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Events On Sale This Week: 5/8/14

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Concerts

Event

Date

Cities

Bastille Friday, 5/23/14 Toronto, ON
Casting Crowns Friday, 5/23/14 Nashville, TN
Casting Crowns Friday, 5/30/14 Fresno, CA
Cher Friday, 5/23/14 Toronto, ON
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Weekend Series

  • Indians at Orioles
  • Athletics at Blue Jays
  • Rangers at Tigers
  • Red Sox at Rays
  • Yankees at White Sox
  • Royals at Angels
  • Astros at Mariners
  • Dodgers at Phillies
  • Nationals at Pirates
  • Cardinals at Reds
  • Diamondbacks at Mets
  • Brewers at Marlins
  • Rockies at Braves
  • Cubs at Padres
  • Twins at Giants

Summer 2014 kicks off in earnest this weekend -- you know, Memorial Day weekend. While the NBA and NHL playoffs are both in their conference finals, summer belongs to one sport -- baseball.

Memorial Day weekend and Memorial Day itself feature a number of exciting matchups. Two of the best teams in the American League this season square off Friday, Saturday and Sunday, when the Toronto Blue Jays play host to the Oakland Athletics. As of Thursday, the A's boast an MLB-best 30-16 record -- and have a +99 run differential to back it up. Toronto, meanwhile, is the only team in the American League East with a positive run differential, and the Jays are tied with the New York Yankees atop the AL East.

Oakland will send Scott Kazmir, Jesse Chavez and Drew Pomeranz to the mound this weekend -- and the trio are a combined 13-3 this season. Toronto counters with R.A. Dickey, Liam Hendricks and J.A. Happ.

In the National League, the surprising Colorado Rockies visit the Atlanta Braves. The Rockies have started out a surprising 26-21, while the Braves are off to a 25-20 start -- and lead the NL East. Both teams should remain in the playoff picture all summer long.

Atlanta's starters will be tasked with what is seemingly an impossible feat so far this year -- getting Troy Tulowitzki out. Tulowitzki enters Thursday batting .378/.481/.736 with 13 home runs, 29 walks and just 24 strikeouts. Atlanta will send Gavin Floyd, Mike Minor and Julio Teheran to the mound, while the Rockies will counter with Jordan Lyles, Juan Nicasio and Franklin Morales.

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"You're always in my head, this, I guess, is to tell you you're chosen out from the rest."

Coldplay's latest and sixth studio album, Ghost Stories, begins with a song titled "Always in My Head." For better or worse, the somber song sets the tone for the entire album -- and it's immediately clear where Chris Martin drew his inspiration from.

Unfortunately for Coldplay, the album's opening track -- much like many of the songs on Ghost Stories -- does nothing to capture attention. Musically, "Always in My Head" sounds like it could have easily been mistaken for a b-side from one of Coldplay's superior early albums.

The understated music continues with the second track, and perhaps the album's most popular, "Magic." Though "Magic" isn't in the same stratosphere as "The Scientist," "Yellow," "Viva la Vida," or "Violet Hill," it works. Martin, still clearly affected by his recent split with Gwyneth Paltrow, comes across as much more sincere in "Magic" than he does in "Always in My Head."

Complete albums usually have some sort of thematic sense throughout them. Ghost Stories sets out to accomplish a consistent theme throughout quite too literally -- the album's third track, "Ink," is, unsurprisingly, inspired purely by Paltrow.

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Miami Heat Must Win Game 2

May 20, 2014

LeBron James and the Miami Heat enter Tuesday night's Game 2 against the Indiana Pacers down 1-0 in the Eastern Conference Finals -- and need to win to give themselves a chance to return to the NBA Finals for a fourth consecutive season.

Indiana knocked off Miami in Game 1 in a rather surprising showing, 107-96. Indiana limited Chris Bosh to just 9 points. Bosh shot just 4-of-12 from the field -- including 0-for-5 from three-point range.

By contrast, Pacers center Roy Hibbert played perhaps his best game of the playoffs to date. Hibbert scored 19 points and grabbed 9 rebounds -- and added three assists for good measure. Had the Pacers lost in the first round to the Atlanta Hawks, much of the blame would have fallen on Hibbert's shoulders -- and rightfully so. Hibbert, however, showed up for Game 1 against Miami -- and will have to show up all series long if the Pacers are going to dethrone the Heat.

