Taylor Swift had a pretty busy Sunday night, walking up and down the stairs a total of eight times at the BBMAs. The highlights of the night include the Woman of the Year Award, Top Artist, and Top Female Artist. Of course, in the aftermath of the award show night, the biggest news was her reaction to Justin Bieber, both for winning the Milestone Award and for his very public smooch with Selena Gomez.
Now, her obvious disproval of his win for the inaugural award is warranted. Though, perhaps the fault lies with Billboard Music, as this was a fan award presented by Chevrolet. It was supposed to celebrate ingenuity, but all it achieved was prove that tween girls vote at a much higher rate than the nation does during presidential and congressional elections (though perhaps at the same rate as for American Idol, back when it was not losing to The Voice).
However, Taylor may have crossed the line when she very visibly showed disgust when the Biebs and Selena kissed behind the scenes (captured with cameras and shown on national television). Now this may require a little background.
Swift is good friends with Gomez and came to her aid when the couple initially broke up. Of course, she is also the girl who is known for her penchant for moving to the next romance in time for a new song to rocket up the Billboard Hot 100 and Country charts. Perhaps she could actually take a note from Selena and give the guy a second chance. Of course, then he should probably not be wearing a low cut leather shirt with an equally low-hanging gold chain. Much of the world had the same reaction as Taylor though.
Swift and her fans will have plenty of time to get the image out of their minds as she continues on the Red Tour. She continues to sell out Taylor Swift Tickets to venues across the United States, and soon she will do the same in Bieber’s home nation of Canada.
Does the injury to Ryan Westbrook doom the Oklahoma City, or will Kevin Durant be enough to get the Thunder back to the NBA Finals? Will the Miami Heat sweep their way to the Finals? Are we all in store for another Spurs run?
These are the early questions in the 2013 NBA playoffs. Obviously these are all questions for future rounds. Why are we looking forward instead of thinking about the here-and-now? Well, we are still in the first round and things are going much as people thought they would.
In the Eastern Conference…
- The Miami Heat are making the Milwaukee Bucks fans wish the team was lottery bound.
- The Indiana Pacers domination of the Atlanta Hawks is making the rest of the league begin to realize just how good this club really is.
- The Chicago Bulls defense is making the New Jersey Nets work for it and may even take them out, only to be summarily dismissed in the second round by the Heat.
- The New York Knicks are proving just how old the Celtics really are, and it looks like they could at least take the Heat to six games.
In the Western Conference …
- The Oklahoma City Thunder are going to beat the Houston Rockets (even without Westbrook) because Kevin Durant is just that good.
- The San Antonio Spurs are on the fast track to the conference finals, as the Los Angeles Lakers are too old and too injured to stop them and there are few other teams capable of taking out the trio of Ginobili, Parker, and Duncan.
- The Denver Nuggets and Golden State Warriors are playing basketball without defense and that makes this one of the most enjoyable and pointless first series to watch.
- The Los Angeles Clippers are going to outlast the Memphis Grizzlies in a series that will be the opposite of the one just mentioned. It will not be pointless though, as the Clips may be the only real hope to take out the Spurs in this odd numbered year. (Real NBA basketball fans know what this means!)
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The NHL season is almost over, but fans can still enjoy a few games before the postseason begins at the end of the month and hockey tickets become even more difficult to find. Things are far from set too, so the teams have quite a bit on the line over the course of these last five or so games and the fans have a reason to attend. Don’t wait any longer to get NHL Tickets, get them now at OnlineSeats.com.
The Eastern Conference’s playoff picture is far from clear. Only three teams have clinched postseason spots (the Pittsburgh Penguins, Boston Bruins, and Montreal Canadiens) and only one team (the Florida Panthers) has been mathematically eliminated. Needless to say the standings are going to change drastically during this next week and a half. It appears one of the New York teams is going to miss the playoffs and either Winnipeg or Buffalo is going to sneak in to the final couple of spots with the rest of the clubs in the top eight jockeying for position.
The Western Conference is not much better, with just two teams (the Chicago Blackhawks and Anaheim Ducks) having clinched a spot in the Stanley Cup playoffs and just two teams (the Nashville Predators and Colorado Avalanche) having been eliminated. Perhaps the most interesting development is the real possibility the Red Wings will miss the postseason for the first time since 1990 (not counting the lockout season). Otherwise, the only seed set will be the Blackhawks and the number one seed.
Catch the finals few games of the 2013 NHL season and see if your team (if they are not already) can sneak into the playoffs or at least guarantee home ice advantage for the first round.
The first two rounds of the NCAA Tournament need names. The third round is the Sweet Sixteen, the fourth is the Elite Eight, and the final two are collectively called the Final Four. Certainly there has to be some sort of alliteration to describe the first four days of the best basketball tournament of the year. At the very least, these first two round deserve to be called something other than the Round of 64 and the Round of 32 (even the first four games are called the Play-In Games!).
These are the four days that decimate the office pool. These are the only four days when most men will use the name Cinderella unprompted (albeit as an adjective). These are the four days before Dick Vitale begins preparing the nation for another championship run by Duke (seriously, he may be the only Duke college basketball fan living outside of North Carolina!).
