Oct 2
The New York Mets and New York Yankees celebrate clinching their playoff berths

The New York Mets and New York Yankees celebrate clinching their playoff berths

For the first time since 2006, both New York baseball teams are in the playoffs!  That’s right, both the New York Mets, and New York Yankees have clinched playoff berth’s, and will begin their push toward the World Series on October 6th, 2016 when the New York Yankees play the one game wild card!  Tickets are now available for all of the MLB Playoffs, so make sure you get your tickets while there are still a great selection of seats available!

As of right now, the Yankees will play the one game Wild Card against either the Houston Astros, Los Angeles Angels, or Minnesota Twins.  The Yankees are on a quest for their unprecedented 28th World Series Championship.  Let by pitchers Masahiro Tanaka and rookie Luis Severino, and the power bats of Alex Rodriguez and Brian McCann, the Yankees exceeded all expectations this year with this playoff appearance.  Despite a slew of injuries to key players, and uncertainty in the offense, the Yankees overcame and locked up their Wild Card appearance, their first playoff appearance in 3 years.  If the Yankees win this game, they will move onto the NLDS to face division rival Toronto Blue Jays.

The New York Mets clinched their first playoff berth since 2006 just a week ago!  It marks only the 6th time in franchise history the Mets have won the NL East division title.  The Mets came in with high hopes, but exceeded everyone’s expectations this year!  Behind the pitching of Jacob deGrom, Matt Harvey, and rookie stud Noah Syndergaard, the Mets pitching was quality all year.  Where the team lacked was in offense, but all that change when the team made a blockbuster trade for outfielder Yoensis Cespedes.  Since Cespedes joined the team, they have been the highest scoring team in the National League!  With the quality bats of Curtis Granderson and team captain David Wright, the Mets feel they have a team that could go all the way this year, and they will begin their series with NL West champions Los Angeles Dodgers next week!

Don’t miss out on seeing the New York Mets and New York Yankees try to bring a championship back to New York!  Tickets are hot and moving quickly, so be sure to lock up your seats while there’s still a great selection of tickets available.  Visit SelectATicket.com and we’ll be sure to get you great seats at great prices.

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Sep 29
New events on sale this week, including - Jimmy Buffett, Michael Bolton, and Black Sabbath!

New events on sale this week, including – Jimmy Buffett, Michael Bolton, and Black Sabbath!

With fall in full swing, some great events have gone on sale this week for the coming months!  Be sure you don’t miss out on one of these great events while there are still a great selection of seats available!

Some of these amazing events include –

Jimmy Buffett and The Coral Reefer Band  liveat Barclays Center in Brooklyn, New York on December 31st, 2015.  If you’ve never seen Jimmy Buffett live before, it’s an incredible experience as the whole show is one big party, and at a new state of the art venue like Barclays, it’s sure to be a memorable evening.

Michael Bolton live at the Mayo Center For The Performing Arts in Morristown, New Jersey on November 30th, 2015.  Michael Bolton is always a hit no matter where he plays.  The Mayo Center in Morristown is truly a great venue for live shows, as it’s an intimate setting with great sound and views no matter where you are sitting.

Black Sabbth: The End live at Madison Square Garden on February 25th and 27th, 2016.  Black Sabbath is one of the most iconic bands in music history, and “The End” will be their final tour together.  For two nights, they will take the stage at the “World’s Most Famous Arena” to play all of their hits.  This is a great chance to see these legends in person one last time!

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Sep 25
Don't miss out on all the action at the Prudential Center as the New Jersey Devils begin their quest toward the Stanley Cup!

Don’t miss out on all the action at the Prudential Center as the New Jersey Devils begin their quest toward the Stanley Cup!

Tonight, September 25th, the New Jersey Devils begin their 2015 season, with preseason action against the New York Islanders!  The Devils have high hopes this year of getting back to the playoffs, and plan on putting on great performances for the fans at The Prudential Center.  On top of tonight’s preseason game, they have their second preseason game against the rival New York Rangers tomorrow night at The Rock.  Don’t miss out on any of the action of the preseason with some of these great discounted tickets – New Jersey Devils Tickets.

And on October 9th, 2015, the Devils will open the regular season at The Prudential Center against the Winnipeg Jets.  Whether it’s your first time visiting The Prudential Center for hockey, or you’re a regular for hockey games, it’s sure to be a memorable evening!  The Prudential Center is one of the newest and best venues in all of the NHL, with great views from just above anywhere you sit.  That’s right, whether you’re in the top level, middle level, or lower level, you’ll be sure to have a great view of all the exciting NHL action.  SelectATicket also has exclusive  first row seats on the glass, that include food and beverage.  So if you’ve never seen a hockey game that up close and personal before, this season would be the best time to experience it!

Tickets are on sale now for all New Jersey Devils games at The Prudential Center!  Make sure you lock up your seats while we still have a great selection available for big games against teams like the New York Rangers and Philadelphia Flyers.  Visit SelectATicket.com and we’ll be sure to find you the right tickets, at the right price!

Sep 24
Andy Dalton and the Bengals travel to Baltimore to face off with Joe Flacco and the Ravens!

Andy Dalton and the Bengals travel to Baltimore to face off with Joe Flacco and the Ravens!

In a week of massive upset, I did better than most, finishing 8-8, putting me at 20-12 on the young season.  Week 3 features some pivotal early season match ups, as teams try to pull ahead early, and not fall behind as well!  Tickets are available for all NFL games, right at SelectATicket so make sure you don’t miss one of these exciting match ups, and we can be sure to find you the right tickets at the right price!

Washington Redskins at New York Giants

The Redskins pulled of a massive upset in week 2, beating the Rams at home, and no one saw it coming.  The Giants had victory within reach again, but for the second straight week, fell apart late and lost to the Falcons.  I expect an inspired performance from the Giants in front of a Thursday Night crowd, as the Giants continue to the have Kirk Cousins and the Redskins number.

