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Buffalo Bills News - July 22, 2002

Marker Final Showdown autograph session photos [10:39 AM]
TBD reports: Autograph session photos of Jim Kelly, Steve Tasker, Thurman Thomas, Kenny Davis, Mark Kelso, Andre Reed & Jim Ritcher and more.

Marker Photos from Final Showdown [9:16 AM]
AP/Yahoo reports: Six photos from flag football game.

Marker Major reconstruction begins for Bills' offense [9:11 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'Gilbride envisions a balanced offense that takes advantage of the players' strengths. He also wants to use various formations and personnel groups to keep defenses guessing.'

Marker Kelly, Marino relive old days [9:10 AM]
Buffalo News reports: '"Even though Dan and me were competitors on the football field, when he comes up here, people realize what he's all about."'

Marker Jim and Hunter - teamed for the game of life [9:09 AM]
Buffalo News reports: '"I thought about the things every dad thinks about, about going in the backyard and being able to toss a football around, or a baseball, or going camping, doing all the things fathers do with their sons," Kelly said. "We can't do that but, through him, we're going to help other people. We know we're on the right path."'

Marker Thurman ducks heat after autograph session [9:08 AM]
Buffalo News reports: '"I'm telling you, since I retired, the only exercise I've had is this motion right here," Thomas said, lifting his hand to his mouth to signal drinking. "I'm even out of shape for an autograph session. There's no way I'm in shape for a game."'

Marker Family keeps close tabs on the Bills [9:06 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'That's because the "McGillicuddy boys," as they're called by Bills officials, serve as official team statisticians and historians for all of the home games.'

Marker Get me a seat to these five potential blockbusters [6:20 AM]
Dallas Morning News reports: '...and you can bet the Dec. 8 date at Foxboro has already been circled on Bledsoe's calendar. I want the best seat in the house for this game.'

Marker Marino-Kelly one more time [5:37 AM]
Fort Lauderdale Sun Sentinel reports: '"Yeah, we had some plays," Clayton said. "We'd draw them up in the grass. Dan'd sit there and say, What can you do?' and What can you do?'"'

Marker Kelly Beats Marino In Final Showdown [5:34 AM]
WROC-TV reports: '...and William "The Refrigerator" Perry, who's nickname is now, at best, an understatement. (Perry's jersey was cut halfway up each side so it would fit.)'

Marker Kelly Leads Bills All-Stars to Win [5:21 AM]
AP reports: 'A number of Bills came up limping, including Don Beebe (knee), Steve Tasker (groin), Fred Smerlas (hamstring), and Tim Vogler (broken nose).'

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July 21, 2002

Marker Robinson says group to replace him is solid [4:45 PM]
Nashville Tennessean reports: 'Robinson, 32, had a chance to return to the Titans, but the offer came with no promises about playing time. So he opted to sign with the Bills, where he stands to see the field a lot more.'

Marker Bills Backers Organizing Faithful Fans [4:44 PM]
Tampa Tribune reports: '"She said her first words were 'I hate Miami [Dolphins],'" her husband said.'

Marker Tickets for practices sold out [2:31 PM] reports: Tickets for the teamís two Monday evening practices during the Buffalo Bills Bausch & Lomb Training Camp have been SOLD OUT. 1,000 tickets remain for the scrimmage with the Browns.

Marker Tall tales, fat lies litter NFL rosters [12:52 PM]
New Orleans Times Picayune reports: The Saints' search for a backup running back is ongoing but could end this week with the possible signing of Terry Allen. The club continues to try and work a deal for Buffalo's Shawn Bryson, but the sides are far apart in compensation. The Bills want a third-round draft pick. The Saints gained some leverage when the Eagles, who were also interested in Bryson, signed Dorsey Levens.

Marker Hard road to stardom [9:56 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'This is a guy who refuses to wear the Super Bowl ring he won with the St. Louis Rams in 1999.'

Marker Veteran of Bills' four Super Bowls, Ritcher is still flying high [9:56 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'He never got the big retirement ceremony. But he deserves to go on the Wall of Fame some day.'

