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Buffalo Bills News - September 14, 2001

Marker Reflection, not games, what's needed [9:45 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'Players throughout the NFL carried the flag on this charge. They saw their games as circumstantially irrelevant and, one would think, recognized the magnitude of their influence. It's telling that after the players stripped the NFL of its corporate veneer that baseball and NASCAR and major-college football quickly postponed their activities through the weekend. We don't need to climb to the peaks of our stadiums. Cause for reflection is right before our eyes.'

Marker Dolphins want to play Bills at later date [9:43 AM]
Miami Herald reports: 'The Dolphins prefer to play the game, since it was a home date against a division opponent that lost its opener. The majority just didn't want to play it now, for reasons of preparation, security, safety and respect.'

Marker Bills coach will support any NFL decision [9:42 AM]
Miami Herald reports: '"As it was brought to my attention yesterday, [I felt] the initial shock and the disbelief and numbness in what was going on," he said. "In the middle of the afternoon, [I was] angry about what was going on. Finally, well after midnight last night, as I was getting ready to leave the office, I came to the resolution that if our government says it's safe to play this football game, and our league office says it's safe to play this football game, we need to do our part."'

Marker Bills agree with league decision [5:19 AM]
D and C reports: '"How are you going to play in the Meadowlands (the Giants were to host the Green Bay Packers Sunday) when you have people under rubble right across the river? It would be very insensitive."'

Marker NFL proves to Bills it has a heart [5:18 AM]
D and C reports: '"I hope and pray that all the people in our organization take the time this weekend to take a walk with their kids, hug their wife, go and do something with one of their loved ones," general manager Tom Donahoe said. "I hope we just realize how fortunate all of us are."'

Marker Bills' Wilson near attack site [5:17 AM]
D and C reports: 'Bills owner Ralph C. Wilson Jr. was in the near vicinity of the Pentagon when a hijacked airliner slammed into the nation's military center on Tuesday, the team confirmed yesterday. The Bills would not say why Wilson was in Washington, D.C., or the nearby area.'

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September 13, 2001

Marker NFL calls off weekend games [1:58 PM]
AP reports: 'Tagliabue spent Thursday morning on a conference call with team owners to discuss the options. Afterward, he said: "A decision on whether to reschedule this weekend's games or play a 15-game season schedule is under consideration and will be announced as soon as possible."'

Marker Fantasy League kicks off 2001 [1:52 PM] reports: Even writers seem to be into Fantasy Football.

Marker Bills have mixed feelings on weekend game [1:52 PM]
Olean Times Herald reports: '"It would be hard for me to put a word on how inconsequential this is," he maintained. "This is a game ... entertainment. (The terrorist attacks) were the very core of what our existence is as a nation."'

Marker NFL decides not to play [1:49 PM] reports: The National Football League decided to not play this weekend due to this week's events in New York and Washington, the first time in league history the league has postponed the entire schedule due to a national tragedy (AFL posponed games for a week after Kennedy assasination).

There is no word if the games, which includes Buffalo's annual visit to Miami, will be made up or simply have the Bills, and every other team but the San Diego Chargers, play just 15 games this season.

Marker NFL postpones Week 2 [12:06 PM] reports: We in the National Football League have decided that our priorities for this weekend are to pause, grieve, and reflect. It is a time to tend to families and neighbors and all those wounded by these horrific acts of terrorism.

We understand those individuals in sports who want to play this weekend. We also can empathize with those who want to take the weekend off and resume their personal lives and professional careers next week. We strongly believe that the latter course of action is the right decision for the NFL.

On Sunday, Sept. 23, the NFL, its players and coaches will return stronger than ever and resume our playing schedule. A decision on whether to re-schedule this weekend's games or play a 15-game regular season schedule is under consideration and will be announced as soon as possible.

Marker Bills' minds on tragedy, not Miami [8:59 AM]
Buffalo News reports: '"If the players had a vote, I'd vote - obviously just out of respect to families and the people that died - not to do it," said Bills quarterback Rob Johnson. "It's not up to me. If the commissioner says we're playing, we'll play. This is a big event in history and our life. We don't want to trivialize it by playing. But we came today and put in a full work day. We're ready to play if we have to play."'

Marker Fisher probably won't see any active service duty [8:58 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'Fisher graduated from the Air Force Academy in 1999 and was a seventh-round draft choice of the Bills that April. Air Force cadets must serve a five-year military commitment upon graduation. But the few cadets who become professional athletes often are allowed to cut their military commitment short after two years.'

Marker Pompei: Johnson, West Coast offense may not be good fit [8:48 AM]
The Sporting News reports: The Bills might have the worst offensive line in the league and the easiest quarterback to sack, which is kind of like being bald and having pearly white skin.
Getting burned is a foregone conclusion.

