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Buffalo Bills News - September 11, 2014

Marker Terry Pegula buying team has Bills fans excited, players expecting crazy crowd Sunday [1:49 AM]
Syracuse Post-Standard reports: '"I'm pretty sure the stadium is going to unreal," cornerback Corey Graham said. "The fans are going to be going crazy, I'm sure it's going to be a little louder than normal. So we're looking forward to that. It's an important day for the Buffalo Bills, and it's going to be an important week for us."'

Marker Even this Dolphins fan admits this has been a great week for the Buffalo Bills [1:48 AM]
Auburn Citizen reports: 'But all this good news about Kelly and the Bills sale has me feeling happy for Bills fans. I want the Bills to stay in Buffalo, few communities care for their team as much as they do. I want them to be competitive because it feels better to beat them that way.'

Marker The Bills Are Staying in Buffalo - So Now What? [1:47 AM]
Artvoice reports: 'The pending sale puts increased heat on Whaley and coach Doug Marrone, each one game into their second season in charge. The trade that brought wide receiver Sammy Watkins to town, while costing the Bills their first-round draft choice next year, means they need to get to the playoffs or come awfully close for Whaley and Marrone to keep their jobs.'

Marker The curious case of Seantrel Henderson starting for Bills [1:46 AM]
South Florida Sun Sentinel reports: 'We'll see where this goes, but Henderson could be the steal of the draft if he plays to the talent level he never did at Miami. He beat out second-round pick Cyrus Kouandijo of Alabama, and the Bills higher-ups talked to Buffalo reporters like you rarely hear regarding a rookie.'

Marker Purchaser of Buffalo Bills is a billionaire Boca Raton resident [1:45 AM]
Palm Beach Post reports: 'Lindy Ruff, who coached the Sabres for 1 1/2 seasons after the Pegulas came on board, said he enjoyed his working relationship with them. “They were energetic and hands on,” said Ruff, who now coaches the Dallas Stars. “Their enthusiasm for Buffalo and the Sabres was incredible.'

Marker Dolphins Look To Stop The Running Of The Bills [1:45 AM] reports: '“Run, run and more run,” defensive end Cameron Wakesaid. “This week may be a little different type of game, but at the end of the day you’ve got two tremendous football players, guys who can definitely when they get the ball in their hands eat up a lot of yards in one play. It’s goint to be a tremendous point of emphasis for everybody to be on their keys. Whatever your job is, you’ve got to be there and we’ve got to work together as a unit to try to corral these guys.”'

Marker Thursday's Miami Coverage [1:44 AM] reports:
Miami Dolphins linemen Branden Albert, Ja’Wuan James relish challenge of Buffalo Bills defense (Miami Herald)
Victory at Buffalo would help validate Miami Dolphins’ resurgence (Miami Herald)
Miami Dolphins’ Randy Starks dealing with injured toe; Cameron Wake named AFC defensive player of week (Miami Herald)
Dolphins' passing game was good enough, but not good (South Florida Sun Sentinel)
Dolphins rookie linebacker Chris McCain misses second consecutive practice (South Florida Sun Sentinel)
The curious case of Seantrel Henderson starting for Bills (South Florida Sun Sentinel)
A healthy Cameron Wake gets fast start for Miami Dolphins this season (Palm Beach Post)
Purchaser of Buffalo Bills is a billionaire Boca Raton resident (Palm Beach Post)
Randy Starks the latest injury on Miami Dolphins' defense (Palm Beach Post)
Good times get rolling for Dolphins (Fox Sports Florida)
Dolphins DE Cameron Wake named AFC Defensive Player of the Week (Fox Sports Florida)
Tannehill looking for fewer mistakes in Week 2 (AP)
Dolphins' D gets good passing grade, now must stop run (The Sports Xchange)
Leaders Of The Pack (
Dolphins Look To Stop The Running Of The Bills (
Dolphins-Bills Wednesday Injury Updates (
Cameron Wake Named AFC Defensive Player Of The Week (

Marker National Fracking League [1:43 AM]
New York Post reports: 'If Gov. Cuomo ever gets around to making a decision — and assuming it’s the proper one — our upstate counties will finally see real economic growth (and New Yorkers may see cheaper energy). Until then, we’ll have to be content to thank fracking for preventing the Bills from shuffling off from Buffalo.'

