After his salary was reported to be over $44 million in FY 2013, if anyone should be doing commercials where he’s jamming out to a song that goes “i’m the man, i’m the man, i’m the maaaan” it should be the commish. That’s a lot of money, but he is the head of a league that made about $10 billion last year and is showing no signs of slowing down. Goodell, the son of a former U.S. Senator, began as an intern with the NFL in 1982 — rising to its highest position 24 years later.
The Man from Mars remains on top this week. The WWE climbs into second place, but they can’t seem to make to the top rope. What is the most mildly amusing of all is One Direction’s extension of their reign in 3rd place. An odd achievement, but I suppose it’s better than holding onto 10th place. Tune in next week to see if they can remain in 3rd place!
Hmmm, not quite the dramatic tension I was hoping for…
Tool makes another appearance after a long absence. The alt metal rockers have new tour dates this March. Fans eagerly await a promised new album, but despite rumors over a year old, there’s only fresh rumors due to the tour at this point. They’re known for putting on great live shows, so this is one that should attract more attention as the first date draws near.
Billy Joel rounds out the top five with a two point jump. Katy Perry ends up in the bottom five after a three point loss. The Yankees reappear, not only because Spring Training is a couple of weeks off, but thanks to the recent news of Derek Jeter’s retirement this season. Expect the already high Yankees ticket prices to go even higher.
Imagine Dragons did pop up a while back, when I posted the epic vid for “Radioactive.” Since I can’t use that again (it’s a rule, trust me, I made it), here is the video for their latest single “Demons.” The song is decent, but the video is basically live concert footage inter-cut with the human version of one of those Sarah McLachlan ASPCA ads. Suffice to say, my heartstrings are heavily resentful of attempted pluckification.
Ellie Goulding’s Halcyon Days Tour kicked off last fall, but she’s been crisscrossing the globe ever since. This spring she’ll be stretching her running legs in North America with 26 shows. Elena Jane’s mix of folk and electronica will first be heard in The Garden on March 12th. Okay, it’s not “The Garden” The Garden, but still, the Theatre is not a bad gig.
She’ll be in central Texas later in March, including a show at the Austin Music Hall on the 22nd. Shows in Houston and Dallas follow the Austin gig. She’ll be in the States through her May 8th show in Cincinnati before heading north for two final Canadian shows in Ontario. After that, it’s a long plane ride to Australia for her, and you, too, if you want to see her in concert after that.
2014 Halcyon Days North American Tour Dates:
- March 12 – Theatre at Madison Square Garden, New York, NY
- March 13 – Theatre at Madison Square Garden, New York, NY
- March 14 – Liacouras Center, Philadelphia, PA
- March 16 – Echostage, Washington, DC
- March 17 – Agganis Arena, Boston, MA
- March 20 – Fox Theatre, Atlanta, GA
- March 21 – BUKU Music & Art Project, New Orleans, LA
- March 22 – Austin Music Hall, Austin, TX
- March 24 – Bayou Music Center, Houston, TX
- March 25 – South Side Ballroom, Dallas, TX
- April 09 – The Marquee, Tempe, AZ
- April 11 – Coachella, Indio, CA
- April 12 – The Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas, The Pool, Las Vegas, NV
- April 18 – Coachella, Indio, CA
- April 19 – Bill Graham Civic Auditorium, San Francisco, CA
- April 22 – Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall, Portland, OR
- April 23 – Paramount Theater, Seattle, WA
- April 24 – Orpheum Theatre, Vancouver, BC
- April 26 – MacEwan Hall, Calgary, AB
- April 27 – Shaw Conference Center, Edmonton, AB
- April 29 – Revolution Center, Garden City, ID
- May 01 – The Great Salt Air, Magna, UT
- May 02 – Red Rocks Amphitheater, Morrison, CO
- May 07 – Horseshoe Cincinnati, The Shoe, Cincinnati, OH
- May 08 – The Colosseum at Caesars Windsor, Promenade Ballroom, Windsor, ON
- May 09 – Kool Haus, Toronto, ON
Tickets for the North American leg of the Halcyon Days Tour are available on our Ellie Goulding page.
