Texas Longhorns Bye Week Update

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The start of Charlie Strong’s tenure as head coach of the University of Texas Longhorns football team has not been the instant success that many Horns fans had hoped for. An embarrassing loss to the BYU Cougars and a heartbreaking defeat a week later against UCLA has Texas under .500 with a tough Big 12 schedule in front of them.

But if Texas fans will look back only 1 season, they may find reason to hope.

In 2013, the Longhorns were in the exact same place. Texas got beat up by BYU, played better, but still lost to the Ole Miss Rebels a week later, then lost their starting quarterback for the season. That Texas team went on to win 6 straight games, including a rout of the Oklahoma Sooners in the Red River Rivalry, err… Red River Showdown. Unlikely leader Case McCoy played gutsy enough to put the Texas Longhorns in a position to win the Big 12 title at the end of the season, coming up 20 points short.

Fast forward back to 2014. Texas has a new coaching staff, new schemes, and a new quarterback, but the same opportunity sits in front of them. A bye in week 4 gives Texas a chance to put the non-conference schedule behind them, regroup, and get a little bit healthier. The beginning of the Texas Longhorns Big 12 Conference schedule will be crucial if the boys from Austin are able to salvage 2014.

Here’s a look at the upcoming games for Texas:

Texas Longhorns at Kansas Jayhawks | September 27th 2014 | – Median Ticket Price $34

This game is huge for both teams. The Kansas Jayhawks have won just 1 Big 12 game since 2011 and a win against the Longhorns at Kansas Memorial Stadium in Lawrence would go a long way to putting the Jayhawks back on track. This game is equally as important for the Longhorns who need to gain some confidence heading into what should be the 2 toughest games on their schedule.

Baylor Bears at Texas Longhorns | October 4th, 2014 | – Median Ticket Price $115

Baring an upset in Ames on the 27th, the Baylor Bears will enter this game undefeated and as heavily favored as they have been coming into a game in Austin as they might have ever been. From 1993 to 2009 Baylor beat the Longhorns only 1 time. But since 2009 the outlook of this game has changed completely. Baylor comes into 2014 having won 3 of the last 4, as defending Big 12 Champions, and as one of the hot programs in the country. The demand for this game has been on a steady rise over the last few years. The last time the Bears visited Austin (2012) the median ticket price was $95. Last year’s game in Waco, the median ticket price was $129. Look for tickets to this year’s game to approach that number and for demand for this rivalry to continue to rise.

Texas Longhorns vs. Oklahoma Sooners | October 11th, 2014 | – Median Ticket Price $228

The Red River Showdown is always one of the biggest games of the season. Oklahoma has serious playoff aspirations and would like nothing more than to beat up the Longhorns for the 3rd time in 4 years. Texas is hoping for a repeat of last year’s improbable lopsided victory over the Sooners at the Cotton Bowl. Despite the Longhorns struggles early this season, the demand for tickets it up from last year, where the median ticket price ended at $177.

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Get To Know Our New Hires: Ajay and Ian!!

Get To Know Our New Hires!!

Ajay:

Taking over our Network Administrator role is Ajay!  He moved to Austin from NOLA more than a decade ago – that’s what you can practically call a native Austinite nowadays, right?  The entire team here at TC is really happy for him to join our IT Ranks.  While attending UT, he met his future wife (aww) and they have a daughter in 2nd grade who loves to watch Dad play video games.  We are ecstatic to welcome Ajay to the TicketCity team!!

Road Trip Questions:

What’s the most unusual thing you’ve ever eaten? Either chocolate chip cricket cookies or mealworm salsa – they’re pretty good!

What is the wildest thing you would consider doing to your hair? I regularly think about shaving my hair into a mohawk

If you were ruler of your own country what would be the first law you would introduce? Outlawing ketchup for anyone over the age of 9 (FYI: my country would most likely be stuck in an ideological war with Ajay’s country)

If you could be a member of any TV-sitcom family, which would it be? The Huxtables so I could hang out with Bill Cosby and eat Pudding Pops

 

Ian:

Our new Content and Affiliate Marketing Specialist is Dallas born and Arkadelphia (yes, apparently that is a real place in Arkansas) raised.  We are more than excited to have Ian join our Marketing team!!  After majoring in English at UT, he worked in a number of different industries, including non-profits, ecommerce, and transcription services.  As a sports and live event enthusiast, we couldn’t think of a better fit for him than here at TicketCity!

