Ah, October! That wonderful time of year when the leaves turn orange and our tickets turn pink.
"What's that?" you say? "Pink tickets?"
That's right, my friends! Pink tickets!
As you may know, October is National Breast Cancer Awareness Month, sponsored by the American Cancer Society. Our parent company, Ticketmaster, is committed to helping raise awareness among fans of all things live entertainment. One way we do that is to turn our tickets pink for the month of October. What that means is, every time you purchase a ticket through Ticketmaster, your ticket will take on a limited-edition pink hue. It doesn't matter when the event takes place; if you buy the ticket in October, it's going to be pink!
On top of that, we'll be donating a portion of the proceeds of every NFL ticket sold through Ticketmaster and NFL Ticket Exchange to the American Cancer Society. Every time you snag a ticket to a game, you'll be actively helping to fight breast cancer. It doesn't get much better than that!
The Alabama Crimson Tide may have rolled their way to the #1 spot in the NCAA rankings, but it's the Ohio State Buckeyes who are dominating on TicketsNow.
We combed through our ticket data and did some serious number crunching to determine the 10 most popular college football teams on TicketsNow this season, ranked by total number of tickets sold. Then we dove into those top 10 teams and pulled out some pretty interesting purchase data.
Of course, once we did that, we had no choice but to make a shiny new infographic. Enjoy!
Super Bowl Sunday is officially right around the corner, and Super Sunday is always a blast...and it's even better when you're rooting for your favorite team. But what if your guys didn't make it this year? What if you're completely indifferent to both the 49ers and the Ravens? What on earth is a football fan to do?!
Simple. Use the TicketsNow Fan Flowchart to choose your (temporary) allegiance for Sunday's game:
Not much is the same since the first Super Bowl was played more than 46 years ago. The game has certainly evolved; offenses are more complicated, and the game itself has become a spectacle around the globe. Yet amid all the changes since the Green Bay Packers beat the Kansas City Chiefs in Super Bowl I, there is something that has remained the same - each winner has received the now-iconic Vince Lombardi Trophy.
The origins of the Lombardi Trophy date back to the 1967 season, when then-NFL commissioner Pete Rozelle met with representatives from Tiffany and Co. to discuss crafting the trophy for the upcoming first Super Bowl. The result was the classic statue - which was rumored to be sketched out on a napkin during lunch - and Tiffany's has crafted the trophy ever since.
While it's known as the Lombardi Trophy today, that hasn't always been the case. After all, it would have been weird handing Vince Lombardi a trophy named after himself when he won the first two Super Bowls! It was originally known simply as the world championship trophy, but after Lombardi passed away in 1970, it was renamed in his honor.
The Lombardi Trophy is certainly a worthy prize for the Super Bowl champion. Made entirely of sterling silver, the 22-inch statue features a regulation-size football in the kicking position and weighs nearly seven pounds. According to the NFL, each trophy is worth an estimated $25,000. Given the value, and importance, of the Lombardi Trophy, Tiffany's goes to great lengths to ensure its security.
Each trophy is constructed in Parsippany, New Jersey, where it takes about four months to be completed. Then, once it is finished, it's put in the trusted hands of Brink's, a world-renowned security company. Once it arrives at its final destination (this year in New Orleans) it is put under lock and key until it's time to be presented at the end of the game.
While each sport has its own unique trophy for league champion, few are quite like the Vince Lombardi Trophy. This year should be particularly interesting, because the San Francisco 49ers have the chance to add the sixth trophy to their collection. That would tie them with the Pittsburgh Steelers for the most in NFL history. Will they do it? Find out when the Super Bowl kicks off on February 3! (And if you want to see it in person…the NFL Ticket Exchange can get you there!)
I probably don't have to tell you that we're only a few weeks away from Super Bowl 47, and you know what that means. It means gridiron intensity. It means the biggest half-time show of the year. It means eating your weight in hot wings (followed by a mad dash for the Tums). And, of course, it means some of the best commercials we're likely to see all year.
The Super Bowl ad is a grand tradition, and for many people (especially those whose teams were knocked out early on), Super Bowl ads are the reason to watch. There have been a lot of great Super Sunday commercials through the years (understatement of the week?), and we thought we'd put together 10 of our favorites, in no particular order. Enjoy!
