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Buffalo Bills News - December 20, 2002

Marker Bowling them over [5:24 AM]
D and C reports: '“Anytime you have a quarterback who goes to the Pro Bowl, it’s a reflection of the team he’s playing for,” he said. “You look at what’s happened to me. I’m standing up here with two other offensive Pro Bowlers, and we have Peerless (Price), Travis (Henry) and Larry Centers as alternates."'

Marker Bills' Price bypassed for trip to Hawaii [5:23 AM]
D and C reports: '“A lot of guys vote for their boys, regardless of what type of year you have. That’s just the way it is, guys will vote for familiar names.”'

Marker Bledsoe's back [5:22 AM]
Green Bay News Chronicle reports: 'With two games remaining, Bledsoe's passer rating of 87.8 is the highest of his career. He has thrown for 3,949 yards - 606 shy of his career high - and has tossed 23 touchdown passes, second only to the 27 he threw in his second NFL season of 1994.'

Marker Bills bring plenty of weapons to Green Bay [5:21 AM]
Green Bay News Chronicle reports: '"Unfortunately for Travis, and for us, we've been in too many games where we have had to play from behind and have had to throw it a lot," Bledsoe said. "Had we not been in those situations, I really feel that Travis would have had a very legitimate shot at leading the league in rushing."'

Marker Bills aren’t bothered by cold [5:20 AM]
Green Bay Press Gazette reports: '“The fact that we are a cold-weather team, we practice out there and are used to those situations. it should make it a little bit less of a travel game for us. The fact that Green Bay is an awful good team, that’s the factor.”'

Marker Bills’ defense goes flabby when foes reach red zone [5:19 AM]
Green Bay Press Gazette reports: 'Opponents have ventured within the Bills’ 20-yard line 45 times. Thirty-three of those excursions — 73.3 percent — have resulted in touchdowns. Tennessee, the next worst team in this area, is giving up touchdowns at a 66.7 percent clip.'

Marker Q&A: Bills at Packers [5:18 AM]
Green Bay Press Gazette reports: 'Just keep this in mind: Buffalo has a good running game and an explosive passing attack. The Bills have beaten Miami twice and are coming off a win against San Diego. This isn’t a pushover. If you’re a gambling man or woman, take the Bills and that meaty 6 points they’re getting. Don’t be too surprised if Buffalo wins this one straight up. It is a dangerous team.'

Marker The whole playoff picture [5:17 AM]
Shout! reports: With two weeks to go in the season, the NFL's American Football Conference is as competitive as it has been in 15 years, with not one team yet qualifying for the playoffs. That scenario has not occurred since 1987.

Marker Price: Victim of numbers [5:16 AM]
Shout! reports: WR Peerless Price has put up career numbers but it wasn't enough to earn a Pro Bowl selection in an AFC that's loaded at the position. Price has 84 catches for 1,156 yards and 9 TDs. He was disappointed, but is on the Pro Bowl alternate list. "I know how it is and I know how political this stuff gets,” he said.

Marker 'Best Time Of My Life' [5:15 AM]
Dayton Daily News reports: ' 1971 the Buffalo Bills picked him 30th in the NFL draft and made him a three-year starter. Then, in a move that shocked many, White gave up pro football to return to Dayton — he had worked for the Montgomery County Juvenile Court in the offseasons — and take a $10,400 a year job as a parole officer.'

Marker TU Introduces New Gridiron Leader [5:14 AM] reports: 'The Buffalo Bills, Kragthorpe’s soon to be former employer, and their talented quarterbacks were also a subject of his gratitude. He specifically mentioned Drew Bledsoe and Alex Van Pelt, among others. “Those guys are pro football players,” he described. “They taught (me) the true value of professionalism. They are my players, and I’ll miss them…but not too much.”'

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December 19, 2002

Marker Bills' Price unhappy in being left off of AFC Pro Bowl team [9:31 PM]
AP reports: 'Price's unhappiness was noted in the Bills locker room, as several players including quarterback Drew Bledsoe and team president Tom Donahoe stopped by to console him after practice.'

Marker Bills to award community grants [3:43 PM]
Business First of Buffalo reports: 'The Buffalo Bills will be passing off a total of $25,000 in grants to 10 area community groups and individuals during the 2002 Community Quarterback Awards Dinner Thursday night.'

Marker Bills' Bledsoe, Moulds, Brown selected to Pro Bowl [3:42 PM]
AP reports: 'Bledsoe became the third Bills quarterback to earn selection, behind five-time Pro Bowler Jim Kelly and Doug Flutie, who was selected once in 1998. Bledsoe finished third overall in fan balloting, receiving 733,754 votes, behind Green Bay quarterback Brett Favre (930,270 votes) and Kansas City running back Priest Holmes (747,297).'

Marker Bledsoe and Favre close on and off the field [2:20 PM]
Olean Times Herald reports: 'The glaring difference between the two is that Bledsoe (46) has been sacked exactly twice as many times as Favre, who has taken the Pack to 11 wins as opposed to Buffalo’s seven.'

