Oct 7
The Devils plan to retire the number of legendary goaltender Martin Brodeur on 02/09/16!

The Devils plan to retire the number of legendary goaltender Martin Brodeur on 02/09/16!

On February 9th, 2016, the New Jersey Devils will be retiring legendary goaltender Martin Brodeur’s number 30 in a pregame ceremony!  Martin Brodeur holds almost every major goal tending record in NHL history, and now the team he helped lead to three Stanley Cup’s will raise his number to the rafters of The Prudential Center in what is sure to be an emotional ceremony.  Be there as fellow Devils legends are in attendance to pay respect to the man many consider to be the greatest goalie in NHL history.

Devils vs. Oilers Tickets

After the ceremony, watch the New Jersey Devils take on the Edmonton Oilers, as the team is sure to be fired up to put on a show for the greatest New Jersey Devil of all time!

Martin Brodeur Retirement Ceremony Tickets

Here at SelectATicket.com, we have a great selection of seating available for this game, and all Devils games this season.  The Prudential Center is one of the best venue’s for hockey, with great seats on the lower level, and even in the upper level.  Tickets for this game are moving fast, so head over to SelectATicket.com while we have a great selection available, and we will be sure to find you the right tickets, at the right price!

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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!

Tickets for each show can be found in the links below, so make sure you don’t miss out while we have a great selection available of seats available at even better prices!

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  2. Michael Bolton Tickets
  3. Black Sabbath Tickets


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!

As always, SelectATicket.com is the best place to shop for any event you may be looking for!

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  3. Blue Oyster Cult Tickets
  4. Trans-Siberian Orchestra Tickets
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 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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Sep 14
The Cowboys, Cardinals, Jets, Bills, Dolphins, and Broncos all come up big in week 1!

The Cowboys, Cardinals, Jets, Bills, Dolphins, and Broncos all come up big in week 1!

After thrilling victories, and some agonizing defeats, the first Sunday of the 2015 NFL season is in the books! If you listened to me on your picks, you are sure to be happy as I finished up 12-2 in my picks leading in tonight’s Monday Night Games(where I picked the Eagles and Vikings). The big winners this week have to be the Dallas Cowboys, after a last second victory(or last second collapse by the Giants) has their fans giddy with excitement. Other big winners this week are the Buffalo Bills, Kansas City Chiefs, Arizona Cardinals, and St. Louis Rams, all winning crucial games if they want to make serious playoff runs.

Below are the scores from Sunday’s games and a quick recap.

Green Bay Packers 31 Chicago Bears 23

6 straight wins for the Packers over the Bears, and Bears QB Jay Cutler has thrown an interception in every game played against the Packers since being traded to the Bears. Aaron Rodgers continues NFC North dominance.

Kansas City Chiefs 27 Houston Texans 20

What was an average offense at best in Kansas City last season, looked like one of the best against a quality defense in Houston on Sunday. Moved the ball with ease despite dominance from JJ Watt. Texans have a QB controversy on their hands for the second season in a row.

New York Jets 31 Cleveland Browns 10

The Jets new offensive weapons paid off, and Ryan Fitzpatrick played up to what is his ceiling. Big plays from the defense when the game was still close. The Browns turned to Johnny Manziel after start Josh McCown was knocked out of the game with a concussion earlier. Two teams seemingly headed in the opposite directions.

Buffalo Bills 27 Indianapolis Colts 14

One of my upset specials from last week, the Buffalo Bills did not let me down. Rex Ryan’s defense frustrated Andrew Luck throughout, forcing him to make quick, and at times poor throws. Bills quarterback Tyrod Taylor played an efficient game. MVP of this game may be the Bills fans, who did not sit down for the entire game.

Miami Dolphins 17 Washington Redskins 10

This was a game many thought was a lock for the Dolphins, myself included, and we had a scare early on. But key second half adjustments from the Dolphins coaching staff paved the way, as the Miami defense didn’t give up a point, or third down conversion in the second half. The Redskins made too many mistakes, the biggest being their quarterback Kirk Cousins.

