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Buffalo Bills News - December 21, 2003

Marker 1/12/1991: Bills 44, Dolphins 34 [4:55 AM]
Fort Lauderdale Sun Sentinel reports: 'The beginning of Buffalo's postseason superiority began in a divisional game on the iced carpet at Rich Stadium.'

Marker Dolphins (8-6) at Buffalo (6-8) [4:54 AM]
Fort Lauderdale Sun Sentinel reports: 'Prediction: Bills by 2.'

Marker Dolphins not on ice quite yet [4:53 AM]
Palm Beach Post reports: 'Because if there's a definition of what these 8-6 Dolphins are this deep into the season, it's that they lose to the very best teams (New England twice, Indianapolis, Tennessee and Philadelphia) and beat everybody else (except Houston). Buffalo is 6-8 and happens to be an everybody else.'

Marker Different foxholes, but in the same boat [4:52 AM]
Palm Beach Post reports: '"They know I'm in that foxhole with them," Williams said last week. "And they're in it with me."'

Marker Dolphins ready for both cold and Bills [4:51 AM]
Florida Today reports: 'There won't be a lot of scoreboard watching going on this afternoon at Ralph Wilson Stadium for the Miami Dolphins. That's only because the Denver Broncos and Indianapolis Colts play tonight.'

Marker 'Fins' season on line vs. Bills [4:50 AM]
Naples Daily News reports: '"We're not worried about our own jobs," he said. "We're not worried about Dave's job at this point. We're not worried about anything, but winning and getting a chance to play in January. Everything will sort itself out one way or the other. No one in his locker room can control whether or not we get cut or whether or not Dave gets fired or any of the other crap that is going on."'

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December 20, 2003

Marker Dial-up celebrations are costly [8:58 AM]
Buffalo News reports: '"We would hope that our players have a little more class and a little more concern about their team than doing something like that," team President and General Manager Tom Donahoe said this week. "We would look at that as a very selfish act, and not even having spoken to (Bills coach) Gregg (Williams) about it I'm sure, as well as I know him, he would say the same thing."'

Marker Williams questionable [8:57 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'The Bills have not indicated the nature of the injury, but Williams has been walking gingerly since the end of last week's game at Tennessee. Coach Gregg Williams said the second-year player would be a game-time decision.'

Marker Vandemonium [8:56 AM]
Buffalo News reports: '"There are a handful of broadcasters who are so distinctive (that) when you hear their voice you immediately think of their teams," said Steve Sabol, the president of NFL Films. "He is associated with the Bills the way Ray Scott was with the Packers and Chuck Thompson was with the Colts. I could be blindfolded and hear that voice and in my mind I'm in Buffalo and it is Jim Kelly or Bruce Smith. Like all the great radio broadcasters, his delivery and the timbre of his voice approximates the rhythms and the shifts of the game. He has a certain energy to his voice that added to the pictures."'

Marker Williams' status no concern for Bills [5:15 AM]
Rochester D&C reports: '“Gregg (Williams) has to take care of his family, I have to take care of mine,” said Buffalo defensive tackle Sam Adams. “I don’t play for him and he doesn’t coach for me.”'

Marker Hearty Bills fans score big [5:14 AM]
Rochester D&C reports: 'Congratulations to Buffalo Bills right guard Ruben Brown on his selection to an eighth straight Pro Bowl, but I’m starting to wonder if he might become the first player elected to a Pro Bowl the year after he retires.'

Marker Van owns a big piece of Bills’ history [5:13 AM]
Olean Times Herald reports: 'Farewell, Voice of the Bills.'

Marker Slap Shots [5:12 AM]
Toronto Sun reports: 'Lindy Ruff and Gregg Williams live just a few houses apart in the same Buffalo neighbourhood. And they may soon also be walking together to the unemployment line, if their respective Sabres and Bills don't soon straighten out.'

Marker Disturbing trend in rematches [5:11 AM]
Miami Herald reports: '''There is no guessing game,'' Dolphins linebacker Junior Seau said. ``It's not going to be a chess game. It's not about out-smarting someone. We know exactly what they have. They know exactly what we have. There really isn't a science to what goes on.'''

Marker GM Wolf ? No contact [5:10 AM]
Miami Herald reports: 'Dolphins sources have indicated that Wolf, who retired after the 2000 season, might be an intriguing possibility for a Miami team that could opt for a strong general manager system should coach Dave Wannstedt be fired by owner Wayne Huizenga.'

