Celebrating 80 Years of the Masters [Infographic]

81 years ago, retired golfer Bobby Jones decided to create the golf course of his dreams in Augusta, Georgia. The Augusta National Invitation Tournament, which would later be known as the Masters Tournament, was introduced the year after the course’s opening.  What started as an event that not even the New York Times felt necessary to cover has flourished into one of the premiere sporting events in the world.

Since the tournament began in 1934, the Masters has succeeded in maintaining its honor and prestige. This week, all eyes are once again on Augusta for the 2014 Masters Tournament. With this year marking the 80th anniversary of the first tournament, we’ve produced an infographic of Masters firsts. We hope you enjoy this look back on golf’s greatest event!

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The Week in TicketCity Search – Finalist Four

TicketCity Week in Search

Week of
Mar. 31st
Previous
Week
Event
Searched
1 - Final Four
2 1 Eminem
3 - 5 Seconds of Summer
4 - Texas Rangers
5 - Miley Cyrus
6 - Luke Bryan
7 7 Romeo Santos
8 Coachella
9 - LA Dodgers
10 - Fleetwood Mac

The NCAA Tournament always has trouble making a big dent in the countdown until the end, when everyone can focus on that single, most evocative of phrases: Final Four. Easier than splitting attention among sixty-odd teams, for example. This year the Final Four is “up the road” from us in Arlington, so it has an even stronger advantage securing the #1 spot this week. While it easily defeated Eminem, it will be likely be a short-lived victory.

The remainder of the countdown is almost all new this week. Landing in third place is 5 Seconds of Summer. They’ve briefly appeared once before. Their April tour is only week and some change away from rolling through Dallas.

The MLB lands two spots on the countdown as we’ve just passed Opening Day. The Rangers secure forth place, while the Dodgers lag a little down in ninth place.

Miley Cyrus’ tour is in full swing, but Luke Bryan fans have to exercise a little patience until May. They’re joined by the more loyal Roemo Santos fans, who manage to keep him on the countdown for a second week in the row. Coachella pops up as the first of the two weekends is just one week away. Finally the announcement of a new tour and reunion with Christine McVie, Fleetwood Mac just makes it into tenth place.

10th place is good enough for a Fleetwood Mac video, because I don’t have to worry about content screening. Another one with Christine McVie on lead vocals, “Everywhere.” Bit more ambitious on the video side, with a setting and costumes that have a Shakespearean vibe. Not Shakespearean, though, the story is based on the narrative poem “The Highwayman” by Alfred Noyes. Yes, I looked that up on Wikipedia.

Don’t Stop Going to Fleetwood Mac Tours

Fleetwood Mac will embark on a 33 city reunion tour this Fall. The band welcomes the return of Christine McVie to the line up after an absence of 16 years. She last toured with the band in 1998. This brings the lineup responsible for their most iconic albums to the stage.

The tour, titled “On With the Show”, will play 34 dates, kicking off at the Target Center in Minneapolis. The band will be hitting major arenas from coast to coast with a little Canada thrown in for good measure. Things are currently set to wrap up in sunny Ft. Lauderdale in December. That’s a pretty good time to be in Ft. Lauderdale.

Also a good time to play Texas, as shows in Houston and Dallas are in the middle of December.

2014 On With The Show Tour Schedule:

  • Sept. 30 – Target Center, Minneapolis, MN
  • Oct. 2 – United Center, Chicago, IL
  • Oct. 6 – Madison Square Garden, New York City
  • Oct. 10 – TD Garden, Boston, MA
  • Oct. 11 – Prudential Center, Newark, NJ
  • Oct. 14 – Consol Energy Center, Pittsburgh, PA
  • Oct. 15 – Wells Fargo Center, Philadelphia, PA
  • Oct. 18 – Air Canada Centre, Toronto, ON
  • Oct. 19 – Nationwide Arena, Columbus, OH
  • Oct. 21 – Bankers Life Fieldhouse, Indianapolis, IN
  • Oct. 22 – The Palace of Auburn Hills, Detroit, MI
  • Oct. 26 – Canadian Tire Centre, Ottawa, ON
  • Oct. 31 – Verizon Center, Washington, DC
  • Nov. 1 – XL Center, Hartford, CT
  • Nov. 10 – MTS Centre, Winnipeg, MB
  • Nov. 12 – Credit Union Centre, Saskatoon, SK
  • Nov. 14 – Scotiabank Saddledome, Calgary, AB
  • Nov. 15 – Rexall Place, Edmonton, AB
  • Nov. 18 – Rogers Arena, Vancouver, BC
  • Nov. 20 – Tacoma Dome, Tacoma, WA
  • Nov. 22 – Moda Center, Portland, OR
  • Nov. 24 – Sleep Train Arena, Sacramento, CA
  • Nov. 25 – SAP Center at San Jose, San Jose, CA
  • Nov. 28 – The Forum, Los Angeles, CA
  • Nov. 29 – The Forum, Los Angeles, CA
  • Dec. 2 – Viejas Arena, San Diego, CA
  • Dec. 3 – Oracle Arena, Oakland, CA
  • Dec. 10 – US Airways Center, Phoenix, AZ
  • Dec. 12 – Pepsi Center, Denver, CO
  • Dec. 14 – American Airlines Center, Dallas, TX
  • Dec. 15 – Toyota Center, Houston, TX
  • Dec. 17 – Philips Arena, Atlanta, GA
  • Dec. 19 – BB&T Center, Ft. Lauderdale, FL

The full tour schedule and tickets are available on our Fleetwood Mac page.

