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Buffalo Bills News - 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.'

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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.'

Marker Bills Announce Musical Act For Saturday's Uniform Unveiling [11:05 AM] reports: Big Bad Voodoo Daddy - Previous NFL experience for the band includes a performance during halftime of Super Bowl XXXIII. They have also performed at halftime of the Orange Bowl.

Marker Greater Buffalo Sports Hall Of Fame Announces Class Of 2002 [9:15 AM] reports: Former Bills’ star punter/linebacker (1964-70) and media analyst Paul Maguire headed the list of eleven new inductees into the Greater Buffalo (N.Y.) Sports Hall of Fame.

Marker Healthy Conaty faces competition [9:07 AM]
Buffalo News reports: '"As long as I have a chance to compete, I can't complain," Conaty said after Wednesday's minicamp session in the Bills' field house. "If somebody on the roster is better than me at center, then I have no problem with that. But my concern is getting back 100 percent right now. When the time comes, I'll get the opportunity to be out on the field."'

Marker New card, same Drew [5:16 AM]
D and C reports: 'His first official Bills' trading card, produced for the NFL and Players, Inc. by card company Pacific, features an action shot of Bledsoe -- as a Patriot.'

June 5, 2002

Marker Bills and Ralph Wilson help ex-Bills Fullback Doug Goodwin [11:29 PM]
ESPN reports: The Bills, too, think about Goodwin. Owner Ralph Wilson has helped him financially and is exploring aid for him through the NFL Players Assistance Fund and Dire Need Fund. Ex-teammates such as Jack Kemp, Ed Rutkowski and Booker Edgerson made personal donations.

Marker Chris Brown: Free Agent DT Jim Flanigan Rebuffed by Bills [11:25 PM]
WGR reports: Flanigan’s agent said the Bills are simply not interested. Leshnock said he called the Bills to gauge their interest and said the Bills have decided to go with a youth movement, “They told me they want to go young.”

Marker [SUW] Mike Williams talks about Star Wars / Yoda [7:16 PM]
Players, INC reports: Bills rookie tackle Mike Williams talks (media clip) about his love of Star Wars.

Marker Mike Doser: Riemersma says current deal is it [5:57 PM]
Shout! reports: Riemersma said he is going to play under his current contract. Tom Donahoe said that Riemersma's agent Jack Wirth stated to him, "There is nothing to talk about." Donahoe seemed a bit put-off by the negotiations. Buffalo does not need more cap space to sign its rookies, but the manner in which Donahoe explained the situation tells me that if the team wants to bring in an additional free agent sometime, it might not have any qualms about cutting the veteran tight end at this point.

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