Though the series is still young, and an 0-2 series deficit is not insurmountable, the Heat really do need to win Game 2 to give themselves a chance in this series. Indiana went 35-6 at home during the regular season, compared to just 21-20 on the round. Miami, by comparison, went 32-9 at home and 22-19 on the road.

No matter what, the Heat will have to win a game on the road if they are going to advance to the NBA Finals. Doing it earlier in the series -- and avoiding an 0-2 series deficit -- would do wonders for Miami's chances to win a third-consecutive NBA title.

Luckily for the Heat, they have the best player on the planet in LeBron James. LeBron is capable of winning a game -- or even a series -- all by himself. Though it's entirely unfair to ask LeBron to go on the road and completely take over a game, it's exactly what he has to do in Indiana on Tuesday night. After all, this is the same LeBron who said he wasn't going to win one, two, three, four, or five championships in Miami. It's the same LeBron that people, fairly or unfairly, hold in the same breath as Michael Jordan.

It's the same LeBron that could, one day, indeed find himself with a better career than Jordan.

Whether or not LeBron gets to that point largely depends on whether or not he can win series and games like this. There's no doubting that LeBron will go down as one of the all-time greats, but if he wants to go down as the all-time great? Then he's got to find a way to lead the Heat to a win in this series.

The series will shift to Miami for Game 3 on Saturday and Game 4 on Monday, before returning to Indiana for Game 5 next Wednesday, May 28.

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Montreal Canadiens goaltender Carey Price is going to miss the remainder of the Eastern Conference finals, giving the New York Rangers an excellent chance at returning to the Stanley Cup Finals for the first time since 1994 -- when Mark Messier hoisted the Stanley Cup.

Make no mistake: the loss is significant for the Canadiens, and after breaking home ice to take a 1-0 series lead, the Rangers have no excuse to lose four of the next six games.

Price was injured after Rangers winger Chris Kreider collided with him during the second period of New York's 7-2 victory in Game 1. Price was removed from the game, and will now miss the rest of the Eastern Conference final. Price is arguably Montreal's best player, and was the goalie for Team Canada in 2014, helping lead Canada to a gold medal at Sochi.

Now the Canadiens are forced to turn to either backup goalie Peter Budaj or Dustin Tokarski to slow down the Rangers' offensive attack. Both are a significant downgrade from Price, and the Rangers have a major advantage at goalie going forward.

Is it possible that the Canadiens can win four of the next six games without Price? Well, sure -- anything is possible in sports. Perhaps Budaj or Tokarski will catch fire, and hold the Rangers down for the rest of the series. It's unlikely, and if that happens, it will speak more to New York's failure to capitalize instead of Budaj or Tokarski.

Of course, the Canadiens will not go down without a fight. Montreal hosts Game 2 Monday night, before the series shifts to Madison Square Garden for Games 3 and 4. If anything, the Pittsburgh Penguins proved in that the Rangers can indeed be beat at home, as the Pens took Games 3 and 4 at MSG last round.

Still, the Rangers have now won four straight games -- with three of the four games being elimination games -- and have all the momentum. Yes, the Canadiens will be fired up, and will want to avenge Krider's hit on Price, but the Rangers are the more talented team, have a 1-0 series advantage, and have broken home ice.

There's absolutely no excuse for the Rangers if they fail to advance to the Stanley Cup Finals this season.

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Original Six Strong Again

May 16, 2014

Half of the "Original Six" in the NHL is headed to the Conference Finals -- and at least one Original Six member will play for the Stanley Cup. The Montreal Canadiens and New York Rangers will meet in the Eastern Conference finals, while the Chicago Blackhawks will take on either the Los Angeles Kings or Anaheim Ducks in the Western Conference finals.

For hockey fans that love history, the Conference Finals are going to be a treat. Two of the league's most storied franchises are set to square off in the Eastern Conference. Both the Canadiens and Rangers pulled off upsets to advance to the Eastern Conference finals -- the Rangers erased a 3-1 series deficit, and won a decisive Game 7 in Pittsburgh to dispatch Sidney Crosby and the Penguins, while the Canadiens rallied from a 3-2 series deficit to knock off the top-seeded Boston Bruins.

Though four of the last six Stanley Cups have been won by Original Six members, none of the recent champions reside in Montreal or New York. Both the Canadiens and Rangers are having championship droughts -- Montreal last won the Stanley Cup in 1993, while the Rangers last hoisted Lord Stanley's Cup in 1994. Neither team has made the Stanley Cup since then.

