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Matt Cullen is originally from Chapel Hill, NC. He studied Marketing and Professional Golf Management at Florida State University and received his MBA in Sports Marketing and Management from the University of North Carolina at Charlotte. In his spare time he enjoys playing golf, attending sporting events, and is an avid Florida State football fan. Matt and his wife Carlie were recently blessed with their first son, Carson.

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Born and raised a Hoosier, Rory left her Indiana hometown to attend college in Texas at Abilene Christian University. While at ACU, she earned a B.A. in English and was a part of Sigma Theta Chi Women's Social Club. She graduated in August 2014 and has since relocated to Charlotte. In her spare time, she enjoys jogging, laughing with friends, road trips, and any time she can get on the dance floor. 

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NFL International Series: Atlanta Falcons vs Detroit Lions Preview

  
  
  

London NFL On LocationA few weeks ago, the 2014 NFL International Series kicked-off with the Miami Dolphins defeating the Oakland Raiders 38-14 in London. This week, the Atlanta Falcons will host the Detroit Lions at Wembley Stadium for the second of three games abroad this year.

Not only is this game set to be historic for being played at Wembley Stadium, but it's also the first NFL game to be aired in the morning in the United States! The game has a 2:30 p.m. kick-off time in London so it will be aired at 9:30 a.m. ET in the US. Better set those alarm clocks, Falcons and Lions fans!

Detroit currently holds a better record than Atlanta in their perspective brackets in the NFC, but each team boasts different strengths and weaknesses. Pair those facts with the knowledge that neither team is really playing "at home," and we have all the elements for a fantastic football game. This international match can really go either way.

With that being said, let's take a look at each team's record, the match-up and the players who will hold a key role in their team's performance.

Standings in the NFC

NFC North

   Wins

  Losses  

   Ties   

   Win %   

Detriot Lions 5 2 0 .714
Green Bay Packers 5 2 0 .714
Chicago Bears 3 4 0 .429
Minnesota Vikings 2 5 0 .286

       NFC South

  Wins  

  Losses  

  Ties  

  Win %  

Carolina Panthers 3 3 1 .500
New Orleans Saints 2 4 0 .333
Atlanta Falcons 2 5 0 .286
Tampa Bay Buccaneers 1 5 0 .167

Comparing the Falcons and the Lions

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Players to Watch

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Team Leaders provided by NFL Game Center.

Who's your early pick to win? Will the Detroit Lions prevail and increase their impressive record, or will the Atlanta Falcons defeat them and improve their record? Share your thoughts with us in the comments below!

See the Falcons vs Lions International Game LIVE from London!

It's not too late to be a part of this NFL International Series experience, but you have to act fast!
Official Ticket Packages direct from NFL On Location and provided by QuintEvents can grant you unparalleled VIP access at Wembley Stadium for the Atlanta Falcons vs Detroit Lions match-up!

There are four different package levels available:

  • Diamond Packages
  • Sapphire Packages
  • Deluxe Packages
  • Standard Packages

This gives fans different level price points to select from while still receiving unbelievable inclusions.

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On the other hand, Standard level packages offer access to the NFL Pregame Party adjacent to Wembley Stadium for three hours pregame. Fans will be invited to enjoy a complimentary pregame menu and open beer, wine and soft drink selections.

Sapphire and Deluxe level package fall in between these two access levels. Hotel accommodations, ground transportation and an Official NFL Gift Bag are also included in each package.

If you want to watch the game LIVE (versus setting your alarm to watch in the morning at home) then you have to act fast! Visit QuintEvents website or call 1-866-834-8663 to speak to an NFL On Location representative to get your experience started.

 

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College Football Week 8 Complete: See the Updated Top 25 Standings

  
  
  

Week 8 of the college football season is officially in the history books! Week 7 marked the halfway point of the 2014 season and it's high time we take a look at where each team is falling within the ranks! The College Football Playoff Selection Committee is releasing their rankings on Oct. 28, but we can take an early look at the standings to gauge where each team will fall by looking at the AP Top 25 and the Coaches' Poll.

So without further ado, let's take a look at the results from Week 8, and then dive into the most recent Top 25 standings!

College Football Week 8 Scores

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How did your team fare this week? Did your team see victory or did you fall short? What do you think were the biggest plays of Week 8? Which games were the biggest upsets this week? Share your thoughts with us in the comments below.