Carolina Panthers 20 Jacksonville Jaguars 9

This game went exactly how I thought it would – low scoring and ugly. Mistakes from second year quarterback Blake Bortles proved to be the big difference. Cam Newton made plays when they had to, and simply were the better and more talented team.

St. Louis Rams 34 Seattle Seahawks 31

Trouble brewing for back to back NFC Champions? Poor execution, coaching decisions, and special teams play were the difference here. Oh, and Nick Foles out playing Russell Wilson. Doesn’t help that Wilson’s line gave him no protection. Seahawks hold out Kam Chancellor’s absence was clear in the Seattle secondary. Rams defensive line was dominant start to finish. Seahawks still can’t dial up the right play call in short yardage situations. This was one of my two losses on the week.

Arizona Cardinals 31 New Orleans Saints 19

NFC Favorite Arizona Cardinals? If Carson Palmer stays healthy and plays like he did on Sunday all year, I would be inclined to agree. Effective offense and an aggressive defense goes a long way. For the Saints, you won’t win many games when your top pass catchers aren’t your wide receivers. Rob Ryan defenses playing poorly again.

San Diego Chargers 33 Detroit Lions 28

A huge comeback victory from Philip Rivers and the Chargers, who out scored the Lions 23-7 in the second half. Huge day for wide receiver Keenan Allen. For the Lions, Matthew Stafford’s poor play on the road continues to haunt the team. Stafford is 0-18 in his career on the road against teams with winning records. A swing and a miss on this one for me as well.

Tennessee Titans 42 Tampa Bay Buccaneers 14

The first time in NFL history the two top quarterbacks taken faced off in week one. Tennessee’s Marcus Mariota’s(2nd overall pick) first NFL pass was a touchdown. Tampa Bay’s Jameis Winston’s(1st overall pick) was also a touchdown pass, but to the opposing defense. Mariota had a historic day, with 4 touchdown passes…in the first half! Titans fans have a big reason to be excited. Winston may be stuck behind a bad team for a few years, but the upside is there.

Cincinnati Bengals 33 Oakland Raiders 13

This game wasn’t as close as the final score indicates. The Raiders were dealt a tough blow early when quarterback Derek Carr left with a hand injury. The Bengals moved the ball well, and played safe, smart football. The Raiders hope their young, promising quarterback bounces back quickly.

Denver Broncos 19 Baltimore Ravens 13

Despite the win, the Broncos are beginning to become more and more concerned about quarterback Peyton Manning, who played one of the worst games of his career. On the Baltimore side, Joe Flacco wasn’t much better. This was a defensive struggle, and the Broncos defense came up big when it mattered, but they won’t get far if Peyton can’t move the ball like we’re used to seeing.

Dallas Cowboys 27 New York Giants 26

A Cowboys victory or a Giants collapse? A bit of both. Poor coaching by Tom Coughlin and decision making by Eli Manning let the Cowboys have a chance with less than two minutes left, and that was all Tony Romo needed, hitting Jason Witten in the end zone for the go ahead touchdown with just seconds left. This victory came with a price, as star wide receiver Dez Bryant broke a bone in his foot and will be out for 4-6 weeks. The Giants are left wondering where they went wrong.

I will be back with my predictions for week two on Wednesday and hope to steer you in the right direction again. As always, tickets for all NFL games are available, so make sure you don’t miss out on one of the great games this season!

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Sep 11
Sep 19, 2013; Philadelphia, PA, USA; General view of fireworks during the NFL game between the Kansas City Chiefs and the Philadelphia Eagles at Lincoln Financial Field. Mandatory Credit: Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports

Sep 19, 2013; Philadelphia, PA, USA; General view of fireworks during the NFL game between the Kansas City Chiefs and the Philadelphia Eagles at Lincoln Financial Field. Mandatory Credit: Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports

Here at SelectATicket.com, I want to give you a closer feel to the NFL games as they come up. Each week, I will give you my predictions for each game, as well links to purchase tickets for each game. I would love to hear your opinions and whether you disagree with me. I’d also be willing to answer any questions, whether game or fantasy football related as well!

