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2014 Opening Day power rankings

March 29, 2014

It's been a long, cold, polar vortex-infused winter -- but it's finally spring, and the 2014 baseball season is about to begin. With Spring Training now in the past, we've got a clear picture of the state of each team's roster. Here's a look at a special edition of power rankings -- as teach team is paired up with a song from an artist on tour in 2014 that best represents that team on Opening Day.


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So maybe the rumors aren’t true, that the untouchable boy band/girl band combo tour of the Backstreet Boys and the Spice Girls isn’t happening, but let’s not lose sight of what’s really happening here… the BACKSTREET BOYS are going on tour with AVRIL LAVIGNE! Ok, so maybe Avril was a little late, missing the 90s and making her way through in the 2000s instead, but I don’t think anyone can deny singing along to “Sk8er Boi” on at least one occasion. And I’ll be honest, I was more of an ‘N SYNC girl myself, but I admit, I was a bit serenaded by “As Long As You Love Me”, and no, I’m not talking about Justin Bieber (eye roll). The Backstreet Boys produced memorable songs that, to this day, girls can’t help but screech at when they come on. And I’m sure the guys can’t hold back from joining in on “I Want It That Way” at the top of their lungs from time to time with their bros. It’s ok to admit it. The Backstreet Boys were an influence on us growing up in the 90s, along with other top boy bands like Hanson, BB MAK, LFO, 98 Degrees… TOTAL blast from the past. But hey, the Jonas Brothers and One Direction have nothing on them in my opinion. So “Everybody, Backstreet’s Back”!

Backstreet Boys - Everybody (Backstreet's Back) via YouTube

Backstreet Boys and Avril Lavigne Tour Schedule

  • May 22 – WaMu Theater, Seattle, WA
  • May 24 – Sleep Train Amphitheatre, Sacramento, CA
  • May 25 – Shoreline Amphitheatre, Mountain View, CA
  • May 28 – Viejas Arena, San Diego, CA
  • May 29 – The Forum, Los Angeles, CA
  • May 30-31 – Planet Hollywood Resort & Casino, Las Vegas, NV
  • June 2- Isleta Amphitheater, Albuquerque, NM
  • June 4 – American Bank Center Arena, Corpus Christi, TX
  • June 5 – Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion, Houston, TX
  • June 6 – Chesapeake Energy Arena, Oklahoma City, OK
  • June 7 – Starlight Theatre, Kansas City, MO
  • June 9 – CenturyLink Center Omaha, Omaha, NE
  • June 10 – Xcel Energy Center, St. Paul, MN
  • June 11 – FirstMerit Bank Pavilion at Northerly Island, Chicago, IL
  • June 13 – Klipsch Music Center, Indianapolis, IN
  • June 14 – First Niagara Pavilion, Pittsburgh, PA
  • June 15 – Riverbend Music Center, Cincinnati, OH
  • June 17 – DTE Energy Music Theatre, Detroit, MI
  • June 18 – Darien Lake Performing Arts Center, Darien Lake, NY
  • June 20 – Xfinity Center, Boston, MA
  • June 21 – Susquehanna Bank Center, Philadelphia, PA
  • June 22 – Nikon at Jones Beach Theater, Wantagh, NY
Events On Sale This Week: 3/27/14

Here's a list of the hottest events with dates going on sale this week. For tickets to these and more events, head over to Ticket Liquidator.




One Direction: Where We Are Tour Thursday, 3/27/14 Pasadena, CA
Romeo Santos Thursday, 3/27/14 Boston, MA; Bronx, NY; Miami, FL; Orlando, FL; Philadelphia, PA; Los Angeles, CA
The Monster Tour: Eminem & Rihanna Friday, 3/28/14 Pasadena, CA

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The Dancers Have Become the Stars - Julianne and Derek Hough on Tour

Showbiz Kids

Since their big breaks as professional dancers on Dancing with the Stars, Derek and Julianne Hough have become stars themselves. In addition to winning multiple seasons of the hit show, each dancing Hough has also branched out into other entertainment projects. You may have seen Julianne in 2012's Rock of Ages, 2010's Burlesque, also starring Cher and Christina Aguilera, or in the 2011 remake of Footloose. Funnily enough, one of Derek's biggest projects has been the 2006 West End production of the stage musical version of Footloose, in which he starred as Ren McCormack. The acting bug must have bitten them when they both appeared in uncredited roles as Hogwarts students in the first Harry Potter film.