Marker 'Fridge' sizes up flag game as 'nothing serious' contest [9:55 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'Kelly, known for his competitive nature, stacked his squad with skilled players who haven't been out the NFL for that long. Marino has guys like Perry, Dorsett and Ed "Too Tall" Jones, who have all been out the league for a least a decade.'

Marker Bills, Williams talk of super-sized deal [5:38 AM]
D and C reports: 'And incentives, like number of starts and postseason honors, will push the total package well past the $35-million mark.'

Marker Kelly faces rival Marino in benefit flag football [5:37 AM]
D and C reports: 'OK, it's only a flag football game and many of the players are well past their prime. But tonight's "Final Showdown" between and Kelly and former Bills teammates against Marino's Dolphins (plus a few more) hopes to draw 30,000-plus at the University of Buffalo.'

Marker At very least, Bills should be fun [5:36 AM]
D and C reports: 'Until the Bills improve markedly in rushing the passer and stopping the run, they aren't going to pull off any miracles.'

Marker HOF Festival adds security, restrictions [5:35 AM]
Canton Repository reports: 'Banned items include coolers, bags, backpacks, large purses, large camera cases, plastic bottles, bottled or boxed liquids, aerosol cans, flagpoles, banner poles and umbrellas. People with radios larger than a football or those with diaper bags but no small children won't be allowed into the events.'

Marker Kelly Ready to Take on Marino Again [5:33 AM]
AP reports: '"We're the best of friends," Kelly said. "But when we get on the field, it doesn't matter if it's on the golf course or deep-sea fishing trip, you're competitive. You want to catch the biggest fish."'

July 20, 2002

Marker Bills throwing Bledsoe right on to the hot seat [6:51 PM]
Toronto Sun reports: 'If off-season bombs counted in the standings, Tom Donahoe might have allowed himself to celebrate the touchdown.'

July 19, 2002

Marker Chris Mortensen: Did Patriots trade Bledsoe to weaken Dolphins and Jets? [9:10 PM]
ESPN reports: I think the Patriots dragged their feet on the deal, hoping they would not have to trade him inside the AFC East. The Pats struggled with the Bills in two victories last season (12-9 OT in Week 14). Certainly, Bill Belichick has confidence he has a handle on Bledsoe, but that would put Bledsoe in good company with just about any QB who has to face Belichick's defensive schemes. Bottom line: I think the Pats made the Bills a very interesting team in 2002.

Marker Management concerned with recent rash of off-field problems [7:44 PM]
The Sporting News reports: The signing of rookie Maurice Jackson is probably not related to Rogers' situation. However, it should be noted that Jackson was a terrific return man at Syracuse University because of his blazing speed. He reportedly ran an electronically timed 40-yard dash in 4.18 seconds during a workout at Syracuse in March 2000.

Marker Pasquarelli: Sam Adams costs too much for Buffalo [4:27 PM]
ESPN reports: The Buffalo Bills would love to make a run at Adams, too, club officials told, but their cap situation is such that they probably can't even do a one-year contract with him.

Marker Training camp Info [2:44 PM]
Fox Sports reports: Confusingly, the Village of Pittsford is an incorporated village within the Town of Pittsford. Village residents are Town residents, but Town residents aren't necessarily Village residents. One gets the impression that Village residents are somewhat pretentious, so don't confuse these important matters.

Marker Bills Backers Of Virginia Raises $1,000 For Multiple Sclerosis [10:14 AM] reports: The Bills Backers of Virginia, also known as Bills Backers International, recently they took part in the MS walk for Multiple Sclerosis. The team raised $1,000 and received the Bronze Team MS Award. View the Bill Backers directory (Requires the flash plug-in). NEW! Listing of Bills Backers Bars.

July 18, 2002

Marker Soaring Expectations in Buffalo [10:10 PM]
ESPN reports: Training Camp Report 2002: Second year coach Gregg Williams has many more options ths year than he did a year ago. Now the pressure is on to put the right pieces in the right places, and win at least 7 games for the restless fans (and owner) in Buffalo.

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