Last night, the 2015 NFL season opened with the New England Patriots raising their Super Bowl banner and trophy, before winning 28-21 over AFC contender Pittsburgh Steelers. Tom Brady’s return to the field after all of the Deflategate controversy was triumphant, as he threw four touchdowns, three to tight end Rob Gronkowski, and seemed to show little to no rust after an offseason of uncertainty. Thankfully I did pick the Patriots to win this game, so I am 1-0 to start the NFL season!

Green Bay Packers at Chicago Bears

Aaron Rodgers usually saves his best football for his NFC rivals. Jay Cutler usually saves his worst football for NFC rivals. Despite losing top target Jordy Nelson for the season, Aaron Rodgers still has some of the best offensive weapons in the league, and a work horse running back in Eddy Lacy, who has 9 consecutive games of 100 yards rushing or more. The Bears, behind new head coach John Fox, and new weapons for Cutler, will have to protect the football and put up at least 23 points to win this game, and usually against the Packers, that’s when Cutler struggles the most.

Packers 31 Bears 17

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Seattle Seahawks at St. Louis Rams

The most violent division in football is the NFC West, where all four teams can get to the quarterback and run the ball right over defenders. Look no further than this match up in St. Louis, where two of the most aggressive defenses in the league meet up. The Rams may feature the deepest defensive line in the league, while the Seahawks may feature the best defense in the NFL for the 3rd year in a row. On offense, it’s all about running the ball, as Beast Mode, Marshawn Lynch, looks to continue making Seahawks fans and fantasy owners alike happy. The Seahawks added all world tight end Jimmy Graham to the mix, to give quarterback Russell Wilson a big target in the red zone. The Rams tend to play the Seahawks tough, but they don’t have the offensive firepower or quarterback play to knock off the back to back NFC champions.

Seahawks 24 Rams 13

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Cleveland Browns at New York Jets

Two teams who finished at the bottom of their division last year, look to get off on the right track in the 2015 season. With a new front office, head coach, quarterback, and a couple of old faces, the Jets are looking to post their first winning season since 2010. The Jets added Pro Bowl wide receiver Brandon Marshall, quarterback wide receiver, and brought back cornerbacks Antonio Cromartie and Darrelle Revis. The Jets will look to play smothering defense to make up for their questionable offense, as the most sure thing on their offense is Chris Ivory. Ball control is the game for the Jets, and for the Browns, a very similar game plan. Uncertainty at quarterback is what has plagued both of these franchises for the better part of their existence, and the Browns continue that trend by trotting out journeyman Josh McCown, who does not have a great supporting cast on offense. The Browns need to force a few turnovers and not turn the ball over to win this one, and even then it will be tough. I expect the Jets to win a close one on a Nick Folk field goal.

Jets 17 Browns 14

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Carolina Panthers at Jacksonville Jaguars

After winning back to back NFC South championships, no team has seen more turnover on offense than the Carolina Panthers. Take a look at their depth chart at wide receiver and you’ll be hard pressed to find a single name you know. With quarterback Cam Newton expected to be running more than the past two years, the Panthers are not going to be winning many, if any shootouts. Instead, they’ll rely on their defense and All-Pro linebacker Luke Kuechly to stuff the run and create turnovers for favorable field position. In the opener, they head to Jacksonville to take on second year quarterback Blake Bortles and the Jacksonville Jaguars. After a rough rookie campaign, Bortles focused on his mechanics in the offseason, while the team tried to put a better line in front of him, and better weapons around him. Jaguars head coach Gus Bradley wants to rush the quarterback and stuff the run, but the pieces still haven’t full fallen in place. I expect the young Bortles to struggle here in a close one, as the Panthers edge it out.

Panthers 13 Jaguars 10

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Kansas City Chiefs at Houston Texans

This is one of the most interesting games of the first week of the season. The Houston Texans, coming off a 9-7 campaign in Bill O’Brien’s first year as head coach, added to their dominant defensive line with the signing of veteran Vince Wilfork. Offensively, the Texans lost Andre Johnson, are without running back Arian Foster due to injury, and have given the ball to quarterback Brian Hoyer. The Texans wants to dominate field position and attack the quarterback. The Chiefs in their third season under Andy Reid, hope to finally get production from the wide receiver position, adding Jeremy Maclin from the Eagles coming off his best season to date. The Texans have playoff hopes, but the instability at quarterback will at least hold them back in this game, as Alex Smith knows where to put the ball in close games, and Jamaal Charles will close the game out on his legs.

