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Dahlin Day, NHL Draft Party Tonight

Hello all 2,000+ NYC Bills/Sabres Fans!

Happy Dahlin Day! Tonight is the NHL Draft and the Sabres will officially select generational talent Rasmus Dahlin with the first overall pick. There’s also rumors the Sabres could trade up in the top of the draft, even as high as #3 overall.

Come join other Sabres at McFadden’s tonight to catch the action. Here’s the info again:
https://nycbbb.com/2018-emails/buffalo-sabres-1-pick-draft-party-mcfaddens/

Let’s go Buffalo!

Matt “Talkin’ proud and we need a goalie too” Kabel

Buffalo Sabres #1 Pick Draft Party @ McFadden’s

Hello all 2,000+ NYC Bills (and Sabres) fans!

On the same weekend where our Buffalo Bills secured what is hopefully our QB of the future (and a stud linebacker for years to come, and Kyle Williams replacement), the Sabres won the #1 OVERALL PICK in the NHL Draft Lottery! They are expected to use the pick to select phenom Rasmus Dahlin, an insanely great defenseman from Sweden. (and if they don’t, I fear Buffalo will burn to the ground)

It’s said he’s a generational talent with elite potential. Here’s nice little writeup/video on him:

http://www.umgasmagazine.com/swedish-hockey-phenom-rasmus-dahlin/

With the excitement around this pick, we’ve been asked by Sabres fans in the area to throw a draft party similar to what we do with the NFL so folks can get together and celebrate it.

You’re damn right we will, so here we go….

On Friday, June 22nd the NHL Draft kicks off at 7pm. From 2PM-5PM for those with Summer Fridays or who just want to get an early start, McFadden’s will be offering $5 drafts, ½ priced specialty cocktails, and $5 glasses of Rose. (I’d pay to see some dude in a Rob Ray jersey drinking Rose)

From 5PM to 9PM, the Dahlin Special kicks in with $4 Labatt Blue drafts, $15 Blue pitchers, and 50 cent wings (orders of 10/20).

Come on down to McFadden’s and watch us select the best defenseman seen in years, all are welcome!  

Swede, Swede, Swede!!!

Did you hear Anchor Bar opened in Manhattan:

https://www.anchorbar.com/nyc

Oh…and RUSS BRANDON GOT FIRED, what a great offseason indeed!!!!!

Matt “talkin’ proud and fired up about the direction our teams are heading in!” Kabel

Draft Party TONIGHT, Buffalo News Article, Meet Ruben Brown/Ted Washington/Donald Jones

Hello all 2,200 NYC Bills Fans!

It’s finally here, in just hours we’ll find out if Buffalo has their quarterback of the future! If you’re on Twitter you can see the explosion of opinions about what Buffalo should do, who they should take.

Me? For the first time over 15 years I have faith in the Buffalo Bills GM/HC duo that they’re going to do what’s best for the team to win. Not reach (JP Losman), not make a marketable pick (EJ Manuel), not make an arrogant pick (Roscoe Parrish) or an unneeded pick (Willis MaGahee).

If they draft a QB, it’ll be one they view as the franchise guy. If they don’t, they didn’t feel comfortable with what was left or couldn’t pull off the trade needed. If they use picks 12/22 to enhance the team without a QB, I’ll take that as a win as they know they need a QB, but aren’t going to reach to do it. Whoever they pick, I’ll be behind 100%.

That said, there’s no better place to see what the Bills do than McFadden’s tonight! Seriously, I mean:

1) We’ve got drink specials kicking off at 8pm: at nycbbb.com

2) We’ve got Bills great Ruben Brown and Donald Jones recording a live podcast at the bar with special guest, Ted Washington! You can read more about that here: at BuffaloNews.com

3) Oh, and our club was featured in the Buffalo News today too!
at BuffaloNews.com

Sounds like Ruben, Donald and Ted will be starting their podcast around 7pm, so we recommend getting there early as we’re sure it’s gonna be a heck of a crowd to see what McBeane does.

We’ll see ya tonight!

Matt “Talkin’ proud and fired up to head to McFadden’s tonight!” Kabel

NFL Draft Party, 17 Years!, Ruben Brown LIVE Podcast @ McFadden’s!

Hello all 2,200+ NYC Bills fans!

The annual NYCBBB Draft Party is just a few weeks away, and as always, it’s also a celebration of the founding of our NYC Bills Backers when Matt & I first gathered with a small contingent at a small bar called Bar Coastal for our inaugural event. We drafted Mike Williams that year, let’s hope this year is more successful.

That said, McBeane has been slowly acquiring picks and moving up the draft board. It was reported yesterday that Beane is “trying like hell” to trade up to #2 with the Giants but will likely require another trade up closer before that can happen. Stay tuned. All I can say is the Jets overpaying to trade up to #3 really screwed us. So, let’s screw ‘em back.