What I learned from this update is that Fleetwood Mac apparently doesn’t have an official YouTube channel. This is from something that might be Stevie Nicks’ channel, but I’m a little unsure of that. No matter, it works, and features a song with the recently returned Miss McVie on lead vocals, “Little Lies.” I like the video, even though it’s fairly basic, with the band on a farm, and some simple rotoscoped animation. I’m getting old, so videos where sequences last more than .3 seconds are easier for me to follow. The video captures the mood of the song pretty well, even if no one is really doing any large or small lying.

Join Us for a NCAA Final Four Hangout with Chip Brown, Kris Hughes & Jeff Kubiszyn

We are heading for a crazy, classic, all-time great NCAA Final Four and we’re excited to have some top sports journalists join us for a fan-focused discussion on what the 2014 championship in Dallas will bring.  Here are the details:

When: April 1, 2014 @ 12:15pm CT

Where: The hangout will stream live at this blog post link.

What: Everyone’s buzzing about who will go all the way.  We’re hosting a Google Hangout featuring some of the smartest folks in sports to ask: what does the 2014 Final Four mean to fans- and what can you expect if you’re heading to Cowboy’s stadium this weekend?

Who’s Joining: 

1d2ea35b6b92ec15ff0786c93c61c9a8Chip Brown (@ChipBrownOB) Chip is a writer for Orangebloods.com, as well as an on-air personality at 104.9 The Horn.  Before joining OB, Chip was a reporter at The Dallas Morning News, where he covered the Longhorns and Cowboys.

af2gsBKCKris Hughes (@Kris_Hughes) Chris is currently the hiring manager at Rant Sports and is a contributor for Lindy’s Sports Mag.  Kris is also a former collegiate basketball player and collegiate recruiter.

a32fc74fdbe012ed80a7d7463e8fd68dJeff Kubiszyn (@JeffKubiszyn) Jeff is a writer for Rant Sports, Fansided and LaSportsa Nostra.

Durant’s Time is Now

The King is in blue.

Much has been said and written about Kevin Durant’s outstanding 2013-14 season, including his “dethroning” of LeBron James as the league’s best player. This season has been Durant’s best since coming into the NBA in 2007, averaging 32.2 points and 5.6 assists per game – both career highs. Durant is versatile – shooting over 50% from the field and over 40% from the arc while being an inside presence when he needs to be. There’s nothing to dislike about his game, much like LeBron’s – but it’s the distance he’s put between himself and the rest of the league this year that is truly fascinating.

Since being drafted by the Sonics, Durant has made his aspirations to be the best player in the NBA no secret. Unfortunately for the former Longhorn, he had to live in the shadow of a player that could end up going down as one of the best to ever play the sport. By the time Durant was a rookie, James was playing in his fourth All-Star game, had made the All-NBA First Team, and had just come off a run to the NBA Finals. While LeBron’s high school games could sometimes be found on ESPN, Durant was relatively unknown until he burst into the national spotlight in Austin his freshman year. Being as good as LeBron for a year or two was never going to make fans think he was the best player in the league – he had to make sure there was no question about it.

At this point in the season, Durant has scored over 300 more points than the next best player. He’s made 53 more field goals while attempting 52 less shots than Carmelo Anthony (James is currently third in total points scored). While Durant is usually near the top of the free throw leaderboard every season, he currently has 157 more free throws than any other player in the league. It’s not just scoring where Durant has taken a step forward, as only he and James sit in the Top 20 in assists without being point guards.

The advanced statistics support the theory that Durant has taken the leap over James and the rest of the NBA as well:

Player Efficiency Rating:

  1. Kevin Durant – 30.4
  2. LeBron James – 29.1
  3. Kevin Love – 27.7

Offensive Win Shares

  1. Kevin Durant – 13.3
  2. LeBron James – 10.8
  3. Kevin Love – 9.9

Defensive Win Shares

1. Paul George –  5.9

8. Kevin Durant – 4.0

(LeBron James not in Top 20)

Total Win Shares

  1. Kevin Durant – 17.4
  2. LeBron James – 13.8
  3. Kevin Love – 13.3

Here’s a guide to exactly what Win Shares are if the stat is new to you.

Aside from now being sure that Love has been the third most productive man in the NBA this season, Kevin Durant is clearly the best player in the world at the moment.  Part of LeBron’s problem (if you dare to say he has one) is that he seemed to go through a few lulls throughout the course of the season, while Durant was electric the entire way through. The forward has put up over 40 points 13 times this season, as well as going over 50 twice in the last two months. On the other hand, James has reached 40 only three times this season, and has been under 20 points 13 times (Durant has scored under 20 only four times).

As for what Durant himself thinks about this season, you can bet he’ll hold off judgment until the Thunder are either eliminated from the postseason or he’s holding an NBA Finals trophy. Anything but a championship is looked upon as failure by the fans and media, and soon Durant could be getting the treatment that James got for so many years before the move to Miami. A good month of playoff basketball could help the world of basketball see that there’s a new king in town.