Chiefs 22 Texans 20

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Miami Dolphins at Washington Redskins

No team has had more front office issues in recent years than the Washington Redskins. From front office, to coaching, it all shows on the field, as the Redskins have been at the bottom of the NFC East in recent years. Turning to former back up quarterback Kirk Cousins, the Redskins and second year coach Jay Gruden want to prove doubters wrong by bringing an aggressive offense to the fold. Unfortunately for the Redskins, they face one of the top defensive lines in the league, featuring Cameron Wake, and newly signed All-Pro defensive tackle Ndamukong Suh. On offense the Dolphins trot out fourth year quarterback Ryan Tannehill, and his new weapons on the outside, as they look to build on last years 11th ranked offense. The Redskins are simply in the wrong place, at the wrong time, as the Dolphins look to send a message to the rest of the AFC East.

Dolphins 34 Redskins 14

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Indianapolis Colts at Buffalo Bills

Speaking of the AFC East, no team has seen as much change across the board than the Buffalo Bills. A new head coach in former rival Rex Ryan, new running back in LeSean McCoy, and a questionable move to Tyrod Taylor at quarterback, the Bills are looking to build on their 9-7 campaign from 2014. With Rex Ryan, comes bravado, and defense, and he takes over for what was a top defense in 2014. This Bills team is great at getting to the quarterback, and Rex is sure to continue that trend. Naming Tyrod Taylor his starting quarterback was questionable, but Rex wants to ground and pound with McCoy and force the opposing quarterback into mistakes. The Colts bring forth Andrew Luck, the best young quarterback in the league, and his new weapons in veterans Frank Gore and Andrew Johnson. We know the Colts can score, but can they stop other teams from scoring? This is a prime upset this week, and I’m rolling with it. I expect the fans at Ralph Wilson Stadium to be loud and Andrew Luck to get hit early and often, as the Bills win their opener.

Bills 20 Colts 19

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New Orleans Saints at Arizona Cardinals

One of surprise teams of the NFL the last two years, the Arizona Cardinals have high hopes this season, and much of it hinges on the health of quarterback Carson Palmer. After dealing with multiple quarterback injuries last year, the Cardinals were bounced in the first round of the playoffs after an impressive regular season that saw an aggressive defense and creative offense help win them games. This game features two of the top coaches in the league in Arizona’s Bruce Arians and New Orleans Sean Payton, and a game like this may come down to coaching. The Saints, coming off a disappointing season, lost a major piece in Jimmy Graham, and will look to rely on the running game behind Mark Ingram and CJ Spiller. The Saints defense was incredibly disappointing last year, and hope that they can improve, but this is a tough environment to do that in. Arizona fans are excited, and sure to make it difficult on Brees and the Saints as they edge out an exciting game.

Cardinals 27 Saints 23

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Detroit Lions at San Diego Chargers

The San Diego Chargers looked like one of the top teams in the AFC early last year, lead by quarterback Philip Rivers, before fading away down the stretch. With the lack of a strong running game and a weak defense, they just couldn’t beat the teams they had to as the season wore on. Now, with rookie running back Melvin Gordon, they will look to have success running the ball, and hope a disappointing defense can improve on what they did last year. The Lions may have taken the biggest hits in free agency out of any playoff team from 2014. Losing Ndamukong Suh, Nick Fairley, and CJ Mosley, the league’s number 2 defense last year will have to get creative in hopes of having that type of success again. Featuring a passing attack of Calvin Johnson and Golden Tate, quarterback Matthew Stafford is going to have to put up bigger numbers this year for the Lions to get there. I expect Stafford and company to pull this one out in another road upset, with big days from Stafford, Tate, and rookie running back Ameer Abdullah.

