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Fan Friday 5-24

Posted by Chris Brown on May 24, 2013 – 11:51 am

Be sure to remember those that made the ultimate sacrifice for our country on this Memorial Day weekend. There’s a reason we can all have backyard barbecues this weekend. Let’s get to the latest edition of your questions from AskChris@bills.nfl.net and on Twitter @ChrisBrownBills.

1 – Chris,
I think we can still get players like Charles Woodson, etc . to further help this year if we can get them at the right price? Don’t get me wrong. I love what we have done so far this off season and draft.

CB: Sure you saw that Woodson returned to the Raiders where his career started on a one-year deal. I don’t know that he’s cornerback material anymore at his age. That being said I will say I’d feel better if the team added a veteran cornerback.

I think the team is well stocked with inside slot defenders, but outside where you need more size, Gilmore and McKelvin are the projected starters. Crezdon Butler (6’1”) and T.J. Heath (6’1”) both offer good size, but not much experience.

The free agent market at corner however, doesn’t offer much. There are a lot of vets that are past their prime. Still, a vet that could be plugged in should injury strike that can still get the job done even for a four to six game stretch could prove valuable.

 

2 - Hi Chris,

I enjoy your articles and videos every day during the off season!

Buddy before he stepped down said there will be more veteran players released from their teams to make more cap room, etc.

What are any of the dates between now and training camp when teams will have to make decisions on keeping or releasing players?

Please keep up the good work, 40 year Bill’s fans like me can’t get enough updates and info.

Thanks again!

Bob S

CB: The releases that Buddy was referring to were due strictly to cap room being hard to come by for some NFL clubs. It’s not really any roster reduction dates that will prompt that between now and the start of training camp.

Offseason rosters are now at 90 players, but only the top 51 count toward the salary cap. The first cutdown from 90 to 75 players happens the last week in August, with the cut to 53 just a few days later.

 

3 – Hi, Chris! As a former WNYer, and a long time Bills fan living afar off in NJ, in the midst of huge numbers of Giants, Jets, and Eagles fans, thanks for helping me stay abreast of all things Bills related.  I was excited to see the schedule come out and find that I will be in the New Orleans area while my favorite team is playing the Saints! What’s the best way to get tickets to that game where I will be sitting among fellow  WNYers?  Keep up the great work, my friend!

Michael C.
Edison, NJ

CB: I’d recommend getting in touch with the local Bills Backers chapter in New Orleans. They can probably tell you where to park to tailgate and might be able to help you with tickets at the Superdome. Here is their info from the Bills Backers page on Buffalobills.com.

Big Easy Bills Backers
The Bricks Courtyard Bar & Grill
735 St. Joseph St.
New Orleans, LA
504-525-2396

 

4 – Chris,

After years of being one of the oldest in age from top to bottom run nfl operations the bills have emerged with young executives and coaching staff to possibly being one of the youngest. Can you comment on this ? Also have you seen Bill Polian walking the halls at 1 Bills Drive? Just asking ! As always enjoy your work…….

Wally J.  in Fredericksburg, Va.

CB: Thanks to our crack research staff the Bills front office (Brandon, Marrone, Whaley) is the youngest in the league in terms of average age, which we blogged last week. And no, no Bill Polian sightings.

 

5 – Dear Chris:

Great draft coverage and congratulations on predicting EJ Manuel as the 1st pick.  Can we play “What if”?  What if the Jets used their 2nd pick on Manuel instead of their 3rd on Geno Smith?  What would the Bills have done with their pick at 16 overall?

Thanks,

Neil in Jamestown, NY

CB: I think there’s a strong chance they would’ve tried to move back again, and there were multiple suitors for their pick at 16.


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Attn: Philly based Bills Backers

Posted by Chris Brown on April 26, 2012 – 8:26 am

Calling all Philadelphia-based Bills Backers, there’s a rare opportunity to watch day 2 of the NFL draft with a couple of Bills offensive linemen.

The Downtown Philadelphia Bills Backers will be hosting a draft party Friday night at McFadden’s at 461 N. 3rd Street in Philly where they’ll have Eric Wood and Andy Levitre in attendance. The players will be available to take pictures, sign autographs, or just talk football. They should be arriving at McFadden’s shortly after 6. It’s recommend you get there early if you want a table. The guys are also bringing a bunch of team-autographed merchandise to raffle off.

I’m told they’ll have their usual specials from 6-9 pm that evening. That means their cheap Bills food menu (most items $5) and $2 Blues/Blue Lights. Obviously, the program of choice will be rounds 2 and 3 of the draft on the TVs.

The head honchos with the Backers group want me to pass along that you can still park in the lot adjacent to the restaurant or diagonally across the street, but they start charging for the lots at 8pm. So get there before 8 if you can and have fun!


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Bills Backers to out eat Packers fans

Posted by Chris Brown on September 17, 2010 – 11:23 am

The Bills Backers will be on the road this weekend in downtown Green Bay where they’ll be in a big time eating competition with Packers Backers the Saturday night before the game. Here are the details if you’re going to be in town.

The eating competition will take place at the Prime Quarter in Green Bay and will showcase Bills fans vs. Packers fans in a competition to eat a 40 oz. steak and sides in the fastest time. The contest is scheduled to kick off Saturday Sept. 18 at 7 pm. The restaraunt is located at 2610 South Oneida St. in Green Bay. Best of luck fellas. Hope you skip lunch.


