marker Sinking ship [8:49 AM]
Booth Newspapers reports: 'While Millen's comments had no effect on Sunday's game and have been largely forgotten by the players, there is still a lingering uneasiness with the coaching staff. By all accounts, Mornhinweg was white-hot mad at Millen over the weekend, first for saying anything in the first place and, second, for leaving town and making Mornhinweg clean up his mess.'

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