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NFC North Preview: 2013 NFL

200715_27If you’ve been keeping track at all, the NFC North has only won one Super Bowl title in the past 12 years (Green Bay, Super Bowl XLV) and Chicago, Detroit and Minnesota have only one championship between them. What they do have on their sides is raw star power.

The North has a real gem in the league’s top receiver, Calvin Johnson, superstar running back Adrian Peterson, who superseded his position last season in the field, and without question its top notch quarterback in Aaron Rodgers.  If those players weren’t enough, the league also has Julius Peppers, Clay Matthews, Jared Allen and Brandon Marshall. The NFC North is certainly a force to be reckoned with in terms of talent.

While Green Bay might be the favored for the 2013 season, there are so many possibilities with the way that this season could end up.   There are probably four possibly playoff teams and on the flip side, at least three that could totally tank.

Here’s a peak at the NFC North Division:

Chicago Bears-

With the hire of new head coach Trestman, a sea change in approach for the Bears has been launched.  Trestman got rid of former coach Lovie Smith’s defense-first philosophy and implemented a CFL-honed offensive stylings.  Things should go better for Cutler this year, but with so much change, anything is possible. The Bears will be quite formidable with the football, especially with Martellus Bennett.  While defense last year was a top 5 set, Trestman has his work cut out for him this year.  Things look very good for the Bears in 2013.

Detroit Lions:

The Lions should be pretty middle of the pack this season.  Hopefully somewhere between their 2012 and 2011 seasons. The players to watch are Stafford, Johnson and Bush, and especially Ryan Broyles.  The offensive line and defense are still worrisome.  While this seasons seems markedly improved over last year’s, playoff potential still seems questionable.

Green Bay Packers:

Thought Green Bay won a second straight division title, last season was annoying for the Packers. They couldn’t match up against the NFL’s elite, ending in a 45-31 playoff loss to San Francisco.  While they are down a couple decent players this year, like Jennings, the Packers seem to be better poised.   GB added a few superb run-game players, and Rodgers will be that much more of a threat. Green Bay once again seems to be the the team to beat in this division and an almost expected Super Bowl contender.

Minnesota Vikings:

Adrian Peterson totally ran the show last year.  While he is a phenomenal player, the rest of the team needs to pull their weight if they want to keep ahead of the Bears and the Lions and beat the Packers in order to become Super Bowl contenders.  Things are stacking up well for the Vikings, if Ponder and Cassel can keep the team in line and quit with the excuses.  The Vikings are capable to go the distance this season, but there is not much room for error.

What do you think of how the teams are looking in the NFC North for 2013?

 

 

2013 NFL Preseason Power Rankings

If you live in the Chicago area like me and your baseball teams have long fallen out of contention, the start of NFL season can’t come quick enough.  Fortunately, many NFL training camps are set to open in late July and early August.  While a majority of teams have lots of roster questions that need to be answered, many teams are clearly in the running to compete for a Super Bowl, while others will likely be in rebuilding mode.

With that in mind we thought it would be appropriate to break down the top NFL football teams heading into the preseason.  Although a lot can happen (e.g. injuries) between now and the start of the season, below are the teams ranked in order of likelyhood to win Super Bowl XLVIII.

1). San Francisco 49ers

The 49ers nearly won the Super Bowl last year behind 1st year starting QB Colin Kaepernick.  All they did to up their chances was load up on draft picks and sign Ed Reed.  The 9ers have to be the favorite heading into the 2013 season.

2).  Denver Broncos

The Broncos are clearly the class of the AFC.  The stout Denver defense coupled with the addition of Wes Welker and another year  of Peyton Manning should make this team scary good.

3).  Seattle Seahawks

I wasn’t much of a believer in the Seattle Seahawks heading into last season but Pete Carrol has certainly turned around the franchise with the help of Russell Wilson.  Should the Niners suffer a significant injury or falter in anyway expect the Seahawks to be right there with them.