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Only Bills fans

Posted by Chris Brown on July 18, 2010 – 9:08 pm

So I’m just back from a family vacation and as I’ve always found, running into a Bills Backer is never difficult no matter where you are.

Most of our family vacations are on the East Coast (down south) and coming across transplanted Bills fans is pretty easy. On this trip however, we were fortunate enough to spend a week in South Lake Tahoe.

Being out west I didn’t even give a second thought to running into Bills fans. We were in Raiders and 49ers territory. But on just my third day of a week long vacay my family is sitting down for lunch at a local Italian restaurant in South Lake Tahoe. Our waitress could tell we were out of towners and asked us where we were from. When we said Buffalo her eyes lit up.

“You do not understand, I am the biggest Bills fan and it’s so hard to root for them out here all by myself,” she said.

After introducing herself, Katie explained how she moved out west a few years ago and always makes sure she works the restaurant’s bar on Sundays so she can watch the Bills games on the restaurant’s  TV. She faithfully wears her throwback Bills hat with the standing red buffalo and the local regulars call her “Buffalo” due to her unwavering allegiance.

Caught off guard I offered her the team’s 2010 pocket schedule from my wallet since it was all I had on me. She was appreciative and proceeded to give us a rundown of the places we should hit during our week in Tahoe.

“Just being from Buffalo you guys made my day,” she said.

So if you happen to be in South Lake Tahoe this fall and need to catch a Bills game, just stop in at Passaretti’s on Emerald Bay Road and ask for Katie O’Neil. Tell her you’re a Bills fan or from Buffalo and she’ll definitely get the game on for you.

I also recommend the ‘Joe Penne’ for lunch with sausage.


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Individual game tix on sale 7/13

Posted by Chris Brown on July 6, 2010 – 2:52 pm

The Bills announced that individual game tickets will go on-sale to the general public at 9 am on Tues., July 13, but there’s a special way to take advantage of pre-sale access for Bills Backers members and friends. 

There will be an exclusive online pre-sale for Bills Backers members and friends of the Official Buffalo Bills Page on Facebook 24 hours before the general public, starting Mon., July 12, 2010 at 9 am. In addition, Bills fans signed up to receive Text or Twitter updates will also be granted early access.

There is no cost to become a Buffalo Bills Backers member (www.buffalobills.com/register.html) or to join the Buffalo Bills Facebook (www.Facebook.com/BuffaloBills) or Twitter (www.twitter.com/buffalobillscom) accounts. Standard text messaging rates apply for Bills Text Alerts (Text BILLS to 64621).

Any remaining tickets after the Bills Backers pre-sale will be made available to the public through Ticketmaster online via ticketmaster.com and Western and Central New York Ticketmaster locations beginning at 9 a.m. on Tues., July 13.

A list of Ticketmaster retail locations is available at ticketmaster.com by clicking on ‘retail locations.’ Remaining tickets may also be purchased online at buffalobills.com, calling 1-877-BB-TICKS (1-877-228-4257) or visiting the Ralph Wilson Stadium ticket office. Due to high demand, tickets for individual games are subject to availability.  

There already is limited ticket availability for the Miami Dolphins and Pittsburgh Steelers games.


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Nice job by Atl Bills Backers

Posted by Chris Brown on December 27, 2009 – 8:23 am

Bills spirit is alive and well in the heart of Dixie. Got to give it up to the Atlanta Bills Backers chapter down here in Atlanta.

They had a very well put together Saturday evening event in midtown where they hosted HOF’er Billy Shaw, Mark Kelso, voice of the Bills John Murphy and myself for dinner and Q&A session.

I hope we provided some worthwhile answers. As always Bills fans were hospitable and appreciative.

It was a good way to wrap up the season of travel, so thanks to John and Melissa and the rest of the Atlanta Backers chapter. A job well done.


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Calling all Bills fans

Posted by Chris Brown on November 20, 2009 – 4:05 pm

For all the out-of-towners coming to Jacksonville for the Bills vs. Jaguars game… 

Join the fun at the pregame party at Wing-It, home of the Bills Backers of Jacksonville! 

PregameParty
Saturday, November 21, 4:00 PM

Wing It
11018 Old Saint Augustine Road
Jacksonville, FL


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Charlotte Bills Backers impressive

Posted by Chris Brown on October 25, 2009 – 8:59 am

Downtown Charlotte has been downright overrun by Bills fans in preparation for today’s game.

On Saturday afternoon when the team arrived the downtown streets were dotted with Bills jerseys and energetic Bills fans. They were gathered behind some velvet ropes in the team hotel waiting respectfully for autographs.

Several of them had rooms in the team hotel and one even told players on their way to the elevators the following.

“We’re going to make it a home game for you guys!”

I made it out to the Bills Backer hangout last night (The Town Tavern) and it was mobbed. Wall to wall people, and very enthusiastic. Thanks to the fans that bought me a beer.

Granted they had some help from fans traveling up from Atlanta and a group that even flew in from Chicago, but they will be out in force at the stadium today. So Bills fans, when you get a chance pass along a pat on the back to your Charlotte Bills Backers because you’re very well represented.


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Denver Bills Backers out in force

Posted by Chris Brown on December 21, 2008 – 3:36 pm

Got to say the Denver Bills Backers are an impressive group. Almost 500 are expected to be on hand for Sunday’s game. Annamaria and their whole crew have a good thing going out here. Met a number of them last night at Lodo’s downtown. They’re keeping the faith, so hopefully the team can reward them with a win, especially with the cold they’ll be braving this afternoon.


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