All posts by Matt Kabel

One Year Celebration!

Hello all 415 of you!

Thanks to those of you that came to McFadden’s on Sunday to root for the Bills as they took on the Houston Oilers…and just in case you weren’t sure, we won. I loved the confused looks on non-Bills fans’ faces as they came into McFadden’s and saw a bunch of people in Bills jerseys watching a taped game from 1992 in March! It was also the debut of the liquor special, which nobody took advantage of but myself, so I drank enough for the rest of you (just ignore that last sentence Mom).

One year Anniversary Celebration!!!
We were planning the Draft party on Saturday April 26th, and we realized that the draft party will be the one year Anniversary of NYCBBB!! Just think, one year ago there were only 20 people reading these emails, now there’s over 415! So we are going to make the 26th – NYCBBB’s Draft and One Year Anniversary Celebration!! We are still working out the details of the drink special but promise it will be long and fun will be had by all!!! Please save the date!!

The Bills signed my favorite past-Bill, fullback Sam Gash this week. You know what this means, my Sam Gash jersey will be coming out of retirement!!!

Draft
The Bills contacted us and would like us to put together a mock draft of Bills picks rounds 1-3. Please send me your 3 picks ASAP and I’ll tally them up and send them to our friends at One Bills Drive.

Shot
I was thinking of creating a Buffalo Bills shot at McFadden’s. Obviously it should be red or blue. Please send me your ideas of an original concoction!!

Hope all is well with everybody!!!! Remember…April 26th!!!!!

— Matt Kabel

Houston Oilers Comeback game and updates!

Hello all 400 (and still growing!) of ya,

How is everybody enjoying the warmer weather? Tried to have my first BBQ on my new patio last Friday but unfortunately the rain gods didn’t permit me too! Oh well, plenty of warm days of flipping burgers and drinking beers under the hot sun ahead! Below is info on upcoming parties (which require feedback!) and updates in a HUGE week in free agency for our Bills (we got Sam Adams!!!!)

Houston Comeback Party
This Sunday at 1pm, McFadden’s will be showing the greatest comeback of all time! The Bills comeback over the Houston Oilers! Come join us to see the game that many of us never saw due to blackout rules or because those with little faith left the game early! Also, to better help McFadden’s staff for this event, please EMAIL ME if you plan on coming and if you will be coming with guests. It would be a HUGE help to us!

Updates!!!
Another HUGE week in Buffalo Bills free agency…the Bills have signed Pro-Bowler and Super Bowl champion Defensive Tackle Sam Adams (29), one of the best (and biggest) Defensive Tackles in the league and will provide 2 massive bodies alongside Pat Williams in the inside for the first time since Ted Washington was here. On a side note, Sam Adams will be living in Ted Washington’s Buffalo home. He is considered the final piece in revamping our defense and making the Bills a solid contender this year! The other big signing is Kicker Rian Lindell (26) from the Seahawks who will replace Mike Hollis who chose not to re-sign. Also signed was Safety Izell Reese (28).

Draft Party
Saturday – April 26th McFadden’s will hold a draft party…details to come!!!

Hope all is well with everybody!!!! GO BILLS!!!!!!!!

— Matt Kabel

News, Updates..and BOOZE!

Hello all 400 of ya!

First to update you on the major upgrades to the team and NYCBBB…then we’ll discuss BOOZE…

Bills Off-season Updates!!!
Exciting times for Bills fans!! The Bills have reached a deal with the Bengals that will bring the best defensive player in free agency, and one of the best linebackers in the NFL, to the Buffalo Bills. Takeo Spikes, 26, will play alongside London Fletcher and newly acquired breakout linebacker from Houston, Jeff Posey, 27…creating a HUGE upgrade to the defense! Also, the Bills are in negotiations with one of the best DT’s in the league, Sam Adams….we’ll have to wait and see what happens with that though…don’t want to jinx anything!!! Regardless, I’m sure Tom Donahoe (cough, GM OF THE YEAR, cough) will bring in the best player he can. Dick LeBeau, former coach of the Bengals and a defensive mastermind, has agreed to become an assistant coach under Gregg Williams.

Also, Peerless Price has been traded to the Falcons for a first round pick (#23) in this year’s draft! This means two things:
1) another upgrade to the team
2) drinking at NYCBBB’s McFadden’s Draft party is going to be a WHOLE lot more fun!!!

