Feb 29

On a day that was a lot more hype than substance, the New York Rangers followed up the days events with a game filled with more substance than style, but got the job done. The New York Rangers shutout cross river rival New Jersey Devils 2-0 at Madison Square Garden Monday night just hours following their failed attempts to land superstar forward Rick Nash from the Columbus Blue Jackets.

A team built on chemistry and hard work, the Rangers may be better off without Nash as acquiring him would have required them to part with several key pieces to their current team and the future, according to who you believe.

The Devils were not expected to participate in the trade deadline deals as they had already landed their big fish, trading for offensive defenseman Marek Zidlicky from the Minnesota Wild over the weekend. Zidlicky was unable to help provide an offensive boost as New York played a strong forechecking game and did not give up much time and space to the Devils. Don’t feel bad for the Devils though, they shutout New York in the last meeting and have another chance to get their revenue on Tuesday, March 6 at the Prudential Center. The Rangers and Devils will face one another again next week as their decades long rivalry shows no signs of cooling off anytime soon. Last night’s game featured a fight between Eric Boulton and Brandon Prust as well as another bout between Brandon Dubinsky and David Clarkson.

In a game that featured very few offensive chances, New York outshot New Jersey by a slim margin of 15-13. The difference being a Carl Hagelin shot from the left post off a behind-the-net feed from Ryan Callahan which eluded Devils goaltender Martin Brodeur.

The goal, rookie Hagelin’s 11th on the season, came at 16:59 of the first period and the two teams continued to battle it out in a game that can be described as a hard-fought neutral zone duel. Each team had to fight for every inch of ice as neither was willing to give the other a chance. Stifling defenses and body check after body check made for a thrilling game as fans knew NY was just one goal away from taking a commanding lead and NJ was just one goal away from knotting things up.

Despite their best efforts, the Devils could not get the puck past New York netminder Henrik Lundqvist and with an extra attacker on the ice and their net empty, the Devils surrendered an empty net goal to Rangers captain Ryan Callahan which sealed the victory for the home team.

Every game between these two teams is unpredictable, thrilling, physical and emotional… for players and fans alike!

See the rematch at the Prudential Center next week, great seats remain available as of this writing.

Find New Jersey Devils tickets today and watch them as they march towards the playoffs and hope to have better luck next time against the New York Rangers.

Feb 27

The Top 5 Events on SelectATicket.com last week were as follows:

  1. 2012 MLB All Star Game Tickets
  2. MLB Home Run Derby Tickets
  3. Big East Tournament Tickets
  4. Bruce Springsteen Tickets
  5. Ringling Bros and Barnum & Bailey Circus Tickets

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

Feb 23

Infielder Eric Chavez has agreed to a one year, $900,000 contract with the New York Yankees, the NY Daily News reported yesterday.

Also this week the Yankees signed outfielder/designated hitter Raul Ibanez. The Yankees were able to make this moves after freeing up salary via the trade which sent disappointing pitcher A.J. Burnett to the Pittsburgh Pirates.

Chavez is expected to fulfill the same role as last season, spot duty at third base and pinch hitter as well as the occasional start at first base and DH.

Last season Chavez saw action in 58 Yankees games, batting a respectable .263 with two home runs and 26 RBIs.

Another Yankee in the news this week is all-time great relief pitcher Mariano Rivera.

Now in his 40s but still going strong, there is speculation this is the final season for the legendary reliever.

Rivera will not come right out and say it but he has revealed that he has made a decision re: retirement and will share that with the public when he feels the timing is right.

“I made my decision already but I’m not ready to tell you yet.”

Those were the exact words used by Rivera when questioned during spring training.

Even at age 42, Rivera shows no signs of slowing down.

He passed Trevor Hoffman to break the major league saves record in 2011 and now enters this season with 603 saves.

The Yankees closer had one of his best season ever when he finished with 44 saves last season.

In what could be the last year to see this dynamic reliever, the best there ever was, maybe now is the time to find New York Yankees tickets for any home game at world famous Yankee Stadium.

