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Buffalo Bills News - July 3, 2000

Marker Bills chat Wednesday: Travares Tillman [11:50 PM] reports: 'The Bills lost some key defensive veterans to free agency, but they believe they have plenty of young talent to compensate. One young player Buffalo has high hopes for is second-round pick Travares Tillman. Ask Tillman about his upcoming rookie campaign when he chats Wednesday at 5 p.m. ET. Send in your questions now!'

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July 2, 2000

Marker Sports publisher calls foul against the mail [3:46 PM]
D and C reports: 'Local publisher David Jones (of Shout! Newspaper) is tired of dealing with customer complaints about mail delivery, especially during the peak football season when he tries to get his football newspapers in fans' hands before Sunday games. Now he wants to do something about it.'

Marker Johnson, Flutie rate No. 6 among NFL QB tandems [8:09 AM]
D and C reports: '6--Buffalo. Rob Johnson and Doug Flutie. Of the teams with excellent 1-2 QB punches, only the Bills have any controversy regarding which one should start. That could be a season-long problem.'

July 1, 2000

Marker Bills Tickets Go On Sale July 8 [9:29 AM]
Jamestown Post-Journal reports: 'Demand is expected to be high during the opening weekend of sales and fans using the 1-877-BBTICKS may experience delays and busy signals due to the volume of calls. Last season, seven of the team’s eight regular season home games sold out.'

June 30, 2000

Marker Any given Monday night [9:01 AM] reports: Not specifically Bills related, but an interesting article on a few problems with the NFL today. Hard to argue with this guy ...

Marker 'Spectacular' digs for Bills at Fisher [6:06 AM]
D and C reports: '"My first years here, my high school locker room was better than what we had in Fredonia," 10-year strong safety Henry Jones said. "Training camp is for concentration. You don't want distractions. And at the same time, the NFL is supposed to be a first-class operation all the way. That's what we're really moving toward right now. "We had decent facilities (in Orchard Park), but to upgrade them to this, then from Fredonia to what we'll have in Rochester, that's just going to make it a lot nicer to get up and go to work in the morning."'

June 29, 2000

Marker Buffalo Destroyers on National TV [2:25 PM]
TNN reports: The Buffalo Destroyers play the Florida Bobcats on live national TV tonight: TNN at 8:00 p.m. EST. The Destroyers have won three in a row and have a shot at the play-offs.

Marker Southern California Bills Backers [2:05 PM]
SCBB reports: The SCBB is proud to be an official chapter of the Bills Backers International fan club. Over 200 members gather to watch every game and cheer the Bills on to victory. In addition, we get together for many off-season social activities, such as bowling tournaments, baseball games, beach parties and Sabres games. Enjoy our website and be sure to stop by and visit us in person!...

Marker Steve Tasker's Takes [1:49 PM]
Shout! reports: 'The 2000 Bills are facing a leadership turnover much as the 1990 Bills did. In 1989, our most vocal team leaders were offensive tackle Joe Devlin and nose tackle Fred Smerlas -- very well respected veterans, but not the team's best players at that point in their careers.'

Marker Bruce Smith to stump for Hillary [9:44 AM]
Roll Call reports: 'HOH has learned that Bruce Smith, the legendary defensive tackle, will be the star attraction Friday night at a Virginia fundraiser for Clinton's New York Senate campaign.'

Marker Buffalo Bills Survivor: Round 5 is complete! [9:23 AM]
TBD reports: 'The 5th castaway has been voted off Buffalo Bills Island. The voting was clear this round, as yet another future Hall of Famer was asked to leave the island. That means one current Hall of Fame player and three future inductees have been shipped back to the mainland.'

June 28, 2000

Marker Q & A with DE Marcellus Wiley [9:32 AM]
Shout! reports: 'Wade Phillips is not expecting Marcellus Wiley to replace Bruce Smith at right defensive end. He is, however, looking for a good season out of the fourth-year player, especially rushing from the right side where he says Wiley is more effective. Here's a Q&A with Wiley.'

Marker Buffalo Bills Survivor: Round 4 is complete [9:15 AM]
TBD reports: The 4th castaway has been voted off Buffalo Bills Island. Once again, the voting came down to the wire. Only one vote separated these two future Hall of Famers! Just like rounds one and two - betrayal was the deciding factor in Round 4.

June 27, 2000

Marker Some notes on Bills during the off-season [3:03 PM]
Olean Times Herald reports: 'In the early line issued by the legal sports books in Las Vegas, the Bills are given 8-1 odds of making Super Bowl XXXV in January at Tampa. Buffalo ranks No. 5 on the odds list in the AFC behind Jacksonville (7-2), Tennessee (5-1), Denver (6-1) and Indianapolis (7-1).'