Keep checking the links on our website for up-to-date news! nycbbb.com

Matt Soreco’s Logo Contest!
Two entries were received for our logo and banner contest. And the winner is…BOTH David Agosto AND Brian Krupkin! Please give them both a round of applause. They both submitted great work.

Check out both entries here (make sure you scroll down):
http://nycbbb.com/images/contest/

David’s shield logo and banner will be used for the website, and Brian’s NYC Bills Backers logo, with the Statue of Liberty torch (with the football in it), will be used for this upcoming season’s NYCBBB t-shirts. Brian’s banners will also be used to help us promote our group on other Bills websites, message boards, etc.

The new logo and banner are up on the site, so check it out!

OK….onto the BOOZE!!!

Houston Comeback!!!
McFadden’s will be showing the Bills comeback over the Houston Oilers on Sunday, March 30th. The game will start at 1pm and the following optional specials apply from 1-4pm:

  • $10 – all the wings you can eat, POP you can drink
  • $20 – all the wings you can eat, Bud/Bud Light, SAM ADAMS, and Cider you can drink
  • $25 – all the wings you can eat, Labatt Blue you can drink AND for all you HARD BOOZE drinkers who have been begging me for any liquor special!!
  • $35 – all the wings you can eat, all the liquor you can drink!!! (does not include top shelf)

Draft Party!!!
The 2nd Annual NYCBBB draft party will be held on the first day of the draft, April 26th at McFadden’s. Since the Bills now have a first round pick…we have to regroup and give the day more thought…so stay tuned for details!!

HOPE ALL IS WELL WITH EVERYBODY!! HAPPY ST. PATTYS DAY AND I HOPE TO SEE YOU MARCH 30TH!!!!

— Matt Kabel

Houston Oilers Comeback at McFadden’s!

Hello all 400 Bills fans!

Another quick email for ya with 2 announcements:

Houston Comeback Game at McFadden’s!!!
NYCBBB feels you are all probably feeling a little football deprived and one of our members, Bart Kresse, had a great idea! On Sunday, March 30th, McFadden’s will be showing the greatest comeback in NFL history – the 1992 Bills 35-3 comeback over the Houston Oilers!!! Save the date and be prepared to come watch this amazing game with your fellow Bills fans and drink Labatt Blue and eat Buffalo Wings at McFadden’s! Stay tuned for more details and let me know what you think of the idea!!! Also, we have a copy of the game but would like to know if anybody has a “perfect” copy..so email me if you do!!!

Corduroy Jones
NYCBBB always tries to help out its fellow Buffalonians in NYC. One of our members from WNY, David Smith, is a member of the band here named Corduroy Jones, who will be playing the following show date:
FRIDAY MARCH 7
VILLAGE UNDERGROUND
130 WEST 3RD ST.
BETWEEN 6TH AVE AND MACDOUGAL
NEW YORK CITY
www.thevillageunderground.com
MUSIC @ 8PM

The show is all ages and the ticket price is $13 in advance and $15 at the door, but the show will likely sell out, so if you can make it, buy a ticket in advance at TicketWeb to insure you can get in. their website is http://artists.mp3s.com/info/522/corduroy_jones.html Hope all is well with everybody!!

Matt K.

Save the Date and Address change

Hello all 400 of ya!

Everybody enjoy the snow this past weekend? Anybody else get annoyed by the typical New Yorkers that moved twice as slow due to the aftermath of the so called “blizzard”? Wimps…

Just a quick email:

SAVE THE DATE: April 26th – Draft Day, We will be throwing our 2nd Annual NYCBBB Draft Day party at McFadden’s on the 1st day of the draft (Saturday). As of now the Bills don’t have a 1st round pick…but with the Franchise Tag being placed on Peerless Price that could all change in the near future. Details about the party will be emailed to you as we put them together.

Looks like Matt Soreco received a good response to the logo contest. Also, be sure to e-mail him if you have interest in going to the Buffalo Destroyer game here in NYC on April 6th.

As always feel free to email me with any comments/suggestions!

Hope everybody is doing well!!!

Matt K

Updates!

Hello all 400 of ya!