4). Green Bay Packers

You can never count out any team that has all world quarterback Aaron Rodgers.  The NFC is going to be tough this year but the GB Packers should more than be able to hold their own against elite competition- especially if top draft pick Eddie Lacy pans out.

5).  Atlanta Falcons

Call me a doubter of the Atlanta Falcons but I really don’t feel they deserve a spot in the top 5. They do have a high power offense but their defense needs to improve if they are going to go anywhere in the playoffs.

6).  Houston Texans

The Texans really came on last year in large part due to the emergence of defensive lineman JJ Watt.  This young team is certainly on the upswing but still may be a year or two away from getting that ring!

7).  New England Patriots

The Patriots have been the model of consistency over the past decade or so.  As long as Tom Brady is running the show you cannot count out the Pats.  It will be interesting to see what is in the plans for the newly signed Tim Tebow.

8).  Baltimore Ravens

Although the Ravens are the defending Super Bowl Champs, it hard to see the repeating after losing key defensive players like Ray Lewis and Ed Reed.  Anquan Bolden also bolted for San Francisco.  Regardless, the Ravens still have Joe Flaco and

9).  Indianapolis Colts

Many thought the Colts were in for a long rebuilding process after parting ways with Peyton Manning.  That proved not to be the case as quarterback Andrew Luck led them into immediate playoff contention.  If Luck continues to progress this team could be scary!

10).  Chicago Bears

Call me a homer but I like what I see out of new head coach Marc Trestman.  The Bears have never had much of an offense in my lifetime and I am starting to believe things can be different for the Monsters of the Midway.

The best of the rest…

11).  New Orleans Saints

12).  Washington Redskins

13).  New York Giants

14).  Cincinnati Bengals

15).  Minnesota Vikings

16).  Miami Dolphins

17).  St. Louis Rams

18).  Pittsburgh Steelers

19).  Tampa Bay Buccaneers

20).  Dallas Cowboys

21).  Carolina Panthers

22).  Kansas City Chiefs

23).  Detroit Lions

24).  San Diego Chargers

25).  Philadelphia Eagles

26).  Tennessee Titans

27). Cleveland Browns

28).  Oakland Raiders

29).  New York Jets

30).  Arizona Cardinals

31).  Buffalo Bills

32).  Jacksonville Jaguars

Jingle Ball and Taylor Swift Gain on 1D – Tickifieds Top 10

2012 Jingle Ball

With lineups of the various Jingle Balls and Jingle Jams slowly being revealed, it’s no wonder the Jingle shows are trending.

This edition of our top 10 events on Tickifieds.com is much the same as previous weeks.  One Direction is still king with both Taylor Swift and Disney on Ice trailing considerably. However,  a new challenger has emerged, the Jingle Ball and Jingle Jam events.  If your haven’t started promoting these “Jingle shows” now is the time to start!

Perhaps most noticeable, is the lack of football from the chart this week.  While we still get considerable traffic for both NFL and college football, only 1 NCAA football team made the list this week – the Clemson Tigers.  Several NFL teams essentially tied for 10th place but that is a far cry from previous weeks which were dominated by football.  This isn’t necessarily a reflection of the relative demand for football tickets but likely a statement about the virality(yes we did make up that word) of concert tickets.  Demand for football tickets is rather constant with the notable exception of when playoff and bowl game matchups are announced.

So let’s take a peak at what events are currently trending at Tickifieds…

Top 10 Weekly Event Ticket Searches (11/6 – 11/14/2012)

1.  One Direction

One Direction mania continues for yet another week.  While a few top acts are gaining some ground on 1D, things really aren’t all that close as Niall Horan, Zayn Malik, Liam  Payne, Harry Styles, and Louis Tomlinson still have all the tweener girls swooning. In case you needed any further proof check out Tickifieds list of most popular events.

2.  Taylor Swift

Taylor Swift stays strong again this week as her tickets are scheduled to go on sale to the public on Friday.  Expect Ms. Swift to be a mainstay on this list for weeks and months to come.  The most popular shows appear to be 5/8/2013 in Columbus, 7/6/2013 in Pittsburgh, and 8/10/2013 in Chicago.

