The Week in TicketCity Search – Big Bowl Week

TicketCity Week in Search

Week of
Dec. 30th
1 - Cotton Bowl
2 - 2NE1
3 3 One Direction
4 4 George Strait
5 - BCS Bowl
6 2 WWE
7 - Gator Bowl
8 - Orange Bowl
9 - Indianapolis Colts
10 5 Rose Bowl

Kicking off 2014 with a bit of a gap, as I was out last Friday. With a notable exception, no real surprises this week. Bowls figure heavily, mostly because this is the week a lot of them happen. The Cotton Bowl makes the top of the list, and, like others, there’s still time for some (very) last-minute ticket purchases if you’re interested in checking out the showdown between OK State and Missouri in Arlington.

You’ve got a bit more time with the second bowl on the list, the big finale to the BCS era between Auburn and Florida State. The Gator Bowl is in the books at this point with a win by the Cornhuskers. The Orange Bowl is another last-minute buy for those who can make it to Miami Gardens, where the high will be 75° F with a few clouds. Sounds a lot better than what’s in store for the northeast.

1D and GS both remain exactly where they were 2 weeks ago. The only thing that’s different in who’s keeping them out of the top 2 spots. The second of which is this week’s wildcard, 2NE1. According to the Wikipedia article I’ll just quote to save time, it is “pronounced to anyone or twenty-one, combin(ing) the phrases ’21st century’ and ‘new evolution’.” They are a K-Pop girl group who just announced a new world tour. Unfortunately, their definition of “world” is short a couple hemispheres, including, I regret to inform you, dear reader, our own. So that means we probably won’t have a lot of tickets for the tour as it stands.

That being said, I am not missing an opportunity to provide you a bit of 2NE1 video magic. We’ve got a washed-out palette, what appears to be an 80′s vintage car, along with some fake snow in this video for a tune that translates to “Missing You,” their latest #1 hit. Protip, while there are at least 2 English phrases in this video, the rest is pretty much Korean.

The Week in TicketCity Search – December 10th

TicketCity Week in Search

1 - Sugar Bowl
2 1 Cotton Bowl
3 7 BCS Bowl
4 - Gator Bowl
5 - Rose Bowl
6 - Sun Bowl
7 - Texas Bowl
8 4 George Strait
9 5 Taylor Swift
10 - Alamo Bowl

Always nice when a prediction pans out, and “more bowls on the way” certainly did. If not for a tenacious showing by country music’s biggest stars it would have been an all-bowl countdown. Interestingly, while the National Championship Game did climb a few spots, it didn’t end up on top this week. That went to the Sugar Bowl. The Ohio State vs. Arkansas matchup topped the list, followed by Texas A&M vs. LSU in the Cotton Bowl. The Auburn vs. Oregon championship game ended the week at #3.

Gator, Rose, Sun, and Texas follow. We are offered a short break from bowl mania as country heavyweights George Strait and Taylor Swift manage to hold onto the top 10. Strong performance, especially this week. We’ll see how well they do through the rest of the month. With George Strait’s tour opening right here in Austin, he certainly has a good shot at making it through the month without missing a week.

With Cotton, Sun, Texas, and Alamo all on the list, it does have a very Texas flavor. Bowl season kicks off December 18th, with the New Mexico, Humanitarian, and New Orleans bowl.

The Week in TicketCity Search – December 18th

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Two weeks out from the Bowl announcements sees the National Championship take over the top spot on the countdown handily. Last week’s champ the Rose Bowl tumbled all the way down to #7. Lady Gaga and Justin Bieber make for an odd combination at number 2 and 3, but certainly exemplify the tenacity of pop music fans in the face of college football’s most popular events. Taylor Swift remains in the top 5 as well, just below the Cotton Bowl, the only other top 5 Bowl.

The Bottom five is dominated by Bowls, all holdovers from last week with the exception of the Independence Bowl, which slides into the countdown as the Alamo Bowl slides out.

That brings us to this weeks’ newcomer, “Muse.” I’m guessing people aren’t searching for a Grace Jones album, an episode of Star Trek: Voyager, or the Multi Unit Spectroscopic Explorer… but a British alt rock band from Devon, England. Muse’s latest album, The Resistance, was released September 15th in the US. That concludes this week’s “fun with Wikipedia’s disambiguation page”.

1 5 BCS Bowl
2 4 Lady Gaga
3 - Justin Bieber
4 3 Cotton Bowl
5 2 Taylor Swift
6 6 Sugar Bowl
7 1 Rose Bowl
8 7 Gator Bowl
9 - Muse
10 - Independence Bowl

The Week in TicketCity Search – December 11th

Hey, looks like that whole Bowl announcement thing happened last Sunday. This week’s top 10 has a certain college football postseason flavor to it as a result. Concerts were not to be completely denied, though. Apparently Taylor Swift and Lady Gaga make for a potent combination, and they managed to hang on to spots in the top 5. The Rose Bowl took the top slot, followed by the Cotton Bowl at #3 and the National Championship Game at #5. The Sugar, Gator, and Alamo Bowls round our little top-bowls-within-the-top-10-list list.

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Perhaps illustrative of the “unique” take of American sports fans, another big “football” announcement happened the Friday before the bowl games were set. That was the World Cup draw, which shows up at #9 on the list. While the World Cup demands the attention of most of the world, it doesn’t generate quite the same amount of attention State-side, especially against our home grown flavor of football.

Finally, it appears Nick Jonas has a “side project” band, which explains why people are now searching for him and not the band with whom he is most notably associated. I had no desire to know any of that, but I looked it up anyway.

1 9 Rose Bowl
2 3 Taylor Swift
3 7 Cotton Bowl
4 1 Lady Gaga
5 - BCS
6 - Sugar Bowl
7 - Gator Bowl
8 - Alamo Bowl
9 - World Cup
10 - Nick Jonas