All posts by Matt Kabel

Jets at Bills Moved To Monday

Hello all 2,229 NYC Bills fans!

Unless you’ve been living under a rock (which I have been) you’re aware that Buffalo got hit with several feet of snow this week. As a result, Ralph Wilson Stadium is buried under white stuff and the focus is on digging the community out, and rightly so. The game has been moved to 7pm on Monday and will be played in Ralph Wilson’s home of Detroit. You almost have to think the old man had a hand in this from upstairs.

McFadden’s and Calico’s will air the game and offer specials, once details are finalized we’ll be in touch with more details, so sit tight.

Seeing the pictures from Buffalo on my Facebook page has been pretty incredible, I have to admit part of me is jealous to not be there to experience, although know the challenges it has created for some.

A friend took this amazing shot of the snow wall from atop City Hall. It’s one of those iconic photos that will last generations, you can view and/or buy a print at this link: http://proofs.dedario.com/event/1020474

As most know I have a little two year old girl, Sally, battling Infant Leukemia at Memorial Sloan Kettering, which is why you never hear from me anymore. I still catch most of the games, but quality time with Sally and our family takes priority. Of course I still check updates on Twitter when I can’t watch :).

One thing having a girl with cancer has taught me is that you should enjoy the ride and live in the now. That applies to football too. Chances for the Bills to make the playoffs are slim, but take heart. New ownership dedicated to Buffalo and winning are in charge and you can expect changes to our losing culture after the season. Instead of anger, have hope. We still have our team thanks to the Pegulas and will be able to root them on for years to come. For the rest of the season, enjoy it. Watch the young guys grow and know that better days lie ahead, this season really is the end of an era with an exciting future ahead. Let the pieces begin to fall into place.

One day soon we’ll root the Buffalo Bills on in a playoff game at McFadden’s and Calico’s, the odds are with us, and it will be glorious. Til then, breath, and enjoy the ride.

GO BILLS!

Matt “Talkin’ Proud and Buffalove” Kabel
www.nycbbb.com

Brian Moorman at McFadden’s TONIGHT

Hi all – just a quick reminder that Brian Moorman will be at McFadden’s tonight from 7-10pm. $10 at the door gets you half priced drinks, with that $10 going to his PUNT foundation that assists families dealing with pediatric cancer in Buffalo.  I’m going to attend early on with my son Thomas as Sally is feeling well, and know Matt Soreco hopes to make it in as well.

My daughter doesn’t eat much via mouth, but what DOES she like to eat? Meat marinated in Chiavetta’s. Guess she really is a Buffalo girl!

Matt “Talkin’ Proud” Kabel

Brian Moorman & Eric Wood at McFadden’s!

Hello all 2,194 NYC Bills Fans!

This is your Ghost of Christmas past, it has been so long since I sent an email that I had a hard time remembering the log in info. I want to thank Matt Soreco and Phil Mann for taking the bull by its horns this season while I’ve been focused on my daughter’s battle against Infant Leukemia. I have still been following the games, I actually scared Sally once by screaming at the TV when the Steve Johnson fumble happened (followed by the Chandler fumble), we had literally just walked in the door from spending a week at Sloan Kettering which kept it in perspective. After I screamed and made her cry of course, whoops.

Matt S. has sent some recent emails about a couple current Bills making appearances at McFadden’s this week. First off, Eric Wood will be there tonight from 7-10pm, with beer specials starting at 6:30.

On Saturday, Brian Moorman will be at McFadden’s with his foundation, P.U.N.T from 7-10pm.  I always knew that Brian and his wife ran a foundation for kids, but never really understood what they did. They reached out to us about it a few weeks ago and was going to tell them our members had already done a lot for my daughter and felt bad asking them to support another cause. However, when I looked up the foundation I saw that they assist families in Buffalo battling pediatric cancer.

