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Buffalo Bills News - October 13, 2002

Marker Buffalo 31, Houston 24 [4:45 PM]
Sportsticker reports: 'Maybe the Buffalo Bills should just skip the first three quarters.'

Marker O'Shei's Three Keys to the Game [12:36 PM] reports: 1. Pick the Pot The Buffalo Bills defense needs an interception. Badly. Everyone is talking about it. Everyone admits it. Everyone is even willing to put money on it. The Bills’ defensive players each contributed cash to a $1,500 pot that will be awarded to whoever gets the first interception.

Marker Texans look for second win [10:55 AM]
Galveston Daily News reports: 'Despite Drew Bledsoe’s offensive heroics, the Bills haven’t allowed fewer than 27 points in a game this season. “That would be fun,” said Houston quarterback David Carr of a potential shootout against Buffalo. “I would welcome that. I’m used to scoring a lot of points, especially the last couple of years at Fresno State. I like those kinds of games."'

Marker Bills remember lesson in Texans' history [9:31 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'With the Texans coming off a bye week, the Bills expect to face a rejuvenated, improved and hungry team.'

Marker Will the real money players for Bills' defense please stand up? [9:30 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'Fans are tired of hearing about youth and communication breakdowns and linebackers funneling the action to the middle of the field. It's time for someone to make a big play.'

Marker This Carr has no warranty [9:29 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'The former Fresno State University star will take the field against the Bills as the lowest-rated starting quarterback in the NFL.'

Marker When the Bills run [9:28 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'With a trip to Miami looming, the Bills can't afford a letdown. Bledsoe has another big day in a 27-16 victory.'

Marker Key matchup [9:28 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'Pitts has the size (6-4, 320) to overpower the 6-4, 265-pound Schobel in the running game. But Schobel has the speed and athleticism to take advantage of Pitts' limited quickness and lateral movement in pass-rushing situations.'

Marker Hunter's help [9:27 AM]
Buffalo News reports: '"My goal for Hunter each day," Waggoner said, "is giving him the best quality of life he can have and thanking God each morning that he is here again today."'

Marker Bills can't take Texans for granted [5:38 AM]
D and C reports: '“We don’t have a winning record right now and we have an opportunity to get to 3-3. We have to go out there and take it because I’m sure they’re going to be up for the game, they’re not going to come out and lay down for us.”'

Marker Q&A with Coy Wire [5:38 AM]
D and C reports: '’’The coaches say the perfect tackle is any that gets an opponent on the ground, but I feel you can really express your emotions in a tackle. This game is all about spirit and the best way to win is to crush the other team’s spirit. You do that by crushing their body first.’’'

Marker Answer Man offers insight on pressing questions of fall [5:37 AM]
D and C reports: '[Q:] Do you still project only a 6-10 record for the Bills? [A:] Yes, but an entertaining and completely satisfying 6-10.'

Marker Bills don’t see Texans game as a gimme [5:35 AM]
Olean Times Herald reports: '“Every game they’ve played, they’ve moved the ball up and down the field,” he said. “Drew Bledsoe back there gives them a guy who can throw the ball any place on the field. They have a very talented receiving corps and it’s produced tremendous results for them.”'

Marker Cannon for an arm not No. 1 strength for QB [5:34 AM]
Houston Chronicle reports: 'For instance, Bledsoe might be more inclined to try to fit a ball into tight coverage than a quarterback with lesser arm strength such as Tom Brady, the man who took Bledsoe's job in New England. Sometimes, the result is an interception instead of a sack or an incomplete pass. Other times, the result is a big play that few quarterbacks could have made.'

Marker Texans' expectations on rise [5:33 AM]
Houston Chronicle reports: 'For example, we have every right to ask the offense to move the football with a modicum of efficiency and consistency against the Bills at Reliant Stadium this afternoon. It should be able to score touchdowns (plural) and accumulate an acceptable sum of total yards because Buffalo has yet to surrender fewer than 27 points in any of its five games while being burned for more than 40 twice.'

Marker Rested Texans await Bills [5:32 AM]
San Antonio Express News reports: 'Still, when Houston (1-3) plays host to the Buffalo Bills (2-3) at noon today in Reliant Stadium, the Texans believe they have a good shot at tying the mark for the fastest expansion team to two wins.'

Marker Recharged Bledsoe Could Teach Jets a Few Things [5:32 AM]
New York Newsday reports: 'Buffalo, just 3-13 last season, could match that win total today with 10 games to go. Loath as he is to take the credit, Bledsoe has allowed, "It's nice to be wanted." Again.'

