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The weather is cool and there is a nice crispness in the air. For many of us, that means football season is here. With the NFL’s 2013/2014 season underway, we are just now starting to get a good look at the teams and how they are doing, and while it might be too early to make any predictions yet, you can bet that super fans around the country are doing just that! Who is your favorite team? Do you adore the Dallas Cowboys? No matter how your team might be doing this year, true fans remain loyal.
How do you watch your games though? Are you at home and on the edge of your seat, hollering at the refs and covering your eyes when the tension mounts? Do you get together with friends at a sports bar and watch? While those might be some decent ways to watch the game, they aren’t the only ways by any means.
The season is young and the Cowboys are currently 3-3, so things could start getting better for them. Why not get out and watch football the right way? No matter what team you love, you know the best way to see them is to watch the game in person. Tailgating before the game and then heading inside to gather with 60,000 other fanatics is unlike watching at home on your couch. You can feel the excitement in the air and the energy the crowd projects.
It’s time that you got some tickets for you and the other fans in your life. Just imagine how much fun it would be to get down to Cowboys Stadium in Arlington and cheer on your team with America’s Team! You can scream at the refs live and in person, which is far more entertaining than arguing with your television. Get your tickets today for one game or for the rest of the season. Don’t forget, football tickets can make great gift items as well. No matter where you live and no matter what your favorite team might be, it’s time to get out there and support them the right way — by screaming and waving your foam finger!
The New England Patriots are an NFL team with a long history, most of which is shining with just a few tarnished spots. Ardent fans of the team will follow the team through winning and losing seasons, and will attend every game or at least watch it on television. The team’s detractors are often just as vocal about the way they dislike the team, so it is important for fans to get out to the stadium — and even to travel to other stadiums — to show support. This year promises to be especially interesting for fans of the team. Most have heard the recent news that the Pats just signed Tim Tebow, a quarterback with a strange history.
The Heisman winner has only been in the League for a few years, since 2010, and he’s been on three teams in that time — the Denver Broncos, the New York Jets, and now the Patriots. His NFL career started promising with the Broncos, having led them to a number of fourth quarter victories. However, his light started to fade, thus the trades.
Now, he is acting as Tom Brady’s backup. This could be a good plan on the part of the Pats, as Tebow does seem to show at least some promise. Under the tutelage of Brady — love him or hate him — Tebow could well improve. Of course, all this remains to be seen, and chances are Tebow will not be getting much playing time.
Of course, the Patriots are about much more than Tim Tebow. They are a storied franchise that always seems to be in contention for the title. The passing game is always interesting to watch whether you are rooting for the Patriots or against them. Regardless of which side of the line you are on, there is no doubting that Tom Brady can throw and the rest of the Pats know what they are doing on the field.
If you love the Patriots and you want to show your support for your favorite team, it’s time to check out some tickets right now. Make it to at least one or two home games this year.
This marks the first time in two years the Los Angeles Kings face playoff elimination, as the Stanley Cup Champions host the San Jose Sharks in a decisive Game 7 in the second round of the Western Conference Playoffs.
The Kings had a chance to close out the series on the road in Game 6, but fell 2-1, shifting the pressure back onto Los Angeles for this decisive Game 7. The home team has won every game in the series thus far and prevailed in all four regular season games.
The Kings have been led this postseason by the strong play of goaltender Jonathan Quick, who has a stellar 1.54 goals against average and a .947 save percentage. Meanwhile, a pair of former Flyers is at the top of the Kings scoring, as Mike Richards has two goals and eight assists for 10 points and Jeff Carter has five goals and three assists.
San Jose has also gotten strong goaltending from Antti Niemi, a former Stanley Cup Champion with the Blackhawks. Niemi has a 1.85 goals against average and a .932 save percentage. In game sevens, goaltending is always critical, so that matchup could be key.
