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Buffalo Bills News - December 10, 2001

Marker Panthers Notebook [4:48 AM]
Winston Salem Journal reports: 'Brandon Spoon, the rookie linebacker with the Bills who played in college at North Carolina and is a native of Burlington, made one of the key plays of the game yesterday when he intercepted a Weinke pass in the third quarter and returned it 44 yards for a touchdown. It was the first interception of Spoon's young NFL career and he made sort of a nifty move to dive into the end zone for the touchdown, avoiding a would-be Carolina tackler.'

Marker Panthers can't find a way to win [4:47 AM]
Gaston Gazette reports: 'The Carolina Panthers proved Sunday that no lead is too big for their defense.'

Marker Defense isn't getting it done [4:46 AM]
Gaston Gazette reports: 'But the momentum of the game turned when Alex Van Pelt led his team 70 yards on four plays to cut Carolina’s lead to 24-13. Bills third-year wide receiver Peerless Price beat double coverage by cornerback Doug Evans and free safety Deon Grant to score with one second left in the half.'

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December 9, 2001

Marker Bills 25, Panthers 24 [6:47 PM]
AP reports: '"We could have laid down and said, 'We can't come back from this.' It's the Bills' tradition to circle the wagons and come back."'

Marker Buffalo 25, Carolina 24 [6:47 PM]
Sportsticker reports: 'The Bills (2-10) won for the first time in seven home games this season and snapped a six-game losing streak overall.'

Marker Panthers, Bills see a golden opportunity [9:39 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'The last time the Bills lost all eight home games was back in 1984, when they were 1-12 en route to a 2-14 finish under coach Kay Stephenson.'

Marker A positive air [9:38 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'The 43-year-old Williams had only streaks of gray when he was hired in February. Now his head is all shades of gray.'

Marker Now it's time to grade the staff [9:37 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'What the remaining six games will involve is the judging of Williams' staff.'

Marker Williams could learn plenty about coaching from Marv's tenure [9:35 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'Williams has been Captain Bligh, head-strong and, judging by the running critical commentary of his players, imperiled by the threat of mutiny.'

Marker Decision 2002 [9:34 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'Talk about the draft is getting louder with every Buffalo loss.'

Marker Rams' Show outperforms Bills' K-gun offense [9:32 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'But the Rams' offensive numbers of the past three years eclipse almost all of the Bills' numbers.'

Marker Are Lions, Panthers or Bills best of worst? [6:13 AM]
Detroit News reports: 'This year, the Lions are in a race -- and leading it -- for the No. 2 pick in next year's draft. The expansion Houston Texans get the top pick. The worst of the 31 established teams are in a backward race for No. 2. The Lions' 0-11 record gives them the lead, but there are two solid contenders -- Buffalo and Carolina each have one win.'

Marker Bills, Panthers focused on win [5:54 AM]
D and C reports: 'Well-paying jobs are on the line. And the last anybody checked, nobody's gotten bored with driving Cadillac SUVs or paying for manicures for their poodles.'

Marker 'Sad Six' struggle along [5:53 AM]
D and C reports: 'This afternoon, two members of an exclusive club -- the Sad Six -- will square off at Ralph Wilson Stadium.'

Marker Q & A with Alex Van Pelt [5:52 AM]
D and C reports: '[Q:] You've got the image as every man's player, Alex. But now that you've started three games in a row, can you still walk around Buffalo in anonymity? [A:] ''Yes and it's great. I'm not 6-4 and I don't stand out. I look like a normal guy. Not many people approach me, so going out in public, that's still easy to do. I was at the mall the other day, dinner, and the movies.'''

Marker Panthers don't feel sorry for Bills [5:50 AM]
D and C reports: '"But you are what you are. And that's the honest truth. We're 1-11. That's what we are. They're 1-10. That's what they are."'

Marker Scouting report [5:49 AM]
D and C reports: 'Can you feel the excitement? Probably not.'

