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Buffalo Bills News - September 14, 2014

Marker Sweet tweets on Jackson from Bills Nation [1:58 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'Huge group at Bills bar. Friend says “it’s a rule that as Bills’ fan, your fav player must be FJ” Whole place nods'

Marker With electricity in crowd, Bills should be flying high [1:57 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'Bills 27, Dolphins 14.'

Marker It’s time to live it up, Bills fans: you’ve earned it [1:56 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'When you consider the dramatic confluence of events, it could be the biggest and most anticipated home opener in team history. I’ll defer to people who were on hand for Kelly’s first game in 1986, or for the first home game in the inaugural AFL season in 1960. But it should be one wild afternoon.'

Marker The next generation of Bills fans [1:55 AM]
Buffalo News reports: '“This is my second Bills season here, and thanks to the Pegulas, I’m looking forward to many more,” she said.'

Marker Across generations, Bills respected Wilson [1:53 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'The returning alumni included some players of the championship years of the 1960s – Ed Rutkowski, Booker Edgerson, Butch Byrd, Stratton and Ron McDole.'

Marker A home opener like no other [1:52 AM]
Rochester D&C reports: 'All this would normally be enough to energize the home squad but for reasons that are difficult to explain — perhaps Ralph won a poker hand with St. Peter — the Bills are experiencing a seismic shift in karma these days.'

Marker 3 questions heading into the Bills home opener [1:51 AM]
Rochester D&C reports: 'ills 19, Dolphins 17.'

Marker Kelly Tough: The story of a Buffalo icon [1:50 AM]
Rochester D&C reports: '"Kelly Tough, to me at the beginning, was being physically strong, being able to bounce back from injury, being able to bounce back from something that some people may not be able to; just tough it out," Kelly explained. "But I found out Kelly Tough is more than just the physical part, it's the mental part. Being mentally tough is probably just as important, if not more important."'

Marker Jim Kelly weighing risk of possible surgery [1:49 AM]
Rochester D&C reports: 'Kelly said there's still a spot that his doctors are concerned about, and they are considering performing Gamma Knife radiosurgery to eradicate it. The problem, though, is there's significant risk involved, and Kelly is unsure whether he's willing to take it.'

Marker Bills fans have something to shout about [1:48 AM]
Rochester D&C reports: 'For now, upgrades in the current stadium and investment by the Pegulas in the franchise itself, bode well for the team, the city and fans throughout western New York. With the help of private developers and Gov. Andrew Cuomo's "Buffalo billion," the city is on the upswing. For fans, the Bills can't emulate that surge soon enough.'

Marker Bills offensive coordinator Nathaniel Hackett slowly opening things up for EJ Manuel [1:47 AM]
Syracuse Post-Standard reports: '"I'll be truthful," Hackett said on a blustery Friday morning at One Bills Drive. "Sadly, that's more (criticism) than I wish it would be. You want a guy to develop, you want a guy feel supported, you want him to be successful, and then he has to deal with all that other stuff. It sucks, but people want him to be great. It's just because they love the Bills and they want him to be great. It's just unfortunate that he has to deal with that right now. That's why a lot of people don't play quarterback.'

Marker Fans, players excited to be back at Ralph Wilson Stadium [1:46 AM]
Dunkirk Observer reports: 'With all that's happened this past week with the Buffalo Bills, from their thrilling overtime win against the Chicago Bears in Week 1, to the sale of the team to Terry and Kim Pegula, it's no wonder tickets to the home-opener against the Miami Dolphins today are being sold for as much as they are.'

Marker Amid euphoria, Bills and Dolphins set to play meaningful game [1:45 AM]
Toronto Sun reports: 'Fans will loudly pay homage to the man who stubbornly, proudly kept the team in Buffalo for decades. If there were a Ralph Wilson Stadium decibels-level record, it’d be in jeopardy Sunday at about 12:55 p.m. EDT.'

Marker Here’s proof Bon Jovi and Toronto partners never promised to keep Bills in Buffalo [1:44 AM]
Toronto Sun reports: 'If Bon Jovi and his partners truly wanted to convince the trust and its legal team that their about-face was in earnest, they could have furthermore written, “We promise not to move the Bills from Western New York beyond the current lease,” or some such thing.'

Marker Fans’ love affair with their Buffalo Bills as hot as ever [1:43 AM]
Toronto Star reports: '“If the Bills would have left it would have been absolutely devastating,” said Jenn. “It would have been like your first dog dying when you’re a kid, or your mother dying. It would have been unreal. I can’t even imagine it because I’m not that passionate about anything in my life. But for Jack’s sake I’m very happy they’re still here.”'

