Be a hands-on involved dad from the get-go. Don't sit there and say you cannot do xyz because you are scared you'll drop him or you feel awkward. You can do just about anything your wife can do except nurse. If you don't get involved then you are in the way and you become enemy #1. Don't sit on your rear waiting for you wife to make you dinner. Don't be a burden. Take the bull by the horns.
Don't fall into the trap of waking up together with mom every time the baby cries in the middle of the night. Do shifts. Mom takes Mon-Weds-Thurs-Sat, bronco takes Tues-Friday-Sunday. If you are going to nurse, have mom store a few bottles of nurse milk in small portioned bottles in the fridge for dad to use. Just pop in microwave and let mom sleep. Of course she has the advantage in that she has two portable units sitting on her chest. If its formula, just have a few portioned bottles ready in the fridge.
I completely agree with Murf on his #1 point. Don't ever sleep in the same bed with your kid. Your fat azz can roll over on him and you won't know it. We all want to do it, its so cute and cudly. Its good to teach your kid right away to sleep on his own. He'll grow up more secure being able to put himself to sleep. He won't grow up to be a pussbag. It is so tempting to sleep with your child but resist it with all your power.
Have a looped cd of white noise to play when the baby cries to no end. The white noise is similar to what they experience in the womb. The womb is quite loud. When they come out of the womb they don't like it. The baby is now out of its warm, secure little nest. When your wife is tired, the kid won't stop crying and you don't know what to do, bust out the cd and let it play, loudly. It works. Its amazing.
Crazy as this guy sounds, this works:
Lastly, after a few months, let your wife have some time out with her friends to give her a break from the baby. You'll bond with the baby during this alone time as you'll have no one else to rely on other than yourself.
Other than that, enjoy being a dad. Try not to miss your buddies too much. The real friends will stick around. The fly by nights will disappear from your life.
And congratulations bronco. Being a dad is the greatest gift we can receive.