Giants 24 Redskins 16

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Cincinnati Bengals at Baltimore Ravens

The Bengals beat a playoff hopefully in the San Diego Chargers, despite Jeremy Hill practically fumbling the game away.  The fact they were able to beat a good team despite these mistakes tells me a lot about this team.  The Ravens were upset by the Raiders, as their usually physical and stout defense were torched by Derek Carr.  This game comes down to playmakers, and the Bengals have way more on both sides of the ball.

Bengals 27 Ravens 23

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San Diego Chargers at Minnesota Vikings

The Vikings came away with their first victory of the year, beating the Lions at home behind a bend but don’t break defense and an efficient performance from Teddy Bridgewater.  The Chargers came up short of victory against the Bengals after sloppy play on both sides of the ball.  I’m not liking what I’m seeing from the Vikings defense, and I expect a bounce back came from Keenan Allen and Philip Rivers

Chargers 19 Vikings 17

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Oakland Raiders at Cleveland Browns

Your team gets it’s first win of the year behind second year quarterback Johnny Manziel…and you bench him for this week’s game.  Inexcusable from Mike Pettine who now gives the ball to journeyman quarterback Josh McCown.  The Raiders and Derek Carr pulled off a massive upset after injury concerns, and I think they will here as well.  McCown doesn’t have the ability like Manziel does, and that will show here.

Raiders 30 Browns 20

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Atlanta Falcons at Dallas Cowboys

The Falcons pulled of a comeback victory against the Giants, behind a big day from Julio Jones.  They head to Dallas, where injuries have begun to derail the Cowboys.  First Dez Bryant to a foot injury, and now Tony Romo to a broken collar bone.  Call me crazy, but I like the upset.  The Falcons are riding high, and the Cowboys will play with a chip on their shoulder.  Give me the home team in the upset.

Cowboys 22 Falcons 19

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Tampa Bay Buccaneers at Houston Texans

Jameis Winston lead his team to his first NFL victory over the Saints, playing safe, controlled football, while making the throws you expect from a potential franchise quarterback.  The Texans have looked dead in the water on offense, with no ability to run the ball and shakey quarterback play.  Home cooking is what the Texans need and it’s what they’ll get.  Big game from JJ Watt and Jadeveon Clowney, as they force Winston into some poor decisions.

Texans 31 Buccaneers 17

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Philadelphia Eagles at New York Jets

10 turnovers from your defense in the first two games of the season is a great way to build confidence, especially when your team only had 13 all of last season.  After forcing 5 turnovers against the Colts, the Jets now face and Eagles offense that can’t do anything right.  The Eagles couldn’t move the ball against Dallas in any way, and their defense hasn’t been great either.  This has trap game written all over it for the Jets, but I think they edge out an ugly one.

Jets 13 Eagles 10

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Pittsburgh Steelers at St. Louis Rams

The Steelers offense looked like a well oiled machine in the victory over the 49ers, and this is before the return of Martavis Bryant and Leveon Bell who returns this week.  They face a Rams team coming off a major let down against the Redskins.  The Steelers are going to put up points, and the Rams are going to have to be able to keep up, and I don’t think Nick Foles can.  Big games from Big Ben and Antonio Brown again, but Bell will remind people why he is the best in the league at his position.

Steelers 34 Rams 20

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New Orleans Saints at Carolina Panthers

The Saints are a mess right now, and they were before the injury to Drew Brees.  Now, with questions around his shoulder and the severity of the injury, many ask just how bad might the Saints be.  This game will tell us a lot.  The Panthers defense is stout, and physical, and Cam Newton has reached the point in his career where he makes his teammates better.  Bad news for New Orleans.

Panthers 23 Saints 18

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Indianapolis Colts at Tennessee Titans

Andrew Luck and the Colts have not looked like an AFC contender.  Sloppy play against to AFC East teams has lead the team to an 0-2 start.  Thankfully, they now face a Titans team that does not feature a dominant defense or strong pass rush.  The Titans and Marcus Mariota came back down to Earth in week 2, and I expect that fall to continue here, as the Colts come out angry and force the ball into Mariota’s hands.

Colts 33 Titans 17

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Jacksonville Jaguars at New England Patriots 

Blake Bortles played the best game of his career in the first half against the Dolphins on Sunday as the Jaguars got their first win.  He struggled mightily in the second half, but didn’t make the back breaking mistake most expect from him.  Now he’s facing a different animal in the Patriots in Foxboro.  Belichick is great at creating pressure via design, and that’s when Bortles struggles.  Gronk and Brady continue to light it up.

Patriots 29 Jaguars 13

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San Francisco 49ers at Arizona Cardinals

The Arizona Cardinals just might be the best team in the NFL.  The 49ers might be one of the worst.  Divisional match ups are always tougher, but the gap in talent is significant.  When you can put up points on offense, defense, and special teams, you are a GREAT football team.  The 49ers are going to struggle throughout this season, and their loss to the Steelers in week 2 was just a glimpse of what’s to come.  Cardinals win big.

Cardinals 29 49ers 16

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Chicago Bears at Seattle Seahawks

The only team in the NFC that looks worse than the 49ers right now is the Bears, and now they are without Jay Cutler for a few games with a hamstring strain.  So up comes back up Jimmy Clausen, and now he has to play an angry 0-2 Seattle Seahawks team in Seattle.  Oh, and that vaunted Seahawks defense is getting safety Kam Chancellor back this week.  This game might be over at the coin flip

Seahawks 31 Bears 7

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Buffalo Bills at Miami Dolphins

The Dolphins are coming off an extremely disappointing, and sloppy loss to the Jaguars, where the offense couldn’t move the ball when it mattered, specifically in the running game.  The Bills come in fresh off their not as close as the score indicated loss to the Patriots, where they gave up over 500 yards in offense, the first time this has happened to a Rex Ryan defense.  Rex Ryan teams typically don’t perform well coming off games against the Patriots, and Ryan Tannehill plays well at home against Buffalo.

