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Top Weekend Events 12/16/2011-12/18/2011

Tim Tebow vs Tom BradyIt’s Wednesday and that means it is time to take a look at the most popular events going on across the country this weekend.  With college football on a hiatus until the bowl games begin next week, NFL football is back to dominating the search results at Tickifieds.com.  Coming in at number 1 on the list is Tim Tebow’s Denver Broncos vs Tom Brady’s New England Patriots.  The ever polarizing Tim Tebow is 7-1 as a starter after he led yet another last minute comeback against the Chicago Bears.  The Broncos now have a 2 game lead over the Oakland Raiders (Denver owns the tie-breaker) in the AFC.  It seems as though Mr. Tebow has turned both fans and Bronco management into believers and ticket prices have absolutely sky-rocketed the past couple of weeks.

Coming in at #2 this week is the Monday Night matchup between two 10-3 teams, the San Francisco 49ers and Pittsburgh Steelers.  OK, so this game isn’t actually taking place this weekend but we thought it was important enough to include on this list as this game is shaping up to be a great one.  At #3, the 0-13 Indianapolis Colts will be looking to pick up their first win of the season against the Tennessee Titans.  While this game doesn’t sound all that exciting fans are gobbling up these very affordable tickets (under $15 a ticket).

The other NFL games on the list also have some nice story-lines generating heavy fan interest.  In Oakland, the Raiders and Lions will face off both badly needing a win to stay in the playoff hunt.  In Kansas City, the 13-0 Green Bay Packers will be looking to stay undefeated after their last road game of the year.  Lastly, the 7-6 Chicago Bears will be looking to keep their playoff hopes alive against the Seattle Seahawks.  However, fan interest in this game is likely due to a substantial drop in ticket prices following the loss of both Jay Cutler and Matt Forte.

Making the list at #6 is our first college basketball game:  NC State vs the #1 Syracuse Orange.  College basketball is king in North Carolina so it’s not much of a surprise that the #1 team in the nation coming to Raleigh is driving ticket demand.  As the conference play starts up expect college basketball tickets to frequently make the list of top events.

Pulling up the rear are a few non-sports events.  The Radio City Christmas Spectacular makes the list for the 3rd week  in a row with their sold out show in Nashville, Trans-siberian Orchestra’s Christmas performance in Tulsa on Friday night comes in at #9, while Trey Parker and Matt Stone’s critically acclaimed “The Book of Mormon” slides in at #10.

1. Denver Broncos vs New England Patriots 12/18/2011 Denver, CO
2. San Francisco 49ers vs Pittsburgh Steelers 12/19/2011 San Francisco, CA
3. Indianapolis Colts vs Tennessee Titans 12/18/2011 Indianapolis, IN
4. Oakland Raiders vs Detroit Lions 12/18/2011 Oakland, CA
5. Kansas City Chiefs vs Green Bay Packers 12/18/2011 Kansas City, MO
6. NC State vs Syracuse Basketball 12/17/2011 Raleigh, NC
7. Chicago Bears vs Seattle Seahawks 12/18/2011 Chicago, IL
8. Radio City Christmas Spectacular Tickets 12/16/2011 Nashville, TN
9. Trans-siberian Orchestra Concert 12/16/2011 Tulsa, OK
10. The Book of Mormon 12/18/2011 New York, NY

Top Weekend Events 12/9/2011-12/11/2011

UFC 140 TicketsIt’s that time of the week again where we take a look at some of the top events going on this weekend around the US and Canada.  With college football gearing up for “Bowl Season” this week we have lots of new events on the list.   Surprisingly, only 2 NFL football games make the list.  At #4 the undefeated Green Bay Packers will look to keep their streak alive at Lambeau Field on Sunday against a pretty tough Oakland Raiders team.  At #8 Tim Tebow and his Denver Broncos will look to solidify their playoff hopes against the Jay Cutler-less Chicago Bears.  Say what you will about Tim Tebow, but interest in Denver Broncos tickets has been this high since John Elway was running the offense.