These first two rounds of the tournament are, according to a Forbes article, forcing one-third of IT departments to prepare to block, ban, or slow down streaming content in an effort to keep office productivity at acceptable levels. Something that actually hinders business as usual has to be honored with some kind of nickname, and it should not be purely gambling related (sorry “Bracket Buster”).
Cracked, the humor site has offered the “So-So Sixty-Four” and the “Thriving Thirty-Two”. While these names are amusing, they shed light on the fact that these rounds deserve a name to match the excitement they generate, the kind of excitement that has fans purchasing NCAA Tournament tickets to travel across the country to support their team.
In a sport in which the difference between finishing in last place and becoming World Series champs is a matter of decimals in a few key stats, every February represents a new beginning. At least, this has been the case since the death of the Yankees dynasty at the hands of the Diamondbacks at the beginning of the 21st century. From that day forward payrolls ceased to matter, curses were exorcized with alarming regularity and now baseball tickets for each and every team hold the promise of bearing witness the exploits of a winner.
This is especially so in the year 2013. As Richard Justice of MLB.com writes, few teams can already be counted out of the pennant race. This may seem an obvious statement as a single game has yet to be played. But, it used to be that certain clubs were destined for near triple digit loss totals and the fans knew it. Last season 20 clubs were within five games of heading to the playoffs at the All Star break and this season that number only looks to increase.
The AL East is again the deepest division in the game, but every team, including the Baltimore Orioles, has a realistic chance to upend the Yankee-Red Sox paradigm at the top. The AL Central is never clear, but these days it appears the Royals are ready to relive the kind of glory unseen since the days of George Brett. The AL West has seen an MVP change teams within the division and a once flailing franchise is hoping the return of a young King can topple a division full of heavenly beings and lawmen.
The NL East is stacked with a team out of Washington D.C. for at the top of many experts lists for the first time in nearly a century and the Braves skipping rebuilding to become a challenger before Bobby Cox woke up from his first nap. The Central is finally at five teams and is as topsy-turvy as its AL cousin. Moving west, there is in a land dominating by starting rotations that has suddenly become a Cy Young winner more difficult.
It is a great time to be a baseball fan as parity and chaos has come to dominate the early headlines. All this before the first pitch of those meaningless spring training games has been thrown and a young prospects have been dashed by a journeyman, one he will replace in just a few months’ time. So fans, prepare for an exciting journey that will keep you at the edge of the seat from first games In April until the last pitch graces the edge of the strike zone on All Hallows’ Eve.
The Super Bowl is the most important event in sports in the United States. No other game can bring as many people together as this championship game. People miss work the next day because of these Sunday night parties in the beginning of February. The very lucky few even have Super Bowl tickets to experience this phenomenon live.
This year those are Super Bowl XLVII tickets and the game is in New Orleans on February 3, 2013at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome. It is difficult to believe, but this is the first time Bourbon Street will be flooded with NFL fans this late in season in 11 years. Obviously, this game is long overdue. In fact, many people forget that the entire reason the Superdome was built was to convince the NFL to give New Orleans an expansion team. It so happened that the league would also be welcoming one of the most popular Super Bowl destinations.
Wherever Super Bowl 47 was going to be held, it was going to be an incredible game. This season promises to end with a championship game worthy of this billing. The AFC and NFC have been quite evenly matched, even if the NFC has won four of the last five times. Still, only once in these five years has the margin of victory been greater than a touchdown.
This is a welcome development, as not too long ago the two conferences seemed to be unable to maintain the kind of parity that defines the league now. The Super Bowl would often be a blowout, leaving something to be desired. Well, free agency and a hard salary cap have created the condition the NFL has enjoyed for nearly a decade, making Super Bowl 47 tickets an even bigger commodity.
The Minnesota Vikings are heading into the NFL playoffs an unlikely participant. They were 6-6 and the only real reason fans had Minnesota Vikings tickets to the Metrodome was to catch at least one massive game from Adrian Peterson before the season came to an end. They were hoping to see AP break Eric Dickerson’s single-season rushing record. Peterson did not end up breaking the record, but suddenly the Vikes had postseason ambitions.
They would win the last four games of the season by adding to the squashing of the Chicago Bears playoff hopes, keeping the Houston Texans from enjoying a wild card round bye, and doing the same to the Green Bay Packers. Just how did this team turn things around? Well, as Peterson continued to make the NFL consider allowing teams play a 12th defender whenever he was on the field, front four of the defense began to finally contribute. Defensive ends Jared Allen and Brian Robison combined for over 20 sacks while Letroy Guion and Kevin Williams plugged up the middle.
Meanwhile, Chris Ponder stopped turning the football over and the defense began to create turnovers. Any coach loves a positive turnover differential, and Leslie Frazier was able to reach the playoffs for the first time in his short tenure as an NFL head coach.
