Bulldog Update - May 10th 2011

Jon Forget
May 10th 2011

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Football Fans,
There is plenty of exciting midweek football to take in as we close in on the culmination of the European football campaigns, and continue to enjoy our MLS domestic season. Wednesday brings us a Barcelona match at lunch (12pm), followed by an evening full of MLS football. Our two highlight matches of the midweek fall on Thursday and Friday, with the playoff for the final EPL spot being contested by the Championship sides that finished 3rd through 6th. Thursday we see the first of two legs between Nottingham Forest and Swansea City (12:30pm), and Friday brings us Reading v Cardiff City. The winners of these home and away contests will face each other in a final match at Wembley to decide who will get the third and final EPL promotion.
Only two weeks left in the English Premier League season, and the relegation battle is nearing the boiling point. The action begins early Saturday morning (5:45am kickoff) with three matches that all have relegation implications. Blackburn, Wolves, Blackpool, Wigan, West Ham, and Birmingham are all in the fight to stay up, and three of those clubs will be featured in the early morning hours at the Bulldog. The next big match of the day is the FA Cup Final between Manchester City & Stoke (8am). This should be a great battle for some very prestigious silverware. Later in the day our Colorado Rapids face D.C. United away, and the Bulldog will be hosting an away game viewing party. This match falls perfectly in to our Happy Hour window, so come on down and join us in supporting our hometown Club! To finish a great day of football we have a very intriguing match up between Seattle and Portland. This is the first ever Northwest Derby in the MLS, and the match atmospher should be tremendous!
We wrap up our weekend with Chelsea, Arsenal, Liverpool, and Tottenham all in action on Sunday morning. Chelsea are still technically within striking distance of Man. United, but it would take a serious slip up for the Red Devils to give away the six point advantage they hold with only two matches to go. None the less there is plenty to play for, as the season nears its close.
In two weeks time the Red Devils of Manchester will face the Blaugrana of Barcelona in the Champions League Final, and the Bulldog is planning a street party to celebrate the big game. We will be closing off the parking lane and sidewalk in front of the Pub, putting up some outdoor TVs, and serving cold beer on the extended patio. In addition to featuring the biggest match in Europe, we will also be hosting a pre-party for the Rapids match that evening versus Sporting Kansas City. Buses will be leaving from the Pub to shuttle fans up to the match, so plan on sticking around to support your local club (Reservations can be made at www.bulldogsupporters.com ). This is sure to be an epic day of football and fun!
Wednesday May 11th
Levante v Barcelona 12pm (La Liga)
Espanyol v Valencia 1pm (La Liga)
Philadelphia v Los Angeles 5:30pm (MLS)
Dallas v Toronto 7pm (MLS)
Vancouver v San Jose 9pm (MLS)

Thursday May 12th
Nottingham Forest v Swansea 12:30pm (Npower Championship Playoff 1st Leg)

Friday May 13th
Reading v Cardiff 12:30pm (Npower Championship Playoff 1st leg)

Saturday May 14th
Blackburn v Manchester United 5:45am (EPL)
Blackpool v Bolton 5:45am (EPL)
Sunderland v Wolves 5:45am (EPL)
Manchester City v Stoke 8am (FA Cup Final)
West Brom v Everton 10:30am (EPL Tape Delay)
A.C. Milan v Cagliari 12:45pm (Serie A)
Toronto v Chicago 5pm (MLS)
D.C. United v Colorado 5:30pm (MLS Away Game Viewing Party)
New england v Vancouver 5:30pm (MLS)
Dallas v Philadelphia 6:30pm (MLS)
Salt Lake v Houston 7pm (MLS)
San Jose v Columbus 8:30pm (MLS)
Los Angeles v Kansas City 8:30pm (MLS)
Seattle v Portland 9:00pm (MLS Match of the week/Northwest Derby)

Sunday May 15th
Chelsea v Newcastle 6:30am (EPL)
Arsenal v Aston Villa 9am (EPL)
Liverpool v Tottenham 9am (EPL)
Napoli v Inter Milan 12:45pm (Serie A)
New York Red Bulls v Chivas 5pm (MLS)

Monday May 16th
Swansea v Nottingham Forest 12:30pm (Npower Championship Playoff 2nd Leg)

Bulldog Clip of the Week: Each week I will be including a video clip that pertains to the Beautiful Game. This week, Congrats to Queens Park Rangers and Championship Player of the Year Adel Taarabt:http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mk1zJfMu_1s&feature=fvwrel

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 Spanish Grand Prix on May 22nd (the 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.

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)
MLS Direct Kick & 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! These are all the time specials at the Bulldog for the 2011 Season!

Cheers everyone!