This week’s list is chock full of Christmas and shows for the whole family.  Making the list for the 2nd week in a row is the Italian tenor Andrea Bocelli.  His sold out show at the Honda Center in Anaheim is a hot ticket coming in at #2.  Other family oriented shows include White Christmas (#3), Y100’s Jingle Ball, (#6), Trans-siberian Orchestra (#7), Moscow Ballets Great Russian Nutcracker (#9), and the Radio City Christmas Spectacular (#10).  The Y100 Jingle Ball show is drawing lots of attention due to their impressive lineup including Pitbull, Kelly Clarkson, LMFAO, Demi Lovato, Cody Simpson, The Script, Gym Class Heroes, Foster the People, David Guetta, Avril Lavigne, Cobra Starship, and Karmin.  For more information on these shows be sure to check out our post on the Top 10 Holiday Shows.

Finally, coming in at #1 this week is Ultimate Fighting Championship 140.  UFC 140 will take place on Saturday December 10th in Toronto and will feature a main card of Jon Jones vs Lyoto Machida (Light heavyweight Championship), Mir vs Nogueria, Ortiz vs Nogueria, Patrick vs Ebersole, and Hominick vs Jung.

Top 10 Weekend Events 12/9-12/11/2011

1.  UFC 140 Tickets (Jones vs Machida) 12/10/2011 Toronto, ON
2.  Andrea Bocelli Tickets 12/11/2011 Anaheim, CA
3.  White Christmas Tickets 12/10/2011 Tempe, AZ
4.  Packers vs Raiders Tickets 12/11/2011 Green Bay, WI
5.  Yo Gabba Gabba Tickets 12/9 St. Petersburg, FL
6.  Y100’s Jingle Ball Tickets 12/10/2011 Sunrise, FL
7.  Trans-siberian Orchestra Tickets 12/9/2011 Little Rock, AR
8.  Broncos vs Bears Tickets 12/11/2011 Denver, CO
9.  Moscow Ballets Great Russian Nutcracker Tickets 12/10/2011 Chicago, IL
10.  Radio City Christmas Spectacular Tickets 12/11/2011 Boston, MA

Top Weekend Events 11/11/2011 to 11/13/2011

Manny_PacquiaoWell since Susie is taking a bit of a break, you will have to put up with me for a little longer as I break down the top weekend event for November 11th through the 13th, 2011.  This weekend is absolutely dominated by sports- primarily college and NFL football.  However, Taylor Swift snuck into the top 10 with her sold concert on Sunday in Miami, FL.  However, coming in at #1 on our list is the big boxing match between Manny Pacquiao and Juan Manuel Marquez.  Although the “Pac Man” is heavily favored, Marquez held his own in two previous fights.  Many boxing fans are looking past this fight and are eagerly awaiting Pacquiao’s bout with Floyd Mayweather Jr.  For Pac Man’s sake let hope he isn’t doing to the same.

In College Football, the #1 ranked LSU Tigers remain a hot ticket as they return home to face cupcake Western Kentucky.  Many fans appear to be taking advantage of the low ticket price against this inferior foe.  Surprisingly, also on the list,  is the big Penn State vs Nebraska game.  While this game has huge implications for the Big 10, it is Joe Paterno’s sex scandal that is grabbing all the headlines.  Many suspect this could be Joe Pa’s last game on the Nittany Lions sideline.  Coming in at #9 is the big PAC 12 matchup between Stanford and Oregon.  A win by Andrew Luck and the Cardinal and they will be looking good for a chance at the BCS National Championship game.

The NFL has 3 games that made our top ten list this week.  The first game is the NFC showdown between the Chicago Bears and Detroit Lions.  Jay Cutler and company will be looking for revenge after an embarrassing Monday night performance a few weeks back.  Also making the list are big AFC match-ups the San Diego Chargers vs Oakland Raiders (I know it’s Thursday but we’re going to count it anyway), as well as, the New England Patriots vs the NY Jets.