Marker Positive week of news for the Bills [1:42 AM]
AP reports: '"I want to play today, really," defensive tackle Kyle Williams said Wednesday. "It's such a good week news-wise for the Buffalo Bills, for Buffalo Bills alumni with Jim Kelly, for our region with the Pegulas and going on the road and winning a football game and coming back and playing the Dolphins of all teams. I'm excited about Sunday."'

Marker Buffalo Bills fans relieved by choice of new owner [1:41 AM]
AP reports: '"We've always had that cloud hanging over our heads," said 30-year season ticket holder Allen Knaszak of the Buffalo suburb of Boston. "I texted my daughter at school last night and said, 'It's so nice to know that long after I'm gone, you and your kids will be here,'" Knaszak said Wednesday at Ralph Wilson Stadium after a stop at the Bills store.'

Marker Emotions could run high Sunday at Bills' home opener [1:40 AM]
The Sports Xchange reports: '"As far as the Pegula family acquiring the team, you have to be excited. They're great advocates toward the region. It's great for our organization and it's great for our fans. It's an exciting time and people should be excited, as they are."'

Marker Whaley has made strong case to stay on as GM [1:39 AM]
WGR-AM reports: 'What about the general manager? His decision making abilities cannot simply be judged on whether the team came out victorious. The GM needs to be looked at through a sharper lens. The Pegulas need to look at Doug Whaley’s moves based on the logic and intelligence behind them, not on the result. How things turned out can be – and often is - skewed by luck. But did he do the right thing?

Marker As Bills stay in WNY, so do family traditions and bonds [1:38 AM]
WGR-AM reports: 'So yesterday, after over 20 years of worrying about losing this team we all love so much; after 6 months of constant worrying and wondering. After a summer of hating Bon Jovi and hearing the cat-calls from people who just don’t know or get it, taunting us, reveling in our uncertainty, telling us how we don’t matter to the league and the NFL would rather be somewhere else. After all of that. It all ended. It All. Ended. Yesterday. September 9th, 2014. The day we could all finally stop worrying. Stop wondering. Start celebrating. Finally devote all our attention to the Bills on the field. The way it should be.'

Marker BIlls' Carpenter honored by the NFL [1:37 AM]
WGR-AM reports: 'This is Carpenter's first player of the week award as a Buffalo Bill and first since he earned the honor in Week Eight of 2010 with Miami. He really wanted to play the award down after Wednesday's practice, "It's nice to get recognized, but I'm just doing my job. If I get three field goal attempts, I'm going to expect to make three field goals. I don't think it was anything real special, I'm just doing my job and doing my part to help this team win."'

Marker Bills' Rivers still day-to-day, doesn't practice [1:36 AM]
WGR-AM reports: 'Linebacker Keith Rivers was unable to participate in practice when the team took the field on Wednesday. A groin injury caused Rivers to leave, and not return, to Sunday’s game against the Chicago Bears. The same injury kept the linebacker off the field to start the week, and was described by head coach Doug Marrone as a “day-to-day” ailment. His status for the team’s upcoming game has yet to be determined.'

Marker Bills players and coaches react to Pegula [1:35 AM]
WGR-AM reports: 'From a player’s perspective, they don’t follow the story, but of course want the team to stay in Buffalo. EJ Manuel said, “We’re very excited, we’re happy it was able to get done, we’re happy we’re going to be staying in Buffalo and we’re just happy for our fans right now.”'

Marker Nigel Bradham’s return a timely one [1:34 AM] reports: '“It definitely was something I don’t want to be a part of anymore in my career,” Bradham told “Being away from the team and away from the guys and the coaches and Sunday you have to watch your brothers go to battle without you. So it’s one of those things where you don’t want to be in that situation ever again.”'

