Jason Shares His Top Picks For Best Upcoming Events

With so many great live events to choose from, it can be hard to decide which ones should be at the top of your list. Jason, one of our friendly sales associates here at TicketCity, shares what’s at the top of his list these days. Maybe one of these great events will inspire your next ticket purchase.

Jason shares his Top Picks for upcoming live events.

1: NBA Finals

Things are really heating up between the San Antonio Spurs and the Oklahoma City Thunder and the Miami Heat and Boston Celtics. We still don’t know which two teams will be going head-to-head to claim the Larry O’Brien Championship Trophy, but one thing is certain: it’s sure to be an exciting ride! Will the Spurs continue their incredible streak? Will Lebron finally get his championship? Watch the action unfold live with tickets from yours truly.

2: Belmont Stakes

Belmont has provided the stage for many dramatic finishes.  It is the last of the Triple Crown races and provides the possibility of seeing a Triple Crown winner.  Will I’ll Have Another be able to win at Belmont Stakes to make history, claiming the first Triple Crown victory in 34 years? Only time will tell.

3: US Open Tennis

The US Open is widely regarded as one of the most exciting tennis tournaments. The field of over 600 players always includes the top tennis players in the World. The tournament is played in the shadow of New York City, so Manhattan celebrities are a regular sight. This event makes frequent appearances on bucket lists everywhere.

4: Kevin Hart

Hart has turned into a major draw on the American comedy circuit, and he has also made his mark as an actor, writer and producer for myriad entertainment outlets. With new movies and stand-up specials on the horizon, fans will have plenty to look forward to and will no doubt leave the theater with abs sore from laughter.

5: The Book of Mormon

Jason and our CEO, Randy Cohen, were both wowed by this musical from South Park creators Trey Parker and Matt Stone. But you don’t have to take our word for it. The production earned 14 nominations and 9 wins in the 2011 Tony Awards. The Drama League, New York Drama Critics, Outer Critics Circle, and Drama Desk all gave their top musical honors to The Book of Mormon.

Looking for tickets to some of your own Top Picks? Give Jason a ring directly at 1.888.561.0037 or call 1.800.SOLD.OUT for personalized customer service from any one of us here at TicketCity.

TicketCity’s Top 10 Favorite Sports Movies

I’ll never forget the ride to the 2002 volleyball state semifinals, sounded by nearly 40 of my teammates, all high school girls that I had played with for years. Together we had sweat our way through two-a-day workouts, sprints, victories, and just a few losses.

As a ninth-grader lacking hand-eye coordination, I only stepped onto the court during JV games. But on that bus, all of us full with nervous energy, it felt as if there was no junior varsity team, no varisty team, but instead only one united team, all readying to fight the same battle.

Adding to the emotion, Coach Horwatt had chosen to show Remember the Titans as our bus ride entertainment, a movie then only two years old. There’s something about Remember the Titans, and sports movies in general, that appeal even to those that don’t consider themselves athletes or sports fans. Is it the banding together of typically conflicting personalities for the greater good of the team that gets to the viewer? The warm fuzzies you feel when the underdog pulls off victory?

I’m not sure what it is that makes these movies so universally appealing. Even now, as adults far from our time on the field or the court, the TicketCity team still has its favorite sports movies. Below are the top ten recommendations directly to you from the TicketCity staff.

1) Hoosiers

“Hoosiers is the ultimate David vs. Goliath movie. If you work hard, you can achieve anything.” -Chris A., Client Relations

2) Field of Dreams

“This one is a classic. Besides the great storyline and amazing cast, this one is my favorite because it shows the bond that baseball can create.” -Gene G., Client Relations; Also recommended by Randy Cohen, CEO.

3) Caddyshack

“One of the funniest movies ever made, certainly the funniest sports movie. Bill Murray, Chevy Chase, Rodney Dangerfield & Ted Knight are at their best in Caddyshack.  You can see it a hundred times and the dialogue is still just as funny as the first time you watched it.” -Zach A., COO; Also recommended by Brian W., Sales.

4) Rocky IV

“Great movie for the time period.  You  have USA vs. Russia, sports science vs. old fashioned true grit training, man vs. a machine, and revenge.  A lot of themes going on.” -Rafael R., CSO

5) Dodgeball

“Because if you can dodge a wrench, you can dodge a ball.” -Eric L., Marketing

6) Bad News Bears

This is an all-time favorite of Lou C., VP of Purchasing.

