Bulldog Update - May 3rd 2011

Jon Forget
May 3rd 2011

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Football Fans,

The final installment of our four part series, El Clasico, commences this afternoon with Barcelona hosting Real Madrid. Look for a wild match here, as Madrid must overcome a 2-0 deficit to have any hope of advancing. Their chances will be slim in the hostile environs of the Nou Camp, but I wouldnt say this one is a foregone conclusion. There has been plenty ofcontroversy throughout this series of matches, and the accusations have been flying from both Clubs, adding plenty of fuel to the fire. In our other Semi Final, Wednesday afternoon, Manchester United is expected to do their business at home against a Schalke side that forgot to show up in the first leg. Man. U. will be wary of the Germans however, because it wasnt just luck that put them into the Semis.

Our Colorado Rapids have two away matches this first week of May, with the first falling on Wednesday evening (6:30pm ko). They were able to apply the tourniquet and stop the bleeding at home last weekend vs. Chicago. Now they will be seeking their first W in the last four matches against a Houston side that has displayed some good football this year. The expected return of Conor Casey may help to reignite an offense that has looked less than stellar recently. The Bulldog will be hosting its traditional viewing party, in addition to a viewing party at the Pioneer Bar down in DU. If you live in the south part of town, stop in and enjoy the action (game will be played with volume & beer specials). Saturday night the Rapids take on New England in another early evening match (5:30pm ko). Prior to this game the Bulldog Supporters Group will be hosting a Kentucky Derby Party at the bar (2pm). We are asking everyone to dress up, enjoy the race and some terrific Mint Juleps ($4), and then stick around for the Rapids match. Should be a great party, and an excellent excuse to get dressed to the nines for some fun!

The weekend at the Bulldog, besides the Rapids Party, will be all about the EPL. It is getting down to the nitty gritty, and the title race and relegation battle are both heating up. Saturday morning brings us a number of matches with relegation implications, as well as the fight for European football. Villa, West Ham, and Blackpool are all fighting to stay up, while City and Everton battle for Europe. The highlight match of the weekend will be Sunday morning as Manchester United play host to Chelsea in what arguably could be the game of the year. Man U dropped points last week, while Chelsea got a last minute winner to close the gap between the two teams. The Blues sit only three points behind the Red Devils going into this one, and they hold the goal differential advantage. A Chelsea win, and they are top of the table. A Man U. victory, and they all but secure the title. The atmosphere at the Bulldog will be tremendous for this one, so get in early to find a good spot!

Tuesday May 3rd
Barcelona v Real Madrid 12:45pm (Champions League Semi Final)

Wednesday May 4th
Manchester United v Schalke (Champions League Semi Final)
D.C. United v Seattle 5:30pm (MLS)
Houston v Colorado 6:30pm (MLS)

Thursday May 5th
Sporting Braga v Benfica 1pm (Europa League Semi Final)
Villareal v Porto 1pm (Europa League Semi Final)

Friday May 6th
Portland v Philadelphia 8:30pm (MLS)

Saturday May 7th
Villa v Wigan 8am (EPL)
Everton v Man. City 8am (EPL)
West Ham v Rovers 8am (EPL)
Tottenham v Blackpool 10:30am (EPL)
Roma v AC Milan 12:45pm (Serie A)
Sevilla v Real Madrid 2pm (La Liga)
Kentucky Derby Rapids Pre Party 2pm (Mint Juleps will be served, dress to impress)
New England v Colorado 5:30pm (MLS Away Game viewing Party)
Los Angeles v New York Red Bulls 9pm (MLS)

Sunday May 8th
Stoke v Arsenal 7am (EPL)
Man. United v Chelsea 9am (EPL)
Barcelona v Espanyol 11am (La Liga)
Wolves v West Brom 1pm (EPL Tape Delay)
F1 Turkish Grand Prix 4pm (Tape Delay)

Bulldog Clip of the Week: Each week I will be including a video clip that pertains to the Beautiful Game. This week, Messi & Ronaldo: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DW6fURCAQwE&feature=related

British Bulldog Rapids Supporters Club:www.bulldogsupporters.com Do you love futbol, beer, tailgates, bus trips, singing songs and chants, and supporting your team with other knowledgeable fans? If you said yes to any of these questions then the BSG is your club.Passionate about World Football, and improving the atmosphere at Dicks Sporting Goods Park, I encourage you to get involved!

FIFA 11 Video Game:Feel free to come down anytime, and test your skills on FIFA 11. The game is always set up and ready to play, just ask your bartender for the game and controllers. Bring a party of eight or more and set up your own tournament, with prizes awarded to the winner and runner up. (RSVP via email if you would like to set up a tournament).

2011 Formula 1 Grand Prix: Formula 1 is the ultimate in sports car racing, and the Bulldog is proud to host fans of the Worlds greatest racing series. The series returns to action with the Turkish Grand Prix on May 8th (teh race will be replayed Sunday afternoon at 4pm). In addition the Bulldog has created a Fantasy Formula 1 League for the discerning fan: follow this link to create your team, and type in the league name and password to join our private mini-league. (http://gpedition.speedfantasyracing.com)
The league name is: British Bulldog F1 Challenge
The password is: poleposition

NHL Hockey:It is playoff time! Feel free to request your favorite teams game live and in HD.

British Bulldog Poker Nights: Every Wednesday (9pm) and Sunday (6pm) the British Bulldog is hosting a poker tournament. The game is Texas Holdem. In addition to $3 Pinnacle vodka drinks(Wed.), $2.50 Bud and Bud Light, and our regular 10-12 Late Night Happy Hour, there are also house prizes for the winner and the runner up. Our in house dealer, Keith, will be here every week to host.

FC Denver:The British Bulldog is proud to announce a partnership with FC Denver. FC Denver is the premiere adult soccer organization in Colorado, and the Bulldog is the Clubs home Pub. If you are a top-level player looking for a team to play for, or are looking for local soccer playing options/resources, contact Eric Fulton atefulton@fcdenver.org(720-296-8332).

British Bulldog Specials:
Soccer Happy Hour & Breakfast 7-11am on the weekends (During EPL, La Liga, & Bundesliga Seasons)
Every day Happy Hours 3-7 & 10-12 (Half price well, wine, and draft)
NHL Hockey Package
Monday night Trivia w/ Geeks who drink 8pm ($3 Coors light & Fat Tire)
Tuesday (5-11pm) 25% off all Pakistani Entrees, & $5 Buffalo Chicken Sandwich
Wednesday (9pm) & Sunday (6pm) Texas Hold Em, $2.50 Bud and Bud Light & $3 Pinnacle Vodka all night.
Daily Lunch Specials (M/Saag Paneer, T/Peshwari Chx, W/Chx Masala, TH/Chappli Kebabs, F/ Fish & Chips)
$3 Tuaca, $4 Sweet Tea Vodka & Lemonade, $3.50 Jameson & Ginger, and $5 Hornitos Coin style Margs! These are all the time specials at the Bulldog for the 2011 Season!

Cheers everyone!