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The Pro Football Hall of Fame Class Selection Process

Posted by Victoria Barnett on Fri, Feb 05, 2016 @ 11:12 AM

Pro-Football-Hall-of-Fame-Enshrinement-Ceremony-19-2-843093-edited.jpgIt’s finally here! The Pro Football Hall of Fame Class of 2016 will be announced this Saturday, February 6. This is the moment we have all been waiting for – who will earn their rightful place in the Hall of Fame?

With 15 modern-era finalists, two senior candidates and one contributor candidate, the Selection Committee has certainly had a big decision to make. To get to this point, the committee has been through an extensive process with vote after vote to narrow down the candidates. So how does it work? Take a look below at how the Enshrinees are selected!

Who Selects the Hall of Fame Members?

The Pro Football Hall of Fame 46-Person Selection Committee is given the task of selecting the new class each year. The Selection Committee consists of one media representative from each geographical area with a current NFL franchise. A 33rd member is a representative of Pro Football Writers of America, and there are also 13 at-large delegates.

How Many Enshrinees Are Selected?

The committee’s ground rules require that between four and eight new members are selected each year. Every candidate must receive at least 80 percent of the approval of the committee before he can be elected.

How Are the Enshrinees Selected?

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The Selection Committee is polled three different times before the finalists are determined. The Initial Preliminary List is sent to the committee by March 1 and includes any eligible candidates nominated by any person, first-time eligible candidates with strong enough credentials and the modern-era nominees from the previous year’s final preliminary list who received at least four votes in the balloting.

The Second Preliminary List is sent to the committee during the month of September which includes the nominees from the previous list and any additional nominees received since the first list was compiled.

The Third Preliminary List is sent to the committee during the month of October to narrow down the list to 25 Modern-Era Semifinalists.

The Final Preliminary List of 25 modern-era candidates is distributed during the month of November for selecting the 15 Modern-Era finalists. Three other finalists are added – the recommended candidates of the Seniors Committee and Contributors Committee.

Prior to the Hall of Fame Selection Meeting in February, the committee is provided with detailed biographies of the 18 finalist candidates. At the annual meeting, the committee discusses the nominees and takes a series of reduction votes.

The senior candidate(s) and contributor candidate(s) are discussed and voted on first. Like the modern-era candidates, they must receive an 80 percent affirmative vote. Next, the committee votes to reduce the modern-era finalists list from 15 to 10 and then once again from 10 to 5. The five remaining candidates are votes on (yes or no) for membership.

How are the Senior and Contributor Candidates Determined?

Pro-Football-Hall-of-Fame-Autograph-Session-17-104360-edited.jpgIn order to assure consideration alongside modern-era players, the Pro Football Hall of Fame decided the selection of older players (who have been retired for at least 25 years) as well as individuals who contributed to the game in a way other than playing or coaching would be decided by a Seniors Committee and a Contributors Committee. Each committee consists of nine veteran members of the overall Selection Committee. 

The process for selecting the senior and contributor candidates is very similar to the process for selecting the modern-era nominees. You can learn more about the process here.

In 2015, Mick Tingelhoff (pictured right) was the Senior Nominee. 

Attend the 2016 Pro Football Hall of Fame Enshrinement Weekend

We will find out the current class soon enough, and something tells me you will be thrilled with who the committee selects – so thrilled that you’ll be sprinting to the phone/computer to order your Official HOF Experience Ticket Package to the Enshrinement Weekend!

Why wait any longer? With ticket packages selling out fast, it’s important to go ahead and start planning your trip to Canton!

Get My 2016 Pro Football Hall of Fame Package

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NBA Legend Appearances During the 2016 NBA All-Star Weekend

Posted by Victoria Barnett on Thu, Feb 04, 2016 @ 03:04 PM

1779092_10200538814511826_1667962314_n_-_Copy.jpgWe have a few special surprises for the 2016 NBA All-Star Weekend! Retired NBA players will be making special appearances Saturday and Sunday in the NBA Events Hospitality Venue and after the game on Sunday for a photo op. To those of you who already have your ticket package, keep reading to find out who you will get the opportunity to meet!

Saturday 2/13 – NBA Events Hospitality


Muggsy Bogues

Muggsy was selected 12th in the first round of the NBA Draft by the Washington Bullets. He was known for his incredible ball handling skills – he could legally dribble so close to the ground that his knuckles dragged on the floor. He also gained attention with his high jumper range 44 inch leaps. The Bullets didn’t quite know how utilize his talent, and he ended up seeing a decline in playing time.

However, due to the expansion draft that occurred when the NBA added teams for the 1988-89 season, Muggsy was drafted by the Charlotte Hornets where he averaged ten points per game and in the 1992-93 season led the Hornets to their first ever appearance in NBA playoffs. Muggsy faced knee injuries in the 1995-96 season but came back the following year and led the NBA with an assist per turnover ratio of 4.34.

Even with his success with the Hornets, early in the 1997-98 season, Muggsy was traded to the Golden State Warriors where he played two seasons before signing as a free agent with the Toronto Raptors, leading them to their first playoff series. He essentially ended his career with the Raptors, although he was later traded to the New York Knicks and Dallas Mavericks but did not play a single game.

Muggsy finished his career ranking at number 16 among all-time assist leaders in the NBA.

Morris Peterson

DSC_0224-1.jpg“Mo Pete” was selected 21st in the first round of the NBA Draft by the Toronto Raptors, where he played from the 2000-01 season to the 2006-07 season. Peterson was immediately a fan favorite, becoming a leader for the Raptors and transforming into a solid perimeter defender and consistent scorer. He reached the playoffs three times with the franchise – 2001, 2002 and 2007. He also holds the Raptor records for most games played with 542 and 3-pt field goals with 801.  