1. Apple: 1984 (1984)
Not only is this an iconic Super Bowl commercial; it's an iconic Apple commercial. It was the first ad Apple ever created to promote a personal computer. Directed by one of the best sci-fi movie directors of our time (2 points if you know who it is without Googling!), Apple's 1984 commercial was the perfect ad for its time.
2. Volkswagen: The Force (2011)
VW's Star Wars-themed ad from two years ago was heartwarming and clever. There's really not much else to say about it (which is fitting, since the commercial itself is dialogue-free!).
3. Budweiser Frogs (1995)
Ah, a classic! Budweiser has had more than its fair share of hits and misses in the Super Bowl ad game, but this one really stands out.
4. Monster.com: When I Grow Up (1999)
Man oh man, who can't relate to this one?!
5. Reebok: Terry Tate: Office Linebacker (2003)
Ten years later, just thinking about this Reebok ad still makes me laugh out loud. That, my friends, is the sign of a great commercial.
6. Snickers: Betty White (2010)
A new classic! This Snickers commercial heralded the grand return of Betty White in all her comic genius.
7. Gatorade: 23 vs 39 (2003)
No one's better than Michael Jordan...except maybe Michael Jordan. In 2003, Gatorade was kind enough to grant us all a glimpse at the world's greatest one-on-one fantasy match-up.
8. EDS: Herding Cats (2000)
Honestly, I still have no idea what EDS stands for, or what the company does. But boy oh boy, was this a fantastic commercial!
9. Sprint: Crime Deterrent (2006)
Phones can do many things. Among them, hit faces. (Please, please, please do not try this one at home!)
10. Coca-Cola: Mean Joe Green (1979)
How could we make a list of the best Super Bowl commercials of all time and not include Mean Joe Green?! Mean Joe is practically the physical embodiment of Super Sunday ads! Coca-Cola really struck gold with this little gem.
Personally, I can't wait to see what commercials Super Bowl 47 brings. Of course, if you're more of a "see it live" type and are willing to forego the commercials, and if you can get yourself to New Orleans, I should note that you can get tickets to the Super Bowl at TicketsNow by clicking here! Otherwise, enjoy your couch, enjoy the game, enjoy your wings, and enjoy those Super Bowl ads!
Few topics in sports have attracted as much controversy as college football's BCS system. The call for a playoff has finally been answered, and by 2014 the national champion will be picked in a new, more fan-friendly format. However, until that time the college football world still has the BCS system, and luckily this year is shaping up to be one of the most memorable in recent years.
This year gives us one of the most anticipated National Championship match-ups ever, with perennial powerhouse Alabama squaring off against a rejuvenated Notre Dame team, which just completed its first undefeated regular season in more than 20 years. The two programs are some of the most decorated in college football history, and the Fighting Irish are one of the biggest surprises of the year after they started off the season ranked outside the top 25. When the two teams kick off on January 7, it may be one of the most watched games of the sports year.
Of course, there are a number of other compelling games, including the Orange Bowl. Played each year in Miami, this year's contest features an unusual match-up between ACC champion Florida State and MAC champion Northern Illinois. The selection of NIU caused quite a stir, especially since their placement in the Orange Bowl knocked Oklahoma out of the BCS picture. While Northern Illinois, who finished the season 12-1, is certainly a good team, their regular season schedule was not particularly challenging, with their biggest win probably coming over Army. Not only that, but their lone loss came to Iowa, who finished the year a paltry 4-8. If they can pull off the upset of Florida State it would be one of the most stunning victories of all time.
The Orange Bowl is surrounded by controversy, but that's not the case with some of the other games, especially the Tostitos Fiesta Bowl, which pits Oregon against Kansas State. Both teams were contenders for the National Championship before late-season losses dropped them out of the picture, but they still stand as two of the most exciting squads in the country. KSU is led by Heisman Trophy candidate quarterback Collin Klein, while Oregon's high-flying offense will give the Wildcats a serious test.
There are more than two dozen other bowls to check out, and sometimes it's hard to keep track. Some to be on the lookout for include Capital One Bowl, which pits Nebraska against Georgia, and the Outback Bowl, which features Michigan against South Carolina.
The NFL season is already half over; and boy have things changed a lot since the first four games. Surprise teams many thought could make an unforeseen run into the playoffs have almost disappeared completely, while the defending Super Bowl champion Giants have seem to have hit their yearly mid-season slide. Yet, while the landscape has changed considerably over the last month or so, the Atlanta Falcons and Houston Texans are still the cream of the crop.
