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Buffalo Bills News - February 3, 2004

Marker Bills Hire Szabo To Coach Secondary [2:00 PM] reports: 'Szabo (pronounced ZAY-bo) spent this past season as a volunteer assistant coach with the New England Patriots. Prior to that he coached linebackers with the Jacksonville Jaguars from 1994-02 under Tom Coughlin and in 2004 he will be entering his 35th season in coaching.'

Marker Dodge Celebrity benefits United Way [11:10 AM]
Golden Gate Gazette reports: 'This inaugural celebrity golf tournament is a fundraising event to benefit the Hunter's Hope Foundation, a non-profit organization established in 1997 by Hall of Fame quarterback of the Buffalo Bills, Jim Kelly and his wife Jill after their son Hunter was diagnosed with Krabbe Leukodystrophy. Kelly and several former and current Buffalo Bills players as well as other professional athletes, including Dan Marino, Bruce Smith and Bernie Kosar, will make their way to Southwest Florida to participate.'

Marker Bills Web site ranked fourth among pro teams [8:54 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'This is the second time Sports Business Journal and UMass have undertaken this review. In 2002, also was ranked fourth overall.'

Marker Wyche, Henson interest the Bills [5:20 AM]
Rochester D&C reports: 'The Bills are committed to veteran Drew Bledsoe at least through 2004, but president and general manager Tom Donahoe reiterated on Monday that the team is doing some long-range planning at the position.'

Marker Bledsoe needs wins for his ticket to Hall [5:19 AM]
Rochester D&C reports: 'It must have been difficult for Bledsoe to watch his former team win two of the last three Super Bowls, but the new coaching regime of the Buffalo Bills can only hope that the pass-happy QB will buy into the predominantly running attack the team is expected to emphasize in 2004.'

Marker Bledsoe's RV on eBay [5:18 AM]
Rochester D&C reports: 'Meyers RV Superstores is auctioning off Buffalo Bills quarterback Drew Bledsoe’s Winnebago Ultimate Freedom motorhome on eBay through Saturday until 4:55 p.m.'

Marker Drew Bledsoe's Winnebago Ultimate 40ED [5:17 AM] reports: 'Has never been registered, the title is brand new!'

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February 2, 2004

Marker Bills consider Wyche as QB coach [4:34 PM]
AP reports: 'Wyche interviewed for the job with new Bills coach Mike Mularkey last week, a team spokesman said on Monday. Mularkey is also seeking a defensive backs coach to round out his staff.'

Marker Bills Website Ranks Among the Best In Sports [1:02 PM] reports: 'In a recent study conducted by Street & Smith’s SportsBusiness Journal and the University of Massachusetts Graduate Sports Communications program, ranked fourth out of 131 professional sports team web sites.'

February 1, 2004

Marker Despite recent trends, elite QBs still matter [9:12 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'Look for the Buffalo Bills to investigate the possibility of acquiring the rights to Drew Henson, the former University of Michigan quarterback who has struggled in the New York Yankees' minor-league chain.'

Marker Bills' Super defeats ‘never go away' [5:20 AM]
Rochester D&C reports: '“You think about what might have been, had we won, not just one of the games, but all four,” Talley says. “I’m greedy. I wanted to win them all, but gee, if it was just one, how kind would history be? We have a number of guys who will go to Canton and a number of us will be sitting on the fence, not knowing and wondering.”'

Marker Hansen: Waiting two weeks is a factor [5:19 AM]
Fargo Forum reports: 'The Bills, of course, lost all three Super Bowls in which Hansen played. So when asked for his analysis of today’s game, Hansen offered his opinions before adding -- humorously -- “However … since we lost all the games I played in, what do I know?” In Hansen’s three Super Bowls, the Bills had both one-week and two-week breaks before the games. So he is confident Patriots and Panthers players will have had their fill after two weeks of pre-Super Bowl pomp and circumstance. “Everybody wants a piece of you,” Hansen said.'

Marker Milloy is still a fan [5:18 AM]
Nashua Telegraph reports: '“This is their show,” Milloy said of his former teammates. “I’m here to support them. Hey, you know? I don’t even talk about the game. A lot of them know what to do, a lot of them have already been there. Just like any fan or any family (member), I try not to bother them. It should be business. There’s plenty of time to talk after this game. . . . That’s one thing you the media don’t see, are the friendships. I have a lot of friends over there and I support them.”'

January 31, 2004

Marker Milloy from sidelines: No regrets [9:23 AM]
Metro West Daily News reports: 'In terms of wins and losses, Milloy got the short shrift. His new team, the Buffalo Bills, finished 6-10 and fired their head coach. Meanwhile, the Patriots went 14-2, allowed the fewest points in the league, and are in their second Super Bowl in three years. But Milloy got what he wanted, a lucrative four-year, $10 million deal in which $6.75 million was earned in 2003. He would have been paid $3 million in New England.'

Marker Milloy visits old pals [9:21 AM]
Boston Herald reports: 'Milloy, who remains very close friends with Ty Law [news] and Tom Brady [news], said he plans to support his former teammates but hasn't bothered to talk football with them. ``You know what, I don't even talk about the game,'' he said. ``I think they know what to do. A lot of them have already been there. Just like any fan or any family, I try not to bother them. It should be business. There's plenty of time to talk after this game. I'm here to support them. This is their show.'''