His game against the Washington Wizards in the 2007 playoffs is probably the most memorable moment in his career with his miraculous shot at the buzzer. The Wizards led the Raptors 109-106. With a few seconds left on the clock, the Wizards’ Michael Ruffin prematurely threw the ball towards the rafters to celebrate a Washington win, but with .2 seconds on the clock, Morris Peterson caught the ball and made a 3-pointer from 31 feet to send the game to overtime. The Raptors went on to win the game.

His contract with the Raptors expired in 2007, and he was picked up by the New Orleans Hornets before being traded to the Oklahoma City Thunder in 2011. He averaged 10.7 points and 3.5 rebounds in 711 career games. 

Sunday 2/14 – NBA Events Hospitality


Dell Curry

Dell Curry was selected 15th in the first round of the NBA Draft by the Utah Jazz. He only spent one season with the Jazz before being traded to the Cleveland Cavaliers for one season. For the 1988-89 season, Curry was selected by the Charlotte Hornets in the expansion draft where he spent 10 seasons, playing mostly off the bench. Dell was known as one of the deadliest pure shooters in NBA history, and other teams knew the danger in giving him even the smallest amount of space. To this day, he is the Hornets’ franchise all-time leader in points (9,839), three-point field goals (929) and total games played (701). In his 1993-94 season, he won the Sixth Man of the Year Award, an annual NBA award given to the league’s best performing substitute (or sixth man).

Following his time with the Hornets, Dell played one season for the Milwaukee Bucks and then his three final seasons for the Toronto Raptors.

His son, Steph Curry, certainly has some big shoes to fill, but we know he’s doing just fine – and already breaking his father’s records.

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Jerome Williams

Jerome “JYD” Williams is widely considered one of the greatest role players to ever play in the NBA. He was selected 26th in the first round by the Detroit Pistons. During his nine years in the NBA, Williams played for four teams: Detroit Pistons, Toronto Raptors, Chicago Bulls and New York Knicks.

He was well-known in the league for his tenacity as a defensive player, which easily made him a fan favorite everywhere he went. He was tough and a natural leader on the court, rightfully earning the nickname “Junk Yard Dog.” You can find him near the top of the record books for the Detroit Pistons and the Toronto Raptors in offensive and defensive rebound percentage and steal percentage.

Following his retirement, Williams began spending a lot of time into the NBA community. He joined the NBA’s “Basketball Without Borders” program, an effort to teach the game and bring resources to underdeveloped nations in Africa, Asia and elsewhere. In 2009, he launched The JYD Project to provide youth with an exciting alternative youth development program.

Sunday 2/14 – Postgame Photo Opp


George Gervin

George “The Iceman” Gervin’s playing record says it all. He started in the ABA with the Virginia Squires before his contract was sold to the San Antonio Spurs who joined the NBA in 1976.

Throughout his career, he won four league scoring championships and was the first guard to win three titles in a row. He scored an average 26.2 points per game and had a combined NBA/ABA total of 26,595 points – both of which are among the game’s best.

Gervin also recorded a double-figure scoring streak of 407 consecutive games. He played in 12 straight All-Star Games and averaged at least 21 points in each. In his nine NBA seasons with San Antonio, he won five division titles. He also won the NBA All-Star Game MVP award.

His No. 44 jersey has been retired by the Spurs, and in 1996, he was named to the NBA 50th Anniversary All-Time Team and inducted into the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame.

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When Is the 2016 Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show?

Posted by Carolynn Wilcox on Wed, Feb 03, 2016 @ 04:07 PM

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The 2015 Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show gave us dazzling displays and exciting reveals for days on end and left us wanting even more in 2016.  Sure, it may still be nine months away, but we’re already looking ahead to the 2016 edition of the world’s largest in-water boat show later this year!

When Is the 2016 Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show?

Here’s your answer: November 3rd – 7th, 2016.  Go ahead and mark your calendar.

This will be the 57th adaptation of the Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show, which takes place in a city that’s widely held as the “Yachting Capital of the World.”  The event happens over the course of five days, six locations, and over 3 million square feet of space!  Fortunately, guests don’t have to traverse all 3 million square feet on foot – they benefit from Fort Lauderdale’s existing transport system, which features an impressive combination of water taxis, bus shuttles, and riverboats, making it simple and easy to get from one place to another.

What to Expect

JCP_2048Last year, the show included exhibits from yacht builders and designers to exotic cars and brokerage yachts as well as a wide variety of boats and sea vessels!  Runabouts, sportfishers, high performance boats, center consoles, cabin cruisers, flats boats, skiffs, express cruisers, sailing yachts, motor yachts, bowriders, catamarans, ski boats, jet boats, trawlers, inflatables, canoes, extraordinary superyachts…they were all on display. 

This year’s offerings will be similar in type, but newer, sleeker, and even classier.  Over 1,400 exhibitors will converge with their showcase events and displays while the Convention Center is transformed into a marine playground. 

The Reveals & Debuts

What’s the most unique and dazzling part of the Boat Show?  The boat debuts that are made there, bar none!  The 2016 Boat Show will be your chance to catch the first glimpse of the newest designs and products from top-of-the-line boat manufacturers as they’re rolled out. 