No wide receiver has stepped up to take the place of Injure Reserved Percy Harvin. Tight end Kyle Rudolph has done his best to give Ponder a consistent option on third down and in the red zone. Rudolph caught 53 passes and 9 touchdowns. He has actually been the second best deep option to Harvin. If anyone, Michael Jenkins, Jerome Simpson, Jarius Wright or Devin Aromashodu, could step up and take advantage of a deep right in single coverage, the offense could thrive as Peterson only faces an 8 man front. Then maybe Vikings playoff tickets could be available for the Super Bowl in New Orleans.
The Denver Broncos are in the NFL playoffs for a second consecutive season, but this time the Broncos fans are not going to have to hope for miracles to advance. Tebow is gone and the fans at Sports Authority Field at Mile High can win with something other than inspiring fourth quarter comebacks. Instead Denver Broncos tickets will feature the steady hand and the analytical mind of Peyton Manning and a championship caliber defense to guide the team’s way to New Orleans to play in Super Bowl XXXVLII at the newly named Mercedes Ben Superdome. At least that is what those fans with Denver Broncos tickets are going to believe.
John Elway knew signing Peyton Manning was a risk, but he also knew that the potential reward was something he could not pass on. The Denver Broncos and their fans knew Tebow was not the answer, no matter how many jerseys they would purchase in his name. Manning is a veteran with the ability to make Demaryuis Thomas and Eric Decker a duo to worry opposing defensive coordinators. The solid, though not far from stellar running of Willis McGahee will keep the defense honest, or at least honest enough to give Manning more than a few options.
Even with Manning acting as the on-field offensive coordinator, the Denver Broncos would be nothing without a stellar defense. Surely, Manning could have won the AFC West, a division with no other team posting a winning record. However, without Von Miller and Elvis Dumervil blitzing and causing havoc from the linebacker position the postseason would not last very long. The Broncos defense has managed to put up incredible numbers because of this pressure and the offense’s ability to dominate the clock. The playoffs are going to be a truly difficult road, as it is for any team in the NFL. Denver is not one to force a great deal of turnovers, so one bad game by Manning could spell doom for the team. Luckily, Manning rarely has these games.
A year ago no one would have thought a missing Steve on the Lakers roster would prove a detriment. Then, this summer, Los Angeles acquired Steve Nash. Now he and Steve Blake are riding the bench and the team is below .500. Luckily Nash is due back soon and the Lakers are destined to make a Mike D’Antoni-inspired run over the hump and back up to the top of the Pacific Division.
This would be fitting as the current top team in the division is the Staple-center fraternal twin Clippers, and there is nothing sweeter than letting Clipper fans believe they actually have a chance to outplay the Lakers before crushing those tattered spirits of a franchise in need of banner (the Lakers, NHL Kings, and WNBA Sparks each have championships, this is just getting sad).
Of course, in addition to an injury-ridden Nash, the Lakers have perhaps the most dangerous four in the league out on day-to-day status. Pau Gasol is the Big Man with skill who perfectly complements the pure athletic physicality of Center Dwight Howard. All this has made the beginning of the D’Antoni era anything but spectacular. So far the Lakers are 5-6 under his watch. He is going to improve his record as soon as Steve Nash returns after this road trip ends.
Once Nash joins Bryant in the backcourt and Gasol and Howard make just about any offensive set a possibility, the Lakers tickets those dedicated fans at the Staple Center purchased back in July will start feeling like a warm up to the NBA Finals tickets.
There is certainly little in the Western Conference to stop them. The conference is deep as always, but there is no plethora of dominant basketball teams. The Lakers are not the lone great team yet. Over the course of the next 60 games the roster needs to put on a show and demonstrate the potential to take out the champion Miami Heat. Then Nash can finally get the ring he deserves and all can be right in the NBA.
Muse, everyone’s favorite rock opera, is coming to the United States this winter. For three months in 2013 fans will flood the massive arenas and prepare themselves for the awe-inducing theatrics of Matthew Bellamy, Christopher Wolstenhilme, and Dominic Howard as they obliterate the audience’s senses. Thus, leaving these devoted followers deaf, seeing lights and walking a little less sure footed. For this is what to expect with Muse tickets and this is what everyone wants.
This is a band that understands the nature of their music. Just as every album needs to be an epic force with prominent guitar riffs and themes building with each song on the track list. Every music video needs to somehow be climatic for about four minutes. Thus, every live performance has to raise the bar.
The tour associated with the Second Law will be no different. There will be incredible light shows, a montage playing on the gigantic video screens behind the band, and, most importantly of all, Bellamy’s signature beautifully and emotionally harrowing vocals and vigorous guitar solos. This is Led Zeppelin on the next level, a chance to see what that English rock band could have been half a century later without critical oppression.
Muse is doing all this again in the name of the Second Law. The new album has three singles to date, “Survival”, “Madness”, and “Follow Me”. The album’s name is derived from the second law of thermodynamics and is an appeal to exactly what this band is fighting. They are fighting entropy and have embraced new musical styles to avoid ultimately being destroyed. Thus, like Zeppelin, Muse seems to be inviting critics to take issue with the appeal to the world at large. Meanwhile the many millions of fans are ready to affirm their belief in the creative direction of the band and find Muse tickets for the next big act in the opera that is the band’s career.