Bulldog Update - May 25th 2011

Jon Forget
May 25th 2011

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Football Fans,

     Each year as the European football season culminates we look forward to the match that will decide the best team on the continent, and perhaps the World, the Champions League Final.  This years match up is one for the ages, with the most storied club in English football Manchester United facing the Spanish giants Barcelona!  A rematch of the 2009 Final, where Barcelona walked away with a 2-0 victory over their English counterparts.  The Red Devils will rely on their staunch defense and potent counterattack ( http://www.uefa.com/uefachampionsleague/news/newsid=1621748.html ), but will have their hands full dealing with Barcas possession oriented attacking game ( http://www.uefa.com/uefachampionsleague/news/newsid=1621435.html ).  One thing that may slightly favor Man. United is the venue for the Final.  The big game will be played in Wembley stadium, lending a bit of a home advantage to the English.  It will no doubt be a thrilling encounter, and the atmosphere will be tremendous throughout the day at the Pub.
     The Bulldog will be hosting an all day street party in honor of this massive clash, with specials on beer and food throughout the day.  We have acquired the sidewalk and parking lane outside the Pub, and will be showing the match live from both inside and outside the Bulldog.  Our specials include $5 20oz pints of Carlsberg (inside) and $4 cans of Fullers London Pride, Fat Tire, and Heineken (outside).  We will also be serving $5 Chicken Masala wraps for the extent of the day.  Doors will open at 9am, with our regular Happy Hour in effect till 11am.  I would suggest coming early to find a spot in the pub, whilst enjoying some terrific HH libations.  At the conclusion of the Final, the party will spill out into the street (so bring your sunscreen), where a house DJ will light up the patio with a roots reggae vibe.  Our second Happy Hour of the day starts at three, right  when the match concludes, and will continue till we load the buses for the next big football match of the day, Colorado Rapids v Sporting K.C.  This is a home match with a seven pm kick off (6pm bus departure), and the Bulldog Supporters Group will be out in full force to support our hometown boys.  This Rapids game is a perfect compliment to a great day of football, so be sure to join us in support of our local club.  Details for this event can be found at http://www.bulldogsupporters.com/events/detail.php?eventID=84.  

     There are two other significant football events that are taking place this last week of May.  The first is tonight, when our Colorado Rapids face the New York Red Bulls away (6pm kick off).  The Bulldog is hosting an away game viewing party for this important away fixture.  The Rapids would like to continue their unbeaten run of five games, but this will be a very tough test against a N.Y. side that is in good form.  Colorados goal scoring mojo has all but disappeared of late, so someone is going to have to step up if they are going to manage a positive result away.  On the brighter side of things, the Rapids D has been staunch thanks in large part to the terrific goaltending of Matt Pickens.  We are looking forward to a great game here, against one of MLS better sides.

     To wrap up our week of football we have a Monday (5/30) morning fixture of great importance, the Championship playoff match live from Wembley.  Swansea City face Reading to decide the final berth in the English Premiership for the 2011/12 season.  As many of you probably remember Reading was recently up in the Premier League for a short spell a few seasons ago.  Swansea on the other hand has not played first division football since 1982.  In fact they went as low as the fourth division, before fighting their way back up to the Championship.  This is sure to be a great battle, and the Bulldog will be open at 8am Monday morning to show this match live.  

Wednesday May 25th
New York v Colorado 6pm (MLS Away Game Viewing Party)
Seattle v Dallas 8pm (MLS)
Los Angeles v Houston 8:30pm (MLS)

Saturday May 28th
Toronto v Philadelphia 10:30am (MLS)
Manchester United v Barcelona 12:45pm (Champions League Final Street Party doors @ 9am)
Mexico v Ecuador 3pm (International Friendly joined in progress after CL Final)
Vancouver v New York 3:30pm (MLS)
New England v Los Angeles 6pm (MLS)
Houston v Dallas 6:30pm (MLS)
Colorado v Kansas City 7pm (MLS Home Game Bus Trip)
Salt Lake v Seattle 7pm (MLS)

Sunday May 29th
F1 Grand Prix of Monaco 11am (F1 Tape Delay)
Portland v D.C. United 3pm (MLS)

Monday May 30th 
Swansea v Reading 8am (Npower Championship Playoff) 

Bulldog Clip of the Week:  Each week I will be including a video clip that pertains to the Beautiful Game.  This week, the amazing header from little Lionel in the 2009 Champions League Final: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VAhgJNELc9Y 

Mexico v New Zealand at Invesco Field:  Wednesday June 1st Mexico faces New Zealand in a full International Friendly at Invesco Field (8pm kick off).  The Bulldog Supporters Group has arranged two supporters sections, one for El Tri and one for the All Whites, in the 200 sections behind the goal.  In addition there will be a pre game tailgate in lot C adjacent to the south west corner of the stadium, where authentic Mexican and New Zealand food and beers will be served.  The tickets are available at www.ticketmaster.com (Mexico promo code: Blanco , New Zealand promo code: Whitenoise).
These tickets are available at a discounted rate, provided you use the aforementioned promo code for the appropriate section.  Cheers, hope to see you out in support of International Football in the Mile High City!

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 Monaco Grand Prix on May 29th (the race will be shown on tape delay Sunday morning at 11am).  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!