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Buffalo Bills News - July 9, 2000

Marker Crown doesn't appear a fit for Patriots [7:17 AM]
Boston Globe reports: 'Doug Flutie said recently that he will be back on the field, despite coach Wade Phillips going with Rob Johnson as his No. 1 quarterback. The decision to bench Flutie in the playoffs last year may become Phillips's haunting legacy. Even former Bills great Jim Kelly said that while he considers Phillips a friend, he can't approve of the decision to bench Flutie. Another bad sign for this team, which will be one of the league's youngest, was cutting fullback Sam Gash. The Patriots found out Gash brings an attitude to the offense. The Patriots miss it and the Bills will also. This is also a team void of the great Bruce Smith, who can still be productive. But the Bills have drafted well lately and their young players will be put to the test. The Bills must also replace receiver Andre Reed. At least they have a viable option in Peerless Price.'

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July 8, 2000

Marker Wiley to miss training camp with back surgery [9:01 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'Wiley will be out of action for four to six weeks due to surgery he will have today to repair a bulging disc in his lower back. The fourth-year right defensive end probably will miss all of the team's training camp in Rochester. He is scheduled to be back on the field sometime between Aug. 7 and Aug. 21.'

Marker Ex-top doctor for Bills cited over billings [8:56 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'The former head doctor to the Buffalo Bills has been sanctioned by state health officials for inappropriate billing. Dr. Richard L. Weiss, of Amherst, agreed not to contest the charges against him, including professional misconduct and filing false reports. He also agreed that his license to practice medicine be permanently limited, although Weiss is retired...Weiss, 71, joined the Bills as an associate physician in 1967 and had been their primary team doctor from 1977 to 1995, when his role diminished...State officials could not say whether the billing was related to the Bills or Weiss' other patients.'

July 7, 2000

Marker Returning for another NFL season: Flutie Flakes [9:02 AM]
Buffalo News reports: "Flutie Flakes, which made their 1998 debut in a bright red box, then were switched to a deep blue box in early '99, will hit supermarket shelves in early August in a new red, white and blue box. Melissa Heher, vice president of PLB Sports, the Pittsburgh company that created Flutie's hit breakfast food, said the time was right for Flutie Flakes III."

Marker Bills sign quartet [8:57 AM]
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Marker Bills add four NFL Europe players [6:34 AM]
AP reports: "The Buffalo Bills signed four NFL Europe players Thursday, including wide receiver Kevin Drake, who led the league this season with a record-tying 12 touchdown catches. Also signed were defensive backs Nick Ferguson and Quincy Coleman and wide receiver Todd Floyd, who returns to the Bills after they released him prior to the start of last season."

Marker Bills sign four from NFL's European league [6:15 AM]
D and C reports: "They are wide receiver Kevin Drake and defensive back Nick Ferguson of the World Bowl champion Rhein Fire and wide receiver Todd Floyd and defensive back Quincy Coleman of the Frankfurt Galaxy."

July 6, 2000

Marker Buffalo Bills Survivor: Round 7 is complete! [10:15 PM]
TBD reports: 'The 7th castaway has been voted off Buffalo Bills Island. This former Bill went out in style. His last play in uniform was a touchdown catch against the Miami Dolphins in 1986. He injured his knee that play and never suited up again.'

Marker Bills sign four players [10:14 PM]
Shout! reports: 'The Bills announced that the team has signed four players who most recently competed in the 2000 NFL Europe season. They are wide receiver Kevin Drake and defensive back Nick Ferguson of the World Bowl champion Rhein Fire and wide receiver Todd Floyd and defensive back Quincy Coleman of the Frankfurt Galaxy.'

Marker Read all about this! [5:40 PM]
Shout! reports: 'There have been all kinds of media reports about the Bills this off-season, leading fans to believe all kinds of things. Here's what I believe - and I think you should take heed of my thoughts over some national journalist because I actually was at every mini-camp session this off-season.'

Marker Single tix on sale [5:38 PM]
Shout! reports: 'Fans can purchase tickets in person at the Ralph Wilson Stadium box office, the team's downtown Buffalo office in the Statler building, the Rochester office in Pittsford Plaza, and the Central Ticket Office on Delaware Avenue in Buffalo. In addition, tickets can be purchased with a credit card by calling toll free at 1-877-BBTICKS and through the team's web site, www.buffalobills.com. Tickets are also available at all Wegmans Food Markets in the video departments, which are open seven days a week.'

Marker TBD fundraiser to buy tickets for Roswell patients [1:34 PM]
TBD reports: 'Thanks to the generosity of its readers and supporters, Two Bills Drive has been able to donate six Buffalo Bills season tickets the past two seasons for the use by the Pediatric Care Unit of Roswell Park Cancer Institute. Please help us repeat our past efforts for this season.'

Marker TSW Posts of week [1:30 PM]
Shout! reports: 'June 25 to July 1 (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.'

July 5, 2000

Marker Bills chat: Travares Tillman [9:49 PM]
NFL.com reports: Chat transcript with DB Travares Tillman, the Bills 2nd round draft pick.

