Among the concert offerings lining up for music fans in 2015, there are shows for the young as well as the young at heart.
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Among the concert offerings lining up for music fans in 2015, there are shows for the young as well as the young at heart.
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The Los Angeles Dodgers are a team that needs to put up or shut up in 2015. This is a team that has spent a ton of money over the past few seasons, and brought in some marquee talent from around the league. They made strides last season, making it to the NLDS. However, they lost to the Cardinals by a game-score of 3-1. They ended up finishing second in the National League, but fell to a team with a championship pedigree. This is crunch time for the Dodgers. They have a $235 million payroll, which is the highest in the MLB. If they don’t make a serious move at a championship, it may be time to think about rebuilding. With the emergence of San Diego in the offseason, this could be the best division in the MLB. The Dodgers statistically have one of the best pitching staffs in MLB history. Clayton Kershaw had an unbelievable season, winning his third Cy Young award. He has also led the MLB in ERA for the past four seasons, which has never been done before. Zach Greinke, Hyun Jin Ryu, and Brandon McCarthy, who have all-star caliber arms, round out the rotation. They have the best staff in the National League, and that alone should be able to carry them very far this season.
The Dodgers will also be curious how their bats respond to the loss of Matt Kemp. Kemp is a career .285 hitter, and has been a leader in the clubhouse for a long time. This could be the year that outfielder Yasiel Puig establishes himself as an MVP candidate. They also unloaded second basemen Dee Gordon and brought in future Hall-of-Famer Jimmy Rollins. This team was 3rd in overall batting average last season. The promise of this season directly correlates to the price Dodgers tickets this season. Here are the games at either side of the price spectrum. The average price of Dodgers tickets so far this season is $173.54.
10/03/15 vs. San Diego Padres | Average Price: $350.47 | Get-in Price: $19.00
This matchup will feature one of the many returns of Matt Kemp to Dodger Stadium. The former home run king was a two-time all-star from 2011-2012. This team has also brought in Justin Upton from the Braves, who is a 2-time all star. They finalized their outfield by adding Will Myers from Tampa Bay. San Diego will continue to be buyers in the free-agent market, but they still lack an elite arm that will carry them to the post season. This matchup could be very crucial to the Dodgers, as they could be fighting for a top seed in the National League, and that means home field advantage in the post season. This also could be a game against NL West contenders. The average price that fans are paying for this game is $350.47. You can get in to Dodger Stadium for $19.00.
4/14/15 vs. Seattle Mariners | Average Price: $48.00| Get-in Price: $9.00
Despite having plenty of west coast star power, this is the cheapest game for the dodgers so far. The Mariners have just brought in AL Home Run king Nelson Cruz, and they also feature one of the best pitchers in the MLB, Felix Hernandez. If Hernandez pitches in this game, you can expect prices to shoot way up. The Dodger hitters will have a tough time against the man who finished second in last season’s Cy Young race. If Hernandez doesn’t go, the Mariners still have a staff full of strong, young arms. Despite the even matchup, the average price of this game is just $48.00, and you can get into Dodger stadium for as little as $9.00. I wouldn’t expect this game to be the least expensive one on the schedule for very long.
The New York Rangers are currently defending their Eastern Conference title. Last year was the first time they were in the Stanley Cup Finals since they won the cup back in 1994. This season hasn’t gone as well. In the first 29 games, the Rangers have 34 points. They are still right in the thick of the Eastern Conference playoff mix, but they need to play better if they are going to be real contenders. They are playing behind all-world goalie Henrik Lundqvist, who is one of the very best in the NHL between the pipes. The Rangers have a week full of Metropolitan Division opponents. They can make some moves in the division this week. According to RazorGator, Rangers tickets are going for $187.82 on the secondary market.
12/20/14 @ Carolina Hurricanes | Average Price: $61.34 | Get in Price $17.00
The Carolina Hurricanes are one of the worst teams in all of the NHL. Only the Edmonton Oilers have fewer points at this point than the Hurricanes do. This should be an easy win for the Rangers, but anything can happen in the NHL. They needed a shootout to beat the Hurricanes earlier this season. Despite the close game, the Rangers are hot right now. Expect their four-game winning streak to continue here. This game has an average ticket price of $61.34, and it only costs $17.00 to get in the door. Due to the poor play of Carolina, there is no wonder why prices have decreased by 33%.
