Every team in the top 25 has just enough football acne to require a dab of Clearasil.
- Gene Wojciechowski, ESPN.com “BMOC,” 11/17/2014
If nothing else, the new College Football Playoff system, which replaces the Bowl Championship Series that was used to determine the national champion Football Bowl Subdivision (FBS, formerly known as Division I-A) from 1998 through January of this year) team, has gotten fans talking (second-guessing?) the rankings of the March Madness-style selection committee ever since the first poll came out at the end of October.
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He’s been in music for over 50 years. He’s a member of both the Rock and Roll and Songwriters Halls of Fame. His biggest hits are rock (and oldies) staples. And now, he’s preparing to Ride Out – with a tour to support a new album.
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The San Antonio Spurs are looking to do something this season they’ve never accomplished, win back to back NBA Championships for the first time in the Popovich/Duncan era. The Spurs however, have not played consistently so far this season as they come into Wednesday’s game against Cleveland with a 6-4 record. However, the Spurs have had to deal with a number of injuries to their key players such as Patty Mills being out with shoulder injury, Kawhi Leonard has missed games, Marco Bellini and Tiago Splitter are currently out with injuries but could return later this week. It’s still a long way to go so there’s no major concern for the Spurs as they just have to find a way to get healthier and are expected to be back in the playoffs to their defend their title. As is expected, the cost for Spurs tickets on the secondary market is not very high when compared to the rest of the league. The season average in San Antonio is just $118.
The top priced Spurs game this season is on March 12, when Lebron James and the Cleveland Cavaliers visit the AT&T Center to take on the defending champs. Spurs tickets for this game have a current average price of $311.63 on the secondary market, which is a 150% premium compared to the Spurs overall home average. The get-in price for this game is $53 as this game marks as the one on the Spurs schedule with an average asking price of over $300.
On Christmas Day, San Antonio will host rival and Western Conference foe the Oklahoma City Thunder at AT&T Center. Like the Spurs, OKC has had to deal with a multitude of injuries which has affected their win to loss column due to their two star players Kevin Durant and Russell Westbrook missing significant time because of injuries. Spurs tickets against the Thunder have a current average price of $214.58 on the secondary market, a 73% over the home average, with a get-in price of $41. According to Razorgator, this is the only other game on the Spurs home schedule with an average asking price of over $200.
The third most expensive Spurs game this season is on December 12 when the Los Angeles Lakers visit AT&T Center to face off against the Spurs. The Lakers are having their worst start in franchise history as Spurs tickets for this game have a current average price of $199.35 on the secondary market, which is a 60% over the Spurs home average, with a get-in price of $36.
On December 28, the Spurs welcome division rival the Houston Rockets at the AT&T Center as the Rockets have gotten to a quick start displaying some explosion on offense as they are a very dangerous team in the Western Conference. Spurs tickets for this matchup have a current secondary average price of $192.35, a 54% premium over the home average, with a get-in price of $34.
Finally, the Spurs will host the Chicago Bulls on March 8 at the AT&T Center in this intriguing East vs West matchup between two really good teams. Spurs tickets against the Bulls have a current average price of $187.57 on the secondary market, which is 50% over the home average, with a get-in price of $29.
The Los Angeles Lakers (1-9) are off to their worst start in Franchise history as patience is wearing thin for Head Coach Byron Scott and Kobe Bryant. The lack of defense for the Lakers has been the primary issue to their woes allowing 112.1 points per game, which is the league’s lowest ranked defense. Kobe Bryant since returning from two injury plagued seasons has been on a tear in shot attempts, attempting 244 field goals which is 26 more shots anyone else has taken in the league. Still, despite an early season struggle, Lakers tickets have not suffered on the secondary market as according to Razorgator, Lakers games have a current home average of $230.03, which is one of the more expensive average asking prices in the league. Some of the most expensive games for Lakers tickets will have average asking prices over $300, as below is a preview of what’s to come for the top five most expensive Lakers games at Staples Center this season.
