Dec 30

With the severity of the pain he felt when his back seized up during the pregame warmup on Dec. 16, Devils defenseman Henrik Tallinder thought he might not play again this season.

Here he is now, practicing with the team and hoping to return to the Saturday afternoon lineup against the Pittsburgh Penguins. Tallinder has missed 6 games due to his back. Alex Urbom, a rookie defensemen, was sent back to Albany as Coach Pete DeBoer is confident Tallinder will return.

“We wanted to get through a full practice and get a little contact in,” DeBoer said. “I thought he looked good to me. See how he wakes up tomorrow, but he looks good.”

Tallinder almost suffered another injury during practice yesterday when he was hit on the top of the left foot by a Dainius Zubrus shot. Even though his foot is sore, he is still expected to play.

Tallinder wasn’t the only Devil to be injured during practice, Zubrus suffered an injury of his own when he put a shot on net and the puck bounced out and hit him in the mouth. He broke one tooth and will need additional dental work.

“I shot the puck. Moose (Johan Hedberg) made a save and it came back at me. I was still going to the net, so it hit me in the mouth,” Zubrus said. “It chipped one tooth and another was pushed in.”

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Dec 29

New York Yankees star third baseman Alex Rodriguez had an injury-filled 2011 season in pinstripes which ended with him under-performing in the playoffs, batting a mere .211 in the post-season.

In hopes of speeding up his recovery and bouncing back to the level fans have grown accustomed to, “A Rod” has traveled to Germany for experimental medical treatment on his knee. The procedure is called Orthokine and basically involves removing blood, spinning it in a centrifuge and then injecting the blood into the injured area.

The theory is that the influx of blood to the area reduces irritation and pain in the area, which is what would hinder an athlete’s performance. Kobe Bryant is believed to be the one who recommended this treatment to A Rod, having undergone Orthokine treatment himself.

Yankees fans probably don’t really care what A Rod does, just as long as he returns to being the productive hitter he’s been throughout his career and earns his massive salary.

The New York Yankees open spring training camp soon enough, their first game is scheduled for March 2nd. The hope is that A Rod will be well on his way to recovery by then and be ready to start the season fresh and strong.

The New York Yankees home opener for the 2012 season will be held at 1:05pm on April 13 vs the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim.

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Dec 27

Christmas came early this year for the New York Giants with a 29-14 victory over the NY Jets on Christmas Eve. This victory also gave the Giants bragging rights as the winner of the “Battle of New York.”

“I hate to use that cliche, but this is a huge one,” left tackle David Diehl said. “This is about the city, the city of New York and what team wants to be responsible. They have talked all week and said what they wanted to say. From Day 1, they’re our big brother and other stuff. We went out there and played our game and showed whose stadium this is.”

The Giants had their first 99-yard play in franchise history on a touchdown pass from Eli Manning to Victor Cruz. Cruz, who had three catches for 164 yards, broke Amani Toomer’s single-season mark for yards receiving.

With this win the Giants are 8-7, which puts them in the running for the NFC East title. The deciding game will be the Giants’ season finale against the Dallas Cowboys on New Year’s night at 8:20PM in MetLife Stadium.

With the loss, the Jets find themselves fighting for an AFC Wildcard spot. The Jets need a win against the Miami Dolphins next week. In addition to this win, they will also need some help from several other teams on order to remain alive in the post-season.

The Jets need the Cincinnati Bengals, Tennessee Titans and either one of the Oakland Raiders or Denver Broncos to lose (combined with a Jets victory over Miami) to reach the playoffs.

Each team still has a shot, find New York Giants tickets today and see them battle Dallas Sunday night for the NFC East title.

Dec 26

The top five events on SelectATicket.com last week were:

  1. Radio City Christmas Spectacular Tickets
  2. 2012 MLB All Star Game Tickets
  3. 2012 MLB Home Run Derby Tickets
  4. Winter Classic Tickets
  5. Big East Tournament Tickets

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Dec 22

Despite losing five of their last six games, the New York Giants are still in the playoff picture in the NFC.

With a victory over the Jets this Saturday combined with a Dallas loss to Philadelphia, the Giants would regain first place in the NFC East. Given their tie-breaker advantage over the Dallas Cowboys, the team they play in the season finale, the Giants control their own destiny. Should the Giants defeat both the Jets and Cowboys, they will make the playoffs regardless of what Dallas does versus the Eagles.

