Bulldog Update - Apr 26th 2011
This weeks football action from the Bulldog
Jon Forget
Apr 26th 2011
Football Fans,

       There is plenty to look forward to in the world of football this last week of April!  The action starts this afternoon, as Schalke hosts Manchester United in the first leg of the Champions League Semi Finals.  Schalkes prolific striker Raul will be difficult to handle, as he looks to break down Manchesters stalwart defense.  The German side has played well throughout the competition, and they will be a tough test for the English on their home ground.  Uniteds goalie, Edwin Van Der Sar, is playing in his seventh Champions League Semi Final.  It would be a fitting end to a tremendous career to see him advance to the Final.  This game is a lunchtime fixture at the Bulldog, kicking off at 12:45pm, and Peshawari chicken is on special for the big match.  

     Wednesday sees round three of the four El Clasico fixtures, and it seems the tide has turned in favor of the side from Madrid.  Real took home the Copa Del Rey trophy last week (which was subsequently dropped and crushed during the celebration http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NXxSuzRpTps ), on a goal from Christiano Ronaldo in extra time.  Barcelona must now travel to Madrid for the first leg of the Semi Finals, with a depleted defensive corps.  Injuries to Milito, Adriano, and Puyol have left big question marks in the back for the Catalonians.  Coach Guardiola has vowed to continue playing the beautiful attacking style of football that has made them so successful over the past few years, but the question marks still remain.  Real, on the other hand, seem to be firing on all cylinders at just the right time, coming off the demolition of Valencia on the weekend.  Anyway you look at it this match will be epic, and our delicious Chicken Masala is the special of the day!

     Our weekend at the Bulldog has some tantalizing match ups on the schedule.  Saturday morning we have six EPL teams in action in the 8am slot, and as the relegation battle heats up, so does the importance of each and every game.  The 10:30am fixture gives us a terrific London derby between Chelsea and Tottenham.  Chelsea is the only team that can still challenge Man. United for the title, and every game is a must win for them.  Tottenham are seeing their Champions League dreams slip away, and they need a positive result if they are to have any chance at returning to Europes most prestigious competition.  The afternoon and evening at the Bulldog will be all Colorado Rapids, as our boys try to bounce back from a third straight defeat.  They are facing Chicago, and should be able to end their drought here at home.  In case anyone was wondering how important Conor Casey is to the Rapids, just look at our goal tally since he has been injured.  We have scored exactly zero goals in the last three matches, lets hope for his speedy return!  The BSG will be hosting a tailgate and bus trip from the bar (3:30pm departure, reserve at www.bulldogsupporters.com), and as always will be loud and proud in support of our team.  

     Sunday morning the Bulldog will be open early (5am) for breakfast and the Liverpool v Newcastle fixture.  The Reds have had quite a resurgence since the beginning of the season, and should be a tough test for Newcastle.  Immediately following, at 7am, we have Arsenal playing host to Man. United.  This clash of rivals is always entertaining, and it falls perfectly in to our Sunday morning Happy Hour.  Arsenal, despite no longer being in contention for the EPL title, will try and play spoiler to the Red devils title hopes.  We finish our Sunday morning with Manchester City taking on West Ham.  City is playing to earn their berth in the Champions League next season, while West Ham are desperate to avoid relegation.  Hope you all can join us for what promises to be a great week of football! 

Tuesday April 26th
Schalke v Manchester United 12:45pm (Champions League Semifinal)
Stoke v Wolves 3:00pm (Tape Delay EPL)

Wednesday April 27th
Real Madrid v Barcelona 12:45pm (Champions League Semifinals)
Fulham v Bolton 3pm (Tape Delay EPL)
Real Salt Lake v Monterrey 8pm (CONCACAF Champions League Final 2nd Leg)

Thursday April 28th
Sporting Braga v Benfica 1pm (Europa League Semifinal)
Porto v Villareal 1pm (Europa league Semifinal)

Friday April 29th
Houston Dynamo v D.C. United 6:30pm (MLS)

Saturday April 30th
Sunderland v Fulham 8am (EPL)
West Brom v Aston Villa 8am (EPL)
Wigan v Everton 8am (EPL)
Real Madrid v Zaragoza 10am (La Liga)
Chelsea v Tottenham 10:30am (EPL)
Real Sociedad v Barcelona 12pm (La Liga)
Philadelphia v San Jose 2pm (MLS)
New York v Kansas City 5:30pm (MLS)
Columbus v Vancouver 5:30pm (MLS)
Colorado v Chicago 7pm (MLS Home Game Tailgate/Bus Trip 3:30pm details at www.bulldogsupporters.com )
Seattle v Toronto 8pm (MLS)
Portland v Real Salt Lake 8:30pm (MLS)
Chivas v New England 8:30pm (MLS)

Sunday May 1st
Liverpool v Newcastle 5am (EPL)
Arsenal v Manchester United 7am (EPL)
Manchester City v West Ham 9am (EPL)
Blackburn v Bolton 11am (EPL Tape Delay)
As Bari v As Roma 12:45pm (Serie A)
Dallas v Los Angeles 5pm (MLS)

Bulldog Clip of the Week:  Each week I will be including a video clip that pertains to the Beautiful Game.  This week, a montage of great bicycle goals: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kxsAyquB_Ws   

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 Competition:  Every Tuesday night at 7:00pm the British Bulldog is hosting a FIFA 11 tournament.  Red Stripe is on special for this one, and house prizes for the winner and runner up.  Come on out and test your skills against other Football Fanatics!  Feel free to come down anytime, and practice your skills on FIFA 11.  The game is always set up and ready to play, just ask your bartender for the game and controllers.
 
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.  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 at efulton@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!
-Jon
 
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