Just a couple quick announcements in response to some questions I received from you from the last email I sent 2 weeks ago.

Super Bowl
McFadden’s will be offering a special for the Super Bowl this Sunday. All the food you can eat and beer you can drink from 4-10pm for $40. If you want to substitute liquor for beer then make it $50. Shots are not included. If people don’t want to do the drink special and just want a cash bar and want to enjoy the buffet then it is $20 all you can eat. The menu is as follows: Seafood & Sausage Gumbo, Beef and Apple Chipolte Chili served with tortillas and cheese, Spicy and Crispy Buffalo Wings, Smoked BBQ Baby Back Ribs, Corn Meal Breaded Spicy French Fries with Jalapeno Cheese.

T-Shirts
Many of you expressed interest in buying a T-shirt. This Thursday, some of the backers are going to meet up at McFadden’s for a couple cold ones during happy hour, including myself. If you’d like to buy a shirt feel free to stop by then and purchase one for $15. If this is not a good time for you, please email me and we’ll work something out.

Buffalo Links
Matt Soreco has done a great job creating a page on our website with Buffalo links. Go check it out! If you have more suggestions let us know! http://nycbbb.com/features/buffalolinks.shtml

Tracks
One of our Backers, Bruce (the red headed Irishman who always stood at the kitchen end of the bar) recently opened a bar/restaurant in the LIRR section of Penn Station named Tracks – Raw Bar and Grill. If you’re ever in Penn or MSG, stop in and have a beer, some raw oysters, or dinner served by an extremely friendly staff.

Hope everybody is doing well!!!

— Matt Kabel

History of the New York City Buffalo Bills Backers

Hello all (400 of ya!),

I hope you all had a nice and safe holidays! We figured that since the first season of NYCBBB is over, we would write and let you know how it was all started, so below is the history of how everything came together to result in the success that we experienced in NYC this year. ENJOY!

Also, we plan on using our web page for anything Buffalo-related in NYC, as a link between former Buffalonians and the Queen City. Please keep checking our site for details and updates and send us any links, events, or info you may have that Buffalonians in NYC would be interested in!

HISTORY OF NYCBBB

Back in the mid-80’s, Buffalo Bills fans around the city began to meet up at a bar on the Upper East Side to watch their Bills. The name of the bar was originally “Name this Joint”, then the “Rugby Club” and finally “Brother Jimmy’s”. The bar would show the game with the sound on a large screen TV in the back, and lines would form out front to get one the prime seats. However, with each name change of the bar it became less and less of an official Bills bar and after the 2000 season, they decided to change direction and televise all games and give no special treatment to the Bills fans that had patronized them on Sundays for years.

At this same time, I had graduated college (lets go Fordham!) and was looking for a place in the city where I could watch Bills games. I looked on the official Bills site and saw that Mark Bishopp was the President and contact person. Mark had been in charge of the Backers at the old bar for a few years and told me about the upcoming change in the bar policy. Since he travels for his business he has trouble being at every game and asked if I could help him run things. It was agreed upon that I would go to the bar and get email addresses from all the fans there and we would begin to find a new bar. That very weekend I intended on going to the bar to do just that when I missed my train to the city, so I figured I would just go the following weekend.

Unfortunately, that particular Sunday that I missed my train was September 9th, 2001. After 9/11, Mark and I decided that we would wait until the following season to reform the NYC Bills Backers.

During the following off-season, I luckily met Matt Soreco, a native New Yorker and lifelong Bills fan that had never watched a Bills game in NYC with other Bills fans. Matt offered to help Mark and I out, especially with designing a web page. We decided to throw a draft party in April since the Bills had the 4th pick. We posted on message boards and created a web page to get the word out and picked another bar on the Upper East Side for everybody to meet at. Draft day came and we had about 25 Bills fans show up and spent the day watching our team select key college prospects. We made sure we had everybody’s email, started to keep a list, and NYCBBB started to take shape.

We now had a list of Bills fans, a web page, and a promising upcoming season. All we needed was a bar that would show the Bills game with sound and offer an affordable beer and wing special. The three of us spent the summer going to different bars around Manhattan and talking to owners about our group. One of my friends owned a portion of a large bar on East 42nd Street that received a small football crowd on Sundays (I was one of them!). After several emails and beers, the NYCBBB had a new home…McFadden’s! They offered to show the Bills game with sound on a big screen TV and give us a wing/beer special, and most importantly, accommodate us as we grew!