One such reveal in 2015 was the Bertram 35, recently named by the New York Post as one of the best items to spend Powerball winnings on.  The vessel will be produced by Bertram Yachts, a historic brand that is more than half a century old and under new ownership that seeks to return the company to its American roots.  Renderings were unveiled at last year’s Boat Show amid an atmosphere of enthusiasm, excitement, and plenty of handshakes! 

Described as a “35-foot Bertram 31” by Bertram’s head of product development, Tommy Thompson, the new design focuses on adhering to the high standards set for modern Bertram products while calling back to the shape and style of the original Bertram 31.  The 35 will be American-made and its first prototype is slated to launch this summer. 

Watch the amazing video about the rebirth of the Bertram brand below, and get more info on the new 35 from Bertram’s website!

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Wonder what went into the decision to relaunch the brand with our new 35? Get a behind-the-scenes look into that process with this exclusive video: #madeinamerica #bertram35

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Don’t Miss the 2016 Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show!

Want to experience the 2016 Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show as a VIP?  This is the only way to access a complimentary private valet service inside the Show and the Windward Club, a new VIP hospitality party venue designed to accommodate the most discerning clientele!

Official Ticket Packages offer an all-inclusive experience with the luxury of a private dining area, a premium open bar, gourmet food, special showcases, and meet-and-greet opportunities.  Packages will be released soon, so don’t miss this opportunity to get your name on the quick call-back list for the 2016 Boat Show!

 

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Super Bowl 50: Fun Facts, Recent News and Classic Moments

Posted by Victoria Barnett on Wed, Feb 03, 2016 @ 11:52 AM

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The countdown is on to Super Bowl 50! Can you believe the 50th Anniversary is in four days?

The week leading up to the Super Bowl is always enjoyable because there’s so much going on surrounding the event. We finally start seeing the highly-anticipated commercials, get a good kick out of the hilarious prop-bets and learn other news about the game. Take a look below at some fun facts and recent news about Super Bowl 50.

Lady Gaga Will Sing the National Anthem

The NFL announced Tuesday that Lady Gaga will sing “The Star-Spangled Banner” at Levi’s Stadium for Super Bowl 50. In addition, Academy Award-winning actress Marlee Matlin will perform the National Anthem in American Sign Language.

Prop Bets Are in Full Swing

People aren’t just betting on the Super Bowl 50 game itself. They’re betting on the broadcast, the length of the National Anthem, whether “Left Shark” will make an appearance in the halftime show, if the Panthers player who scores the first TD will give the football to a boy or a girl, if Peyton Manning will be seen crying at any point and if there will be an earthquake. Oh and what color will the liquid be that is poured on the winning coach?

Super Bowl Spending Will Reach over $15 Billion

According to the National Retail Federation, Super Bowl spending will top $15.5 billion. Football fans will spend an average of $82.19 on food, décor and team apparel. Nearly 8.7 million new TVs will be bought leading up to the game. So if you’ve already bought a new TV and spent money on all things Super Bowl, at least you’re not the only one.

Super Bowl Food and Drinks Go Big

SB-XLVIII_NFL-On-Location_In-Stadium_320.jpgAccording to the National Restaurant Association, 48 million Americans order takeout or have food delivered to their doorstep, and 12 million watch the game at a bar or restaurant.

Domino’s expects to sell 12 million slices of pizza – five times more than a typical Sunday – and 4 million chicken wings. According to the National Chicken Council, Americans will devour 1.3 billion chicken wings during the game.

Per The Nielsen Company, the three most popular snacks are potato chips ($140.2 million), unflavored nuts ($90.8 million) and crackers ($93 million). Also, 53 percent of the 2,000 Americans polled said they will consume beer during the game.

So in other words, Americans love beer and chicken wings.

Super Bowl Commercials Released

While some people watch the Super Bowl for the actual game, others just watch it for the commercials. No worries, we won’t judge either way. So far, we have seen a few 2016 Super Bowl ads released prior to the game.

Check out of a couple below! You can watch other ones here

 

 

Super Bowl Teams Treat San Francisco Like Home

The Panthers might be 2,700 miles away from home and the Broncos are less than 1,300, but each team is making Levi’s Stadium and this Super Bowl experience feel like they are right at home.

The “Keep Pounding” drum will be on the sidelines, and “Sweet Caroline” will be played throughout the stadium if the Panthers beat the Broncos. The players have still been playing their favorite artists in the locker room like they do in Charlotte. The defensive backs carried their Thieves Ave. sign on their flight to San Francisco. The Broncos will have their mascot horse, Thunder, parade on the field as he does during home games after a touchdown.

The list goes on! The NFL encourages the teams to keep their traditions, and needless to say, they’re doing just that.

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As we know, Punxsutawney Phil did not see his shadow Tuesday, which means EARLY SPRING. To confirm, Grady the Groundhog from North Carolina backed up this prediction, and for the 11th year in a row made a prediction of his own about the outcome of the Super Bowl. Grady wandered out of his cage to get a snack – he could choose from two ears of corn, one with the Panthers logo and one with the Broncos logo. He chose the Broncos! Sorry, Carolina fans.

Opening Night Brought All Kinds of Interesting Characters

While some media reporters take “Opening Night” seriously and ask legitimate questions, others like to put on their own kind of show. So here’s what we saw.

One reporter dressed as a superhero and wore gold spandex from head to toe. Miss Universe was there, with her tiara and sash, of course. One guy was dressed in a skiing outfit with skis in one hand and a video camera atop his crash helmet. The Broncos leprechaun (Rocky The Leprechaun is his proper name) gave his fair share of interviews. Two men with puppets traveled from Mexico City to ask Peyton Manning about his favorite food. It’s scrambled eggs, by the way.

