2014 Lollapalooza Lineup — It’s Out, and it’s Tremendous

Eminem is one of the headliners in Chicago this summer.

 

The Lollapalooza lineup is finally out in the open, and it’s caused quite a stir. Leading the way in Grant Park from August 1-3 is rap superstar Eminem, a veteran at the festival that doesn’t tour much these days. The other two headliners are Outkast and Kings of Leon, with a plethora of supporting acts throughout the day. Check out the lineup below and get your Lollapalooza tickets here.

  • Eminem
  • Outkast
  • Kings of Leon
  • Artic Monkeys
  • Skrillex
  • Calvin Harris
  • Lorde
  • The Avett Brothers
  • Foster the People
  • Zedd
  • Sebastian Ingrosso
  • Krewella
  • NAS
  • Above & Beyond
  • Childish Gambino
  • Broken Bells
  • Spoon
  • The Head and the Heart
  • Cage the Elephant
  • Young the Giant
  • Chase & Status
  • Interpol
  • Lykke Li
  • Chance the Rapper
  • Phatogram
  • Cut/Copy
  • Flosstradamus
  • Fitz and the Tantrums
  • Grouplove
  • Chvrches
  • The Glitch Mob
  • Portgual. The Man
  • Gramatik
  • Chromeo

And many, many more! Check out the full lineup.

 

Manny “Pac Man” Pacquiao v Timothy “Desert Storm” Bradley II

The last time Manny Pacquiao and Timothy Bradley met was in June of 2012.  Promoted as “The Perfect Storm”, the bout went the full 12 rounds and ended in a split decision. Bradley walked away as the victor.  The decision was questionable and left fans wanting a victor determined by punches, not votes.

PacquaiovsDelaHoyaOn April 12th the two meet in a rematch at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas. Get your tickets now for best selection.  Who knows, you might be sittings next to Will Ferrell if you go with ringside seats.

 

2014 MLB Season Preview: Chicago White Sox

Konerko is a veteran leading a team of youngsters

 

The Chicago White Sox were nothing short of a mess in 2013, with almost 100 losses to go along with one of the highest payrolls in the Major League Baseball. The White Sox have made some big moves over the last few months to try to right the ship, catching the Detroit Tigers in the AL Center might be a pipe dream at this point.

Transactions:

7/30 – Traded Jake Peavy, received 4 players

8/9 – Traded Alex Rios, received Leury Garcia.

12/10 – Traded for Adam Eaton

1/2 – Signed Scott Downs

(Did not re-sign Gavin Floyd)

Projected Lineup:

C: Tyler Flowers
1B: Jose Abreu
2B: Gordon Beckham
SS: Alexei Ramirez
3B: Matt Davidson
LF: Alejandro de Aza
CF: Adam Eaton
RF: Avisail Garcia
DH: Adam Dunn

Pitching Staff

SP: Chris Sale
SP: Jose Quintana
SP: John Danks
SP: Erik Johnson
SP: Felipe Paulino
CL: Nate Jones

The White Sox are being picked to finish 3rd in the division by most analysts, and that sounds about right. I’d bet the house on the Tigers winning the Central once again, and at least one wild card spot will come from the AL East, if not both. I can’t see the White Sox making the postseason in 2014, but they could manage getting close to 80 wins.

2014 MLB Season Preview: Chicago Cubs

Things haven’t gone well at Wrigley recently

 

The Chicago Cubs haven’t had a winning record since 2009, and the fans are getting restless.  Last year saw an anemic offense once again, and the eventual firing of manager Dale Sveum. Rick Renteria, previously the Padres bench coach, was hired to take over in November to try to steer this club in the right direction. Not too many moves were made in the offseason, but the Cubs will still look to get to .500 and maybe into the playoff hunt if the chips fall into the right places.

Off-season transactions:

12/16 – Signed LHP Wesley Wright

12/27 – Signed RHP Jose Veras

2/13 – Signed RHP Jason Hammel

2/15 – Signed UTIL Emilio Bonifacio

The Cubs didn’t spend any big money in the offseason, instead filling out some spots with buy-low options that could turn out well for them. Jose Veras will step into the closers role, while Jason Hammel will find his way into the back end of the rotation.

C: Welington Castillo
1B: Anthony Rizzo
2B: Darwin Barney
SS: Starlin Castro
3B: Luis Valbuena
LF: Junior Lake
CF: Justin Ruggiano
RF: Nate Schierholtz

Pitching Staff:

SP: Jeff Samardzija
SP: Travis Wood
SP: Edwin Jackson
SP: Jake Arrieta
SP: Jason Hammel
CL: Jose Veras

The Cubs will likely not reach .500 this season, as the talent is just simply not there — yet. The immediate future doesn’t look good for the northsiders, but they may not be too far away from competing in the NL Central once again.

MLB Season Preview: Boston Red Sox

Xander Bogaerts is the most heralded Sox prospect since Hanley Ramirez

 

The Boston Red Sox were crowned World Series champions in 2013, beating the St. Louis Cardinals in 6 games in the Fall Classic. The Sox were coming off a season in which they came in last place, winning only 69 games. A big trade sent Josh Beckett, Adrian Gonzalez and Carl Crawford to the Dodgers, freeing up space to sign guys that ended up being key pieces in the postseason run – Mike Napoli, Stephen Drew, and Shane Victorino. The Red Sox are favorites to win the division in 2014, but Vegas thinks it’s the Tigers that are the best team in the American League.

Off-season transactions:

11/22 – Traded for RHP Burke Badenhop

12/4 – Signed C A.J. Pierzynski

12/12 – Re-signed 1B Mike Napoli

1/22 – Signed OF Grady Sizemore

2/22 – Signed LHP Chris Capuano

(The Red Sox did not re-sign Jacoby Ellsbury, Stephen Drew or Jarrod Saltalamachhia and Ryan Dempster will not play this season)

Losing Jacoby Ellsbury, an all-star centerfielder that has been with the club since 2007, is tough. Losing him to the Yankees is even tougher. GM Ben Cherington made a tough decision to not fork over the money, instead opting to sign Grady Sizemore to compete with Jackie Bradley Jr. for the starting CF spot. Xander Bogaerts will take over full time at shortstop after impressing last season, while Will Middlebrooks will get another chance to get the 3B job.  The Red Sox will get Jake Peavy for a full season and if Lackey and Lester can stay healthy, this will be one of the best pitching staffs in baseball.

Projected 2014 Lineup:

  • A.J. Pierzynski, C
  • Mike Napoli, 1B
  • Dustin Pedroia, 2B
  • Will Middlebrooks, 3B
  • Xander Bogaerts, SS
  • Shane Victorino, RF
  • Jackie Bradley Jr., CF
  • Daniel Nava, LF
  • David Ortiz, DH

Rotation:

  1. Jon Lester
  2. John Lackey
  3. Jake Peavy
  4. Clay Buccholz
  5. Felix Doubront

Closer: Koji Uehara

The Red Sox will win 90+ games in 2014, but will the Yankees or Blue Jays rebound to content for the division crown? The Orioles also got better in the offseason, and the Rays are always in contention. While I’d be willing to wager on a spot in the new five-team AL playoffs, the division title is wide open with all five teams in contention.