Buffalo Bills News - March 27, 2014

Marker Some fond memories of the Bills’ late owner [1:51 AM]
Olean Times Herald reports: 'Indeed, it occurred to me that loyalty, probably Ralph’s most admirable trait, often proved his undoing in the early years.'

Marker Wilson's legacy includes Bills in Buffalo [1:50 AM]
Niagara Gazette reports: 'Now, with Mr. Wilson gone, it’s time for all the stakeholders to pay a fitting tribute to his legacy. State and county leaders, the NFL, the Bills front office along with those who will be tasked with overseeing the estate owe it to the late owner to show the same loyalty he did.'

Marker Wilson leaves huge hole in Buffalo sports [1:49 AM]
Wellsville Daily Reporter reports: 'While the lease agreement settled last year keeps the Bills in Orchard Park for at least the next seven years, the prospect of a new owner has to be a scary proposition for fans.'

Marker Wilson – the person – was an admirably rare breed as an owner [1:48 AM]
Corning Leader reports: 'Yet, when the news hit me and as I devoured every bit of media coverage of his passing in the hours after the news broke, it was difficult not to get choked up about Wilson’s legacy as a person, regardless of where his team takes up residence in the future.'

Marker Local fans reflect on Wilson’s Buffalo legacy [1:48 AM]
Finger Lakes Times reports: '“I think Mr. Wilson’s legacy will be even more impressive and more respected as time goes by. People beyond Buffalo don’t realize what he did for the region. It’s folks outside of western New York that don’t realize the impact of his loyalty.”'

Marker In the end, the owner of far more Upstate than just the Buffalo Bills [1:47 AM]
Syracuse Post-Standard reports: 'In the end, all things measured, Wilson did the one thing that really matters in an Upstate region that has lost so much. He stayed.'

Marker Bills to stay in Buffalo until at least 2020 [1:46 AM]
Toronto Sun reports: 'In an interview Wednesday morning at the conclusion of the NFL annual meeting, the prominent sports-franchise consultant said that whoever should buy the Bills in the wake of Ralph Wilson’s death on Tuesday cannot relocate the team from Western New York at any time over the remaining nine years of their lease agreement, which expires after the 2022 season.'

Marker Toronto’s quest for NFL team strewn with obstacles [1:45 AM]
Toronto Globe & Mail reports: 'In addition to the Bills’ 10-year stadium lease, which was signed last year and brought with it $130-million from the state and Erie County for renovations to Ralph Wilson Stadium, there are many other obstacles the Rogers family, which owns Rogers Communications Inc., and Maple Leaf Sports and Entertainment Ltd. chairman Larry Tanenbaum face in their campaign to bring an NFL team to Toronto.'

Marker Ralph Wilson’s passing means chase for Bills franchise will soon commence [1:44 AM]
National Post reports: 'And then comes the question of whether you can pay nearly a billion dollars for a team in the 49th-biggest market in America with a 40-year-old stadium and the second-cheapest tickets in the NFL — they cost an average of US$58 in 2013, with the league average at US$209, according to CNN. Buffalo loves its Bills, and deserves them. But it would be hard to pay off that mortgage there.'

Marker Good Night, Ralph... [1:43 AM]
Artvoice reports: 'That the Bills will eventually go to the highest bidder has never really been in question, given Wilson’s refusal to discuss selling while he was alive. The question, today as it was a week ago and two decades ago, is who might buy them?'

Marker Jim Kelly's battle with cancer adds to anguish for Buffalo Bills [1:42 AM]
Los Angeles Times reports: '"This is a hard time for the Bills family," said Bill Polian, former team president, his eyes welling. "The good part about it is it's a big family. We'll mourn Ralph's loss, and we'll pray for Jim. But there's a lot of people doing that."'

Marker Despite Ralph Wilson's death, Bills not leaving Buffalo in near future [1:41 AM]
USA Today reports: '"Our priority right now is to focus on the people at One Bills Drive and to focus on (Wilson). All of that will come at a later time," Bills president Russ Brandon told USA TODAY Sports on Wednesday.'

Marker R.I.P. Ralph Wilson [1:40 AM]
SI reports: 'In 1996, angry that Art Modell was abandoning Cleveland, Wilson was one of two owners to vote against the move of the Browns to Baltimore. He never voted in favor of a franchise relocation. He said owning a sports team isn’t like owning a car dealership. If the car dealership founders, it can be closed and consumers will find another place to purchase cars. But an NFL team—that’s a public trust.'

Marker Jim Kelly’s toughest game: Fighting oral cancer [1:39 AM]
Fox News reports: 'Oral cancers are any cancers occurring in the oral cavity, which starts in your throat and extends all the way to your lips. The sad part about this disease is that oral cancers are typically not identified early, which severely reduces survival rates.'