Top Weekend Events 11/11 to 11/13

#1 Manny Pacquiao vs. Juan Manuel Marquez

#2 Chicago Bears vs Detroit Lions

#3 LSU Tigers vs Western Kentucky

#4  Penn State vs Nebraska

#5 NY Jets vs New England Patriots

 

#6 Taylor Swfit Miami 11/13/2011

#7 San Diego Chargers vs Oakland Raiders Thursday

#8 Oklahoma Sooners vs Iowa State

#9 Stanford vs Oregon

#10  Minnesota vs Wisconsin
 

 

2011 NFL Preseason Power Rankings

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Clay Matthews and the Green Bay Packers will be looking to get back to the Super Bowl in 2011

Now that the labor dispute between the NFL owners and the union formerly known as the NFLPA (National Football League Players Association) appears over, it’s time to starting thinking football – NFL Football!  With the largest collection of free agents EVER on the market, a lot is still yet to be determined.  Top Free Agents such as Nnamdi Asomugha (CB), Carl Nicks (G), Jonathan Joseph (CB), Santonio Holmes (WR), Sidney Rice (WR), DeAngelo Williams (RB), Ray Edwards (DE), Stephen Tulloch (LB), Brandon Mebane (DT), Davin Joseph (G), and Doug Free (OT) will certainly have an impact on the rankings once their future is decided.  However, we are an impatient bunch and we want our rankings now!  So without further adeiu, here are your 2011 NFL Preseason Power Rankings…

 

2011 NFL Preseason Power Rankings

1.  Green Bay Packers

Defending a Super Bowl title is normally highly unlikely but its hard to pick against the Green Bay Packers in 2011.  They have a stud young quarterback in Aaron Rodgers and a ton of talent on both sides of the ball.  Considering how much time many key players lost to injury last year they should have ‘fresh legs’ in 2011.

2.  Pittsburgh Steelers

As usual, there are lots of rumors surrounding the Pittsburgh Steelers but somehow this teams always seems to put it together when it counts.  They still have a tough defense and a solid running game in spite of whoever may be throwing the ball this season.

3.  New England Patriots

The New England Patriots will go as far as Tom Brady takes them.   With Mr. Brady healthy and ready to go, the big question will be their offensive line.  Given Bill Belichick’s propensity for  hiding weaknesses and getting the most of his talent, expect the Pats to be title contenders in 2011.

4.  Indianapolis Colts

Although many are predicting the Indianapolis Colts and Peyton Manning to be on the decline, don’t count them out in 2011.  The Colts appeared to have addressed their offensive line woes and Mr. Manning has shown no signs of slowing down.

5.  Atlanta Falcons

Matt Ryan and the young Atlanta Falcons appear to be ready to take the next step and become a dominant force in the NFC.  If they can add a legitimate WR through free agency, this team could be extremely dangerous!

6.  Chicago Bears

Jay Cutler may have broke off his engagement to Kristen Cavallari but he has to be happy that the Chicago Bears are attempting to revamp their offensive line. Good thing the lockout didn’t cut into preseason so the entire unit will have a chance to gel.  If the offensive line can give Jay Cutler some time to throw down field this team will be REALLY dangerous.

7.  Baltimore Ravens

The defense is certainly aging (i.e. Ray Lewis) but the development of Joe Flaco and the addition of Anquan Boldin makes the Baltimore Ravens a deep and balanced team.

8.  NY Jets

The New York Jets are certainly getting the swagger of a top NFL team but they still need to develop some sort of pass rush if they are to win will playing ‘Jets’ football.  If they finally take the kid gloves off of QB Mark Sanchez this team could be a real threat.