AP Top 25 Standings

Rank

Team

Points

PV Rank

1 Mississippi State* 1,480 1
2 Florida State* 1,433 2
3 Ole Miss*  1,404 3
4 Alabama* 1,235 7
5 Auburn 1,231 6
6 Oregon 1,142 9
7 Notre Dame 1,133 5
8 Michigan State 1,066 8
9 Georgia 1,055 10
10 TCU 962 12
11 Kansas State* 905 14
12 Baylor 858 4
13 Ohio State 753 13
14 Arizona State* 643 17
15 Arizona* 639 16
16 Nebraska* 537 19
17 Oklahoma 461 11
18 East Carolina 445 18
19 Utah* 437 20
20 USC 356 22
21 Clemson 283 24
22 West Virginia 272 31
23 Marshall 184 25
24 LSU 177 27
25 UCLA 118 26

USA Today's Coaches' Poll

Rank

Team

Record

Points

1 Mississippi State* 6-0 1,520
2 Florida State* 7-0 1,493
3 Ole Miss* 7-0 1,447
4 Alabama* 6-1 1,293
5 Michigan State 6-1 1,243
6 Auburn 5-1 1,210
7 Oregon 6-1 1,133
8 Notre Dame 6-1 1,117
9 Georgia 6-1 1,096
10 TCU 5-1 996
11 Kansas State* 5-1 909
12 Ohio State 5-1 856
13 Baylor 6-1 853
14 Arizona State* 5-1 654
15 Arizona* 5-1 612
16 Nebraska* 6-1 588
17 East Carolina 5-1 578
18 Oklahoma 5-2 482
19 Utah* 5-1 371
20 Clemson 5-2 320
21 USC 5-2 258
22 Marshall 7-0 247
23 LSU 6-2 155
24 Minnesota 6-1 147
25 West Virginia 5-2 143

* Denotes same rank in both standings

See the Top Two Compete in the 2015 College Football Playoff National Championship!

Sure, there is still plenty of time for the standings to change, but the opportunity to attend the first-ever College Football Playoff National Championship game won't knock forever! With College Football Playoff Premium Official Ticket Packages provided by QuintEvents, you can get unparalleled VIP access to see college football history made!

College Football Premium PackageOfficial Packages include access to the hospitality tailgate party open three hours pregame where you'll find complimentary food options, premium open bars, a variety of interactive entertainment elements, collegiate football legend meet-and-greets, and much more! Depending on your package level, you could even take the field after the game! Just imagine, being on the field for the national title celebration!

Luxurious accomodations and ground transportation can also be included in packages eliminating those aspects of the trip planning process. Easy payment terms are also possible, making attending the 2015 College Football Playoff National Championship more affordable than ever!

Get more information on how you can attend the first-ever College Football Playoff National Championship with Playoff Premium and QuintEvents by calling 1-866-834-8663 to speak to a representative or by visiting QuintEvents website.

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2014 Breeders' Cup Preview: Race Schedule & Contenders

  
  
  

Breeders Cup Experiences Breeders Cup Logo 2014Horse racing fans, it's the moment you've all been waiting for! The 2014 Breeders' Cup World Championships are finally here! The Challenge series is complete, tickets are almost sold out and the determined world's best are preparing for the 13 championship races to be held at Santa Anita on Oct. 31-Nov. 1.

It's time to take a look at the race schedule for the weekend and the field of contenders who have qualified for each race!

The Breeders' Cup Race Schedule

Friday, October 31, 2014

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1 Mile 1 Mile 1 Mile 1 1/8 Miles
2:25 p.m. PDT 3:05 p.m. PDT 3:50 p.m. PDT 4:35 p.m. PDT

Saturday, November 1, 2014

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1 1/16 Miles 1 1/4 Miles 7 Furlongs 6.5 Furlongs 1 1/16 Miles 1 1/2 Miles 6 Furlongs 1 Mile 1 1/4 Miles
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2014 Contenders

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Who do you think will prevail at the 2014 Breeders' Cup? Will the Classic be a battle between Shared Belief and Kentucky Derby Champ, California Chrome, or will it be a Belmont Stakes repeat with Tonalist? Will Kentucky Oaks Champ, Untapable, win the Distaff? How do you think multiple races will affect the entrants? Share your thoughts with us in the comments below!

See maps of Santa Anita to help you navigate the track>>

Need advice on what to wear? See our guide on how to dress>>

Looking for events during the race weekend? View the event schedule>>

Time is Running Out to Attend the 2014 Breeders' Cup!

We're less than two weeks away from the 2014 Breeders' Cup and if you waited until the last minute to secure your spot at Santa Anita Park, now's the time to act! Official Breeders' Cup Ticket Packages provided by QuintEvents are still available and are the only way to get VIP access at the "Richest Two Days in Sports!"