12/21/14 Carolina Hurricanes Average Price: $225.81 Get-in Price: $75
People can see the difference between seeing a game in Carolina and seeing a game at Madison Square Garden. The difference in prices of these tickets just one night later is eye opening. Since it is a back-to-back, both teams will probably play some of their backups in this game. Expect to see a matchup between Anton Khudobin taking on Cam Talbot of the Rangers in the pipes. This is another clear advantage for the Rangers. Expect Rick Nash and the rest of the Rangers offense to thrive in both of these games. The average price of a ticket to this game is $225.81. It costs a whopping $75.00 just to get in the door of MSG. This game is trending upwards at a rate of 6% in the past seven days, because it’s being played in New York as opposed to Carolina. Also, a lot of people take off work this week due to the holiday, so it’s easier for fans to get to this game.
12/23/14 Vs. Washington Capitals| Average Price: $358.42| Get-in Price: $104.00
At this moment, the Caps are currently two points ahead of the Rangers in the standings. They are playing well under new coach Barry Trotz. The Rangers need to stay out of the box because the Capitals hold the best power play percentage in the NHL. They score 27 percent of the time when they have the man advantage. This will be the hardest game of the Rangers’ week. The average ticket to this game is an astounding $358.42. It will cost over $100.00 just to get into the doors. This game is trending 13 percent higher than it was last week. Being that it is a crucial game for the division, it’s no surprise that prices are going up.
12/27/14 vs. New Jersey Devils | Average Price: $463.88 | Get-in Price: $159.00
The Rangers and the New Jersey Devils is one of the better rivalries in the NHL. It started back in 1994, when the Rangers beat the Devils in the Eastern Conference Finals. The Devils have fallen on some hard times, losing five straight games. They are the oldest team in the league, led by 42-year-old Jaromir Jagr. Despite the rough season, these matchups are always awesome. That can be seen in the ticket prices. According to RazorGator, the average ticket to get into this game is $463.88. Just to get into MSG for this rivalry, you have to pay $159.00. Because this is a rivalry, people shouldn’t be surprised in the 12 percent increase that we have seen.
This year’s Big Six (adding the Cotton and Chick-fil-a Peach to the old BCS four of the Rose, Orange, Sugar and Fiesta) bowl matchups offer an intriguing set of games for the college football fan. Here’s a look at the games.
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The Dallas Cowboys (9-4) look to avenge their Thanksgiving defeat at the hands of the Philadelphia Eagles (9-4) on Sunday Night Football. The winner will take sole possession of the NFC East race. Tony Romo, DeMarco Murray, and Dez Bryant lead an explosive Dallas offensive (9th ranked) into the hostile atmosphere at Lincoln Financial Field in Philadelphia. The Dallas defense will face a staunch test from the high-powered Eagles offense. Chip Kelly’s offense has scored over 20 points in all but one game this season. At home the Eagles average 33-points per game. Moreover, the Dallas offense scores an average of 32 points per game on the road, so an offensive shootout may be in store for fans.
According to RazorGator, the average price for Eagles vs. Cowboys tickets is currently $306.79 on the secondary market, a 20% decrease in the last seven days. This may be due to the Eagles only mustering 14-points against Seattle last week at home. The get-in price for the game is $149.00.
The Dallas Cowboys hope their 3rd ranked ground attack will cause problems for the Eagles 18th ranked rushing defense. Look for Dallas to use the rushing attack to slow the game down and to combat the high-tempo, no-huddle offense Chip Kelly employs. DeMarco Murray currently has rushed for 1606 yards rushing, which is 499 yards under the NFL record set by Eric Dickerson. The Cowboys running back will have to average around 166 yards for each of the three remaining games to break the record. Meanwhile, Dez Bryant looks to add on to another impressive campaign at receiver (73 receptions, 1034 yards, and 10 TDs).
The last meeting between these two teams was a couple of weeks ago on Thanksgiving in Dallas. The Eagles handled the Cowboys early and won 33-10. LeSean McCoy exploded to 159 yards rushing and a touchdown; Jeremy Maclin went over 100 yards receiving, and Cody Parkey kicked four field goals. Tony Romo and the Cowboys offense were held in check by the Philadelphia defense, only mustering 267 yards, and turning the ball over three times. Murray was limited to 3.7 yards per carry and scored the lone Cowboys touchdown.
