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Buffalo Bills News - December 21, 2003

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.'

Marker Van owns a big piece of Bills’ history [5:13 AM]
Olean Times Herald reports: 'Farewell, Voice of the Bills.'

Marker Slap Shots [5:12 AM]
Toronto Sun reports: 'Lindy Ruff and Gregg Williams live just a few houses apart in the same Buffalo neighbourhood. And they may soon also be walking together to the unemployment line, if their respective Sabres and Bills don't soon straighten out.'

Marker Disturbing trend in rematches [5:11 AM]
Miami Herald reports: '''There is no guessing game,'' Dolphins linebacker Junior Seau said. ``It's not going to be a chess game. It's not about out-smarting someone. We know exactly what they have. They know exactly what we have. There really isn't a science to what goes on.'''

Marker GM Wolf ? No contact [5:10 AM]
Miami Herald reports: 'Dolphins sources have indicated that Wolf, who retired after the 2000 season, might be an intriguing possibility for a Miami team that could opt for a strong general manager system should coach Dave Wannstedt be fired by owner Wayne Huizenga.'

Marker Ricky Williams shrugs off fans who've lost faith [5:09 AM]
Fort Lauderdale Sun Sentinel reports: '"They paid money, and they come to the games and they watch our games on TV and that, therefore, pays our paychecks. But I think that's the extent of our relationship as far as I'm concerned. It's great when you do meet true fans, but I don't hold them responsible to be true fans. Fans are fans."'

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