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Buffalo Bills News - October 4, 2002

Marker Watson's improvement elementary [9:18 AM]
Buffalo News reports: '"If they are targeting me, that's fine," he said. "I'm not going to back down. I'm going to go out there and play hard regardless."'

Marker Raiders' substitution patterns controversial [9:17 AM]
Buffalo News reports: '...Oakland continually ran offensive players on and off the field who didn't participate in a play.'

Marker Drew Bledsoe Game Jersey [8:50 AM] reports: Make an extraordinary addition to your collection and bid on the actual jersey (Reebok size 48) that quarterback Drew Bledsoe wore in the Bills' season opener against the Jets and during the incredible 33 - 27 overtime win against the Bears on Sept. 29. This is a one of a kind autographed jersey.

Marker Receiving accolades [5:36 AM]
D and C reports: '“I probably could’ve gone someplace else and gotten more money, but it’s not all about that, it’s about finishing what you started. My mom always told me that if you try out for something and quit, then you’re not giving yourself and your teammates a chance. I’ve lived by that my whole life. Go out, play hard, earn your teammates’ respect.”'

Marker Bledsoe earns top player award [5:34 AM]
D and C reports: 'Buffalo Bills quarterback Drew Bledsoe was selected as the AFC Offensive Player of the Month for his outstanding performances in September.'

Marker Williams winging it with hungry Raiders [5:34 AM]
D and C reports: '“I’m going to order a bunch of chicken wings from the Anchor Bar in Buffalo and have them delivered to Ralph Wilson Stadium,” the former East High and Syracuse University star was saying during a break from preparations for Sunday’s game against the Buffalo Bills. “The way some of these cats can eat, especially on the O-line, I may need to order a moving van filled with wings to satisfy them. We got some guys here who have pretty amazing appetites. They might eat ‘em bones and all.”'

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October 3, 2002

Marker October's wallpaper is on #27 Coy Wire [11:18 PM] reports: Gina Mustico (aka Moose) does a fabulous wallpaper featuring hard hitting rookie safety Coy Wire.

Marker Bills' Robertson Suspended [10:56 PM]
Yahoo - AP reports: Buffalo Bills defensive tackle Tyrone Robertson was suspended for four games by the NFL on Wednesday for violating the league's substance abuse policy. Robertson, Buffalo's seventh-round pick in last year's draft, had been inactive for all four Bills games this season. He appeared in 12 games as a reserve last season, recording 27 tackles and two sacks.

Marker Hull to join Bills' Wall of Fame Sunday [9:42 PM]
AP reports: '''Kent was unique,'' said Levy. ''First of all, he was maybe the single person involved in the success of our team who has been least recognized for what he contributed. Now, being put up on the Wall of Fame is tremendously gratifying because it is recognition.'''

Marker No-huddle no shock to Bills or Raiders [5:45 PM]
Sacramento Bee reports: 'The play-clock operator at Ralph Wilson Stadium outside Buffalo may get his first day off during a home game Sunday. Because the Raiders-Bills game could be more than the expected shootout.'

Marker Ranking the NFL’s starting quarterbacks [5:45 PM]
Pro Football Weekly : Joel Buchsbaum reports: 8. Drew Bledsoe / Bills — The Patriots were begging teams outside their division to trade for him. They told people they believed Bledsoe still could be an exceptional quarterback if he went to a new, positive situation, but he would never regain the passion and effectiveness he showed under Bill Parcells if he stayed in New England. Unfortunately for them and the other teams in the AFC East, the only team that believed them was the Bills, and now the Pats have another tough team to face. Just think of how the Skins would be with Bledsoe in Steve Spurrier’s offense.

Marker Bills-Raiders Game at Ralph Wilson Stadium is sold out [1:43 PM] reports: The Bills-Raiders game this Sunday at Ralph Wilson Stadium is sold out and will be televised locally. Check for the local broadcast affiliate in your area.

Marker Bledsoe Selected As Player Of The Month [10:52 AM] reports: Bills quarterback Drew Bledsoe has been selected as the AFC Offensive Player of the Month for his outstanding performances in September.