Dolphins 23 Bills 17

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Denver Broncos at Detroit Lions

Peyton Manning had two performances on Thursday night last week.  One he’d like to forget about, and one that just adds to his legend.  He was allowed to run no huddle and attack the middle of the field like he is comfortable with, and sure enough the Broncos won.  It helps that the Broncos secondary might be the best in the league.  The Lions can’t get out of their own way, and now the health of Matthew Stafford is a concern.  This is a make or break game for the Lions if they want to compete in the NFC playoff picture.  I say they break.

Broncos 24 Lions 23

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Kansas City Chiefs at Green Bay Packers

Aaron Rodgers hasn’t thrown an interception at home since December 2nd, 2012.  Think about that for a second.  That is pure home field dominance.  After finally getting the Seahawks curse off their backs, the Packers welcome in the Chiefs, who gave the game to the Broncos with a series of poor coaching decisions and turnovers.  You can’t turn the ball over in Green Bay, because we know Aaron Rodgers won’t turn it over himself.  Packers win this one.

Packers 38 Chiefs 27

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There you have it for week 3.  Let’s hope I fair better this week!  As always, I’d love to hear your opinions.  And as always, you can get all of your NFL Tickets right here at SelectATicket, where we have the right tickets, at the right price!




Sep 23
Yankee legend and Baseball Hall of Famer Yogi Berra has passed away at the age of 90.

Yankee legend and Baseball Hall of Famer Yogi Berra has passed away at the age of 90.

Today we mourn the loss of Yankee great, and baseball legend, Yogi Berra. Yogi is one of the most beloved Yankees of all time, and has remained one of the most recognizable figures in America, whether you’re a baseball fan or not. Berra is widely considered one of the top 5 Yankees of all time.  At the time of his retirement, he was the all time leader for home runs by a catcher, and still holds the record for RBI”s by a catcher.  Incredibly impressive when you consider his height, standing at only 5’7.

Yogi’s accomplishments include:

– 3x AL MVP
– 10x World Series champion as player
– 3x World Series champion as coach
– Only manager to lead both the Mets and Yankees to World Series appearances.
– 18x All-Star
– Baseball Hall Of Fame Inductee in 1972

While most remembered for his time as a Yankee, Yogi also played a major role in New York Mets history.  After the untimely death of manager Gil Hodges before the 1972 season, Yogi took over as manager of the team.  In the 1973 season, Yogi lead one of the most memorable Mets teams to a World Series appearance.  Despite being 9 games under .500 at the end of August, Yogi rallied the Mets to the playoffs, and the National League Pennant, before losing to the A’s in 7 games in the World Series.

On top of his on field accomplishment’s, Yogi was a member of the United States Navy during World War II, and played a significant role in the Normandy Invasion.

We here at Select-A-Ticket send our condolences to Mr. Berra’s family, friends, and his millions of fans. Below, we’ve posted a picture with some of our favorite Yogi Berra quotes, and there sure are plenty of them.

For the remainder of the season, the Yankees will wear number 8 on their jerseys in honor of Yogi berra.

Rest In Peace Yogi.

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Sep 22
For one night only, Amy Schumer takes over Madison Square Garden!

For one night only, Amy Schumer takes over Madison Square Garden!

Following her amazing 2015, Amy Schumer is coming New York City on June 23rd, 2016!  That’s right, the biggest stand up comedian out there today will take the stage at Madison Square Garden for one night only!

Not many people had a better 2015 than Amy Schumer.  From headlining the The Oddball Comedy and Curiosity Festival, to her Emmy winning sketch comedy show “Inside Amy Schumer”, and the number one comedy of the year “Trainwreck”, Schumer has become the most sought after comedian in the business today, making this show all the more special!  Some of the biggest and best names in comedy have played Madison Square Garden, and this will be the first time Amy Schumer is performing there.

Tickets for this show are moving fast, but we still have a great selection of seats available.  Don’t miss what is sure to be one of the best stand up performances of the year, and lock up your tickets while you can!

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Sep 22
New events on sale this week, including - New York Rangers, Hamilton, Blue Oyster Cult, and Trans-Siberian Orchestra

New events on sale this week, including – New York Rangers, Hamilton, Blue Oyster Cult, and Trans-Siberian Orchestra!

With summer in the rear view mirror, and autumn straight ahead, some great new events are on sale now!  Don’t miss out on some of these incredible events, including the return of NHL hockey, as the New York Rangers look to get back to the Stanley Cup Finals!  On top of that, tickets are now available for several dates for one of the top Broadway shows of the year in Hamilton!  Hamilton has been impressing fans and critics alike so you want to be sure you don’t miss out, whether it’s for you, or a gift for that family member that loves the theater!   For you rock and roll lovers, Blue Oyster Cult will take the stage at the Wellmont Theater in Montclair, New Jersey, this January.  How many chances do you get to hear “Don’t Fear the Reaper” live?  And of course we have tickets available for the critically acclaimed extravaganza that is the Trans-Siberian Orchestra.  Always among the best holiday and family shows of the year, you’ll want to be sure you don’t miss out on this season’s spectacle!

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Sep 21
Week 2 of the NFL Season saw some big upsets, both in victory, and in defeat.

Week 2 of the NFL Season saw some big upsets, both in victory, and in defeat.

Following my 12-4 week 1, I followed up with a clunker, going 8-7 headed into tonight’s Monday Night game between the New York Jets and Indianapolis Colts.  That, in large part due to their being EIGHT upsets this week.  I’ve decided instead of summarizing each game, I’ll point to my biggest winners and losers for week two, as some teams go forward confidently, and others are left scrambling for answers.

