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Buffalo Bills News - June 6, 2005

Marker Lee Provides Quality Depth at RB [5:23 PM] reports: '"I told (my agent) that I really didn't want to know all the teams that were interested," said Lee. "I told him I wanted to go on one visit to the team that wanted me the most."'

Marker Thurman backs Henry's trade demand [4:56 PM]
AP reports: '"If they can establish themselves on the ground and the defense plays as well as they did last year, I don't see any reason why this team shouldn't go 10-6 or 11-5," Thomas said.'

Marker Lanes Open for Celebrity Bowling Tourney [11:53 AM] reports: 'The 97 Rock Celebrity Bowling Tournament takes place at 7 p.m. this Wednesday at Transit Lanes, 7850 Transit Rd., in Williamsville. Tickets to the event are $25 and all proceeds will benefit the American Red Cross.'

Marker Tribute to past brings hope for future [5:02 AM]
Rochester D&C reports: 'Like New York Yankee pinstripes and Boston Celtic green, the grazing buffalo on that white helmet has always best symbolized Bills football. Forget about that raging cockroach the team has foisted on us since the early 1970s. That thing's always been an imposter.'

Marker Bills Team Report [5:01 AM]
The Sporting News reports: 'Rookie CB Eric King is an impressive player with good ball skills. But like most young cornerbacks, he has a tendency to peek into the opposing backfield. To help break King of that habit, defensive coordinator Jerry Gray taped the side of King's helmet during a recent workout. The team believes King has a lot of potential, provided he focuses more on the opposing receiver and not the quarterback.'

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June 5, 2005

Marker A grand old party for Bills [8:57 AM]
Buffalo News reports: '"It's the colors and the white helmet. I wish they'd bring them back for good."'

Marker Cookie stays home while his teammates celebrate titles [8:56 AM]
Buffalo News reports: '"That's fine with me," said Gilchrist, who turned 70 on May 24. "I don't have any problem with that. I didn't play football for recognition. I was forced to do what I had to do. I don't care. Why should I care? The record speaks for itself. Isn't that what Jack (Kemp) said? Do you know the history of America? So I'm in that history."'

Marker Ex-Bills proffer advice to Losman [8:55 AM]
Buffalo News reports: '"He needs to show the players in his huddle that he has the toughness, both physical and mental toughness," Kemp says of Losman. "He has to possess the self-confidence in what he's supposed to do. He can't afford to let his players see that he isn't prepared or confident. He has to show his teammates how to deal with everything, including their coaches and even the fans. Sure he's going to be booed now and then, but he has to demonstrate to the other players that he can deal with it."'

Marker Statistics say Price's days in Atlanta may be numbered [8:54 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'The Bills have three starters scheduled to become free agents after the season. They are cornerback Nate Clements, center Trey Teague and fullback Daimon Shelton.'

Marker Ex-Cowboy in the running [5:42 AM]
Fort Worth Star Telegram reports: 'Lee had the bulk of the carries during drills as the Bills finished the first week of organized team activities. Lee has not secured a roster spot after one week of work, but he showed flashes of ability that got the Bills' attention. "He's a big back," Bills coach Mike Mularkey said. "He's the size we like for the physical part of it. Just watching him on tape, he did some things we like. He fits our style. I thought he was a good pickup."'

Marker Changes galore add intrigue to battle for AFC East title [5:03 AM]
Providence Journal reports: 'Buffalo closed 2004 by winning nine of its final 12 games and just missed the playoffs. If Losman can manage to play efficiently in his inaugural season, the Bills could pose a serious challenge in the East.'

Marker Canaseraga woman gets anthem callback from Bills [5:02 AM]
Hornell Evening Tribune reports: 'Now Allman, 21, is getting an opportunity to move up to the pro ranks - a chance to sing before a Buffalo Bills football game. She sent in an audition tape and will perform a live audition at 4 p.m. June 14 at Ralph Wilson Stadium in Buffalo. Allman discovered the anthem opportunity in her e-mail.'

June 4, 2005

Marker Throwback Uniforms Get Alumni Approval [7:41 PM] reports: 'Shaw thinks that the tribute to his championship teams of the 60s can only lead to good things on the field. "The jerseys are almost identical to what we wore in '65," he said. "It's kind of fun to see it back, it brings back a lot of good memories. So they'll win every time they wear these."'

Marker Bills honor 1960s teams by unveiling third jersey [7:40 PM]
AP reports: 'The standing red buffalo is back on the Bills helmet -- for a few games at least -- and Billy Shaw wonders why the team can't bring it back permanently. "The new buffalo, I guess, has served its place," the Hall of Fame offensive lineman said Saturday. "But we love that old red standing buffalo. To us, that's the Buffalo Bills."'

Marker Prospect opts for NFL try [4:28 PM]
Vancouver Sun reports: 'Playing at 6-4, 325 in the NFL, Haley's weight was a concern to the Lions, who questioned whether he would be mobile enough for the CFL.'

Marker Mike Williams builds on his body of work [8:57 AM]
Buffalo News reports: '"I've come into the offseason with the mind-set that I just want to be physically in shape for training camp," he said. "I'm not focusing too much on strengthwise. I don't know how much stronger I can get. It's just maintain muscle tone and maintain the strength that I have and stay in shape."

