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The Harlem Globetrotters

Taking your family to see the Harlem Globetrotters is the perfect way to spend a day off - it's entertainment for kids and adults alike! Here are three reasons why you should go to a Globetrotters game this year:

1. You’ll be witnessing a tradition with a great history - The Globetrotters has been a display of incredible athleticism since its inception in the 1920s, two decades before the NBA was created. The team began on the south side of Chicago, where all of the original players grew up. In its early years, the team was touring Illinois and Iowa under the name “The New York Harlem Globe Trotters.” Harlem was chosen for their title because the city was the center of African-American culture at the time, not because of the team's actual location. In fact, the team didn’t play their first “home” game in Harlem until 1968! During the height of the Cold War, the Globetrotters played/performed in Moscow and helped to improve US-Soviet relations. They met Nikita Khrushchev, were welcomed by spectators and authorities, and collectively received the Athletic Order of Lenin medal. Some great NBA players have gone on to play for the Globetrotters, including Wilt "The Stilt" Chamberlain, Connie "The Hawk" Hawkins, and Nat "Sweetwater" Clifton. The team has even signed female players, including Olympic gold medalist Lynette Woodard, and Joyce Walker, both in 1985.

2. You’ll be seeing both a theatrical performance and an athletic competition - After the rise of the NBA in the 1950s, in order to stay different and interesting the Globetrotters gradually worked comedic acts into their routine, becoming a mixture of both entertainment and sport. The team became known for their outstanding coordination in handling basketballs, including passing and juggling balls between players, balancing and spinning balls on their fingertips, and making unusual, difficult shots. Each game kicks off with the “magic circle” where each player shows off his best basketball-handling tricks to the tune of the team’s signature song, “Sweet Georgia Brown.” But their tricks aren’t just for show — there’s another team competing for a reason. These are high-caliber athletes having played college basketball and even in the NBA, including Hi-Lite Bruton who was drafted by the Chicago Bulls in 1994, but endured career-ending injuries. Over the past 20 years, the Globetrotters have made a tradition of playing competitive games against NCAA teams. Throughout their history, the team has had a winning percentage of .985.

3. They are great with their fans, especially the young ones - The team tends to give kids the opportunity to see their magic happen, like when star “Handles” Franklin spoke at the Allentown, PA, Boys and Girls Club and gave its members tickets to both the Globetrotters show and an NBA preseason game. In addition to just watching the Globetrotters do their thing, fans can get a “magic pass” which allows them to come to the arena early and spend a half hour on the court with the team, trying out ball tricks and getting autographs and photos. And it’s not just those lucky kids that can get time with the stars — after every game the Globetrotters sign autographs and take photos with fans!

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On-Sales 10/2/14

Here's a list of the hottest events with dates going on sale this week. Our featured event of the week is the Harlem Globetrotters. This fun group of athletes has been entertaining the world for almost a century, playing over 20,000 games in over 100 countries. Harlem Globetrotters tickets are an excellent gift for anyone, appealing to theatre-lovers and sport-enthusiasts alike. Neil Diamond also has big on-sale dates this week, playing in cities across the country early next year (a great present for parents this holiday season). One of the Jonas brothers, Nick Jonas, is getting back out there this month with key performances in Hollywood and Boston. Jason Aldean and Maroon 5 continue to be hot sellers, and Andrea Bocelli prepares for his round of opera concerts this fall and winter. The Lion King is always popular, so get your tickets soon to see this one-of-a-kind portrayal of Simba's tale. For tickets to these events and more, head over to Ticket Liquidator.