Marker Three Buffalo Bills Earn Pro Bowl Honors [2:13 PM] reports: The Bills today announced that quarterback Drew Bledsoe, guard Ruben Brown and wide receiver Eric Moulds have been selected to represent the team in the 2003 Pro Bowl. Additionally, FB Larry Centers, LB London Fletcher, RB Travis Henry, P Brian Moorman, WR Peerless Price and DL Pat Williams were named as alternates to the AFC squad.

Marker Bills QBs Coach Steve Kragthorpe To Be Introduced At Tulsa's Head Football Coach [12:20 PM] reports: Buffalo Bills Quarterbacks Coach Steve Kragthorpe will be introduced as The University of Tulsa's new head football coach at a news conference on Thursday, December 19.

Marker TU made pick that can't miss [10:59 AM]
Tulsa World reports: 'Buffalo Bills assistant coach and former OSU assistant Tommy Kaiser said Kragthorpe is organized and meticulous. "And that's what you look for in a head coach. You wear a lot of hats as a head coach and I think Steve will do that just fine."'

Marker Kragthorpe can't fight it alone [10:58 AM]
Tulsa World reports: 'Kragthorpe plans to remain in Tulsa through Saturday to launch his head-coaching career. He will resume his quarterback coaching duties Sunday with the Bills before returning to TU to begin the full-time task of rebuilding one of the nation's most troubled programs.'

Marker Ch. 8 buries foes on Kragthorpe story [10:57 AM]
Tulsa World reports: 'Buzz 1430 [KTBZ-AM] afternoon host Jerry Ostroski, who retired from the Bills last summer, went to members of TU's athletic administration and lobbied on behalf of Kragthorpe.'

Marker Kragthorpe named TU coach [10:55 AM]
Oklahoma City Oklahoman reports: '"We're extremely pleased to have Steve Kragthorpe as our football coach," said MacLeod. "Steve has the enthusiasm necessary for success in today's competitive football environment. He has demonstrated his outstanding ability as an offensive coach on both the collegiate and professional levels. Steve brings a wealth of experience to our football program. He possesses the coaching ability, organizational skills, and the personal characteristics and qualities we were looking for in a head coach."'

Marker Foes have a bizarre history in Lambeau [9:01 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'The other memorable moment in the game was the "Wile E. Coyote play" - a crushing tackle Packers punt returner Darren Sharper put on Bills tight end Lonnie Johnson.'

Marker A shiver runs through him [9:00 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'Perhaps scariest of all for the Bills:This is one of the best seasons in Favre's 12-year career.'

Marker Favre rules Green Bay [5:36 AM]
D and C reports: 'He is the quintessential football player, an unpretentious superstar, one who can live up to his reputation.'

Marker Bills reward speed-readers [5:35 AM]
D and C reports: 'The No. 11 Drew Bledsoe jersey hung like a tent on her, but Marissa Bauer didn’t mind. As far as the spunky third-grader from School 52 was concerned, the jersey, like the day, was a perfect fit. It was just one of many perks Bauer and her classmates Brionna Goins and Brian Bennett received Wednesday as winners of the HealthNow Rush for Reading program, held in conjunction with the Buffalo Bills.'

Marker Bills await fate for AFC Pro Bowl [5:34 AM]
D and C reports: 'Those players -- quarterback Drew Bledsoe, wide receivers Eric Moulds and Peerless Price, running back Travis Henry, guard Ruben Brown, tackle Mike Williams, fullback Larry Centers and punter Brian Moorman -- will learn this afternoon at practice if they’ll be playing in the Feb. 2 game in Honolulu.'

Marker At least Vikings play in a dome [5:33 AM]
Fort Lauderdale Sun Sentinel reports: 'To rejoin the Road Dolphins where we left them, we stop where they were stopped on Dec. 1, in "freaking hell," as senior vice president Rick Spielman too kindly recalls Buffalo resembling that day.'

December 18, 2002

Marker Injury Report [9:39 PM] reports: Bostic's out, Jennings is questionable, Stevenson is doubtful for the Bills.
It appears the Packers have a lot of players that are dinged (probable), but Earl Dotson and Gilbert Brown are questionable.

Marker Tulsa Names Buffalo Bills' Assistant Coach Steve Kragthorpe as Head Football Coach [9:02 PM] reports: '"We're extremely pleased to have Steve Kragthorpe as our football coach," said MacLeod. "Steve has the enthusiasm necessary for success in today's competitive football environment. He has demonstrated his outstanding ability as an offensive coach on both the collegiate and professional levels." MacLeod added that, "Steve brings a wealth of experience to our football program. He possesses the coaching ability, organizational skills, and the personal characteristics and qualities we were looking for in a head coach."'

Marker Kragthorpe Named New Head Football Coach at TU [9:00 PM] reports: '"I'm very excited for my family, and thrilled about this golden opportunity to be the head football coach at The University of Tulsa," said Kragthorpe. "Tulsa and northeastern Oklahoma is a great area, and The University of Tulsa is such a quality institution. I feel very comfortable with the administration and the commitment they're willing to make. I can't think of a better situation for my family than to move to Tulsa and become the head football coach."'

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