The New York Jets however are not in such a guaranteed position. While the Giants know exactly what they have to do in order to ensure a berth, the Jets could win both of their final games but still not be a lock for a playoff spot in the AFC.

The Jets would benefit by a loss or two by the Bengals to help New York reach the playoffs. This is from ESPN on the subject:

If the Jets and Bengals both win out to finish 10-6, they’d have to resort to the strength-of-victory tiebreaker. (They’d have the same conference record and same common-opponents record.) The Jets would hold a significant advantage over the Bengals. Based on current records, the Jets’ SOV would be 56-83 (combined records of teams they beat); the Bengals’ SOV would be 51-88, according to ESPN Stats & Information.

But first things first, the Giants and the Jets will play at 1pm this Saturday, a Christmas Eve matchup which is a home game for the Jets at MetLife Stadium.

There’s been a lot of back and forth in the newspapers this week with each team taking verbal jabs at one another but all the talking goes out the window and the game is determined on the field. This is probably the biggest game to be played at MetLife Stadium yet.

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Dec 21

The New York Rangers made the short trip to Newark, New Jersey’s Prudential Center last night to take on the New Jersey Devils. The result was a 4-1 New York victory which was a much closer game than the final score would indicate.

As always with these two teams, there was physical play, end-to-end action and terrific saves at both ends by the goaltenders.

To give you an idea of what a Rangers vs Devils game is like, the first fight of the evening came at 0:03 of the first period. That’s right, THREE SECONDS after the opening faceoff there was a fight between Mike Rupp of NY and NJ’s Cam Janssen. With a decided reach advantage, Rupp landed more blows but in the end it was a close bout without many haymakers landed but it certainly set the tone and sent a message that this was going to be a hard fought game.

New Jersey had the edge in play through the first period, out-shooting the Rangers by a margin of 12-4 and scoring the lone goal, a rebound shot which Travis Zajac put up and over sprawling goaltender Henrik Lundqvist.

New York picked up their play in period number two, hitting the goal post behind Devils goalie Martin Brodeur at least 3 separate times and finally evened the score at 1 when Artem Anisimov converted a centering feed from Derek Stepan. Stepan’s pass deflected off a Devils defenseman right onto the stick of a charging Anisimov who buried it behind Brodeur for his 7th tally of the season.

The Rangers took the lead for good in the third period on a goal by Marian Gaborik. Another strong play by Anisimov resulted in a shot on goal which was stopped by Brodeur but he couldn’t handle the rebound and Gaborik banged it home for the 2-1 lead.

New Jersey threatened to tie it up on a number of chances but Lundqvist was stellar between the pipes, turning back a total of 30 shots by the end of the game.

It appeared a gaff by Rangers defenseman Ryan McDonagh would give the Devils a chance to tie it as he took a two minute minor for closing his hand on the puck with 6:57 remaning in the third period.

However, it was the Rangers who took advantage as a clearing attempt by Rangers dman Stu Bickel – playing in his first NHL game – went past Ilya Kovalchuk at the Devils’ point and was pounced upon by speedy NY rookie Carl Hagelin. Hagelin broke down 2-on-1 with Brian Boyle and rifled a shot past a stunned Brodeur for a shorthanded goal which gave the visitors a two goal cushion. It marked the 10th shorthanded goal surrendered by the Devils this season, the most given up by any team in the league.

Gaborik put the icing on the cake with an empty net goal in the final 4 seconds of the game. The two goal game gives Gaborik 19 on the season after netting just 22 last year.

The two teams are battling for playoff position in the NHL’s Eastern Conference and will meet up several more times before the year is over.

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Dec 19

The top five events on Select-A-Ticket last week were:

  1. New York Giants Tickets
  2. War Horse Tickets
  3. Big East Tournament Tickets
  4. Peter Pan Tickets
  5. Winter Classic Tickets

The Giants let their fans down with a loss to Washington yesterday but there’s still hope as Big Blue can finish first in the division with a pair of victories over the NY Jets and then Dallas Cowboys in their final two games. Don’t give up hope just yet Giants fans, this team’s fought their way off of the canvas a few times this season, now it’s time to do it again!