Offensively, Joe Pavelski has four goals and seven assists for the Sharks, while Logan Couture has five goals and six assists. Joe Thornton has been a key setup man with two goals and eight assists, while Patrick Marleau has scored five times and set up teammates on three occasions.
The winner of this series earns the opportunity to advance to the Western Conference Finals to challenge the victor of another Game 7, between the Blackhawks and Red Wings. Many say that there is nothing more exciting in sports than a Game 7 in the Stanley Cup Playoffs, so don’t miss out on your chance to see one live in Los Angeles.
Tickets are still available, but they’ll likely go quick between now and faceoff when fans will pack the seats to see the last game of the season for one of these two teams and the next step toward the Stanley Cup for the other.
With Tiger Woods comes drama; that’s something that’s been proven time and time again since 2009. But as he was well on his way to winning the Players Championship this past weekend, it was still ever-present. This time it wasn’t with the women in his life, but rather another player on the course — Sergio Garcia.
Garcia and Woods have had a very public feud for nearly as long as Tiger’s name has been synonymous with the word “drama,” and they both put it on full display for the public this weekend. After Garcia had a disappointing day on Saturday, while Tiger enjoyed a very successful one, Garcia turned to the media to talk about how Tiger had ruined one of his shots.
It was on the second fairway, he said, that he was on his backswing at the par five green, when Woods pulled out his club and started to make his way towards his own shot. He got the crowd going enough to distract Garcia into a bad shot, and that was the one he made. Or at least that’s what Garcia says. Woods later said that he had already been told by the golf marshal that Garcia had made his shot.
The next day though, all seemed to be behind Woods, as he set back out on the course with a mission. He was here once again to win, something he hasn’t done in this tournament in over a decade. Birdying the 16th hole and making par at 18 was enough to do it, and was a dynamic end to an exciting weekend of golf.
It’s true that drama may still seem to follow Tiger wherever he goes. But it’s no longer true that he’s fallen out of the grace of golf, or that he’s even “back” in any form. What is true, is that drama or not, Tiger is still the best golfer in the world. Winning the Players Championship this weekend gave him his fourth win this year, and his seventh victory in his past 21 PGA starts.
It was this past weekend that Derek Ernst wrote a page in his own career history book when he won the Wells Fargo Championship, his first ever U.S. PGA tour title. He wasn’t supposed to win, coming into the tournament as fourth alternate, with a world ranking of 1,207, and was called in at the last minute — while he was on his way to a PGA developmental circuit. But as the big contenders fell behind, Ernst stepped up for the win.
Phil Mickelson was one of the biggest favorites coming into the tournament, and he remained so throughout most of the event. But while he could hang onto the lead for most of the round, he fell back into the third spot with a bogey on both the 16th and 17th holes. When he stepped up to the 18th, a 21-foot birdie shot far wide of the hole, and he missed the chance to go to the playoff.
That round would see Derek Ernst, who had been quietly creeping up from behind, and England’s David Lynn teeing off against each other. Shaking off the miserable weather and parring that last hole, Ernst took the title of the tournament, but that’s not what means the most to him. What he’s most looking forward to is simply being able to play on the PGA for the next two years; due to the exemption he gets from winning at Quail Hollow Club in Charlotte, North Carolina at Wells Fargo.
“The money is money, it will come and go,” Ernst said right after his big win. “But winning and having a job and playing out here for the next two years, that’s what I want to do. I want to play out here, so that is the best part.”
Still, the $1.2 million he made from this weekend’s championship isn’t anything to sneeze at either.
He’s been one of the best on the PGA Tour; but he’s also a player that had never won a tournament. That all changed this weekend though, when Billy Horschel arrived in New Orleans to play in the Zurich Classic. He knew it was his time to win, and that he did. And, he did it with just one putt, too.
The weather was miserable for most, with two different weather delays holding things up at TPC Louisiana. And while you would think that would make things harder for Horschel, it actually worked in his favor. Coming into the second round he was two shots behind the third round leader, Lucas Glover; but shooting six straight birdies gave him a slight edge over D.A. Points, the competitor that was the only one left fighting Horschel for the victory by the 18th hole.
