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.

 

Backstreet’s Forward to ’14

Past week or so was quite the concert tour news bonanza. Having to pick one (it’s a rule I made up) for this post, I have gone the route of radio friendly pop. The Backstreet Boys announced a second North American leg for their In A World Like This Tour. The first leg covered North American back in late summer 2013. This year they’ll be a little earlier, starting off May 3rd in New Brunswick.

Adding a little extra kick to the announcement is Avril Lavigne, who will play opening act for tour dates starting with the May 22nd show in Seattle. Interesting combination, since Lavigne was on her way up about the time the Backstreet Boys were turning in their “worldwide superstardom” chip.

After Avril is on board, the Boys will hit San Diego, Vegas, and even drop by Texas with shows in Corpus Christi and The Woodlands, which will be seeing a lot of big names pass through this year. This leg wraps up in New York in June with a show at the Jones Beach Theater.

Will there be a third leg? I’m sure many Backstreet Boys fans would be happy to see it.

2014 Backstreet Boy’s In a World Like This Tour Schedule:

  • May 3 – Moncton Coliseum Complex, Moncton, NB
  • May 4 – Halifax Metro Centre, Halifax, NS
  • May 6 – Rogers K-Rock Centre, Kingston, ON
  • May 7 – Budweiser Gardens, London, ON
  • May 8 – FirstOntario Centre, Hamilton, ON
  • May 11 – MTS Centre, Winnipeg, MB
  • May 13 – Mosaic Place, Moose Jaw, SK
  • May 14 – ENMAX Centre, Lethbridge, AB
  • May 16 – Scotiabank Saddledome, Calgary, AB
  • May 17 – Rexall Place, Edmonton, AB
  • May 18 – Encana Events Centre, Dawson Creek, BC
  • May 20 – Rogers Arena, Vancouver, BC
  • May 22 – WaMu Theater, Seattle, WA
  • May 24 – Sleep Train Amphitheatre, Wheatland, CA
  • May 25 – Shoreline Amphitheatre, Mountain View, CA
  • May 28 – Viejas Arena, San Diego, CA
  • May 29 – The Forum, Inglewood, CA
  • May 30 – Planet Hollywood Resort & Casino, Las Vegas, NV
  • May 31 – Planet Hollywood Resort & Casino, Las Vegas, NV
  • June 2 – Isleta Amphitheatre, Albuquerque, NM
  • June 4 – American Bank Center, Corpus Christi, TX
  • June 5 – The Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion, The Woodlands, TX
  • June 6 – Chesapeake Energy Arena, Oklahoma City, OK
  • June 7 – Starlight Theatre, Kansas City, MO
  • June 9 – CenturyLink Center, Omaha, NE
  • June 10 – Xcel Energy Center, Saint Paul, MN
  • June 11 – FirstMerit Bank Pavilion @ Northerly Island, Chicago, IL
  • June 13 – Klipsch Music Center, Noblesville, IN
  • June 14 – First Niagara Pavilion, Burgettstown, PA
  • June 15 – Riverbend Music Center, Cincinnati, OH
  • June 17 – DTE Energy Music Theatre, Clarkston, MI
  • June 18 – Darien Lake Performing Arts Center, Darien Center, NY
  • June 20 – Xfinity Center, Mansfield, MA
  • June 21 – Susquehanna Bank Center, Camden, NJ
  • June 22 – Nikon At Jones Beach Theater, Wantagh, NY

Fans can buy tickets for the In a World Like This Tour on our Backstreet Boys schedule page.

Here is the title track to the album and the tour, “In a World Like This.” What’s amusing about this is how, shall we say… unambitious… the video is. In these days of slightly-less-than-worldwide-superstardom, video budgets are a bit tighter. It’s the Boys of the Backstreet in question standing around lip syncing in a field. Don’t get me wrong, it’s a very photogenic field, probably in California, with hills and stuff in the background. Very classy field. Inter-cut are short vignettes of people watching historic events on TV through time, though still in the same room. Because set decoration is expensive.

The Week in TicketCity Search – Rounding up the Top 10

TicketCity Week in Search

Week of
Mar. 10th
Previous
Week
Event
Searched
1 4 Houston Rodeo
2 2 WWE
3 - Lana Del Rey
4 - Maroon 5
5 3 One Direction
6 - World Cup
7 5 Luke Bryan
8 8 ACC Tournament
9 - Bruno Mars
10 6 Tool

The Houston Rodeo takes the top this week. The rodeo is officially underway, and fans have until the 23rd to see some of the biggest shows in Texas over the next couple weeks. Likewise in Texas, the WWE will be bouncing around the state next week, including a show here in Austin at the Frank Erwin Center tomorrow night.

Lana Del Rey returns to the countdown at #3 with the announcement of a longer US tour. She will be helping concertgoers with sleeping disorders with 16 new dates all over the country.

Maroon 5′s Houston Rodeo show didn’t quite achieve the same demand that Usher enjoyed last week, but it got them to #4.

In at #6 is the thing that’s a huge deal in pretty much every other country but the United States, the World Cup. Sunny Brazil hosts this year’s outing. The kicking of balls begins this June, but this is definitely one to shop for early, as Brazil is a little harder to get to than the average Lakers game. Travel packages anyone?

Luke Bryan hangs onto #7 and the ACC Tournament stays put at #8. Bruno Mars’ tour rolls on, and back to the countdown, while Tool’s brief climb to sixth place ends where it began, back at #10.

So, Lizzy’s back. Let’s see… title track to last’s year’s album, Born to Die. The new one, Ultraviolence, isn’t out yet but the tour announcement suggests it is probably on the way soon. I’m sure the title track is a sold choice, just have to make it through the video. Hmm, she’s sitting down, with tigers. Wow, sounds like she’s not really updated that torch-song tempo of old. I’m sure things will… <yawn> …pick up soon. Any second… zzz now… ZzzzzzZZZZZZZ….

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.