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Buffalo Bills News - June 8, 2002

Marker Bills New Uniforms: Photo Gallery Part II [7:18 PM] reports: Mike Williams, Eric Moulds, Ruben Brown, Buffalo Jills, etc...

Marker Donahoe says uniform changes were in pipeline before him [4:54 PM] reports: NOTE: interview is sound only.
Tom Donahoe says they wanted uniform to be evolutionary not revolutionary and some of the original designs were more 'Stars Wars' like. Wilson appears to have been a balance and kept some of the more radical changes out of uniforms.

Marker Bills New Uniforms [2:32 PM] reports: The hype is over and now you see what they are hyping. The new Bills jerseys have been modernized in the Tennessee Titans and Denver Broncos type of style as previously leaked by game maker. Logo has not changed on Helmet.

Marker Fina retires from football with class and dignity [12:28 PM]
Arizona Daily Star reports: 'He became a proponent of Buffalo's new modern art museum. He even got a job in a downtown restaurant, working at the bar, so he could mesh better with the community. His intellect separated him from the violence of the game. "I hope the next phase of my life will be as enriching as the last 10 years have been for me in Buffalo," says Fina, whose immediate plan is to go into business with his brother, David, a Tucson commercial builder. Ironic article is written by an author named "Hansen" since Hansen retired during the offseason after playing 10 years with him.'

Marker New Bills Merchandise Available Starting Today [10:55 AM] reports: The only way fans will be able to get their hands on it in the first three days will be through the team’s official distribution outlets, which will have the largest selection in the area. This will be the first opportunity to purchase officially licensed Bills jerseys in the new style, both authentic and replica. Also available for the first time will be exclusive Drew Bledsoe merchandise, the team’s new on-field player hat, and other special-edition items.

Marker New Bills jerseys greet a new era [9:17 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'The Bills ranked sixth in the NFL in merchandise sales in 1991 and '92, at the height of their Super Bowl era. They rank 23rd among 32 teams for the first half of this year, according to Sports Trend Info, a Florida-based trade publication that tracks sports marketing sales.'

Marker Fox Sports Net's new groove leaves Levy behind [9:16 AM]
Buffalo News reports: '"Just because you're not 18 through 34 doesn't mean you can't appeal to 18 through 34 viewers," Levy said.'

Marker 1,500 tickets left for uniform day with the Bills [5:33 AM]
D and C reports: 'The remaining tickets -- free, but limited to four per person -- will be available at the stadium box office at 11 a.m.'

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June 7, 2002

Marker Fina, Huntley and new uniforms [10:36 PM]
Olean Times Herald reports: And, given his salary, Fina's June 1 exit was assured. But in many ways he was maligned. Extraordinarily bright and a bit eccentric, Fina was hardly a media favorite, usually irascible and infrequently accommodating. However, one reason his salary was a current burden to the Bills was that he willingly renegotiated his contract to help make cap room when Buffalo re-signed guard Ruben Brown, his best friend on the squad. And while Fina struggled last year, it should also be remembered he took one for the team.'

Marker Signing Huntley means Bryson will probably go [5:18 PM]
The Sporting News reports: Donahoe insists the Bills are shopping Bryson, a third-year pro, but there aren't enough carries to go around with Henry, Huntley, Bryson, Morris and NFL Europe star Curtis Alexander all fighting for playing time in training camp. It will be no surprise if Bryson is eventually dealt.

Marker Mike Doser: Q&A with Ostroski [5:15 PM]
Shout! reports: Ostroski has become the leader on the field tutoring young players such as Marques Sullivan and Mike Williams, suggesting ways they can improve or do things easier.

Marker Bills Break Camp For Weekend [3:34 PM] reports: Overall, head coach Gregg Williams said "it's been a good week." Williams on Uniforms: "I think it's going to be a great event. I think the fans are going to have a lot of fun with seeing the uniforms and seeing the organization and the things that are going to take place, tomorrow."

Marker Buffalo Bills "Adopt" 10 Special Olympics Athletes For Summer Games [11:54 AM] reports: Members of the Buffalo Bills will meet with their "adopted" Special Olympics athletes at a special gathering on Monday, June 10, at Ralph Wilson Stadium.

Marker Also Gets New Look In Time For Uniform Unveiling [9:40 AM] reports: will reveal its new look simultaneously with the unveiling of the Bills new uniform tomorrow. The site will offer the same exclusive coverage and functionality but with a fresh, sleek look reorganized to allow users to navigate more efficiently.