 

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The 2016 Barrett-Jackson Scottsdale Auction Experience

Posted by Victoria Barnett on Tue, Feb 02, 2016 @ 04:44 PM

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We are back from Barrett-Jackson Scottsdale and are more excited than ever! This year was definitely a success from both an auction standpoint and a VIP experience standpoint. Read below about the record-breaking year Barrett-Jackson had as well as the VIP access our guests enjoyed at this year's auction. 

About the 2016 Show

350,000 people passed through the gates of the WestWorld of Scottsdale to celebrate the 45th Anniversary of the Barrett-Jackson Auto Auction. 1,469 collector cars crossed the blocks and over 1,400 pieces of automobilia were sold, bringing sales to more than $105 million. In keeping with tradition, 11 vehicles were auctioned off for charity, raising a total of $3,406,000.

Record-Breaking Year

DSC_0314.jpgAs far as auction excitement goes, we saw a few cars break records this year. The Porsche 918 Spyder Weissach Edition crossed the
Barrett-Jackson block, in which the bidding escalated quickly with the hammer coming down on the winning bid of $1.6 million – a record at auction. What’s really neat about this as well is that a first-time bidder bought the car, which demonstrates the continuous growth in new enthusiasts in the car collector industry.

The other car that broke a record this year was a silver 1979 Pontiac Firebird Trans Am. Although there were a total of 15 on the docket, most from the 1970s, the silver 10th Anniversary Edition with about 8 miles on the odometer shattered previous records when it sold for $187,000.

Another Trans Am broke the all-time record for its type: the official car used to promote the 1977 movie “Smokey and the Bandit.” The crowd went wild as Burt Reynolds rode onto the auction block in the Trans Am, and the car sold for $550,000.

Celebrities

Just like every other year, the auction brought together celebrities from the music, movie and sports industries. Zac Brown Band performed at the 45th Anniversary Gala. We also saw Ted Nugent, director Michael Bay, comedian Jay Leno, actor Frankie Muniz and professional athletes Jeff Gordon, Joey Logano, Brad Keselowski and Don Prudhomme.

The Barrett-Jackson VIP Experience

DSC_0355.jpgWe partnered with Barrett-Jackson for the second year in a row to bring guests a VIP experience like no other. Fans were given three elite options to choose from this year: Craig Jackson Box, VIP Luxury Reserve and Gold VIP.

Each option offered hospitality with gourmet food and a premium open bar, an auction block tour and photo opp, and a Barrett-Jackson VIP auction tour. Every VIP guest also received two tickets to the Opening Night Gala, access to the
Barrett-Jackson Bull Riding Challenge, a Barrett-Jackson hat and an auction catalog. Plus, we can’t forget the bidder badge and the VIP floor seating in the auction arena.  

Guests who selected the Craig Jackson Box were able to meet and mingle with Craig Jackson himself plus receive a framed and autographed photo of him as well.

We had all kinds of special appearances! A few of our VIP guests also got to see and talk with Richard Rawlings, owner of Gas Monkey Garage and the star of Fast N’ Loud on Discovery Channel. Everyone was pretty excited about seeing him!  

Looking Ahead to 2017

We’re already looking ahead to next year’s auction, and you should too! Official Ticket Packages for the 2017 Barrett-Jackson Scottsdale Auction will be released soon, but you can be one step and sign up for our quick call back list to be notified when they become available.

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Who Will Be Triple Crown™ Contenders in 2016?

Posted by Carolynn Wilcox on Tue, Feb 02, 2016 @ 12:48 PM

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The third jewel of the Triple Crown™, the Belmont Stakes, is the final test for the Thoroughbred hoping to wear the crown.  When considering how successful a horse will be at a Triple Crown™ attempt, it’s important to keep in mind that it begins with the first gem – the Kentucky Derby®.  Tracking the Road to the Derby has given us a handful of standouts that we hope to see compete for all three legs of the Triple Crown™!

Mohaymen

He was our number one pick prior to this weekend, but we’re feeling even more confident after his dominant sophomore debut at the Holy Bull Stakes.  Though he’s not currently first on the Road to the Derby standings, he’s weighing in at #2 and has delivered extraordinary performances in two important races – the Remsen Stakes and, just recently, Holy Bull.  He managed to beat out at least one strong Derby contender in each race, too: Flexibility also competed at Remsen, and Greenpointcrusader came in second at Holy Bull.  

Mohaymen is still undefeated and has gained a bit of a reputation as the top Triple Crown™ contender on the East Coast.  Based on his recent success at Gulfstream Park, Mohaymen will most likely stay in south Florida to compete in the Fountain of Youth and Florida Derby prep races.

Nyquist

We wouldn’t dare ignore the golden boy who’s currently perched atop the Road to the Derby standings and recently topped the list of 2016 Triple Crown™ nominees!  In his five-race record, California-based Nyquist has five victories.  He beat out the competition to win both the Breeders’ Cup Juvenile and FrontRunner Stakes in 2015, earning 30 total points on the Road to the Kentucky Derby and solidifying himself as a strong prospect early on.

Belmont-Stakes-6Naysayers are constantly bringing up the lack of Triple Crown™ success that Breeders’ Cup Juvenile winners have seen in the past three decades.  According to Bob Ehalt, “Prior to Nyquist, there were 31 BC Juvenile winners and they were 1-for-31 in the Kentucky Derby (Street Sense was the loner winner in 2007)….  [Breeders’ Cup Juvenile winners have] a combined record of 2-for-93 in Triple Crown™ races and 30 straight years without as much as a Belmont Stakes starter.”