Breeders Cup Experiences Santa Anita Horse Racing QuintEvents 1Official Ticket Packages include access to an exclusive in-track hospitality venue where you'll find complimentary breakfast and lunch, open beer, wine and soft drink selections, and a cash bar for premium beverages. With comfortable seating and simulcast TV coverage of the on-track activities, hospitality is an oasis from the stands, and grants you and your group a place to relax and reconnect throughout the long race days.

You'll also receive a VIP Fast Access Pass for a quicker, more secure entrance to Santa Anita on race days, one parking pass per every four guests, and an Official Breeders' Cup Gift Bag brimming with official products and merchandise.

You can even opt to include luxurious hotel accommodations in the Los Angeles area and ground transportation to the track each day in your package. This eliminates your having to deal with last minute high prices for hotels and rental cars.

There truly is no better way to experience the 2014 Breeders' Cup World Championships! Click the button below to see the VIP packages still available and to get more information on booking your's today!

 

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How to Attend the NFL International Series in 3 Simple Steps

  
  
  

The 2014 NFL season is flying by; we're already in Week 7 and the 2014 NFL International Series is in full force! The Atlanta Falcons and the Detroit Lions are preparing to take the field at Wembley Stadium in just a few weeks with the Dallas Cowboys and Jacksonville Jaguars following match-up in tow.

For most NFL fans, the International Series is overlooked. They see it as just one more away game on the schedule. However, it should be looked at as an opportunity! 

QuintEvents NFL On Location NFL International Series DI4U0456Not only does the NFL International Series offer a chance for fans to see teams playing on equal playing fields since they're both on an unknown field in a foreign climate, but it allows supplies you with a European adventure!

Think about it. How many people have it on their bucket list to attend a game of their favorite team? Every single NFL fan. Further, think about how many people have it on their bucket list to visit Europe - more specifically London, England? A good majority. I'd wager you want to go! 

So why don't you go? The NFL International Series offers a way to check two things off your bucket list in an epic way! 

So what holds you back? Costs? Flights? Planning things abroad? 

Well, luckily, there's solutions to all of those concerns. You can attend the NFL International Series and you will! All you have to do is follow these three easy steps!

1. Plan Your Flight

The first step in planning your trip to London for the NFL International Series is to find a flight to London! London has two major airports you could fly into: Heathrow and Gatwick.

Heathrow is the larger of the two airports and is the busiest airport in Europe by passenger traffic, the third bussiest in the world and handles more international passengers than any other airport in the world. It's about 14 miles from the center of London and it has a direct line to the Tube, or London Underground.

Gatwick is much smaller than Heathrow, but is still the second bussiest airport in the United Kingdom. With that being said, Gatwick offers more points-to-points flights compared to Heathrow, so if you're trying to find a direct flight from your hometown, odds are you'll be flying into Gatwick. It's located about 30 minutes from center city and also has a direct line to the Tube as well.

With online tools such as Flight Finder and KAYAK, it's very easy to find cheap flights on reputable airlines to your destination. And be sure to start a frequent flyer account once you book your trip so you can begin earning rewards on your travel to London!

2. Select Your Game & VIP Access

Once you secure your flight, you need to secure your tickets to the game. Luckily with NFL On Location's Official Ticket Packages to the NFL International Series provided by QuintEvents, this step is easy.

There are four different package levels to select from: 

  1. Diamond Level
  2. Sapphire Level
  3. Deluxe Level
  4. Standard Level

While each package shares the overarching theme of tickets, hospitality and amenities, the hospitality venue and seating location is different for each level. 

QuintEvents NFL On Location NFL International Series DI4U0005For example, Diamond level packages offer Club Level seating near the 50-yard line; the seats are wider and padded in the Club Level, and you'd also have access to Club Wembley and it's amenities. Within the Diamond hospitality area, you'll be invited to enjoy a complimentary, deluxe three-course meal with open beer, wine and soft drink selections for three hours pregame, during halftime and one hour postgame. Additionally, you'll receive an invite to the NFL Friday Night Kickoff Cruise where you can meet NFL players and cheerleaders, and enjoy complimentary food options and open beer, wine and soft drink selections. An official NFL gift bag is also included.

Comparatively, Standard packages offer seating in the upper level sideline and access to the exclusive NFL Pregame Party adjacent to Wembley Stadium three hours pregame. Within this hospitality area, you'd be invited to enjoy a complimentary pregame menu and open beer, wine and soft drink selections. An NFL gift bag is also included.

QuintEvents NFL On Location NFL International Series NFL LONDON 2Sapphire and Deluxe packages fall in the middle of these two regarding their seating level and amenities. 