Marker Ricky Williams shrugs off fans who've lost faith [5:09 AM]
Fort Lauderdale Sun Sentinel reports: '"They paid money, and they come to the games and they watch our games on TV and that, therefore, pays our paychecks. But I think that's the extent of our relationship as far as I'm concerned. It's great when you do meet true fans, but I don't hold them responsible to be true fans. Fans are fans."'

Marker Light fantastic [5:08 AM]
Fort Lauderdale Sun Sentinel reports: '"It's all leverage," Winfield says. He gets his pads under their pads, uses his legs with impeccable technique and drives into his tackle just the way it's drawn up in the textbooks.'

Marker Defensive scores often key wins [5:07 AM]
Fort Lauderdale Sun Sentinel reports: 'That's because, according to a review of game summaries, NFL teams have won 80 percent of the games (50-13) in which they have scored a defensive touchdown this season. AFC teams have won 87 percent of the games (26-4) in which they've done it.'

Marker Defense ready to tackle its shortcoming [5:06 AM]
Palm Beach Post reports: '"As long as the season is, it's hard to practice full-speed tackling this time of year," Dolphins defensive coordinator Jim Bates said. "The only thing is putting guys in the right position."'

Marker Short trip [5:05 AM]
Palm Beach Post reports: 'Dave Wannstedt, 11-5 in his first two seasons as Miami Dolphins coach, has crossed the line. Suddenly his management style is too much philosophy and not enough fire. His leadership is insufficient to get a veteran team moving. His draft selections are suspect and his faith in certain key players unfounded.'

Marker Dolphins brace for cold [5:04 AM]
Florida Today reports: 'The weather forecast has been changing all week, from a low of 19 degrees with snow to a high of 36 and cloudy. Either way, it's not going to be all palm trees and suntan lotion at Ralph Wilson Stadium. Just call them Frosty the Snowmammals.'

December 19, 2003

Marker "Community QB" Award Winner To Be Announced [6:36 PM] reports: 'Orchard Park, NY - Prior to Sunday’s Bills-Dolphins game at Ralph Wilson Stadium, the recipient of the PARADE/Buffalo Bills Community Quarterback Award Winner will be announced in a special on-field ceremony at 12:10 PM.'

Marker Rivals Meet Again: Bills Final Home Game [4:18 PM] reports: '"The rivalry the players have with the other players from the Dolphins is more of that we know them," said Ruben Brown. "As for the fans, a lot of them live down in Florida or transported to Florida from here and continue to root for the Bills and that's what makes it such a big rivalry."'

Marker Ricky Williams says sore shoulder won't keep him out of Bills game [2:18 PM]
AP reports: '``It's a little sore, but it's been sore most of the season,'' Williams said. ``I've had a sore shoulder for the last three years, so it's nothing new.'''

Marker Legendary Voice: Van-Isms [11:31 AM] reports: '"This place is fan-demonium!"'

Marker Feeding on Dolphin [11:30 AM]
The Sports Network reports: 'When given the chance, the Bills love to keep the ball on the ground with Travis Henry. Due to the relative shootout with Tennessee. Henry was limited to 19 carries for 88 yards (4.6 ypc). On the season, Henry, who continues to play with a cracked bone in his right leg, has 10 rushing touchdowns.'

Marker Spikes joins Brown in Pro Bowl [8:55 AM]
Buffalo News reports: '"I think out of the past three or four years I've been playing good ball. I think a lot of it is politics. A lot of it is who's winning and who's not. Who's hot and who's not. I was fortunate enough to be on a Bills team, a great organization that it is, and I had a great group of guys here who cared about trying to get me across the water."'

Marker Determined Henry refuses to take a breather [8:54 AM]
Buffalo News reports: '"We've got two more games, a big rival in the Miami Dolphins, and we have to finish up the season strong to set the right tempo for next year," Henry said. "I think everybody on this football team is going to finish up strong to the end."'

Marker Two Bills going to Pro Bowl [5:20 AM]
Rochester D&C reports: '“Even though we didn’t do quite as well (as a team), this was a piece of something I wanted to do as a personal goal. It eases the pain a little, but once it’s over it’s (not making the playoffs) still going to hurt.”'

Marker Bills fall short of goal in 4th-quarter scoring [5:19 AM]
Rochester D&C reports: 'Four games — Dallas, Houston, Indianapolis and Tennessee — came down to the final offensive drive for the Bills. Those drives ended: punt, fumble, interception, failed 2-point conversion.'

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