Feb 22

Brazil vs Argentina tickets are available now for their international friendly match at MetLife Stadium in the Meadowlands on Saturday June 9, 2012.

International Friendly: Argentina vs. Brazil
MetLife Stadium
East Rutherford, NJ
Sat, Jun 09 2012

The biggest rivalry in all of the world, Brazil and Argentina have remarkably had a very even battle throughout history. The overall record between these clubs is tied at 34 wins and 24 draws each.

This game could be the one to give one of the countries and advantage in the historic series.

Featuring some of the greatest players in the world, including literally the best player (FIFA Player of the Year) Lionel Messi and young phenom Neymar, this game is going to sell out quickly and push tickets into the scarcely found and in high demand category.

Not only is this a fierce rivalry between these two national teams but also between their fans. They simply do not like each other!

Despite the “friendly” moniker, don’t let that fool you. These fans and these players all want their country to win at all costs. Their pride is at stake, this rivalry is so big it is sometimes called the “Battle of the South Americans.”

Each side argues who has the better team, the better goalie, the best striker, the best player ever: Maradona or Pele?, etc. The list goes on and on. The bottomline is whoever wins this game will take an edge in the overall series and own bragging rights until they meet again.

Don’t get shut out from this astounding international matchup at the Meadowlands, fans can witness a piece of history between these soccer powerhouses, or should I say futbol powerhouses, and order Brazil vs Argentina tickets today.

Feb 20

The Top Five Events at SelectATicket.com from last week:

  1. 2013 Winter Classic Tickets
  2. James Taylor Tickets
  3. MLB Home Run Derby Tickets
  4. Big East Tournament Tickets
  5. Spider-Man: Turn Off the Dark Tickets

The NHL Winter Classic will be at Michigan Stadium and feature the Detroit Red Wings vs Toronto Maple Leafs, the official word just coming down from the league and the event is already a hit with SelectATicket visitors!

Check back next week to see what events make the top five list.

Feb 15

The 2013 NHL Winter Classic is officially to be held at Michigan Stadium (The Big House) in Ann Arbor, Michigan. Scheduled for January 1, 2013, this will not only be the biggest Winter Classic event yet it will be the biggest NHL game in history.

The Big House hosted over 104,000 fans for the Michigan vs Michigan State “The Big Chill” game and now for the Winter Classic the projected crowd is 115,000 which would set a new single-game attendance record for the NHL.

Featuring the Detroit Red Wings and Toronto Maple Leafs in a classic Original Six matchup, the Winter Classic is going to be a great one in 2013. For the first time a Canadian team is involved and anybody who knows hockey knows the Maple Leafs fans are truly FANATICAL about their team and will surely come out in droves to attend the Winter Classic. Detroit, the self-proclaimed “Hockeytown”, has generations of dedicated fans themselves so this is going to be one raucous crowd of over 100,000 die-hard hockey fans cheering their respective teams on.

Who can forget the thrilling finish to the 2012 NHL Winter Classic where the New York Rangers traveled to Philadephia and overcame a 2-0 deficit to win the game 3-2. It took a defiant save by goaltender Henrik Lundqvist on a Daniel Briere penalty shot in the closing seconds to seal the deal in what was a dramatic finish to a thrilling contest.

Be a part of this historic game and experience hockey like you never have before – outdoors like it started way back when. Find 2013 NHL Winter Classic tickets today and witness this epic battle between the Red Wings and Maple Leafs.

Feb 13

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

  1. New Jersey Nets Tickets
  2. Big East Tournament Tickets
  3. Ringling Bros and Barnum & Bailey Circus Tickets
  4. Spider-Man: Turn Off the Dark Tickets
  5. NBA All Star Game Tickets

Lots of basketball as the season is in full swing following a lockout that threatened the entire year. And of course NCAA hoops at MSG with the Big East Tournament — no shock there as that is one of the best, if not the best, conference tournaments in the nation.

Check back next week for the top five events this week.

