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Buffalo Bills News - August 19, 2004

Marker Bills-Titans Game Sold Out [5:05 PM] reports: 'It's the first preseason game to sellout since the stadium's very first game on August 17, 1973, an exhibition contest in which the Bills hosted the Washington Redskins.'

Marker It's only happened once before: Bills sell out home preseason game [4:11 PM]
Business First of Buffalo reports: 'The sellout was ensured when Turkey Hill Dairy of Pennsylvania agreed to buy the remainder of the tickets. It was not disclosed how many tickets the company purchased. Turkey Hill, which has just introduced a new Bills-themed ice cream, Stampede Sundae, will donate the tickets to children's charity groups throughout Western New York.'

Marker Bills-Titans Sold Out, To Be Seen On TV Live [2:40 PM]
WGR-AM reports: '...marking the second time in team history that a preseason game has been sold out.'

Marker Bills Sell-Out Preseason Game vs. the Titans [2:35 PM] reports: 'The game dubbed as "Kids Day" features discounted tickets for kids 14 & under which contributed to the high demand. The game was sold out in time to lift the NFL Blackout rule, which will allow viewers across Western and Central New York to see the game live on WKBW-TV, WOKR-TV and WIXT-TV, all members of the Bills Television Network. Steve Tasker and Marv Levy will return to the broadcast booth for a third straight year as part of the Bills broadcast team.'

Marker Offensive line takes another hit [11:38 AM]
Niagara Gazette reports: '“You’ll see when the frustration comes, it will be evident,” Mularkey said after Wednesday’s morning workout. “I’m sure there are very few camps where the five starting offensive linemen have played together for every practice. It’s not how we would like it to be, but we’re dealing with the circumstances we have.”'

Marker Bills pin hopes on Anderson's development [8:52 AM]
Buffalo News reports: '"Tim has gradually gotten better and better," said Bills coach Mike Mularkey. "The more he understands, the more comfortable he is. You can just see it in his play, he's gotten better."'

Marker Simonton steps into normal routine [5:35 AM]
Rochester D&C reports: '"When I leave this game, I can say I scored touchdowns all over this world, from Corvallis, Oregon, to Scotland to Germany. I just gotta hit some points in between."'

Marker Szabo's experience benefits Bills [5:34 AM]
Rochester D&C reports: 'Szabo likes the situation he has stepped into in Buffalo, where the defense ranked No. 2 a year ago in yards allowed but still has much room to grow. The Bills had just 10 interceptions in each of the past two seasons, tying the team's record low. Szabo promised that the Bills will do well under Mularkey, whose genuineness immediately impressed him. For now, Szabo gives the nod in the AFC East to his old team, New England.'

Marker No flag for clipping [5:33 AM]
Rochester D&C reports: '"Most of the guys are just off the field and they try to get a decent cut, get in the shower and get their rest before they head back out to practice," says Davis while giving linebacker Jeff Posey a full cut and shave. "It's been a great experience and great publicity for me."'

Marker Schobel will miss facing his cousin [5:32 AM]
Nashville Tennessean reports: 'Schobel won't make the trip to Buffalo, but he'll probably talk to Aaron at least once this week. The two chat regularly. Another cousin, Matt Schobel, plays for the Bengals. ''I think the main thing about our family is we've always been competitive,'' Schobel said. ''We always had games, backyard games. It was fun.'''

Marker Lawton tries to earn job with Buffalo [5:31 AM]
Lafayette Daily Advertiser reports: '“One thing you love about him is his energy,” Studesville said. “He’s going to sacrifice his body. He doesn’t care who’s standing in front of him, he’s going straight ahead."'

Marker Battle on the Left Side [5:30 AM] reports: '"They told us coming in it was going to be a competition," said Kelsay. "They're going to give us both opportunities and whoever makes the most of it and produces is going to earn that job. He (Coach Mularkey) gave Ryan the start last week. He's going to give me the start this week and it comes down to whoever's playing better."'

Marker Punter Brian Moorman to [5:29 AM] reports: '"Being an education major myself, I think it's important for kids to put a lot of emphasis on staying in school," said Moorman, a history education major and one-time substitute teacher. "If I can help motivate kids to stay in school then I'm happy to help out anyway I can."'

