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Buffalo Bills News - March 20, 2002

Marker Williams takes long view toward filling in lineup gaps [9:05 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'The uncertain starting positions are: quarterback, left tackle, one of the two defensive tackles, one of the two defensive ends, weak-side linebacker, free safety and strong safety.'

Marker Redskins in Running To Acquire Blake [5:25 AM]
Washington Post reports: 'The Bills apparently were offering Blake a starting job. Redskins Coach Steve Spurrier has said he won't name his starter ahead of time and will play the quarterback who earns the job. But the Redskins hoped the lure of playing in Spurrier's high-powered passing offense would sway Blake.'

Marker Relatively Meaningless: Alex Van Pelt's Oscar Picks [5:18 AM]
Pittsburgh Post Gazette reports: 'Van Pelt's pick: Jon Voight. "Don't think I'm making this selection because I'm an athlete and this is a sports movie. I think it's tough to play [Howard] Cosell because he's so familiar. Russell Crowe did a great job as Dr. John Nash in "A Beautiful Mind," but who really knows what Nash is like?"'

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March 19, 2002

Marker Ostroski to accept award at "National Kidney Foundation" event tomorrow [2:03 PM]
BuffaloBills.com reports: @ On behalf of the Bills organization, Jerry will be accepting the Jeff Stoltzenburg Award, which is presented annually for service and contributions to the National Kidney Foundation. Jerry is also serving as the honorary chairperson of the ?2002 Gift of Life Walk,? which will take place on Sunday, May 19 at Ralph Wilson Stadium.

Marker 2002 Draft and online mock draft [9:39 AM]
BuffaloBills.com reports: This time of the year every one is an expert and everyone is a critic. It seems no matter where you go someone has an opinion on whom a team needs to draft.

Marker Bills have talked about Bledsoe [9:13 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'If the Bills don't sign Blake, they would have to pay a large price in the Bledsoe bidding. New England is believed to be seeking two first-round draft choices for him. Even if they dropped the demand to one first-rounder, the price likely would be too steep for the Bills.'

Marker 2002 HOF enshrinee Jim Kelly sees the world in the right perspective [8:09 AM]
Canton Repository reports: '"Most of his time is dedicated to his family," said Ann Brooker, marketing manager at Kelly Enterprises. "He spends most of his time with his family at home." Kelly turned over his business, Kelly Enterprises, to his brother Dan. The marketing business was taking too much time from the business of fatherhood. Kelly and his wife, Jill, have three children, ages 2, 5 and 7. It is the 5-year-old who occupies most of dad's thoughts and time. "I just hope and pray Hunter is there in August," Kelly said.'

Marker This Kelly might be too big a hero [8:07 AM]
Akron Beacon Journal reports: 'When the former Buffalo Bills great is enshrined Aug. 3, he said more than 1,000 friends and family members will be in attendance. Kelly has reserved every room in two Akron hotels and still needed 50 more rooms in the Canton area.'

Marker For Kelly, it's a family affair [8:07 AM]
Massillon Independent reports: '"Right now, the most important place for me to be is at home with my family," Kelly said.'

Marker Alex Picks Oscars [8:02 AM]
USA Today reports: 'Buffalo Bills quarterback Alex Van Pelt this week counts down his Oscar picks on buffalobills.com, although he says his formal training was one college course on Japanese film. Monday, he picked A Beautiful Mind's Jennifer Connelly, explaining: "She reminded me a lot of my wife, and not because she's married to a schizophrenic."'

Marker Bledsoe may fit the Bill in Buffalo [6:37 AM]
Boston Herald reports: 'Yesterday, Buffalo vice president Tom Donahoe said that if the Patriots would consider trading their franchise quarterback inside the AFC East, the Bills would definitely be interested. In fact, Donahoe said that conversations between the two teams have already begun.'

Marker Relatively Meaningless [5:56 AM]
Pittsburgh Post Gazette reports: 'Alex Van Pelt is a smart man. He realizes that playing quarterback for the Buffalo Bills has about as much upside as waking up next to your cousin.'

Marker Special play-for-pay pool created by NFL [5:48 AM]
AP reports: 'The owner of the team in one of the NFL's coldest climates doesn't like the idea of playing the Super Bowl in an outdoor stadium in the north. "The championship game should be played in championship conditions," Ralph Wilson, owner of the Buffalo Bills, said Monday.'

March 18, 2002

Marker Alex Van Pelt picks Best Supporting Actress [1:46 PM]
BuffaloBills.com reports: Gosford Park is a period piece, I believe set in England in the 1930s. As a rule, I try to avoid period pieces so with all due respect to Helen Mirren and Maggie Smith - who were probably excellent - I can’t vote for either of the two nominees from that movie.

Marker Writing the Book on the Bills [1:08 PM]
BuffaloBills.com reports: @ Everyone likes instant gratification. That's why Buffalo Bills fans were so frustrated last season.

Marker Buffalo Jills Cheerleader Auditions [1:04 PM]
BuffaloBills.com reports: We will be hosting a 3-hour optional workshop. The purpose of the workshop is to help participants become better prepared for the audition process. Please note that this clinic is not mandatory and does not guarantee a position on the squad. However, classes are strongly encouraged. Candidates will be given an overview of the cheerleading program and important information will be shared that will lead to better scores. You will have an improved overall understanding of what it takes to make the squad and what to look forward to if you do!