With that said, let’s remember that up until 2015, it had been 37 years since a horse had won the Triple Crown™.  American Pharoah reminded us that a long dry spell is no reason to doubt, and though historic odds may be against Nyquist, he’s already proven his worth against serious competition in his two-year-old races.  Maybe 2016 will be the year that the Breeders’ Cup Juvenile curse is broken!

Nyquist is currently slated to make his three-year-old debut in the San Vicente Stakes at Santa Anita in a couple of weeks.  If you’re familiar with the Road to the Derby, you may question why any sensible trainer would bother with a race that doesn’t offer any points on the trail – a legitimate doubt.  Nyquist’s trainer, Doug O’Neill, is one of only a couple of trainers who still work their charges the way it used to be done: start off the sophomore year with a sprint to sharpen things up, and then jump back into the two-turn routine. 

Back in the day, this was a winning formula for greats like Secretariat, Seattle Slew, and Affirmed, but since the new points system was introduced, trainers can no longer afford to “waste time” on races that don’t offer points on the Road to the Derby.  Time will tell if this process works for Nyquist!  The San Vicente Stakes will pit Nyquist against Exaggerator, another Triple Crown™ hopeful trained by Keith Desormeaux, and we can’t wait to see who comes out on top.

Airoforce

Though he’s only competed in one race on the Road to the Derby, Airoforce was extremely impressive in his romp through the Kentucky Jockey Club Stakes at Churchill Downs.  This 1 1/16th mile win over a dirt track was a key victory for Airoforce for three reasons:

  1. He managed to best two promising Derby contenders for the win (Mo Tom and Mor Spirit)
  2. He proved himself successful at the actual venue of the Kentucky Derby – Churchill Downs
  3. He overcame sloppy, wet track conditions to dominate the competition

Airoforce’s experience at the Kentucky Jockey Club Stakes could prove to be invaluable, considering the Kentucky Derby is the first step on the path to the Triple Crown™ and May weather in Louisville can be highly unpredictable.  We're looking forward to his 2016 debut, which may happen at the Risen Star Stakes in a few weeks!

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The Road to the Derby Heats Up

The intensity on the Road to the Derby is about to ratchet up – February 20th will see the Risen Star take place at Fair Grounds, a contest worth 50 (FIFTY) points!  From there on out, all races on the prep board (with one exception) will be worth either 50 or 100 points. 

Be There for the Exciting Conclusion of the Race for the Triple Crown™!

Take in the Belmont Stakes the way it was meant to be experienced – from exclusive seats with lavish hospitality!  Upgrade to include two nights of accommodations at a lavish area hotel such as the Grand Hyatt New York or the Long Island Marriott.  Ground transportation to and from the racetrack is included in this upgrade, and a Thursday night hotel stay can also be added for the complete Belmont Stakes experience!

Find Your Seat at the 2016 Belmont Stakes!

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Team Irvin Dominates Team Rice in the 2016 Pro Bowl

Posted by Victoria Barnett on Mon, Feb 01, 2016 @ 10:14 AM

QuintEvents-NFL-PRO-BOWL_NFL-On-Location-2013-Field-2-1.jpgJerry Rice might be considered the best wide receiver in NFL history, but Michael Irvin now has bragging rights of his own after winning the 2016 Pro Bowl. Team Irvin brought down the house (or should I say stadium) with seven touchdowns. In other words, Team Irvin came and conquered, led by a group of Seahawks. 

Seahawks Shine

To say the Seahawks showed up to the Pro Bowl is actually an understatement. They didn’t just show up. They dominated. Russell Wilson threw for three touchdowns on 8-of-12 passing in the first half to lead Team Irvin to a 49-27 victory over Team Rice. Being the first player selected in the draft, Wilson gave us quite the treat as he earned offensive MVP honors at Aloha Stadium.

His Pro Bowl and Seattle teammate Michael Bennett earned defensive MVP after having the game’s only sack and deflecting a pass that led to an interception. He also made sure to show off his dance moves to the group of mascots, which was to be applauded.

To spice things up a bit, Seattle’s Richard Sherman pulled an interesting move and ran a play on offense a reverse that lost 22 yards – all in good fashion, of course. Not to mention, Seahawks teammate Bobby Wagner, who piled up a game-high 10 tackles, was the one to tackle him out of bounds. Good try, Sherman. Good try. All-in-all, it was fun watching these Seahawks in Hawaii this year.

Team Irvin's Success

The first half of the game was touchdown after touchdown, with Team Irvin pounding twice as hard. Eli Manning hit Travis Kelce for a 4-yard touchdown to get Team Rice on board, but Team Irvin hit back with a couple of touchdowns. Russell Wilson threw to Julio Jones for a 14-yard touchdown and found Devonta Freeman for a 6-yard touchdown to lead Team Irvin 14-7. His third touchdown of the game came when he connected with Los Angeles Rams running back Todd Gurley for a 10-yard score.

Wilson did his fair share of damage, but two other quarterbacks, Minnesota’s Teddy Bridgewater and Tampa Bay’s Jameis Winston, each added touchdown passes for Team Irvin as well. Team Rice also had help from Jacksonville’s Allen Robinson, Tennessee’s Delanie Walker, Philadelphia’s Darren Sproles and Houston’s DeAndre Hopkins, who each had scoring receptions in the game.

Team Rice's Moments of Glory

Team Rice had their moments of glory. Kelce scored once again in the first half, and we saw Jarvis Landry with a toe-tapping touchdown in the second half. Tampa Bay’s Doug Martin also ran for a touchdown. Plus, we can’t forget Odell Beckham Jr. playing defense for entire drives.

