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June 13, 2014

Pegula shows interest in Bills, Marrone mixes up routine

Tonawanda News — According to a report from WGRZ’s Adam Benigni, Sabres owner Terry Pegula is interested in bidding on the Buffalo Bills.

The report comes from three sources close to the information.

Local media reports that Pegula, who bought the Sabres in 2011 from former owner Tom Golisano, and his East Resources Inc. recently sold 75,000 acres of land in Ohio and West Virginia for $1.75 billion.

This new increase in cash flow adds to Pegula’s possible purchasing power when bidding begins on the Western New York football team.

Earlier reports have Golisano as a potential bidder as well.

Marrone mixes up Bills routine with music, games

ORCHARD PARK— First, Doug Marrone began introducing his personal musical playlist during practice — from Johnny Cash to Iggy Azalea.

Now it’s airsoft, a game much like paintball, but featuring soft, plastic pellets as ammunition.

The Buffalo Bills coach isn’t missing any beats when it comes to keeping his players loose as the team wound down a three-week series of voluntary minicamps.

“Oh yeah, I got shot right in the chin,” Marrone said following the team’s final session Thursday, and a day after canceling practice to take the team to a nearby indoor airsoft facility.

“It was bad. Right underneath my mask,” he said with a laugh, pointing to a barely visible spot on his jaw, where linebacker Kiko Alonso got him.

And Marrone gave back, too.

“Me? Yeah, I got my share,” he said, noting the teams were mixed with defensive and offensive players and coaches.

Marrone called the break from practice an opportunity for the Bills to bond in a competitive setting, but away from the routine of on-field drills. And he’s doing it during a condensed offseason in Buffalo.

After wrapping up a three-day mandatory minicamp next week, the Bills will have only a month off before reporting for training camp on July 18. That’s earlier than normal, because Buffalo will open the preseason playing the New York Giants in the annual Hall of Fame game, Aug. 3.

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