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Friday, September 05, 2003

No word out of Buffalo yet on whether Lawyer Milloy will see action Sunday against the Patriots. Rodney McKissic in the Buffalo News has the latest from Coach Gregg Williams.

"It is difficult to answer that question at this point in time," said Bills coach Gregg Williams. "I would say it's a game-time decision."

McKissic also has some interesting quotes from a bitter Milloy:

"I could care less about (Belichick)," Milloy said. "I'm about the Buffalo Bills right now."

"I thought I would make whatever I make this season and go on," Milloy said. "Then (Belichick) calls me in a week before the game and that really threw me off guard. I wish it would have been handled in a different way (but) that organization and (Belichick) made the process speed up. I thought it was really unfair for what I've brought to that organization. The type of leadership and loyalty . . . that's what really hurt."

Robert Kraft tried to call Milloy but typical of an ex-employee phone call, it was cut short.

"He got a couple of words out and there was a dial tone immediately after that," Milloy said.

No word yet on any call backs. Ummm, sorry Mr. Kraft, I've got Mr. Wilson on the other line.

Wonder if Lawyer was watching The Best Damn Sports Show on Fox with Jimmy Johnson and Ken Norton Jr. the other night?

Ken Norton was still miffed that he was not offered a contract by the Cowboy's and said to Johnson "You kept telling us you loved us and we were a family." Johnson reply was, " I loved you when you made big plays for little money but when the money surpasses the talent you have to go."

Norton just shook his head. Just like Lawyer Milloy is shaking his head at the Patriots front office. Just remember Lawyer that business is business and your new team, the Buffalo Bills released two Hall of Fame players not so long ago by the names of Bruce Smith and Thurman Thomas.



The NFL season began with AFC East Rival New York Jets losing to Washington 16-13. ESPN.com has the game recap.

The NFL marketing machine just keeps chugging along with a one hour Kickoff concert before the game. I was looking forward to the obligatory Britney Spears-Mary J. Blige french kiss last night, but I guess Britney only likes old hags. How old is Madonna? She looks about 48. I thought the Amber Alert was supposed to go off when old perverts kiss young girls. Britney sets the record straight on her french kissing:

“I didn’t know it was going to be that long and everything. I never kissed a woman before.”

Speaking of old hags, how awful is John Madden? First drive of the season and he calls for the Jets to go for the touchdown on fourth down, but two years ago in the SuperBowl with the World Championship on the line, he said the Patriots should sit on the ball and go to overtime.




Thursday, September 04, 2003

The New England Patriots kick off the 2003 season this Sunday against AFC East rival Buffalo. Just to add some fuel to the opener, the Bills signed ex-Patriot Lawyer Milloy to a 4 year $15 million contract yesterday.

The Boston Globe's Nick Cafado writes that Milloy declined to take shots at the Patriots on his way out the door.

"I just don't want to do it that way."

Milloy went on to say:

"The Buffalo Bills made me feel good again," said Milloy. "They stepped right up to the plate. They made their best offer, and it showed me how much they wanted me. "

The Boston Herald's Michael Felger has Lawyer taking a couple shots at the Pats with an interview with a Houston TV station.

"New England tried to squeeze me with a last-minute deal,'' said Milloy during an interview with a Houston television station. "I don't feel good about the organization, and it didn't start this year. I don't think they were honest coming from the top all the way to the bottom.''

Felger also has a quote from Bills GM Tom Donahue addressing reports that Milloy is not the same player:

"We heard a lot of stories out of New England last year that Bledsoe was washed up, too,'' he said. "So draw your own conclusions.''

I wonder where Donahue saw these stories? I don't remember any Bledsoe washed up stories, and they wouldn't be coming from the Patriots front office who insisted and finally got the 1st Round Pick for Bledsoe on the second day of the 2002 draft from Donahue. Is Donahue trying to make himself look good?

Let's catch up with the Buffalo take on the signing. Mark Gaughan in the Buffalo News say's it's like Christmas Day(is it snowing yet in Buffalo?)

"It felt like Christmas on Wednesday evening at One Bills Drive..Who could have dreamed that just four days before the opener, a Pro Bowl player would fall in the Bills' lap? "

We also get more lies about the Patriot Front Office:

"The Patriots reportedly have leaked out word that Milloy's game has slipped some. Milloy had no interceptions last year."

Why would the Patriots say a player is washed up or slipped that they are trying to trade? It does not make sense and it did not happen. But if it makes the Bills Tom Donahue feel better until Sunday at 1 O'Clock, then fine. It just makes you wonder if Donahue is getting these reports from his old pal Nick Cafado?

Just for the record, the Bills have lost 5 straight to the Patriots.

I will miss number 36 patrolling the Patriot secondary. He was a defensive leader on two Patriot SuperBowl teams. The reality of the situation in today's NFL is that a contract is controlled by the team and the team has the power to rip up that contract when they view your value is not worth the contract dollars against the salary cap. It's a shame that the Patriots and Milloy could not come to an agreement on the restructuring, but this is a reality when you have a salary cap. The Patriot front office has to put a value on positions and players. They do not have the luxury like the Red Sox to pay any amount to players. The Patriots are not being cheap like some would make you believe, but are forced to play by the salary cap rules. If you overpay in one area, you will not be in a strategic position to strenghen the club in other areas.

The bottom line is Lawyer Milloy was a victim of the NFL Salary cap. The next time some fraud like Red Sox CEO Larry Lucchino tells you that a salary cap is good for the fans, remember Lawyer Milloy.


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