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 – Mrs. Carter Has A Happy Holiday

TicketCity Week in Search

Week of
Dec. 16th
1 10 Beyoncé
2 9 WWE
3 1 One Direction
4 2 George Strait
5 3 Rose Bowl
6 5 Alamo Bowl
7 - Brooklyn Nets
8 - Billy Joel
9 - Justin Timberlake
10 - Luke Bryan

Bit of a reversal from last week. The bottom are now the top. Beyoncé returns to the rather familiar position atop the countdown she occupied for some time earlier this year, while the WWE’s trek through Texas moves them up to second place. Last week’s top two had to make room, and did so in an orderly fashion, moving to #3 and #4.

The brief post-announcement week where bowls shine inevitably comes to an end. A couple of bowl games hung on this week: the Rose and the Alamo. For what it’s worth (very little), there were a few more bowls hanging around the 11-20 area. We still have tickets to pretty much any bowl you may be interested in, so if you’re waiting until the last-minute, be advised that minute hurtles ever closer…

The Nets remind us that the NBA regular season continues as well. The NBA has a tradition of playing games on Christmas Day, so perhaps the Nets’ home game against the Bulls on the 25th is the reason they shot up in the rankings this week. Other big Christmas Day games include the Thunder at Knicks, Rockets at Spurs, and Heat at Lakers.

After the Bowls pushed a lot of the regulars out last week, they all came rushing back through the door. Joel, Timberlake, and Bryan all return to the countdown. I’m sure even more familiar faces will be visible once the season had ended. Since we’ve got nothing new, it’s back to some old favorites. More Joel, this time the late 80s, socially conscious version:

The Week in TicketCity Search – Direction Bowl

TicketCity Week in Search

Week of
Dec. 9th
1 1 One Direction
2 2 George Strait
3 - Rose Bowl
4 - Sugar Bowl
5 - Alamo Bowl
6 - Cotton Bowl
7 - Orange Bowl
8 - Liberty Bowl
9 6 WWE
10 4 Beyoncé

Look at this way college football fans, if you add all the bowls together, they totally beat 5 kids from the UK. Classic case of a split vote keeps One Direction on top, and George Strait in a comfortable second place.

This brings us to the rich, nougaty center of the countdown, the post-bowl announcement frenzy. The Rose Bowl comes out on top, featuring a showdown between Stanford and Michigan State. Up next is the sweetest bowl, Sugar, which will bring Alabama and Oklahoma together. A bit of local seasoning may have given the Alamo and Cotton Bowls their respective places. They’re followed by Ohio State and Clemson in the Orange Bowl and a Rice / Mississippi State match-up in the Liberty Bowl.

Quite a few more Bowls that finished out of the Top 10, of course, including the final BCS Bowl between Florida State and Auburn. The four team playoff era begins next year. It appears there isn’t a lot of nostalgia for the current system, but just wait 20 years for people start saying things like “things were sooo much better back when we had the BCS game!” Okay… maybe not.

Beyoncé holds onto the top 10, possibly with a last second boot from that brand new album that just appeared out of nowhere. It’s a “visual album”, which appears to translate into “there’s videos for pretty much all the songs.” Which begs the question, nobody noticed Beyoncé filming 17 music videos? The only thing on YouTube is 30 second previews, but still the best option I have this week. So, enjoy your preview of a medium that was considered basically a commercial for a song in days past…

The Week in TicketCity Search – Dec 17th

TicketCity Week in Search

1 2 Cotton Bowl
2 1 Sugar Bowl
3 5 Rose Bowl
4 3 BCS Bowl
5 - WWE
6 8 George Strait
7 - Super Bowl
8 - Music City Bowl
9 10 Alamo Bowl
10 9 Taylor Swift

Not too many changes this week. The top bowls shuffled a bit, and we have a couple new bowls entering the list, though much like that old Sesame Street bit, one of them is not like the others. The Cotton Bowl takes the #1 spot from the Sugar Bowl, which drops to #2, followed by the Rose Bowl and the National Championship Game, both which gained a some spots. Looks like the BCS has the top of the list all sown up.

We take a brief detour from unscripted athletic contests to allow the WWE to pop in at #5. There’s a show at the Erwin Center on the 20th, so certainly a local flavor to that placement. George Strait climbs to the #6 spot, also on local interest as his next tour kicks off here at the very same Erwin Center on January 14th.

That brings us to that other post season Bowl, the Super one, where the entrants are determined by a fairly straightforward playoff process. The Super Bowl happens in Arlington this year, up at the brand new home of the Dallas Cowboys.

Rounding out the list the Music City Bowl and Alamo Bowl make the cut this week, and Taylor Swift manages to hold on for another week with George Strait as the only other concert entry.

TicketCity Bowl Memories: Rafael Rivas

To get everyone in the Bowl Season mood (which begins on December 18th, 2011), TicketCity will be running stories from our team members whose bowl memories live on. Today, Rafael Rivas, TicketCity’s Chief Strategy Officer, talks about when he realized Vince Young was going to bring a title to the University of Texas.

As proud UT alums, our Chief Energizing Officer Randy Cohen and I decided to go with a couple of co-workers to the 2005 Rose Bowl. It was such a great time, even before the opening kickoff. The night before, we all went to a huge New Year’s Eve block party in Downtown Los Angeles that was catered by Wolfgang Puck. But that couldn’t prepare me for the Hollywood ending the game the next day would have.

 Pasadena had great football weather that day–mid-50’s and slightly overcast. Randy, being the super Longhorn fan he is, was able to get us seats together on the 50 yard line and 15 rows up. It was the perfect setting for the show Vince Young was about to put on. His amazing runs—especially the 60-yard romp that kicked off the third quarter—just blew us away. The game was a nail-biter through-out, and then came the kicks. Garrett Rivas hit one for Michigan that put them up by two, but it gave Vince enough time to come down the field. It took him 10 plays to collect 47 yards, but with time running out, Dusty Mangum kicked a partially blocked field goal through the uprights as time expired.

At the Rose Bowl, they have confetti bombs and fireworks that go off when the game ends. So when the clock ticked down to zero, the ball wobbly ball landed as the explosions went off. It was perfect. After the game, we all predicted a return for Texas and made a vow to come back the next year to watch them play for all the marbles—which, of course they did and won.

If you’d like to create your own college football bowl memories, check out our great selection of seats for games all across the country. Alternately, you can call 1-800-521-8788 and speak to one of our helpful sales representatives.