Marker Inside slant [6:16 AM]
The Sports Xchange reports: 'The Bills pounced on Lee when the Dallas Cowboys cut him last month. At 5-feet-10, 220 pounds, he's the kind of big back coach Mike Mularkey favors. Like McGahee, Lee can work between the tackles but he has enough speed to turn the corner.'

Marker Notes, quotes [6:15 AM]
The Sports Xchange reports: '"I love Roscoe. There's something in those Miami bloodlines, those guys come in and really work hard. Roscoe's a quiet guy but he asks a lot of questions and I'm impressed with that aspect, that he wants to learn and help the team. He's been making lots of plays out here." - Bills veteran Pro Bowl WR Eric Moulds talking about rookie WR Roscoe Parrish, the team's top pick.'

Marker Reich completes class [4:59 AM]
Charlotte Observer reports: 'There was a time after football when Reich sought to dodge his past -- when his new direction made it tough to answer yet another question about the NFL and comebacks. But now, done with his studies and immersed in his work as a seminary president, he's comfortable with that other life. He relishes the football memories and friendships. And through his seasons as a quarterback, he embraces what he calls "a genuine bridge-building opportunity."'

Marker Mularkey Pleased with Production [4:59 AM] reports: '"I think it's evident the way that they have prepared mentality and practiced physically and from everything they are doing in these meetings… their on a mission," said Mularkey. "Whether it's a result from the loss to Pittsburgh that kept us out of the playoffs or what but there is something about them."'

June 3, 2005

Marker Vincent: NFL owners can settle revenue sharing [5:30 PM]
AP reports: '"At the end of the day, we all want win," Vincent said. "The way the system is set up today, every city, even us here in Buffalo with a rookie quarterback, believe we have just as good a shot as anybody else in the National Football League."'

Marker Visitor Gets Up Close Look at Bills [5:19 PM] reports: 'Rather, the visitor was Daniel Malin, a life-long Bills fan who won the opportunity to spend a day at One Bills Drive through a silent auction held by 97 Rock several months ago. With a successful bid of $800, Malin won a trip back to Buffalo to catch his favorite team in action. And he wasn't the only one who benefited - all proceeds from his bid went to the Make-a-Wish Foundation.'

Marker Cowboys sign free-agent safety Reese [5:17 PM]
The Sports Network reports: 'Reese spent his first four NFL seasons with Dallas after the team made him a sixth-round draft choice in 1998. He played for the Denver Broncos in 2002 and with the Buffalo Bills for the past two seasons.'

Marker Bills Are Halfway Through OTA's [3:25 PM]
WGR-AM reports: 'ookie CB Eric King says he's elected to keep the cardboard blinders in his face mask designed by Jerry Gray. He says it has helped him to stop looking into the offensive backfield. The 5th pick out of Wake Forest says it even limits the air flow through his helmet which helps his conditioning.'

Marker Championship Comparison: ‘60s & ‘90s Bills [3:19 PM] reports: 'So what were those great teams from the 1960s like? And how do they compare to the Super Bowl squads of the 1990s? Let's take a look.'

Marker Jerseys To Be Available Immediately [3:19 PM] reports: 'The Celebration of Champions’ pinnacle event culminates with the presentation of the Bills’ third jersey at 2:30 pm on Saturday, June 4 at Ralph Wilson Stadium. Celebration of Champions weekend sponsors Dick’s Sporting Goods, the official sporting goods retailer of the Buffalo Bills, and Reebok, the official outfitter of the NFL, will offer fans an exclusive opportunity to purchase the third jersey for the first 72 hours after the unveiling.'

Marker Labatt Blue Tags Rock Pile Seating Section [1:02 PM] reports: 'The Labatt Blue Rock Pile will include eight sections and over 2,400 seats located in the 200 level of the scoreboard end zone. The $250 season ticket price represents a savings of $80 per seat from the 2004 season ticket price and a savings of $16 per game compared to the 2005 individual game ticket prices. InBev will create promotions and special offers for fans seated in the Rock Pile.'

Marker Haley skips Lions' camp in favour of NFL tryout [6:57 AM]
Toronto Globe & Mail reports: 'Defensive tackle Jermaine Haley was supposed to show up at the B.C. Lions' training camp yesterday, but at the last minute opted to fly to Buffalo to attend the Bills' mini-camp.'

June 2, 2005

Marker GHS grad makes NFL cheerleading squad [5:53 PM]
Finger Lakes Times reports: '“First and foremost, they are evaluated on physical appearance because that’s how they are evaluated by the general public,” Mateczun said.'

Marker Bills' season tix sales spike 7% [3:59 PM]
Business First of Buffalo reports: 'Coming off a 9-7 record in 2004, the Bills announced in January an increase in ticket prices, for both season tickets and individual game tickets. Season tickets will cost $2 to $4 more in various seating areas. In addition, the Bills introduced a new seating category, the "Rock Pile," featuring more than 2,400 seats. The lowest-priced ticket in those seating areas will be $250. By comparison, individual game ticket costs will rise from $3 to $5 per seat, depending on location.'

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