I can’t tell you how much pediatric cancer sucks, most have an image of smiling bald kids from TV ads, even I thought that was the norm. That image can’t be farther from the truth. Kids are dying daily, those that survive do so after painful outdated treatments and live with side effects that hamper them the rest of their lives. It also takes an extreme toll on the entire family, my sons have had to see their baby sister in extreme pain and sacrifice love and attention from us.

The Moormans’ foundation lends much needed support to families like ours. Whether it be gas or grocery store cards, getting the kids out to local sports game in a suite (the only way those with weakened immune systems can actually attend) or…sadly…granting a last wish of a dying child. This isn’t just some PR thing for the Moormans or the staff of the foundation, made clear in my interactions with them the last few weeks. They are extremely passionate about helping families in Buffalo much like mine here in Brooklyn, some having gone through it themselves.

The event is very simple, $10 donation at the door gets you half priced drinks. That’s it. Brian asked to keep it simple so he could spend time hanging out with fans and have an enjoyable night. Everybody is going out Saturday night, the night before the first ever Super Bowl in NYC. Even if its for a few minutes, why not stop by and not only support this great cause, but thank Brian for all of the years he’s given to our Bills. Seriously, he’s been the best Buffalo Bill over the 12 years we’ve ran NYCBBB, even my wife clearly knew who he was. He’s the only current player she would encourage me to make my way into the city to see, especially since getting out is a challenge for us nowadays.

I’m looking forward to meeting the entire PUNT Team and thanking them for the work they do for the kids in Buffalo fighting cancer. I hope I’ll see a bunch of you there to support not only an amazing player, but an amazing person and group. For those who have sent notes, posted on Sally’s Facebook page or bought a Sally shirt, thank you so much for your continued support, it means the world to Nicole and I.

Matt “Talkin’ Proud” Kabel
www.nycbbb.com

Pats at Bills, EJ Starting! Thank You…

Hello all 2,127 NYC Bills Fans!

It’s finally here, the kickoff to the 2013 NFL Season! On Sunday at 1pm the Bills officially launch a new era with a new GM, new coach, and as of this morning – a new starting quarterback! A text from the Bills announced that EJ Manuel will be starting this Sunday for the Bills. Going up against the Pats, not sure if that’s a good thing or bad thing for a first game. I still remember being at Jeff George’s first game years ago and Bruce Smith knocking him out of it. Although I also have flashes to Jim Kelly looking great in his first outing. Guess we will see, but will make Sunday all the more exciting.

Everybody knows the best place to see our new team in action is on 42nd and 2nd at McFadden’s and Calico Jack’s, which promise to be rocking! Specials will start at noon and conclude at the end of the game. Here are the details for the drink/wing specials:
http://nycbbb.com/features/drink-specials-times/

Get the ball to Spiller!

Thank You

I know Matt Soreco has spread the news of my daughter Sally being diagnosed with Leukemia this summer, originally at 9 months. Infant Leukemia is rare, only 200 cases a year in the USA and Memorial Sloan Kettering, one of the finest cancer institutions in the world, only treats ONE case a year. It brings with it many challenges that don’t occur in kids diagnosed later in life, and much tougher odds. If all goes to plan Sally will receive two years of intense chemo, a very long road that is just beginning.

Nicole and I want to thank everybody for the amazing support the Buffalo Sports community has shown. The social media would has blown up with #SupportSally tweets and posts from fans to sportscasters to the Buffalo Sabres even tweeting it out! A bunch of the online sports groups have gotten together to sell shirts benefiting Sally, first described here: http://www.deargodwhyussports.com/blog/supportsally

Shirts are $25 and can only be ordered until THIS Saturday. In addition, if you want to follow Sally’s story you can Like her Facebook pagewww.facebook.com/sweetsallysunshine or check out her blog www.sweetsallysunshine.com. I know Matt, Phil and the McFadden’s team are planning a fundraiser next week during the Panthers game, am sure they’ll be sending details prior.

Many are upset that summer is over. Me? No way, THIS is the best time of the year! Let’s do this Buffalo.

GO BILLS!!!

