Basketball, Basketball, Basketball…. and Hockey

It’s time for the NBA to shine, now that the Super Bowl has come, gone, and disappointed most of us. Bring on another 7-game NBA Finals to get us out of this funk, basketball. This week has a slew of good match ups, but not ones you would have been excited about before this year. With the emergence of the Pacers as the NBA’s best team (by record, at least) and the Trail Blazers, Rockets and Suns heading for the playoffs, we’re getting some exciting non-traditionally contests.

Oh, and there’s quite a bit of good hockey this week as well.

Boston Bruins vs. Vancouver Canucks
Tuesday, 7PM @ TD Garden, Boston, MA

These two teams still don’t like each other

It’s been a couple years since the fantastic Canucks/Bruins Stanley Cup Finals, eventually won by Boston, but the there’s still no love lost here. While Vancouver is fighting for one of the last playoff spots in the West, the Bruins are cruising with the second best point total in their conference. A loss at home for Boston would be a bit embarrassing, while the Canucks need something to get them going.

Portland Trail Blazers vs. Indiana Pacers
Friday, 7PM @ Bankers Life Fieldhouse, Indianapolis, IN

Two of the new titans of basketball

The Trail Blazers and Pacers have become two of the best teams in the NBA, led by some young stars that could be the faces of the league sooner rather than later. Paul George (pictured above) burst onto the national scene during last year’s playoffs, when he went basket-for-basket with Lebron James. Damian Lillard was named NBA Rookie of the Year in 2013 after putting up 19 ppg while never missing a game. Lamarcus Aldridge, Roy Hibbert, Nick Batum… you’ve got to believe these two teams could be taking the torch from the Heat and Spurs very soon, if they haven’t already.

Michigan Wolverines vs. Iowa Hawkeyes
Saturday, 2 PM @ Carver-Hawkeye Arena, Iowa City, IA

Can Michigan rebound from a loss to Indiana?

It’s the best college basketball matchup of the weekend, as #10 Michigan takes on #17 Iowa in Iowa City. The Wolverines took a beating from Indiana recently, but were about to best the Hawkeyes a few weeks ago in Ann Arbor. Iowa lost an overtime thriller to Michigan State, but have gotten back on track with a 81-74 win over the Illini. This game could have Big Ten title implications, and a win for the Wolverines will set the stage for a huge contest with the Spartans on March 6.

The Week in TicketCity Search – Racing to the Top

TicketCity Week in Search

Week of
May 13th
1 1 Taylor Swift
2 4 Justin Timberlake
3 3 Paul McCartney
4 2 One Direction
5 - Luke Bryan
6 - V8 Super Cars
7 5 Beyoncé
8 7 Bruno Mars
9 - Boston Bruins
10 - Texas Rangers

Who’s who of big summer concert tours in the top five this week. Taylor Swift enjoys another week at the top, followed by Justin Timberlake. Timberlake’s success may, ironically, be due more to his fall tour announcement than his actual summer tour. Either way, Timberlake fans who’ve been missing him on stage will have a lot to love in 2013.

A returning Luke Bryan follows the Brits on the countdown. Bryan’s latest album, Spring Break…Here to Party, arrived last month, and his summer tour is in full swing. The tour features guests Thompson Square and Florida Georgia Line, giving fans a lot of great country music for their ticket.

Racing at the Circuit of the Americas starts off the bottom five. The V8 Super Car Test event finishes up this Saturday, so you can still have time to check out this unique style of racing.

Beyoncé tumbles a bit this week, and Bruno climbs up to catch her. Rounding things out we’ve got a couple of pro teams. The Bruins going up against the Rangers in the second round of the NHL Playoffs, and the Texas Rangers are, just, you know, playing baseball.

The Week in TicketCity Search – One Direction to Rule Them All

TicketCity Week in Search

Week of
Jan. 21t
1 1 One Direction
2 3 Justin Bieber
3 4 Taylor Swift
4 - Super Bowl
5 2 George Strait
6 8 Ed Sheeran
7 6 Luke Bryan
8 - Jason Aldean
9 - San Antonio Rodeo
10 - Boston Bruins

The top three returns to normal, as 1D, Bieber, and Swift band together to lay down some “you shall not pass!” to this week’s top three challengers. Those include the The giant, hulking mass of The Big Game. This is a LOTR crowd right? Right?

George Strait’s shooting star falters a bit on the way to the top, falling to #5 this week. Still a strong showing, considering the rest of the countdown. No doubt longtime fans will be keeping his shows packed as this is their last chance to see him on a big tour.

Ed Sheeran climbs a couple spots to usher in the bottom five. His solo dates have heated up ahead of hopping on board Taylor Swift’s Red Tour. Ed is a busy man, between both tours he will be on stage for most of 2013.

Luke Bryan and Jason Aldean provide some additional country flavor to the countdown this week, as do most, if not all, the performers that will be filling the AT&T Center in San Antonio this February. There some OneRepublics and REO Speedwagons to add variety to the proceedings in SA.

Finally the Rangers are out and the Bruins are in for this week’s NHL team. It appears the NY/Boston rivalry has broken out here as well.

The Week in TicketCity Search – June 10th

TicketCity Week in Search

1 2 College World Series
2 1 Justin Bieber
3 - Boston Bruins
4 5 CONCACAF Gold Cup
5 - Rush
6 3 Maná
7 6 Taylor Swift
8 - Weezer
9 - Phish
10 - Selena Gomez

The winner this week is a bit of an aggregate, since there were a lot of terms that all suggested people were looking for the NCAA Baseball playoffs, which, of course, culminate in the College World Series. Just a bit tidier this way. If you’re looking for tickets to the big super regional games at Disch-Falk Field this weekend, you can find those here: NCAA Baseball Regionals Tickets.

The esteemed Mr. Bieber couldn’t stand up to the aggregate power of NCAA baseball this week, and slips to the second spot. One of this month’s many other championship contests checks in at #3 as Bruins fans, who haven’t seen a Stanley Cup contest since 1990, eagerly snap up tickets. That is quite a long wait, so no surprise the Bruins faithful are packing TD Garden. With the series tied 2-2, they’ll have one more home game June 13th.

The CONCACAF Gold Cup follows closely behind the Stanley Cup, leading us to the group of concert performers that round out the list. Rush returns as they have a show on the 12th at the Erwin Center. Maná’s reserves run low and drop to #6 this week. They really need to tour with these guys.

A few entries pop back into the countdown after Taylor Swift, who falls again this week. Weezer, Phish, and Selena Gomez all have been here before, some quite recently, but have lacked the staying power to hang onto the top 10 week to week.