3.  Jingle Ball / Jingle Jam

With lineups of the various Jingle Balls and Jingle Jams slowly being revealed, it’s no wonder the Jingle shows are trending.  It also helps that tops acts like Justin BieberTaylor Swift, and One Direction will be playing a few of them.  Perhaps the most popular is the KIIS FM Jingle Ball which will take place over 2 days.

4. Disney On Ice

Disney on Ice (DOI) has a ton of shows throughout the holiday season across the nation.  Rather than list an enormous list of DOI shows, we suggest you search Disney on Ice  in our Concert and Event categories.

5. Bruce Springsteen

“The Boss” is back on tour after campaigning for president Obama.  Popular upcoming concerts include 11/28 in Portland, 11/30 in Oakland, and 12/6 in Glendale,

6.  Carrie Underwood

Country music superstar is still going strong as she wraps up her fall tour.  He recently announced 2013 schedule got her a bit of a bump this week.  Hot upcoming shows include 11/24 in Indianapolis, 11/27 in Pittsburgh, 12/1 in Newark, and 12/19 in Atlanta.

7. Clemson Tigers Football

Fans in Clemson South Carolina are excited about the prospect of being in a BCS Bowl game.  The Clemson Tigers are a solid bet to represent the ACC in one of the feature bowl games in 2013..perhaps the Sugar Bowl?

8.  The Who

Legendary rockers The Who are currently out on tour and have a ton of shows schedule through February 2013.  Notable upcoming shows include 11/24 in Detroit, 11/27 in Minneapolis, and 11/29 and 11/30 in Rosemont.

9.  National Finals Rodeo

The National Finals Rodeo is getting set to take stage in Las Vegas this December.  This annual event will take place from December 6th through the 15th at the Thomas and Mack Center and is always a big draw.

10.  NFL Football

This one was close so we just decided to lump several NFL teams together who all both almost made this weeks top 10 list.  Notable teams include the NY Giants, Chicago Bears, Atlanta Falcons, and even the Minnesota Vikings.  Where are the AFC teams?

This top 10 list is compiled from internal search data from Tickifieds.com and organic traffic from search engines.  Search terms are ranked by using a combination of both sources of search data.

Taylor Swift Gaining on 1 Direction – Tickifieds Top 10 Weekly Searches

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Can Notre Dame earn a trip to the BCS National Championship game?

We have some interesting developments in this week’s edition of what is trending in the world of event ticket marketing. Although One Direction is still clearly the “King”, two new challengers are starting to emerge:  Taylor Swift and Notre Dame football.  Taylor Swift’s new album and recent tour announcement have quickly propelled her to #2 on the Tickifieds Top Weekly Searches.  Keep in mind this come well before tickets have even gone on sale.  The other surprise this week is Notre Dame Football.  After years of relative obscurity, the Fighting Irish appear poised to content for the BCS National Championship.  love ‘em, or hate ‘em Notre Dame Football is back!

Here is the rest of this week’s top 10..

 Top 10 Weekly Event Ticket Searches

1.  One Direction

Absolutely no sign of a One Direction slowdown.  In fact, One Direction search traffic peaked on Friday with over 2500 unique searchers looking for 1D tickets

2.  Notre Dame Football

A huge win over a tough Oklahoma Sooners team and fans in South Bend are thinking BCS Championship.  The Golden Domers have a massive fan base and just might dominate the college football category for quite a while.

3.  Taylor Swift

Taylor Swift made big news when she announced her 2013 “Red Tour”.   Tickets haven’t even gone on sale yet but she is already trending like crazy!  Perhaps Ms. Swift can be the one to take down 1 Direction?

4.  Disney on Ice

The holiday season is synonymous with family friendly events.  Disney on Ice is the perfect family activity.

5.  Chicago Bears

The Chicago Bears now sit at 6-1 and are in 1st place in a tough NFC North.  Chicago Fans are fired up and looking for tickets!

6.  Los Angeles Lakers

Interest is still high for the LA Lakers following the additions of Steve Nash and Dwight Howard.

