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CANTON, OH - AUGUST 6: Fans wait to enter the Pro Football Hall of Fame prior to the induction ceremony on August 6, 2011 in Canton, Ohio. (Photo by Jason Miller/Getty Images)
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Reed passed over for 2012 Hall of Fame class -
"When you have three receivers like Tim Brown, Cris Carter and Andre Reed I think it’s hard for the committee to determine which stands out over the others," Warren Moon said. "I think that has a lot to do with the voters not knowing exactly which one deserves to be in. So I think again that’s why they were canceled out."

Hall of Fame disappointment again for Andre Reed -
"I am so frustrated; it's beyond belief," said Tyrone Reed, another of Andre's brothers. "My concern is with the selection committee. Who are those people and what's the turnover from year to year? Are they forgetting about the fact that when Andre retired, he was No. 2 behind only Jerry Rice in all-time receptions. What are they thinking?"

Reed denied HOF again - The Buffalo News
"The strong likelihood is voters only picked one receiver to get to the final five, and Reed and Carter cancelled each other out. Carter was in his fifth year as a finalist. He also made the cut-down to 10 in 2009."

Andre Reed's Hall of Fame chances dwindling | Democrat and Chronicle
"With each passing year, wide receivers with gaudier numbers than Reed's will get closer to him or top him on the stat charts. One can only wonder how many more yards he (and Carter and Brown) would've had in this pass-happy era."

Reed rejected again |
"This year's Class of 2012 does still include a WNY connection. Senior selection Jack Butler, who played for the Steelers in the 1950's, is a graduate of St. Bonaventure University."

Hall Of Fame Denies Reed Again |
Hear what Marv Levy had to say...

Inside The Bills | Fitz played with cracked ribs
"Fitzpatrick finished the game and did not miss another start the rest of the season, but the Bills won just one of their last 10 games."

Edgemont boy agog over Super Bowl - Rapid City Journal
"The tour ended with lunch in the quarterback suite before the group was allowed in the NFL Experience before it opened to the public Friday afternoon. The Make-A-Wish families spent an hour on a FieldTurf football surface with former Buffalo Bills player Chris Draft."

Four reasons to watch the Super Bowl - Opinion - Al Jazeera English
This is definitely the first time I linked to Al Jazeera. There's a Jack Kemp reference...

Tackling Brady insult with humor - The Buffalo News
"A part of me wondered what I was getting into. Another part of me reveled in the unpretentious toughness, realness and hard-core character conveyed by this place— and, by extension, the people in it. And that reality and image, I think, is what we should embrace and celebrate. Because it is, ultimately, what the rest of the world—underneath the insults—admires about us."

CANOE -- SLAM! Sports - How Belichick, Coughlin ruined Buffalo's Super Bowl
"Twenty-one years later, Bill Belichick’s defensive gameplan now rests in the Pro Football Hall of Fame in Canton, Ohio, a tribute to a brilliant evening of coaching."

Insider's view: Arthur Moats on the Super Bowl |
"It was touch and go, but Portsmouth’s Arthur Moats, a second-year linebacker for the Buffalo Bills, has decided to watch the Super Bowl."

Bills receiver says Fitzpatrick played through cracked ribs | ProFootballTalk
"We might believe Fitzpatrick’s second-half swoon was attributable to injury if he hadn’t started hot, then crashed down the stretch the season before. But that’s exactly what happened to Fitzpatrick in 2010, as well."

The Curious Case Of Stevie Johnson : Buffalo Sports Daily
"Regardless of what happens with Johnson, I can guarantee the Bills will be uncharacteristically active when it comes to spending at the position in free agency. I hear Ralph Wilson has been extremely adamant and vocal to his staff about having a "serious upgrade" at wide receiver; in part to further protect his big investment in Ryan Fitzpatrick."

2011 Bills Darkest Clouds- No. 2: Stevie Shoots Himself : Buffalo Sports Daily
"Today we reach the second-darkest cloud on the season - the unbelievable afternoon in New York of Stevie Johnson."