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David Ortiz's Biggest Hits

March 24, 2014
David Ortiz's biggest hits

The Red Sox finally put an end to the annual contract negotiations between the club and David Ortiz with an extension that could keep Boston's favorite hitter in a Red Sox uniform through 2017. Ortiz will be 42 in 2017 so no doubt the contract with the notoriously statistically-based Red Sox ownership is in part a recognition of Big Papi's incredible contributions to the club as he enters his 11th season as a Red Sox.

With Opening Day just around the corner, it's a good a time as any to look back the ten biggest hits of Ortiz's storied career.

Ending the 2004 ALDS

October 8, 2004 - Ortiz his a two-run home run of the (then) Anaheim Angels's Jarrod Washburn in the tenth inning to sweep the Angels and win the ALDS, setting the stage for an amazing follow up in the ALCS (more on that in a bit).

Red Sox 3, Angels 2

September 6, 2005 - Ortiz's sixth walkoff home run as a Red Sox might not seem all that impressive, just one in a long line of clutch hits for what some call the cluchest hitter in the history of everything (I didn't say how many people call him that). What sets this game apart is that this is the only one I witnessed in person. Good times.

The Man is Back: Denzel's Glorious Return to Broadway in 'A Raisin in the Sun'

My education on Denzel Washington began with the movies Philadelphia, The Bone Collector, which also starred a young Angelina Jolie, and Training Day, for which he won an Academy Award. Needless to say, I was impressed. Then, in college, my roommate was a huge Denzel enthusiast, so I took in several more performances, including Man on Fire and John Q. While I enjoyed his more subtle performances, I couldn't help but revel in the tough persona he had built with several of these badass, man-against-the-world roles. As my roommate would have said, "Denzel is man at his most man."


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Spring Training is (mercifully) coming to an end this week, which means general managers and managers have crucial roster decisions to make in the coming days. One of the most interesting Spring Training position battles has been for the St. Louis Cardinals' final rotation spot. With Adam Wainwright, Michael Wacha, Shelby Miller and Lance Lynn locked into St. Louis' rotation, and Jaime Garcia once again ailing with a shoulder injury, the fifth and final spot in the Cardinals' rotation is up for grabs. Joe Kelly and Carlos Martinez are vying for the spot, but through four spring starts, it's clear that "Baby Pedro" Martinez has out-pitched Kelly -- and it will be a complete sham to the idea of an open competition if Kelly earns the nod.


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It’s funny how the littlest things can get so blown out of proportion. One thing leads to another, and before you know it, you’ve got yourself a murder investigation. Trent Reznor was just starting his band, Nine Inch Nails, in 1989 and producing his first album, Pretty Hate Machine, when he was allegedly “murdered” during the filming of his music video, “Down in It”. In the end of the video, a scene was shot of Reznor lying on the ground, indicating that his character had fallen and died. To shoot that footage, Reznor and his team used a camera that was hoisted into the air using large weather balloons to capture an aerial shot of his body. The strings operating the balloons snapped and the camera floated away, eventually landing hundreds of miles away in a farmer’s field in Michigan. The camera was turned into the police, and thinking it was a snuff film of a murder, was then handed over to the FBI for investigating. Based on the footage, pathologists thought Reznor’s body was rotting and had been decomposing for three weeks, due to the corn starch he had on his face for the video. Other members in the band that appeared in the video led them to believe it was some kind of gang murder. Once Trent Reznor was finally identified in the video, his manager got word and explained the whole situation. Check out the story on it from 1991:

Hard Copy – Nine Inch Nails’ Down In It via YouTube

And here’s the music video that drew so much attention!