7.  Green Bay Packers

The Packers seem to have righted the ship a bit now sitting at 5-3.  They have some work to do if they want to catch the Chicago Bears but fans are starting to believe again after a sluggish start to the season.

8.  BCS National Championship

The BCS picture is starting to become a little more clear and fans of Alabama, Kansas State, Notre Dame, and Oregon gettting confident and make BCS Plans.

9.  Chicago Bulls

Bulls fans look prepared to support their team even though MVP Derrick Rose is likely to miss most of this season.  This try hard bunch is certainly fun to watch.

10.  Jason Aldean

Jason Aldean recently announced his 2013 “Night Train” tour which will play some massive stadium shows at Sanford Stadium in GA, Wrigley Field in Chicago, and Fenway Park in Boston.  Jason should surge once he announces his full tour schedule.

This top 10 list is compiled from internal search data from Tickifieds.com and organic traffic from search engines.  Search terms are ranked by using a combination of both sources of search data.

Tickifieds Top 10 Weekly Searches – One Direction #1 for 11th week

Team USA Soccer

Team USA soccer has upcoming World Cup qualifying matches against Guatemala and Jamaica.

Despite the fact that we took a little 1 week break from our Top 10 weekly search, you really didn’t miss much.  One Direction is still the unanimous #1 most popular search term.  This marks the 11th straight week the boy band has been atop out list.  However, sports are really beginning to gain some ground as eight of the top ten search terms revolve around sporting events. Representatives from the worlds of soccer (1) , hockey (1),  NASCAR (1), NFL football (1), wrestling, and college football (3) all made the list this week.  With football season just around the corner and training camps in full swing expect both NFL and college football to show strong from now on.

Top 10 Tickifieds Ticket Searches (July 16 – July 23, 2012)

1.  One Direction

Still on top for a record 11 straight weeks…

2.  USA Soccer

The US National Soccer Team comes in at #2 this week with upcoming games against Guatemala and Jamaica.  These games mean a lot to the US as these are qualifying matches for the World Cup!

3.  Jason Aldean

Jason Aldean is still hot!  Jason Aldean is still on the My Kinda Party Tour with Luke Bryan and will be hitting Columbus, Jacksonville, West Palm Beach, Cincinnati, Burgettstown, Tinely Park, Virginia Beach, Darien Lake, and Bethel Woods.

4.  LSU Tigers

The new coaches poll just came out and the LSU Tigers are the preseason #1 team in the nation.  Tigers fans are anticipating another shot at a National Championship!

5.  Detroit Red Wings

Fans are already gearing up for the 2012-13 NHL Season.  The Red Wings are clearly one of the most popular teams and will also be hosting this years edition of the NHL Winter Classic at Michigan Stadium in Ann Arbor!

6.  Texas A&M Aggies

Fans in College Station are excited to be a part of the best football conference – The SEC.  It might take a few years to adjust to the defense heavy conference but new head coach Kevin Sumlin has fans believing.

7.  Chicago Bears

Their is excitement in Bears training camp as a new high powered offense has fans thinking Super Bowl.  If the offensive line can give Jay Cutler any time this team could be scary good!

8.  Nebraska Cornhuskers

Football is big in Nebraska and fans are excited about their chances in their 2nd season in the Big 10.  Nebraska also has some intriguing home games against Michigan, Penn State, and Wisconsin.

9.  NASCAR Geico 400

Fans in Illinois are apparently excited about the big NASCAR event at Chicagoland Speedway.  The Geico 400 is slated for September 16th, 2012.

10.  WWE Sumerslam

Summerslam 2012is gaining some momentum as the event draws near.  The WWE event will take place on Sunday August 19th and will feature  Triple H vs. Brock Lesnar, CM Punk vs. Big Show vs. John Cena in Triple Threat match for the WWE Championship, and Sheamus vs. Alberto Del Rio.

This top 10 list is compiled from internal search data from Tickifieds.com and organic traffic from search engines.  Search terms are ranked by using a combination of both sources of search data.