What events do you think will be on the list?

Feb 12

News broke over the weekend of a possible 2013 NHL Heritage Classic in Winnipeg, Manitoba.

Last held in 2011, the Heritage Classic is an outdoor hockey game played on Canadian soil involving Canadian-based teams. The NHL Winter Classic has traditionally been an outdoor game on US soil featuring US teams, until 2013 when it will feature the Detroit Red Wings and Toronto Maple Leafs at The Big House in Ann Arbor, Michigan.

The most recent Heritage Classic in 2011 was played between the Calgary Flames and Montreal Canadiens at McMahon Field in Calgary, Alberta. Fueled on by the home crowd, the Flames won the Heritage Classic in convincing fashion, 4-0.

Talk of a Heritage Classic in Winnipeg started up when sources revealed the NHL has contacted Environment Canada for weather pattern data in Winnipeg for January and February, as reported by TSN on February 10, 2012.

There is a brand new outdoor stadium, Investors Field, for the Canadian Football League’s Winnipeg Blue Bombers and that would be the likely location of the Heritage Classic.

All of this is pure speculation at the present time, but if this were true what a great gift to the people of Winnipeg. Not only do they finally have their Jets back in town but to be treated with one of the high profile outdoor events the league has been hosting the past several years would be quite and honor and a real feather in their cap.

No word on participating teams but let’s speculate a bit. Obviously the hometown Winnipeg Jets would need to be involved and wouldn’t it be absolutely perfect for them to wear the original, old school Winnipeg Jets jerseys?

As for an opponent, the best guess this writer can give would be the Vancouver Canucks. One of the best teams in the league, Vancouver has yet to participate in any of the outdoor hockey games. Of the Canadian teams, following next year’s Winter Classic involving Toronto, only Vancouver and Ottawa will have not played in an outdoor NHL game. Since Ottawa just hosted the All Star Game, it is likely time to give Vancouver a chance at the national spotlight. Just a guess, it could be any team in the league!

If this game does happen, it will be insane trying to get tickets. Sign up now to receive an email alert when 2013 NHL Heritage Classic tickets can be ordered.

Feb 8

According to TSN.ca, the National Hockey League will make an official announcement this Thursday (February 9th) that the 2013 NHL Winter Classic will feature an Original Six matchup: the Detroit Red Wings vs Toronto Maple Leafs at Michigan Stadium in Ann Arbor, Michigan.

This will be a two part announcement as Comerica Park in downtown Detroit will also be involved in the festivities. There is expected to be a week-long celebration of hockey in and around the Detroit area. Comerica Park is expected to host each game of the NCAA Great Lakes Invitational Tournament, an AHL game between Toronto and Grand Rapids, an OHL Doubleheader as well as various high school and youth games all capped off with the Detroit vs Toronto NHL Alumni game.

That alone is a huge list of festivities and we didn’t even get to the Winter Classic itself!

The University of Michigan will be the site fo the second announcement when the NHL will make it official that the Winter Classic will be played at “The Big House”. It has previously hosted outdoor hockey, most notably The Big Chill on December 11, 2010 between Michigan and Michigan State. That game set an outdoor hockey attendance record with a whopping 104,173 fans in attendance.

The date of the Winter Classic will move back to New Year’s Day, January 1st. As you may recall the 2012 Winter Classic between the New York Rangers and Philadelphia Flyers was played on January 2nd to avoid possible conflict with NFL games.

It would be wild to a part of this historic event as the NHL grows the Winter Classic into something bigger and better year after year, this time they might even shatter all records for attendance!

Sign up now to receive a free email alert when 2013 Winter Classic tickets can be ordered online.

Feb 6

In another thrilling Super Bowl that literally came down to the very last play before the winner was certain, the NFC Champion New York Giants defeated the AFC Champion New England Patriots 21-17. In a rematch of Super Bowl XLII which also was a nail-biter, the New York Giants once again prevailed. This time taking the lead for good with just under a minute remaining in the 4th quarter.

