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Buffalo Bills News - July 3, 2001

Marker Kelly, Levy and Smerlas using their heads to fill stadium [9:06 AM]
Buffalo News reports: '"In looking across the leagues at the incredible interest in bobbleheads, this seemed like the perfect year to jump in," said Russ Brandon, Bills vice president, business development and marketing.'

Marker Wegmans giving Bills bobbleheads [5:36 AM]
D and C reports: 'And starting at 10 a.m. Saturday, bobbleheads of ex-quarterback Jim Kelly, former coach Marv Levy and ex-defensive lineman Fred Smerlas will be available for Buffalo Bills fans who purchase a pair of tickets at Wegmans Food Markets Inc. to one of three selected 2001 games.'

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July 2, 2001

Marker It's now their call: Head ref Seeman passes torch [10:44 PM]
The Sporting News reports: 'It can be safely said that no one loves and appreciates game officials of any sport more than Jerry Seeman. And when he retires this week and returns home, he will leave with obvious sadness. He has had a no-win job -- who really ever embraces officials even when they are right?'

Marker You blew it: The worst calls in NFL history [6:27 PM]
Sporting News reports: Two terrible calls mentioned - Don Beebe stepping out in Bills-Oilers AFC playoff game and the 'lateral' in the Titans-Bills playoff game.

The Bills-Patriots game with multiple errors was mentioned as well.

Marker Robert Hicks and the Bills OL [6:13 PM]
CBS Sportsline reports: Still is plenty of uncertainty surrounding the Buffalo Bills offensive line, a unit that slipped dramatically in 2000. One exclamation point amid the question marks that exist, however, has been the offseason dedication of fourth-year tackle Robert Hicks, a prototype rightside power blocker who lost his focus and then his starting position a year ago.

Marker Bills cut three UDFA's [6:07 PM]
AP reports: ORCHARD PARK, N.Y. (AP) -- The Buffalo Bills released three players, all recently-signed free agents, on Monday.

The Bills cut wide receivers Stephen Campbell and Teddy Johnson and long-snapper Ryan Diepenbrock. All three were signed last April. The
moves come less than a month before the start of training camp.

Marker Jim Kelly answers emails [1:53 PM]
BuffaloBills.com reports: 'This week, buffalobills.com caught up with former Bills quarterback Jim Kelly at his Football Camp.'

Marker 2001 NFL Strength of Schedule [1:51 PM]
CBS Sportsline reports: 'Buffalo plays the 27th hardest schedule according to last year's results. The opponents had a combined record of 120-136 (0.469) in 2000. The Bills will play 8 games against teams with +0.500 records and 5 games against playoff teams.'

July 1, 2001

Marker Bills alumni remember team's best receivers [9:05 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'The ex-Bills are conducting a poll, open to fans, to determine the 10 best wide receivers in the history of the franchise.'

Marker Two Bills to tackle poetry reading [8:44 AM]
D and C reports: 'The yet-to-be-named Bills will be joined by Buffalo Jills cheerleaders, who will model fashions from L'Avant Garbe, a Pittsford boutique. The Blues Family, from Nik Entertainment, will perform.'

June 30, 2001

Marker Rebecca Grant to work on TBB's Robot Wars [3:49 PM]
TNN reports: Rebecca Grant, former host/correspondent for `The Buffalo Bills NFL Show', to report from the Pit in TNN'S ROBOT WARS: EXTREME WARRIORS.

June 29, 2001

Marker Bills to honor Levy on Dec. 9 [1:55 PM]
Buffalo News reports: 'Former head coach Marv Levy will be honored by the Buffalo Bills on Dec. 9 when the team hosts the Carolina Panthers. During the ceremony, Levy will receive his ring from the Pro Football Hall of Fame.'

June 28, 2001

Marker Centers, Bills happy together - Veteran FB fitting in [8:06 PM]
BuffaloBills.com reports: "With young guys, like we have on this team, there's quite a bit more enthusiasm [than with Washington]," Centers said recently. "There's a new energy about this place I'm happy to be part of it."

Marker QB Challenge returns to Hawaii [7:40 PM]
NFL.com reports: 'Who will be crowned the NFL's "Top Gun?" Six of the NFL's best quarterbacks return to the field on Saturday, July 14 and Sunday, July 15 to test their skills along with six former greats in the DIRECTV Presents the NFL Quarterback Challenge. Rob Johnson will be competing.

In a first this year for the NFL Quarterback Challenge, former NFL quarterbacks will be participating in the DIRECTV Million Dollar Throw. The star-studded list of players will attempt to throw a perfect pass from 30 yards for $1 million dollars (Half of the money will go to the player's favorite charity). Jim Kelly will be competing.'

Marker Fly Southwest to San Diego! - Bills/Chargers weekend [7:37 PM]
Rose Puskas reports: 'Reservations can now be made on Southwest Airlines to San Diego for the Bills/Chargers weekend! You will receive a 10% discount on round-trip flights to San Diego from any originating SWA airport. Fares are good between 10/21/01 through 11/02/01. To book thios special fare you must use the Bills Backers toll free number: 1-800-433-5368 and provide the special ID Code: R6674.'