Winners: Dallas Cowboys

It’s not often a team can lose it’s star wide receiver, and starting quarterback in back to back weeks, and somehow be winners, but when you start the season 2-0 and both wins are in the division, you have every reason to be confident.  A great performance from the Cowboys and their coaching staff in the victory over the Philadelphia Eagles.

Losers: Dallas Cowboys

Winners and losers in the same week?  Well, read above.  The Cowboys are without Tony Romo for at least two months as he has broken his left clavicle.  Already without Dez Bryant, and now without Romo, the Cowboys hand the ball to Brandon Weeden.  This could get ugly quickly.

Losers: Chip Kelly and the Philadelphia Eagles

The only team left feeling worse than the Cowboys after this game were the Eagles and their fans, who now look at Chip Kelly and question every radical offseason decision he made.  Sam Bradford looks lost, DeMarco Murray watched his old team chug along without him, while he can’t even get 10 yards in a game.

Winners: New England Patriots 

Deflategate?  Depleted secondary?  Doesn’t matter much when you have Tom Brady and Rob Gronkowski on the field.  Brady was masterful in a hostile environment against a head coach who usually plays him tough.  One of Brady’s best performances today.

Losers: AFC East

The Miami Dolphins, Buffalo Bills, and New York Jets all made big splashes via trades and free agency, while the Patriots seemed to sit back and do nothing.  Many experts saw this as the chance for someone to overtake the Patriots.  The Bills and Dolphins came up empty on Sunday, while the Patriots look like they haven’t missed a beat.

Winners: Atlanta Falcons

There may not be a better wide receiver in the NFL than Julio Jones, who continues his torrid pace in 2015.  First year head coach Dan Quinn has brought an attitude and confidence to Atlanta that had been lacking under Mike Smith, and a 2-0 start is a great way to build on the installed confidence.

Losers: New York Giants

The Giants are the first team in NFL history to blow double digit leads in consecutive games to open a season in NFL history.  Offense look uncomfortable, and the defense looks soft.  Pressure mounting for head coach Tom Coughlin and quarterback Eli Manning.

Winners: Arizona Cardinals

Getting off to a 2-0 start is great.  Getting off to a 2-0 start and getting contributions from offense, defense, and special teams shows a complete team with depth.  The key for Arizona rests on the health of Carson Palmer.  Palmer’s last 16 games – 365/568, 4,479 yards, 32 TDs, 12 INTs, 14-2 record.  Both of those losses were by 3 points.

Losers: New Orleans Saints

A revamped offense minus Jimmy Graham, and a defense many thought would be improved, the Saints just don’t look right.  This wouldn’t be as alarming had this been a road game, but the previously dominant Superdome Saints have been playing extremely poorly at home as of late.  Could this be the worst team in the NFC South?

Winners: Green Bay Packers

Revenge was on the mind for Aaron Rodgers and the Green Bay Packers, and they played a high quality game on both sides of the ball.  Rodgers at home is nearly untouchable, as he has gone 451 consecutive pass attempts without an interception.  The next closest?  Charlies Whitehurst with 169.

Losers: Seattle Seahawks

Back to back Super Bowl appearances, and an 0-2 start to the 2015 season.  There is plenty of time for the Seahawks to bounce back, especially with uncertainty around the Rams, 49ers, and the rest of the NFC Wild Card contenders.  But there are clear issues here, as the running game has been stagnant, and the defense has not performed like we’re used to seeing.

Winners: Tampa Bay Buccaneers 

After an embarrassing NFL debut, Jameis Winston showed poised and calm in hostile territory.  The Saints defensive schemes did nothing to frustrate the rookie.  The Buccaneers defense held up against the usually high powered Saints.  Stand out performance goes to defensive end Jacquies Smith, who had 3 sacks on Drew Brees.

Losers: Baltimore Ravens

Losing week 1 to the Broncos is understandable.  Losing week 2 to the Oakland Raiders is borderline unacceptable.  For a team that was a few plays away from the Super Bowl last year, they have come out looking soft on offense and defense.  Teams that start 0-2 historically do not make the playoffs.

Winners: Peyton Manning and the Denver Broncos

Think people may have written off Peyton Manning a little early?  After a sluggish start, Peyton was masterful in leading his team from behind.  Sure, he was aided by coaching miscues by Andy Reid and fumbling from Jamaal Charles, but this victory isn’t possible without Peyton’s patented hurry up offense.

Be sure to keep your eyes out for my predictions for Week 3 which will be released on Wednesday.  As always, be sure to get your NFL Tickets right here at SelectATicket, and we’ll be sure to find you the right tickets, at the right price!

Sep 17

Russell Wilson faces Aaron Rodgers for the third time in his career on Sunday night, but the first time at Lambeau Field!

Russell Wilson faces Aaron Rodgers for the fourth time in his career on Sunday night, but the first time at Lambeau Field!




Week 1 of the NFL season is in the books, and after some surprises, and historic performances, the NFL season is in full swing like it never left us in the first place.  I had a strong week 1 in picks, going 12-4, with my losses being the Seahawks, Lions, and both Monday night games, as the Eagles and Vikings came up short.  I’ll take the good start, and hope to build on that in week 2!  Remember, tickets for all NFL games this week can be found right at SelectATicket.com – NFL Tickets.

Denver Broncos at Kansas City Chiefs 

Despite both teams winning, you’d think the Broncos got destroyed and that the Chiefs put up 50 points in week 1.  Peyton Manning looked poor, as did the entire Broncos offense.  However, the Broncos defense was impressive, and they will be bolstered by the return of TJ Ward.  The Chiefs offense looked like a well oiled machine, and now they come home to Arrowhead Stadium, one of the toughest in all of the NFL.  This game is going to be physical, and violent, and the Chiefs pass rush will force Peyton into some mistakes.  Alex Smith will connect with a wide receiver for a touchdown for the first time since week 15 of the 2013 season.