After the first month of the season, a lot of fans, me included, were singing the praises of the Arizona Cardinals. They were 4-0, and their wins included a surprising victory over the defending AFC Champion New England Patriots. Since then, the Cards are 0-5 and are slowly fading from playoff contention in the NFC. Plus, with inconsistency at quarterback - whether it's John Skelton or Kevin Kolb under center - it's unlikely they'll get back in the conversation.
The Cardinals fall from the ranks of the undefeated have helped right the ship a little. The familiar names are back in the thick of things - the Ravens, Patriots, Steelers, Packers, Giants and Bears, are all on pace to head back to the playoffs this year, even though the Giants have lost two in a row and have struggled on offense as of late.
But arguably the biggest story so far this NFL season is the success of both the Indianapolis Colts and Denver Broncos. Last year, the Colts released future Hall of Famer Peyton Manning to make way for first overall pick Andrew Luck. The former Stanford star was expected to come into a work in progress, but the unflappable rookie has led the Colts to an impressive 6-3 record and on the cusp of a playoff berth.
As for the Broncos, who signed Manning after he was released, things could not be going any better. Manning seems to be showing no ill effects of his several neck surgeries that required a year off and is beginning to click with his receivers. Add that to the fact the Broncos defense is firing on all cylinders, and they are right in the hunt for a wide open AFC at 6-3.
After a wild start, full of crazy finishes and replacement referees, the NFL seems to have returned to more stable ground. Still, there's still half the season left so a lot can happen, but at this point I wouldn't be surprised to see the Patriots and Falcons squaring off in Super Bowl XLVII.
The first BCS Standings are out! Grab your alma mater's pennant flag, toss on that school sweatshirt and start flying those colors because here is your look at the top 5! The big question on everyone's mind … who is going to fill that #1 slot?
- Alabama Crimson Tide
- Florida Gators
- Oregon Ducks
- Kansas State Wildcats
- Notre Dame Fighting Irish
The early weeks in the NFL are hard to assess. Each year there is a team that jumps out to a fast start before fading into obscurity (looking at you 2011 Buffalo Bills), so it's typically best not to read too much into early wins. That being said, with four weeks in the books it's probably safe to say that two teams have risen to the top of the early favorites to play for the Super Bowl. The Houston Texans and Atlanta Falcons have both started 4-0, and both have put up some impressive numbers in the process.
The Texans and Falcons are two of only three undefeated teams at this point, and while the Cardinals are also a surprise 4-0, they have not looked quite as convincing in their wins. There's a strong case to be made for a Texans-Falcons match-up in Super Bowl XLVII, and at this point in the season it's hard to argue against it.
The Atlanta Falcons, who have put together impressive seasons in the last few years, have yet to get over the hump in the playoffs. However, with fifth-year quarterback Matt Ryan looking more poised than ever, this year could be the time they do it. Through four games, Ryan has thrown 11 touchdowns to just two interceptions, and led Atlanta on an impressive drive in the closing minutes for a game winning field goal.
But Ryan is just one piece of the puzzle. Running back Michael Turner has looked like he's in prime form this season, and Ryan's favorite target Roddy White has been his usually, productive self. Not to mention their defense looks better than it has in recent seasons, and it's no surprise they have become a popular Super Bowl pick in the early going.
The Texans have been arguably even more impressive than the Falcons, and you could argue that they would have made the Super Bowl last year had quarterback Matt Schaub not been injured. But he's back this year, and has his team firing on all cylinders. Through four games, the Texans have not really been challenged, winning three of their four games by 20 or more points.
Much like the Falcons, their well-balanced approach features a standout running back (Arian Foster) and one of the best receivers in the game (Andre Johnson). Houston also has a stout defense with players like Brian Cushing and Jonathan Joseph leading the charge.
The Falcons and Texans have staked out an early lead, but as all NFL seasons have showed, anything can happen. Of course, you can never count out the defending champion New York Giants, nor the offensive juggernaut in the New England Patriots - both of whom are 2-2.
Tick tock, tick tock … Saturday is approaching. Got plans? Well, even if you do, you should consider changing them up for something a little more exhilarating than book club. Bust out your colors for your alma mater and hit up your old grounds! Check out our hottest picks for college football matchups for Saturday, September 29: