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Buffalo Bills News - December 19, 2002

Marker Kragthorpe can't fight it alone [10:58 AM]
Tulsa World reports: 'Kragthorpe plans to remain in Tulsa through Saturday to launch his head-coaching career. He will resume his quarterback coaching duties Sunday with the Bills before returning to TU to begin the full-time task of rebuilding one of the nation's most troubled programs.'

Marker Ch. 8 buries foes on Kragthorpe story [10:57 AM]
Tulsa World reports: 'Buzz 1430 [KTBZ-AM] afternoon host Jerry Ostroski, who retired from the Bills last summer, went to members of TU's athletic administration and lobbied on behalf of Kragthorpe.'

Marker Kragthorpe named TU coach [10:55 AM]
Oklahoma City Oklahoman reports: '"We're extremely pleased to have Steve Kragthorpe as our football coach," said MacLeod. "Steve has the enthusiasm necessary for success in today's competitive football environment. He has demonstrated his outstanding ability as an offensive coach on both the collegiate and professional levels. Steve brings a wealth of experience to our football program. He possesses the coaching ability, organizational skills, and the personal characteristics and qualities we were looking for in a head coach."'

Marker Foes have a bizarre history in Lambeau [9:01 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'The other memorable moment in the game was the "Wile E. Coyote play" - a crushing tackle Packers punt returner Darren Sharper put on Bills tight end Lonnie Johnson.'

Marker A shiver runs through him [9:00 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'Perhaps scariest of all for the Bills:This is one of the best seasons in Favre's 12-year career.'

Marker Favre rules Green Bay [5:36 AM]
D and C reports: 'He is the quintessential football player, an unpretentious superstar, one who can live up to his reputation.'

Marker Bills reward speed-readers [5:35 AM]
D and C reports: 'The No. 11 Drew Bledsoe jersey hung like a tent on her, but Marissa Bauer didn’t mind. As far as the spunky third-grader from School 52 was concerned, the jersey, like the day, was a perfect fit. It was just one of many perks Bauer and her classmates Brionna Goins and Brian Bennett received Wednesday as winners of the HealthNow Rush for Reading program, held in conjunction with the Buffalo Bills.'

Marker Bills await fate for AFC Pro Bowl [5:34 AM]
D and C reports: 'Those players -- quarterback Drew Bledsoe, wide receivers Eric Moulds and Peerless Price, running back Travis Henry, guard Ruben Brown, tackle Mike Williams, fullback Larry Centers and punter Brian Moorman -- will learn this afternoon at practice if they’ll be playing in the Feb. 2 game in Honolulu.'

Marker At least Vikings play in a dome [5:33 AM]
Fort Lauderdale Sun Sentinel reports: 'To rejoin the Road Dolphins where we left them, we stop where they were stopped on Dec. 1, in "freaking hell," as senior vice president Rick Spielman too kindly recalls Buffalo resembling that day.'

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December 18, 2002

Marker Injury Report [9:39 PM]
BuffaloBills.com reports: Bostic's out, Jennings is questionable, Stevenson is doubtful for the Bills.
It appears the Packers have a lot of players that are dinged (probable), but Earl Dotson and Gilbert Brown are questionable.

Marker Tulsa Names Buffalo Bills' Assistant Coach Steve Kragthorpe as Head Football Coach [9:02 PM]
TulsaHurricane.com reports: '"We're extremely pleased to have Steve Kragthorpe as our football coach," said MacLeod. "Steve has the enthusiasm necessary for success in today's competitive football environment. He has demonstrated his outstanding ability as an offensive coach on both the collegiate and professional levels." MacLeod added that, "Steve brings a wealth of experience to our football program. He possesses the coaching ability, organizational skills, and the personal characteristics and qualities we were looking for in a head coach."'

Marker Kragthorpe Named New Head Football Coach at TU [9:00 PM]
TulsaSportsWeb.com reports: '"I'm very excited for my family, and thrilled about this golden opportunity to be the head football coach at The University of Tulsa," said Kragthorpe. "Tulsa and northeastern Oklahoma is a great area, and The University of Tulsa is such a quality institution. I feel very comfortable with the administration and the commitment they're willing to make. I can't think of a better situation for my family than to move to Tulsa and become the head football coach."'

Marker TNT Strung Out [8:49 PM]
Variety reports: 'Most notable, however, is the terrible editing, which butchers real footage of games and fans. When winning touchdowns are scored, people are sitting and quiet, and there's even one sequence that starts out on the 50-yard line but then shifted to the red zone after a quick cut.'

Marker Tulsa Hires Bills Assistant Steve Kragthorpe as Football Coach [8:42 PM]
Bloomberg reports: '``Steve brings a wealth of experience to our football program,'' Tulsa Athletic Director Judy MacLeod said in a press release. ``He has demonstrated his outstanding ability as an offensive coach on both the collegiate and professional levels.'''