Marker Bills - Raiders Series History [10:34 AM] reports: The Bills and Raiders have met 31 times in a series that dates back to 1960. Oakland holds a 16-15 series lead after a 20-14 win at Orchard Park in 1999, the last meeting between the clubs. Tim Brown had 183 receiving yards in a 1993 meeting between the two teams

Marker Bledsoe's arm, attitude improve Bills [10:01 AM]
Oakland Tribune reports: '"I've got a few more years on me than most 30-year-olds, but I'm only 30," Bledsoe said.'

Marker Flashback: Bills 51, Raiders 3 [9:44 AM] reports: The Bills won their first AFC Championship with one of the most dominating performances ever displayed in a title game. Buffalo set the tone for the day by driving 75 yards after the opening KO and scored the initial TD when QB Jim Kelly picked up a bad shotgun snap and scrambled to find WR James Lofton for a 13-yard pass.

Marker Raiders' linemen present king-size problems [9:03 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'The Raiders rank No. 1 in the NFL against the run, allowing just 52 yards a game.'

Marker Gilbride knows Bills must stay on even keel [9:02 AM]
Buffalo News reports: '"Well, I've been lucky," Gilbride said. "This isn't the first good team I've been on, or the first great offense. But I'm very proud of the way these guys have bought into what we've been teaching. Now the key is, can we keep on doing it the rest of the season? That's the measuring stick."'

Marker Raiders have celebrated many happy returns [9:02 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'The Bills rank 30th in the NFL in punt return coverage and 31st in kickoff return coverage.'

Marker Bledsoe stars again in Buffalo [6:50 AM]
San Jose Mercury News reports: 'He is on stage again. He got his wish. Buffalo got its quarterback. ``Crazy,'' he says. ``I guess it just worked out."'

Marker Defensive scheme sacks Newman [5:17 AM]
D and C reports: 'But, truth be told, the fourth-year pro -- who started all 32 games the Bills played in 2000 and 2001 -- is not thrilled by his lack of involvement in Buffalo’s defensive scheme this year.'

Marker Bills happy with decision to play the blues at home [5:16 AM]
D and C reports: 'But players have been lobbying for an all-blue look at home and all-white look for the road ever since the new colors were unveiled in June. Coach Gregg Williams and general manager Tom Donahoe have listened.'

Marker No prime time for Bledsoe's show [5:16 AM]
D and C reports: 'Could there be a better Week 5 Sunday night or Monday night matchup than the Bills hosting the Oakland Raiders?'

Marker Buffalo under air attack [5:15 AM]
Toronto Sun reports: 'Granted it's early in the season, but both veterans are on pace to shatter a number of team and league passing records. So don't expect either to stop flinging it now.'

Marker Raiders aware of Bledsoe influence [5:12 AM]
Silver and Black Illustrated reports: '"Drew Bledsoe has changed that football team," Raiders' outside linebacker Bill Romanowski said. "He's given them the ability to throw downfield. The guys believe in him."'

Marker 'It's dangerous out there' — but amazing Favre keeps on keeping on [5:11 AM]
Jackson Clarion Ledger reports: 'Sunday, in Buffalo, Greenwood's Kent Hull will become the 19th player in the 42-year history of the Buffalo Bills to have his name placed on that franchise's Wall of Fame. Couldn't happen to a more consistent player — or a better guy. Hull missed only two starts in 14 years, playing the physically demanding position of center.'

October 2, 2002

Marker Bills' Robertson Suspended Four Games for Violating Drug Policy [8:20 PM]
Bloomberg reports: 'The league doesn't disclose details of such suspensions.'

Marker Gilbride has Bills' offense off to potent start [8:07 PM]
AP reports: '''The guys are playing well,'' Gilbride said. ''It's somewhat satisfying to see them raise their performance level, understand what they're trying to get done. I've been around some good teams before, but I don't know if I've ever had one consistently come through in the clutch the way they have.'''

Marker DT Robertson suspended four games [8:05 PM]
ESPN reports: 'The former Hinds (Miss.) Community College standout, who started his college career at the University of Georgia, was fined several times last year for being tardy to meetings. The fact he had not dressed for a game yet this season was likely a reflection of his lack of maturity.'

Marker NFL suspends Bills DT Robertson four games for substance abuse [8:03 PM]
Sportsticker reports: 'A seventh-round pick by the Bills in 2001, Robertson will not be paid during the suspension, which will cost him $70,588. He will be eligible to return to the active roster on October 27.'

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