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Archives for : March2011

Top Weekend Events – April 2 -4

Fenway ParkWelcome to Hump Day!!  You’ve made it half way through the week already!  Way to go.

Sorry about missing last week’s post.  I was all screwed up last week.  Friday arrived, and I thought it was Wednesday.  Oops.

At any rate, will you check out this list?!  I think A LOT of people are very excited about the impending baseball season and spring FINALLY arriving.  It’s about dang time too.  Obviously, some of the biggest names on the list include the 2007 World Series champs, the Colorado Rockies, the perennial favorite Red Sox, 2005 runner up champs, the Houston Astros and the neighborly rivals the Giants vs. the Dodgers.  Frankly, I’m exceptionally surprised not to see the Chicago Cubs nor the New York Yankees on this list.  I’m sure their time is coming though.

Obviously and without any surprise, the NCAA Men’s Basketball Final Four Tournament holds down the top spot.  For those whose brackets and pools predicted these final four, they should receive some kind of elaborate prize.  The Final Four is comprised of the Virginia Commonwealth Rams (VCU), Butler Bulldogs, UConn Huskies and the Kentucky Wildcats.  Which unlikely team do you think will take home the championship on April 4th?

The Chicago Bulls also are making an appearance on the list.  Hometown hero, Derrick Rose, is helping lead his team hopefully another championship, along with assistance from Joakim Noah and Carlos Boozer and Coach Tom Thibodeau.

Our firs WWE event shows up on the list with Wrestlemania XXVII (that’s 27 for us regular folk).  Some of the matches of note include The Edge vs. Alberto Del Rio, The Miz (from MTV’s Real World!) and John Cena as well as Triple H taking on The Undertaker.  WWE has a huge following and is not just for 13-year-old boys anymore.

  1.)    NCAA Final Four, Reliant Stadium, Houston TX  – 04/02/2011

2.)    Arizona Diamondbacks vs. Colorado Rockies – Opening Day, Coors Field, Denver, Colorado – 04/01/2011

3.)    Boston Red Sox vs. Texas Rangers – Opening Day – Rangers Ballpark, Arlington, TX – 04/01/2011

4.)    Wrestlemania XXVII – Georgia Dome, Atlanta, GA – 04/03/2011

5.)    Kroger 250 – Martinsville Speedway, Martinsville, VA – 04/02/2011

6.)    Raptors vs. Chicago Bulls – United Center, Chicago  -  IL 04/02/2011

7.)    Brian Regan – Wilbur Theater, Boston, MA – 04/01/2011

8.)    Houston Astros vs. Philadelphia Phillies – Opening Day – Citizens Bank Park, Philadelphia, PA – 04/01/2011

9.)    George Strait and Reba McEntire – EnergySolutions Arena, Salt Lake, UT – 04/02/2011

10.)  San Francisco Giants vs. LA Dodgers – Opening Day – Dodger Stadium, Los Angeles, CA  – 04/01/2011

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Final Four Craziness!!

Well, I’m sure by now 99% of people’s pools and brackets are all screwed up.  The Final Four is an unlikely group of Cinderella Stories, including Virginia Commonwealth Rams, Butler Bulldogs, UConn Huskies and University of Kentucky Wildcats.   One of those four teams will take home the coveted championship next Monday, April 4th  in Houston at Reliant Stadium.  Crazy, huh?

None, let me repeat, NONE of the best sports analysts top picks to win the NCAA Championship Title even made it to the final four.  This is the first final four in history that a number 1 or 2 seed did not make it.

What’s even crazier is that neither the Bulldogs nor VCU (one of which WILL play for the title) was a lock to make the tournament at all.  Butler in the Horizon league had a record of 6-5 early on.  VCU couldn’t bring home the W in any of its final four regular season conference games.  However, since Butler won at Milwaukee to win the Horizon League Tournament title and VCU was deemed acceptable by the selection committee, bada bing, bada book…you’re lookin’ at a future NCAA Men’s Basketball Champion.

A point of interest: the Horizon league has won more Final Four Victories (one) in the span than the Big East, whom have not won a game in the final four since Connecticut’s 2004 championship.

Speaking of which, perhaps the Huskies were just plain overshadowed this year?  They had quite the impressive record (12-0) but were tied for 9th in the Big East regular season (9-9).  UConn won five games in five days in the Big East Tournament.  In sum, they’ve been a on a very nice 9 game winning streak.