Marker Bledsoe's production dropping off down the stretch [8:20 PM]
AP reports: 'In Bledsoe's first eight games, he threw 16 touchdown passes and five interceptions. In the last six, he has seven touchdowns and eight interceptions.'

Marker Buffalo Bills Notebook: Wednesday's Quick Hits [5:34 PM]
BuffaloBills.com reports: The Green Bay Packers have won 53 consecutive home games when leading by 10 points or more. The Bills trailed 21-0 at the half before losing 31-21 in their last visit to Lambeau.

Marker Packers-Bills Preview [3:34 PM]
Packers.com reports: 'Kevin Harlan will call the play-by-play for the CBS telecast of Sunday's game and Randy Cross will provide the analysis, with Beasley Reece reporting from the sideline.'

Marker Two Minute Drill With Drew Bledsoe [3:01 PM]
NFL.com reports: Q: Last DVD you bought?

DB: Last DVD that I bought was ... shoot, I haven't bought one in a little while. Just bought the new limited edition version of "Caddyshack". It's got all the commentary and all that stuff on it which is pretty classic.

Marker Bills place CB Bostic on injured reserve [2:48 PM]
AP reports: 'To replace Bostic, the Bills promoted cornerback Marcus Floyd off of their practice squad.'

Marker Kragthorpe may leave Bills for college job [1:45 PM]
WGRZ-TV reports: 'Ch2 Sports has learned Kragthorpe is a finalist for the head coaching job at Tulsa, but Kragthorpe's fate depends on another job interview at another school. Sources tell us South Carolina assisstant coach Charlie Strong is Tulsa's number one choice, but Strong will interview for the East Carolina job on Wednesday. If he takes that job, Kragthorpe, according to a source in Tulsa, would then be the choice.'

Marker TU Dips Into NFL [1:42 PM]
TulsaSportsWeb.com reports: 'Kragthorpe is in his second year with the Bills and tutors starting quarterback Drew Bledsoe. Prior to his post in Buffalo, Kragthorpe coached fours seasons at Texas A&M, spending three of those seasons as the offensive coordinator. He also held coaching positions at Northern Arizona (1990-1993), North Texas (1994-1995) and Boston College (1996).'

Marker Report: Kragthorpe to be next coach at Tulsa [1:41 PM]
AP reports: 'Kragthorpe, who has coached Bills quarterbacks the last two seasons, is credited with helping Drew Bledsoe return to the NFL's elite this year after he lost his starting position in New England last year.'

Marker Bills Make Roster Moves [12:43 PM]
BuffaloBills.com reports: The Bills today announced that the team has placed cornerback Jason Bostic on the Injured Reserve list (knee) and elevated cornerback Marcus Floyd from the practice squad to the 53-man roster.

Marker Alumni Update: Ed Rutkowski [12:06 PM]
BuffaloBills.com reports: Ed Rutkowski could have been labeled with the nickname "Slash" nine years before Pittsburgh’s Kordell Stewart was born. His six-year, multi-position career with the Bills began in 1963, when he came to Buffalo along with two University of Notre Dame teammates, Daryle Lamonica and Ed Hoerster.

Marker Second to None - Oscar winner Voight leads Bills to title in TNT original [10:50 AM]
CNNSI.com reports: "I wanted to do this part," admits Voight, "because I wanted to see the Bills win the Super Bowl in my lifetime. The Bills have had some great teams, but there's no resemblance between me and [former Buffalo head coach] Marv Levy."

Marker Send a question to Bills owner Ralph Wilson [10:28 AM]
BuffaloBills.com reports: Recently, the Pro Football Hall of fame announced the preliminary list of nominees vying to be named to list of 15 finalists for election to the Pro Football Hall of Fame's Class of 2003. Included on list of 74 former players, coaches, and contributors were several with strong Buffalo Bills ties.

Marker Bills' road to playoffs needs a detailed map [8:58 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'It starts with beating the Green Bay Packers on the road, a monumental accomplishment under the best circumstances but even bigger in December. However, even a victory would be merely drawing an ace when a royal flush is required.'

Marker Losing some luster [8:42 AM]
Milwaukee Journal Sentinel reports: 'The trio of Eric Moulds (6-feet-1, 204 pounds), Peerless Price (5-10 1/2, 190) and rookie Josh Reed (5-10, 203) has been terrific.'

Marker The book on the Bills [8:41 AM]
Milwaukee Journal Sentinel reports: 'The Packers probably haven't played a team with three greater threats than Travis Henry, Eric Moulds and Peerless Price.'

Marker Comparisons: Packers vs. Bills [8:40 AM]
Milwaukee Journal Sentinel reports: 'Buffalo's Eric Moulds and Peerless Price are big-play men. Moulds has 86 catches and 1,167 yards, Price 84 and 1,156. Both have nine touchdowns. Rookie Josh Reed has 33 catches. As well as the Packer receivers have played and stepped up this season, they're not an equal threat.'

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