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Andrea Bocelli Friday, 10/10/14 Hollywood, FL
Jason Aldean Friday, 10/10/14 Greenville, SC
Maroon 5 Saturday, 10/11/14 Las Vegas, NV
Neil Diamond Monday, 10/13/14 Boston, MA; Indianapolis, IN; Pittsburgh, PA; Providence, RI; Columbus, OH; Philadelphia, PA; Allentown, PA; Auburn Hills, MI; Brooklyn, NY; Uncasville, CT; Washington, DC; Austin, TX; Houston, TX; Milwaukee, WI; Austin, TX; Chicago, IL; Dallas, TX; Milwaukee, WI; Saint Paul, MN; Denver, CO; Hollywood, CA; San Jose, CA; Seattle, WA
Nick Jonas Thursday, 10/9/14 New York, NY; Brooklyn, NY; Los Angeles, CA
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Austin City Limits

The 2014 Austin City Limits Festival has an incredible line-up featuring artists like Eminem, OutKast, Lana del Rey, Skrillex, Beck, and The Avett Brothers. However, sometimes it’s hard to see all of the bands on the bill. Here are a few of my recommendations from personal experience:

Pearl Jam

With the help of my awesome father, I’ve seen Pearl Jam at least five times, and so I am confident in saying that they are one of the last true rock bands. Though I prefer their older material (not because it’s hip to say that), Pearl Jam’s set lists are often well-rounded and always packed with energy. Eddie Vedder is the ideal frontman – confident without being arrogant, a good showman with good musicianship, and a music veteran with close friends like The Who’s Pete Townshend, Soundgarden’s Chris Cornell, and the late Johnny Ramone. Though his stage antics have died down with age, Vedder still knows how to woo a crowd. Stage diving isn’t a stunt he pulls much anymore, but holding the mic out to a stadium full of people and hearing them sing the closing lines to “Black” is more powerful than all his crowdsurfing and stage climbing could ever be. He’s become less testosterone-fueled and more soulful, which landed him at the No. 7 spot on Rolling Stone’s list of the “Best Lead Singers of All Time”. Pearl Jam has released a total of ten studio albums and nine live albums, having sold over 60 million records worldwide. They will be playing Austin City Limits this Sunday, October 5th from 8:00 - 10:00 PM on the Samsung Galaxy Stage and the following Sunday, October 12th, same time and place.

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Gudy2Shoes had a week for the record books in Week 4, winning with ease over the Dinkantor and Luckness Monster, who finished second and third, respectively.

Make your Week 5 TL Fantasy Football Picks

Amazingly, Gudy2Shoes selected Larry Donnell (23.4 points) as his tight end -- and Donnell did not disappoint, scoring 3 times on Thursday Night Football. Gudy2Shoes also wisely selected DeMarco Murray (27.5) and Jordy Nelson (22.8), en route to scoring 126.40 points, and a runaway victory in Week 4.

The Dinkantor (102.16) would have won in any other week, with 102.16 points. Led by Andrew Luck (29.76 points), the Dinkantor eclipsed 100 points, but was ultimately let down by Jeremy Maclin (6.8) and CJ Spiller (6.4).

Eli's Sad Face (87.7) and Rally Monkey (74.6), the previous two weeks winners, just didn't have enough this week to begin a dynastic run.

There's just one week remaining in our FIRST $100 gift code giveaway. Remember, the weekly winner gets $25, and the cumulative four week winner gets a $100 coupon code!

Here's the top five standings for the cumulative four-week code -- it should come right down to the wire next week.

  • Eli's Sad Face -- 260.14
  • Gudy2Shoes -- 254.80
  • Rally Monkey -- 254.34
  • Luckness Monster -- 250.64
  • Dinkantor -- 239.84

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Why Your Team Won't Win The World Series

September 29, 2014

Bud Selig served as MLB's commissioner for over 20 years, but he will be remembered mostly for two things -- expanding the playoffs in 1995 to include a Wild Card team, and expanding the playoffs again in 2012 to include a second Wild Card team. As such, 10 out of 30 teams now make the playoffs in baseball, when it used to just be four as recently as 1993.

With the 2014 postseason picture set, 10 fanbases have their mind on one thing -- celebrating a World Series title for their favorite team. But nine of those 10 fanbases will ultimately be left sad and disappointed, at least for a little bit. Sure, if the Royals lose to the A's in the Wild Card round, Royals fans will be sad -- but in time, they'll be happy and reflect upon 2014 as a success, after watching the Royals make the playoffs for the first time in 29 years.