Road Trip Questions:

What one thing would you want with you if you were shipwrecked? A volleyball/best friend. Wilson!!

Do you collect anything? Concert posters

What is your favorite potato chip flavor? Salt & Vinegar

What is the best sports stadium/arena you have been to? For football I love D.K.R. in Austin. For baseball AT&T Park in San Francisco is absolutely gorgeous.

If someone were to offer you an unlimited supply of one thing (besides money), what would you ask for? Tacos.  Can anyone ever have enough tacos?

Ninjas or pirates?  Ninjas

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UFC 178 Preview

Demetrious JohnsonWe’re about a week away from UFC 178.  The entire card features eleven matches that evening with three Bantamweight matches (including one female Bantamweight match) as well as three lightweight, two welterweight, and one flyweight and middleweight matches each.  Those ten fights will take place before the final match on the card, the UFC Flyweight Championship to be fought between champion Demetrious Johnson against challenger Chris Cariaso.

UFC 178 will be taking place at the MGM Grand Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada on September 27, 2014.  Currently, the median ticket price for UFC tickets is $209, lower level seats begin at $220 and the most expensive seats in the house, located on the Floor next to the Octagon, start at $487.

The headliner will pit the current Flyweight champion Demetrious Johnson versus Chris Cariaso.  Originally scheduled for UFC 177 to take place on August 30th of this year, but was eventually rescheduled for the 27th of September in UFC 178.  Johnsons boasts a career 20-2-1 record in Mixed Martial Arts competition, including a sterling 8-1-1 record in UFC.  He has defended his title four times thus far, winning each match.

Cariaso will be a tough opponent, though Vegas prognosticators have the challenger as a 7-1 underdog.  If Johnson can dispatch of Cariaso, he’ll retain his title and potentially receive more lucrative fights in the near future.  Johnson has repeatedly stated he views the UFC as a moneymaker for him with the pay incentive his highest priority over defending his championship or any other “Octagon glory.”

Eddie Alvarez will be making his UFC debut after being released from his contract at Bellator.  Alvarez went 9-1 during four years over at Bellator, winning most recently against Michael Chandler for the Lightweight Championship.  He’ll face off against Donald Cerrone who most recently appeared on July 16th at Atlantic City where he defeated Jim Miller in the second round.

With Johnson and Alvarez the top two draws on the card, there’s little reason for demand in the event to wane over the next few days. The secondary ticket market has demonstrated strong demand for UFC 178 and UFC officials expect a high number of UFC fans to purchase the pay-per-view.  Add in another nine matches on the card, and there will be plenty of entertainment at MGM Grand Arena on September 27th!

Below is the full card for UFC 178:

Main Card: 10:00 p.m. ET

UFC Flyweight Championship: Demetrious Johnson (c) vs. Chris Cariaso

Lightweight: Eddie Alvarez vs. Donald Cerrone

Featherweight: Conor McGregor vs. Dustin Poirier

Middleweight: Tim Kennedy vs. Yoel Romero

Female Bantamweight: Amanda Nunes vs. Cat Zingano

Preliminary Card: 8:00 p.m. ET

Bantamweight: Dominick Cruz vs. Takeya Mizugaki

Lightweight: James Krause vs. Jorge Masvidal

Welterweight: Patrick Cote vs. Stephen Thompson

Welterweight: Brian Ebersole vs. John Howard

Preliminary Card: 7:00 p.m. ET

Lightweight: Kevin Lee vs. Jon Tuck

Bantamweight: Manny Gamburyan vs. Cody Gibson

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Top NFL Games of Week 3

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As we head into Week 3 of the 2014 NFL season, below is a breakdown of the best games to see this week.

Washington Redskins @ Philadelphia Eagles | 1:00PM | Median Ticket Price = $189

The big news out of Washington is the injury to quarterback Robert Griffin III.  As you well remember, RGIII electrified the NFL world two seasons ago, leading the Redskins to the playoffs where they ultimately fell to the Seattle Seahawks.  It was during the playoff game that Griffin tore his ACL, setting him up for a long rehabilitation process during the offseason. Because of that, RGIII played hurt for the majority of the season last year and the team struggled to a 3-13 record.

Expectations were high this year for a healthy RGIII but that will not be the case.  The similarities to Derrick Rose of the Chicago Bulls are eerie, as both players were on their way to superstardom, only to suffer a significant injury and then return and suffer another injury.