Marker Bills to honor Levy at Carolina game [12:48 PM]
BuffaloBills.com reports: The Buffalo Bills today announced that the team will honor former head coach Marv Levy in a ceremony on Sunday, December 9 when the team hosts the Carolina Panthers. In that ceremony Levy will receive his ring from the Pro Football Hall of Fame, commemorating his enshrinement.

Marker Smerlas going on wall when Bills face Pats [8:59 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'Fred Smerlas will be inducted onto the Buffalo Bills' Wall of Fame Dec. 16 when the Bills play the New England Patriots, the team announced Wednesday.'

June 27, 2001

Marker 10 Teams in Tailback Trouble--Bills, Pats two of them. [11:56 PM]
CBS Sportsline reports: 'Rookie coach Gregg Williams claimed last week that he hoped he didn't have to make a decision until Thanksgiving on the full-time starter. "I hope they're all playing so well that I'm getting the opportunity to play them all," Williams said. Note to Williams: Forget about it. Choose one guy in camp and cement him into the lineup.'

Marker Fred Smerlas to be added to Buffalo Bills' Wall of Fame [4:32 PM]
AP reports: 'Fred Smerlas will be inducted onto the Buffalo Bills' Wall of Fame Dec. 16 when the Bills play the New England Patriots, the team announced Wednesday.'

Marker Gregg Williams' learning curve [12:31 PM]
BuffaloBills.com reports: 'Before he ever coaches a regular season game, we can give Gregg Williams credit for this: He speaks with a refreshing dose of honesty. Usually that's good; sometimes, it causes unnecessary problems. Williams is learning that.'

Marker Sammy Morris kicks off 3rd annual UPS-Buffalo Bills Summer Reading Program [11:18 AM]
BuffaloBills.com reports: The Buffalo Bills, United Parcel Service, just buffalo literary center, and the public library system will kick off Hit the Books, the third annual UPS-Buffalo Bills Summer Reading Program with an event this Thursday, June 28th at 10:30 AM in the Children's Room of the Central Library on Lafayette Square.

Marker Fred Smerlas to be added to Wall on Dec 16 during Patriots Game [11:03 AM]
BuffaloBills.com reports: The Buffalo Bills today announced that the Wall of Fame ceremony for NT Fred Smerlas will be held on Sunday, December 16 when the team hosts the New England Patriots. Smerlas played at Boston College and is a former New England Patriot as well.

Marker Rob Johnson answers e-mails [9:37 AM]
BuffaloBills.com reports: 'Bills quarterback Rob Johnson took time out from his off-season conditioning to answer questions from buffalobills.com users. Thanks to Rob for taking time out to answer the questions, and thanks to everyone who submitted questions!'

Marker Charges against Moore dropped in Tennessee [9:01 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'Buffalo Bills linebacker Corey Moore has been cleared of aggravated assault.'

Marker I Favor RB by Committee [8:26 AM]
The Stadium Wall reports: (Commentary) 'I fully endorse the Bills going with RB by committee right now because there are different versions of it and I hope the Bills use the correct one. The correct version is something similar to what the Broncos have done (usually because of need due to injury and a lot of talent which does distinguish it from the 2001 Bills situation which is due to uncertain talent)...'

June 26, 2001

Marker Rookies learn lesson in dedication from Billick [8:35 PM]
BuffaloBills.com reports: Rookie Lesson:

"At some point in your career, and it may be this first year, you're going to have to make a conscious choice: Do I want to be a champion or do I want to go to the Pro Bowl?" Billick said. "That's a hard decision, particularly when you're young and trying to make a name for yourself.

Marker Rookies attend fifth annual Rookie Symposium [8:30 PM]
BuffaloBills.com reports: This week, the NFL is holding its fifth annual Rookie Symposium at the Lansdowne Resort in Leesburg, Va.

Marker Charges against Moore dismissed [1:56 PM]
Jackson Sun reports: 'Moore, 24, was charged with aggravated assault in May after he allegedly hit Jeremiah Taylor with a beer bottle. But the district attorney's office requested the charges be dropped, said Jim Haywood, Moore's attorney.'

Marker Charges dropped against Bills' Moore [1:55 PM]
AP reports: The linebacker had been charged with aggravated assault. The charge was dismissed Monday after the man struck with the bottle refused to testify, said Gary Brown, district attorney general for Haywood County.

Marker Committee approach at running back ? [1:33 PM]
AP reports: "I think Denver has shown it doesn't matter who the running back is," Bills' offensive coordinator Mike Sheppard told the Buffalo News. "Olandis Gary does a great job when Terrell Davis goes out. I think it's just a matter of getting quality people and players that are smart guys that understand what you're trying to do. Does one guy have to be the guy? I don't think so."

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