At first it looked as though Points had it, knocking his ball out of a bunker to set himself up nicely for a 5-foot birdie. But Horschel stepped up to the task, and shot in an amazing 27-foot birdie. With a pump of his arms, and a brief burying of his face in his ball cap, Horschel had won his first tournament, with just one putt.
It was extremely fitting, really. Just last month Points had beaten Horschel and Henrik Stenson at the Shell Houston Open, also just by one putt.
“When a player goes out and shoots 8 under and birdies the last hole to win, hats off to Billy,” said Points, who finished the day with a 65. “He’s played great all year. He was one shot shy of me at Houston and I’m a shot shy of him here. It’s just the way it goes.”
Meanwhile, Horschel summed up his emotional win by saying, “Thank God I finally won.”
It was this past weekend that we all got to watch what we love watching the most — Tiger Woods in his finest form, and making the game of golf look easy. This weekend, at the WGC-Cadillac Championship, Woods proved that free from both injury and scandal, he’s still the best golfer in the world. And for those who still doubt it, with 17 world titles won, and just one more to go, he’s about to tie Jack Nicklaus.
It’s something Nicklaus himself has been saying for some time is bound to happen, and it’s something we may be able to see next month at the Masters. If Tiger plays the same way we saw this past weekend at the Blue Monster course, it should be fairly smooth putting for him. In fact, over this weekend’s championship, it was putting that gave Tiger the most trouble. But, after heeding advice from Steve Stricker, he worked out those kinks and was the clear winner with three holes left to go.
If there was ever a time that he looked sloppy on the course in fact, it was only on those last three holes, which he ended up bogeying. But with the championship already won at that point, narrowing the margin for the win was a small price for watching Tiger play with such confidence, and maybe even having fun — something that’s been lacking for the past five years.
The Masters Golf Tournament 2013 begins in just about a month, on April 11, and it’s thought that this will be the tournament when Woods makes history, and catches up with the all-time golfing great, Jack Nicklaus.
The New York Knicks and Oklahoma City Thunder are two of the hottest tickets in the NBA, so when they square off under the bright lights of Madison Square Garden Thursday night at 8:00 p.m., all eyes will be on the Big Apple.
The battle for the league scoring title will certainly be talked about, as Carmelo Anthony and Kevin Durant are tied atop the NBA with 28.6 points per game. While those numbers could change between now and Thursday, they’re still sure to be battling it out for the scoring crown.
The Knicks have been shaky of late, dropping six of their last 10, but still remain among the best of the NBA with a 35-21 record. A win over the Thunder would send a message that they’re not to be taken lightly as the playoffs near. New York faces the added challenge of being on the road Monday and Wednesday against the Cavaliers and Pistons.
The Thunder have won six of their last 10 and remain just three games back of the Spurs for the best record in the Western Conference, sitting at 43-16. For all of the talk the Heat have gotten this season, the Thunder matches the Heat with 43 wins, but Miami’s two ahead in the loss column. The Thunder meet the Lakers Tuesday night, then head up to New York.
Expect lots of points to be scored, as the Knicks and Thunder are two of the top scoring teams in the league. Oklahoma City averages 106.7 points per game, second best in the NBA. New York checks in at 100.1 points per game, 10th in the league.
While there will be plenty of talk about Anthony and Durant, both teams have great supporting casts. Oklahoma City’s Russell Westbrook is undoubtedly the third most dangerous player who will take the floor, scoring 23.4 points per game and dishing out 7.9 assists per contest.
The Knicks might have more depth, though, with five players averaging double figures: Anthony, J.R. Smith, Raymond Felton, Amar’e Stoudemire and Tyson Chandler.
Don’t miss out on what could be one of the most exciting, high scoring games of the year. Get your tickets now.