Marker Buffalo Bills Survivor: Round 6 is complete! [10:12 AM]
TBD reports: 'The 6th castaway has been voted off Buffalo Bills Island. The voting was clear cut once again. A great Bills player, who had a shortened career due to a knee injury, has been asked to pack his bags and head back to the mainland.'

July 4, 2000

Marker You Make the Call! (#5) [5:22 PM]
Shout! 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.

Marker Bills start ticket sale Saturday [1:21 PM]
Buffalo News reports: 'Starting at 8:30 a.m. Saturday, fans can purchase tickets in person at the Ralph Wilson Stadium box office, the Bills' downtown office in the Statler building, Central Ticket Office, 228 Delaware Ave., all Wegmans stores (in the video departments) and at the Bills' Rochester office at Pittsford Plaza. Tickets also may be purchased with a credit card through the team's Web site, www.buffalobills.com or at 1-877-228-4257. The team warned that telephone users "may experience delays and busy signals" because of a high volume of calls.'

July 3, 2000

Marker Bills chat Wednesday: Travares Tillman [11:50 PM]
NFL.com reports: 'The Bills lost some key defensive veterans to free agency, but they believe they have plenty of young talent to compensate. One young player Buffalo has high hopes for is second-round pick Travares Tillman. Ask Tillman about his upcoming rookie campaign when he chats Wednesday at 5 p.m. ET. Send in your questions now!'

July 2, 2000

Marker Sports publisher calls foul against the mail [3:46 PM]
D and C reports: 'Local publisher David Jones (of Shout! Newspaper) is tired of dealing with customer complaints about mail delivery, especially during the peak football season when he tries to get his football newspapers in fans' hands before Sunday games. Now he wants to do something about it.'

Marker Johnson, Flutie rate No. 6 among NFL QB tandems [8:09 AM]
D and C reports: '6--Buffalo. Rob Johnson and Doug Flutie. Of the teams with excellent 1-2 QB punches, only the Bills have any controversy regarding which one should start. That could be a season-long problem.'

July 1, 2000

Marker Bills Tickets Go On Sale July 8 [9:29 AM]
Jamestown Post-Journal reports: 'Demand is expected to be high during the opening weekend of sales and fans using the 1-877-BBTICKS may experience delays and busy signals due to the volume of calls. Last season, seven of the team’s eight regular season home games sold out.'

June 30, 2000

Marker Any given Monday night [9:01 AM]
Salon.com reports: Not specifically Bills related, but an interesting article on a few problems with the NFL today. Hard to argue with this guy ...

Marker 'Spectacular' digs for Bills at Fisher [6:06 AM]
D and C reports: '"My first years here, my high school locker room was better than what we had in Fredonia," 10-year strong safety Henry Jones said. "Training camp is for concentration. You don't want distractions. And at the same time, the NFL is supposed to be a first-class operation all the way. That's what we're really moving toward right now. "We had decent facilities (in Orchard Park), but to upgrade them to this, then from Fredonia to what we'll have in Rochester, that's just going to make it a lot nicer to get up and go to work in the morning."'

June 29, 2000

Marker Buffalo Destroyers on National TV [2:25 PM]
TNN reports: The Buffalo Destroyers play the Florida Bobcats on live national TV tonight: TNN at 8:00 p.m. EST. The Destroyers have won three in a row and have a shot at the play-offs.

Marker Southern California Bills Backers [2:05 PM]
SCBB reports: The SCBB is proud to be an official chapter of the Bills Backers International fan club. Over 200 members gather to watch every game and cheer the Bills on to victory. In addition, we get together for many off-season social activities, such as bowling tournaments, baseball games, beach parties and Sabres games. Enjoy our website and be sure to stop by and visit us in person!...

Marker Steve Tasker's Takes [1:49 PM]
Shout! reports: 'The 2000 Bills are facing a leadership turnover much as the 1990 Bills did. In 1989, our most vocal team leaders were offensive tackle Joe Devlin and nose tackle Fred Smerlas -- very well respected veterans, but not the team's best players at that point in their careers.'

Marker Bruce Smith to stump for Hillary [9:44 AM]
Roll Call reports: 'HOH has learned that Bruce Smith, the legendary defensive tackle, will be the star attraction Friday night at a Virginia fundraiser for Clinton's New York Senate campaign.'

Marker Buffalo Bills Survivor: Round 5 is complete! [9:23 AM]
TBD reports: 'The 5th castaway has been voted off Buffalo Bills Island. The voting was clear this round, as yet another future Hall of Famer was asked to leave the island. That means one current Hall of Fame player and three future inductees have been shipped back to the mainland.'

June 28, 2000

Marker Q & A with DE Marcellus Wiley [9:32 AM]
Shout! reports: 'Wade Phillips is not expecting Marcellus Wiley to replace Bruce Smith at right defensive end. He is, however, looking for a good season out of the fourth-year player, especially rushing from the right side where he says Wiley is more effective. Here's a Q&A with Wiley.'

Marker Buffalo Bills Survivor: Round 4 is complete [9:15 AM]
TBD reports: The 4th castaway has been voted off Buffalo Bills Island. Once again, the voting came down to the wire. Only one vote separated these two future Hall of Famers! Just like rounds one and two - betrayal was the deciding factor in Round 4.

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