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Buffalo Bills News - May 19, 2003

Marker Growth industry [9:04 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'Why not switch directly to a natural surface? Bills President Tom Donahoe said the experience in Green Bay shows fields really deteriorate late in the season after the grass becomes dormant. "It's just not practical in a lot of Northeast and Midwest stadiums," Donahoe said when announcing the AstroPlay contract.'

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May 18, 2003

Marker Four's a crowd [9:17 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'We'll see about second-round pick Chris Kelsay in training camp. Is there a quality third cornerback? Kevin Thomas and Dainon Sidney will battle. Will Reese (Broncos) give Pierson Prioleau a run for the free safety job? Will Reed be good? Is there hope for the long-suffering return game? Will the team decide it looks odd to have coach Gregg Williams in the last year of his contract and the coordinators with two years left on their deals?'

Marker Bills fans have shot at TV sport [5:21 AM]
Olean Times Herald reports: 'Over 600 season tickets were sold as the Bills staged their annual Select-A-Seat day. Fans got to meet players, tour the lockerroom, take the quarterback challenge and touch and test the stadium’s new AstroPlay surface. In addition, some 3,000 prime season ticket locations were marked with over 20 percent of them being sold.'

Marker Ex-Browns' comings, goings [5:20 AM]
Akron Beacon Journal reports: 'He said that when he quit playing, he gave up ice cream. He quipped that he worked out all the time and was 14 percent body fat, while Greg and Mike Pruitt never worked out, yet were 9 percent. At one point, he and his wife debated adopting a Korean child, but weren't sure. So one day, he walked into a Dairy Queen and ordered an ice cream for the first time in two years. While he was there, a man walked in with a Korean child. ``I went up to him and said, `Where did you get him? I want one of those,' '' DeLamieulleure said to many laughs. In the end, DeLamieulleure wound up adopting two Korean children. ``God has a plan for all of us,'' he said.''

May 16, 2003

Marker Opportunity Knocks For Ken Simonton [4:48 PM] reports: There might be a running back battle in Buffalo this season, but it has nothing to do with the drafting of Willis McGahee. Ken Simonton wasn't even on an NFL roster last season, but he has done just what the Bills' player personnel department hoped he would in Europe -- get better. Now Simonton has exploded offensively as a member of the Scottish Claymores and will challenge any other running back in Bills camp.

Marker Willis McGahee To Appear On BDSHP [2:40 PM] reports: On Friday's "The Best Damn Sports Show Period", Buffalo Bills first round draft pick Willis McGahee and SU hoops star Carmelo Anthony will appear on the show which can be seen on Empire Sports Network at 8:00 p.m.

Marker Buffalo Bills in the Media & Community [2:40 PM] reports: Saturday, May 17 Event Time Steve Tasker & Buffalo Jills Meyer's RV Stadium Sale 3:00 - 4:00 PM

Marker 'Express' on track [5:15 AM]
D and C reports: 'Prices in Rochester are $49 for the train only or $95 for train and game ticket.'

May 15, 2003

Marker Bills to offer train service to 3 games [4:03 PM]
Business First of Buffalo reports: 'Amtrak service begins in Albany/Schenectady with pick-ups in Utica/Syracuse and Rochester. The train stops at the Depew station just outside Buffalo and fans are bused the remaining distance to Ralph Wilson Stadium.'

Marker Buffalo Bills Express 2003 [4:02 PM] reports: The Bills Express will be available for three regular season games in 2003, including the home opener with the New England Patriots on September 7. In addition to the Patriots contest, fans can take the Express to see former Syracuse star Donovan McNabb lead the Philadelphia Eagles into Ralph Wilson Stadium on September 28 and catch the return of Bruce Smith to Orchard Park when the Washington Redskins come to town on October 19.'

Marker Denmark Import At Bills' Coaches Clinic [10:23 AM] reports: Last weekend's Bills' Coaches Clinic had dozens of the area's high school coaches trying to gain some insight from their pro counter parts. But there was one coach who traveled a bit further than the rest of the coaches for the clinic, as Denmark's Johan Laurizen came from half a world away to listen to Gregg Williams and his staff.

Marker HOF ride jump-started [5:30 AM]
Akron Beacon Journal reports: '``I'm very excited. The longer it took, the sweeter the taste,'' said DeLamielleure, who waited 13 years before he was elected. ``You think it's never going to happen.'''

May 14, 2003

Marker Bills’ Talley stood out on and off field [10:29 PM]
Olean Times Herald reports: 'But my most vivid memory of Talley was off the field and away from the stadium. Shortly after he left the Bills and had signed with the Falcons in the winter of 1995, Darryl took out a full page ad in the Buffalo News and used it to publish an open letter to the fans, thanking them for a dozen great seasons. It was one of the classiest gestures ever made by a pro athlete.'