Marker Bledsoe faces Texans and former teacher Palmer [5:31 AM]
AP reports: '"It's fun personally to work with a guy who thinks he has something to prove," Bills coach Gregg Williams said. "He's on a mission. He wants to make sure everyone understands he's not done playing this game and he can play at a high level for quite a while."'

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October 12, 2002

Marker Cicci teams with Hall of Famer Kelly [8:25 PM]
Corning Leader reports: 'They have the shop, but no driver, sponsors, crew chief or manufacturer was announced Friday. However, Kelly did say the Hunter's Hope Foundation he and his wife Jill created for their son, Hunter Kelly, who was born with Krabbe's disease will be a prominent part of the team. "With the support of the Busch Series and Frank Cicci Racing, Hunter's Hope will reach more people than ever before," Kelly said. "Our goal is to increase public awareness of the foundation and ultimately to raise funds to support research efforts to find a cure for Krabbe and other leukodystrophies."'

Marker Riemersma playing waiting game [9:19 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'He's making $2.5 million after refusing a pay cut, which was what the Bills proposed when they asked him to restructure his contract. His deal calls for him to make $3.5 million next season, but there's a better chance he'll be released.'

Marker Bledsoe knows all about Carr's rough ride [6:15 AM]
D and C reports: '“As a matter of fact I starred in his Nike commercial for three or four years based on that game,” Bledsoe said with a laugh, recalling the ad that featured Smith’s wipeout of Bledsoe.'

Marker Capers tries to write an expansion success story - again [6:14 AM]
Olean Times Herald reports: 'Long before Gregg Williams had his storied interview with Tom Donahoe. Even preceding Marvin Lewis and John Fox being rumored as the leading candidates for the Buffalo Bills’ head coaching job, there was Dom Capers.'

Marker With Bledsoe at helm, Bills' receivers flex considerable muscle [6:13 AM]
Houston Chronicle reports: '"In my mind, Eric and Peerless are playing as well as any receivers in the league," Bledsoe said this week during a break in preparation for Sunday's game against the Texans. "Teams are starting to focus on trying to shut them down, but they're still catching the ball and making plays. "I have supreme confidence in those two guys right now. I'll take some chances throwing the ball to them that I wouldn't take if they were other guys."'

Marker Posey a steal at LB [6:12 AM]
Houston Chronicle reports: 'Utilizing anaconda-like strength with the quick-strike ability of a cobra, Posey has charmed his way to a team-high 3 1/2 sacks -- half a sack more than his total for the first four years of his career.'

Marker Texans summary [6:11 AM]
Houston Chronicle reports: 'Texans coach Dom Capers and Bills coach Gregg Williams share a common bond as head coaches who were defensive coordinators, so Capers can sympathize with Williams, whose Bills have the 26th-ranked defense in the league, and have allowed an average of 36 points per game, the highest total in the NFL.'

Marker Forming a new team [6:10 AM]
Raleigh News and Observer reports: 'Kelly's role is less about racing and more about profits. His monetary contribution was not revealed, but Cicci said the retired Buffalo Bills quarterback would try to attract sponsors and use his contacts to help market the team.'

October 11, 2002

Marker Jim Kelly becomes owner in Busch series [8:32 PM]
Business First of Buffalo reports: 'Kelly is teaming up Frank Cicci to form a team in the Busch Series. The team will be known as Frank Cicci Racing.'

Marker Jim Kelly gets into racing [8:31 PM]
AP reports: 'Kelly said being involved in the Busch team will also give him another platform from which to generate support for the Hunter's Hope Foundation, established by Kelly and his wife, Jill, in honor of their 5-year-old son, Hunter, diagnosed shortly after birth with Krabbe Disease.'

Marker Len Pasquarelli's Tip Sheet [5:23 PM]
ESPN reports: It looks like the Buffalo Bills are prepared to part with defensive tackle Tyrone Robertson and will seek to recoup a prorated share of his signing bonus and, after perhaps keeping him around for a week following the end of his suspension, waive him.

Marker College Rivalry: Tennessee Volunteers (Trey Teague) at Georgia Bulldogs (Jonas Jennings) [4:40 PM] reports: Jennings: "That's a no brainer. Georgia! Last two years we've beat Tennessee. We're going to keep it going. I'm definitely going to follow the game. We're looking to beat them by three touchdowns. If you talk to my Georgia boys tell them I said go out there and play ball."

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