In the regular season, the Canadiens and Rangers met three times, with Montreal winning twice. Expect the series to be close -- much like each team's preceding series. It would be easy to say expect home ice to play a major role as well, but both the Rangers and Canadiens proved that they can go on the road and win in hostile environments in the previous round. Still, with both fan bases hungry for success, expect the home crowds to be raucous at the Bell Centre and Madison Square Garden.

Meanwhile in the Western Conference, the Blackhawks are waiting to see if they'll face off against either the Ducks or Kings, who play in a decisive Game 7 on Friday night. Chicago has experienced the most recent success of any of the Original Six members, as the Blackhawks won the Stanley Cup in 2010 and 2013 -- and are four wins away from appearing in back-to-back Stanley Cup Finals. Chicago rallied from a 2-0 series deficit to knock off the St. Louis Blues in the first round, before ending the Minnesota Wild's season in six games in the conference semifinals.

The Canadiens, Rangers and Blackhawks are certainly no strangers to the Stanley Cup Finals. Montreal has appeared in the Stanley Cup Finals an NHL-record 34 times, while the Blackhawks have made 12 appearances, and the Rangers 10.

New York and Montreal begin their series Saturday at 1 p.m. at the Bell Centre in Montreal.

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Events On Sale This Week: 5/8/14

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Event

Date

Cities

Beyonce & Jay Z Friday, 5/16/14 San Francisco, CA; Pasadena, CA
Blake Shelton Friday, 5/16/14 Wheatland, CA; Mountain View, CA
Britney Spears Friday, 5/16/14 Las Vegas, NV
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Johnny Manziel was a first round draft pick -- but it's unlikely that the draft unfolded like Manziel thought it would. Manziel was selected by the Cleveland Browns with the No. 22 overall pick, and wasn't the first quarterback selected. Blake Bortles was selected by the Jacksonville Jaguars with the No. 3 overall pick, and after that, Manziel watched as team after team passed on him.

Would Manziel have made sense for the Dallas Cowboys to draft? For once, a circus in Dallas would have been perfect. Jerry Jones could have sold millions of Johnny Football t-shirts and jerseys, and Manziel could have been the heir apparent to Tony Romo. The media madness that would ensue would probably be nauseating -- as it is, the seat is inexplicably hot for Romo, and after any interception, people would clamor for Manziel to take over as starter.

Still, it could have been a logical move for Dallas.

Romo is entering his age 34 season, and is coming off of his second back surgery in as many years. Back injuries aren't a good thing, and they're especially bad for a quarterback who relies on his lateral mobility to improvise in and outside of the pocket. We don't really know how Manziel's talents are going to translate to the NFL -- is he fast enough to make plays with his legs? Probably not, since defenses are smarter, stronger and faster in the NFL than they are in the SEC. Though Manziel relies on his legs more than Romo, it seems like Romo is likely a best-case scenario for Manziel: a smaller statured quarterback who can make plays happen in and out of the pocket with his legs when he has to.

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The 2014 NFL Draft Begins Thursday

May 8, 2014

The fortunes of many NFL franchises will change on Thursday night, when the first round of the 2014 NFL Draft gets underway. For teams like the Houston Texans, Jacksonville Jaguars, this draft is pivotal -- making the wrong pick at the top of the draft can set a franchise back for years (hello, Ryan Leaf), while selecting the right player can catapult a franchise into routine contention (Andrew Luck, anybody?).

The Texans hold the No. 1 overall pick, and it looks like Houston will indeed take South Carolina defensive end Jadeveon Clowney -- as they should.

After that, it's anybody's guess as to how it'll unfold.

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Events On Sale This Week: 5/8/14

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.

Event

Date

Cities

American Idol Live Friday, 5/9/14 Albany, NY; Syracuse, NY; Binghamton, NY; Uniondale, NY; Bethlehem, PA; Philadelphia, PA; Boston, MA; Vienna, VA; Durham, NC; Birmingham, AL; Alpharetta, GA; Ft Lauderdale, FL; St Augustine, FL; Indianapolis, IN; New Orleans, LA; San Antonio, TX; Grand Prairie, TX; Council Bluffs, IA; Prior Lake, MN; Springfield, IL; Kansas City, MO; Windsor, ON; Rama, ON; Broomfield, CO; Phoenix, AZ; San Jose, CA; Los Angeles, CA
Cirque du Soleil: Varekai Friday, 5/9/14 Portland, ME
Crosby, Stills and Nash Friday, 5/9/14 Orlando, FL; Los Angeles, CA;
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