Still, 90% of fans with their team still alive will end the year disappointed. Here's why you'll be sad, and why your team won't win the World Series.

Orioles -- Of Baltimore's five qualified batters, four struck out over 100 times -- J.J. Hardy, Adam Jones, Nelson Cruz and Chris Davis. Davis is also still serving a suspension -- but that could be a blessing in disguise for Baltimore. The Orioles will face the best pitching the league has to offer, and the offense could struggle because of it.

Plus, is anybody actually scared of facing Chris Tillman in a do-or-die playoff game? Didn't think so. Sorry, Orioles fans, your team will not win the World Series.

Tigers -- The Tigers have been the odds-on favorites in the American League for how many years now, and have what exactly to show for it? Yep, nothing. Justin Verlander isn't himself anymore, and even Miguel Cabrera had a bit of a down year. Don't expect J.D. Martinez to carry this team in the playoffs, as he did for stretches during the summer.

Plus, that bullpen. Seriously. Joe Nathan had an awful year, and the Tigers will have a hard time closing out any close game. Sorry, Tigers fans, your team will not win the World Series.

Angels -- The only scary thing about the Angels is Mike Trout -- other than that, what's so special about this team? Absolutely nothing. The rotation will be anchored by Jered Weaver and C.J. Wilson, who are both past their primes. The lineup really falls off after the shell of Albert Pujols bats, and who knows which Josh Hamilton will show up.

The Angels just have too many question marks to win the World Series. Keep the Rally Monkey at home this year -- sorry, Angels fans, your team will not win the World Series.

Royals -- First off, the Royals are one of two Wild Card teams, so there's a decent chance the Royals only play one postseason game. Hey, one in 30 years is pretty good, right?

Secondly, just no. This offense isn't going to win a playoff series, let alone the World Series. KC's offense is pretty offensive, right?! Sorry, Royals fans, your team will not win the World Series.

A's -- Did I just mention the Royals had an anemic offense? Well, the same is certainly true for the A's. Oakland dealt one of its two legitimate hitters in Yoenis Cespedes to acquire Jon Lester, and the A's are left with a shell of a lineup.

Billy Beane's teams have yet to advance to the World Series, and this year will be no different. Sorry, A's fans, your team will not win the World Series.

Nationals -- #NATITUDE! The Nats are pretty good, but then you remember -- they are the Washington Nationals. They just can't win, right? I mean, after what happened in 2012, when the Nats blew a two-run, ninth inning lead to the Cardinals to lose the NLDS in dramatic fashion?

Overall, it's a solid team, but that bullpen will be a problem for the Nats. Rafael Soriano? Yikes. Sorry, Nats fans, but your team will not win the World Series.

Cardinals -- Two words: Mike Matheny. Ok, more than two words: the Cardinals can't hit, and have a pretty shaky bullpen. Recipe for playoff disaster.

Plus, haven't the Cardinals used up all their magic the last few seasons? Sorry, Cardinals fans, your team will not win the World Series.

Dodgers -- If Clayton Kershaw isn't on the mound, the Dodgers are a .500 team -- and that's pretty mediocre. Unfortunately for the Dodgers, Kershaw can't pitch every game. Los Angeles' bullpen has also been problematic -- sensing a theme here with the NL playoff teams.

Plus, the Dodgers' bats are so streaky. Yasiel Puig went through a really long slump -- and players like Hanley Ramirez and Matt Kemp are prone to that as well. Sorry, Dodgers fans, your team will not win the World Series.

Pirates -- Besides Andrew McCutchen, who scares you in this lineup? Nobody, that's who. Pittsburgh does have a solid bullpen, but I'm not buying Francisco Liriano or Edinson Volquez in a playoff series. Gerrit Cole is awesome, though.

Still, Cole isn't enough at this point in his career to win a playoff series by himself. Sorry, Pirates fans, your team will not win the World Series.

Giants -- The Giants deserve to lose just because they gave Tim Lincecum a two-year, $35 million contract after last season, when it was clear that Lincecum isn't the same pitcher he used to be. Yeah, the Giants have Buster Posey, but what else in the lineup? Not a ton. How did the Giants even win the World Series in 2010 and 2012?

