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Buffalo Bills News - June 9, 2005

Marker Conlan, Stratton elected into Buffalo sports hall of fame [5:12 PM]
AP reports: 'Stratton is best recalled for his performance in Buffalo's 20-7 win over San Diego in the 1964 AFL championship game. He was credited with the momentum-turning play with a fumble-forcing tackle that knocked Chargers running back Keith Lincoln out of the game. ''If it hadn't been for that hit, I probably would not have been recognized nearly so nicely as I have been,'' Stratton said.'

Marker Patriots still class of AFC East [5:11 PM]
ESPN reports: Buffalo had a quiet spring, but if Losman is what the Bills believe he is, they'll make plenty of noise come fall and winter.

Marker Oct. 9: Bills Backer Weekend [3:00 PM] reports: 'Bills Backers Weekend Package Info...'.

Marker Bills Pair To Be Inducted Into GBSHOF [2:03 PM] reports: 'Former Buffalo Bills linebackers Shane Conlan and Mike Stratton have been selected for induction into the Greater Buffalo Sports Hall of Fame. The induction, along with nine other members of the Class of 2005, will take place at an awards dinner in October (exact date TBA) at the HSBC Arena in downtown Buffalo.'

Marker Bills Players to Visit Dick's Sporting Goods [2:03 PM] reports: 'Cornerback Nate Clements, a 2005 Pro Bowl selection, linebacker London Fletcher, a defensive captain and the NFL’s leading tackler the past five seasons, and wide receiver Eric Moulds, a three-time Pro Bowl selection and the longest tenured Bill in his 10th season, will appear at Dick’s Sporting Goods at the Walden Galleria Mall from 12 – 2 pm on Saturday, June 11th.'

Marker Bills looking ahead with dispatch [7:23 AM]
Niagara Gazette reports: 'In fact, the Bills should have brought back the standing buffalo to the helmets three years ago because it represented all the quickness and mobility of Bledsoe.'

Marker Resource center, TU gear up for ‘Guy Thing’ [7:22 AM]
Thomasville Times Enterprise reports: 'A program geared toward young males ages 10-18, it will feature five workshops and keynote speaker Joe Burns Jr., a Thomas County Central High School alumnus and professional football player for the Buffalo Bills. “This is where my heart is,” said Burns. “Working with the kids and letting them know they can accomplish anything if they put their minds to it.”'

Marker New coach has brought a sense of urgency [7:21 AM]
Canton Repository reports: 'Kicker Andy Eminger has a tryout with the Buffalo Bills next week and the St. Louis Rams are sending special teams coach Bob Ligashesky to Fawcett to work out Eminger. Knapp is on the Buffalo Bills’ list of tryout invitees.'

Marker Stepping In [7:20 AM] reports: 'Losman should have a great career, but he needs to keep his goals realistic in his first year as starter. It’s always good to set high goals, but you have to approach situations with a balanced free to breathe mind frame.'

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June 8, 2005

Marker Coach Alex Van Pelt [3:08 PM] reports: 'Van Pelt started paying those dues in Frankfurt, Germany this spring as quarterbacks coach of the Frankfurt Galaxy in NFL Europe. He worked with quarterbacks like Akili Smith and B.J. Symons. But he wasn't just a quarterbacks coach. Van Pelt wore a lot of different hats overseas. "I handled my quarterbacks, did all of the breakdowns, all the installation of what was going in that week with the skill players," said Van Pelt. "I did all the film review with the skill players, and I got to call the plays. It was awesome."'

Marker Buffalo Bills Sign With CORT Software to Manage Their HR Needs [7:07 AM] reports: '“We wanted to find a solution that was going to be a one-stop shop for employee records and that could track things ranging from each individual’s benefits all the way to organization-issued items and attendance at various events we organize,” said Don Purdy, Director of Business Operations at the Buffalo Bills. “The centralized data can be easily shared by another branch of our operation in Michigan, which will make running reports more accurate and faster.”'

June 7, 2005

Marker McGahee Shares Outlook on Season [4:29 PM] reports: 'So really, what are his goals for this year? "Have fun, baby," he says with a smile. "I don't talk about it, [I just do it]. You know what I mean?"'

Marker Hull irate over Haslett steroid charge [8:52 AM]
Buffalo News reports: '"He put me in the grease, and I didn't appreciate that," Hull said. "He said, "You know how it is when you get all twisted up' and blah, blah, blah. He was making excuses. He even told me that he didn't play with Darryl. He played three years with Darryl. I said, "Jim, those steroids must have been eating your brain, too.' "'

Marker Henry situation still up in the air [5:02 AM]
Nashville City Paper reports: 'Quarterback Steve McNair is one who would welcome the addition of Henry, if the Titans were to land him in a deal with the Bills. “I feel like he would be a good addition to the team and take a little bit of the pressure off of Chris,” McNair said. “But if not, Chris can handle the load. As an offense, we’ve just got to stay healthy and stay within our right frame of mind. If [the trade] happens, great. But if not, life goes on and we have to continue to get better and improve this offense some kind of way.”'