Regardless of the package you select and the seating location you choose, you'll have an unobsctructed view of the entire game and an unparalleled NFL experience! And with
easy payment terms, you don't even have to pay for your entire package up front; you can space the payments out over a period of time making it easier on your wallet. 

Attending the NFL International Series has never been easier.

3. The Final Details

Once you've booked your flight and have secured your Official Ticket Package to the game, it's time plan the finishing touching to your trip - transportation and accommodations in London.

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Official Ticket Package, transportation to and from the airport is included in your package! That's right! NFL On Location staff will be there to pick you up from the airport and take you to your hotel.

Speaking of, luxurious accommodations in London are also included! Oh yes, say good-bye to planning - it's already done! Then, NFL On Location transportation services will pick you up from your hotel and take you to any official NFL On Location events!

There's no need to rent a car, purchase an Underground Oyster card or book your own hotel accommodations. And if you and your group decide you want to stay longer in London than the four-night stay included in your package, you can opt to add additional days onto your package.

Take Action!

What in the world are you waiting for? The 2014 NFL International Series is only getting closer and it's time for you to take action to get yourself to London! For more information regarding the games on the schedule, package options and pricing, and any other details, call 1-866-834-8663 to speak to an NFL On Location representative or visit QuintEvents website today.

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How Super Bowl XLIX Awakens Your Senses

  
  
  

Our senses are a funny thing - we can attribute memories and feelings directly to smells, tastes or sounds. Think about it. The smell of fresh cut grass on a Saturday morning. The taste of a home baked chocolate chip cookie right out of the oven and then the taste that just melts in your mouth. The sound of glasses clinking together as everyone shouts "cheers!"

It's my guess that as I mention these things, you get nostalgic of things that hit home for you. Our senses are a big part of what create our everyday experiences. They're what turn moments into memories. They're what turn an ordinary action into something sensational.

When it comes to checking a big moment off your bucket list, your senses play a large part in what makes that moment so magical. This is especially true for big-time sporting events such as the Super Bowl! 

Could you imagine what it would be like to attend the Super Bowl without the element of sound? Think about how much not being able to hear the announcer make the calls or the fans around you cheering would take away from the overall experience.

I bet you hadn't thought about how big of a role your senses would play. Well, let's take a look, shall we? Without further ado, take a look at how Super Bowl XLIX can awaken your senses!

Really Experience Super Bowl XLIX

Sight, Sound, Smell, Taste, Touch.

Picture this: it's Super Bowl Sunday, you're in Arizona and you're going to the game! You wake up in the morning, throw on your team's jersey and head down to the lobby of your hotel room. NFL On Location staff is in the lobby greeting excited fans and reminding everyone to double-check they have their tickets and that they're not bringing any items not permitted into the stadium.

Once everyone has gathered and is ready to go, you and your fellow fans board the charter busses to be taken over to the stadium! It's time to join the NFL for a tailgate party!

SB XLVIII NFL On Location In Stadium 262Once you arrive at the stadium, you use your VIP Fast Access Pass granting you a quicker, more secure entrance into the stadium, and you make your way to your exclusive hospitality area.

Once you arrive at your hospitality area, your jaw hits the floor! The aroma of complimentary gourmet food options hits you and you see the premium open bar in the center of the room. In the far corner, fans are already beginning to line up excitedly as they're about to meet their favorite NFL players and cheerleaders, and you can hear the DJ calling out to others in the audience to sing and dance along to the music playing.

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You and your group make your way around the hospitality area, noshing on the delicious food all around you and getting your fair share of cold brews. You take part in all the interactive elements going on around you and then you meet your favorite NFL players! Those pictures and autographs will be good for bragging rights later!

As hospitality begins to come to a close, you decide to head to one of the many merchandise stores in the stadium to redeem your $50 merchandise coupon. You can't attend the Super Bowl and leave without a momento, right?

As you hear the announcer say the National Anthem is up next, you make your way to your seats at the 50-yard line (seating locations dependent on package selected) and take in the view around you. As you scan every detail taking place on the field, you suddenly realize that yes, this is how the Super Bowl was meant to be experienced.

You spend the game on your feet, cheering your heart out, screaming for both good and bad plays, and participating in friendly smack-talking with the fans around you. The halftime show blows your mind - the volume and performance are incomparable to any other concert you've ever attended. 

Onfieldpostgame153As the clock counts down to the final minutes of the game and your team is about to become the Super Bowl XLIX Champions, you prepare yourself to bask in the celebration that's about to take place all around you. You're even going to be able to take the field yourself (Red Packages only)! 