Lions 23 Chargers 20

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Baltimore Ravens at Denver Broncos

Two of the top teams in the AFC face off in a possible AFC championship game preview, as Joe Flacco and the Baltimore Ravens go to Denver to take on Peyton Manning and the Broncos. The Ravens came a few plays short of their second Super Bowl appearance in three years in the AFC title game last year, so the front office and coaching staff feel they’re not far off. Head coach John Harbaugh is always one of the most prepared coaches in the league, and I’d expect this game to be no different. Despite some new faces on offense, the Ravens move the ball with the running game and smart decision making by Flacco. Peyton Manning had another outstanding offensive season last year, but many came away wondering if this was it for the five time NFL MVP was ready to hang it up. But Peyton is back, with a new head coach and offensive coordinator, that will rely on the running game more to take some pressure off the future hall of famer’s back. Peyton usually plays well early in the season, and has played well against the Ravens recently, and I expect that to continue here

Broncos 37 Ravens 29

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Tennessee Titans at Tampa Bay Buccaneers

For the first time in NFL history, the two top draft picks in this years draft will face off in week one, as Marcus Mariota’s Tennessee Titans will travel to Raymond James Stadium to face off with Jameis Winston’s Tampa Bay Buccaneers. Both teams are coming off very tough seasons that resulted in them being the top two draft picks, but have high hopes for their teams and rookie quarterbacks. This is one of the toughest games to call, as you never know what you’re getting with young quarterbacks. Winston’s weapons on offense are beat up right now, which could result in him having trouble making safe, efficient throws. On the other side of the field, Mariota looks to show he can be a traditional drop back quarterback, and be the quarterback of the future for the Titans. This game comes down to who can win the turnover battle, and I expect the Titans to win a sloppy one.

Titans 23 Buccaneers 15

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Cincinnati Bengals at Oakland Raiders

Over the last four years, very few teams have been more consistent than the Cincinnati Bengals, at least in the regular season. With quarterback Andy Dalton and top wide receiver AJ Green, making the playoffs have been no problem for the Bengals. The playoffs themselves, however, have become a major issue. The Oakland Raiders, meanwhile, have remained equally consistent in the sense that they can’t get out of their own way and have not made the playoffs since 2002. With new head coach Jack Del Rio, the Raiders have second year quarterback Derek Carr, looking to build on his impressive rookie campaign, and added first round pick out of Alabama Amari Cooper to the fold to give him a dependable receiver on the outside. The Raiders seem to be on the right rack for the first time in a long time, but they still don’t have the depth and talent to compete with a team like the Bengals at this point, especially in the secondary. The Raiders will make it interesting early, but the Bengals will pull away as the game wears on.

Bengals 28 Raiders 20

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New York Giants at Dallas Cowboys

When is the last time the Giants and Cowboys game DIDN’T open the season against each other? Usually because the games are highly competitive battles between two fierce rivals. The Cowboys, coming off a much needed playoff appearance and even a playoff win, seem to have finally figured out what to put around Tony Romo to help the team perform consistently. Behind the best offensive line in the league, and a much improved defensive line, the Cowboys will move to a running back by committee approach, with Darren McFadden and Joseph Randle. For the New York Giants, they are all about offense, with Eli Manning and phenom Odell Beckham Jr., the Giants aren’t going to be defensive juggernauts by any mean, but they should be able to move the ball consistently, especially once Victor Cruz is back and healthy. But their questionable offensive line, and flat out poor pass rush and secondary will hold them back against the better offenses in this league and that will be on display in this game. This will be a high scoring affair, but as the Giants abandon the run the Cowboys improved defensive line will force Eli Manning into some mistakes and win this one by double digits.

Cowboys 34 Giants 23

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Philadelphia Eagles at Atlanta Falcons

Rarely do you see teams with “franchise quarterbacks” go through rebuilding stages, but that’s exactly what is happening with the Atlanta Falcons. Matt Ryan will always put up numbers, but without a decent running game and a terrible defense on the other side, he finds himself unable to win many games. New head coach Dan Quinn hopes to bring some of the attitude his defenses in Seattle had, and repair what has been a consistently subpar defense in Atlanta. On offense, you had two stud wide receivers in Julio Jones and Roddy White, so defenses always have to be accountable for them as they can blow up almost any game. For the Eagles, head coach Chip kelly dumped many familiar faces and brought in his own guys, including former first overall pick, quarterback Sam Bradford. Bradford’s problem has never been talent, but health, and if he can stay healthy this Eagles team can go a long way. With a good offensive line, new running backs DeMarco Murray and Ryan Matthews, quality pass catchers, and a pace on offense no one can keep up with, scoring points will not be a problem for this Eagles team. This one will be a shoot out until the end, when the Falcons defense just doesn’t have the stamina to keep up anymore.