Just no. The Giants aren't going to be the first team to survive the Wild Card round and advance to the World Series, let alone win it. Sorry, Giants fans, your team isn't going to win the World Series.

There! I said it -- nobody apparently will win the World Series. OK, fine -- somebody will win it, but I'll still be 90% right in a month. That's pretty good.

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Melissa Etheridge

Who is Melissa Etheridge ? Well, I’m not a super-fan, but I do like her music and think she’s pretty rad, so I’ll try to help you out.

A Berklee College of Music dropout, this singer/songwriter/guitarist got her start in Los Angeles in the 80s like a lot of rock artists do - by playing in bars. Etheridge released three albums from 1988 to 1992, and broke into the mainstream scene with her fourth album in 1993, allowing her to become one of the most popular rock artists of the 90s. She won two Grammys and has been nominated for several more. People besides me think she’s pretty cool as well, cool enough to earn a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. Melissa became known for her emotional, confessional lyrics, her pop-y folk-rock music, and her rough, Janis Joplin-esque voice. Like any artist, she had some songs that made it big more than others.

"Bring Me Some Water"

“Bring Me Some Water” was Melissa’s first single, released in 1988, from her self-titled debut album. This song is about dealing with the pain and jealousy that comes with a non-monogamous relationship. The main metaphoric chorus lyrics are “Somebody bring me some water/can’t you see I’m burning alive.” It hit No. 10 on the U.S. Rock chart, No. 32 on the Canadian chart, No. 17 in New Zealand, and No. 9 in Australia. “Bring Me Some Water” begins with an easily recognizable rock intro, and it introduced Etheridge’s raw, emotional voice that would come to characterize her music. The song also earned her a Grammy nomination for Best Female Rock Vocal Performance.

"I’m the Only One"

“I’m the Only One” is one of Etheridge’s biggest songs. It came on her fourth album, Yes I Am, which was titled as an answer to those questioning her sexual orientation. The song hit No. 8 on the Billboard Hot 100, No. 5 on Pop Songs, No. 4 on Top 40, and No. 1 on Hot Adult Contemporary. The lyrics, with a similar theme to her first album and the hit “Bring Me Some Water,” discuss her pain over her lover being with someone else. She’s telling her she’ll always be the only one who loves her deeply. The song is still popular, being played on variety radio stations, and covered at least four times on American Idol, once on The Voice, and even on Glee.

"Come to My Window"

Melissa’s second Grammy Award-winning song, “Come to My Window,” was also on the 1993 album Yes I Am, having been released in 1994 as a radio single. This was the first song released after she publicly announced that she was gay. The song was played frequently on radio stations, largely due to a high volume of requests. It hit the Billboard charts right away, going to No. 25 on the Hot 100. It also ranked well on the Adult Contemporary, the Top 40, and the Canadian charts. The feel of the song is softer than “I’m the Only One,” and describes what she is willing to go through for her lover and how happy she makes her. The lyrics, “I don’t care what they think/I don’t care what they say/What do they know about this love, anyway?” can easily be connected to her sexual orientation and the inherent sense of rebellion that outwardly gay couples often have.

Rocker Melissa Etheridge is going on tour this November. She also has a new album, This is M.E., coming out September 30th, which was given a three-star review by Rolling Stone.

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October

1.) Get some comfy sweaters – Sweaters are necessary as the temperatures start to drop. Whether you rejoice in their versatility or denounce them for their abuse by hipsters, sweaters are undeniably useful. So, do some shopping. Thrift stores are great for both traditional and eccentric finds. Grab some pullovers every color of the rainbow for work; for those of you rocking the Cosby sweater this fall, more power to you.

2.) Read Gothic literature – Classics like Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein and Bram Stoker’s Dracula are must-reads, especially around this spooky time of year. Still there are some solid contemporary writers in the genre as well like Stephen King, of course, Dennis Lehane, and Mark Z. Danielewski. If you’ve never read King’s Carrie, Lehane’s Mystic River, or Danielewski’s House of Leaves, now’s the perfect time to curl up with a good book and a cup of autumnal tea.

