Buffalo Bills News - April 3, 2014

Marker Thurman Thomas takes a stroll down Memory Lane [1:58 AM]
Canton Repository reports: 'Thomas remembered his old team with great pleasure. He joined the Bills as the 40th pick of the 1988 draft. Who knew he would be such a steal? Certainly not the teams that picked running backs Gaston Green, John Stephens, Lorenzo White, Brad Muster, Craig Heyward, Ickey Woods and Tony Jeffrey before Thomas.'

Marker Bills host three more on pre-draft visits Tuesday [1:57 AM]
WGR-AM reports: 'Each NFL team is alotted 30 pre-draft visits from non-local colleges. The Bills still have 25 remaining.'

Marker Buying Buffalo Bills Would Save Donald Trump A Fortune In Taxes [1:56 AM]
Forbes reports: 'Let’s assume that $800 million of the purchase price is amortized over 15 years. Such a large write-off would eliminate the team’s tax bill entirely. Moreover, the remainder ($600 million) of the write-off could be used to shield taxes from the other businesses owned by the team’s investors. Even if Trump were, say, just a 20% owner of the Bills, he would have perhaps $120 million of write-offs to deduct from his profitable businesses, like television and training programs.'

Marker CB Roby, RB Seastrunk, LB Shazier visit with Bills [1:55 AM]
BuffaloBills.com reports: 'Seastrunk’s ability to stop, cut and return to top speed quickly is unquestioned, but NFL scouts were wondering about his straight line speed after posting a 4.51 40 time at the NFL combine. At Baylor’s pro day he improved on that figure running a 4.46 to go with his impressive 11-foot two-inch broad jump and 41.5-inch vertical.'

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April 2, 2014

Marker New stadium panel convenes, expects process to take months, if not years [1:59 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'Duffy called the Bills – the only NFL team to play its home games in the state – “the only New York State team,” and said that he and Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo are determined to keep the Bills here.'

Marker With Schumer on New Stadium Working Group, it has the clout it needs to deliver [1:58 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'The New Stadium Working Group has important work to do, and it starts right away. Members have the credibility, experience and deep commitment to this area to understand that keeping the Bills in Buffalo is the No. 1 priority and, with Schumer, they have another team player with the clout to smooth the way.'

Marker Donald Trump says he’s been approached by group looking to buy Buffalo Bills [1:57 AM]
New York Daily News reports: 'If Trump were to join a group with a intentions of buying the Bills, the group would have to be approved by the league’s other 31 owners. Given Trump’s history in the USFL — fairly or unfairly, the former owner of the New Jersey Generals is accused of killing the league by successfully lobbying USLF owners to agree to move its schedule from the spring to the fall to compete against the NFL and bringing the lawsuit against the NFL — any potential bid may be nothing more than a Hail Mary pass.'

Marker Could Donald Trump be Buffalo’s unlikely Bills savior? [1:56 AM]
New York Post reports: 'Trump is close friends with Bills great Jim Kelly, who is currently undergoing treatment for an aggressive cancer at Lenox Hill Hospital. “He called me, and actually his family is staying at one of my apartments in New York as he’s going through a very rough time,” Trump said. “He’s a great guy, and he sounded actually really good two days ago. He called me from the hospital.”'

Marker Trump as Bills' general could have plenty of pitfalls [1:55 AM]
Fox Sports reports: 'But Trump, for all his successes away from the football field, was also was the driving force behind a series of moves that shuttered a promising pro football league in less than three years’ time, and it’s with that failure in mind that the Bills should proceed with caution in any future dealings with The Donald.'

Marker Donald Trump discusses Bills [1:54 AM]
ESPN reports: 'Since the death of owner Ralph Wilson last week, speculation around the Bills' future in Buffalo has increased. Trump said he would like to see the team stay in the city.'

Marker Trump says he’ll ‘look at’ investment in Bills [1:53 AM]
Sportsnet reports: 'The Bills’ future in Buffalo remains unclear after longtime owner Ralph Wilson died last week. Despite the rumours of a possible relocation, Trump would prefer the franchise to stay in Buffalo.'

Marker Bills stadium group meets with sense of urgency [1:52 AM]
AP reports: '"That's the reason, we're standing here today," Brandon said Tuesday, after a newly formed stadium search committee met for the first time. "This will be a long process. We have a lot of work that needs to be done. But I know our group is up for the task."'

Marker Chemo, radiation for ex-Bills QB Kelly next week [1:51 AM]
AP reports: 'Costantino says he's confident the regimen has a good chance of success. If not, he says Kelly's skull-base tumor remains operable.'

Marker Kelly to begin chemo, radiation next week [1:50 AM]
The Sports Xchange reports: 'The statement said Kelly will be receiving a single dose of chemotherapy at Lenox Hill Hospital, along with concurrent daily radiation therapy treatments. The chemotherapy will be repeated as an outpatient in approximately three weeks and six weeks. The radiation therapy will be a six-week regimen carried out at the North Shore-LIJ Cancer Institute's Center for Advanced Medicine in Lake Success, N.Y., which is home to a new $47 million, 30,000-square-foot radiation medicine facility that opened earlier this year.'