Chiefs 24 Broncos 20

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Tennessee Titans at Cleveland Browns

A historic NFL debut for quarterback Marcus Mariota against Tampa Bay, as he threw 4 touchdowns, all in the first half, including a touchdown pass on his first ever pass attempt.  The Titans look to build on, and continue to mask Mariota’s weaknesses, which goes a long way when you’re playing inferior teams.  The Browns fought hard early against the Jets, but ultimately did not have the offensive ability to do anything special.  The Titans won impressively in week 1 last year, and laid an egg for pretty much the rest of the season.  I expect the Browns to come out aggressive and angry for the home crowd and expose Mariota a bit.  This Browns defense is better than Tampa Bay’s, and it will make a difference.

Browns 18 Titans 13

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Tampa Bay Buccaneers at New Orleans Saints

Divisional match ups are always harder to predict a winner for, but when it comes to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, it makes it a little easier.  A rough debut for first overall pick Jameis Winston, as his first NFL pass was a pick 6.  Lovie Smith usually has stout and prideful defenses, but he may be sporting the worst defense in the league.  The Saints lost a tough game to one of the best teams in the NFC, but I liked some of the things I saw from their offense.  Even if the Saints aren’t a playoff team, they’re leaps and bounds better than the Bucs.

Saints 34 Buccaneers 26

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New England Patriots at Buffalo Bills

Think Rex Ryan has his team fired up for this one?  His approach toward the Bills and their fans in his first season as head coach in Buffalo is very similar to his first with the Jets.  The fans at Ralph Wilson Stadium didn’t sit down for the entire game against the Colts, and it clearly threw Andrew Luck off his game, as did their impressive defense.  On top of that, you had quality quarterback play from Tyrod Taylor.  But this is Tom Brady and the New England Patriots.  After their big NFL opening win over the Steelers, you can be sure Tom Brady and Bill Belichick want to stick to their loudest divisional rival.  This game will be close, but Tom Brady historically puts up big numbers at Ralph Wilson Stadium, and that will continue here.

Patriots 24 Bills 17

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Arizona Cardinals at Chicago Bears

A successful return to the field for Carson Palmer coming off an ACL tear.  The Cardinals offense and defense both played well in a victory over the New Orleans Saints.  They head to Soldier Field in Chicago to face a Bears team who played better than expected against the Packers.  John Fox seems to be the first person to realize that Matt Forte is a weapon and you should use him as much as possible.  Regardless, this is not a good Bears team, and as expected Jay Cutler was their undoing.  That will continue to be the case here.  I expect the Cardinals to jump out to a lead early and force Cutler to throw the ball a bit more, and that will prove to be the difference.

Cardinals 29 Bears 20

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San Francisco 49ers at Pittsburgh Steelers

An upset victory for the 49ers on Monday night against the Vikings was something not many expected.  On the legs of second year running back Carlos Hyde, the 49ers took advantage of sloppy play by the Vikings on their way to a week one victory.  The Steelers offense moved the ball well against the Patriots, but the defense couldn’t stop the Patriots from moving the ball.  As an AFC favorite, I have a hard time seeing the Steelers getting out to an 0-2 start, and a harder time seeing them lose their home opener.  The Steelers will score and score often, and that’s when Colin Kaepernick’s flaws stand out.

Steelers 33 49ers 23

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St. Louis Rams at Washington Redskins 

The Rams may have had the most impressive victory in week one, lighting up the Seahawks vaunted secondary.  Even more impressive was the Rams defense as they sacked Russell Wilson 6 times and hit him plenty more.  The Rams head to Washington to take on the Redskins who came up short in their opener against the Dolphins.  After an impressive first half, the Redskins faltered in every phase.  They couldn’t move the ball offensively, couldn’t stop the Dolphins defensively on big downs, and gave up a big punt return that ended up being the deciding factor.  When a team fails in all three phases in close games, it generally shows who they are, and the Redskins aren’t a good team.  However, the Rams may end up being a very, very good team.

Rams 36 Redskins 19

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San Diego Chargers at Cincinnati Bengals

Two potential AFC playoff teams who both had impressive victories in week one for different reasons.  The Chargers came out flat in the first half, getting lit up by the Lions before Philip Rivers and Keenan Allen turned it on in the second half cruising to a victory.  The Bengals looked head and shoulders better than the Raiders, which really isn’t saying all that much.  Andy Dalton has to avoid mistakes here, as I do believe the Bengals are the better team everywhere but the quarterback position.  The Bengals have one of the best home records in the league with Dalton as the starter, and I expect him to deliver a victory for the fans at Paul Brown Stadium here as well.

Bengals 23 Chargers 21

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Houston Texans at Carolina Panthers 

Bill O’Brien has made a spectacle of himself early on.  After waiting all of camp to name Brian Hoyer the starter, he flipped on himself in the second half, benching Hoyer for backup Ryan Mallet, and now naming Mallet the Texans starter.  Not a good look this early.  Another thing that did not look good early were the Texans and their hyped up defense, as they were lit up by Alex Smith and the Chiefs.  The Panthers grinded out a victory over the hapless Jaguars, forcing Blake Bortles into mistakes.  Cam Newton made enough plays to win the game, although his receivers did him no favors as their were way too many drops.  Mallet has the better upside than Hoyer and can more with his throws, but the Panthers are better at winning tight games.

Panthers 22 Texans 18

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Atlanta Falcons at New York Giants

No team had a more demoralizing loss in week one than the New York Giants, as they snatched defeated from the jaws of victory with poor coaching and execution on both offense and defense.  The Falcons got Dan Quinn an impressive victory in his head coaching debut, as Julio Jones lit up the Eagles secondary, and Matt Ryan made enough throws to not lose the game.  The Giants need to forget about the loss to the Cowboys and look at the good things they did in the game.  People are high on the Falcons, but I think Tom Coughlin will have his guys ready to rebound.  After his worst game since he started his career, Odell Beckham Jr. will light up the Falcons defense.