Marker Tuesday's terrorist attacks impacts on athletes with military backgrounds [7:39 AM]
ESPN reports: NFL players such as Denver Broncos running back Mike Anderson, a former Marine, and Buffalo Bills defensive tackle Bryce Fisher, who was in the Air Force, spent a lot of time on phones to check on friends.

Marker Bills talk about Tuesday's tragedy [7:28 AM] reports: Instead of building intensity for what traditionally is one of the biggest games of the year, the thoughts of the coaches and players were on the victims and rescue efforts at the World Trade Center and the Pentagon during Wednesday's practice.

Marker With Tuesday's attacks, games still not certain [7:26 AM]
reports: There has only been one similar precedent in NFL history, in November 1963 when President John F. Kennedy was assasinated. The NFL went on with its slate of games, but the AFL postponed its games for a week.

The Bills were slated to play the Boston Patriots in Fenway Park when the news struck about Kennedy's assasination in Dallas, and owner Ralph Wilson was the first AFL owner to order the cancellation of one of four games that weekend.

Marker Football comes second for Bills [6:56 AM]
Toronto Sun reports: '"We have to take into account there are more important things than whether I get a sack this weekend or whether (quarterback Rob Johnson) throws a touchdown," Fisher said. "There are 10,000 people who aren't going to go home."'

Marker Hansen ready to relinquish paycheck to not play Sunday [6:55 AM]
AP reports: '"Doesn't football seem pretty trivial after yesterday?" he said. "It's a wake-up call. Go home. Hug your wife. Count your blessings."'

Marker Bills don't want to play [5:32 AM]
D and C reports: '"I'm not going to be making the decision, but I think we have to seriously look at our fellow Americans and (not play)," said defensive end Phil Hansen, Buffalo's players union representative. "Normalcy is one thing, but this is serious stuff. It certainly makes football seem very trivial."'

Marker Fisher may have to switch uniforms [5:32 AM]
D and C reports: 'Fisher had other reasons to be distracted. A first lieutenant at the time he was granted his leave June 2, Fisher doesn't know what his status will be if Congress declares war.'

September 12, 2001

Marker CBS Bills Update [4:13 PM]
CBS Sportsline reports: REPORT CARD vs. SAINTS
Some comments about Cowarts injuries, Wrights play and some antedotes as well as grades on Bills vs Saints.

Marker CBS Power Poll - #22 [3:51 PM]
CBS Sportsline reports: 22. Buffalo Bills (was 16): The offensive line is awful and Rob Johnson stunk up the place Sunday.

Marker ESPN Power Poll - #24 [2:56 PM]
ESPN reports: 24. Bills (0-1) (was 23) New offense; old problems for sad-sack Johnson

Marker Close to a Decision [2:54 PM] reports: They expect to announce a decision regarding Week 2 as soon as possible and within the next 24 hours.

Marker Mark Carrier not headed to Detroit, Jones may be next [2:45 PM]
ESPN reports: It became clear to Carrier and agent Gary Wichard on Monday evening that a deal would not be struck. The Lions are expected to now pursue veteran safety Henry Jones, released by the Buffalo Bills last week.

The nationwide moratorium on air travel could keep Jones from getting to Detroit for a visit with Lions officials and coaches. Both starters, Ron Rice and Kurt Schulz, are currently sidelined. Schulz, an ex-Bill, is expected to miss at least half the season.

Marker Bills owner receives tailgating award [1:59 PM] reports: Bills owner Ralph C. Wilson Jr. received the Tailgating Champion "Best of the Best" award from the self-proclaimed Commissioner of Tailgating, Joe Cahn, last Sunday at the Bills home opener

Marker Gregg Williams press conference [1:53 PM] reports: On focus on Sunday:
"We spoke about that immediatley. Today's practice is pretty trivial compared to what occured. We would be joking each other if we thought we could focus on what we had to do without distractions or what went on. As proud as I am to be a Buffalo Bill, I'm more proud to be a United States. We are, as an organization and as a team, more proud of doing of what we need to do for the nation right now."

Marker NFL Postgame Analysis by Marv Levy [9:21 AM] reports: The Bills, who had made such tremendous personnel changes in the offseason, I felt did suffer from that. Their QB was sacked five times, admittedly against one of the best defensive pass-rush teams in the league. I've never seen a game that changed so much from the first half to the second. Buffalo dominated the first half and then New Orleans just totally took over in the 2nd half. Ricky Williams finally began to show why they thought so highly of him. He had a great 2nd half. The Bills looked impressive early, but fell off.

Marker Time was right for Arians to kick for Bills [8:58 AM]
Buffalo News reports: '"I got a call from my agent, and he said, "Get your butt to the airport. You have a plane to catch in less than two hours,' " Arians said.'

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