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The Calm Before The Storm
Off the field the club wrapped up this off season's caravan with stops in Ontario, Niagara Falls, Rochester, and Buffalo. They will do one more stop on Sat. July 8th in Rochester, the day single game seats go on sale. Our Take: Another successful move by the Bills Brass in getting the players out to the community.
Speaking of the community and the players, the Bills participated in a Summer reading program on Friday. Marcellus Wiley was the representative at Central Library's children's department. The program is co-sponsored by UPS and it encourages students to read books during the summer break. The more books a student reads, the more chances they get in a raffle for tickets to the Packers game on Sept. 10th. Our Take: These are the type of things players and organizations have to do in fulfilling their community obligations and their positions as role models. Wiley is proving he is a first class citizen.
It is the time of year for experts to volunteer their predictions on the upcoming season. Bills fan Chris Berman picks the Bills for second place behind the Colts and not his usual Super Bowl prediction for the club. In the preview magazines, Street & Smith also picks the team for second place, while Athlon Sports picks the club for fourth place. In Las Vegas, oddsmakers have the club as 8-1 odds to make the Super Bowl. This is fifth best in the conference behind Jacksonville, Tennessee, Denver, and Indianapolis. Our Take: What does this all mean? Nothing. It only matter how the team plays on the field and if they can get a little lucky along the way regarding bounces of the ball, and injuries. There is very little difference between 6-10 and 10-6 in today's NFL.
With Ray Bentley not enjoying some modest success behind the bench for the Buffalo Destroyer's of the Arena Football league, the team needed to find a new play by play man for two road pre-season games. They tabbed veteran announcer Jay Randolph for the spot. Our Take: We are happy that Bentley is enjoying success with a bad team. He is making something out of nothing, which says a lot for him, since he has no previous coaching experience. Randolph should be a fine choice as his replacement.
Sam Gash is still looking for a job. He has already turned down offers from both New York teams and he's waiting patiently for an offer that will promise him some longevity. There are supposedly 5 or 6 teams interested in him, he wants a long term deal. Our Take: He may be the only player still on the market that can afford to be patient, someone will want his blocking experience as training camp rolls around. That team will make him the offer he wants.
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