7) Happy Gilmore

“Bob Barker kicks Adam Sandler’s butt. Do I even need a second reason to love this movie?!” -Kendall L., Sales

8) White Men Can’t Jump

“I love “White Men Can’t Jump” because it avoids the platitudes that most sports flicks run into, namely that conflict between men, races, genders and friends needs just “one big game” or “one big moment” to be overcome. It also brought the “We goin’ to Sizzler”/Cabbage Patch-mix onto the pop culture scene.” -Alex F., Marketing

9) The Natural

“In the movie Roy shows us his heart and passion for baseball and helps us realize we need to love and cherish our passions in life and if we do that, we will have the ultimate success.” -Randy Cohen, CEO

10) Rudy

“Rudy never, ever gives up. This is a true classic.” -Kelley R., Marketing

Fantasy Drafts Come To The NHL All-Star Game

It’s amazing to me that out of the four major sports leagues in America, the NHL is the most inventive in terms of marketing and changing the game. They’ll change things up on a whim, like rules or this year’s All-Star game, which takes a page out of our past and current fascinations. Two as-yet-unnamed captains (we’ll let you guess who the obvious choices are) will choose from a roster of 40 players that were either voted in by fans or chosen by the league. While it’s easy to equate this to our nation’s fascination with fantasy-sports leagues, I’d like to equate it to our playground past, which with the popular Winter Classic played outdoors, might be how the NHL is trying to angle it, too. With the strong roster released yesterday, it seems like another, to use a somewhat improper phrase, slam dunk for the NHL in terms of its marketing.

TicketCity Wants to See Fans In Action

We all get excited about seeing the action of a live entertainment event; whether it be a great college football rivlary game, the last concert of legend (MJ, RIP) or just a great weekend show for a local band in your area.  The action, the excitement and the passion are simply unmatched when you see an event live.

At TicketCity, we understand that more than ever.  That’s how we got our start – by providing our clients access to unforgettable experiences that they remember forever.  We all have our own stories we’ll never forget.

So now we want to see you in action.  That’s right, YOU enjoying your favorite events; whether it be tailgate, a concert, or even a formal theatre event.  Send us your photos of you with friends, family, celebrities or just hangin’ solo at an event you will always remember.

Send us photos or video of yourself at one of your favorite and be entered to win a gift card valid toward any event of your choice.  All entries will receive a prize from TicketCity just for entering.  We’ll warn you now that our judges are very subjective, with no rhyme or reason to their criteria, but they love to see people having the a great time at events.  So, show us your pix.  If you’re lucky, you might even make it on our website (so keep it clean!).

Email us at memories@ticketcity.com with your photos or videos and a short description of the event (who, when, where). Include your name, email and shipping address with your entry.  Please be sure to get us your entry by August 10th, 2009 to be eligble to win, as we’ll announce the winner August 14th, 2009.  Multiple entries are welcome.

We can’t wait to see what you’ve got!

The Most Famous Plays in Sports History

I have put together a list (in no particular order) of the most memorable plays in sports history.  To provide a better visual of these plays, you will find videos for each play embedded in this post.  These decisive plays have changed the sporting world in one way or another, and are arguably the most cogently remembered plays of all time.

1. Immaculate Reception

The Immaculate Reception is a neologism that refers to a shoestring catch made by Steelers running back Franco Harris during the AFC divisional playoff game between the Pittsburgh Steelers and the Oakland Raiders.  The play marked the beginning of a decade of playoff wins for the Steelers, including four Super Bowls.

The catch happened with 22 seconds remaining in the game.  The Pittsburgh Steelers trailed the Oakland Raiders 7-6, and were facing fourth-and-10 on their own 40-yard line.  Steelers QB Terry Bradshaw was looking for Barry Pearson on the play, but he was not open.  Instead, Bradshaw threw in the direction of fullback John “Frenchy” Fuqua, who was hit by Jack Tatum the moment the ball reached Fuqua.  Tatum knocked Fuqua to the ground, and the ball was knocked backward several yards.  Franco Harris, being at the right place at the right time, caught the ball on its descent to the ground (near his feet) and ran it all the way back for Steelers win.