Eagles 37 Falcons 32

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Minnesota Vikings at San Francisco 49ers

No team had a more tumultuous offseason than the San Francisco 49ers. From suspensions, arrests, releases, and retirement, they lost quality personnel in every department, including coaching, as Jim Harbaugh left for Michigan. Taking over is Jim Tomsula, and he has his work cut out for him. The player turnover is almost too much to list, but none on offense bigger than running back Frank Gore. Taking over is second year back Carlos Hyde. The 49ers hope Colin Kaepernick can cut down on his turnovers and get back to using his legs a bit more, but it will be very difficult behind a shakey offensive line. For the Vikings, it’s the return of former league MVP Adrian Peterson, and the continued growth of quarterback Teddy Bridgewater. In his second season, and first full as a starting quarterback, Teddy will look to develop chemistry with speedy wide receiver Mike Wallace. But make no qualms, the Vikings want to put the ball in Adrian Peterson’s hands and ride him toward a playoff berth. They’ll get off on the right foot in this game.

Vikings 26 49ers 23

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Mar 31

Rolling StonesThe original bad boys of rock n’ roll, The Rolling Stones have announced a tour of North American stadiums starting in May and running through mid-July of 2015.

Dubbed the ZIP CODE Tour, shows kickoff on May 24 in San Diego and conclude on July 15 in Quebec City.

2015 Rolling Stones Tour Dates

May 24: Petco Park, San Diego

May 30: Ohio Stadium, Columbus, Ohio

June 3: TCF Bank Stadium, Minneapolis, Minnesota

June 6: AT&T Stadium, Arlington, Texas

June 9: Bobby Dodd Stadium, Atlanta, Georgia

June 12: Citrus Bowl Stadium, Orlando, Florida

June 17: LP Field, Nashville, Tennessee

June 20: Heinz Field, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

June 23: Marcus Amphitheatre, Milwaukee, Wisconsin

June 27: Arrowhead Stadium, Kansas City, Missouri

July 1: Carter-Finley Stadium, Raleigh, North Carolina

July 4: Indianapolis Motor Speedway, Indianapolis, Indiana

July 8: Comerica Park, Detroit, Michigan

July 11: Ralph Wilson Stadium, Buffalo, New York

July 15: Le Festival d’ete de Quebec, Quebec City

Fans of the Stones know any tour may be their last chance to see them so expect ticket sales to be competitive and consider yourself fortunate if you’re able to snag some.

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Jan 15

Todd BowlesThe New York Jets have wasted little time in replacing recently fired GM John Idzick and Head Coach Rex Ryan, bringing in two New Jersey natives to help right the ship.

Cleaning house on December 29th, the Jets took just a hair over two weeks to name their replacements. Hightstown, New Jersey native Mike Maccagnan takes the reigns as General Manager and Elizabeth, New Jersey Todd Bowles leaves his post as Defensive Coordinator with the Arizona Cardinals to take over as head coach of the New York Jets.

The 51-year-old Bowles is a former defensive back with the Washington Redskins and has spent 15 years an an assistant coach in the NFL. In the 2000 season, he was part of the Jets coaching staff when he coached the Defensive Backs under Al Groh.

The pair have their work cut out for them. Under Rex Ryan last season, the Jets finished last in the AFC East, compiling a record of 4-12. While the Jets for the most part had a solid defense during Ryan’s tenure, they struggled mightily to establish stability and consistency on the offensive side of the ball. A series of Offensive Coordinator and starting quarterback changes failed to improve the team’s production.

The pair of Maccagnan and Bowles bring a renewed sense of optimism to MetLife Stadium for New York Jets fans as they look forward to the draft and training camp with great anticipation.

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