Giants 27 Falcons 24

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Detroit Lions at Minnesota Vikings 

Very disappointing openers for both of these teams for very different reasons.  The Vikings were never in control and never seemed to have a chance.  Terrible execution and playcalling, and misuse of Adrian Peterson plagued them.  The Lions got out to a hot start but unraveled, as Matthew Stafford’s road woes continued.   We saw some great things from rookie back Ameer Abdullah, and I think the Lions will realize just how good of a player they have as the season goes on.  I expect a big game from Abdullah and Golden Tate here, as the Vikings go back to the drawing board.

Lions 26 Vikings 22

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Baltimore Ravens at Oakland Raiders

The Raiders fans had hope coming into this season, only to see it blow up in their faces pretty quickly.  Poor defense, poor offense, poor everything.  Losing quarterback Derek Carr after 12 passes didn’t help, but this game looked decided on early.  The Ravens played great defense but poor offense against the Broncos.  The lack of a vertical threat hurt them against the talented coverage team of the Broncos.  Thankfully, the Raiders do not have a particularly talented secondary.  John Harbaugh teams do no perform poorly in back to back weeks generally.  I expect the Raiders to cruise here, big game from Justin Forsett.

Ravens 33 Raiders 17

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Miami Dolphins at Jacksonville Jaguars

The Dolphins did not play well in the first half, but from the 2 minute warning into the second half, they executed well in important spots, converted key third downs, and had a huge punt return for a touchdown by Jarvis Landry.  The Dolphins will hope to get out to a hot start and put pressure on second year quarterback Blake Bortles.  Bortles does not play well under pressure, and plays even worse with his team from behind.  The Dolphins secondary is too much and their defensive line should be able to contain the running game of Jacksonville.  The Jaguars will turn the ball over too many times and Miami will take over as the game goes on.

Dolphins 28 Jaguars 13

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Dallas Cowboys at Philadelphia Eagles

Tony Romo stuck a dagger in the heart of his detractors and Giants fans everywhere, with a beautiful, perfect game winning drive that ended with a Jason Witten touchdown pass.  The Cowboys played as sloppy a game as you can play and still came out victorious.  They will now be faced with playing games without star wide receiver Dez Bryant for the next 4-8 weeks.  The offensive line in Dallas is good enough to make up for this, but they need their defense to step up as well.  They are tasked with facing the Philadelphia Eagles at Lincoln Financial Field.  The Eagles came out flat against the Falcons, and the offensive style of Chip Kelly backfired as he couldn’t get his newly high paid running back DeMarco Murray in a rhythm.  The Eagles disappointed me more than any team in week one, and I think they’ll let everyone down again.  Dallas wins this one, and people will start to wonder just how good Dallas can be.

Cowboys 24 Eagles 23

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Seattle Seahawks at Green Bay Packers

The last three times these teams met, the games were in Seattle.  Two of the last three times these teams met, the games ended in shocking, controversial fashion.  The “Fail Mary” game of 2012, and the NFC Championship game of last year.  Quarterbacks Russell Wilson and Aaron Rodgers will square off for the first time in Green Bay, and you can bet the Packers have revenge on their minds.  The Seahawks played as poorly as they could in week one, poor defense, and poor offensive play calling and special teams being their undoing.   The Packers played a clean, quality game against the Bears, and Aaron Rodgers continued his home field dominance, where he hasn’t thrown an interception since week 12 of the 2013 season.  The absence of Kam Chancellor will continue to haunt the Seahawks, as the Packers get a victory of a team that has been haunting them for three years.

Packers 34 Seahawks 30

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New York Jets at Indianapolis Colts

The Jets got off to a nice start with a dominating win over the Browns.  Despite mistakes from Ryan Fitzpatrick, the Jets made big plays when it mattered on both sides, and pounded the ball with Chris Ivory.  Defensively, the Jets did what you expect from them, containing the run and giving the wide receivers no room to breath.  However, that was Josh McCown/Johnny Manziel the Jets were facing.  Now they will be facing Andrew Luck in front of his home crowd.  Andrew Luck laid an egg on Sunday.  The entire Colts team did.  But Andrew Luck doesn’t lay eggs in back to back games.  In fact, he is yet to lose back to back regular season games in his NFL career.  The Jets will make this tough and physical early, but Andrew Luck is too good, and too aggressive to not put his team ahead in this game.  Once the Colts are ahead, the Fitzpatrick mistakes will come, and that’s when the Jets will unravel.  In his career, when his team gives up 20 points or more, Ryan Fitzpatrick is 5-43.  The Colts will score more than 20.

Colts 29 Jets 17

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That’s it for my week two NFL picks.  I’d love to hear your take, and if you agree or disagree.  Be sure to post in the comments.  As always, you can get tickets for each and every NFL game this season right here at selectaticket.com!

Sep 16

Black Sabbath, Janet Jackson, and Trans-Siberian Orchestra Tickets On Sale Now!

This week some great new events have gone on sale, and there really are some great shows to make sure you don’t miss out on.  Below, you can check out the top events on sale, and see when they’ll be near you.  Some of these events include heavy metal legends Black Sabbath, as they embark on their final tour – with one of the hottest dates being February 25th at Madison Square Garden.  Another popular tour is Janet Jackson’s “Unbreakable World Tour”, in support of her upcoming 11th studio album, “Unbreakable”.  And one of the most popular every holiday season, The Trans-Siberian Orchestra, is on sale now for dates across the country!

Below you can follow the links for each show, and make sure you lock up your tickets while we have a great selection available!

  1. Black Sabbath Tickets
  2. Janet Jackson Tickets
  3. Trans-Siberian Orchestra Tickets
  4. The Weeknd Tickets
  5. Jingle Bell Bottom Ball
Sep 15
Me and my Dad at the Mets game for his birthday in June of 2011.