Marker Bills staying put for now following Wilson's death [1:38 AM]
AP reports: '"Anyone expecting to see the Los Angeles Bills is sorely mistaken," SportsCorp President Marc Ganis told The Associated Press. "They can't move even if they wanted to. It would go against the ironclad agreement done with Ralph's blessing."'

Marker Bills, Steelers ask NFL to approve joint practices [1:37 AM]
AP reports: 'The Steelers would host the Bills this summer at Saint Vincent College in Latrobe, Pa., then would visit the Bills' camp at St. John Fisher College outside Rochester, N.Y. in 2015. The Steelers held joint training camp practices with the Washington Redskins in the 1980s and 1990s.'

Marker No surgery for former Bills QB Kelly for cancer [1:36 AM]
AP reports: 'She says doctors believe chemotherapy and radiation are the best option given the cancer's complexity and aggressive nature.'

Marker Bills fans to hold tailgate party in owner's honor [1:35 AM]
AP reports: 'The event will start at 1 p.m. Sunday. Parking will cost $10, with all proceeds to be donated to the Hunter's Hope Foundation. The foundation is named for the late Hunter Kelly, son of former Bills quarterback and Hall of Famer Jim Kelly.'

Marker Jim Kelly will not have surgery, wife says [1:34 AM]
The Sports Network reports: '"The cancer is in areas that surgery cannot successfully eradicate. Therefore, the medical specialists here in (New York City) along with our Buffalo team believe that chemotherapy and radiation are the best option."'

Marker Bills, Steelers agree to hold joint practices [1:33 AM]
The Sports Xchange reports: '"We are looking for certain things and things that Coach (Mike) Tomlin and the Pittsburgh Steelers bring to the table that would help us. I think there are things we can do that help them prepare for the season. We've talked about the schedule of what we're going to do, when we practice together. I think it could be a very good working relationship for both teams."'

Marker Former Bills QB Kelly's cancer surgery canceled [1:32 AM]
The Sports Xchange reports: '"If you've dealt with cancer you know that you never really know for sure what each moment will hold," Jill Kelly wrote. "But..Praise God. We are held in the Strong Mighty hands of an Unchanging God. Thank you for your continued prayer support."'

Marker Update: Surgery canceled for Jim Kelly [1:31 AM]
WGR-AM reports: '"At this point, Jim will not be having surgery. The cancer is in areas that surgery cannot successfully eradicate. Therefore, the medical specialists here in NYC along with our Buffalo team believe that chemotherapy and radiation are the best option."'

Marker Today's not a day for hockey [1:30 AM]
WGR-AM reports: 'For me, I think Ralph Wilson made the Pro Football Hall of Fame in the first five years he owned the team. Not only did he help start the AFL, he gave money to the Raiders to stay afloat and helped make the league what it became through the 60’s.'

Marker The Buffalo Bills are not about winning and losing today [1:29 AM]
WGR-AM reports: 'This is why I sometimes get emotional talking about the Bills. Their existence is more than wins and losses, triumph and heartbreak. The Bills are my childhood, a bond with my dad.'

Marker Ralph Wilson's legacy [1:28 AM]
WGR-AM reports: 'Trying to sum up Mr. Wilson's tenure atop the football team isn't easy. He had somewhat of a roller coaster relationship with the fans of his franchise.'

Marker Ralph Wilson loved the community [1:27 AM]
BuffaloBills.com reports: 'A strong believer in hometown projects, Mr. Wilson played an active role in obtaining matching grants from the NFL’s Grassroots program for Buffalo area athletic fields totaling over one million dollars in recent years. He also contributed significant funds for the Ralph C. Wilson, Jr. Athletic Field in Detroit as part of the NFL’s Youth Education Town Legacy gift during Super Bowl XL.'

Marker Bills planning summer practices with Steelers [1:26 AM]
BuffaloBills.com reports: '“We are looking for certain things and things that Coach Tomlin and the Pittsburgh Steelers bring to the table that would help us,” Marrone said. “I think there are things we can do that help them prepare for the season.”'

Marker Bills players committed to cementing Wilson's legacy [1:25 AM]
BuffaloBills.com reports: '“He’s a guy that we were all motivated by, but especially with his passing we want to continue to cement his legacy going into next season,” said Fred Jackson. “That’s something that all the guys here will focus on. We want to honor him and what better way to honor him than to win a lot of football games for him.”'

Marker Doug Whaley, Doug Marrone comment on the passing of Ralph C. Wilson, Jr. [1:24 AM]
BuffaloBills.com reports: 'Mr. Wilson said it best ‘this is a people business’. He cared about everyone – from the security guards to the training staff to the players, coaches and management. We are a family and everybody matters.'

Marker Steelers vs. Bills, at Saint Vincent College [1:23 AM]
Steelers.com reports: 'The Bills and Steelers have agreed to hold joint practice sessions on a home-and-home basis during the 2014 and 2015 training camp periods. The Steelers will host the Bills this summer, with Buffalo serving as the host in 2015.'

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