Marker Bledsoe On The Sporting News Cover [9:40 AM] reports: The Bills are highlighted in this weeks issue of The Sporting News, with quarterback Drew Bledsoe appearing on the cover. The article inside, titled "Mr. Bill", discusses the excitement surrounding Bledsoe's arrival in Buffalo.

Marker Swing band to play at Bills' unveiling [9:20 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'Big Bad Voodoo Daddy performed during halftime of Super Bowl XXXIII and has performed at halftime of the Orange Bowl college football game. Their self-titled 1999 album was nominated for a Grammy.'

Marker Interview/Uniform Unveiling Information [8:42 AM]
ESN reports: The unveiling is NOT an all-weather event. In the case of inclement weather, a decision will be made in the morning as to whether to proceed with or cancel the outdoor event. If it is canceled, an indoor unveiling event will be held for the media only.

Marker Going old may land younger Bills fans [5:22 AM]
D and C reports: 'Their logo has remained basically the same since 1974, a charging buffalo that replaced one that stood still. In a nutshell, it's time.'

Marker Moulds case pending [5:20 AM]
D and C reports: 'Moulds and his attorneys were scheduled to talk with league representatives about the players' endorsement of an all-natural protein supplement for a company that makes products that are banned by the NFL. The league's blanket steroid policy prohibits such arrangements.'

June 6, 2002

Marker Breaking Down Bledsoe [11:25 PM]
TSN reports: "One of the few quarterbacks who can single-handedly beat you with his arm, but also one of the few who can't buy a lot of second-chance opportunities with his feet."

Marker Mr. Bill: Part II [11:24 PM]
TSN reports: 'Bledsoe's audition for the Bills began, unbeknownst to him, when the Patriots visited Buffalo last December 16.'

Marker Mr. Bill: Part III [11:23 PM]
TSN reports: '"Leadership seems to come naturally to him, and that's been lacking here. If you are the quarterback, you need to be the boss."'

Marker Riemersma still not sure of status with Bills [9:28 PM]
AP reports: 'The Bills have reportedly offered a four-year deal in exchange for Riemersma taking a $900,000 paycut this season. The Bills also want Riemersma to accept a two-tiered bonus. That offer was unacceptable to Riemersma, a six-year veteran, and one of the team's most dependable receivers.'

Marker Lary Bump: The Huntley-Henry Report [9:20 PM]
Shout! reports: Huntley, the newest Bill, participated in his first practices and said, "It was not too bad. I was understanding some things because I had this kind of offense in Pittsburgh before. I'll have to learn the terminology. "I'm here," he said, "because I felt the team wanted me here. I'll play anywhere they want to put me. I want to get them back to where they were before as one of the NFL's best teams."

Marker Running backs waiting to shine [5:52 PM]
NFL Europe reports: Frankfurt's Curtis Alexander has a shot at NFL glory with Buffalo.

Marker Bledsoe is the new Mr. Bill in Buffalo [5:39 PM]
The Sporting News reports: "I believe Drew Bledsoe is going to do wonders for me and for this football team," Moulds says. "He's got a presence about him. He's a take-charge guy. At times, when I'm in the huddle, I feel like I did when I was a rookie and Jim Kelly was the guy. After all this time, we've found a leader. Drew makes us legit."

Marker Unveiling Tickets Nearly Gone [5:16 PM] reports: The Bills today announced that all tickets available at Tops Friendly Markets for Saturday’s uniform unveiling event have been distributed. To meet demand, the team will make an additional 1,500 tickets available to the general public at the Ralph Wilson Stadium box office starting tomorrow at 11:00 AM.

Marker Huntley Practices With Bills [3:48 PM] reports: Running back Richard Huntley didn't waste anytime getting to work with his new team. Two days after agreeing to terms with the Bills, Huntley took the practice field with his new teammates on Thursday.

Marker Uniform Special: Designs On The League [12:57 PM] reports: At first, changing uniforms may seem as simple as ditching your old jerseys and creating colorful new ones. At one time, it was that easy. Not anymore -

Marker Summer strategies [11:22 AM]
WGRZ-TV reports: 'Just what is it about Shawn Bryson that makes you drool at times, and wonder what he’s thinking at other times? He’s got size, great speed, fair hands as a pass receiver, and he’s improving at picking up blitzes. As I see it, Donahoe and Gregg Williams aren’t convinced Bryson is a guy they can win with. He’s not an instinctive runner, often missing holes and running poor pass routes.'

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