9.  Philadelphia Eagles

We reluctantly put the Philadelphia Eagles at #9 on our list despite the fact that their defense and offensive line have some major issues.  The Eagles are here solely for the fact they are rumored to be interested in signing 5 time retiree Bret Farve.

10.  NY Giants

Rounding out the top 10 is the NY Giants of football.  Tom Coughlin’s job will once again be on the line which means somehow he will pull together his troops and make a playoff run.  Tiki Barber for comeback player of the year?

Sleeper Pick

11.  Dallas Cowboys

The Dallas Cowboys are coming off a horrible season but they still have loads of talent.  A healthy Tony Romo and the fact that they finally have a competent coach in Jason Garrett and you have the makings of a sleeper team.

The Best of the Rest…

12. New Orleans Saints

13.  KC Chiefs

14.  Tampa Bay Bucaneers

15.  San Diego Chargers

16.  Jacksonville Jaguars

17.  Oakland Raiders

18.  Seattle Seahawks

19.  Tennessee Titans

20.  Miami Dolphins

21.  St. Louis Rams

22.  Houston Texans

23.  Detroit Lions

24.  Washington Redskins

25.  Denver Broncos

26.  San Francisco 49ers

27.  Arizona Cardinals

28.  Buffalo Bills

29.  Cincinnati Bengals

30.  Minnesota Vikings

31.  Cleveland Browns

32.  Carolina Panthers

Mike Martz giving Bears Fans an Aerial Show

Mike Martz was offensive coordinator in 1999 when the St. Louis Rams won the Super Bowl beating the Tennessee Titans under head coach Dick Vermeil and journeyman Kurt Warner. Vermeil subsequently retired and Martz was promoted to head coach leading the team back to the Super Bowl in 2001 ultimately losing to the New England Patriots. Current Bears coach Lovie Smith was Martz’s defensive coordinator from 2001 to 2003.

Martz’s philosophy is big play offense to put it plain and simple. Kurt Warner thrived in his scheme passing for over 4,000 yards and 30 plus touchdowns in the Super Bowl years. Running back Marshall Faulk put up mind-boggling stats and accumulated over 2,000 all-purpose yards per year under the offense that became known as the “Greatest Show on Turf.”

Thru two games the Chicago Bears rank third in the league in passing. Jay Cutler has put up excellent numbers averaging close to 325 yard per game, five touchdowns, and only one interception. Bears fans are to aware of Cutler’s interception problems last year and with only one interception on sixty four attempts this year he is thriving in Martz’s offense with a quarterback rating 121.2 as well. Cutler is projected to accumulate over 5,000 yards passing and over 40 touchdowns. Ironically Martz criticized Cutler last season while working as an analyst for the NFL Network.

The rushing game has been stale as the Chicago Bears are twenty ninth in the league. Matt Forte had a good rookie season overall but regressed last year with a yards per carry average of only 3.6. Thru two games he has accumulated only 79 yards on 27 carries averaging 2.9 yards per carry. What Forte has excelled under Martz in is the passing game. Martz has spread Forte out as a wide receiver in offensive sets and he has exploded for 188 yards receiving on twelve receptions and three touchdowns.

Basically Martz is running a spread offense for the Bears. It is common in college football but uncommon in the pros. The Patriots are another team that runs the spread. Wes Welker is thriving in that scheme and Tom Brady is excellent at identifying defensive match ups and quickly getting rid of the football. Martz runs seven-step-drops so it is essential that any quarterback that plays in his system have a quick release, which Cutler has. The downside is that it exposes the quarterback to big hits.

The Bears need more balance on offense to be legitimate contenders in the NFC. The lack of production in the running game needs to be addressed and fixed. Come November defensive coordinators will scheme to stop the passing game so it is vital that the run blocking scheme become better so that Matt Forte and Chester Taylor can be productive. Left tackle Chris Williams has to be healthy as well. With a history of injuries it can be a big blow to the success of the offense since he is one of the best offensive lineman.

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