The Kentucky Wildcats have dealt with quite the upheaval with their team this year.  Early on, DeMarcus Cousins, Patrick Patterson and Daniel Orton were all recruited in the NBA draft.  This left poor freshman, Enes Kanter, to fill those shoes.  Kanter has done a remarkable job.  The Cats have been on a winning streak since Florida and Vanderbilt victories.  Kentucky has been on a 10-game winning streak. Perhaps their most amazing win to date was when they took down No.1 overall seed and Big Ten regular-season and tournament champ Ohio State and the ACC regular-season champ.

So, in the end, how does that saying go?  “It’s not the size of the dog that matters; it’s the amount of fight in the dog.”  Well, something like that at any rate.  These four teams prove that it’s all about playing a little basketball with a whole lot of heart.

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NCAA Sweet Sixteen Recap

A recap of the 2nd/3rd round games and what to expect in the sweet 16. The favorites to win the national championship are holding steady from Selection Sunday: Ohio State, Kansas and Duke.

The OSU Buckeyes’ Jared Sullinger is still hands-down the best low-post scorer in the field and the team has the most fruitful group of 3-point shooters.  The Buckeyes absolutely hammered George Mason.

The experienced Kansas Jayhawks swept the Illinois Fighting Illini in the latter half of Sunday night.  Coach Bill Self has done an excellent job with the team throughout their tumultuous season.

The Duke Blue Devils got a real scare from the Michigan Wolverines, winning by a mere 2 points in the Charlotte tournament.   The duo of freshman Kyrie Irving (guard) and Nolan Smith created quite the backcourt tandem.

Perhaps one of the biggest upsets from this past weekend’s tournaments was the Butler.  Where did they come from?  They crushed topped ranked Pittsburgh 71 – 70 in the last new seconds.  They will next be matched up again Wisconsin on Friday morning.

Also of note is Marquette throwing Syracuse to the curb.  With 51 seconds to go on the clock, Syracuse’s Dion Waiters threw his sideline inbounds pass too high and close to the midcourt line. Scoop Jardine toed over the line on his jump to retreive the ball for a backcourt violation.   The messy pass cost them the game.

“I thought I had him and I was just trying to throw the pass where I thought he could catch it,” Waiters said. “I don’t know what happened.”

VCU Rams should not go unmentioned in this article.  They completed outplayed third-seeded Purdue Boilermakers on Sunday 94-76.  This was their third win in 5 days.  The Rams pressured Purdue, broke through its defense and won their reward in layups.  This is the Rams first trip to the Sweet 16.

“A week ago, we thought we were done,” said the persistent point guard Joey Rodriguez, who had 12 points, 11 assists and no turnovers in 34 minutes.

“And now, we’re here in the Sweet 16. Anything can happen now.”

 So, the 4 Regional Tournaments cities are sure to have a large draw.

Newark, N.J.: North Carolina has historically always shown up for events in the New York area. Ohio State fans ALWAYS travel for football and will travel for a golden child favorite basketball team. Marquette’s fans are very faithful, too.   This East Regional Tournament Tickets will be hard to get.

New Orleans, LA: A case could be made for any of the four teams to win in the Southeast Tournament: No. 2 Florida, No. 3 BYU, No. 4 Wisconsin or No. 8 Butler, all are equally challenged.  These are the dark horses.  Watch out for them. 

Anaheim, CA: Arizona and San Diego State are the to, all intents and purposes, home teams in Anaheim, Calif. The Arizona fans will vastly outnumber the Duke fans, and perhaps that will help them.  Who knows?   The same will hold true with San Diego over Connecticut.  

San Antonio, TX: The Kansas Jayhawks were the only single-digit seed to advance to the Sweet 16 out of the Southwest as surprises were plentiful the first weekend. Joining the Jayhawks are three double-digit seeds: No. 10 Florida State, No. 11 VCU and No. 12 Richmond

At the end of the day, most sports commentators are picking Kansas to bring home the big prize.  Be sure to watch!

Foo Fighters on Tour!

Dave GrohlDid you hear the news?  Foo Fighters are back touring.  Woo hoo!

But first, an aside on how much I adore Dave Grohl.  The front man had decidedly turned down every opportunity to appear on the Fox hit show “Glee” and he is A-OK with that.  He’s upset with “Glee” creator Ryan Murphy for being presumptuous that all musicians want to be featured on the show.

Grohl told Hollywood Reporter, “”You shouldn’t have to do [expletive deleted] ‘Glee.’ And then the guy who created ‘Glee’ is so offended that we’re not, like, begging to be on his [expletive deleted] show. … I watched 10 minutes [of it]. It’s not my thing.