Marker Sunday's Miami Coverage [1:42 AM] reports:
Miami Dolphins look to end road woes against Buffalo Bills (Miami Herald)
Passion makes Miami Dolphins fun to watch (Miami Herald)
Dion Jordan, Reshad Jones will miss Miami Dolphins’ game against Buffalo Bills (Miami Herald)
Dolphins-Bills to play for first place in AFC East (South Florida Sun Sentinel)
Dolphins undrafted rookies settling into NFL life (South Florida Sun Sentinel)
A day to show one lesson learned (South Florida Sun Sentinel)
Sunday: Miami Dolphins (1-0) at Buffalo Bills (1-0), 1 p.m., Chs. 4, 12 (South Florida Sun Sentinel)
Dolphins’ Knowshon Moreno at home in the zone (Palm Beach Post)
Miami Dolphins at Buffalo Bills: How they match up (Palm Beach Post)
Dolphins seek first win in Buffalo since 2011, 2-0 start in AFC East (Palm Beach Post)
Dolphins Look Forward To A Mild Day In Buffalo (
5 Keys To The Buffalo Game (

Marker Billionaire C. Dean Metropoulos was mystery Bills bidder [1:41 AM]
New York Post reports: 'Massachusetts native Metropoulos has made his fortune teaming with private equity firms in buying well known and slumping consumer food brands, including Hostess, which had been in bankruptcy, in 2013. He typically brings brands back to life, at least for a short time, with new marketing campaigns.'

Marker 5 things to watch for during Bills - Dolphins [1:40 AM]
WGR-AM reports: 'or what should be one of the most electric home crowds at Ralph Wilson Stadium in recent memory, the Bills have a humongous opportunity to declare that their Week One win wasn’t a fluke. The play of the defensive line will set the tone for the Bills, but the team’s running backs need to be able to get into the second level against the Miami defense in order to have the necessary success for the Bills to obtain a victory. Make no mistake, this will be a tight game between two evenly matched teams. If the Bills get a couple of turnovers early in the contest, the Dolphins might not be able to hear themselves think inside the Pegula-charged crowd inside Ralph Wilson Stadium. If that happens, the Bills could be sitting atop the AFC East by themselves once Sunday is over and done with.'

Marker Top 8 reasons why the Bills 2014 home opener will be awesome [1:39 AM] reports: 'Speaking of Bills alumni, it’s throwback week! The players will be looking fresh in their white throwback uniforms as we celebrate the past and present of the Buffalo Bills organization.'

Marker Broadcast Information: Dolphins at Bills [1:38 AM] reports: 'Tom McCarthy (Play-by-play), Adam Archuleta (analyst).'

Marker Camper/RV lot already sold out [1:37 AM] reports: 'The Bills camper/RV parking lot has completely sold-out and is filled to capacity for the Bills vs. Miami Dolphins game. This is the first time in Bills recorded history that the camper/RV lot has sold out the day before the game.'

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September 13, 2014

Marker Ex-NFL exec Policy details steps to ownership [1:59 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'The finance committee reviews each pending purchase and, with assistance from NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell’s staff, makes the recommendation for the other 31 owners to vote on.'

Marker Bills like zone read, used in moderation [1:58 AM]
Buffalo News reports: '“Being able to see it pre-snap and kind of having an idea that this is a 99 percent pull right here if this guy does what I think he’s going to do,” Manuel said. “That’s why I was able to go ahead and execute it and not make it a hard process because it’s really not. It’s an easy read, but at the same time you still need to see it pre-snap because it happens so fast.”'

Marker With no Jills to lead cheers, the job of drumming up fan excitement falls to the Stampede [1:57 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'The drummers’ uniforms consist of Bills game jerseys that carry the name “Stampede” and the numbers of Wall of Fame players, worn with knee-length shorts. As the season progresses, the drummers will turn to sweatpants.'

Marker Slight chance that solar flare could disrupt TV during Bills home opener [1:56 AM]
Buffalo News reports: '“It’s unlikely, but it’s not impossible,” said Dimitris A. Pados, a professor in the electrical engineering department at the University at Buffalo who specializes in communication systems.'

Marker Buffalo man accused of selling phony tickets to Bills-Dolphins game [1:55 AM]
Buffalo News reports: '“This suspect took $600 from the undercover officer, provided a receipt and gave her two fake Buffalo Bills tickets for this Sunday’s game,” said Dennis J. Richards, chief of detectives. The forged tickets appeared to be real, police said.'

Marker Pegula's riches come from hydraulic fracturing [1:54 AM]
Rochester D&C reports: '"Elected leaders are happy to shake Terry Pegula's hand and embrace his purchase of the Bills and his investment of Buffalo, but on the other hand they virtually have condemned this process, this technology that he has made his fortune in," said Karen Moreau, president of the state Petroleum Council, a top gas-industry lobbying group in New York.'

Marker Bills receiver Mike Williams feels at home again playing for Doug Marrone in Buffalo [1:53 AM]
Syracuse Post-Standard reports: '"Just to stay out of that area and act like I'm still gone," Williams said. "There's still a couple of my family members that don't even know that I'm out here, just think I play for the Bills but live in Tampa. I don't know how they think that."'

Marker Keith Rivers out; Stephon Gilmore probable [1:52 AM]
Syracuse Post-Standard reports: 'Meanwhile, cornerback Stephon Gilmore (groin) and safety Aaron Williams (head) are both listed as probable on the injury report. Gilmore practiced in full all week, while Williams was limited.'

Marker What to look for from the Miami Dolphins against the Buffalo Bills in Week 2 [1:51 AM]
Syracuse Post-Standard reports: 'The Dolphins have a new offensive coordinator, Bill Lazor, who comes from Chip Kelly's system and runs some of the same concepts. After reviewing the Dolphins' win over the Patriots, here are a few things to look for from the Bills' Week 2 opponent.'

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