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Buffalo Bills News - July 16, 2000

Marker Spartan conditions greeted 1960 campers [8:01 AM]
D and C reports: 'Players were housed in the old Roycroft Inn. In many cases three and four guys were sardined into small rooms without any air conditioning during the dog days of summer. The locker rooms were about a quarter mile away at East Aurora High School. With more than 100 players in camp, there weren't enough lockers to accommodate everyone, so trainer Eddie Abramoski put up clothing hooks in the gym for the spillover. The practice field was the polo grounds of the Knox Estate, roughly three miles from the high school. Players either walked or rode school buses to and from the two-a-day workouts. ''We joked that Buster kept a couple of the guys on the roster until the end of camp just because they were good bus drivers,'' Abramoski recalled. ''It's not like today where everything is in one setting and every player zips around in a golf cart.'''

Marker Patience, location, timing key for autograph success [7:59 AM]
D and C reports: '''Be patient,'' Bills fullback Jonathan Linton said. ''We'd like to get to everybody, but sometimes we can't. It gets even worse when somebody is willing to trample someone else for a signature. Especially when it's an adult. The kids are the most important people to autograph for.'' Linton admits that players are more likely to sign for a child than an adult, but doesn't advise people to ''borrow'' children to get an autograph. There are more prudent ways for older fans to ask players for a signature. The best time to ask a player for an autograph is after the second or afternoon practice, not earlier in the day. It is also wise to know where to ask for a signature. Although many Rochester residents may see Bills players at local hangouts or eating at area restaurants, these are not the best places to ask.'

Marker Leaving Fredonia behind was 'a business decision' [7:58 AM]
D and C reports: 'The bottom line was the bottom line: Fredonia is about 40 miles southwest of Buffalo in Chautauqua County, a county with an estimated 137,431 residents. Monroe County, home of the Bills' new summer home at St. John Fisher College, has an estimated 712,419 residents.'

Marker Football's not your game? There's plenty else to do [7:56 AM]
D and C reports: 'The Bills do have a close tie to the Wings with Russ Brandon, one of the key players in the team's decision to move its camp to Fisher. Brandon, a Fisher graduate and the Bills vice president of business development and marketing, served as Red Wings assistant general manager with Mason in the early 1990s. ''Hopefully we'll help them sell some tickets during their regular season and they'll help us during our season,'' Mason says.'

Marker Unheralded Bills defense absorbs some early shots [7:52 AM]
D and C reports: 'The defensive unit of the Buffalo Bills has taken a few hits even before training camp. The Sporting News Pro Football 2000 annual ranks the 31 NFL teams in a variety of categories.'

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July 15, 2000

Marker Post-op, Wiley walking [11:36 PM]
Shout! reports: 'Marcellus Wiley walked unaided into the media room of the Bills' new administration building Friday. That was good news, and it was even better news that he seemed to be in new shape than the room that doesn't yet look moved into.

Marker Beachcomber finds long-lost Bills ring [9:03 AM]
Buffalo News reports: '...the ring belonged to [Chuck] Burr, an assistant general manager and public relations director for the Bills at the time. Oddly enough, Burr mentioned the ring to [Denny] Lynch two weeks ago, when Lynch called him about a 35th reunion for the Bills' 1965 championship team.'

Marker Wiley back on track in 4-6 weeks [8:56 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'The Bills report the surgery to repair a bulging disc in Wiley's lower back was successful. He is expected to return to action in four to six weeks. "Steve McNair had a similar thing last year during the season and missed five regular-season games," said Bills coach Wade Phillips, referring to the Tennessee Titans quarterback. "I'd say it's somewhere in there, which would put us at the end of the preseason. Maybe he'll be able to play in the last preseason game."'

July 14, 2000

Marker Beachcomber finds Bills championship ring lost 30 years ago [9:52 PM]
AP reports: '...the ring belonged to team's former public relations director and assistant general manager Chuck Burr, who in 1970 lost it at the beach, about 15 miles west of Buffalo. Burr had been given the ring after the Bills, led by quarterback Jack Kemp, won their first AFL championship with a 20-7 win over San Diego.'

Marker Haddad Signs [2:49 PM] reports: 'Reportedly, the deal is three years for just under $900,000, with a $26,000 signing bonus. Haddad will be there when training camp opens next Thursday. Haddad's best chance to make an impact as a rookie is on punt returns. The Bills have no veteran returner on the roster.'

Marker Bills agree to deal with third-round pick Moore [1:17 PM] reports: 'Moore, the third-round draft choice of the Buffalo Bills, on Thursday reached a three-year contract agreement. The deal is worth $1.201 million and it includes a $375,000 signing bonus and base salaries of $193,000 (2000), $275,000 (2001) and $358,000 (2002). The agreement leaves first-round pick defensive end Erik Flowers and second-round free safety Travares Tillman as the only unsigned members of Buffalo's 2000 draft class.'

Marker The Stadium Wall: Posts of the Week [10:08 AM]
TBD reports: July 2 to July 8 (in alphabetical order by subject). This is a weekly collection of the fans' most interesting posts on The Stadium Wall message board. Posts will be highlighted each week on the Shout!/TBD web site. Posts from the previous week follow the new posts.

Marker Buffalo Bills Survivor: Round 11 is complete! [10:05 AM]
TBD reports: 'The 11th castaway has been voted off Buffalo Bills Island. This former DT was the heart of the Bills defense back in the mid-60's. If it wasn't for a knee injury that forced him to retire in 1968, he could have had a Hall of Fame career. '

Marker Player itinerary [10:04 AM]
Shout! reports: 'Shout!'s annual training camp issue will be out on newstands July 14. Here's an article on the players' camp itinerary. The issue also includes defensive unit overviews and a complete analysis of how the Bills will use their tight ends and wide receivers. Call 1-800-932-4557 to get your copy.'