Michael Irvin made great moves in the draft this year; meanwhile, Jerry Rice made some very interesting moves – ones that may have very well led to his defeat. Team Rice tried to come out swinging, but Team Irvin rolled right over them and put the game away even when Team Rice cut the deficit to 7.

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Even with a number of injury withdrawals and no shows, the Pro Bowl was still enjoyable as we saw the league’s youngest stars display their talent and insane athletic ability. Plus, it was great seeing Charles Woodson finish his 18-year career with rousing cheers from all of the fans.

What did you think of the 2016 Pro Bowl?

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Get Gold Status at the Pro Football Hall of Fame Enshrinement Weekend

Posted by Victoria Barnett on Fri, Jan 29, 2016 @ 09:00 AM

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The 2016 Pro Football Hall of Fame Enshrinement Weekend is one of the best weekends of the year with several action-packed days of parties, official events and so much more. It’s obvious that this is the place to be during August, so why not go for the gold? The gold package, that is!

Read below to find out what makes the Pro Football Hall of Fame Gold Package so awesome. Also, keep in mind that you can select a 3-day (Fri-Sun) or 4-day (Thurs-Sun) package.

Thursday

Private Reception at the Hall of Fame

Enjoy beer, wine and soft drinks as well as dinner stations while touring the Hall of Fame after hours without the crowds.

Enshrinees’ Gold Jack Viewing

View the Gold Jacket Ceremony while hanging out in the Pro Football Hall of Fame after hours. The Gold Jacket Ceremony is the first official event of the weekend and a great way to kick things off. It’s incredible to witness history as the Class of 2016 crosses the stage to put on their gold jackets.

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Pre-Concert Legendary VIP Party

The Pre-Concert Legendary VIP Party is the perfect way to get you in the mood to see Tim McGraw! Kick back, relax, listen to the music and maybe even bust a few moves. Plus, enjoy a premium open bar and upscale food before heading to the Concert for Legends.

Concert for Legends featuring Tim McGraw

Celebrate with returning Hall of Famers and current Enshrinees’ with stadium preferred seating at the LIVE Tim McGraw concert! We love Tim McGraw. Not only does his music offer something for everyone, but he puts on one heck of a show.

Saturday

Gold Jacket VIP Party

Meet and take photos with some of your favorite returning Hall of Famers! Last year, Dermontti Dawson, Derrick Brooks, Ray Guy and Chris Doleman stopped by.

Class of 2016 Enshrinement Ceremony

The highlight of the weekend! Beat the lines with your VIP Fast Pass Entry and then witness the Class of 2016 be inducted into the Hall of Fame from your field preferred seats. The ceremony typically lasts a couple of hours and features speeches from each of the new inductees. Some speeches are funny, and some are emotional, but they’re all beautifully written and beautifully given. It’s a fun night!

Sunday

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Be the first to see the Class of 2016 bronze busts on display in the Hall before doors open to the general public. You will also be treated to Breakfast with the Busts.

Enshrinees’ Game Day Roundtable Luncheon

Be seated with the Class of 2016 for a lunch prior to the Game Day Roundtable. Then, sit back and listen to the current class answer questions and tell stories about their career. It’s a laid-back atmosphere and gives you a chance to get to know the Hall of Famers on a more personal level.

VIP Kickoff Tailgate Party

Meet and take photos with more of your favorite returning Hall of Famers! Last year, five Hall of Famers graced everyone with their presence: Andre Reed, Aeneas Williams, Billy Shaw, Randall McDaniel and John Randle. It was a packed house!

NFL/Hall of Fame Game

Get through the lines quickly with your VIP Fast Pass Entry and then enjoy gold zone seating between the 35’s to witness the excitement and action of the game. There’s nothing like a little competition to end the weekend with a bang.

Go Gold for the Pro Football Hall of Fame Enshrinement Weekend

PFHOF-Experiences-FINAL-2.pngHow does all of that sound? We think it sounds pretty awesome. Okay, so maybe we are a little biased, but that’s beside the point.

If this sounds like the package for you, that’s great! In addition to this package, you can add accommodations at the Hilton Garden Inn East Akron or you can upgrade and stay at the Staybridge Suites Canton.

While both options will provide transportation to and from Official Events, the Staybridge will provide a scheduled shuttle service to and from the Hall of Fame throughout the weekend.

I think it’s a win-win, don’t you? So, get your Official HOF Experiences ticket package today, and experience the Pro Football Hall of Fame Enshrinement Weekend like a VIP.

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Your Travel Guide to Augusta during the 2016 Masters®

Posted by Carolynn Wilcox on Thu, Jan 28, 2016 @ 03:16 PM

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As the second-oldest city in Georgia, Augusta has seen its fair share of excitement over the years.  The Masters Golf Tournament possesses a history dating back to 1934, proving itself to be one of the most durable American events to date.  It’s the premiere golfing event in the United States, and the Augusta area has grown up tremendously over the years to include some of the finest area restaurants, bars, and attractions.

Where to Eat

The pimento cheese sandwiches at Augusta National Golf Club are legendary, we know, but even manna from heaven gets old after you’ve eaten it for days on end.  Here are some joints that come highly-recommended in the Augusta:

French Market Grille

Located just outside the perimeter of Augusta National, this popular eatery is delicious AND convenient.  The seafood-heavy menu features primarily Cajun and Creole fare, supplying an authentic taste of New Orleans during your Masters trip.  P.S. We also hear that they serve up a mean martini.

Check out the French Market Grille website to learn more!

