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Buffalo Bills News - July 3, 2003

Marker Pats sign FA Conaty [1:24 PM] reports: 'Conaty spent all of his six NFL seasons in Buffalo, primarily as a backup. The 30-year-old former Virginia Tech All-American started 18 of his 67 career games, all but one at center. He started all 16 games for the Bills in 2001 but lost his job last year to free agent acquisition Trey Teague. Conaty played in 11 games for the Bills in 2002, mostly appearing on special teams.'

Marker 2 sue ex-football player in accident [9:05 AM]
Fresno Bee reports: 'The crime is a felony, but under a plea deal with the District Attorney's Office, it will be reduced to a misdemeanor if Wright is not arrested on any other charges within a year. After the year is up, Wright, a seventh-round draft pick of the National Football League's Buffalo Bills, is expected to be placed on probation for three years.'

Marker For 150 kids, Bills football camp offers a chance to shine and have fun [9:00 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'For four hours, about 150 children from Buffalo and Rochester Salvation Army programs had an opportunity to practice with all-star Bills guard Ruben Brown. Brown led the troops through a tour of the stadium, including stops in the locker and weight rooms, then out onto the field for drills.'

Marker Ex-Bills Thomas, Kelly get in gear with racing teams [8:58 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'Former running back Thurman Thomas recently announced the creation of Thurman Thomas Racing, which will begin competing in the American Speed Association later this summer. Hall of Fame quarterback Jim Kelly is in his first season as a co-owner of a NASCAR Busch Series team.'

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July 2, 2003

Marker Bills Digest To Debut Later This Month [6:17 PM] reports: American Sports Media, Curtis Publishing and the Buffalo Bills announced that they have combined efforts to create a new publication, Bills Digest, which will premiere at training camp in late July. American Sports Media produced the publication formerly known as SHOUT! Magazine.

Marker Bills Alumni Spotlight: Roosevelt Leaks [1:39 PM] reports: Granted, it's a stretch, but is there a chance that there may have been a sign outside of Rich Stadium in 1980? - Help Wanted, experienced preferred. See Chuck Knox. That season, Buffalo's head coach brought in several NFL veterans including guard Conrad Dobler, linebacker Phil Villapiano, free safety Bill Simpson, wide receiver Ron Jessie and fullback Roosevelt Leaks.

Marker 2003 Gameday Promotions [1:15 PM] reports: August 23 - St. Louis Rams Bring the entire family and enjoy Buffalo Bills Kids Day! The first 10,000 kids 14 and under will receive a Buffalo Bills sports watch courtesy of WKBW and Blue Cross Blue Shield of Western New York. There will be tons of entertainment to keep the kids busy including interactive games, Billy Buffalo, and a fantastic fireworks display following the game!

Marker McGahee: Rehab on schedule [5:30 AM]
Palm Beach Post reports: 'When the Bills drafted McGahee, team officials said he likely will open the season on the physically unable to perform list. Such a move would allow McGahee to continue to rehab while leaving open the possibility of activating him between Weeks 10-14. "It's a secret," McGahee said of when he will debut. "Everyone's just going to have to wait and see."'

Marker Predicting how each NFL team will finish this season [5:29 AM]
The War Room reports: Outlook: Miami has improved an already excellent defense by adding linebacker Junior Seau, safety Sammy Knight and tackle Jeff Zgonina. New England added pass-rushing linebacker Rosevelt Colvin, but there are concerns about the running game. Buffalo has improved its defense, but Josh Reed must prove he's a capable No. 2 receiver. The Jets lost too many key players.

July 1, 2003

Marker Divine intervention [4:53 PM]
ESPN reports: 'Could Frank Reich really have been a fine, admirable human being worthy of God's favor on Jan. 3, 1993, day of the 35-3 comeback, and then have become a despicable person deserving of divine retribution by Jan. 31, 1993, day of Reich's embarrassment in the Super Bowl? It seems a lot more likely he just had a really good outing in one game and a really bad outing in another.'

Marker New Bills' fan publication heading to print [4:50 PM]
Business First of Buffalo reports: 'The first issue is expected to go to print in time for the start of training camp in late July.'

Marker Dean Cain: Simply a Superhero [11:18 AM] reports: 'As Cain became famous, his former coach Marv Levy came up with one of his best-ever lines. One week, the Bills were getting ready to face an opponent that someone in the media had called a "superteam." "How many of you remember Dean Cain?" Levy asked his players in the locker room. A few guys raised their hands. "Well," Levy said, "we CUT Superman!"'

Marker Wire Participates In NFL Rookie Symposium [9:09 AM] reports: Bills safety Coy Wire is among the veteran players and coaches participating in this year's NFL Rookie Symposium June 29 - July 2 in West Palm Beach, Florida. Wire, a third round pick by the Bills in 2002, took part in a panel discussion called "Life as a Rookie," which was moderated by Merrell Hoge.

June 30, 2003

Marker New Bills Wallpaper [3:22 PM] reports: Show your pride by putting the Bills on your computer's desktop. Multiple styles are available, including a new patriotic look and one featuring the new AstroPlay.

Marker Parking rate raised to $15 [12:35 PM] reports: Without a press release or fanfare One Bills Drive has raised the rate to park at Buffalo Bills controlled lots to $15 from $10. Cars $15.00 (Drive 1-Drive 7)

Marker Sam Gash chuckles when pondering how life goes in circles. [12:32 PM]
CBS reports: At 34, Gash is confident he still has some bruising blocks left in him. He replaces pass-catching fullback Larry Centers and is a clear signal that the Bills want to run the ball better and control the clock after getting into far too many shootouts in 2002.

"I think it attracted me here," he said of the philosophical change. "I said, 'If that's what you want, I can do it.' I've always prided myself on being one of the tough guys out there and enjoying the contact, and in the power running game, that's what it's all about."