Me and my Dad at the Mets game for his birthday in June of 2011.

For as long as I can remember I’ve loved baseball. What many find boring and slow, I find exciting and incredibly deep. The little parts of the game, where you’re throwing an 0-2 pitch, how you attack each hitter in a lineup, defensive shifts, etc. Baseball season is my favorite time of year, even though the team that has my heart has done nothing but break it for the better part of my life.

That team would be the New York Mets. Flushing’s lovable losers. I was born after the incredible 1986 team, so the closest I’ve come to seeing a championship for my team is in 2000 when they lost to the New York Yankees in The World Series, and of course, Carlos Beltran looking at that Adam Wainwright curveball in game 7 of the 2006 NLCS. We all know where the Mets went after Beltran went down looking. The historic collapses of ‘07, and ‘08. Disappointing high payroll teams of ‘09, and ‘10. And more recently, the team’s ownership being mixed up with Bernie Madoff, and not having the finances to spend like a New York team.

Despite these bad teams throughout the years, I would always watch the majority of Mets games throughout the seasons. It didn’t matter if it was bad baseball, or good baseball, I love the sport, and the team. A team full of superstars or a team full of minor league level talent, I was locked in on them from April until October, and I always had one person that was my go to for anything Mets, my father, Joseph Pirozzi. We would watch almost every game together, from my youth until adulthood. If we missed a game together, we always discussed the outcome. If we disagreed on something, we let each other know. Sometimes our discussions got heated, as no two people can agree on things all the time. Regardless, baseball season, specifically the Mets season, was special for both of us, and it continues to be special for me, although bittersweet.

My father died suddenly in January of 2012, days before my 23rd birthday. He was, and remains, the best friend I’ve ever had, and I continue to miss him every day. At the beginning of every baseball season, I still have moments where I go to call him to talk about the team, or a divisional rival making a big move. I don’t know if that will ever change. He was as passionate, and angry about the team as I was. This is the same man that when I was in 6th grade let me stay home from school for two days after the Yankees beat the Mets in the 2000 World Series because I was so upset. I grew up going to games at Shea Stadium. We even broke off a piece of Shea in our last visit in 2008. For his last birthday with us in 2011, I took him to his first game at Citi Field, and since his passing, I go to a game every year on(or around) his birthday to celebrate his life, as he would want me to.

Unfortunately in his last years with us, the team didn’t have any seasons that stand out. From the collapses, to just plain bad teams, it was more about individual performances and moments. Among his favorite players were RA Dickey and Johan Santana. Both of those players put forth important performances in team history in the year of his passing. RA Dickey winning the 2012 Cy Young award, and Johan Santana pitching the first no hitter in Mets history.

I got to meet RA Dickey in April of 2012 as the season was just beginning and got to tell him just how big of a fan my father and I were, and told him of Dad’s passing. He took time to talk me and my sister at the autograph signing, and it meant a lot to me to see his genuine care. The Johan no hitter was wonderful to watch. As all Mets fans know, until Johan’s gem, the Mets were one of two teams to never have a pitcher throw a no hitter. This was a constant ongoing joke between me and Dad, as we both believed it would never happen. When it finally happened on June 1st, 2012, I let out a scream of joy, not just for my team, but knowing that Dad was there, in some sense, as elated as I was. Unfortunately this would be the highest points the Mets would reach since the 2006 season…

Until the 2015 season that is…

The New York Mets finally had some hope and buzz coming into the 2015 season. Behind a young pitching staff consisting of reigning Rookie of the Year Jacob deGrom, the returning Matt Harvey, rookies Steven Matz and Noah Syndergaard, and veterans Bartolo Colon and Jon Niese, Mets fans finally had something to look forward to. After a first half of inconsistency, and poor offense, the front office finally got aggressive, picking up veteran bats in Juan Uribe and Kelly Johnson, and trading for the unbelievable bat of Yoensis Cespedes, who is an MVP candidate despite the fact he’s only been with the team since August 1st. As of this writing on September 15th, the Mets are 83-61, with a 9.5 game lead over the Washington Nationals, and their magic number stands at 10.

For the first time since 2006, there will be postseason baseball in Flushing Meadows, New York. For the first time since it’s opening, there will be postseason baseball at Citi Field. And for me personally, the Mets will be playing postseason baseball without my Dad by my side to watch with me. This is truly bittersweet. The New York Mets this season have been special in so many ways. They have faced so much adversity, and come through stronger, and better. They were in one of the lowest points a franchise could be in for years, and they’ve come through on the other side of things, finally seeing the light at the end of the tunnel. In my own life, I feel that for the first time, since my father’s passing, I’m coming through stronger, and better. And no, it’s not because of a baseball team. It’s a number of things. Things I’ve done to better myself, a stroke of blind luck, and just the way things are falling into place. Between a new job, moving out of my childhood home, meeting an incredible woman who truly makes me happy, things are working out for the better, finally.

The Mets, are almost a microcosm of everything I’ve felt since my Dad passed away. It sounds silly to compare it to sports, but when this team was such a huge part of my relationship with my Dad, I can’t help but think that. When the Mets clinch their first playoff berth since 2006 in the next few weeks, I will be emotional, for sure. Knowing that my Dad is watching down, but not here with me to celebrate, or even go to a game with, hurts every time I think about it. I keep his David Wright jersey hanging in my closet, and have not worn it once since he passed. Come the first playoff game for the Mets this year, you can bet I’ll be wearing it even if it is two or three sizes too big. If I attend any of these playoff games, you can bet I’ll be wearing it then, too.

