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SI gives Bills, SJFC high marks as camp site

By Jay Skurski

St. John Fisher College is receiving some props as the host of the Buffalo Bills' training camp.

In a top-10 list released this week online, Sports Illustrated ranked Fisher third in its “Top Ten Training Camp Site” list.

According to a release from the school, the list cites the camp at Fisher as the “classic old-style football camp” where there are “fans on top of players in modern bleachers.”  Additionally, it said “because the fans treat the players like community treasures, the Bills treat the fans with the same respect. Great vibe there. And a very nice souvenir tent.”

My take: The list is right on. Fisher has served the Bills extremely well, especially with the completed construction of a new practice field. It's important for the team to have a presence in the Rochester market as it tries to regionalize itself as much as it can, and having camp in Pittsford is a great way to do that.

“For the thirteenth year, we are on track for another successful Buffalo Bills camp here at St. John Fisher College, and we are thrilled to have the team back on campus,” school President Dr. Donald Bain said in the release.

The top spot went to the Pittsburgh Steelers (Saint Vincent College), while the Arizona Cardinals (Northern Arizona University) ranked second.

Behind the Bills, from 10th to fourth, were: the New York Giants (University at Albany), Chicago Bears (Olivet Nazarene University), Dallas Cowboys (River Ridge Playing Fields), Kansas City Chiefs (Missouri Western State University), Minnesota Vikings (Blakeslee Stadium), Carolina Panthers (Wofford College) and Philadelphia Eagles (Lehigh University).

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Tim Graham

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Tim Graham returned to The Buffalo News in 2011 after covering the NFL for three years at ESPN and for one year at the Palm Beach Post. Before that, the Cleveland native spent seven seasons on the Buffalo Sabres beat for The News and was president of the Boxing Writers Association of America.

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Jay Skurski joined The News in January 2009. The Lewiston native attended St. Francis High School before graduating from the University of South Florida. He writes a weekly Fantasy column in addition to his beat writing duties.

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