Marker These 10 unheralded moves could supply just the boost a team needs [10:07 AM]
Pro Football Weekly reports: * Dick LeBeau to Buffalo — Most people overlook the fact that the Bills not only brought in Takeo Spikes, Jeff Posey and Sam Adams, but they also snagged LeBeau, a defensive mastermind, to be an assistant coach and help still-somewhat-green DC Jerry Gray devise a perfect defense. LeBeau's influence should pay dividends, especially in the secondary, where the Bills have a handful of younger guys looking for a boost over the hump. It may not be as obvious, but LeBeau's presence could make all the difference for this defense.

Marker One year later, Portis is a believer [9:12 AM]
ESPN reports: Portis is part of a panel moderated by former NFL fullback and current ESPN analyst Merril Hoge, and which includes second-year veterans Antwaan Randle El (Pittsburgh), Coy Wire (Buffalo) and Scott Fujita.
Note: Article date is wrong - actually published on June 29

Marker Cornerback giving back [5:29 AM]
Akron Beacon Journal reports: '``For me to come back here and work with some of the kids in my hometown was long overdue,'' Winfield said. ``I think it's very important to give these talented kids a chance to meet someone who played on the same fields as they did. I'm hoping that they can look at me and see that if you work hard, you can be successful, not only on the football field, but in life.'''

June 29, 2003

Marker Wolford named to KY Sports Hall of Fame [4:26 PM] reports: 'The 6-5, 295-pound Wolford enjoyed a stellar NFL career with the Buffalo Bills (1986-92), Indianapolis Colts (1993-95) and Pittsburgh Steelers (1996-98). Wolford played in three Super Bowls with the Bills and was named to the Pro Bowl three times (1990, 1992, 1995). He was featured on the cover of Sports Illustrated in 1994.'

Marker Wolford, Dawson to enter Kentucky Hall of Fame [9:58 AM]
Louisville Courier Journal reports: 'Wolford now serves as majority owner of the Louisville Fire in the arenafootball2 league, but he once was the highest-paid offensive lineman in the NFL.'

Marker Injury could cloud Bills' sunny forecast [9:27 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'Bledsoe launched 610 passes last season. Alex Van Pelt, the veteran No. 2 quarterback, threw two, completed both for a total of five yards. Alex is 33, two years older than Bledsoe. He almost retired three years ago, putting his house on the market then taking it off and unretiring after Doug Flutie suffered a groin injury in the first week of training camp.'

June 27, 2003

Marker DeHaven Has Special Shoes To Fill [4:14 PM] reports: '"A great deal of what I do is Marv Levy's organization," said DeHaven of the long-time Bills head coach. "He was one of the very first special teams coaches in the league. Like Parcells, Levy loved attention to the kicking game. The kicking game is just like offense and defense - you have to get better technique and better with your individual drills if you're going to get better as a team. So, we've just tried to find drills to get guys better without having to work it as a team."'

Marker Bills Fans Across America [3:03 PM] reports: My name is Carlos Maye & I am the Bills #1 Fan in Georgia. There are 2 words that sum up why I am Georgia's #1 Bills fan: Loyalty & Dedication. I have been a Bills fan ever since I attended my first Bills game at Orchard Park with my father at age 4. Being born & raised in Rochester, it is very tough to not be at every home game. I usually make it to at least 1 home game a year. Last year, I attended the Dolphins home game on my birthday. What a great birthday that was.

Marker Flashback: Bills 42, Browns 0 [3:03 PM] reports: The Buffalo Bills upped their winning streak to six games as they defeated the Cleveland Browns, 42-0, in a rematch of the 1989 AFC Divisional playoff. Buffalo scored on their first possession when RB Thurman Thomas ran in from three yards out. With 13:06 left in the second quarter, Thomas hit pay dirt again as he bolted in from 11 yards out. LB Shane Conlan blocked Cleveland's first FG attempt and the second attempt was foiled by a bad snap.

Marker Buffalo Bills Bosters Club Photos [8:55 AM]
TBD reports: On Tuesday, June 24, Howard Simon was the guest speaker at the Buffalo Bills Bosters Meeting. In Howard's talk he fielded questions and told about his view of the season. He thinks it will have to be a 12-4 team to win the East. He thinks the Bills have the possibility of being 11-5 team.

Marker Ten 'must stops' on training camp tour [8:52 AM] reports: 10. Last but not least, the Buffalo Bills. Tom Donahoe has done a masterful job over the past two years -- clearing cap space, acquiring Drew Bledsoe, drafting well and securing quality veteran talent for the defense. Even if rookie running back Willis McGahee is out in shorts doing some drill work, it makes this stop a must. I think the Bills are poised to make a significant move this year, and I want to know this team inside and out.

Marker Man held in linebacker's slaying [5:31 AM]
Philadelphia Inquirer reports: 'Covington, who was living in Crofton, Md., was visiting friends at a Coachman Manor apartment on Gibbsboro Road when one of the residents answered the door. Three men with handguns rushed inside. They had hoped to rob the apartment of marijuana or money, prosecutors said.'

Marker Man charged in ex-NFL linebacker's death [5:30 AM]
Philadelphia Inquirer reports: 'Covington, of Winslow Township, was shot multiple times inside a unit at the Coachman Manor Apartments on Gibbsboro Road in Lindenwold on November 29. Covington was visiting friends at the apartment when three intruders, all with handguns, forced their way in.'

Marker Man charged in Covington killing [5:23 AM]
Cherry Hill Courier Post reports: 'A former Philadelphia man being held in a North Carolina jail on drug offenses has been charged with murdering former professional football player Damien Covington at the Lindenwold apartment of Covington's brother last fall.'

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