3.) Stock up on horror films – Who doesn’t love munching on some popcorn and peeking through your fingers as a character is murdered on the TV screen? Some personal favorites include: The Shining, Psycho, Hellraiser, The Conjuring, and Insidious. If you’re scared easily, then there are always the B-rated standbys: Scream, I Know What You Did Last Summer, and pretty much any other “scary” movie made in the 90s.

4.) Research haunted houses and hayrides – What makes October fun is all the Halloween-themed activities going on in any given area. From your neighborhood haunted houses to Universal Studios-caliber events of mischief and mayhem, it’s important to do some research beforehand to find out which attractions are worth going to and which ones don’t deserve your $30 (or more). Most places overcharge at the gate and sometimes you can find discounted tickets or coupons online, so checking out their website or a site like Groupon ahead of time may save you some cash for scary-oke later on.

5.) Listen to the Nightmare Revisited soundtrack – This cover album of songs from Tim Burton’s The Nightmare Before Christmas will rock your spider socks off. With artists like Marilyn Manson, Rodrigo y Gabriela, Korn, Rise Against, RJD2, DeVotchKa, and more performing the beloved songs from this holiday classic, you’ll find yourself headbanging in the car, the shower, your desk, repeating, “This is Halloween, This is Halloween” in your best Jack Skellington impression.

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On Sales 9-25-14

Here's a list of the hottest events with dates going on sale this week. Our featured events of the week are Phish and Elton John, whose New Year's Eve shows in Miami and Brooklyn are sure to rock the East Coast this December. Garth Brooks is still making waves in Lexington, Kentucky, and most recently, Minneapolis, where he will head this November on his extensive tour of the U.S. Melissa Etheridge is also stirring up fervor amongst country fans as she plans her next big round of concerts. Willie Nelson is following the lead of friends Bob Dylan and John Mellencamp and getting back out on the stage, and Maroon 5 and Chris Young are gearing up for big shows as well. The Broadway world is prepping for the holidays with their excellent touring productions of The Lion King and Wicked, which make for perfect presents for family members of all ages. For tickets to these events and more, head over to Ticket Liquidator.

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Celtic Thunder Friday, 9/26/14 Orlando, FL; Atlantic City, NJ; Springfield, MA; Boston, MA; Kansas City, MO; St. Louis, MO; Duluth, MN; Bemidji, MN; Bossier City, LA; Winnipeg, MB; Houston, TX; Denver, CO; Riverside, CA; Milwaukee, WI; Los Angeles, CA; San Jose, CA; Abbotsford, BC; Prince George, BC; Dawson Creek, BC; San Diego, CA
Chris Young Wednesday, 10/1/14 Cabazon, CA
Elton John Friday, 9/26/14 Brooklyn, NY
Garth Brooks Friday, 9/26/14 Lexington, KY
Garth Brooks Friday, 10/3/14 Minneapolis, MN
Maroon 5 Monday, 9/29/14 Inglewood, CA
Melissa Etheridge Monday, 9/29/14 Philadelphia, PA; Mashantucket, CT; Boston, MA; Ann Arbor, MI; Jacksonville, FL; Orlando, FL; Atlanta, GA; Pompano Beach, FL; Austin, TX; Cleveland, OH; New York, NY; Thackerville, OK; Houston, TX; New Orleans, LA; Durham, NC; New York, NY; Chicago, IL
Phish Saturday, 10/4/14 Miami, FL
Stevie Wonder Monday, 9/29/14 Washington, DC; Atlanta, GA; Las Vegas, NV; Oakland, CA
Willie Nelson Friday, 9/26/14 Phoenix, AZ
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Sept. 29, 2014 -- Derek Jeter's storied career came to an end yesterday, as the Houston Astros fell to the New York Mets, concluding the 2014 season, and ending Jeter's Hall-of-Fame career.

Jeter, drafted by the Astros with the No. 1 overall pick in the 1992 MLB First-Year Player Draft, finishes his storied career with 3,201 hits, a career average of .302, and 234 home runs. More notably, however, Jeter became the face of the Astros franchise, leading Houston to its first two World Series wins in franchise history.