When it's all said and done and you're back on the NFL On Location charter bus heading back to your hotel, you realize that nothing can ever touch the experience you just had at Super Bowl XLIX. That will be one memory that's with you for a lifetime!

Do You Want THIS Super Bowl XLIX Experience?

Does that sound like Super Bowl experience you've always dreamt of having? Then make your dreams become a reality today with 2015 Super Bowl Official Ticket Packages direct from NFL On Location and provided by QuintEvents! 

Official Packages are the only way to get the true VIP experience in Arizona this Feb.! Call 1-866-834-8663 to speak to an NFL On Location representative or visit QuintEvents website for more information on Super Bowl XLIX Official Ticket Package options.

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See the Final Straight with Official Breeders' Cup Grandstand Tickets

  
  
  

Breeders Cup Experiences Breeders Cup Logo 2014One of the biggest fall meets in horse racing is almost here! In three weeks, the 2014 Breeders' Cup World Championships will be taking over Santa Anita Park with 13 races over two days. Thoroughbreds who have qualified via the Breeders' Cup Challenge series, the Graded Stakes Points system or the Panel of Experts will culminate in California to compete for the title of World Champion and some of the richest purses in horse racing.

In other words, if you haven't already secured your
Official Ticket Package to the 2014 Breeders' Cup, you're going to be missing out Oct. 31-Nov. 1! Luckily, it's not too late yet! You can still get access and plan your trip to Santa Anita, but you have to act fast. 

With Official Breeders' Cup Grandstand Ticket Packages provided through QuintEvents, you can get the coveted views and VIP access you're seeking at "The Richest Two Days in Sports!"

Take a look at the vantage point you could have from the Grandstand and find out what kind of exclusive amenities are included in an Official Ticket Packages.

The View From the Grandstand

The Grandstand at Santa Anita Park offers some of the most coveted views of the track! With Grandstand L-N or O-Q Ticket Packages, you'll be positioned on the third floor mezzanine level, so you'll have an unobstructed view of the starting line, the first turn, the last turn, the final straight, and the finish line. Not to mention, the large video board is located right across from you so even when the horses are on the backstretch, you'll be able to see the coverage.

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The seats in the Grandstand are stadium-style bucket seats, so they're more comfortable than bleacher-style seats, and the area is open-air and covered. This means you have all the perks of being outside watching the races live, but you'll be offered shade from the California sun (and the surprise west coast rain showers).

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Then, located just a short distance from your seat in the Grandstand, you'll find your VIP in-track hospitality venue with all your inclusions!

Official Grandstand Ticket Package Inclusions

Included in your Grandstand package is VIP access to an in-track hospitality venue. Inside, you'll find comfortable seating along with complimentary lunch and snacks, open beer, wine and soft drink selections, and a cash bar for premium beverages.

Hospitality provides you a place to sit down and reconnect with your group while grabbing a bite to eat or a drink to wet your whistle. The venue also offers simulcast TV coverage of the races so while you're inside, you won't miss a minute of the action on the track.

Breeders Cup Experiences Santa Anita Grandstand O Q QuintEvents 1Alternatively, the food court at Santa Anita typically does not have many places to sit due to the crowds and you'll find long lines waiting to purchase concessions. Hospitality access eliminates those hassles; it gives your wallet a break at the track and allows you to relax away from the crowded stands. And trust us, when you're at the track for two full days of racing, it's nice to have an oasis!

Within your Grandstand Official Ticket Package, you'll also receive a VIP Fast Access Pass allowing you a quicker, more secure entrance to the track, one parking pass per every four guests, and an Official Breeders' Cup Gift Bag brimming with official products and merchandise. 

You can also opt to include luxurious hotel accommodations in the Los Angeles area and transportation to and from the track each day in your package. This erases the need for you to do extra planning for your trip and helps you avoid sky-rocketed hotel prices now that the event is only a few weeks away.

Book Your 2014 Breeders' Cup Grandstand Ticket Package!

It's time to make your move! The 2014 Breeders' Cup World Championships are racing into California and if you don't take action to get your Official Grandstand Ticket Package soon you'll be left behind!

To check the Breeders' Cup off your bucket list this year, call 1-866-834-8663 to speak to a Breeders' Cup representative or visit QuintEvents website today. It's time to pack your bags for Santa Anita!

 

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The Beginner's Guide to 2015 NBA All-Star Weekend

  
  
  

It is that time of year. The NBA kicks off its 2014-2015 season on Tuesday October 28th. This means that in only a few short months the NBA will showcase their very best in the 64th Annual NBA All-Star game. The all-stars from the East and West conference teams will face off on Valentine’s Day weekend in New York City!