Though this may diminish expectations a bit for Redskins fans, they were able to clobber the Jaguars last week 41-7 with Kirk Cousins at the helm.  They’ll go on the road to try and fend off Nick Foles and the Philadelphia Eagles.  The median price for Eagles tickets to the game right now is $189.

Green Bay Packers @ Detroit Lions | 1:00PM | Median Ticket Price = $113

The Packers and Lions will meet up in a battle of 1-1 NFC North teams.  The Packers avoided a big upset against the New York Jets this past weekend at home, holding on to win 31-24.  Meanwhile, the Lions visited Cam Newton and the Carolina Panthers and put up only 7 points, losing 24-7.  The winner of this game will hold at least a share of first place in the NFC North and will deal a major blow to whoever loses.  At a median price of just $113, Packers vs. Lions tickets are quite a deal.

Denver Broncos @ Seattle Seahawks | 4:25PM | Median Ticket Price = $330

In a rematch of Super Bowl XLVIII, the Seattle Seahawks will host Peyton Manning and the Denver Broncos.  At a whopping $330, the median ticket price for Broncos vs. Seahawks tickets is significantly higher than any other game in Week 3. Denver is coming off an impressive win against the Kansas City Chiefs, while the Seahawks were upset by the San Diego Chargers on the road.  It is probably not Manning and Denver’s preference to face Seattle after a tough loss but chances are it won’t matter much as this will be one of the most hyped games of the young season.

Manning and company can exact some revenge on the birds if they can depart CenturyLink Field with a victory which would leave Seattle 1-2 on the year. If the Broncos can avoid the turnovers and special teams’ gaffes that plagued them during the Super Bowl, they’ll have a much stronger chance of getting a win.

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AL Central Pennant Race

With the AL Central pennant race still undecided, here’s a preview of this weekend’s crucial series between the Kansas City Royals and the Detroit Tigers.

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Friday, September 19th @ 8:00PM | Median Price = $44 | Jeremy Guthie (KC) vs. Kyle Lobstein (DET)

Jeremey Guthrie has been a work horse for the Royals this year, logging 190 innings and boasting an 11-11 record.  He’ll face off against rookie Kyle Lobstein who has a 3.58 ERA in 27.1 innings pitched on the year.  The rookie has yet to face the Royals so he will try to take advantage of that lack of familiarity to give the Tigers a win in the opening game of the three game set.

This is the cheapest game in the series with a median price of $44 for Royals tickets.

Saturday, September 20th @ 1:05PM | Me
dian Price = $46 | Jason Vargas (KC) vs. Justin Verlander (DET)

Jason Vargas has been a pleasant surprise for the Royals this year, currently sporting an 11-9 record with a 3.41 ERA.  Recently, he has struggled, failing to get out of the 6th inning in his past two games against the Boston Red Sox and Detroit, yielding nine runs over 10.1 innings pitched.  His last outing against the Tigers he gave up home runs to Rajai Davis and J.D. Martinez in a 4-2 loss.

The days of Justin Verlander being the most dominant pitcher in baseball are probably over, but he’s still been able to win thirteen games this year despite his 4.81 ERA.  Other than 2008 when Verlander went 11-17 with a 4.84 ERA, he has never had a year with an ERA north of 3.66.  This is currently the most expensive game for Royals vs. Tigers tickets at a median ticket price of $46.

Sunday, September 21st @ 2:10PM | Median Price = $45 | James Shields (KC) vs. Max Scherzer (DET)

The potential rubber match between the Tigers and Royals could be an absolute doozy with staff aces James Shields and Max Scherzer toeing the rubber for the final game of the series.  Shields has been tremendous since coming over to the Royals from the Tampa Bay Rays in a trade for Wil Myers and Wade Davis.  He boasts a 14-7 record this year with a 3.13 ERA and a 1.18 WHIP.  The biggest impact he’s had on the Royals staff has
been his ability to stay healthy and get on the mound every five days.  Shields has already logged over 200 innings this year after pitching 228 last year.

Meanwhile, Scherzer has been arguably the best pitcher in baseball the past two seasons, wracking up a combined 37-8 record.  He has followed up his 2013 Cy Young campaign with a 16-5 record this year with an ERA just a touch worse than Shield at 3.19, but a WHIP just a touch better at 1.17.  In what will be the biggest game of the year for both ball clubs, they’ll have their respective aces on the mound for some can’t miss baseball!

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