I don’t expect the Mets to win it all this year. Hell, I didn’t expect them to even make the playoffs, let alone win the NL East. It doesn’t matter. For the first time since my Dad passed away, I feel that same spark with the Mets that I did watching every game with him. I felt that spark watching BAD Mets teams with my father, and it was because of the bond I had with him. And since this season started, even before this magical run, I felt that spark watching this team. Something different, but familiar. It’s not about the players, the coaches, or opponents. It’s about the team. He would want me to be happy about this team, and I am. Now I’m just ready for the ride. I love and miss you Dad, and Let’s Go Mets!

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Jun 2

Rolling StonesThe Top 5 events of the past week have been calculated and the number one event on SelectATicket.com was… The Rolling Stones.

Currently touring major stadiums across the country, the Stones are still one of the top acts in live entertainment.

Here’s the full top five list for the past week.

  1. The Rolling Stones
  2. Wicked
  3. Ed Sheeran
  4. Fish in the Dark
  5. New York Yankees

As you can see, there’s a nice snapshot of what SelectATicket.com sells — tickets to concerts, Broadway and sporting events.

Wicked has been selling out since it started on Broadway back in 2003. A sort of “prequel” to the Wizard of Oz, twelve years of sold out performances on Broadway should tell you this is a show you need to see!

Next up is Ed Sheeran who recently came through the NY/NJ area on his current tour. One of the more talented young performers out there, this likely won’t be the last time you see Ed Sheeran on the top 5 list.

Another Broadway show that’s been hot lately is Larry David’s “Fish in the Dark”. A new comedic play about numerous family members interacting at a funeral, this show is only on Broadway for a limited time so time is running out to catch this one.

Number 5 on the list is the New York Yankees. The Yankees currently sit atop the American League East division with a record of 27-25 as of this writing, 1 game ahead of the Tampa Bay Rays. As summer begins, there are several great opportunities to catch the Bronx Bombers in action, find your tickets today at SelectATicket.com.

May 18

Fish in the DarkThe weekly top five event statistics are in and number one this week is Broadway’s “Fish in the Dark”.

Written by and starring Larry David, this new comedy recently announced Seinfeld veteran Jason Alexander (George) will be joining the cast beginning June 9th.

Here is the complete top 5 list for the week:

  1. Fish in the Dark
  2. 2015 MLB Home Run Derby
  3. Belmont Stakes
  4. Jersey Boys
  5. Billy Joel

Baseball season is really starting to roll along and in just under two months we will be at the All Star Break already. Being held in Cincinnati this season, the MLB Home Run Derby is the number 2 event at SelectATicket.com for the past week.

Next up is an event that is going to be very popular in the next few weeks, the 2015 Belmont Stakes! Fresh off American Pharaoah’s victory in The Preakness this past Saturday, we could be looking at the first Triple Crown winner since 1978.

The number 4 event is another Broadway show, the long-running musical Jersey Boys. The story of Frankie Valli and the Four Seasons, Jersey Boys continues to be a strong seller night after night and year after year since it first hit The Great White Way back in 2005.

Last but not least is Billy Joel. With a recently announced show at Nassau Coliseum, the Long Island native continues to pack the house wherever he plays.

Visit SelectATicket.com to find available tickets to these and thousands of other entertainment events.

May 11

The MastersThe weekly list of the Top 5 Events at SelectATicket.com is here!

  1. Masters Golf Tournament
  2. Belmont Stakes
  3. Neil Diamond
  4. New York Giants
  5. John Fogerty

On the heels of this year’s Masters Golf Tournament, the 2016 tournament takes the top spot this week! Clearly golf fans are already making their plans to visit Augusta next April and locking up their tickets early.

Placing second this week is the third jewel in horse racing’s Triple Crown, the Belmont Stakes. Set for June 6th at Belmont Park, the Belmont is a fun-filled day of thrilling races highlighted of course by the internationally-viewed Belmont Stakes itself.

Neil Diamond is winding down his Melody Road tour, there are still a number of West Coast shows remaining before the tour closes.

The NFL has been in the news as we have all heard “Deflategate” discussed and debated on national sports shows over and over. On a more positive note, how about the fact the season is going to be here before we know it? The New York Giants are 4th on this week’s top five list. With home against against the 49ers, Patriots, Redskins, Cowboys, and Jets among others, New York Giants ticket sales are likely going to be strong all season long.

The fifth event on the list is iconic rock and roll frontman John Fogerty. The driving force behind Creedence Clearwater Revival and also having a strong solo career, Fogerty is touring North America this summer with local stops at Mohegan Sun in Connecticut, the Mann Center in Philadelphia and New York’s Radio City Music Hall on June 24th.

What events are going to lead the list this week? There’s thousands of events to choose from at SelectATicket.com.

May 5

Henrik Lundqvist makes glove save at Madison Square GardenThe New York Rangers take the top spot on SelectATicket.com’s Top 5 Events for the past week.

With the second round of the NHL playoffs underway, the Rangers currently trail the Washington Capitals two games to one with game 4 in Washington on Wednesday May 6. The teams return to Madison Square Garden for Game 5 on Friday May 8th.

Here is the full top 5 list from SelectATicket.com:

  1. New York Rangers Playoff Tickets
  2. Something Rotten!
  3. Kevin Hart
  4. James Taylor
  5. New York Jets

From the Broadway Blueshirts to a Broadway show, Something Rotten! at the St. James Theatre is number two on the list this week. The recipient of 10 Tony nominations including Best Musical, Something Rotten! is causing quite a buzz on Broadway.

Comedian Kevin Hart takes third this week. He has several performances scheduled in the New York/New Jersey area including Madison Square Garden, Barclays Center and Prudential Center shows in July.

Singer/songwriter James Taylor places fourth as his tour recently has gone on sale. Area shows include Atlantic City on August 1st and Forest Hills Stadium on August 4th.

The recent NFL draft put a lot of focus on football in the past week and the New York Jets have made the top 5 list as fans are looking forward to a new start under first year head coach Todd Bowles.

Find tickets to these and thousands of other events at SelectATicket.com, where you can find the right seats at the right price.

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