Between the venues, the contests, the fans, and the game that showcases the league's best talent, there is a lot to take in. Follow our simple beginner’s guide to make sure that you get the most out of your once in a lifetime experience!

The Location

Known for being the mecca of basketball, New York City will host this year’s game for the fifth time in sixty four years. 

“Basketball may have been invented in Springfield, Mass., but its hearts and soul are in New York City through and through.”
-Brooklyn Nets owner Bruce Ratner 

The event will be split between midtown Manhattan and Brooklynn. Its logo is inspired by the New York City transit.

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The Venues

Madison Square

The game will be held at the legendary Madison Square Garden. A beloved hub of history in the heart of New York, the Garden is a must-see when venturing to the Big Apple. The arena features a unique convex ceiling and is known for its Chaser Bridges that hang from the ceiling, providing fans with game views unlike any other.

The Barclay Center

The Saturday festivities will be held at the Barclay Center. Despite being built in 2012, the contractors remained true to the Brooklynn neighborhood, creating the center with a rusted outside to match the historic feel of the city. Located a mile from the Brooklyn Bridge, Barclay is right in the midst of the borough of basketball.

The Party

describe the imageThe NBA all-star game is so much more than a game. It is a celebration of one of America’s favorite sports with America’s favorite players. Historically, the game hosts multiple musical acts between the player introductions and renowned half-time shows. The game brings in celebrities and NBA legends, making it the perfect excuse for a party. Get your cameras ready and prepare yourself for a weekend you will not forget! 

 

“…. In terms of a big-time party weekend, the All-Star [game] blows it away.”
-Mavs owner Mark Cuban

The Contests

describe the imageEvery year the NBA puts on a series of contests the Saturday before the big game for the players and legends in attendance to participate in. There are four contests to make note of while attending the game. Here is a little breakdown of each:

1) Shootings Stars

One of the more unique concepts included in the all star weekend is the shooting star competition. It involves an NBA player picking a WNBA and former NBA player of his choice to compete in a time-based relay. For the last two years, the Heat’s Chris Bosh, accompanied by Chicago Sky’s Swin Cash and former Hawk’s hall of famer, Dominque Wilkins have been the champions.

2) Taco Bell Skills Challenge 

Duos from the respective conferences compete against one another in a relay, involving various dribbling obstacles, throwing a ball into a net that does not touch the ground, and a jump shot. The best duos from each conference face one another, and the team with the fastest time wins.

3) Foot Locker Three-point Shootout
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Similar to the classic kids’ game around the world, the shootout consists of players attempting to make as many 3 pointers as possible in a time frame. The game can bring out the best (and worst) qualities in players from year to year. 

4) Sprite Slam Dunk Contest

The Dunk contest is the Saturday night all star weekend finale. Arguably the fan favorite of the competitions, the slam dunk contest. Players tend to get creative with this contest, making it the perfect opportunity to show off their ability and personality.

There’s no question that NYC provides an endless list of sights to see, food to eat, and people to watch. Madison Square Garden sits smack down in the middle of the NYC bustle, in close distance from the Bryant Park, Broadway and the Empire State Building, to name just a few. The Barclays Center is right down the road from beautiful Prospect Park, home of the Brooklyn Botanic Garden, and surrounded by museums and historical markers. 

Some Additional Tips

Take public transportation.

Trying to drive through NYC, especially when traveling back and forth between Manhattan and Brooklynn, can be incredibly stressful. Parking tickets can cost up to $50, as well. You have been warned.

Explore the different NYC communities. 

As with everything, NYC plans to do the NBA all-star game big. The NBA is partnering with all five borroughs of the city to host "community, grassroot" events throughout the weekend. 

Take advantage of being in the city of no sleep on Valentine’s Day.

There is nothing quite like a holiday in New York City. Enjoy the ultimate Valentine's Day weekend with your special someone, enjoying NYC's plethora of restaurants, chocolate shops and parks. You can ensure you have a romantic weekend along with getting to watch the big game. Before or after the game, head just a half mile to Bryant Park’s free skating rink that stays open late in the winter or catch a Broadway show the Friday before the festivities begin.

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Fantasy Football Week 7: the Good, the Bad, the Ugly

  
  
  

The 2014 NFL season is moving right along and it's time to plan starting line-ups for Week 7 of the Fantasy Football season! Week 6 definitely offered up some surprises (Dallas beating Seattle, for example!) and while it's fun to watch your FF starting roster either take-off or go up in flames, most of us would rather have some consistency. 