The top priced game for the Lakers this season is on January 15 when Lebron James and the Cleveland Cavaliers come to town for the first meeting of the season between these two ball clubs. Lakers tickets against the Cavaliers have a current average price of $450.97 on the secondary market, which is a 96.4% over the Lakers home average, with a get-in price of $90. This is the only game of the season for which Lakers tickets have an average asking price of over $400.
For the second most expensive game, the Lakers will host the Oklahoma City Thunder at the Staples Center on March 1. OKC is battling through some injuries to their star players to start the season, but by this time Kevin Durant and Russell Westbrook should be back on the floor and healthy. Lakers tickets in this matchup have a current secondary average price of $315.38, a 37.1% over the home average, with a get-in price of $29.
The third most expensive Lakers game will be the battle of Los Angeles basketball as the Clippers will face off against the Lakers on April 5. Lakers tickets for this game have a current average price of $307.23 on the secondary market, which is 33.5% over their home average as the Clippers have been the superior Los Angeles basketball team the past few seasons.
On January 29, the Chicago Bulls visit the Staples Center in Pau Gasol’s return to the Lakers home floor for the first time in a Bulls uniform. Gasol spent six seasons with the Lakers winning two NBA Championships. Lakers tickets against the Bulls have a current average price of $301.27 on the secondary market, a 30.9% over the home average, making it the last game on the Lakers schedule with an average asking price of over $300.
Finally, the fifth most expensive Lakers game this season is on December 23 when the Golden State Warriors visit the Staples Center as Lakers tickets for this game have a current secondary average price of $277.33, which is a 20.5% over the home average with a get-in price of $36.
Forget the exhibition games against Division III and NAIA squads. Now is when the Road to Indianapolis starts for earnest, for well north of 300 Division I college basketball teams. Here’s five things to watch this season.
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The Green Bay Packers played the best half of pro football in week 10 the league arguably has ever seen, and they’ll try to carry that momentum into a huge week 11 clash with the Philadelphia Eagles.
They’ll need to, as Philly is quite the formidable opponent on paper, as they walk into Lambeau Field with a stellar 7-2 mark. Mark Sanchez has kept the offense humming the past two weeks, while a formerly porous Philly defense has grown to be adept at forcing turnovers and finding ways to score.
The big question is, can the green and gold keep up with the Eagles on their own turf, or is this where Green Bay’s inconsistent defense is finally exposed in front of their home crowd?
Despite the huge matchup at home, Packers tickets are still a fantastic bargain buy at just $203.78 on average, while fans of both sides can get in the door for just $77.
Of course, Green Bay fans will only recognize it as true value if the Packers escape with a win, something that will likely only be accomplished if their touch and go defense can show up in a big way.
Judging off of last week, that just might happen. Green Bay wisely switched up their scheme on defense, as they utilized athletic sideline to sideline linebacker Clay Matthews as a middle linebacker, instead of as a pure pass-rusher on the outside. That improved Green Bay’s run defense against the Chicago Bears in week 10, while also allowing Matthews to get his hands on the ball more and help create turnovers.
Going into week 11, Green Bay defensive coordinator Dom Capers is sure to stick with what’s working, and that should mean a lot of Mathews all over the field again. That could be bad news for the Eagles, who haven’t been very effective on the ground with LeSean McCoy and may not want to rely too much on Sanchez’s arm. Sanchez has been the answer for them the past two weeks, but if he drowns in a sea of turnovers, Packers fans could easily witness another drubbing at Lambeau.
American kids, get ready — Kenny Chesney’s comin’ ’round again next summer.
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This weekend will bring, in addition to the gridiron version of football on Saturday, Sunday and Monday, football matches of the kind played around most of the rest of the world as well. These would be the second legs of the MLS Cup conference semifinals, the second of a two-game aggregate series.
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