Oct-12-2009, 06:58 PM #1Status :Rank : The EliteJoin Date : Oct 11, 2009Location : You need a ****ing canoe to get to it.Posts : 3,100Threads : 137Last Online : Jan-22-2014 @ 04:02 AM
Large statue of Bills legend Thomas disappears
As if losing in a pitiful effort against the stains wasn't bad enough:
Half-ton statue gone day after unveiling
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ORCHARD PARK, N.Y. -- A chainsaw carving of former Buffalo Bills running back Thurman Thomas is missing from a parking lot across from Ralph Wilson Stadium, a day after the statue was unveiled.
The project's creator, Therese Forton-Barnes, says the 8½-foot statue carved from a fallen pine tree weighs more than 1,000 pounds and it took a crane to get it set up for Sunday's event. She says it would have taken several strong people with a flatbed truck to remove it. It's unclear when it disappeared.
Orchard Park police are investigating.
The statue was unveiled before Sunday's Bills game against the Browns. It's the 34th in a fundraising series that grew out of a 2006 snowstorm that toppled thousands of trees. The carvings feature celebrities, animals and historical figures.
Oct-12-2009, 07:03 PM #2
Someone had to have seen something.
Maybe the statue was mistaken for one of the current players, having the same amount of mobility, and was put on the bus to the training facility.
When your missing wood the first thing you should do is grab some Viagra.
Re: Large statue of Bills legend Thomas disappears
Thomas statue returns to Buffalo
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ESPN.com news services
ELMA, N.Y. -- A pilfered half-ton chain-saw carving of former Buffalo Bills running back Thurman Thomas has been returned to western New York.
Thomas, a member of the Pro Football Hall of Fame, gave his wooden likeness a kiss Thursday after a crane unloaded the 1,000-pound pine statue at a sports training facility in Elma, outside Buffalo.
"I thought losing my helmet got a lot of attention," said Thomas, referring to how he missed the first two plays of Super Bowl XXVI in 1992, according to The Buffalo News. "This probably got even more."
The statue was unveiled in a parking lot at Ralph Wilson Stadium in Orchard Park before last Sunday's game. A Canadian man has told police he and some friends later rescued the 8½-foot statue from fans who were trying to burn it.
The statue showed some scuff marks and charring around its feet, the newspaper reported.
The statue was retrieved from its temporary home in Welland, Ontario, by Therese Forton-Barnes, the founder of Carvings for a Cause, an organization created after thousands of Buffalo-area trees were toppled by a 2006 snowstorm. Proceeds from sales of carvings made from the damaged wood go toward planting new trees.
Thomas seemed to have a sense of humor about the incident, joking about the "strength" of the Canadians who managed to haul away a 8½-foot hunk of wood. "You figure their beer is stronger than ours," he joked, according to The Buffalo News.
Forton-Barnes said one of the men who took the statue was "very remorseful on the phone and very honest," according to the report. "He told me it was in one piece."
The man, whom The Buffalo News reported spoke on condition his name not be used, said his group "rescued" the statue from a stadium parking lot and loaded it in their truck after other tailgaters poured charcoal embers from their grill onto it.
The man said he and his group brought the statue over the Peace Bridge into Canada, even declaring it at customs as "a statue of Thurman Thomas," according to the report. He said the group intended to bring the statue back for the Bills' next home game on Nov. 1, but contacted Forton-Barnes when they heard reports of the theft on a Buffalo radio station.
Information from The Associated Press was used in this report.