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Buffalo Bills News - March 21, 2002

Marker Bills may stick with Van Pelt [11:03 AM]
Fox Sports reports: @ If the Buffalo Bills don't sign free-agent Jeff Blake and don't draft Joey Harrington, they think they can win with Alex Van Pelt. Honest. If the team doesn't sign a QG, look for it to draft one next month. That doesn't mean it'll be one who's going to play; Williams and GM Tom Donahoe like what they have in third-stringer Travis Brown.

Marker Where have all the quarterbacks gone? [7:34 AM]
CBS Sportsline reports: @ Wasn't it just a decade ago that we were treated to the wonderful passing wizardry of John Elway, Steve Young and Jim Kelly?

Now we have players like Jay Fiedler and Jim Miller getting lucrative multiyear contracts. Those are two players who spent time in the last five years knocking on doors just to have a job.

The major problem is a lack of aggression on the offensive side of the ball. "I think a lot of us are defensive-minded coaches, which is why maybe there isn't as much aggression," Bills coach Gregg Williams said.

Marker Kelly battles son's disease on all fronts [5:20 AM]
Pittsburgh Post Gazette reports: 'Kelly, a native of East Brady, came to town with his wife, Jill, yesterday to speak at the Engineering Tissue Growth International Conference and Exposition at the Westin Convention Center Hotel. He explained what they go through with their son and the goals of their foundation, Hunter's Hope.'

Marker Relatively Meaningless: Alex Van Pelt's Oscar Picks [5:19 AM]
Pittsburgh Post Gazette reports: 'Van Pelt's pick: Halle Berry.'

Marker Field of tissue engineering holds promise [5:18 AM]
Pittsburgh Tribune Review reports: 'Yesterday, conference organizers used the event to put the spotlight on Krabbe disease, a rare, degenerative disorder of the central and peripheral nervous system. There is no cure for the disease and research at the University of Pittsburgh caught the attention of East Brady native and former Buffalo Bills quarterback Jim Kelly, whose 5-year-old son, Hunter, has the disease.'

Marker As Blake Fades, Matthews May Be in Picture [5:17 AM]
Washington Post reports: The Washington Redskins were growing increasingly pessimistic yesterday about their chances of signing free agent quarterback Jeff Blake.

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March 20, 2002

Marker Thoughts on Sabres, Bills and the NIT [1:08 PM]
Olean Times Herald reports: 'Keion Carpenter, who started 10 games at the free spot, and Raion Hill, a 13-game starter at strong safety, have both been waived, with Atlanta signing the former. That says all you need to know.'

Marker New salary cap pool to insure working players get paid bonuses [11:19 AM]
CBS Sportsline reports: @ Alex Van Pelt didn't get most of the pay, but got most of the playing time in Buffalo last season. The league announced it will reward players for playing-time incentives. For the first time, minimum-salaried players will have the chance to take the biggest chunk of the money.

The idea is that if a player participates in the majority of his team's plays, yet makes a minimum or low salary, he should be entitled to more compensation. Say a minimum-salary player beats out a high-priced veteran, then that player would be paid a certain amount of incentive money from a money pool for each team.

Marker New York City unlikely as 2007 Superbowl site [10:13 AM]
ESPN reports: @ "I'm as much in favor of helping those two cities [New York City and Washington] as anyone here," said Buffalo owner Ralph Wilson. "But if you're going to New York, then I can make a case for Buffalo, too. Someone is going to have to be pretty persuasive to get me to commit to this."

Marker Pierson Prioleau [9:56 AM] reports: How have you been spending your time this off-season? I've been relaxing, spending time with my family, working out and we just closed on a new house as well. I'm getting mind to rest while I'm away.

Marker Bledsoe may be offf the market due to lack of interest [9:19 AM]
ESPN reports: @ Tom Donahoe, the Buffalo general manager, reiterated Tuesday the Bills are intrigued by Bledsoe, and said there have been discussions with New England officials. But he emphasized that the Patriots did not set a price on what it would take to get Bledsoe, said he did not know if New England would deal him within the division, and noted that he will not overpay to land the veteran QB. Donahoe hinted the Bills might be willing to part with a third-round draft choice for Bledsoe, but not much more than that.

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?"'

March 19, 2002

Marker Ostroski to accept award at "National Kidney Foundation" event tomorrow [2:03 PM] 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] 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, 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] 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] reports: @ Everyone likes instant gratification. That's why Buffalo Bills fans were so frustrated last season.

Marker Buffalo Jills Cheerleader Auditions [1:04 PM] 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.

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