Marker Trump says he has been approached about buying Bills [1:49 AM]
The Sports Xchange reports: '"I know so many people in Buffalo and they have asked me about look at that and I certainly would look at it but I would ... if it were me I'd keep the team in Buffalo," he said. "I think it's something that is really vital to the area. ... It would be catastrophic, in my opinion, if Buffalo lost the Buffalo Bills."'

Marker Trump On WBEN: Considers Joining A Buffalo Bills Buyer [1:48 AM]
WBEN-AM reports: '"I heard about it last week. A group of people called me and asked 'would I be interested in investing', and I'll take a look at it," Trump said of Buffalo's NFL team, which will eventually have to be sold in the wake of owner Ralph Wilson's death last week at age 95.'

Marker Bills host draft prospects Cody Latimer, Troy Niklas [1:48 AM]
BuffaloBills.com reports: 'Latimer told reporters at the Indiana pro day on March 26th that he had a pre-draft visit scheduled with the Bills. The Hoosiers wideout earned second team All-Big 10 honors this past season after rolling up 72 receptions for 1,096 yards to average just over 15 yards a reception (15.2) with nine touchdowns.'

Marker Kelly to begin chemo, radiation next week [1:47 AM]
BuffaloBills.com reports: 'Mr. Kelly will be receiving a single dose of chemotherapy at Lenox Hill Hospital, along with concurrent daily radiation therapy treatments. The chemotherapy will be repeated as an outpatient in approximately three weeks and six weeks. The radiation therapy will be a six-week regimen carried out at the North Shore-LIJ Cancer Institute's Center for Advanced Medicine in Lake Success, NY, which is home to a new $47 million, 30,000-square-foot radiation medicine facility that opened earlier this year.'

Marker Buffalo strengthens a Spikes family bond [1:46 AM]
BuffaloBills.com reports: '“My father’s side of the family, they weren’t really educated,” Spikes said. “They had to quit school. Even though slavery was over they still had to stay on the plantations and farm. We come from a line of sharecroppers. You still had to stay on the white man’s land in order to live. A lot of my dad’s brothers died off so I just didn’t know who else was out there.”'

April 1, 2014

Marker Biggest fight ahead for Buffalo’s toughest star [5:01 PM]
Salamanca Press reports: 'Some say coverage of Kelly’s cancer fight neglects ordinary citizens battling similar diseases. While I sympathize with anyone fighting cancer, I see no need for the criticism.'

Marker Jim Kelly’s cancer detailed [1:59 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'Kelly, King reported, is scheduled to have chemotherapy treatments today and Tuesday and radiation treatments Wednesday, Thursday and Friday in hopes of stopping the cancer from multiplying.'

Marker Kelly's chemotherapy treatment postponed a week till Monday [1:58 AM]
Buffalo News reports: '“He's had a couple setbacks,” his brother, Dan Kelly, told The Buffalo News on Monday night. “It's always this or that. We have to make sure Jim doesn't get sick leading into this.”'

Marker Marketing VP named to stadium panel that meets today [1:57 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'As executive vice president of corporate marketing and communications for Time Warner, Ginsberg, according to the company’s web page, works with Time Warner’s top executives at its operating divisions on a wide range of corporate matters.'

Marker Bills stadium committee meets Tuesday [1:56 AM]
Rochester D&C reports: 'This inaugural meeting is expected to be a get-to-know-you session for the 21-member panel. The formation of the New Stadium Working Group was a function of the stadium lease that was negotiated in 2012 between the Bills, Erie County and the state. When the renovation to Ralph Wilson Stadium that is taking place right now was approved, it was decided that exploration should begin regarding the construction of a new stadium either on the current site in Orchard Park, or another location in Erie County.'

Marker Bills stadium group gains member; to meet Tuesday [1:55 AM]
AP reports: 'Gov. Andrew Cuomo appointed Time Warner executive Gary Ginsberg to what's being called the Bills' "New Stadium Work Group." Ginsberg is the company's executive vice president of global marketing and grew up in suburban Buffalo. He previously served as an assistant legal counsel to President Bill Clinton.'

Marker Bills figure prominently in NFL rumor mill [1:54 AM]
WGR-AM reports: 'First off, I don't think the Bills will do it because they won't want to give up the collection of draft picks it would take to go up eight spots. It would only be worth it if there is a franchise quarterback they absolutely adore and the only way to get that player is to be at the top of the draft.'

March 31, 2014

Marker Football star Jim Kelly receives outpouring of support in cancer fight [11:58 AM]
CBS This Morning reports: 'Link to video from Monday morning's program.'

Marker Tailgaters tap Bills tradition to honor Wilson [1:59 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'Midway through the rally, fans were surprised and delighted when Bills President and CEO Russ Brandon took to the stage to thank them for their dedication and support. “I never get to tailgate,” Brandon said, with a cup in his hand. “I love this.”'

Marker For an event as significant as Ralph Wilson’s death, nothing can compare to print media [1:58 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'As I watched as much Wilson coverage as I could, it seemed to me, yet again, that different media can’t help but OWN certain kinds of stories at certain times.'

Marker Ralph Wilson gave more generously than most people knew [1:57 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'Wilson’s generosity seemed to know no bounds. It stretched from his donations to the Hospice Foundation of Western New York to the United Way of Buffalo & Erie County to the Food Bank. His funding efforts went a long way toward feeding, clothing and comforting those in need. No accolades required.'

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