I’ll Have Another…Heat Finals Appearance

I had been looking forward to this post all week. Writing and re-writing this entire piece in my head on how I’ll Have Another was the first horse in decades to win the Triple Crown, and then I heard the news. I’ll Have Another would become the third horse in the sport’s history to drop out of the Belmont after winning the first two legs of the Triple Crown. This was a devastating day in sports to say the least.  But then Game 7 of the Boston Miami series started…

After LeBron’s 45 point performance in Game 6, I didn’t know what to expect in Game 7. Let’s just say I was not let down. With the return of Chris Bosh, the “Trio” was finally re-united and put on a great show for their home crowd. Bosh returned with a solid performance of 19 points and 8 rebounds. Wade and James were at it again showing why they are two of the best in the game, scoring a combined 54 points and taking the TicketCity Play of the Week.

The LeBron to Wade to LeBron alley-oop, as its being referred to, could not have come at a better time. The Celtics had taken a quick lead towards the end of the half and looked to be gaining some momentum. With forty seconds left in the half, The King makes an acrobatic steal and it’s LeBron and Wade on the run. While this has become quite customary during a Miami Heat game, this instance in particular showcases the unmatchable chemistry between these two guys.

After the monstrous two-handed jam by LeBron, the crowd depletes any momentum the Celtics thought they had. The Heat would go into the locker room trailing the Celtics at half time, but would pick up right where they left off and come out with a 101-88 win to advance to the Finals for the second year in a row. The Miami Heat will take on the OKC Thunder in the NBA Finals. Game 1 is on June 12 in Oklahoma City at 8:00 pm.

Now for the TicketCity Play of the Week:

The Week in TicketCity Search – You’ll Catch Up In That Direction

TicketCity Week in Search

Week of
May. 28th
Previous
Week
Event
Searched
1 - One Direction
2 - Justin Bieber
3 - ACL Fest
4 - Euro 2012
5 - San Antonio Spurs
6 - Texas Rangers
7 - Miami Heat
8 - Jimmy Buffet
9 - Jason Aldean
10 - Belmont Stakes

Well, now it’s a fight. When last we left this little pop soap opera, the esteemed Mr. Bieber had been trailing One Direction for weeks. The Bieber partisans had put up impressive numbers considering he hadn’t actually released any tour dates. Now the Believe Tour is on the books for this Fall, and interest skyrocketed. Just not quite enough to dethrone the boys of One Direction this week. Mind, the gap between #1 and #2 has changed from “brutal trouncing” to single digits.

Despite not announcing headlining performances from either Justin Bieber or One Direction, the ACL Festival secures #3. That rather wide gap now separates it from second place, though. Fans will simply have to “make do” with the likes of Florence + The Machine, Red Hot Chili Peppers, Neil Young, The Black Keys, Jack White and many others.

The Euro Cup, 2012 edition, lands in #4. Outside of the World Cup, this is one of international soccer’s biggest events. Hosted this year in Poland and Ukraine, 16 of the top European teams will compete, including Spain, who won the last Euro Cup and the last World Cup.

At #5 and #7, Spurs and Heat remind us the NBA finals are still in progress. These two are the favorites to meet in the Finals, though Boston and OKC still have a say in the matter.

Rounding things out in the bottom five we see the return of Jimmy Buffet and Jason Aldean this week. Buffet is on tour right now, and Aldean is part of the big Country Megaticket shows this summer with Luke Bryan.

Finally there’s a greater than usual interest in this year’s Belmont Stakes as enthusiasts buzz about the possibility of new Triple Crown winner. I’ll Have Another has won both the Kentucky Derby and the Preakness Stakes, and is set to race at Belmont. There hasn’t been a Triple Crown winner since Affirmed captured it in 1978. If I’ll Have Another wins, it may be a once-in-a-lifetime experience for the lucky spectators.

Jason Shares His Top Picks For Best Upcoming Events

With so many great live events to choose from, it can be hard to decide which ones should be at the top of your list. Jason, one of our friendly sales associates here at TicketCity, shares what’s at the top of his list these days. Maybe one of these great events will inspire your next ticket purchase.