Well, finally someone I don’t have to work too hard to find a suitable video for. This is “Goodness Gracious,” the latest single from Halcyon Days. Simple “friends night out” in SolCal sorta vid, with various wholesome activities performed, some including self illuminated footwear. I also think this is a really great song, but don’t let that get out on the Internet or anything.
Oklahoma City Thunder vs. Portland Trail Blazers
Tuesday, 7 PM @ Rose Quarter, Portland, OR
The Thunder are looking like the league’s best team, leading the NBA with 41 wins and a .774 win percentage, so they’ll give Portland all it can handle in this match up. However, OKC has stumbled away from home, going 18-9 compared to 23-3 at home. The Trail Blazers look to be what the Thunder were a couple years ago — a young team that came out of nowhere to eventually become the best in the West. Led by Damien Lillard and LaMarcus Aldridge, the Trail Blazers will look to bridge the 4-game gap between them and the #1 Thunder.
#1 Syracuse vs. #25 Pitt
Wednesday, 7 PM @ Peterson Events Center, Pittsburgh, PA
Even with contests like Duke-North Carolina, Heat vs. Warriors, and Canadiens vs. Red Wings happening on the same day, this is the game you want to see. Syracuse is the unanimous #1 team in the country in both the AP and Coaches polls, but they’ll be at the Peterson Events Center in Pittsburgh for this one. Pitt has slipped a little recently after starting the season 16-1, losing 3 of their last 6 — including a 59-54 loss at Syracuse. The home-court advantage could be exactly the lift the Panthers need to get over the hump and hand the Orange their first loss of the season.
NBA Slam-Dunk Contest
Saturday, 7 PM @ Smoothie King Center, New Orleans, LA
The lineup has been OK at best for this event over the last few years, but in 2014 the NBA attracted some of the best. Paul George, Damien Lillard and John Wall are a few of the competitors looking to take down reigning champion Terrence Ross. Between jumping over cars and 360-windmills, we’re sure to get a show at the New Orleans Arena. Say what you will about the non-compeiative nature of the All-Star Game on Sunday, these guys want to win.
Arsenal vs. Liverpool, FA Cup Quarterfinals
Sunday, 4 PM @ Emirates Stadium, London, UK
A rematch of the 5-1 thrashing Liverpool just gave the Gunners in the Premier League on Saturday, this is a great contest between two of soccer’s best clubs. We are unlikely to see another instance of Arsenal giving up four goals in the first 20 minutes, but Liverpool’s attacking play is hard to stop. Whether it’s Luis Suarez, Daniel Sturridge or Raheem Sterling, the Reds offense is set to send them back to the UEFA Champions League for the first time since the 2008-09 season. Arsenal looks to be headed back to Europe as well, but the club hasn’t won a trophy since the 2005 F.A. Cup. Lots on the line here.
Bruno Mars returns big this week, winning over the very event that gave him something of a bump. Fresh off the Super Bowl halftime show, the second leg of the Moonshine Jungle Tour is red hot. He didn’t even get paid for that gig (which wasn’t a big deal, no one ever does). Those last-minute Super Bowl searches last week weren’t able to secure the top spot from its very own halftime star. Yet again in 3rd, One Direction bides their time.
Katy slips to #4 thanks to the run on Bruno, and Mötley Crüe rounds out the top 5. They’re hitting the countdown for what promises to the last time, at least if you believe the press releases. Mötley Crüe embarks on “The Final Tour” this summer, after which they will officially retire. Forever. Or at least as long as they can make a living from solo projects. Their umlauts will be retired in a separate ceremony.
The WWE slips to #6, while one William Martin Joel returns to #7 this week. His spring touring dates are the most he’s done in quite some time. Once they’re done, Joel fans will have the opportunity to see him once a month at Madison Square Garden “indefinitely”. Kind of like a Vegas residency, just not in Vegas, and with a lot fewer shows, and possibly in a way that suggests his entire career up to that point is not a setup for the punchline that is “Vegas Residency.”
Rounding out the top ten are three dudes in cowboy hats.
Tough week for a video. Just posted Bruno, and I think I’ve already found the least-objectionable Mötley Crüe video and posted it with the tour announcement. So more Joel on tap. How ’bout getting your Friday off to hi-energy start with “Piano Man”!