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Buffalo Bills News - February 8, 2005

Marker Bills Form Memorabilia Collectors Club [3:14 PM] reports: 'The Bills’ Archives Department has organized a new group of avid fans and named the group the “Buffalo Bills Memorabilia Collectors Club”. The group will meet several times each year and help the team organize and publicize the popular hobby of sports memorabilia collecting, focusing specifically on the Buffalo Bills and NFL Football.'

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February 7, 2005

Marker Vincent Wins Bart Starr Award [4:20 PM] reports: 'More than 1,000 fans and players attended the 17th annual Athletes in Action Super Bowl breakfast at the NFL headquarters hotel, where Bart Starr personally presents the Award to the winner voted on by NFL players.'

Marker Birds emotional favorite, but Pats the better team [6:01 AM]
Reading Eagle reports: [written by Buffalo Bills offensive lineman Ross Tucker]
'If the Patriots played the Eagles 10 times, I think the Patriots would win seven or eight.'

Marker Bills Team Report [5:35 AM]
The Sporting News reports: 'After a strong rookie year, WR Josh Reed's play has been in decline the past two seasons. He needs to a strong offseason to show the team he still can be an effective No. 3 receiver. Reed is a good route runner, but needs to get more separation from defenders. He entered the NFL with a reputation as a sure-handed receiver. But he's dropped an alarming number of passes the past two seasons. He has to strengthen his concentration and play with more confidence. If Reed doesn't show progress, the team will replace him with someone on the roster or in free agency and/or the draft.'

February 6, 2005

Marker Athletes in Action honors 2 ex-Eagles [9:27 AM]
Florida Times Union reports: '"I talked to Troy yesterday [Friday] and this morning. He wanted to be here. In sports and [with] the great athletes that have been recognized, this is one of the most coveted awards in the NFL," Carter said. "He was humbled by being able to receive the award. He told me, 'Cris, now that you'll be there, I don't have to worry about it. I can just concentrate and take care of my family.'"'

Marker Giants' win a super example of strategy [9:26 AM]
Florida Times Union reports: 'For the game, the Giants held the ball a Super Bowl-record 40:33; the Bills just 19:27. The game's best player was Thomas, who had 190 yards (135 rushing, 55 receiving): He averaged an amazing 9.77 yards per minute his offense was on the field. But the game's best team was the Giants. Their strategy worked, and they won what many people think was the most exciting Super Bowl.'

Marker Vincent wins Starr Award [9:17 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'Buffalo Bills safety Troy Vincent on Saturday received the Bart Starr Award, given to an NFL player who exemplifies strong character and leadership in the home, on the field and in the community.'

Marker Bills' Milloy opens mouth, inserts foot [5:06 AM]
Rochester D&C reports: 'Makes you wonder, too, what kind of gospel he's spreading inside the Buffalo locker room, particularly to the young defensive backs that look up to him.'

Marker Beebe's hustle still defines him [5:05 AM]
Chicago Tribune reports: 'The former NFL receiver still commands immense respect that began to form after the defining play of his nine-year playing career during Super Bowl XXVII in 1993.'

February 5, 2005

Marker NFL heading north of border? [5:34 AM]
Fort Lauderdale Sun Sentinel reports: 'Commissioner Paul Tagliabue, in his annual state of the league address Friday, held out strong hope for a franchise in Canada, but his mention of the city of Toronto might not sit well with Buffalo Bills owner Ralph Wilson, whose small market team is bouyed by fans from Toronto. The cities are separated by about a two-hour drive.'

Marker Tagliabue tackles TV, LA franchise and minority hiring issues [5:33 AM]
AP reports: 'Tagliabue also noted the NFL might stage a game that counts outside U.S. borders. The league is considering a game in Mexico or Canada, perhaps as soon as the upcoming schedule. Prime candidates to sacrifice a game in their home stadium would be the Cardinals for Mexico or the Bills for Canada, although Tagliabue mentioned no specific teams.'

February 4, 2005

Marker Interview: Jack Kemp [9:31 PM]
Sports Fan Magazine reports: 'Oh, no! Do you have a rooting interest here? Are you an Eagles fan?
JK: I’m a Pats fan. I’m a Tom Brady guy. I love the Eagles—my son played for the Eagles—but I think Tom Brady is about as close to Joe Montana as you will see.'

Marker Bills sign six to pacts [8:52 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'Palafox, 26, is the only player who previously spent time with the Bills. He was signed last spring out of Angelo State but was released before training camp.'

Marker Chicago Bears hire Rusty Jones as strength, conditioning coordinator [7:26 AM]
AP reports: 'Jones has worked with the Buffalo Bills since 1985, spending 19 years as their strength and conditioning coordinator before being promoted to Buffalo's director of physical development and assistant to the head coach before last season.'