War Horse is a critically acclaimed Broadway show which was wildly successful in London and has since taken over Broadway as well. You have to see how they portray the horse on stage, it is amazing.

Don’t forget, with the holidays here, there is still time to purchase tickets or ticket gift cards for loved ones and the crazy music, theater or sports fans in your life. Find Gift Cards today at Select-A-Ticket.

Dec 15

Upon the death of Jerry Garcia in 1995, the Grateful Dead’s time officially came to an end. Founding members rightfully decided that it just is not the Grateful Dead without Garcia.

Over the years the surviving members have toured in various incarnations because, as any DeadHead knows, THE MUSIC NEVER STOPPED!

The latest variation includes rhythm guitarist Bob Weir and bassist Phil Lesh in a band named FURTHUR, the name taken from the famous Ken Kesey bus.

Playing old Grateful Dead favorites with Dark Star Orchestra guitarist John Kadlecik admirably taking on the “Jerry parts”, Furthur has been touring for two years now and the fans really enjoy their sound.

In addition to the expected Grateful Dead tunes, Furthur also has dusted off some long-lost Dead numbers and thrown in a wide range of covers. Some of the materials they’ve played are from bands such as The Beatles, The Rolling Stones, Bob Dylan, The Band, Pink Floyd, Led Zeppelin, Ryan Adams, Van Morrison and The Clash.

Furthur has scheduled an east coast tour in 2012 including an eight night stand at the Beacon Theatre in New York City. Furthur will play the Beacon on April 9, 10, 12, 13, 14, 15, 17 & 18.

Fans of Furthur, the Grateful Dead, RatDog and Jam Band music in general will be thrilled to hear these songs played live once again. Don’t miss these legends of rock n roll live in concert at the Beacon Theatre. Find Furthur tickets today.

Dec 13

On Monday, the New Jersey Devils traded forward Rod Pelley and defenseman Mark Fraser to the Anaheim Ducks in return for defenseman Kurtis Foster and minor league goalie Timo Pielmeier. The deal also included a 7th round draft pick going to the Ducks in 2012.

Pelley went scoreless in the seven games played for the Devils this season, while Fraser went scoreless in four games played. The combined salaries for Pelley and Fraser, who will both be unrestricted free agents after this season, total $1.25 million.

Foster, in his seventh NHL season, has only played in nine games this season for Anaheim. He missed the first six games of this season recovering from thigh surgery. In those nine games he accrued only two points and eight penalty minutes. The Devils will be looking to Foster for help on their power play. 22 year old goalie, Timo Pielmeier, has been in Elmira (ECHL). He appeared in 10 games this season with a 3.45 GAA.

With these additions,Pete DeBoer will need to make roster moves when center Travis Zajac and defenseman Anton Volchenkov are soon taken off IR.

“I think we get a pretty good acquisition very soon in Travis Zajac, who will be back soon and Anton should be back by the end of the week,” Lamoriello said. “When you have such quality individuals (like Pelley and Fraser) who’ve given you so much each and every day in practice and in the locker room as support, you try and do the best for them. This is a win situation for both teams. They’re getting two role players who will be tremendous for them and we’re getting a player who has tremendous upside in the role we see that he’ll fit.”

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Dec 12

The five hottest events on SelectATicket.com last week were:

  1. NBA All Star Game Tickets
  2. 2012 MLB All Star Game Tickets
  3. Wrestlemania Tickets
  4. The Book of Mormon Tickets
  5. Big East Tournament Tickets

The return of the NBA clearly has fans excited for the All Star Game in Orlando this season.

Wrestlemania has been popular all year long in anticipation of the big event in Miami this coming April 1st.

The hottest show on Broadway, The Book of Mormon, is no stranger to this list, either!

Be sure to return next week to see what events make the top five list for the current week.

Dec 7

The NHL Board of Governors revealed a plan to do away with the current 15-team Eastern and Western conferences and their three sub-divisions. Their plan is to now have four conferences.

This new alignment does have its benefits. It will increase regional rivalries and competition for playoff spots, in addition to decreasing travel time for teams out West. The alignment will also guarantee home-and-home series among all teams.