Marker Bills on the clock with top draft picks [9:06 AM]
Buffalo News reports: '"The Bills have a good reputation of treating their players fairly," [Flowers' agent Eric] Metz said. "We're making progress with Erik, and I'm sure we'll be able to get a deal done by next week."'

July 13, 2000

Marker AFC East hot spots [8:34 PM]
CNN/SI reports: 'Buffalo has 21 victories and a pair of playoff berths in Phillips' first two seasons, and he's already lasted longer than he did in Denver. But with the divisions's toughest schedule and a younger team than Bills fans have grown used to, a third trip to the first round is anything but assured.'

Marker Keough drives Fisher's growth [6:25 AM]
D and C reports: 'When [Katherine] Keough [president of St. John Fisher College] presented the idea of hosting the team's training camp to her board of trustees, some members rolled their eyes. But heads began to nod "yes" when she sold it as "an academic partnership," providing Fisher students with hands-on learning opportunities in areas from marketing to food service.'

July 12, 2000

Marker PFW: "The Way We Hear It" [9:38 PM]
Pro Football Weekly reports: Unless the two sides can agree on a long-term extension — which seems unlikely because of the salary cap — Bills WR Eric Moulds will become an unrestricted free agent following the 2000 season. Moulds’ agent, Harry Henderson, told PFW that he has talked with the Bills a few times this year but that "they weren’t in the range of money we expect to get for Eric."

Marker Sporting News Buffalo Bills Report [5:06 PM]
The Sporting News reports: Comments on Wiley, Flowers, and some good info on Buffalo's NFL Europe signings.

Marker Buffalo Bills Survivor: Round 10 is complete! [9:19 AM]
TBD reports: 'The 10th castaway has been voted off Buffalo Bills Island. This former OG was the vocal leader of the group known as "the Electric Company", the line that paved the way for OJ Simpson's magical 2000 yard season in 1973.'

July 11, 2000

Marker Bills sign fourth-round pick [8:56 AM]
AP reports: "Fourth-round selection Avion Black of Tennessee State became the fourth of the eight 2000 Buffalo Bills draft picks to sign with the team. A wide receiver who caught 47 passes for 893 yards last season for the Tigers, Black will contend for kickoff return duties with Buffalo."

Marker You Make the Call (#6) [6:44 AM]
TBD reports: "You Make the Call" is a presentation of both real and imagined NFL scenarios, where we invite you to "make the call" based upon the Official Rules for the NFL for 1999. Good luck, because you'll need it.

July 10, 2000

Marker Bills' Wiley has back surgery [1:30 PM]
AP reports: 'Buffalo Bills defensive end Marcellus Wiley, considered Bruce Smith's successor on the right side, will miss all of training camp while he recovers from back surgery. Doctors repaired a bulging disc in his lower back last weekend, and he will be sidelined four to six weeks. Wiley hurt his back while working out on his own two weeks ago. He was expected to be released from hospital Monday and begin rehabilitation next week.'

Marker Buffalo Bills Survivor: Round 8 is complete! [10:23 AM]
Shout! reports: 'The 8th castaway has been voted off Buffalo Bills Island. This former Bill was a steady player who showed up to play every week. His career spanned 7 years with the Bills and 3 more with the Denver Broncos.'

Marker Raw notes: Peerless Price [10:19 AM]
Shout! reports: 'These are quotes from off-season conversations with Peerless Price. They don't include Mike Doser's questions, rather, it is just pure, uninterrupted comment from Price about his off-season and preparing for his second year with the team.'

Marker Bills take sponsors to camp [9:50 AM]
Business First of Buffalo reports: 'The novelty of training camp in Fredonia had long worn off and attendance there waned in recent years. Estimated figures say about 10,000 spectators watched the team during the course of the approximately three-week training camp period. The Bills are optimistic that 10 or 15 times that number will sample training camp this summer.'

Marker Wegmans aims to cash in with Bills [9:47 AM]
D and C reports: 'Those interests already are being boosted: The Wegmans-Bills pairing has attracted attention across the NFL. While almost every NFL team has some sort of relationship with a local supermarket, said Chris Widmaire, a league spokesman, the Bills-Wegmans matchup is "unique to the entire NFL." "When we have league meetings and the Bills make presentations about their relationship with Wegmans," said Widmaire, "people are blown away by the breadth and depth of it."'

Marker Surgery for Wiley [6:42 AM]
Shout! reports: 'Starting right end Marcellus Wiley will undergo surgery today [Saturday] to correct a bulging disk in his lower back and will be sidelined between four to six weeks, according to media reports. It comes as a shock because Wiley showed no signs of problems in any of the mini-camps.'

July 9, 2000

Marker Sudden impact [11:52 PM]
AP reports: 'The Buffalo Bills defensive lineman is one of the most generous players in a league that seems to get more attention nowadays for the ones who commit crimes. With his own charitable foundation he established in 1998, Washington has made it his mission to give. He hands out thousands of pairs of shoes annually, plays Santa every Christmas to donate toys, and offers advice and hope to all. He also has organized a football camp for hundreds of children at the Marine Corps Air-Ground Combat Center near Twentynine Palms, Calif., in the Mojave Desert.'

Marker Bills score New York jets [8:56 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'The Bills recently signed a sponsorship deal with JetBlue Airways, a new airline based at New York's Kennedy Airport. The Bills will promote the airline on an electronic billboard in the east end zone and other stadium signs. JetBlue executives are already salivating at the prospect of flying throngs of Bills and New York Jets fans between Buffalo and New York when the teams meet during the upcoming season.'

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