Marker Anschutz Considers NFL Site [11:45 AM]
Los Angeles Times reports: 'The Buffalo Bills have the option to terminate their lease in June 2004, but that would require paying a $20-million termination fee. That fee gets progressively smaller each year until it reaches $2 million in 2012. But NFL insiders say Buffalo is not in danger of losing the Bills as long as 82-year-old owner Ralph Wilson--for whom the team's stadium is named--has say in the matter.'

Marker Donahoe looking for help at safety, on lines [8:59 AM]
Buffalo News reports: '"We still would like to get better on both lines, and we have to get better at safety," Donahoe said Sunday at the NFL owners' meetings. "Those are priorities."'

Marker Coalition formed whose goal is to lure NFL team to Los Angeles [8:56 AM]
ESPN reports: @ With LA stating many times they would not support a publically supported football stadium, a new group of billionares are hatching a plan to build a privately funded one. With 32 teams, the NFL has no plans to immediately expand, which means any team headed for Los Angeles would be from an existing franchise that relocates. San Diego, Indianapolis, New Orleans and Buffalo are among the teams that could relocate to Los Angeles, although the list constantly rotates as leases expire or loopholes in stadium contracts are found.

Marker HOF inductee Kelly to address HOF lunch group [7:57 AM]
Canton Repository reports: 'It marks the first time an enshrinee will appear at the luncheon club between his Super Bowl weekend announcement and his actual enshrinement.'

Marker Alex Van Pelt to pick the Oscars [7:53 AM]
BuffaloBills.com reports: While NFL quarterbacks are known for their endless hours of film study, Bills quarterback Alex Van Pelt definitely takes it to another level when he breaks down the 2002 Oscar nominees all next week on buffalobills.com.

Marker Breakfast with Jim Kelly [6:43 AM]
Pittsburgh Post Gazette reports: 'Q. So what's it like to win four AFC titles and lose four Super Bowls? A. Someone once asked me if I would have rather just gone to one Super Bowl and won it. I'd rather go to four. What we were able to accomplish, the resiliency we showed having to go back to training camp -- ground zero -- and get in a position to be competitive again is amazing. A devastating loss like that, you've got to sit with that for five, six months until you can compete again. I attribute Mark Levy, our head coach, with being able to put us in the right frame of mine. I'm proud to say I went to four, win or lose.'

Marker Bidding Begins for Free Agent Blake [5:59 AM]
Washington Post reports: 'Buffalo appeared to be the front-runner to sign Blake before he met with Redskins officials Thursday night and early Friday. But Blake's meeting with Redskins Coach Steve Spurrier seemed to go smoothly.'

Marker Fletcher rips Rams for underpaying him [5:40 AM]
AP reports: '"I played for the minimum and never said anything because of my love for the game of football," he said. " The Rams knew they were underpaying me."'

Marker Fletcher says Rams "sucked me dry for four years" [5:40 AM]
St.Louis Post Dispatch reports: '"Based on what I did for the Rams, I wish they would have shown me more appreciation," Fletcher said in a telephone interview. "I had given the Rams way more than they could ever give me. Sometimes you have to say: 'Enough's enough. There's no more blue light specials.'"'

March 17, 2002

Marker Does Ex-Bill Rob johnson have a chance in Tampa? [5:41 PM]
The Sporting News reports: @ Johnson won't be forced to take on the roll in Tampa Bay that he had in Buffalo. What people don't realize is that Jon Gruden's offense doesn't put too much pressure on the QB. The "QB friendly" attack saw Rich Gannon have a couple of career years and should enable Johnson to have some success, too. It must be noted that Johnson comes into this situation as a backup, and he'll be playing under much less pressure. So yes, I do think there is a chance that, if he can get on the field, Johnson could succeed.

Marker Mike Doser: This is what I've concluded [2:40 PM]
Shout! reports: @ The OBD is not too keen on current weakside LB Jay Foreman.
@ They don't think SS Prioleau is final answer in 4-6 defense.
@ They are not sure about the long-term prospects of free safety Tillman
@ They're going to draft a defensive lineman in the first round.

Marker Van Pelt will make call on Oscars [9:21 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'Who better than an NFL quarterback, a guy with endless hours of film study, to pick this year's Oscar winners? Buffalo Bills quarterback Alex Van Pelt, an avid moviegoer, will venture into the realm of serious film critique this week on the team's Web site, www.buffalobills.com.'

Marker Ravens crumbling quickly as dominating defense disintegrates [9:19 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'But Hall of Fame officials have made accommodations to hold a bigger crowd by moving the ceremony from the front steps of the Hall to Fawcett Stadium, next to the Hall. The Hall could accommodate about 11,000 fans in the past. By moving to the stadium, the ceremony should be able to hold several thousand more.'

March 16, 2002

Marker Cowart gives credit to Cottrell [2:13 PM]
ESPN reports: @ The ever-affable Cottrell, of course, was a significant factor in Cowart moving to southern New York. "He taught me the NFL game from the LB position," Cowart said. "Some people told me when I dropped from the first round to the second round that maybe going to Buffalo was like a blessing in disguise, and it definitely was. As soon as I walked in, Teddy and I kind of connected, and I give him the credit for the player I am today."

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