That's exactly what we're touching on going into Week 7: consistency. I'm going to break down the good, the bad and the ugly. The players who are reaching their projected points each week, the players who just aren't, and the players who have lost their better halves and therefore, have lost their current FF value.

So let's take a look at the players who should be on your radar to trade for or pick-up off the waiver wire, and the players you can lay to rest.

You Need Them

Quarterbacks

1604420 709759129057326 697200714 nNot a shocker, but Peyton Manning is the only player in FF to have 20 or more fantasy points in every game he has played thus far. This Manning is on fire! Is it even possible to pick up Manning at this point? It really depends on your league. In mine, there's no way, but if the Manning-led team in your league is in dire need of some good wide-outs or running backs, there might be a potential deal there.

Another veteran who should be on your radar? Tom Brady! I don't know if this guy rose from the dead or what, but the Patriot's leader is back on top of FF points - he brought in 50 total points in his last two matches. If you picked up Brady on a trade early in the season due to his bad performances or if he's still riding your bench, it's time to put him in!

Now, if you need some real consistency in your QB role, opt for Andrew Luck. This Colts QB's points haven't dipped below 18 points in any game so far this season. Cam Newton is another who should be scooped. Just last week against Cincinatti, Newton rushed 17 times for 107 yards and scored a touchdown! 

Running Backs

When it comes to RBs, some are just plain good while others depend on their match-up. Based on match-ups and projected points for Week 7, you should aim for these eight:

  1. DeMarco Murray - 20 Projected Points
  2. Arian Foster - 20 Projected Points
  3. Marshawn Lynch - 18 Projected Points
  4. Giovani Bernard - 18 Projected Points
  5. Matt Forte - 18 Projected Points
  6. Jamaal Charles - 17 Projected Points
  7. Le'Veon Bell - 16 Projected Points
  8. Alfred Morris - 15 Projected Points

Wide Receivers

As far as wide-outs go, Green Bay is a good place to start. Randall Cobb has scored seven TD receptions and Jordy Nelson has had 50 fantasy points in the past three weeks alone! That's a good look!

Antonio Brown with the Steelers would be another golden starter. Brown has scored double-digit fantasy points in his past 15 matches, with seven or more points in 19 of his last 22 games! What was the goal of this week again? Oh yeah, consistency!

Give Them Away

Quarterbacks

In Week 6, I touched on this development, but kiss high fantasy points with Matt Stafford good-bye for a while. Calvin Johnson has either had low playing time or has been completely sidelined due to his injury and let's face it, Stafford needs Megatron. In the past weeks that Johnson has been out, Stafford has capped at 11 points. 

Drew Brees is also going to be finding himself without a target. Jimmy Graham is out for the foreseeable future and Brees was already struggling to get to 20 FF points in a week.

Running Backs

Do you have CJ Spiller? Red shirt him; the Bills haven't given him enough playing time for him to really get anything going. You're not going to get the FF points you need for this position from this rookie.

Another one to avoid? Well, how about we give you a "group" instead? No matter what you do, steer clear of Jacksonville's line.

Wide Receivers

When it comes to wide-outs to avoid, there are three big ones. These guys peaked far to early and it's appearing that things are only going downhill from here.

  1. Wes Welker - has only had 14 receptions for 126 yards since Week 3. Period.
  2. Keenan Allen - 13 fantasy points in Week 4; 13 points in his other four games.
  3. Kendall Wright - 20 fantasy points in Week 5; 20 points in the other five weeks.

Did we miss anyone that should be on these lists? Do you have a player on your fantasy team that has been consistently performing well that we missed? Is there someone we should have mentioned as a sure-fire drop? Share your FF advice with us in the comments below.

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How to Afford Attending Super Bowl XLIX

  
  
  

It's a known fact that the Super Bowl is the most-watched TV event of all-time within the United States. Past games have always held high viewership, then recently, Super Bowl XLVIII surpassed all records with the largest audience on average for any televised program in US history! There were 111.5 million people tuned in to see the Seattle Seahawks defeat the Denver Broncos 43-8 at Metlife.

That's right. The score was 43-8! It was a blow-out! And yet, Super Bowl XLVIII still holds the viewership record!

1517810 713755271991045 497255396 nKeeping that in mind, it's interesting to think about the amount of football fans who sit at home or in their local bar watching the game as opposed to watching it LIVE! Do they believe Super Bowl tickets are so rare they could never behold them? Do they think because it's not being held in their city or it's not being played by their team they can't attend?