Marker What they're saying: Bills react to ownership news [1:33 AM] reports: '“It’s kind of like a feeling we didn’t have. We didn’t know the whole time where it was going to go. We wanted to stay here. Everybody wanted to stay here, especially for me being from Buffalo and all my family here, everybody is here and everybody wanted that and I wanted it to stay here and I think a lot of our players did. We got what we wanted.”'

Marker Dan Carpenter named AFC Special Teams Player of the Week [1:32 AM] reports: 'Carpenter is also the first Buffalo Bills player to earn Player of the Week honors in Week 1 since Roscoe Parrish was named special teams player of the week on Kickoff Weekend in 2008.'

Marker Seantrel Henderson on path to reclaim lofty status [1:31 AM] reports: '“Cordy Glenn, he and I really clicked so he helps me with a lot of things,” said Henderson. “He’d tell me how to place my feet and how to shoot my hips and it just started getting easier. I’m more of a visual learner so watching him take his sets and make his lateral movements I tried to mirror that. He’s a good guy to look at and he’s been doing a good job since he’s been here. So that’s my guy.”'

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September 10, 2014

Marker News to shout about [4:52 PM]
Olean Times Herald reports: '“Bills fans, we stick through the good and bad, don’t we?” she said, acknowledging trips from Buffalo’s greats like Jim Kelly and Andre Reed to her alma mater Roberts Wesleyan College during the Super Bowl years. “They’re here, they’re our team, so going someplace else would’ve been the hardest thing. They’re a part of us.”'

Marker Bills fan or not, sale of team is good news [8:08 AM]
Utica Observer Dispatch reports: 'This is big news because it goes beyond sports. This is about making the decision to re-invest in a business for long-term benefits, rather than making a knee-jerk reaction to move that business to another city on the promise of short-term gains.'

Marker Terry and Kim Pegula submit aggressive $1.4 billion bid to acquire Bills franchise [1:59 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'The Pegulas’ bid was that dominant.'

Marker Bills confirm agreement reached with Pegulas to buy franchise [1:58 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'A source close to the Bon Jovi bidding group, who spoke on condition of anonymity, said the group bid $1,050,000,000 for the Bills and could have gone higher but felt that amount matched the team’s value. The source also said media reports that the rocker had split apart from the two Toronto investors were incorrect.'

Marker Source: Bon Jovi group bid $1.05 billion, could have gone higher [1:57 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'The source added that Bon Jovi and his group signed a waiver during negotiations that they would not move the team to Toronto or any other city and that the group was engaged in talks with unidentified entities to build a new stadium in Western New York.'

Marker Other Bills bidders bow out gracefully [1:56 AM]
Buffalo News reports: '“It was my great honor to have the opportunity to bid on the Buffalo Bills football team,” billionaire developer Donald Trump declared in statement. “A large part of the reason for my bid was to ensure that the team remained in Buffalo.'

Marker Yes, we do believe in miracles [1:55 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'I mean, you can’t make this stuff up. The sale is not yet official. The NFL owners still have to rubber-stamp it, and you never know with those people.'

Marker Pegulas put a civic win in the books [1:54 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'In fact, it’s difficult to comprehend how the transaction makes financial sense for the Pegulas and their new NFL partners. There are much bigger markets with far more corporate dollars, starting with Los Angeles and Toronto, that would have generated more money in a revenue-sharing league.'

Marker Timeline: Reviewing the Pegula era in Buffalo [1:53 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'Here’s a refresher on Pegula’s history in the limelight in Buffalo.'

Marker Pegula-style ownership reflects sense of passionate commitment [1:52 AM]
Buffalo News reports: '“What you’ll find, when you’re around the Pegulas, is everything is 100 percent first class,” said longtime player Rob Ray, head of the Buffalo Sabres Alumni Association, discussing the Sabres owner a few weeks ago when he was a Bills contender. “It’s awesome.”'

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