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Buffalo Bills News - August 12, 1999

Marker NFL Plays Hardball: No Fixing Footballs [6:27 AM]
D & C reports: '"No names, but some of the guys were hitting rugby balls out there, that's why they were so effective," said Buffalo Bills kicker Steve Christie, who led the AFC in scoring last season. "By the time they were done with them, they were black. You'd ask, 'That's a game ball?' Yeah, right."'

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August 11, 1999

Marker Buffalo Loses Fullback Shawn Bryson For Season [3:03 PM]
Fox Sports reports: 'Bryson had been drawing raves through the first week of training camp for his play, showing quickness out of the backfield and soft hands.'

Marker Bills Team Report - 8/10 [12:07 PM]
The Sporting News reports: New team report from TSN. Gets you excited for the season. GO BILLS!

Marker Flutie at last getting respect he's earned [9:48 AM]
USA Today reports: Great article on Doug. There are Flutie supporters in the media, by gosh!

Marker Bills On Lookout For That Special Player [6:57 AM]
Toronto Globe & Mail reports: '"Can you find someone to replace Tasker and Pike?" DeHaven said. "You'd be asking an awful lot of a guy to come in and do that. But all of the guys we drafted this year can run."'

Marker Unless Flutie Has A Poor Camp, He'll Be Starting QB [6:00 AM]
D & C reports: 'Phillips made it clear that unless Flutie plays poorly in the preseason, he'll start the Sept. 12 opener in Indianapolis.'

Marker Bills On Lookout For Special Player [5:57 AM]
D & C reports: 'Free agency and the salary cap continues to shred the depth of most NFL teams, therefore causing massive turnover on the special teams. DeHaven not only has to re-tool the units, he has to find someone capable of replacing the leadership that Tasker and Pike provided.'

August 10, 1999

Marker Price Is Right [6:25 AM]
Fox Sports reports: '"He got started a little slow and didn't have a grasp of the offense until the last few days," said Dwight Adams, Bills director of player personnel. "But he has the speed and athletic ability that we drafted him for. He's made some good catches out here."'

Marker Bills' Rookie Ready To Rejoin Uncle Sam [6:21 AM]
D & C reports: 'Bills rookie defensive end Bryce Fisher knows that he has no chance of making the team's final roster this summer. That's because after Saturday's preseason opener in Seattle, Fisher must report back to the Air Force Academy where he still has two years to serve before he can even think about playing professional football.'

Marker Moulds Proves He's A Catch [6:18 AM]
D & C reports: '"In the situation I'm in, I normally get the ball so I have to perform. I have to approach it like if I don't make the plays, I don't give this team an opportunity to win and I don't want that on my back."'

August 9, 1999

Marker This Isn't Camp Marv Anymore [1:45 PM]
TBD reports: Another excellent article by TBD feature writer, Bob Lamb.

Marker Bills Want Williams To Return To Basics [6:30 AM]
D & C reports: '"We'd still like to utilize Kevin as a receiver because he can play," coach Wade Phillips said. "He made some big catches for us last year. He's got great speed and he's a threat to run with it after the catch. But we'd like to pick up our return game and we're emphasizing that as much as we can with him."'

Marker Bills Owner Merits Inclusion In Pro Football Hall Of Fame [6:26 AM]
D & C reports: 'Buffalo Bills owner Ralph Wilson already is receiving a strong push from some members of the NFL media corps for the Pro Football Hall of Fame's Class of 2000. He deserves it.'

Marker Nothing Stays The Same Despite Hospitality [6:21 AM]
Business First of Buffalo reports: 'There are "signs" this just may very well be the Bills' swan song in Fredonia, as in directional signs with a Wegmans logo on them that greet drivers as they exit the New York State Thruway...Wegmans, the supermarket chain based in Rochester, is now the "presenting sponsor" of training camp...Ironically, though, there is not a Wegmans store to be found around the Dunkirk/Fredonia area.'

August 8, 1999

Marker Bigger Than The Critics [11:12 AM]
Fox Sports reports: 'The Buffalo Bills didn't hear the whispers that 5-foot-8 Antoine Winfield was too small to play cornerback in the NFL. Today, they're glad their hearing wasn't real sharp.'

Marker Ceremonial Flaw [11:09 AM]
Fox Sports reports: 'In his Pro Football Hall of Fame speech Saturday, Billy Shaw thanked just about everybody. Except his wife.'

Marker Price Doesn't Look Peerless In First Training Camp But Making Progress [10:51 AM]
D & C reports: '"It's going smoothly now," Price said. Last week I was nervous and wondering if I could compete at this level. Once I got my feet wet, I became more comfortable. I picked up most of it, I'm still learning how to do the blitz pickups and the spread offense, but as soon as I get that down, I can go out and react on every play."'