Boll Weevil Café and Sweetery

Roughly four miles from Augusta National lies Boll Weevil, a self-proclaimed “cozy café with an eclectic menu.”  It’s close to the Riverwalk and ironically (considering it’s named after a cotton-eating insect) began as a cotton warehouse before 1850.  This spot features Southern cuisine, homemade desserts, and wine.

Check out Boll Weevil’s website to learn more!

Nightlife

After a long day on the greens, you’ll want to cool down at an area watering hole.  What are the best spots to hit in Augusta?  We've got a few standouts:

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Craft & Vine

Touting “the best wine selection on Broad Street,” Craft & Vine is the sister cocktail bar of popular local restaurant Frog Hollow Tavern.  Stop in between 5 – 6:30 PM Wednesday through Saturday (or 10 PM until last call) for happy hour, which includes competitively priced libations such as the classic Old Fashioned as well as unique concoctions of their own.  Feeling peckish?  In addition to offering an expansive selection of drinks, Craft & Vine also commands an impressive array of charcuterie and cheeses to choose from as well as a full menu of small plates, pizzas, and desserts.

Visit Craft & Vine’s website to learn more!

The Indian Queen

Not even ten minutes from Augusta National, Indian Queen is a classic.  This popular bar was voted among the “Best of Augusta” once again in 2015, claiming the titles of Best Cocktail, Best Neighborhood Bar, Best Happy Hour, Best Late Night Spot, and Best Singles Spot.  On approach, the establishment looks like a pioneer homestead with its chinked log exterior.  Once inside, you’ll be embraced warmly by the rustic atmosphere and friendly staff.  They keep a wide variety of brews on tap and offer a number of clever cocktails – we recommend the Spring Break to close out a long day on the greens!

Visit The Indian Queen’s website to learn more!

What to Do

Enjoy Lavish Hospitality

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The Garden City Club will be the hospitality venue for the 2016 Masters Tournament, located just a short iron away from the main entrance to Augusta National Golf Club.  This expansive facility (approximately 14,000 square feet) features private rooms for groups of various sizes or a large common area to share the exquisite setting.  The classic lodge backdrop will set the tone for guests to relax and revive during their tournament experience.  The many other features of The Garden City Club are too numerous to include here, but feel free to learn more here!

Augusta Museum of History

Don’t miss this your chance to visit this incredible collection of historic memorabilia.  This establishment has amassed a vast treasure trove of items related to the past of Augusta as well as the Central Savannah River region.  Be sure to check out “The Godfather of Soul” exhibit, which features a number of “rare memorable and personal artifacts which vividly tell the story of [James] Brown’s rise to worldwide fame.” 

Visit the Augusta Museum of History’s website to learn more!

Want to Hit a Few Putts of Your Own?

Tall pines and beautiful, rolling greens – Augusta National isn’t the only course in town.  Our concierge service can assist you in not only identifying Augusta public or semi-private golf courses that are open during Masters week, but also in booking your golf tee time at an area green.  Let us make it easy for you to practice your swing while you’re feeling inspired to do so!

Where to Stay

Hotel rooms or private homes can be reserved during the Masters!  Available hotels in the Augusta area include the Sheraton Augusta, Home2 Suites by Hilton – Augusta or the Fairfield Inn and Suites Augusta.  Accommodations are within six miles of Augusta National Golf Course and shuttle service to the tournament grounds is offered by each, providing easy access to the Masters!

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If this is a personal trip, a Hole In One package will allow you to kick back and take in all that the Masters has to offer.  Business trip?  Not a problem!  The Masters is the perfect event for business men and women to build strong relationships with their most valued clients and employees, and QuintEvents has significant experience planning these types of trips as well.  Regardless of the purpose of your trip, you’ll be able to relax knowing that every aspect of your trip to the Masters Tournament has been planned and prepared for you!

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Pro Bowl Draft: 2016 Rosters Set for Team Irvin and Team Rice

Posted by Victoria Barnett on Thu, Jan 28, 2016 @ 02:22 PM

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The Pro Bowl returns to Aloha Stadium in Hawaii, and Michael Irvin and Jerry Rice will serve as captains this year – Rice was the captain of the winning team in 2013 and Irvin was the winning captain in 2014.

Now, the rosters are set! 34 players were pre-drafted Tuesday night, and 48 players were drafted and/or assigned Wednesday night. This is the third consecutive year we will see the Pro Bowl played in an unconferenced format.

133 players were voted to the Pro Bowl this year; however, 33 selections will not appear in the game. 14 of the players are in the Super Bowl, while the others will not be able to play due to injury or other personal reasons.

Take a look below at the draft picks and who will make up each team in this year’s Pro Bowl.

Team Irvin

Atlanta Falcons running back Devonta Freeman and Cincinnati Bengals defensive lineman Geno Atkins are serving as active-player captains for Team Irvin.

For the first time, Andrew Luck wasn’t the No. 1 overall pick…are you surprised? Pro Bowl legend captain Michael Irvin scored the number one pick in the 2016 Pro Bowl draft and selected Seattle Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson.

Team Irvin also added Atlanta Falcons wide receiver Julio Jones followed by three defensive players: Seahawks cornerback Richard Sherman, Detroit Lions defensive end Ezekiel Ansah and Seahawks defensive end Michael Bennett. As you can see, Irvin loaded up on the Seahawks early.

After that, Irvin added wide receivers A.J. Green of the Bengals (who Irvin is calling “money”) and DeAndre Hopkins of the Houston Texans in the sixth and seventh rounds.

Irvin also selected every single Cowboys player available, which seems to be the trend every year.