"It's been a real honor," Jeter said to reporters after the game at Citi Field in Queens, New York. "To be the No. 1 overall pick of a draft, and then to win a pair of World Series titles, it's all been a dream come true."

Combined with Jeff Bagwell, Derek Bell, Craig Biggio and Lance Berkman, Jeter and the Astros had one of the most prolific offenses of all-time, matching the Indians' potent offense in the 1990s. In 2004, the Astros boosted their lineup by adding Carlos Beltran at the trade deadline, leading the Astros to a six-game NLCS win over the St. Louis Cardinals, and defeating the Boston Red Sox in the World Series -- extending the curse of the Bambino.

Though the Astros captured the NL pennant five times, the Astros only won the World Series twice -- leaving Jeter with two rings.

"Just getting there five times is a blessing, and winning the first two in Astros franchise history -- it's a real honor," Jeter added at his press conference.

Houston appeared in the 1997 World Series, but fell to the Cleveland Indians in six games. Houston won 107 games in 1998, en route to the franchise's first-ever World Series title. Houston would go on to appear in the 1999, 2001 and 2004 World Series, but only won in 1998 and 2004.

Since Jeter's career in Houston started in 1995, both the sports and baseball world radically changed. The Astros became one of baseball's model franchises, while iconic franchises like the New York Yankees -- who drafted Phil Nevin in the 1992 draft -- continued to toil.

Before Jeter made his debut, very few people could even dream of owning a Palm Pilot -- but now the iconic device is in over 70% of households in the United States. Macintosh sold its remaining business to Bill Gates and Microsoft, making Linux the only alternative to Windows.

A third major political party emerged in 2000 in the United States, uniting Americans politically for the first time in decades, while cats and dogs have settled their differences, and are now able to live together.

Jeter's retirement comes with little fanfare -- just as the now-Houston resident would want it. Jeter's career ended in front of a sell-out crowd in New York, where something just seemed slightly off -- as if the New York-based crowd were cheering for Jeter as if he was one of their own.

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Brandon Marshall's lackluster performance on Monday Night Football denied Eli's Sad Face (77.8 points) back-to-back wins in Ticket Liquidator's Fantasy Football, allowing Rally Monkey (85.4) to come away with the Week 3 victory -- and a $25 discount code!

Rally Monkey finished a close second during Week 2, just .3 points behind Eli's Sad Face. Rally Monkey was led by Andrew Luck, who amassed 31.9 points with his performance on Sunday. Rally Monkey also wisely avoided selecting LeSean McCoy -- who nearly every other player selected. McCoy managed just a meager .2 points.

Kudos to The Dinkanator, who finished in last place during Week 2, but vaulted all the way up to second place in Week 3. The Dinkanator was one of two players to select Julio Jones -- who was the week's top-scoring wide receiver, with 28.1 points.

Here are the final Week 2 standings, followed by the cumulative standings for the season. Remember, we will give away an $100 discount code to the leader after every four weeks, and a $200 code to the overall season winner!

Week 3 Standings 

  • Rally Monkey -- 85.40
  • The Dinkanator -- 78.26
  • Mower Power -- 77.86
  • Eli's Sad Face -- 77.80
  • Snake Levine -- 66.46
  • Luckness Monster -- 62.64
  • Team Puppies -- 61.36
  • The Dynasty -- 57.04
  • Gudy2Shoes -- 55.16

 

Cumulative Standings

  • Rally Monkey -- 179.74
  • Eli's Sad Face -- 172.44
  • Luckness Monster -- 153.28
  • Snake Levine -- 148.00
  • The Dynasty -- 143.58
  • The Dinkanator -- 137.68
  • Gudy2Shoes -- 128.40
  • Mower Power -- 77.86
  • Gritty Gutties -- 75.74
  • CMDDRS -- 69.58
  • Jim in Maine -- 62.94
  • Team Puppies -- 61.36

Don't forget to make your Week 4 picks HERE!

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