That is IF (key word, IF) McBeane feels “their guy” is up there. With the moves they’ve been making, it feels like he is. It makes me think back to the 2004 draft where Tom Donahoe failed to make a trade to move up and select Ben Roethlisberger (“their guy”) and instead overpaid to move up for a player they settled with (JP Losman). This is the year, they have the capital, they have the need and are in striking distance. They may not get this chance again for awhile. Make it happen. Don’t settle.

We also have some exciting news to share – Bills great Ruben Brown has agreed to host all his podcasts this season at McFadden’s! Starting with the NFL Draft, Reuben and Donald Jones will host Ted Washington at McFadden’s for a LIVE podcast on the 26th recording in the back room. They will record their weekly podcasts in the bar on Mondays following games. More details to come!

We’ll see you on April 26th at McFadden’s for the draft, our first time as a playoff team!

NFL Draft Specials at McFadden’s

On Thursday (26 th ) and Friday (27 th ) the following will be offered from 8-11pm:
– $5 beers, cocktails
– 50 cent wings with orders of 10/20 wings
– For the spirited Bills Mafia – $30 all you can drink (with the same 50 cent wing special)
– Table reservations begin at 8pm

On Saturday the $5 beers/cocktails and 50 cent wings specials will be available during the draft.

LET’S GO BUFFALO!!!

Matt “Talkin’ proud and hoping McBeane pulls the trigger!” Kabel

Johnny Utahs, PUNT Foundation Raffle

Hello all 2,000+ NYC Bills fans!

We’re only 24 hours from kickoff, seeing the masses of Bills fans heading south for the game is so awesome. I could have flown down for work as we’re doing an event in the stadium, but no. I’ve waited over 15 years for this moment, watching a Bills playoff game at McFadden’s. Nothing will stop me from watching it there with all of you and the guys we started it with. Soreco, me and the others will be sitting in the corner under the big screen in McFaddens, be sure to come say hello!

Couple quick additional announcements:

1) We added Johnny Utah’s as a 3rd viewing location for the game with the same specials/sound/Shout song as the other bars and weren’t sure if anybody would use it. Well, after 24 hours there’s already almost 100 RSVPs! They still have room so if you want a guaranteed spot, call now: 212.265.8824

2) Our friends at the Brian Moorman’s PUNT Foundation are flying in and will be raffling off an autographed Steve Hauschka helmet, a Lorenzo Alexander signed jersey and a Brian Moorman signed jersey (the MVP of the drought). All proceeds will go to families in Buffalo battling childhood cancer. While the Andy Dalton initiative has been great, let’s be sure to support the families in need in our own Queen City. I missed the Dolphins game at McFaddens as I was on my daughter’s Make A Wish trip after her own battle with cancer, I know personally how important the PUNT Foundation is to kids with cancer in Buffalo. Be sure to buy some tickets!

Last night William, my 8 year old, complained that there’s only 16 hours of footall to watch every season. No son, there’s at least 17 hours this year, let’s make it more.

Matt “Talkin’ proud and can’t wait for tomorrow” Kabel

THE PLAYOFFS! 3rd Watching Location Added

Hello all 2,000 NYC Bills Fans!

The P word happened.

A few weeks ago I was sitting at McFadden’s during a game with some of the old-timers who have been NYCBBB members for over a decade. I stared up at the 02 Bills jersey we mounted (signifying our group’s founding in 2002) several years before and said, “Man, all I want is to watch a Bills playoff game here, can you imagine the atmosphere?” I watched Bills games there (it was empty) in college with my brother since the drought’s beginning, and started the club with Matt Soreco shortly after, 15 years ago.

Soreco and I met our wives, had kids, changed careers and everything in between, but have never watched a Bills playoff game at McFadden’s or Calico’s. On Sunday evening when Bengals/Ravens game ended, we got our wish, and the wish of any Bills fan who has caught a game at either bar on 42nd and 2nd. Instantly my mind went to the faces of all of the fans who have caught games with us since we filled a small table in the dining room that very first game of our club. We even have people that haven’t watched a game with us in years flying in just to catch the game there this weekend.

This Sunday, the Bills take on the Jaguars IN THE PLAYOFFS at 1pm. There’s so much more I want to write (like how it’s not a coincidence that the first year Russ Brandon isn’t involved in football operations we make the playoffs), but we want to make sure every Bills fan in NYC can safely catch the game with their fellow fans. We’ve added a 3rd watching location, here’s the deal on all three:

McFADDEN’S

  • Same process and specials as always, these are going to be prime seats so imagine folks will be out there earlier than ever before to get in line.
  • It’s supposed to be freezing, please dress appropriately

CALICO JACK’S

  • Same process and specials as always, again, arrive early if you want a spot
  • All reservations were booked immediately, so bar and standing room only

JOHNNY UTAHS

  • Knowing how crowded the 42nd St bars will be, and knowing we have way more than the 2,000 members on this list, we’ve created a 3rd watching location in the McFadden’s/Calico’s Family
  • Located by Rockefeller Center (21 West 51st Street)
  • Will offer the same format as the other bars – same drink/wing specials, game/sound on all TVs and a DJ to play the Shout Song
  • They WILL take reservations, which am sure will fill up fast 212.265.8824
  • Oh…and they have a mechanical bull….