Saturday night features a battle of two of the youngest teams in the NBA. The Sacramento Kings and the Detroit Pistons face off in Sacramento. However, it seems as if the young talent on both teams are on two different levels. The Sacramento Kings are 11-12, and have a ton of promising young talent. Although he is currently out indefinitely, center DeMarcus Cousins is tied for the league lead in rebounding average (12.6). Cousins gets help from Rudy Gay, who is having one of his best seasons in recent memory. He’s averaging 21.6 points per game, and has been distributing the ball better than he has ever had.
The Detroit Pistons are on a different talent level. They are 3-19, which is one of the worst records in the league. They have been inept offensively, as they are second to last in the NBA in points per game. Greg Monroe and Andre Drummond give this team a formidable frontcourt, but they have no one who can consistently put the ball in the basket. The pickup of Josh Smith from Atlanta has proven to be a huge waste of money, as he has been extremely underwhelming for Detroit.
According to RazorGator, the average price for Pistons vs. Sacramento Kings tickets is $56.53. Prices have decreased 31% in the past seven days, but that could be correlated to the loss of Cousins to meningitis. He is still out with the illness, and there is no timetable on his return. Without Cousins, this game looses a bit of national interest but with a Get-in of just $13 there’s still plenty of reasons to go.
Because Cousins is out, Sacramento is extremely exposed down low. I would expect Drummond and Monroe to beat the Kings up on the boards. Although the Pistons have been a bottom-feeder this entire season, I would expect them to be a thorn in Sacramento’s side for the entire game. This game is extremely important for Sacramento because these are the teams they need to beat while Cousins is inactive. If they cannot win against these teams, it will show that they are still behind the 8- ball in the Western Conference. Also, Detroit is trying to stay afloat and trying to have a respectable season. The Philadelphia 76ers are playing better basketball lately, and no team wants to have the NBA’s worst record, especially a proud organization like the Detroit Pistons.
Once dubbed one of the best rivalries in recent years, this is a matchup that has certainly lost its significance in the past few weeks. The San Francisco 49ers (7-6) travel to Century Link Field to take on the Seattle Seahawks (9-4). The 49ers come into the game after giving Oakland its second win of the season, and speculation has run rampant about the future of Coach Jim Harbaugh’s job security. Colin Kaepernick leads the 24th ranked 49ers offense against the league’s top-ranked defense. The Seahawks defense looks to capitalize on an offense that has turned the ball over five times in the previous two weeks.
According to RazorGator, the average price for Seahawks vs. 49ers is currently $423.50 on the secondary market, a 13% decrease in the past seven days. The get-in price for the game is $185. The average price for Seahawks tickets for the remainder of the season is $379.83.
Seattle’s top-ranked rushing offense will face a stiff test from the 49ers seventh-best rush defense. Russell Wilson and Marshawn Lynch have combined for over 1,700 yards rushing and 14 touchdowns. San Francisco’s Frank Gore is having another decent year with around 700 yards rushing and a couple of touchdowns. The 49ers’ passing offense (27th) has been wildly erratic, with Anquan Boldin and Michael Crabtree getting the lion’s share of catches and targets.
The first meeting between these two teams resulted in a 19-3 victory for Seattle on Thanksgiving night at Levi’s Stadium. The 49ers offense left much to be desired after totaling 164 yards and turning the ball over three times. Colin Kaepernick finished the game with 100 yards passing and a completion percentage around 50%.
Furthermore, Russell Wilson and Marshawn Lynch sparked their team for 379 yards, 157 of which came on the ground. The game was your typical grinder, which this rivalry has become accustomed to. Wilson threw a touchdown to backup running back Robert Turbin, and Steven Hauschka kicked four field goals. The 49ers only managed one field goal.
The New England Patriots gladly welcome the Miami Dolphins to Gillette Stadium on Sunday with one thing in mind, revenge. Miami topped the Patriots 33-20 in Miami on week 1 of the season. This kicked off the Patriots’ 2-2 start, and started to raise questions of whether or not Tom Brady and Rob Gronkowski could still play at a high level in the NFL.