Marker Buffalo Bills Survivor - Round 3 Complete! [9:24 AM]
Shout! reports: 'The 3rd castaway has been voted off Buffalo Bills Island. This was a very interesting round as an old-timer battled with the youngest castaway. The vote went down to the wire. In fact, only one vote separated the two castaways.'

June 26, 2000

Marker You Make the Call! (#4) [10:58 PM]
Shout! reports: 'You Make the Call is a presentation of both real and imagined NFL scenarios, where we invite you to "make the call" based upon the Official Rules for the NFL for 1999. Good luck, because you'll need it.

Marker Posts of the Week! [7:20 PM]
Shout! reports: 'June 18 to June 24 (in alphabetical order by subject). This is a weekly collection of the fans' most interesting posts on The Stadium Wall message board. Posts will be highlighted each week on the Shout!/TBD web site. Posts from the previous week follow the new posts.'

Marker Catching up with MLB John Holecek [1:35 PM]
Shout! reports: 'Mike linebacker John Holecek has been busy strengthening the muscle around his knees this off-season. Holecek said he hopes the extra training will eliminate any chance of a leg injury forcing him to miss games during the regular season.'

June 25, 2000

Marker Buffalo Bills Survivor: Round 2 [10:52 PM]
TBD reports: The 2nd castaway has been voted off Buffalo Bills Island. This pick was another surprise to the TBD staff. He undoubtedly was one of the greatest Bills ever to play in Buffalo and will be remembered as one of the greatest players to ever play the game.

Marker He's tackling logistics for Fisher [10:01 AM]
D and C reports: 'Around July 10, the transformation of the sedate, private college into Billsville begins in earnest. Festival tents for vendors and corporate sponsors will take shape in the parking lots adjacent to the Fisher football stadium. Fencing to direct crowds, which could number 12,000 fans a day, will be erected. Portable restrooms, baby changing stations, shade areas and medical emergency posts are among other details germane to creating the fan-friendly camp. In addition, 70 training camp jobs earmarked for Fisher student-athletes must be assigned and the people trained. On July 17, the college plans a dress rehearsal.'

June 24, 2000

Marker Drake set to shuffle off (to Buffalo) [9:54 PM]
CBS Sportsline reports: 'Len Pasquarelli says that Rhein Fire wide receiver Kevin Drake should be heading to Buffalo barring any last minute snags. Scroll down this multi-subject column to find this piece.'

June 23, 2000

Marker Buffalo valgte Hurum-gutt [10:31 PM]
Oslo Aftenposten reports: 'Leif Dolonen Larsen blir spiller i den amerikanske NFL-klubben Buffalo Bills...FAKTA Buffalo Bills: Stiftet oktober 1958, Hovedtrener Wade Phillips, Quarterback er Doug Flutie, Pro Bowler og årets come-back spiller i 1998, Hjemmearena: Ralph Wilson stadion, 80 024 sitteplasser, Buffalo er en by i staten New York med 1,7 millioner innbyggere.'

Marker Bills face salary cap troubles in 2001 [2:43 PM]
Washington Post reports: This is an article about the Redskins and their salary cap issues. However, Buffalo is mentioned several times throughout the article as a team who will be dealing with salary cap troubles in 2001.

Marker My 4 Quarters On Monday Night Football [11:13 AM]
The Washington Post reports: 'I blasted Wade Phillips's decision to play Rob Johnson over Doug Flutie: "That's like benching Bambi!"'

Marker Put it behind us - the law and celebrity [11:12 AM]
Shout! reports: 'The majority of American sports fans seem to be intrigued by the problems of athletes and coaches. They find it hard to believe that people with such celebrity and wealth - or potential wealth - can get into such terrible predicaments.'

Marker You Make the Call (#3) [11:11 AM]
Shout! reports: 'You Make the Call is a presentation of both real and imagined NFL scenarios, where we invite you to "make the call" based upon the Official Rules for the NFL for 1999. Good luck, because you'll need it.'

Marker Survivor: The 1st player has been booted [11:10 AM]
Shout! reports: 'The 1st castaway has been voted off Buffalo Bills Island. This pick actually came as surprise to the TBD staff, as we expected his exit much later. It appears that the wounds that were inflicted upon his once adoring fans have not healed.'

Marker Q & A with RB Sammy Morris [11:08 AM]
Shout! reports: 'Running back Sammy Morris recently signed a three-year contract with the Bills. Morris and his wife Leslie also bought a house in Hamburg. They have a nine-month old daughter, Kiera. Morris and defensive tackle Leif Larsen are the only draft picks to sign with the team. Here's a Q&A with Morris.'

Marker Bills single-game seats go on sale July 8 [8:57 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'Single-game tickets for all nine Bills home games will go on sale to the general public on Saturday, July 8 at 8:30 a.m.'

June 22, 2000

Marker Bills sign seventh-round pick [4:23 PM]
AP reports: 'Linebacker DaShon Polk, the last player drafted by Buffalo this year, signed with the Bills Thursday.'

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