Jason shares his Top Picks for upcoming live events.

1: NBA Finals

Things are really heating up between the San Antonio Spurs and the Oklahoma City Thunder and the Miami Heat and Boston Celtics. We still don’t know which two teams will be going head-to-head to claim the Larry O’Brien Championship Trophy, but one thing is certain: it’s sure to be an exciting ride! Will the Spurs continue their incredible streak? Will Lebron finally get his championship? Watch the action unfold live with tickets from yours truly.

2: Belmont Stakes

Belmont has provided the stage for many dramatic finishes.  It is the last of the Triple Crown races and provides the possibility of seeing a Triple Crown winner.  Will I’ll Have Another be able to win at Belmont Stakes to make history, claiming the first Triple Crown victory in 34 years? Only time will tell.

3: US Open Tennis

The US Open is widely regarded as one of the most exciting tennis tournaments. The field of over 600 players always includes the top tennis players in the World. The tournament is played in the shadow of New York City, so Manhattan celebrities are a regular sight. This event makes frequent appearances on bucket lists everywhere.

4: Kevin Hart

Hart has turned into a major draw on the American comedy circuit, and he has also made his mark as an actor, writer and producer for myriad entertainment outlets. With new movies and stand-up specials on the horizon, fans will have plenty to look forward to and will no doubt leave the theater with abs sore from laughter.

5: The Book of Mormon

Jason and our CEO, Randy Cohen, were both wowed by this musical from South Park creators Trey Parker and Matt Stone. But you don’t have to take our word for it. The production earned 14 nominations and 9 wins in the 2011 Tony Awards. The Drama League, New York Drama Critics, Outer Critics Circle, and Drama Desk all gave their top musical honors to The Book of Mormon.

Looking for tickets to some of your own Top Picks? Give Jason a ring directly at 1.888.561.0037 or call 1.800.SOLD.OUT for personalized customer service from any one of us here at TicketCity.

I’ll Have Another Just Needs Belmont Stakes Win to Make History

Two weeks ago I introduced an American Thoroughbred horse by the name of I’ll Have Another who won the Kentucky Derby. Well, true to his name he took another, but this time it was at the Preakness Stakes in Baltimore.

Similar to the Kentucky Derby, I’ll Have Another did not take to the front of the pack until the last seconds of the race, but this time the colt never fell below fourth. The majority of the race was dominated by the first four horses–Bodemeister, Creative Cause, Pretension, and I’ll Have Another. The four horses stayed in this order until they reached the end of second turn, where I’ll Have Another slipped in front of Pretension. As we all saw in the Kentucky Derby, the second turn and the home stretch is where I’ll Have Another truly performs.

At a minute and thirty five in the video you can see the colt really put it into overdrive. From this moment on is what I am delegating the TicketCity Play of the Week. In watching the horses stampede down the home stretch, I’ll Have Another and his cockeyed running stance tells it all. Determination and heart seem to be pouring out of the horse as he easily passes Creative Cause and sets his sights on Bodemeister, who had maintained the number one spot for the entire race.

The last 200 yards I’ll Have Another is literally stepping on the heels of Bodemeister and closing the gap quickly. At the 100 yard marker the two horses are nearly neck and neck and set up for what is sure to be a photo finish to the race. And a photo finish is exactly what it was as I’ll Have Another crosses the finish line by the length of his head before Bodemeister. This win gives the colt the second leg in the Triple Crown, only the 33rd horse to ever win the double. If he sees a win at the Belmont Stakes in June, I’ll Have Another will definitely go down in the record books as it has been 34 years since the last Triple Crown winner. If the Belmont Stakes is anything like its preceding races, it is sure to be an exciting one that will keep you on the edge of your seat. Don’t miss your chance to witness history June 9 at the Belmont Park Race Track in Elmont, New York. Get your Belmont Stakes tickets today from TicketCity for the chance to witness history in the making.

Here is your TicketCity Play of the Week:
( The home stretch starts at 1:35 where I’ll Have Another gives us this week’s play.)