Marker Cutaia Gets Tryout [5:01 AM] reports: 'Webster's Matt Cutaia has a date with the Buffalo Bills Monday. He has a tryout scheduled with the NFL team.'

June 6, 2005

Marker Lee Provides Quality Depth at RB [5:23 PM] reports: '"I told (my agent) that I really didn't want to know all the teams that were interested," said Lee. "I told him I wanted to go on one visit to the team that wanted me the most."'

Marker Thurman backs Henry's trade demand [4:56 PM]
AP reports: '"If they can establish themselves on the ground and the defense plays as well as they did last year, I don't see any reason why this team shouldn't go 10-6 or 11-5," Thomas said.'

Marker Lanes Open for Celebrity Bowling Tourney [11:53 AM] reports: 'The 97 Rock Celebrity Bowling Tournament takes place at 7 p.m. this Wednesday at Transit Lanes, 7850 Transit Rd., in Williamsville. Tickets to the event are $25 and all proceeds will benefit the American Red Cross.'

Marker Tribute to past brings hope for future [5:02 AM]
Rochester D&C reports: 'Like New York Yankee pinstripes and Boston Celtic green, the grazing buffalo on that white helmet has always best symbolized Bills football. Forget about that raging cockroach the team has foisted on us since the early 1970s. That thing's always been an imposter.'

Marker Bills Team Report [5:01 AM]
The Sporting News reports: 'Rookie CB Eric King is an impressive player with good ball skills. But like most young cornerbacks, he has a tendency to peek into the opposing backfield. To help break King of that habit, defensive coordinator Jerry Gray taped the side of King's helmet during a recent workout. The team believes King has a lot of potential, provided he focuses more on the opposing receiver and not the quarterback.'

June 5, 2005

Marker A grand old party for Bills [8:57 AM]
Buffalo News reports: '"It's the colors and the white helmet. I wish they'd bring them back for good."'

Marker Cookie stays home while his teammates celebrate titles [8:56 AM]
Buffalo News reports: '"That's fine with me," said Gilchrist, who turned 70 on May 24. "I don't have any problem with that. I didn't play football for recognition. I was forced to do what I had to do. I don't care. Why should I care? The record speaks for itself. Isn't that what Jack (Kemp) said? Do you know the history of America? So I'm in that history."'

Marker Ex-Bills proffer advice to Losman [8:55 AM]
Buffalo News reports: '"He needs to show the players in his huddle that he has the toughness, both physical and mental toughness," Kemp says of Losman. "He has to possess the self-confidence in what he's supposed to do. He can't afford to let his players see that he isn't prepared or confident. He has to show his teammates how to deal with everything, including their coaches and even the fans. Sure he's going to be booed now and then, but he has to demonstrate to the other players that he can deal with it."'

Marker Statistics say Price's days in Atlanta may be numbered [8:54 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'The Bills have three starters scheduled to become free agents after the season. They are cornerback Nate Clements, center Trey Teague and fullback Daimon Shelton.'

Marker Ex-Cowboy in the running [5:42 AM]
Fort Worth Star Telegram reports: 'Lee had the bulk of the carries during drills as the Bills finished the first week of organized team activities. Lee has not secured a roster spot after one week of work, but he showed flashes of ability that got the Bills' attention. "He's a big back," Bills coach Mike Mularkey said. "He's the size we like for the physical part of it. Just watching him on tape, he did some things we like. He fits our style. I thought he was a good pickup."'

Marker Changes galore add intrigue to battle for AFC East title [5:03 AM]
Providence Journal reports: 'Buffalo closed 2004 by winning nine of its final 12 games and just missed the playoffs. If Losman can manage to play efficiently in his inaugural season, the Bills could pose a serious challenge in the East.'

Marker Canaseraga woman gets anthem callback from Bills [5:02 AM]
Hornell Evening Tribune reports: 'Now Allman, 21, is getting an opportunity to move up to the pro ranks - a chance to sing before a Buffalo Bills football game. She sent in an audition tape and will perform a live audition at 4 p.m. June 14 at Ralph Wilson Stadium in Buffalo. Allman discovered the anthem opportunity in her e-mail.'

June 4, 2005

Marker Throwback Uniforms Get Alumni Approval [7:41 PM] reports: 'Shaw thinks that the tribute to his championship teams of the 60s can only lead to good things on the field. "The jerseys are almost identical to what we wore in '65," he said. "It's kind of fun to see it back, it brings back a lot of good memories. So they'll win every time they wear these."'

Marker Bills honor 1960s teams by unveiling third jersey [7:40 PM]
AP reports: 'The standing red buffalo is back on the Bills helmet -- for a few games at least -- and Billy Shaw wonders why the team can't bring it back permanently. "The new buffalo, I guess, has served its place," the Hall of Fame offensive lineman said Saturday. "But we love that old red standing buffalo. To us, that's the Buffalo Bills."'

Marker Prospect opts for NFL try [4:28 PM]
Vancouver Sun reports: 'Playing at 6-4, 325 in the NFL, Haley's weight was a concern to the Lions, who questioned whether he would be mobile enough for the CFL.'

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