Marker Bills' Talent Hasn't Been This Deep Since '93 [10:46 AM]
D & C reports: '"Our competition level is certainly up this year," Phillips said. "Last year we needed some guys to come through and we got that so we were able to be successful. This year there's a lot of competition going in and as we've gone along here. They say during the Super Bowl years they had that kind of competition here, so that's a good positive note for us."'

Marker Irvin And Kerner Keep The Faith, Travel Separate Roads [10:42 AM]
D & C reports: '"Sometimes the good guys don't win. That's life. But it doesn't mean you have to lose your faith," Irvin said. "Just because you've lost in the game, you don't lose in life. Marlon is probably more of a man because he believes he's going to come back. Nobody wants to go through difficulties, but that's life, too. You have to overcome things."'

Marker Wiley Takes Another Step To Stardom [10:39 AM]
D & C reports: '"I want to be in the same situation where we can rest Bruce and we still play winning football. I'm starting to see the gray hairs coming out of (Smith's) nostrils, so it's almost my turn, but it's not there yet, I have to wait until the full beard turns gray."'

Marker Hall Voters Have Shunned Hayes [10:31 AM]
Florida Times Union reports: An article promoting Bob Hayes (former Dallas Cowboy and a current Jacksonville resident) for the Hall Of Fame. The article includes a comment from former Cowboys president Tex Schramm (who also drafted Billy Shaw only to see Shaw sign with the Bills): "As for Billy Shaw, a Bills guard in the 1960s who was elected into the Hall of Fame this year by the Seniors Committee, Schramm said, ''You tell me what Billy Shaw did. I don't even remember who he was, and I was in the league.''"

August 7, 1999

Marker Wideout Moulds Looking For Another Stellar Season With Bills [4:08 PM]
Fox Sports reports: 'In the offseason Moulds was ordered to serve a 30-day jail term for contempt of court for delaying child support payments. Moulds, who is appealing the sentence, paid all of the back child support and complied with the other arrangements a few days before he was to go to court over the matter. He didn't dodge the issue at training camp Friday. "There were some things that happened in my past that came back against me,'' Moulds said. "It's something I have to learn from.'''

Marker Smiles Everywhere [3:54 PM]
Canton Repository reports: 'Billy Shaw, you are the only Hall of Famer who spent his entire career in the AFL. You were always a gentleman when you played. Many of today's stars could take a lesson from you. You pumped your arms and clapped your hands Friday morning, and Friday night. Yes, you are finally here, and deservedly so.'

Marker Winfield Can't Wait, But Bills Won't Go All Out In Scrimmage [3:46 PM]
D & C reports: '"It's not going to be exactly a scrimmage," Phillips said. "We'll go through all of our game procedures like making substitutions, things we'd do in a game. It will be physical, but we're not going to tackle them and take them to the ground. It'll be physical, but not a scrimmage per se."'

Marker Former Bills Lineman Takes Place As Legend [3:41 PM]
D & C reports: '"Buffalo was a great place to play," he said. "The people of Buffalo are wonderful, they took this southern boy in and put their arms around me. I can't say enough for the treatment I received from the people of Buffalo."'

Marker Ex-Jacket Entering Pro Hall [3:35 PM]
Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports: '[Billy Shaw] started at offensive guard and defensive tackle [at Georgia Tech] from 1958-60, earning All-SEC honors two years. He was inducted into the Tech Hall of Fame in 1979. Shaw, who was selected for induction into the Pro Hall by the veterans committee, parlayed his Tech success into a legendary career with the Bills of the fledgling American Football League. In nine seasons, Shaw was named Bills captain for eight seasons, earned first-team All-AFL honors five times and helped lead Buffalo to championships in 1964-65. All that, and his salary in each of his first two years was $11,000.'

August 6, 1999

Marker Bills Team Report - 8/6 [12:06 PM]
The Sporting News reports:

Marker Training Camp Photos [9:18 AM]
AP reports: Training camp photos with a smattering of Billy Shaw thrown in.

Marker Johnson accepts Bills' QB scene [9:13 AM]
AP reports: Johnson accepts his current role, but still shows desire to show his talents.

Marker Hall Of Fame Inductee Shaw A True Throwback [6:42 AM]
Fox Sports reports: 'When [Billy] Shaw retired after the 1969 season, the Houston Oilers, who had lost both of their starting guards, made him an offer of three years for more money than he had made in all previous nine years combined. But he turned it down for reasons having nothing to do with money. "I could not envision myself putting on somebody else's uniform,'' he said. "I was a Buffalo Bill.''...Shaw also loved the [Buffalo] fans. "They were as faithful as faithful can be,'' he said.

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