2. The Shot

The Shot refers to a game-winning basket made by Michael Jordan during the 1989 NBA Playoffs vs. the Cleveland Cavaliers.  Jordan and the Chicago Bulls were behind, 100-99 with 3.2 seconds remaining on the clock.  The ball was inbounded to Jordan, who took the shot from near the foul line to win not only the game, but also the series for the Bulls.  The buzzer-beater allowed Chicago to move on to play the New York Knicks in a best-of-seven.

3. The Ball of the Century

Australia’s Shane Warne bowled a cricket delivery that stirred the entire world of professional cricket.  On the second day of the first Test of the 1993 Ashes series, Warne delivered a bowl that stunned batsman Mike Gatting of England.  The leg spin delivery, characterized by a anti-clockwise spin that causes the ball to drift right (if thrown by a right hander), will strike the ground and move inside the batsman – hopefully to cause the batsman to be bowled.  The closest equivalent, in American sports, would be a sharp moving curveball that resulted in a strikeout.  The significance of this bowl is that the leg spin delivery was thrust prominently back into the spotlight, and its effectiveness was recognized by cricket followers everywhere.

4. The Catch

The Catch refers to a play made by New York Giants outfielder Willie Mays during the 1954 World Series at the Polo Grounds in New York.  The catch is often considered one of the best plays in Major League Baseball, due to the incredible difficulty of the feat.

Mays was playing shallow center field when Indian’s Vic Wertz crushed the ball to deep center.  At the time, the distance from home plate to the center field wall was almost 475 ft. at Polo Grounds, making it one of the hardest ballparks to hit a home run over the center field wall.  Mays ran with the ball at his back, eventually making the dramatic catch over his shoulder near the 425 ft. mark.  The Catch prevented the Indians from scoring any more runs (the score was 2-2 at the time of The Catch), and the Giants won the game in overtime.  The Giants went on to sweep the series.

5. The Play

The Play refers to a last-effort football kickoff return by the University of California Golden Bears against Stanford University during their 85th rivalry game, dubbed the “Big Game.”  Stanford had taken a 20-19 lead on a field goal with four seconds left in the game, and all that remained was time for a kickoff.  The Golden Bears, making use of five lateral passes, returned the kickoff for a touchdown – even after the Stanford marching band had stormed the field thinking their team had won.  The Play is widely controversial, as there are many who say that Cal made illegal lateral passes or was even downed at one point during the run.  However, The Play is still upheld in record books, and is one of the most memorable plays in football history.

One of the most remembered moments in the video below is at the end of The Play, when Kevin Moen slammed into unaware Stanford trombone player Gary Tyrell for the touchdown and the win.

6. The Hand of God goal

The Hand of God goal refers to a ruled goal made by Argentina’s Diego Maradona during the quarter-final match of the 1986 FIFA World Cup.  Argentina beat England, 2-1, not as a result of the goal, but as a result of a later goal dubbed as the “Goal of the Century” scored by Maradona just five minutes after the Hand of God goal.  The Hand of God goal is famous for its inaccurate ruling as a legitimate goal, for Maradona batted the ball into the goal with his left fist.  The goal was dubbed the “Hand of God” goal as Maradona was quoted after the game that the goal was scored “a little with the head of Maradona, a little with the Hand of God.”  In actuality, the goal was scored entirely with the hand of Maradona.

7. The Goal of the Century

The Goal of the Century was a goal scored by Diego Maradona during the same quarter-final 1986 FIFA World Cup match versus England.  The goal was voted the “Greatest Goal in FIFA World Cup History” in a poll on FIFA’s website in 2002.  Earlier in the match, Maradona scored a goal with his hand, which was ruled legitimate.  Argentina beat England in the controversial match, 2-1.

8. The Rumble in the Jungle

The Rumble in the Jungle in Zaire was a famous boxing match pitting world Heavyweight champion George Foreman versus the former champion, Muhammad Ali.  Foreman lost much of his stamina after several rounds, tiring because of Ali’s speed and dodging skills.  In the eighth round, Ali landed the perfect combination of punches to put Foreman on the floor, unconscious.  The match signified that then-favored Foreman was still no match for the treacherous Ali.