Since that meeting, both teams have trended in slightly different directions. While both teams have playoff aspirations, the Patriots have gone on a tear. This team has gone 10-2 since their loss at Miami. Rob Gronkowski has been on an absolute tear, and is looking like his old 2011 self again. He has ten touchdowns on 73 catches for nearly 1,000 yards. He may be posing for pictures with kittens and boy-idols outside of football, but you can’t say anything negative about his production on the field.
Miami has been an improved bunch as well, but they are on a bit of a skid. They currently hold a 7-6 record, and sit on the outside looking into the playoff picture. After their 1-2 start, the team won 4 of their next 5 games. However, they are on a 2-3 skid during the toughest part of their schedule. This week may be their toughest test yet. According to RazorGator, the average price of Patriots tickets this season so far has been $213.02.
On average, fans are paying $220.61 for tickets to this game. Because this game could determine the fate of both teams, the get-in price is $79.00. Surprisingly, prices have dropped 20% in the past seven days, regardless of the fact that it could eliminate New England’s chances of having home field advantage throughout the entire playoffs.
Look for Miami’s third-ranked pass defense to pose a threat to Tom Brady’s lackluster receiving corps. Other than Gronkowski and receiver Julian Edelman, the Patriots lack a threat that you have to scheme around. If Miami can keep Gronk’s yards down below 75, and keep him out of the end zone, then they should have a chance at the upset.
This game is crucial for both teams. Not only is it a divisional matchup, there are major playoff implications riding on this game for both teams. New England needs to win to hold serve with Denver for the top seed in the AFC. The Dolphins could potentially be eliminated from playoff contention with a loss. Not to mention, these division rivals aren’t very big fans of each other. It should be a very fun game to watch on Sunday.
On December 20, at 11 A.M. Eastern (8 A.M. Pacific), the 2014-15 college football bowl season will kick off, with the matchup of Nevada and Louisiana-Lafayette in the New Orleans Bowl at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome. The college football postseason will culminate on January 12, 2015, when two of the four College Football Playoff teams, from Alabama, Oregon, Florida State and Ohio State, square off for a new version of the national championship. In between are 37 other bowl games, involving 74 other schools.
The St. Louis Rams (6-7) host the Arizona Cardinals (10-3) at the Edward Jones Dome on Thursday Night Football. The Cardinals look to end their two game losing streak and hold on to the top seed in the NFC. The injuries of Carson Palmer and Andre Ellington have certainly hampered this offense’s ability to put points on the board. In the past four weeks, the Drew Stanton-led Cardinals have only managed four offensive touchdowns. Meanwhile, the Rams have allowed zero points in the last two weeks. A third consecutive shutout would break the record set by the 1976 Pittsburgh Steelers.
According to RazorGator, the average price for Rams vs. Cardinals tickets on the secondary market is currently $57.60, which represents an 18% decrease in the past seven days. The get-in price is $6.00, which may be due to the recent struggles of Arizona and the below .500 record of St. Louis. Moreover, the average price for the remaining games on Arizona’s schedule is $212.35.
Larry Fitzgerald is expected to suit up against the Rams on Thursday night after sitting out a couple games due to injury. The star receiver has posted 29 catches for 288 yards with three TDs in the last three meetings with St. Louis. Rams’ QB Shaun Hill comes into the game after playing his best football the past four games with 6 TDs and 2 INTs. Since Tre Mason cracked the starting lineup, the Rams have gone 5- 4 with two of those wins coming against Denver and Seattle. The Cardinals better be prepared for a Rams pass rush that has racked up 13 sacks in the last two games.
The previous early November meeting between these two teams resulted in a 31-14 Arizona win. The game is also notorious for Carson Palmer tearing his ACL in the fourth quarter. The game was close for three quarters until the injury sparked the Cardinals to a 21-point fourth quarter. Rams QB Austin Davis threw 2 INTs, both to Patrick Peterson. Peterson and Antonio Cromartie both registered defensive touchdowns. The Cardinals defense sacked St. Louis six times while the Rams got to the quarterback only three times. Drew Stanton threw a touchdown to John Brown after Palmer’s injury.