Merely Courting Phillips Was A Bad Idea For Bills [6:24 AM]
D & C reports: Many of the same sentiments as expressed by the astute readers of this page.
TBD Exclusive: Armon Hatcher Interview [10:00 AM]
TBD reports: Another exclusive player interview for TBD! Armon looks like he has a great shot to make the team.
Best Sports Cities [11:23 AM]
The Sporting News reports: Buffalo - #21 Overall, #5 Hockey, #8 Football
49ers, Phillips Closer [11:15 AM]
San Francisco Examiner reports: "Heading into the weekend, the 49ers were close to signing Phillips, who instructed agent Mitch Frankel to negotiate only with San Francisco as he eliminated Buffalo and Green Bay from consideration."
Big Pressure On Tiny Flutie [10:32 AM]
Toronto Sun reports: "[Buffalo general manager John] Butler, whose lineup remains virtually unchanged from last season, believes the pieces are in place for another run at the Super Bowl."
Rochester Falls Flat In 'Best Sports Cities' Ranking [10:12 AM]
D & C reports: "Buffalo is No. 21 (up from No. 30 in 1998)..."
Hunter's Hope Gives Grants To Researchers [10:08 AM]
D & C reports: "The western New York community and people from around the country have been extremely generous and supportive in helping the Hunter's Hope Foundation," Jill Kelly, the foundation's chief executive officer, said in a statement. "We are so happy we can finally put that money into research so scientists can get to work in finding a cure for this painful, fatal disease."
Bills Team Report - 7/23 [12:05 PM]
The Sporting News reports:
NFL Throws Taverns For Loss [11:42 AM]
St. Catharines Standard reports: "The Federal Court of Canada in Ottawa ruled last week three local establishments will pay the NFL a total of $440,000 in damages for broadcasting games without permission over the last four seasons. The Palmwood Hotel in Crystal Beach must pay $173,504. Ryan's Nite Club in Fort Erie owes $167,340. Pure Platinum, also in Fort Erie, must pay the league $101,198."
Delving into the Heart of a Brown [10:49 AM]
The Sporting News reports: Spielman: A lesson in what it is to be a good human being.
Phillips Dealing Solely With 49ers [10:37 AM]
Contra Costa Times reports: "The Buffalo Bills, once thought to be the front-runners to sign the free agent, were pessimistic of their chances because of Phillips' desire to sign with the 49ers, the source said. Apparently the only chance Buffalo or Green Bay has of signing Phillips is if talks break down between Phillips and the 49ers."
Phillips Dealing Only With 49ers [7:58 AM]
San Francisco Chronicle reports: "Though no final contract agreement was reached, Phillips reportedly told his agent, Mitch Frankel, that he prefers to play for the 49ers this season...the free agent running back already has an offer on the table from Buffalo that includes a guaranteed bonus in excess of $200,000."
NFL Tackles Bars That Broadcast Games [7:16 AM]
National Post reports: "The latest ruling involved bars in the Niagara Falls-St. Catharines region that illegally showed Buffalo Bills games during the 1995 to 1998 seasons. The court awarded the NFL damages [$440,000 Canadian] for lost ticket sales, licence fees, concession revenues as well as interest."
Phillips leans toward 49ers [8:25 PM]
ESPNet reports: "ESPN The Magazine's John Clayton reported Thursday that the San Francisco 49ers have increased their offer to Lawrence Phillips in the last 24 hours, and that the free-agent running back is leaning toward accepting the offer."
Vote for the Best Sports Cities [5:00 PM]
The Sporting News reports: Vote for Buffalo as the best NFL city!
Bills vs. Miami matchup [1:56 PM]
Palm Beach Interactive reports: Miami homer paper indicates they are incapable of evaluating other teams, and show of their stupidity when evaluating the merits of Pork Faced Satan.
Walsh Hopes Phillips Considers Opportunity [1:25 PM]
Contra Costa Times reports: The article says "Buffalo and Green Bay remain interested in signing [Lawrence] Phillips, but [Phillips' agent Mitch] Frankel told interested teams that his client would decide which team he wanted to play for and then begin negotiations." If anyone can figure out what that means, please let me know!
Bills Training Camp Pre-Report
ESPNet reports: Smoke & mirrors? Whatever...
49ers Brass Drives Hard For Phillips [7:10 AM]
San Francisco Chronicle reports: "...the Bills reportedly promised a signing bonus of more than $200,000 -- and extended playing time, even beyond this season."
Karim Abdul of Cryami looks to remain the featured back. [6:07 PM]
ESPNet reports: Looks like our arch-rival will have another sub-par season running the football.
Bills Single Game Tickets on Sale August 7th [4:06 PM]
buffalobills.com reports: For all of you who aren't able to get season tickets, here's your chance!
Rude Awakening - Brian Murphy's column. [1:55 PM]
ESPNet reports: I agree with him: Miami will have NO running game and will not win the AFC, and Flutie is back and Buffalo will! Three whole paragraphs dissing the Dolphins. I love it!
Walsh Is Ready For Risks Of Phillips [1:04 PM]
Santa Rosa Press-Democrat reports: "Green Bay and Buffalo reportedly are the other two teams hanging in there with the 49ers but word out of Buffalo now claims the Bills are getting cold feet, since women's groups protesting at the team headquarters there have made the Bills reconsider."
49ers Are In The Running For Troubled Tailback, But Is He Worth The Gamble? [12:59 PM]
San Jose Mercury News reports: "Last week in Buffalo, the Erie County Coalition Against Family Violence held a rally at the Bills' downtown ticket office, hoping to dissuade the team from pursuing Phillips. Perhaps as a result of the publicity, Bills officials have recently been mum on their plans, although they are known to remain interested."
Phillips Still Has NFL Future [12:56 PM]
New York Daily News reports: "It's not talent that is his problem," [Bills pro personnel director A.J.] Smith said. "He just turned 24 and is trying to turn his life around. People are looking at it hard. It is turned around now, absolutely. I visited with him twice in Barcelona and Germany and we did an awful lot of investigative work. Europe was fantastic for him."
Beebe Teaches Quickness At His House Of Speed [7:11 AM]
D & C reports: Former Bill shares his skills.
Bills Up Ante In Bidding War For Phillips [7:03 AM]
D & C reports: Let's hope something good comes out of this.
Cap Might Fit Phillips [2:00 PM]
San Jose Mercury News reports: "CBS SportsLine, citing sources from two teams in pursuit of Phillips, reported that the Buffalo Bills had moved into the lead in the negotiating process, making an offer that includes a signing bonus of more than $200,000."
1998 Bills Team Highlight Schedule [11:31 AM]
NFL.com reports: The Bills 1998 highlight video will be shown 5 times during August and September.
49ers keep their eyes peeled (Phillips) [11:28 AM]
SF Examiner reports: Bill Walsh claims SanFran is Phillips' 1st choice.
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