It’s finally happened, see you on Sunday, it’s been a long time coming. Let’s do this.

Matt “Talkin’ proud and my heart hasn’t stopped racing” Kabel

Bills @ Pats, Winter Classic, Sabres Road Crew

Hello all 2,000+ NYC Bills Fans!

When’s the last time we’ve been able to mention the P word so close to Christmas? It’s fitting that we need to beat out the Patriots and the Dolphins for a shot at it. I still think it’s a long shot, but Christmas is the time for miracles, no?

Head down to McFadden’s and Calico’s on Christmas Eve this Sunday to see us face off against the Patriots at 1pm. It’s a perfect time to bring the family coming in town to check out the magic on 5th Avenue then to come inside for a nice cold beer, wings and some Bills football.

Couple other announcements:

WINTER CLASSIC
I was fully planning on going to the Winter Classic when it was announced and making it my 8 year old’s first Sabres game. We’re going to be away for my daughter’s Make-A-Wish trip (the only thing that could stop me), but did speak to McFadden’s and they’ll be offering $4 drafts and $5 cocktails at their Citi Field location for Bills fans in need of the hair of the dog after New Year’s Eve.

SABRES ROAD CREW
In place of the Winter Classic, I’m now hoping to bring my kid to the 1/18 Sabres/Rangers game at MSG. The Sabres reached out to us and their Road Crew will be hitting McFadden’s on 1/17 in advance of the game. Tickets are $10 and Danny Gare, Rene Robert and Rob Ray will be on hand. Here is the flyer (https://nycbbb.com/images/RoadCrewNYCFlyer.jpg), see you there!

From all of us at NYCBBB, we want to wish you all a Merry Christmas, Happy Holidays and a Happy New Year! Oh, and Go Bills, and Go Sabres!

Matt “Talkin’ proud and all I want for Christmas is Bills Playoff Football”

Pats @ Bills

Hello all 2,000 NYC Bills Fans!

I tweeted before the game last week that being a Bills fan this long, I had a feeling they’d win. They’d cause fans to start thinking playoffs again so they could rip our hearts out again closer to Christmas.

And here we are. The Bills finally take on the Patriots today at 1pm in good ol’ Orchard Park. Now we’ll really see where we stand in the AFC East. C’mon down to 42nd and 2nd to catch the game (and your winning record Bills) at 1pm with your NYC Bills Backers. Rockefeller is lit up for Christmas so is a good excuse to come in for it.

Bills. Pats. Here we go.

Matt “Talkin’ Proud and wish Buffalo would have drafted Gronk” Kabel

Bills at Chiefs

Hello all 2,000+ NYC Bills fans!

Yeeeeeeaaahhhh…I will say I’m sticking with The Process. I said I wouldn’t whine or complain til at least season three as this organization was so messed up it’ll take time to turn the ship around.

Anyways, Tyrod Taylor is back at starter for the Bills as we head to take on the Chiefs. We are still in the playoff hunt. Game starts at 1pm and won’t be televised in NYC so there’s only one way to catch it with the masses. Take those in-laws or family members in town for Thanksgiving that you’re over by now down to McFadden’s/Calico’s and enjoy some drink, wings and football.

Chiefs did lose to the Giants so…

Matt “Trusting in The Process” Kabel

Bills vs LA Chargers

Hello all 2,000 NYC Bills fans,
Well, I mentioned in my last email that we’d see what kind of team we are last week. The result? I stopped watching in the 3rd quarter to go build some Ikea pieces.
Things got even more interesting this week when the Bills benched Tyrod for Peterman. I question the timing of the move, but I get it. Like I’ve said, Tyrod Taylor is not the answer to the QB problem, he’ll never get the Bills to the next level and plays a safe game (hence his padded stats). I do think he gives the team their best chance to win now, but also get seeing the value in what they have with Peterman. Again, if you’re of the thinking the Bills are rebuilding (and I think they are), and a Super Bowl is the goal and not just playoffs it makes sense.
Anyhow, the Bills take on the Chargers at 4:05pm. Head on down to McFadden’s and Calico’s to see what Peterman has. Specials start at 3:05 and run through the end of the game.
This should be…interesting…
Go Bills!
Matt “Talkin’ Proud and hope Peterman has some goods” Kabel