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For those other homebodies who dream of attending the Super Bowl, but haven't, it's my guess there's another reason you've shied away. It's my guess that while attending the Super Bowl rests on your bucket list, there's one thought that hinders you. It's my guess that you're worried about the cost of attending the Super Bowl.

That's a fair concern; a bucket list sporting event isn't going to be a $25 ticket. However, attending Super Bowl XLIX in Arizona is much more affordable than NFL fans are lead to believe.

Sure, if you opt to purchase everything you could possibly need in Glendale for Super Bowl XLIX a la carte (hotel stays, rental cars, souvenirs, parking, concessions, tailgate foods, brews, etc.) the dollar signs are going to add up. 

However, if you instead opted for an NFL On Location Official Super Bowl Ticket Package where everything your heart could ever dream of is included, attending Super Bowl XLIX is actually very affordable. 

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Week 7 College Football Scores: Winners & Losers at the Halfway Point

  
  
  

Week 7 of the 2014 college football season is in the history books and we're officially halfway through the season! There have been a great deal of surprises so far this season. Mississippi State has found themselves at No. 1 in the standings, nobody really knows what's going on with the Roll Tide, there's an abundance of new stars rising within the ranks, and upperclassmen are continuing to improve their future NFL Draft stock. 

The midpoint of the season is pretty telling; teams either have their momentum going and are driving towards the goal of the national title or they're still trying to find their footing. Week 7 definitely had its fair share of surprises and its safe to say some contestants are truly beginning to look like potential College Football Playoff National Champions.

However, only time and the College Football Playoff Selection Committee will tell, and until then, all we can do is recap the results of last week's games! So without further ado, take a look at Week 7's scores, winners and losers!

College Football Week 7 Scores

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Scores provided by ESPN.com

College Football Week 7 Winners and Losers

college football national championship stadium vip suites 56Compared to prior weeks in the college football season, Week 7 offered less surprises, but more telling moments. Teams are beginning to separate themselves as College Football Playoff worthy or not; some teams' small problems are beginning to get magnified and others are regressing. 

Week 7 offered a big time flop by TCU against Baylor, UCLA drifted further away with a loss to Oregon, Mississippi State secured No. 1 in the AP standings with a win against Auburn, and despite a Notre Dame win over North Carolina, the Fighting Irish's quarterback is raising concern.

Let's dive into the details of our winners and losers!

TCU vs Baylor: Bears Prevail

What is there to really say about this match-up. TCU was up 58-37 with a little more than 11 minutes left in the game and then gave up 24 points to lose 61-58! Let that sink in. The Frogs gave up 24 points in 11 minutes!

The Bears are incredible at capitalizing on mistakes and that's exactly what happened. Many TCU fans are pointing the loss towards a pass interference call against TCU on 3rd-and-10, but let's face it - the score of this game wasn't decided on one call

Baylor is a good team and the fact TCU scored 58 points on them shows the Frogs improvement from last season, but to be College Football Playoff worthy, TCU's going to need to be able to beat the "Bears" on their schedule.

UCLA vs Oregon: Ducks Prevail

UCLA has had a tough couple of weeks and with their Week 7 loss to Oregon, the team might have seen their chance at the College Football Playoff disappear. The Bruins did have a solid fourth quarter scoring 20 points, but it wasn't enough to overcome the deficit and the team fell, 42-30. 

This is now two losses in a row for UCLA and their schedule isn't getting any easier. They still have to face Arizona, Washington, USC, and Stanford! If the Bruins are going to pick themselves back up, they're not going to have an easy time doing it.

Mississippi State vs Auburn: Mississippi State Prevails

Holy Mississippi State football! The team grabbed attention after they defeated LSU at the beginning of the season. We started watching them when they beat Texas A&M. Now that they've defeated Auburn, there's no denying their spot at No. 1!

Mississippi teams are breeding good football this year with State above them all! We're halfway through the season now and it'll be interesting to see if Mississippi State can keep up their momentum as we start the College Football Playoff drive.

Notre Dame vs North Carolina: Notre Dame Prevails

The Fighting Irish managed to secure a win against North Carolina this week, but it'll be interesting to see how long they can keep this streak going. Notre Dame's QB Everett Golson has become a player of question lately.

There's no denying Golson's improvement from the 2012 season (he was out in 2013) and he has great accuracy with his throws, but his ball security is becoming a growing problem.

In his last three games, the QB has given up nine turnovers! NINE! Despite the 50-43 victory against Carolina, their match-up against FSU in Week 8 will be very telling. The Seminoles will capitalize on those errors if they're present.

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