Matt “Talkin Proud and Can’t Wait To See EJ In Action!” Kabel

BPO in Town Tonight!

Hello all 2,106 NYC Bills fans!

Looks like we have our Franchise QB in EJ Manuel, but like with every draft, its not worth getting excited until we see how they perform on the field. Somebody in the Tribeca area must be excited, a fellow fan is having a little fun with some construction wall sites I’ve noticed commuting to/from work. Check them out, one is right across from the Ghostbuster’s Firehouse:
http://nycbbb.com/notes/post-buffalo-bills/

No, its not me, but I love whoever it is! And if you need another reason to get excited, the Buffalo Philharmonic is in town TONIGHT playing at Carnegie Hall! How awesome is that? They are hands down one of the best philharmonics in the nation, and something all current and former Buffalonians should take pride in. Go support them as tickets are still available, here are the details:

Be there on Wednesday, May 8 2013 at 7:30pm and show your WNY pride. Don’t miss a chance to experience this great event, get your tickets today at: https://www.carnegiehall.org/SiteCode/Purchase/SeatSelectionPerformance.aspx?startWorkflow=true&quickBuy=false&quantity=1&eventId=11869

More from the BPO:
“With New York City as an inspiring backdrop, we have a unique opportunity to shine the spotlight on Western New York and our treasured orchestra with an invitation to perform at Carnegie Hall as part of the Spring for Music festival on May 8, 2013.

The Spring For Music festival showcases innovation and creativity in classical music programming, and is designed to make classical music more accessible to modern audiences. The BPO is one of one five orchestras selected from a national field to present a program during the week-long festival.”

Learn more:
https://bpo.org/carnegiehall/

Facebook Invitation:
https://www.facebook.com/events/484019524998915/?fref=ts

Use this link to spread the word:
http://nycbbb.com/notes/buffalo-philharmonic-orchestra-coming-nyc/

GO BILLS!

Matt “Talkin’ Proud and Love the BPO” Kabel

Draft Party This Week! QB?

Hello all 2,112 NYC Bills fans!

We’re just over 48 hours away from finding out what the Bills will do with the #8 overall pick in this year’s NFL Draft. I’m writing to ya’ll from Austin, Texas, where on my Jetblue flight down here I watched the “experts” say Buffalo WILL take a QB, and whoever they take WILL be a massive reach as apparently this QB class is terrible…maybe the worst ever. My opinion – if the Bills have a QB they LOVE, that they KNOW can take us to the Super Bowl, and he’s there at #8…TAKE HIM. Nobody will care if it was a reach if he pans out. On the other hand, if there isn’t a QB in this class that they feel can take us to the Super Bowl…then DON’T TAKE A QB. Build elsewhere, do a year with Kolb, let fans scream at you and get your man next year. If the Bills do either of those, I’m happy.

Below are the details for the party. I’ll be there hanging with the dudes who run www.BuffaloWins.com and www.deargodwhyussports.com who will be live tweeting/blogging from McFadden’s.

April 25 – Thursday: McFadden’s will have the first round of the Draft televised with sound starting at 7pm, first pick at 8pm. From 7-11pm, the bar will offer $3 import drafts (including Blue), half priced drink specials, and free wings!

April 26 – Friday: Same special with wings from 6-11pm for rounds 2-3 and will have the sound on shortly before/after the Bills pick (keep in mind its Friday night)

April 27 – Saturday: All-you-can-drink/wing specials we use during the season from 11-4pm. The pricing can be found here:
http://nycbbb.com/features/drink-specials-times/

As a reminder, its also our 12 year anniversary here at NYCBBB, so be sure to toast the disgusting fact that we have yet to watch a playoff game on 42nd and 2nd. But also toast the visions of the debacle it will be when we do.

GO BILLS!
GO SABRES!!

Matt “Talkin’ proud and really hope there’s a QB they love” Kabel

Draft Party, 12 Years!

Hello all 2,121 NYC Buffalo Bills Fans!