“Slash was the first one. [Murphy] wanted to do Guns N’ Roses, and Slash is like, ‘I hate [expletive deleted] musicals. It’s worse than “Grease.”‘ Then [Murphy's] like, ‘Well, of course he’d say that. He’s a washed-up ol’ rock star. That’s what they [expletive deleted] do.’”

“And then Kings of Leon say, ‘No, we don’t want to be on your show.’ And then he’s like, ‘Snotty little [expletive deleted] …’ And it’s just like, ‘Dude, maybe not everyone loves “Glee.” Me included.’”

::swoon::

At any rate, back to the topic at hand.  The Foo Fights are gearing up for a late spring tour in the US with featured acts from Motorhead and Biffy Clyro.  Their opening show will be at the BOK Center in Tulsa, K on May 17th.  This is their first major tour since its 2007-08 international “Echoes, Silence, Patience & Grace” tour.

Currently, only 5 shoes have been announced and will conclude on May 26 at the Adams Center in Missoula, MT.  Other scheduled stops thus far include: May 18 at Verizon Center in Little Rock, AR; May 20 at FedEx Forum in Memphis, TN; and May 23 at Mid America Center in Council Bluffs, IA.

The Foo Fighters also have two festival dates scheduled  including the Hangout Music Festival on May 21 in Gulf Shores, AL and Sasquatch! Music  Festival on May 27th in Quincy, WA.

Their 7th studio album, “Wasting Light” is scheduled to be released on April 12th.  On April 16, 2011 the band will also release Medium “Rare”, a collection of cover songs.

Foo Fighters itinerary:
(Dates are subject to change.)

May 17 Tulsa, OK BOK Center
May 18 North Little Rock, AR Verizon Arena
May 20 Memphis, TN FedExForum
May 21 Gulf Shores, AL Hangout Music Festival
May 23 Council Bluffs, IA Mid-America Center
May 26 Missoula, MT Adams Event Center
May 27 Quincy, WA Sasquatch! Music Festival

Top Events this weekend – March 18 -20

So, here it is Wednesday again already.

Obviously the NCAA Tournament and March Madness is really getting under way and is therefore very popular this weekend.  The two 2nd/3rd Round tournaments that are getting a lot of attention are the Charlotte and Tulsa sessions.  The teams of note playing in Charlotte include University of North Carolina (Tarheels) and Duke Blue Devils.  The teams of note playing in Tulsa include the Texas Longhorns and the Arizona  Wildcats.  Next big events are the Regional Tournaments happening in Newark (East), Anaheim (West), New Orleans (Southeast) and San Antonio (Southwest).

Of your oddball popular events, Disney’s Beauty and the Beast Live is sitting pretty in the number 6 position.  Do not underestimate the popularity of children’s theater including Barney, Elmo, Imagination Movers and the Wiggles.  KC and the Sunshine Band is also oddly on the list.  Are you ready t “Shake Your Booty” and “Get Down Tonight?”   Perhaps their reemergence came from Casey’s appearance on America Idol last year?  Who knows.

Zac Brown Band shows up twice on the list.  I’m sure it’s due to the first hints of warmness in the air with spring and his fun, “sitting around the campfire drinking a beer” type music.  The Zac Brown Band lead the nominees for the 46th annual Academy of Country Music Awards 2011, with a total of nine nominations including: Top Vocal Group of the Year, Album of the Year, Single Record of the Year, Song of the Year, Vocal Event of the Year.  Jimmy Buffett, Duane Cahill, Aaron Carman and guitar virtuoso Tony Rice join Alan Jackson as special guests on the new Zac Brown Band album, “You Get What You Give,” which was released on September 21, 2010.  ZBB is a band you should get to know.

Top Events for the Weekend of March 18 – 20

1.)    Lady Gaga, Energy Solutions, Salt Lake, UT – March 19th

2.)    NCAA Tournament Charlotte – March 18th

3.)    KC and the Sunshine Band, Tropicana Casino, Atlantic City, NJ – March 19th

4.)    Atlanta Hawks vs Miami Heat, Phillips Arena, Atlanta, GA – March 19th

5.)    Brady Paisley, Reliant Stadium, Houston, TX – March 19th

6.)    Disney’s Beauty and the Beast, Pantages Theatre, Los Angeles, CA – March 19th

7.)    Scotts Turf Builder 300, Bristol Motor Speedway, Bristol, TN – March 19th

8.)    NCAA Tournament, BOK Center, Tulsa, OK – March 18th

9.)    Kenny Chesney and Zac Brown Band, Raymond James Stadium, Tampa, FL – March 18th

10.) Zac Brown Band, The Wharf, Orange Beach, Alabama.