The first game attracted about 20 people. We figured we’d be happy if we got 150 people to show up by the end of the season. Little did we know that we would have more than that within 3 weeks! Every week there were more and more fans showing up, and we experienced growing pains, like running out of wings and beer! By week 9 we had filled McFadden’s with over 350 Bills fans. We decided that we needed to make Sundays at McFadden’s more “Buffalo-ish”, so with your suggestions we brought in Labatt Blue and the owners agreed to start making the wings with Franks Hot Sauce. As one fan said, “being in McFadden’s on Sunday is like being back in Buffalo”.

By season’s end, we had over 400 addresses on our email list and a great foundation to build on at McFadden’s for the 2003 season. We never expected it to grow this much so fast! None of this could have been possible without the spirit of Bills fans in this great city. Planning is already underway for off-season events and for the Buffalo Bills 2003 season, which looks very promising, both for the team and for NYCBBB. Please feel free to keep sending us suggestions.

GO BILLS!!!

— Matt Kabel

Cincinnati Bengals RSVP

Hello all 400 of my fellow miserable Bills fans,

Well, I guess the fat woman finally sang, and she sang LOUD yesterday. I’m not even going to try and BS you right now. The Bills are officially out of playoff contention, and next weekend’s game against the Bengals is pretty much meaningless. But as Timmy Lupus proudly says in the movie The Bad News Bears:

“JUST WAIT TIL NEXT YEAR!!!”

I plan on returning from WNY on Friday night so that I can be at McFadden’s for the final game of the season. McFadden’s has gone out of their way to help us this year and it’d be nice if we could support them one last time this season. If you plan on being at McFadden’s on Sunday, can you please RSVP by replying a “HELL YEAH” to this email? I’d like to make sure McFadden’s is staffed accordingly. I’m sending this out early because I know many of you are working different days this week, plus I can check this email from home. PS…sorry to those of you that were unable to email me last week, my email was down for several hours!

Suggestions
We’d like to know if you have any suggestions for the off-season. Some ideas we’re tossing around are a Pro-Bowl party, a Draft party, Sabres activities, a softball/flag football game against the Boston Bills Backers….email me if you have any suggestions or if anything above interests you, or post on our message board. nycbbb.com

Also, start thinking of good suggestions for next year’s season of NYCBBB.

MERRY CHRISTMAS AND HAPPY HOLIDAYS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

— Matt Kabel

Buffalo Bills TNT movie tonight!

Hello all 400 of you,

Just a quick note…tonight at 8:00pm on TNT, the movie “Second String” which is about a Buffalo Bills team that loses its starters to food poisoning before the playoffs and the second string (hence, the obvious title) has to take over and lead the team through the playoffs. Many ex-Bills appear in the movie and Van Miller does the play-by-play for the game scenes.

For more details/review and up to date news, check out Steve Saslow’s (who was at McFadden’s last week) billsdaily.com site.
http://www.billsdaily.com/articles/2002/secondstring.html

Oh by the way….THE BILLS ARE STILL IN THE PLAYOFF HUNT!!!!!!!!!! WE’RE STILL IN THIS BABY!!!!!!!

— Matt Kabel

Buffalo Bills vs. San Diego Chargers

Hello all,

I am writing to you from good ol’ WESTERN NEW YORK!!! Getting wings and pizza tonight and going to the Bills/Chargers game this weekend and I can’t wait!

Now mathematically, the Bills are still in this, so they need your support! (someone has to be positive!!) Come join your fellow Bills fans and root them on at McFadden’s as they take on the Chargers…hey, if Drew Brees goes down, it could make for an interesting game if the shrimp..err, Doug Flutie comes in! Plus, it’s supposed to snow!!!

T-shirts
T-shirts are still on sale for $15. Ask any of the staff at McFadden’s for details.

Website and Message Board
Please check our website and message board from time to time for information, pictures, and postings about Sabres and other Buffalo sports tix and events. nycbbb.com

OK…lets not be like Jets fans and give up on our team…come support your BILLS!!! I’ll see you all next weekend!!

— Matt Kabel