Its that time of year again, where the Bills draft a bunch of guys and for a couple weeks we feel like we’re a contender again! Until the season starts. Perhaps the Bills ARE ready to turn it around this year under new Coach Doug Marrone, although a having salesman running the team will always worry me. With the cutting of Ryan Fitzpatrick, the Bills are poised to take a QB early in the draft for the first time since JP Losman. And Trent Edwards. And trading for Drew Bledsoe. If anything, it should make for an exciting draft party!

As always, come on down to McFadden’s to watch the Bills make their selections with hundreds of your fellow Bills fans. This event is actually open to none Bills fans, so its a good excuse to bring along those buddies you never see on Sunday afternoons during the season. Here are the details:

April 25 – Thursday: McFadden’s will have the first round of the Draft televised with sound starting at 7pm, first pick at 8pm. From 7-11pm, the bar will offer $3 import drafts (including Blue), half priced drink specials, and free wings!

April 26 – Friday: Same special with wings from 6-11pm for rounds 2-3 and will have the sound on shortly before/after the Bills pick (keep in mind its Friday night)

April 27 – Saturday: All-you-can-drink/wing specials we use during the season from 11-4pm. The pricing can be found here:
http://nycbbb.com/features/drink-specials-times/

We’ll also be celebrating 12 years of NYCBBB, which is also just a painful reminder of the # of years we’ve gone without being able to watch a playoff game at McFadden’s or Calico’s. Its getting harder and harder to maintain my 6-year-old as a Bills fan.

My god, I’m Negative Nelly aren’t I. Look what you’ve done to me Buffalo Bills!! Why has thou forsaken me?!!!

Anyways, enjoy your Easter Holidays, we’ll reach out again prior to the draft.

GO BUFFALO!

Matt “Talkin’ proud and am becoming a bitter old man” Kabel

Seattle @ Buffalo (Kinda), Buffalo Comedy Night

Hello all 2,113 NYC Bills Fans!

Well, the road to 8-8 for this team begins tomorrow. In Toronto. God help me.

The Bills take on the Seahawks in Toronto tomorrow afternoon. Kickoff is at 4:05pm, specials begin at 3pm and run through the end of the game. I’m actually kind of curious how the defense handles Marshawn Lynch to see if they’re actually as improved as they appear to be. You know, cuz our offense is pathetic, beginning with the play-calling. Guess we’ll see, as long as Lynch isn’t driving on the field, we know how that and Canadians mix…

Christmastime in NYC is awesome, so with the 4pm game its a great opportunity to go check out the tree in Rockefeller, do some shopping, then head over some some Blues and wings at McFadden’s and Calico Jack’s. If you need an excuse to drink.

Buffalo Comedy
Member Joe Pera asked if I could share details for a Buffalo Comedy Night going on this Tuesday. All these guys either moved from Buffalo to NYC to pursue comedy or are fellow fans of the worst team of the last decade. Here are the details, go check it out and support our brethren

‘Buffalo Comedy’
Hosted by Joe Pera, Dan Licata, and Charles Gould
Featuring Stand-Up by Matt Wayne, Mike Kaiser, Kevin Michael Smith,
Andrew Short, and Doug Short

At The Creek and The Cave Theater
Tuesday December 18th, 8pm
10-95 Jackson Avenue, Long Island City
(Only 1 stop on the 7-Train away from McFaddens)
Free
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Go Toronto!

Matt “Talkin’ Proud and Miss Buffalo Christmas'” Kabel

Rams at Bills

Hello all 2,111 NYC Bills fans!

Sorry for the late email, been so focused on Holiday cheer I forgot to send the weekly email. Maybe I spoke too soon, with a win last week the Bills are actually still in the hunt for a playoff spot with a winable game this week against the Rams. Who knows, if they actually follow the plan they did last week playing solid defense and running the damn ball, anything is possible!

Kickoff is at 1pm, specials start at noon. You know the places and drill.

Let’s go Buffalo, let’s do this.

Matt “talkin proud and there’s still hope” Kabel