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#1 \GoBillsInDallas/

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Posted 13 September 2012 - 09:28 AM

What's the ''secret story'' behind this?

http://www.buffalone...PORTS/120919625

'Bills equipment manager Dave Hojnowski has been fired by the team. Hojnowski was one of the longest-tenured employees in the organization, and was in his 35th year. The Bills had no comment on Hojnowski other than to confirm he no longer is employed by the team. He had been working with the club throughout training camp and preseason. The move apparently came last week. The Bills' equipment staff is headed by Jeff Mazurek, director of equipment operations, and includes two assistant managers.'

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Posted 13 September 2012 - 09:30 AM

id venture probably something that doesnt effect us as fans and will never be public short of a leak from the department.

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Posted 13 September 2012 - 09:37 AM

Breaking: AP Wire:

According to sources, Dave Hojnowski was released after it was discovered that he mistakenly substituted Rugby balls for NFL regulation footballs during mini-camp, training camp and regular season practices. Mr. Hojnowski was quoted as saying "they are heavier and larger which gave our guys more of a look as the ball was in flight during their practices." As it turns out, the use of Rugby balls backfired on the team in its opener. Leodis McKelvin was asked if practicing with Rugby balls made any difference in his coverage of WR's. "You betcha" said the first round pick "I could hardly see that little NFL ball go whizzin' by me out there...ya know what I'm sayin'??" Hojnowski had no comment other than a finger salute as he walked away from One Bills Drive in a westerly direction toward Cleveland. More to follow on Twitter at #ByeByeShoulderPadsGuy

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Posted 13 September 2012 - 09:40 AM

View PostBringBackFergy, on 13 September 2012 - 09:37 AM, said:

Breaking: AP Wire:

According to sources, Dave Hojnowski was released after it was discovered that he mistakenly substituted Rugby balls for NFL regulation footballs during mini-camp, training camp and regular season practices. Mr. Hojnowski was quoted as saying "they are heavier and larger which gave our guys more of a look as the ball was in flight during their practices." As it turns out, the use of Rugby balls backfired on the team in its opener. Leodis McKelvin was asked if practicing with Rugby balls made any difference in his coverage of WR's. "You betcha" said the first round pick "I could hardly see that little NFL ball go whizzin' by me out there...ya know what I'm sayin'??" Hojnowski had no comment other than a finger salute as he walked away from One Bills Drive in a westerly direction toward Cleveland. More to follow on Twitter at #ByeByeShoulderPadsGuy

Hahahaha

#5 Joe_the_6_pack

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Posted 13 September 2012 - 09:43 AM

Fitz horrible play was his fault ... helmet was too small.  Cant blame the rib, Oline, lack of running game, etc etc .... after each loss now someone else will take the fall

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Posted 13 September 2012 - 09:49 AM

View PostBringBackFergy, on 13 September 2012 - 09:37 AM, said:

Breaking: AP Wire:

According to sources, Dave Hojnowski was released after it was discovered that he mistakenly substituted Rugby balls for NFL regulation footballs during mini-camp, training camp and regular season practices. Mr. Hojnowski was quoted as saying "they are heavier and larger which gave our guys more of a look as the ball was in flight during their practices." As it turns out, the use of Rugby balls backfired on the team in its opener. Leodis McKelvin was asked if practicing with Rugby balls made any difference in his coverage of WR's. "You betcha" said the first round pick "I could hardly see that little NFL ball go whizzin' by me out there...ya know what I'm sayin'??" Hojnowski had no comment other than a finger salute as he walked away from One Bills Drive in a westerly direction toward Cleveland. More to follow on Twitter at #ByeByeShoulderPadsGuy

Pretty good farce, but the implication that McKelvin gave a comprehensible quote is a step too far.

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Posted 13 September 2012 - 09:54 AM

Because the fans demanded change that's why!!!

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Posted 13 September 2012 - 09:54 AM

Rumor has it he switched the cups of Fitz and Mario lol

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Posted 13 September 2012 - 09:57 AM

We should give the new equipment manager a nickname

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Posted 13 September 2012 - 10:01 AM

Something like that does not happen without some kind of incident.

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Posted 13 September 2012 - 10:03 AM

35 years! That's gotta be second only to Ralph on team longevity.

Sad to see a career that long with one company end with a firing..

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Posted 13 September 2012 - 10:07 AM

View PostSageAgainstTheMachine, on 13 September 2012 - 09:49 AM, said:



Pretty good farce, but the implication that McKelvin gave a comprehensible quote is a step too far.

So playing with a fake ball for 2-3 months replaces a whole lifetime of playing with real nfl footballs? McKelvin is an idiot

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Posted 13 September 2012 - 10:13 AM

i wrote in the shoutbox earlier that i met him way back in the early-mid 80's when i had a part time job at the stadium.  He seemed like a good guy. Still always see him and woody on the sidelines at games or on TV as they pan the sidelines.  I was thinkin maybe they caught him gambling on the games or something.  Can't imagine what he did as an immediate fireable offense after 35 years of loyal service?!?

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Posted 13 September 2012 - 10:14 AM

Because Ralph is cheap

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Posted 13 September 2012 - 10:14 AM

View PostSageAgainstTheMachine, on 13 September 2012 - 09:49 AM, said:

Pretty good farce, but the implication that McKelvin gave a comprehensible quote is a step too far.

Even a blind squirrel finds a nut now and then.

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Posted 13 September 2012 - 10:21 AM

This is a bold in-seson move by the FO.  It's good to see they have finally gotten to root of all of these problems.

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Posted 13 September 2012 - 10:26 AM

View PostMr. WEO, on 13 September 2012 - 10:21 AM, said:

This is a bold in-seson move by the FO.  It's good to see they have finally gotten to root of all of these problems.

$20 says little Joey Fragaloni (the kid who runs out to pick up the kicking tee after the return) is in Buddy's office this minute getting lectured on how no position is safe this week.

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Posted 13 September 2012 - 10:28 AM

Clearly an organizational cost cutting move.  Ralph is cheap. B-)

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Posted 13 September 2012 - 10:33 AM

Somebody's gotta take the blame for those hideous "collars!"

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Posted 13 September 2012 - 10:36 AM

View PostBringBackFergy, on 13 September 2012 - 10:26 AM, said:

$20 says little Joey Fragaloni (the kid who runs out to pick up the kicking tee after the return) is in Buddy's office this minute getting lectured on how no position is safe this week.

Awaiting the thread that explains how Hojo was responsible for the 2010 draft.....