The WWE brings their unique brand of sports entertainment to venues across the world, and 2013 looks to be an exciting year for wrestling fans. WWE Champion CM Punk, World Heavyweight Champion The Big Show, and Intercontinental Champion Wade Barrett promise to take on all comers when defending their titles, and there are no shortage of contenders on the roster of performers in The WWE.
The WWE began back in the 1950s when Roderick James “Jess” McMahon and Joseph Mondt started the Capitol Wrestling Corporation and began promoting wrestling matches in New York City, at Madison Square Garden. However, Jess died in 1954, and one of Mondt’s business associates brought in Vincent J. McMahon to fill his position in the company.
By the 1960s, the CWC had become the World Wide Wrestling Federation and featured such historic wrestlers as “Nature Boy” Buddy Rogers and Lou Thez, considered one of the greatest wrestlers in history. Other early stars from this era included Lou Albano, who would later become one of the most well-known figures in pro wrestling, and “Superstar” Billy Graham, the influence of wrestlers like Hulk Hogan and Jesse “The Body” Ventura.
The Beginning of the WWE
The WWE officially got underway in 1980 when Vincent K. McMahon, the current CEO of the WWE, and his father started Titan Sports. Vince later purchased his father’s shares and the shares of other stockholders and began pushing the WWE – then known as the WWF – across the country and on national television. Vince also began selling videos of his matches, an unheard of practice at the time.
From there the WWE continued to grow, becoming the top promotion for wrestling in the country and bringing hundreds of shows to fans on a yearly basis. From their colorful past to their meteoric rise to the top of the wrestling game, the WWE has something to offer every wrestling fan, and the best way to experience it first hand is to buy tickets for one of the live shows near you in 2013. If you want action, excitement and fun, you’ll be mightily entertained.
During the Washington Redskins’ first playoff game of the season, they lost to the Seattle Seahawks by a score of 24-14. And it was ugly. RG3, who was the best hope Washington had to further themselves in the postseason, got injured twice — both injuries to his right knee, an area that he’s already been benched for this season. The first time he injured the knee was in the first half, and he went back out to play. Now, those who love controversy, are saying that he should never have gone back in.
It’s an easy argument, to say that Griffin should have been benched and Cousins should stepped in much sooner than he did. Even when you consider that Cousins had missed practice that week due to illness, and the fact that the Seahawks’ defense has been one of the toughest to beat this year. After all, this is Griffin’s health we’re talking about and possibly, his career that he has only just begun. So yes, perhaps he should have been sat after he first injured his knee in the first half.
But, the other side of the story always must be considered. First, there was a conversation that took place on the sidelines once Griffin was hurt the first time. Coach Mike Shanahan asked him if he was good to play, and Griffin answered, “I’m hurt, not injured.” Really, what player isn’t at least somewhat hurt after just coming off the field? And while this is the hottest line being tossed around in the debate of whether Griffin should have been benched, the actual conversation was likely much longer than that. These talks are very typical between the coach and the player, as the decision is largely theirs to make.
So maybe Shanahan really doesn’t trust Griffin at his word. And maybe he knew he was putting the kid’s career in jeopardy when he sent him back out there. But that’s not likely the case. After all, Griffin didn’t really seem all that hurt on the field. There was some maneuvering, and sometimes yes, he limped. Again, these are things that nearly every football player does while they’re playing football. Especially when it’s a playoff game. And even if Griffin was showing signs of weakness, he also showed signs of strength, tossing a touchdown after he went back out.
The culture of football is typically cutthroat, as we’ve seen with teams just this past year. But would a coach really knowingly risk his own player’s health? In the first game of the playoffs, and with many good years still left in him? Would the player knowingly severely injure himself, in the hopes that he can at least make a couple good plays in the meantime? None of it is likely. What’s more probable is that both Shanahan and Griffin took a risk, as players and coaches do every day in the NFL. Unfortunately this time, it didn’t work out for either of them.
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