Training Camp Schedule Released
Whitner Hosts Kids: Donte Whitner will hold an event at the Ralph Wilson Fieldhouse today at 2pm for local kids. Over 100 kids from grades 5-8 will be on hand for the United Way Day of Action event. The kids chosen to attend are part of the United Way Closing the Gap in Student Performance program. The kids will participate in football related activities.
Friday June 20, 2008
Lynch Saga Coming To An End: It appears the saga of the hit and run case against Marshawn Lynch is coming to an end. Lynch is expected to be back in Buffalo next week to plead guilty to an unspecified charge while admitting to being the driver of the car that hit the pedestrian who suffered injuries that weren't major. The case began moving forward late last week when the Bills lawyers got involved. The DA said the plea will be in line with other similiar cases and he doesn't blame Lynch for using his rights and not talking. He did feel it didn't need to drag on this long especially since it is a low level case. Lynch's lawyer said earlier in the day that Marshawn will make a statement and confront the matter directly. The Bills still won't comment publicly until the matter is resolved. The agreement allowed members of the team's administration, including Russ Brandon, to avoid appearing in front of the grand jury today. The DA also said one other person was in the car but wouldn't say if it was a teammate or not.
Thursday June 19, 2008
Training Camp Schedule: The Bills announced today that training camp will end on August 20th. It was previously announced that it will start on July 25th with the players scheduled to report a day earlier. There will be 20 open practices including seven night sessions on July 29th and 31st and August 5th, 7th, 11th, 17th, and 19th.
Grand Jury Delayed: Prosecutors have agreed to delay the grand jury hearing of three Bills players until they are back in town for the start of training camp. They also emphasized that thre three players are not the subject of the investigation they just want to hear what they know. Those players are reportedly James Hardy, Christian Gaddis, and Steve Johnson. Four other members of the administration are still scheduled to appear tomorrow but they may also get delayed. Officials have confirmed that they are talking with the attorneys to try and settle the case before it goes to the grand jury.
Group Sales Begin: Group sales begin on Saturday but they are only available for the one home preseason game and the two games that aren't soldout in the regular season. Those games are the 49ers game and the Patriots game. Groups of 15 or more are eligible for group sales.
Wednesday June 18, 2008
Toronto Initiative Logo Revealed: The Bills-Toronto initiative took another step forward at a press conference yesterday as there was a press conference in Toronto in which a new logo was unveiled. The talk quickly turned to if this was a first step to more NFL games in Toronto. The CFL is very nervous that more games would mean the end of the Canadian brand of football. Talk is now centered on perhaps a future split of four games in Buffalo and four in Toronto. During the press conference it was announced that the Bills would pay a fee to allow for Canadian high school football playoffs to be played at the Rogers Centre the week before the Bills play the Dolphins in December. They will use Canadian rules on the American field. It was also announced that 90% of the main seats have been sold for the first three games of the series. Approximately 50% of the VIP premium seats are gone but a real push has yet to be made to sell them.
Lynch Case Ending Soon? The lawyer for Marshawn Lynch says he hopes for a resolution of the hit and run case over the next few days. The DA also said he thinks that is possible. This case has dragged on and a Grand Jury will convene on Friday if a resolution isn't made beforehand.
Monday June 16, 2008
Russert Street? Federal lawmakers are going to put legislation forward today to rename a portion of route 20 that runs past Ralph Wilson Stadium after Tim Russert. Senators Chuck Schumer, Hillary Clinton, and Rep. Brian Higgins will intorduce the legislation. No specifics are available as to the name or how much of the road would be named after him.
Lawsuit Possible: The troubles for Marshawn Lynch are getting worse. The pedestrian that was allegedly hit by Lynch's Porche SUV is contemplating a lawsuit and she has hired two high powered attorneys. One of her lawyers say the injuries Kimberly Shpeley occured in the incident are greater than has been portrayed in the press and she is under constant medical care. Under the law, Lynch can be sued even if he wasn't driving the vehicle since it was his and it wasn't stolen.
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