The Week in TicketCity Search – Taking Back Those Directions

TicketCity Week in Search

Week of
Jun. 11th
1 2 One Direction
2 1 Justin Bieber
3 - College World Series
4 4 Coldplay
5 8 Miami Heat
6 5 OKC Thunder
7 9 Jason Aldean
8 - Texas Rangers
9 - US Grand Prix
10 6 Kenny Chesney

Stunning reversal in the battle for tween pop supremacy. Beliebers are retreating on all fronts under a reinvigorated push by the five boy British Invasion that is One Direction. Results were close once more this week, but when the dust cleared, One Direction returned to the top. I figured with the sound victory last week, the esteemed Mr. Bieber would be on top for the foreseeable future.

Then again, I reason I’m not the best person to forecast trends in tween pop.

One of two championships on the countdown this week, the College World Series, enters the countdown at #3. Game 1 starts today at the shiny, almost new TD Ameritrade Park. This is year two at this park, after Rosenblatt Stadium passed the torch. Winner of the past 2 CWS, South Carolina, is once again in the running this year. The Stony Brook Seawolves are playing the Cinderella card this year, having defeated powerhouse LSU in the regionals to advance to the CWS, a first for an America East Conference team.

The NBA Finals settle into the center of the countdown. The Heat have a slight edge here, but only just tied up the series. This is the Heat’s second trip to the Finals with LeBron, where they’ve been defeated once. There’s at least three more games to go before LeBron will know if he’s got something fill that empty spot on his mantle place.

The US Grand Prix makes its inaugural appearance on the countdown. The latest, greatest incarnation of this F1 racing event will be in our backyard, at the Circuit of the Americas in Austin. The Formula One Expo is going on in Austin this weekend, where TicketCity will have some folks who can answer your questions in person. Or you can look at the really cool cars, either way. The Expo will certainly wet your appetite for the race, which isn’t until November, ample time to get your tickets to this bit of racing history.

The Week in TicketCity Search – The Beliebers Strike Back

TicketCity Week in Search

Week of
Jun. 4th
1 1 Justin Bieber
2 2 One Direction
3 4 Euro 2012
4 - Coldplay
5 - OKC Thunder
6 - Kenny Chesney
7 - Katy Perry
8 - Miami Heat
9 9 Jason Aldean
10 - Dallas Cowboys

BOOM! That was not pretty. One Direction, having held the top spot lo these many weeks, was de-throned by a margin that makes their previously impressive victories seem a mere trifle. The esteemed Mr. Bieber separated #1 and #2 by a nearly 5x margin, possibly setting a record for the number of searches in a week. My biggest concern now is that “Bieber” is not exactly a font of snappy title puns. While I was worried I’d run out with One Direction, I should have been concerned with who would replace them.

In the world outside of tween pop, we have Euro Cup hitting the #3 spot, which may be as high as the 2012 edition will be allowed to climb. Coldplay drops in at #4. They will be playing dates in Texas later this month and the smart money says that has something to do with their new-found chart success. The Thunder clenching a berth in the NBA Finals helped propel them to #5 in a bit of a “last minute” rush.

Kenny Chesney, no stranger to the countdown, returns to start the bottom five this week. He’s followed by someone who is a stranger to the countdown, Katy Perry. It seems as if her buzz may be due more to the upcoming release of a bio/concert film: Part of Me. As this one is going to be hitting your local multiplex, we won’t be selling tickets for it. She has said there’s a new album on the way, so no doubt Ms. Perry will be on the road again at some point in the future.

The Heat and the Celtics made a go of it, but seems Heat fans are the more optimistic this week. The NBA Finals match up will be set Saturday night on the Heat’s home turf. Speaking of optimism, the Dallas Cowboys peek in a the bottom of the countdown to bring things to a close this week.

Spurs Make History

Welcome back from what I hope was a wonderful Memorial Day Weekend. Not only was it a three day weekend, but the NBA Conference Finals started and the Stanley Cup Finals start tomorrow. If you have not been keeping up with the NHL Playoffs, the 8th seed Kings have been dominating the competition as they head to Newark for game one of the Finals against the New Jersey Devils. The NBA has been entertaining as well, even though my Lakers were booted out by the Thunder. With that advance, OKC is matched up against the San Antonio Spurs in the Western Conference Finals. Chris Bosh’s absence from the court has not seemed to cool the Heat too much as they are a game up in the Eastern Conference Finals against Boston.

As the title of this week’s TicketCity Play of the Week implies, I am going black and silver today and giving the Spurs some love. I am not going to single out one specific play this week because what the Spurs have done can not be seen in just one game, or even two. This video is a recap of game one against Oklahoma City Sunday night. The game was your typical conference final game, going back and forth, not ever showing a clear winner until the last seconds of the game. At the end of the fourth quarter, the Spurs came out on top beating the Thunder 101 – 98.

I didn’t just pick this game because it was a game one victory that has set the tone for the rest of the series. I picked this win because it continued the longest winning streak in the franchise history of the Spurs. Nineteen to be exact, eight of which came against the best teams in the NBA as the Spurs swept the Jazz and Clippers in the first two rounds of the Playoffs.

I would love to see the Spurs continue this winning streak all the way to the NBA Finals. If they can continue to keep the streak alive, it will be a true test as OKC, Boston, and Miami are not teams to be taken lightly. But if there is a team that can do it, I think it’s the Spurs. Here’s the Spurs 19th consecutive win and your TicketCity Play of the Week. Go Spurs!