Marker Milloy here, then gone, but not forgotten [5:16 AM]
Palm Beach Post reports: 'Milloy won't be wearing a Patriots jersey Sunday because the team believed he wasn't worth a $5.25 million salary and he wasn't willing to take a significant cut. "Two days before the Super Bowl, I'd make the same decision," Milloy said. "The bottom line is, at that point, (the Patriots) weren't about winning championships. It's easy now to say that, because they're doing well. But I made the right decision. Now that they have more wins the story is different. But that was a business decision."'

Marker Milloy stops by, says he’ll be rooting for Pats [5:15 AM]
Woonsocket Call reports: '"We lost a lot of close games, where New England won the close games," he said. "That's the difference in this league. So you have to know how to win those close games and that's what we didn't do last year. I've talked to Drew after the end of the season and our focus is on next year. Last year was very unusual for him and for me. It just didn't work out."'

January 30, 2004

Marker Nice rebound for Pats [8:59 PM]
Toronto Sun reports: 'Bills linebacker Takeo Spikes just shook his head at the memory yesterday, amazed at how good his team looked and how putrid the Patriots appeared. "It's nice to be (at the Super Bowl) but not under these circumstances," said Spikes, in town for the Super Bowl festivities. "I mean we beat those guys badly."'

Marker Levy To Serve As Honorary Pro Bowl Coach [4:37 PM] reports: '"I am looking forward to going back to the sidelines very much. It is an honorary coaching position and I am looking forward to working with the Indianapolis Colts staff. Their offense is very similar to what we ran when I was in Buffalo and I have a lot of respect for their coaching staff. It will be wonderful to be on the field again with all of the great players. It is going to be nice weather in Hawaii and I am looking forward to being there."'

Marker Bledsoe assesses 'frustrating' season [4:36 PM]
Portland Tribune reports: '"Frustrating," he says. "The style of offense we were forced to play was dramatically different than a year ago. We were set up personnelwise to play a lot more conservative style, but at times we tried to play the same style as last year. We just didn't have the personnel for it."'

Marker Spikes Excited About First Pro Bowl Trip [3:59 PM] reports: '"I am happy that Coach Gray is staying because stability has always been very important to me. I always wanted to feel comfortable with the people and the system that they have in place, and right now in Buffalo I feel comfortable. We don't have to learn a new system this year, we can just let our athletic ability take over without even thinking about the system. I felt like from week eight through 16, our defense really picked it up and played to its ability, so I am excited that everyone is still in tact and that we still have the chemistry that we had last year. Now we are catching on."'

Marker Ask Kick Returner Antonio Brown [3:58 PM] reports: 'Here's your chance to ask Brown a question!'

Marker Buffalo Bills Sign Shafer to NFL Europe [1:28 PM] reports: 'Shafer was Syracuse’s starting punter for four years, 1999-2002. He is the school’s all-time leader with 249 career punts and 10,073 career punting yards, and he ranks fourth on the yards per punt list (40.5 ypp).'

Marker Shula, Levy honorary Pro Bowl coaches [12:38 PM] reports: "I've been working day and night on the game plan," Levy said during a press conference at the Super Bowl media center in Houston. Levy also joked that the last time he coached in the Pro Bowl it was against Knute Rockne. On a serious note, Levy and Shula expressed excitement at the idea of getting to work with some of the top players in the NFL today.

Marker Bills sign quarterback among five free agents [8:58 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'Zolman was a four-year starter at Vanderbilt, finishing with a school-record 596 completions for 7,981 yards. He was signed by Indianapolis as an undrafted rookie in 2002 but failed to make the team, and he finished the year as a member of Green Bay's practice squad.'

Marker Centers cherishing Super Bowl moments [8:57 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'Spikes will be richly rewarded for his trip to Hawaii. His contract with the Bills included a Pro Bowl roster bonus believed to be about $500,000.'

Marker Pataki seeks surcharge on sports tickets [8:56 AM]
Buffalo News reports: '"Ticket prices, particularly here in Buffalo, are already sky high, and adding another tax to it would be too much," said Tim Kane, president of the Monday Quarterback Club, a Buffalo Bills support group. "Any additional increases in price, and people just might not go."'

Marker Fine imposed in case linked to former Bill [8:55 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'A Sloan man involved in drug activity with former Buffalo Bills lineman Jerry Crafts has been fined $2,000 and ordered to perform 200 hours of community service.'

Marker Law, Patriots Remain Friendly With Milloy [5:20 AM]
Washington Post reports: '"I talk to Lawyer every week,'' Law said. "He's one of my best friends. . . . I still don't say we're a better team without Lawyer Milloy. That would be ignorant to say. He's one of the best safeties in the league. We still miss him. But at the same time, we're a good football team. That goes to show you, no one man wins a championship.'''

Marker Belichick makes Super case for cutting Lawyer [5:19 AM]
New York Daily News reports: 'While the Milloy situation was depicted as a dispute over money - he refused to take a $1.4 million pay cut on his $4.6 million salary - it actually went beyond dollars and cents. Milloy, a former Pro Bowl player, had become selfish in the eyes of the organization. He demanded his $4.6 million salary even though he knew it would've forced the team to release three or four players to stay under the salary cap. That, the club felt, wasn't very Patriot-like.'

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