The new look conferences, which have yet to be named, are as follows:

  1. New Jersey Devils, Philadelphia Flyers, Pittsburgh Penguins, New York Rangers, New York Islanders, Washington Capitals, Carolina Hurricanes
  2. Boston Bruins, Montreal Canadiens, Toronto Maple Leafs, Ottawa Senators, Buffalo Sabres, Florida Panthers, Tampa Bay Lightning
  3. Detroit Red Wings, Columbus Blue Jackets, Nashville Predators, St. Louis Blues, Chicago Blackhawks, Minnesota Wild, Dallas Stars, Winnipeg Jets.
  4. Los Angeles Kings, Anaheim Ducks, Phoenix Coyotes, San Jose Sharks, Vancouver Canucks, Calgary Flames, Edmonton Oilers, Colorado Avalanche.

Based on statistics, the Rangers, Devils and Islanders are set to do battle in the most difficult of the four new conferences. Since the 2004-05 season, the teams in this new conference have combined to send 27 teams to the playoffs. This is the highest percentage out of all the new conferences. These same teams have also averaged 92.2 points in the standings over that same time period as well, another best out of the new conferences.

With this new alignment, only four out of the seven teams in the conference the New Jersey Devils and New York Rangers are in will make the playoffs. This will make the intra-conference rivalries even more intense than they already are!

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Dec 6

Jesus Christ Superstar, a musical written by Andrew Lloyd Webber and Tim Rice, will be coming to Broadway after a completely sold out, critically praised, extended run at the Stratford Shakespeare Festival in Canada. Des McAnuff, a two-time Tony Award winning director, brings a bold, new vision to the classic rock opera. McAnuff puts a totally new twist on Jesus Christ Superstar, playing on Rice’s concept of a romantic triangle between Jesus, Mary and Judas.

When asked about the love triangle twist, McAnuff replied, “It’s very much there in the album already. Tim has talked about the love triangle, but I added the term “secular love triangle” since one of the show’s amazing achievements is that they look at Christ as a man. It’s undeniable he was one of the most remarkable people who graced the planet. Even if you don’t believe he was the son of God, it tells an inspiring and human story.”

Although casting has not yet been announced, it is expected that much of the original Stratford cast will be reclaiming their roles on Broadway.

The musical, about the last days of Jesus’ life, will begin preview performances on March 1, 2012 at Broadway’s Neil Simon Theater. Jesus Christ Superstar will open on Broadway on Andrew Lloyd Webber’s 64th birthday, March 22, 2012.

Jesus Christ Superstar first opened on Broadway in 1971. As it happens, Jesus Christ Superstar won’t be the only religious musical on Broadway this season. A new production of another ’70s musical, Stephen Schwartz’s “Godspell,” opened earlier this fall at the Circle In The Square Theatre.

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Dec 5

With the football season heating up, the Winter Classic quickly approaching and NCAA bowl games announced this week’s top five does not contain many surprises other than perhaps the MLB All Star Game but that is probably the best holiday gift for a huge baseball fan!

  1. Cotton Bowl Tickets
  2. Winter Classic Tickets
  3. New York Giants Tickets
  4. Spider-Man: Turn Off the Dark Tickets
  5. 2012 MLB All Star Game Tickets

Check back next week to see what events make the top 5 list for this week.

Dec 2

Every year since 1933 the Radio City Christmas Spectacular has been thrilling holiday revelers with their exciting show filled with dance numbers and holiday magic.

Featuring the World Famous Rockettes dancers and the big man himself, Santa Claus, the Radio City Christmas Spectacular is a holiday tradition right in the heart of New York City.

Visitors travel from far and wide to visit New York at this time of year. With the Christmas tree at Rockefeller Center right across the street, Radio City Music Hall gets a lot of crowds this time of year. That is why they hold several performances per day, and they still sell out most shows!

If you are near New York City, heading there this holiday season or are even thinking about it, you are best served ordering your Radio City Christmas Spectacular tickets in advance. Countless disappointed fans are turned away daily at the door due to sold out performances. Buy in advance and get ready for the most exciting show of the season in the greatest city in the world.

This year they have added new numbers and thrilling 3D special effects but have not strayed from the true meaning of the Christmas Spectacular show, instead they have enhanced it. See this all new and wonderful extravaganza before it is too late, the final performance is quickly approaching and you will have to wait until the end of 2012 to get another chance to experience the magic.