Bulldog Update - May 19th 2011
Premier League final day & a Rapids game this week!
Jon Forget
May 19th 2011
Friends of Football,

     The Bulldog will be featuring plenty of great football this third weekend of May, including a home fixture on Sunday for our Colorado Rapids, and the conclusion of the 2010/11 English Premier League season.  The action starts Saturday morning (Bulldog will open at 10am) with La Liga Champions Barcelona facing Malaga in their last league fixture of the season.  Look for a young side here, as Barca are sure to rest their stars for next weeks Champions League Final.  At noon we have Real Madrid playing in their final match of the campaign, as they host Almeria at the Santiago Bernabeau.  This game leads us into the German Cup Final (12:30pm), where Schalke 04 face second division side Duisburg.  Schalke has had a strange season, making a strong run in both the Champions League and the German Cup, while finishing a dismal fourteenth in the Bundesliga.  It would be a dagger in their heart to lose to their second division neighbors here in the Cup Final.  A berth in the Europa League will be the reward to the winner of this Final.  Major League Soccer takes center stage Saturday evening, as we have a bundle of matches on tap.  The highlight matches of the night will be the Eastern Conference battle between Houston and the New York Red Bulls (6:30pm), and the Los Angeles Derby between Chivas and the L.A. Galaxy

     Sunday morning is the conclusion of the EPL campaign, and the relegation battle will be the focus of our attention.  We will carry all three (of the four) matches that will play a part in deciding which Clubs stay up for the 2011/12 campaign, and who will be relegated to the Championship next season.  There are five clubs that could potentially drop from the Premiership on this final day, Blackpool (39pts), Wolverhampton (40pts), Birmingham (39pts), Wigan (39pts) and Blackburn (40pts).  Wolves and Blackburn face each other, and a tie will do neither team much good.  An outright win for either club, and it guarantees they will remain in the top flight.  Blackpool takes on the 2010/11 EPL Champions, Manchester United, away from home.  It will be a daunting task for them to get the win they need at Old Trafford; however, Man U. will be resting many of their stars in anticipation of the Champions League Final next week.  Birmingham face a Tottenham Hotspur side that needs a win to ensure they book a spot in the Europa league.  This doesnt bode well for a Birmingham team that has been struggling of late.   Last but not least, Wigan travel to Stoke to face the resilient Potters.  Stoke are tough at home, and will want to finish strong after their two defeats to Man City this past week.  It doesnt matter who you support, make your way down to the Bulldog to enjoy the final day drama of the EPL. (If your team isnt listed bring in your computer and we can stream the match.)

     Once the dust settles from the relegation fight, we turn our attention to our hometown boys the Colorado Rapids.  Despite numerous injuries to their starting forwards, the Rapids managed to come off a three game road trip with five points.  They return home to face Toronto FC, with a 5pm Sunday afternoon kickoff.  The team will be hungry for three points at home, and will need our support from the Terrace.  Those of you that are at the Bulldog for the early games should plan on sticking around to join us for the tailgate/bus trip up to DSG Park.  The bus departs the pub at 1:30pm, and reservations can be made at www.bulldogsupporters.com .  

  One week from Saturday (May 28th) 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 ( Bus Reservations can be made at www.bulldogsupporters.com ).  This is sure to be an epic day of football and fun!

Saturday May 21st
Malaga v Barcelona 10am (La Liga)
Real Madrid v Almeria 12pm (La Liga)
Schalke 04 v Duisburg 12:30pm (German Cup Final)
Philadelphia v Chicago 6pm (MLS)
Houston v New York Red Bulls 6:30pm (MLS)
Chivas v L.A. Galaxy 8pm (MLS)
Seattle v Kansas City 8pm (MLS)
San Jose v New England 8:30pm (MLS)
Portland v Columbus 9:00pm (MLS)

Sunday May 22nd
Formula 1 Grand Prix of Spain 6am (F1)
Wolves v Blackburn 9am (EPL)
Manchester United v Blackpool 9am (EPL)
Tottenham v Birmingham 9am (EPL)
Stoke v Wigan 11am (EPL Tape Delay)
Udinese v A.C. Milan 12:45pm (Serie A)
Colorado v Toronto 5pm (MLS Bus Trip/Tailgate 1:30pm)
Dallas v RSL 5pm (MLS)

Bulldog Clip of the Week:  Each week I will be including a video clip that pertains to the Beautiful Game.  This week, Charlie Adams amazing free kick strike in last years Championship playoff from a Blackpool fans perspective at Wembley: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MeCadjzVNZ8&feature=related

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, just off the pitch 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 Spanish Grand Prix on May 22nd (the race will be shown live Sunday morning at 6am).  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!
-Jon
 
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