February 3, 2005

Marker Bills sign six free agents [5:37 PM]
AP reports: 'The Buffalo Bills Thursday signed six free agents and allocated all to participate in NFL Europe.'

Marker Bears hire Jones as strength and conditioning coordinator [5:23 PM] reports: 'The Bears on Thursday hired 20-year NFL veteran Rusty Jones as strength and conditioning coordinator.'

Marker Bills Sign Six Free Agents [3:36 PM] reports: 'The Bills today announced that the team has signed linebacker Kellen Brantley, tight end/long snapper Mike Gomez, defensive back Jonathon Palafox, kicker Owen Pochman, quarterback Kevin Thompson, and wide receiver LaDaris Vann.'

Marker Kemp: Brady can parlay popularity into politics [6:40 AM]
New York Newsday reports: 'Kemp had even fewer believers; he was a 17th-round draft choice who was cut by three NFL teams and had the queasy and humbling experience of being dumped by the Canadian league. None of those setbacks broke the spirit of an eternal optimist, who saw the newly formed American Football League as another chance in 1960. He started with the San Diego Chargers, who lost the first two AFL title games, then joined the Buffalo Bills, who won a pair of championships with a quarterback who didn't ring up big numbers but was clever and could always be counted on when the situation grew tense.'

February 2, 2005

Marker Two lawyers late paying their Bar dues [6:57 AM]
Miami Herald reports: 'Dorothy Doretha McNeil, 27, gave birth to Bria Andrea McGahee on Jan. 17 at North Shore Hospital. She says McGahee is the daddy. She dated him from January to May '04, according to court papers filed by attorney Gabriel Martin. No word on who represents McGahee.'

Marker Distraction factor overblown, Levy says [6:04 AM]
Chicago Sun Times reports: '"What killed us was the takeaway-giveaway ratio,'' Levy said. "We won it in every playoff game, but when we got to the Super Bowl, we lost it. So we started stressing it in practice. Maybe we stressed it too much.'''

Marker Levy's record improves with history [6:02 AM]
Toronto Globe & Mail reports: 'The most curious thing is happening to the man who used prose on the pros and preached, "What you do should speak so loudly that no one will hear what you say."'

Marker Levy Visits New York City Bills Backers [5:32 AM] reports: 'The event was a huge success, as Marv signed over 300 copies of his new book titled Where Else Would You Rather Be?'

February 1, 2005

Marker Fitness coach Jones leaves after 20 years [8:52 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'When Mike Mularkey was hired as head coach last January, he brought in a new strength and conditioning coach, Brad Roll, from the Miami Dolphins. Roll and Mularkey had been friends since working together in Tampa Bay in the early 1990s.'

Marker Bills raise most ticket prices [8:51 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'Season ticket rates will go up under the new plan but not as much as most tickets sold on an individual game basis. That means season ticket purchasers will enjoy an even greater discount, as much as $10 at the top scale.'

Marker Ex-Eagle Vincent in Jacksonville, but only to watch [6:08 AM]
Press of Atlantic City reports: '"Everyone's been asking me if I wish I was still back in Philadelphia,'' Vincent said. "No. I made the decision two years ago that my time would come (where he would be forced out). Besides, I stayed in touch with everybody. I talk to (the Eagles' defensive backs) more than I talk to my own teammates in Buffalo.'''

Marker Around the corner, Troy proud of Birds [6:07 AM]
Delaware County Times reports: 'So Vincent, wearing his blue Bills jersey for best visual impact on his audience, walked proudly into the church parking lot, behind Oakland Raider Roland Williams and Jacksonville Jaguar Deon Grant, and below the TV blimp, visible in the distance, circling high above Jacksonville. So close, geographically, to the Super Bowl. So close, chronologically. So close, emotionally. But Troy Vincent was nowhere near regret.'

January 31, 2005

Marker Jones Leaves The Bills [3:02 PM]
WGR-AM reports: 'It's not clear if Jones has another job or if he's just leaving the Bills.'

Marker Bills' physical development coach leaving team [3:02 PM]
AP reports: 'The Bills, on Monday, did not provide a reason for Jones' departure.'

Marker After 20 Years Rusty Jones is Moving On [2:36 PM] reports: 'Bills Director of Physical Development/Assistant to the Head Coach Rusty Jones has informed Coach Mike Mularkey that he will be leaving the Bills organization.'

Marker Bills bump most ticket costs, add 'Rock Pile' section [10:25 AM]
Business First of Buffalo reports: 'Season ticket costs will now range from $25 to $43 while individual seats will range from $35 (Tops family section) to $53 per seat.'

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