Nine Inch Nails – Down In It via YouTube

Well, Trent Reznor is ok, and has produced multiple albums since the mishap. Nine Inch Nails stopped touring in 2009, but in the last year, Reznor announced that he would be producing new material for Nine Inch Nails and perform again. And now he’s back, touring with Soundgarden this summer!

Nine Inch Nails and Soundgarden Tour Schedule

  • 19 - Planet Hollywood, Las Vegas, NV
  • 21 - Red Rocks Amphitheatre, Morrison, CO
  • 24 - First Midwest Bank Amphitheatre, Tinley Park, IL.
  • 26 - DTE Energy Music Theatre, Clarkston, MI
  • 27 - Molson Canadian Amphitheatre, Toronto, Ontario
  • 29 - XFINITY Center, Mansfield, MA
  • 30 - Susquehanna Bank Center, Camden, NJ

  • 1 - Nikon at Jones Beach Theatre, Wantagh, NY
  • 2 - PNC Bank Arts Center, Holmdel, NJ
  • 4 - Jiffy Lube Live, Bristow, VA
  • 5 - Farm Bureau Live at Virginia Beach, VA
  • 7 - PNC Music Pavilion, Charlotte NC
  • 8 - Aaron's Amphitheater at Lakewood, Atlanta, GA
  • 10 - Cruzan Amphitheatre, West Palm Beach, FL
  • 11 - MIDFLORIDA Credit Union Amphitheatre, Tampa, FL
  • 14 - Austin360 Amphitheater, Austin, TX
  • 16 - Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion, Woodlands, TX
  • 17 - Gexa Energy Pavilion, Dallas, TX
  • 19 - Isleta Amphitheater, Albuquerque, NM
  • 21 - Sleep Train Amphitheatre, Chula Vista, CA
  • 22 - Verizon Wireless Amphitheater, Irvine, CA
  • 24 - Shoreline Amphitheatre, Mountain View, CA
  • 25 - Hollywood Bowl, Hollywood, CA

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Events On Sale This Week: 3/13/14

Here's a list of the hottest events with dates going on sale this week. For tickets to these and more events, head over to Ticket Liquidator.




Dolly Parton Thursday, 3/20/14 Catoosa, OK
Backstreet Boys Friday, 3/21/14 Saratoga Springs, NY; Hamilton, ON; Kingston, ON; Winnipeg, MB; Calgary, AB; Edmonton, AB; Vancouver, BC
Backstreet Boys & Avril Lavigne Friday, 3/21/14 Burgettstown, PA; Darien Center, NY; Mansfield, MA; Noblesville, IN; Chicago, IL; Albuquerque, NM; Mountain View, CA; Wheatland, CA; Camden, NJ; Woodlands, TX; Cincinnati, OH; Clarkston, MI; Corpus Christi, TX; Oklahoma City, OK; Omaha, NE; Saint Paul, MN; Inglewood, CA; Seattle, WA; San Diego, CA; Las Vegas, NV
Tim McGraw: Sundown Heaven Town Tour Friday, 3/21/14 Tampa, FL; West Palm Beach, FL

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soccer is a girl's gameGirl's game. Totally.

The beautiful game they call football is coming back to the US for the 2014 International Champions Cup! Some of the world's top prancers will be on show for this strange contest, strutting like demented peacocks high on their own glandular secretions. Soccer has never been a major draw in America, but that is probably due to the quality of the domestic leagues. When the big guns come to town, everyone and his yankee poodle wants to go see what the fuss is about. And by "big guns" I'm not joking; Manchester United, Real Madrid, AC Milan, Liverpool, Olympiakos, AS Roma and Inter Milan will all be competing for the prize. Oh, and little Manchester City, those plucky lads in blue. Almost forgot about them. Wankers.