Here is the complete Team Irvin roster:

Coach: Winston Moss, Packers

Captain: RB Devonta Freeman (Falcons)

Captain: DT Geno Atkins (Bengals)

1. QB Russell Wilson (Seahawks)

2. WR Julio Jones (Falcons)

3. CB Richard Sherman (Seahawks)

4. DE Ezekiel Ansah (Lions)

5. DE Michael Bennett (Seahawks)

6. WR A.J. Green (Bengals)

7. WR DeAndre Hopkins (Texans)

8. RB Todd Gurley (Rams)

9. OLB Anthony Barr (Vikings)

10. CB Desmond Trufant (Falcons)

11. WR Allen Robinson (Jaguars)

12. LB Lavonte David (Buccaneers)

13. TE Tyler Eifert (Bengals)

14. QB Jameis Winston (Buccaneers)

15. DE Carlos Dunlap (Bengals)

16. QB Teddy Bridgewater (Vikings)

17. TE Delanie Walker (Titans)

18. S Reshad Jones (Dolphins)

19. OLB Sean Lee (Cowboys)

20. CB Adam Jones (Bengals)

21. RB Latavius Murray (Raiders)

22. S Malcolm Jenkins (Eagles)

23. CB Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie (Giants)

24. FS Harrison Smith (Vikings)

PRE-SELECTED PICKS (chosen Tuesday)

1. FB Patrick DiMarco (Falcons)

2. OT Branden Albert (Dolphins)

3. OT Tyron Smith (Cowboys)

4. OT Andrew Whitworth (Bengals)

5. G David DeCastro (Steelers)

6. G Zack Martin (Cowboys)

7. G Marshal Yanda (Ravens)

8. C Travis Frederick (Cowboys)

9. C Alex Mack (Browns)

10. DT Calais Campbell (Cardinals)

11 DT Jurrell Casey (Titans)

12. LB NaVorro Bowman (49ers)

13. LB Derrick Johnson (Chiefs)

14. K Dan Bailey (Cowboys)

15. P Sam Koch (Ravens)

16. KR Darren Sproles (Eagles)

17. ST Justin Bethel (Cardinals)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Team Rice

NFLOL_Pro_Bowl_Hawaii-Football-Field-Aloha-Stadium_January_2012_QuintEvents-2.jpgNew York Giants Odell Beckham Jr. and Los Angeles Rams defensive lineman Aaron Donald are the captains for Team Rice.

Hall of Famer Jerry Rice selected Eli Manning as his first pick and the second overall pick in the 2016 Pro Bowl draft, who will join his wide receiver Odell Beckham Jr. No surprise there. He then selected Oakland Raiders rising star linebacker Khalil Mack.

With his third pick, Rice chose Miami Dolphins wide receiver Jarvis Landry. Again, not surprised considering Beckham and Landry are best buds and played together at LSU.

He then selected quarterback Derek Carr and wide receiver Amari Cooper, both of which play for the Oakland Raiders. His next two selections landed him with Kansas City Chiefs cornerback Marcus Peters and Minnesota Vikings running back Adrian Peterson.

The most interesting pick was the last pick of the night: Charles Woodson. Woodson is probably the most decorated player of the game and will wear his NFL uniform for the last time at the 2016 Pro Bowl. This 2009 Defensive Player of the Year and three-time All-Pro selection is retiring after 18 seasons, during which he had 65 interceptions, 13 defensive touchdowns and a Super Bowl championship with Green Bay in 2011.

Here is the complete Team Rice roster:

Coach: Andy Reid, Chiefs

Captain: WR Odell Beckham (Giants)

Captain: DT Aaron Donald (Rams)

1. QB Eli Manning (Giants)

2. DE Khalil Mack (Raiders)

3. WR Jarvis Landry (Dolphins)

4. QB Derek Carr (Raiders)

5. WR Amari Cooper (Raiders)

6. CB Marcus Peters (Chiefs)

7. RB Adrian Peterson (Vikings)

8. OLB Tamba Hali (Chiefs)

9. DE Everson Griffen (Vikings)

10. CB Vontae Davis (Colts)

11. WR T.Y. Hilton (Colts)

12. CB Brent Grimes (Dolphins)

13. RB Doug Martin (Buccaneers)

14. TE Travis Kelce (Chiefs)

15. S Eric Berry (Chiefs)

16. LB Julius Pepper (Packers)

17. DE Cameron Jordan (Saints)

18. QB Tyrod Taylor (Bills)

19. TE Gary Barnidge (Browns)

20. OLB Elvis Dumervil (Ravens)

21. RB Chris Ivory (Jets)

22. CB Jason Verrett (Chargers)

23. SS Mike Adams (Colts)

24. SS Charles Woodson (Raiders)

PRE-SELECTED PICKS (chosen Tuesday)

1. FB John Kuhn (Packers)

2. OT Kyle Long (Bears)

3. OT Joe Staley (49ers)

4. OT Joe Thomas (Browns)

5. G Richie Incognito (Bills)

6. G Logan Mankins (Buccaneers)

7. G Josh Sitton (Packers)

8. G Nick Mangold (Jets)

9. C Eric Wood (Bills)

10. DT Fletcher Cox (Eagles)

11. DT Gerald McCoy (Buccaneers)

12. LB Clay Matthews (Packers)

13. LB Bobby Wagner (Seahawks)

14. K Josh Brown (Giants)

15. P Johnny Hekker (Rams)

16. KR Tyler Lockett (Seahawks)

17. ST Cedric Peerman (Bengals)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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