Marker Buffalo-Carolina a preview of NFL contender? [5:48 AM]
Charlotte Observer reports: '"Some have gone from apparent greatness to nothing," Carolina coach George Seifert said. "Others have come from apparent nothing to greatness. I think that's the thing that we all hang onto."'

Marker Panthers-Bills is a football game - America is awaiting with a yawn [5:48 AM]
Charlotte Observer reports: 'To the rest of the country, the Carolina-Buffalo game is a joke.'

Marker Signs point to Walls' departure [5:47 AM]
Charlotte Observer reports: 'Walls, 35, is the team's second oldest player.'

Marker One not the loneliest number as Panthers take on Bills [5:47 AM]
Winston Salem Journal reports: 'So today, it's One for the Ages. The only thing that could spoil it is if the teams play to a tie.'

Marker Daydreaming: What will future bring for Seifert, Panthers? [5:46 AM]
Winston Salem Journal reports: 'After all, only the winless Detroit Lions and the expansion Houston Texans stand between these two teams and the top pick in April's NFL Draft.'

Marker Panthers notebook [5:44 AM]
Winston Salem Journal reports: 'There was an 80 percent chance of snow last night in Buffalo, with a northeast wind gusting up to 15 mph. But it shouldn't be so bad for the game today. Forecasts were calling for temperature highs that could reach the upper 30s by this afternoon and it might even be sunny, with the chance for additional snow down to about 30 percent.'

Marker Just lose, baby! [5:43 AM]
Gaston Gazette reports: '"Honestly, I think guys would be lying if they didn't say in the back of their minds, that, 'Hey, that makes business sense,' " Seifert said. "But as a coach you can't do it. You can't function that way. There's no way that I can go into a game and not do everything I can to win a game. When you compete, you compete to win."'

Marker Second time around gives Crosby new life [5:41 AM]
Gaston Gazette reports: 'Crosby earned a roster spot and now finds himself second on the depth chart at fullback behind perennial Pro Bowler Larry Centers. He even got a start last Sunday night on national television against the San Francisco 49ers due to the offensive formation in which the Bills opened the game.'

December 8, 2001

Marker Buffalo Bills, Carolina Panthers square off in Futility Bowl on Sunday [6:05 PM]
AP reports: 'Call it The Futility Bowl, The Pride Bowl, The Misery Loves Company Bowl. Two teams, whose combined records are 2-21, are playing for anything but a shot at The Super Bowl.'

Marker Former Bills Coach to head KnowledgeMax merger [11:47 AM]
AP reports: KnowledgeMax & Sideware are merging and Sideware's CEO James L. Speros is a former Bills Coach. Early in his career, Mr. Speros spent five years in the National Football League, coaching for Buffalo Bills ftr two years.

Marker Little suspense for Bills, even against Pathetic Panthers [10:15 AM]
Niagara Falls Reporter reports: 'Predicting the outcome of Buffalo Bills games has gotten remarkably easy. It's no longer a question of if they'll lose, but how and by how much. Some optimists point to Sunday's visit by the almost-equally dismal Carolina Panthers as Buffalo's chance to avoid the third one-win season in franchise history, since Carolina hasn't won since a Week 1 upset of Minnesota. But not all single-win records were created equal. Of Carolina's 11 losses, seven were by eight points or fewer. Five came by the margin of a field goal or less, including a pair of overtime defeats. Buffalo has come within three points of victory just twice, with two other losses by a touchdown or less. More than half the Bills' 10 losses, six, were by double-digit margins. Recent history also bodes well for the Panthers. They led New Orleans into the final moments last week, only to blow a lead in the final five minutes for the fifth time this year. That night, Buffalo turned in a thoroughly hapless performance in San Francisco, failing miserably in every phase of the game.'

Marker By George, Panthers also suffering [9:17 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'Leif Larsen is expected to start for injured defensive tackle Shawn Price on Sunday, though rookie Tyrone Robertson will get plenty of snaps.'

Marker '71 Bills the worst, for now [6:11 AM]
D and C reports: 'To date, the sub-standard bearer is the 1971 club. That team should have been known as the Counterfeit Bills.'

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