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August 18, 2004

Marker Not so happy trails [9:20 PM]
CNN/SI reports: '"No back in the league gives me as much trouble," says the Dolphins' MLB Zach Thomas. "I'm short, and I can get leverage on the backs, but not Henry. I can't get under him. And he runs so hard. I hate trying to tackle him."'

Marker Bills Shuffle O'Line Again [9:11 PM]
WOKR-TV reports: 'Villarrial's absense just adds to the continuing shuffle of players along the offensive line. Ross Tucker took reps with the first team as did Mike Williams who's still walking with a slight limp after straining his right arch last week.'

Marker Offensive line door continues to revolve [9:10 PM]
Wellsville Daily Reporter reports: '"It's everybody's dream to be a starter in the NFL -- not so much a star but a starter," said Smith. "To play in the NFL and to come from a year of playing NFL Europe, being on a practice squad for two years, you can't ask for anything more."'

Marker Bills P Moorman limps off during practice [8:43 PM]
AP reports: 'Moorman, who also serves as the Bills holder, was hurt while trying to run with the ball following a botched snap during a field-goal drill. He appeared to trip and came up limping before being escorted to the locker room.'

Marker Bills' Sundae Stampedes Into Town [4:51 PM] reports: 'It hits stores next week.'

Marker Bills rookie QB Losman drawing attention [4:08 PM]
AP reports: '``That's our next Jim Kelly,'' another person is overheard saying, referring to the Bills Hall-of-Famer.'

Marker Bills Themed Ice Cream Flavor Now Available [1:25 PM] reports: 'The first ever Bills themed ice cream flavor, Stampede Sundae, features vanilla flavored ice cream spiked with tasty Gertrude Hawk chocolate peanut butter footballs. Smooth swirls of peanut butter and chocolate fudge enhance the premium ice cream taste.'

Marker Bills in marketing deals for ice cream, snow plows [8:53 AM]
Business First of Buffalo reports: '"Bills Stampede Sundae" is the creation of Turkey Hill Dairy, based out of Pennsylvania. The ice cream flavor is vanilla with chocolate peanut butter football and fudge swirls.'

Marker Smith joins Bills' O-line shuffle as clock ticks [8:52 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'The move underscored the fact that the front five is the big worry on the team.'

Marker Smith wants to show he's ready [5:32 AM]
Rochester D&C reports: 'Smith was a tackle with the Ravens, so moving inside has been a slight adjustment in Buffalo, but one he's having no problem with. "The guy is really strong, and one of his assets is that guys don't push him back," said center Trey Teague. "He's plenty strong to play that position."'

Marker Posey heard boos but kept playing [5:31 AM]
Rochester D&C reports: '"I heard the criticism, but the media and the fans don't know what's going on with the team, and I don't fault them for that," Posey said the other day. "I know what I had to do and what my role was on this team. I did my job, and as long as the coaches were satisfied, then I'm satisfied."'

Marker Ex-NFL player held in contempt [5:30 AM]
Philadelphia Inquirer reports: 'A first-round draft pick for the NFL's Buffalo Bills in 1993, Thomas L. Smith has not played for a while, but it was not paying for a while that got him in trouble in Chester County Court.'

Marker Bills Back to Work, Marcus Price Sidelined [5:29 AM] reports: 'Mularkey said Price injured his toe on Sunday and will be held out of this weekend's game against the Titans.'

Marker Offensive Line Changes [5:28 AM] reports: 'Lawrence Smith, who signed with the Buffalo Bills as a free agent in January, has replaced Mike Pucillo at left guard. "Whatever I've been doing to get their attention," said Smith, "it must have been good enough. I'm just going to have to continue to do that and step up even more."'

Marker Buffalo Bills 2004 Season Preview [5:27 AM] reports: 'Last year was discouraging but this year brings new hope. The offense has more weapons, and the defense has remained virtually intact. I really think Bills football will be exciting again. However, this is Mularkey’s first year at the helm and the AFC East is, arguably, the toughest division in which to play offense.'

Marker Bills OL Price out with toe injury [5:26 AM]
AP reports: 'Bills offensive lineman Marcus Price missed practice Tuesday and will be out for at least a week with an injured toe on his left foot.'

August 17, 2004

Marker Transcript: Coach Mike Mularkey [9:06 PM] reports: 'On Lawrence Smith playing with the first unit:
We just tried to get another combination in there. Lawrence has played well, and I've given him an opportunity to compete for that spot. I still feel like there's ample time to get a feel, and a clear evaluation of him.'

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