Kobe for Three

The week of game sevens truly left me with a plethora of “Play of the Week” worthy moments from which to choose. In the world of the NBA, the Clippers clipped the Grizzlies to advance to the Conference Semifinals along with the Lakers and the Celtics. In the NHL Playoffs, the New York Rangers and Washington Capitals also pushed the series to game seven, where New York came out on top, advancing to the Conference Finals against the New Jersey Devils. Not a game seven, but spectacular in every sense of the word, the Manchester City soccer club scored two goals in the last two minutes to win their first title in 50 years.

Granted, everything mentioned above (especially Manchester City) surpasses the criteria to be the Play of the Week. However, I am a huge Lakers fan and Kobe fan. So this week’s play comes to us from the Staples Center in Los Angeles, where the Lakers hosted the Denver Nuggets in game seven. The first two quarters were mainly dominated by the Lakers; however, after the Nuggets came back from a 16 point deficit the second half was anyone’s game.

The fourth quarter was extremely physical and competitive. For the majority of the final quarter, the score stayed within a five point margin. Denver had a brief run with just under two minutes left where they were starting to close the gap. At the minute marker, the Lakers were in the lead 89 – 84, and in no way out of Denver’s reach…yet. With 50 seconds left in the game, jersey number 24, Mr. Bryant, makes one of the prettiest three-point shots I have ever seen and your TicketCity Play of the Week. After some desperate attempts by Denver, Los Angeles takes a nine point lead and a ticket to the second round of the NBA Playoffs.

To make Kobe’s shot even better,he completes the play by getting up off the ground, turning and having a high-five session with Justin Timberlake. Only in Hollywood. Enjoy!

The Week in TicketCity Search – November 5th

A not entirely unexpected bloodbath this week in the rankings, as the World Series has ended in a manner that did not befit the blockbuster narrative I set out in the last update. While there’s a lot of new on the list, some things are back to ‘normal’, as the esteemed Mr. Bieber returns to being the default choice for the nation’s entertainment dollar. The Breeders’ Cup two day event shoots up to #2, a big showing for an event that didn’t spark much last year. Perhaps the move to Churchill Downs has something to do with that.

Certainly a newcomer to the countdown, but not the entertainment world in general, Prince arrives at #3. I sense this is because of his recently announced US concert tour, dubbed “Welcome 2 America”, in support of his most recent album 20Ten. Looks like things will be kicking off at the Izod Center in December. He’s followed by another list newcomer, the English band Take That, who announced at big stadium tour in Europe. We don’t have any inventory for them yet, because the current dates are pretty deep into 2011, but sit tight, I’m sure it’ll pop up soon.

The 17 time NBA champion Lakers enter at #5 as the NBA season gets underway, followed by the Longhorns before more concerts take over the rest of the list. George Strait has been absent for a while, but he’s back with a concert with Reba McEntire in Austin early next year. Disney on Ice, Bon Jovi, and Roger Waters round out the countdown this week.

1 8 Justin Bieber
2 4 Breeders Cup
3 - Prince
4 - Take That
5 - Lakers
6 9 Texas Longhorns
7 - George Strait
8 - Disney on Ice
9 - Bon Jovi
10 - Roger Waters