Knowing that the Giants would try to eat up as much clock as possible and would definitely take the lead either by a field goal or by a touchdown, the New England Patriots took a chance and allowed NY’s Ahmad Bradshaw to score an uncontested touchdown. This gave the Patriots as much time as was left on the clock to try and score a touchdown of their own to win the game.

The kickoff was a touchback and the Patriots took over on their own 20, needing to gain 80 yards in 56 seconds to avoid losing another Super Bowl at the hands of the Giants. It did not look good as the Giants D appeared up to the task and it quickly became a 4th down and 16 yards to go situation. But New England is a tough, talented squad and were not going to go quietly. Patriots quarterback Tom Brady completed a pass to Deion Branch who gained the first down and got out of bounds to stop the clock.

Brady completed another pass to TE Aaron Hernandez then the Giants were caught with too many men on the field, giving New England 5 free yards.

It was Patriots ball on the 50 with only 9 seconds left. Time to resort to Hail Mary bombs.

Brady tried to cut the field a bit shorter with another pass to Branch but he was out of bounds and it fell incomplete. It all came down to one play.

With the Super Bowl on the line, Brady heaved a Hail Mary to the end zone, a cluster of players lept for the ball, it deflected downward and was not more than 2 feet from TE Rob Gronkowski but it was far enough out of his reach that it fell harmlessly to the turf with time expired, the New York Giants had won their fourth Super Bowl.

This was an exciting game no matter which team you were rooting for as the lead changed hands a few times and it all boiled down to execution of the two-minute offense for both sides. The Giants were able to march down the field and take the lead, the Patriots were not.

Next year’s Super Bowl will be held in New Orleans, Louisiana at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome. Do not miss out on the biggest game of the year, sign up now to receive a free email alert when 2013 Super Bowl tickets can be ordered.

Feb 6

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

  1. Roger Waters Tickets
  2. Bruce Springsteen Tickets
  3. Wicked Tickets
  4. Big East Tournament Tickets
  5. New Jersey Nets Tickets

The return of Roger Waters: The Wall Live to the New York area has fans thrilled about the chance to see this great show. The Wall will be performed at Yankee Stadium on July 6 & 7.

Also on tour is Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band for the first time in a few years. Bruce is always a huge draw and this year is no different. His shows at the Izod Center, Madison Square Garden and Prudential Center have hot sellers.

Check back next week to see what events make the top five list for the current week.

Feb 3

Center Erik Christensen has been unable to consistently crack the New York Rangers lineup over the past two seasons. As a result and somewhat of a reward for being a good soldier, the New York Rangers have traded Christensen to the Minnesota Wild along with a 7th Round Pick in exchange for minor league forward Casey Wellman.

The deal not only lightens up a log-jam at forward for New York, it also removes Christensen’s salary from their cap hit and frees up a spot for defenseman Steve Eminger who is just about ready to come off the Injured Reserve List.

New York Rangers head coach told the New York Daily News there are no hard feelings and he wishes Christensen well in the future with Minnesota:

“He gets another opportunity. For us to get to the roster, we wanted to get some other people in. He had some opportunities here, great guy… I wish the best to him, but we need to move by that right now and look at other things.”

Wellman has seen action in 27 NHL games over the past two years with the Wild but has also been unable to solidify a spot in the lineup. In those 27 games played he has recorded 2 goals and 4 assists to go along with 4 penalty minutes.

He is the son of former San Francisco Giants infielder Brad Wellman.

The New York Rangers are currently in first place in the NHL’s Eastern Conference with a total of 69 points in 49 games. Their next game is Sunday versus the Philadelphia Flyers at Madison Square Garden. The Flyers are hot on the Rangers’ tail with 66 points so Sunday’s game will be a battle just like it always is between these bitter rivals. The Rangers have defeated the Flyers by scores of 2-0, 4-2 and of course 3-2 in the NHL Winter Classic.

Find New York Rangers tickets today and be a part of the best New York Rangers season since 1994.