Marker Top 10 most stable franchises [10:27 PM]
Fox Sports reports: 'Ralph Wilson lacks big-time money and the financial condition of the Bills hasn't been great over the last several seasons, but Wilson is one of the few traditional owners remaining. What puts the Bills into the top 10 is having Tom Donahoe running the football operations. Donahoe is among the most respected football men in the league and has been known for stability and his solid philosophy on personnel over the years.'

Marker 12th Man Casting Call [2:02 PM] reports: The Bills are looking for their most loyal and avid fans to appear in a national television spot on CBS promoting the network's coverage of the NFL.

Marker Buffalo Bills NFL Auction on eBay [10:30 AM] reports: Mike Williams Autographed Football, Eric Moulds Autographed Jersey

Marker Bills Alumni Spotlight: Scott Radecic [10:29 AM] reports: After three years with the Chiefs, starting in all but three games during the final two campaigns - linebacker Scott Radecic was released late in the 1987 preseason. Granted, he joined the Bills after being claimed on waivers only days before the season opener, but because defensive coordinator Walt Corey had been his coach in Kansas City, the linebacker knew Buffalo’s defensive strategy better than he knew his teammates. Buffalo Bills Alumni

May 13, 2003

Marker Bills Release Hardge & Harris [8:17 PM] reports: 'Hardge had signed on January 22 while Harris followed on February 4. Both participated in the team's most recent camp earlier this month.'

Marker Bills release Hardge, Harris [8:13 PM]
AP reports: 'The Buffalo Bills released free agent defensive backs Ronald Hardge and Ken Harris on Tuesday.'

Marker Notch One Up For Talley [3:39 PM] reports: 'When the locker room door closed, every player on those championship Bills teams turned to Talley for leadership. His words carried the combined weight of all 52 of his teammates, even though is name didn't capture the fame of those such as Bruce and Jim Kelly.'

Marker Unrestricted free agent signs one-year deal [8:26 AM]
ESPN reports: One of the league's best teams at unearthing bargain basement veterans, the Raiders added a pair -- OL Corey Hulsey and DT Damian Gregory. Both signed one-year contracts for the $300,000 league minimum. Hulsey started in 12 games at guard for Buffalo in 2001 but was out of the league last season.

Marker Bills seek crazy fans [5:20 AM]
D and C reports: 'The Buffalo Bills are looking for 12 of their most loyal and avid (read: crazy) fans to appear in a national television spot promoting CBS’ coverage of the NFL.'

Marker 12th Man Casting Call [12:20 AM] reports: The Bills are looking for their most loyal and avid fans to appear in a national television spot on CBS promoting the network's coverage of the NFL. A crew will be at Ralph Wilson Stadium on May 24 to shoot the commercial that will focus on fan anticipation for the 2003 football season. Twelve fans will be selected to appear in the promo. To be considered, explain in 50 words or fewer what makes you the biggest Bills fan.'

May 12, 2003

Marker Saturday's Select-A-Seat Success [4:56 PM] reports: Anticipation for the 2003 season has been building throughout the offseason among Bills fans and that excitement reached another level this past weekend when the team sold more than 600 new season tickets at its Select-A-Seat event held last Saturday at Ralph Wilson Stadium.

Marker NFL Europe - An Update on Buffalo's Players [4:54 PM] reports: Running back Ken Simonton became just the third player in the history of the NFLEL to record three consecutive 100-yard rushing games, recording 132 yards on 16 carries. To add to his already outstanding day, Simonton recorded six receptions for 61 yards.

Marker Bills' 'Select-A-Seat' sale doubles last year's total [1:17 PM]
Business First of Buffalo reports: 'The Buffalo Bills said more than 600 new season tickets were sold this past weekend at the team's annual "Select-A-Seat" event at Ralph Wilson Stadium.'

Marker Buffalo Bills Student Leaders [11:21 AM] reports: The Buffalo Bills are searching for outstanding high school students for our newest program, Buffalo Bills Student Leaders. This program is designed to provide students with unique experiences that will develop leadership skills in preparation for their continuing education. It is open to students who will be juniors or seniors as of September 2003.

Marker New Bills Wallpaper Featuring Willis McGahee [11:19 AM] reports: Show your pride by putting the Bills on your computer's desktop.

Marker Darryl Talley To Be Honored On The Bills Wall [8:26 AM]
WGR reports: Talley was a two time Pro Bowler and is second on the all time tackles list. The LB played 12 seasons in Buffalo which covered 188 games. That's 5th All-time behind Andre Reed, Smith, Jim Richter and Joe Devlin.

Marker Larry Felser: Mini-Camp Thoughts [8:23 AM]
ESN reports: The most impressive of the pro sophomores might have been Kevin Thomas, who was also impressive over the last quarter of his rookie season. There’s a long way to go and Titans free agent Dainon Sidney was also impressive, but Thomas seems to have a jump on the nickel back job.

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