Top attractions at the 2015 San Antonio Rodeo

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The 2015 San Antonio Stock Show and Rodeo is just over two weeks away, and the anticipation could not be higher for this year’s event. The San Antonio Rodeo has been around since 1950 and is one of the biggest rodeo events in the world. With rodeo, music, food, carnival, and other great attractions spread out over 3 weeks, there is a lot to keep track of. Here is a list of 4 of the top things to look for at the 2015 San Antonio Rodeo.

1. Food.

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No San Antonio Rodeo Guide is complete without a discussion on food. Of the dozens of great food options at the Rodeo, here are our two can’t miss food options.

Acosta Food Sampling
Location: Carnival Area 6-38
If you are attending the 2015 San Antonio Rodeo, you have to check out the Acosta Food Sampling. Open from February 12th – March 1st from 11-6 (February 12th hours are 12-6), the Acosta Food Sampling gives out free samples of some of the most sought after dishes at the San Antonio Rodeo. Top samples include cowboy stew, pinto beans, biscuits and cobbler.

Van De Walle Corral
Location: Carnival Area 4-26
If you are looking for barbeque and fajitas, the place to go is the Van De Walle Corral. Known for mouthwatering brisket, and bbq fajitas that are to die for, Van De Walle Corral is open every day of the rodeo starting at 10 (except February 12th, when opening time is 12). The Corral is run for charity and has raised close to $3 million in scholarship funds for Texas youth.

2. Music

For years the music at the San Antonio Rodeo has been growing and now the event draws some of the top artists in the country. While the majority of the band and the focus is still on country performers, there is something for everyone. Here is the 2015 San Antonio Rodeo concert lineup.

• Feb. 12 (7:00PM)- Joe Nichols
• Feb. 13 (7:30PM)- Hunter Hayes
• Feb. 14 (1:00PM & 7:30PM) – Keith Urban
• Feb. 15 (1:00PM) – Pentatonix
• Feb. 16 (7:00PM) – John Legend
• Feb. 17 (7:00PM) – Newsboys
• Feb. 18 (7:00PM) – Chase Rice
• Feb. 19 (7:00PM) – Brad Paisley
• Feb. 21 (7:30PM)- Little Big Town
• Feb. 22 (7:30PM)- Banda Los Recoditos
• Feb. 23 (1:00PM) – Reba
• Feb. 24 (7:00PM) – Justin Moore
• Feb. 25 (7:00PM) – Billy Currington
• Feb. 27 (7:30PM) – Styx
• Feb. 28 (1:00PM) – Josh Abbott Band
• Feb. 28 (7:30PM) – Lee Brice

3. Texas Wildlife Expo

One of the coolest events at the San Antonio Rodeo is the Wildlife Expo. The expo includes everything from educational talks, to interactive exhibits. While many of the animals and exhibits on display focus on the Texas ecosystem, one of the most exciting shows involves an animal not native to Texas. Kachunga and the Alligator show is an incredible display of a real life American Bushman interacting with an alligator in one of the can’t miss events of the San Antonio Rodeo. Other live animals on display includes warthogs ravens, cobras, pythons, turtles, ostriches, leopards, and more.

4. Rodeo

The rodeo events at the San Antonio Rodeo are some of the best in the country. Top contestants in a number of categories take center stage at AT&T Center and put on a great show. As with many rodeos, the top two events are Bareback Riding and Bull Riding, but fans attending the rodeo should not miss out on Mutton Bustin, Team Roping, Barrel Racing, and Steer Wrestling. With over 10 distinct Rodeo categories, there really is something for everyone at the San Antonio Rodeo.

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2015 NBA All-Star Game Weekend Guide

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If you snagged tickets to this year’s NBA All-Star game, you will be a witness of an impeccable weekend. The Friday and Saturday events will be held at the Barclays Center and the 64th All-Star game will be played at Madison Square Garden. Below is a brief description and history of the events that will be occurring during All-Star weekend.

Friday, February 13th

Sprint All-Star Celebrity Game

The Celebrity game has been a lock during All-Star weekend since its inception during the 2002-2003 season in Atlanta, Georgia. The game typically features retired NBA players, WNBA players, actors, musicians, and athletes from other sports. The game will tip of at 7pm in the legendary Madison Square Garden and it will definitely be a comical, entertaining event. Here is the recent history of the Celebrity Game’s Most Valuable Player.

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Arne Duncan Kevin Hart Kevin Hart Justin Bieber Michael Rapaport Terrell Owens Terrell Owens Tony Potts

 

BBVA Compass Rising Stars Challenge

This year, the Rising Stars Challenge will boast a new format. It will be a USA vs. The World challenge with each team having 10 players on their team. Each team will be comprised of four guards, four frontcourt players, and two other players regardless of position. While following those stipulations, each team will feature no less than three first-year players and three second-year players on their squad. The game will be played in the Barclays Center and will tip off at 9pm ET. This event is a great time for some of the younger, up-and-coming stars to showcase their talents in a game displaying the future of the NBA.

Saturday, February 14th

Degree Shooting Stars

For this unique event, an NBA player, a WNBA player, and a retired player will work together in this shooting competition. Each team will operate under a two minute time limit to make a 10-foot bank shot, a jumper from the top of the key, an NBA three-pointer, and a half-court shot in that order. The team cannot attempt the next shot until the previous shot was successfully made. The competition will begin at 8:30 p.m. and will be located in the Barclays Center. It is worth noting that Chris Bosh, Dominique Wilkins and Swin Cash (Team Bosh) are back-to-back winners of this event.

Taco Bell Skills Challenge

The Taco Bell Skills Challenge is a competition of the best guards in the NBA where participants compete in a two-round timed obstacle course. Throughout the course, players will have to successfully compete dribbling, passing and shooting stations as quickly as they can. The NBA initiated a new format last year where two teams of two will represent both conferences, where the fastest times from each conference will square off in the final round. Damian Lillard and Trey Burke’s 45.2 seconds defeated Michael Carter-Williams and Victor Oladipo by a tenth of a second last year.

Foot Locker Three-Point Contest

This is a competition to showcase some of the game’s most accurate sharpshooters. Players compete to make the most three pointers with each made shot counting as one point to the player’s score. However, the money ball, the last ball in the rack, is aworth two points to the player’s score. Six soon-to-be-named shooters will compete in this event which will be located in the Barclays Center. Here is a list of some of the champions over the past few seasons.

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Marco Belinelli Kyrie Irving Kevin Love James Jones Paul Pierce Daequan Cook Jason Kapono Jason Kapono

 

Sprite Slam Dunk Contest

The finale is the most anticipated event of the night, the slam dunk contest. The participants who will be dunking in the Barclays Center have yet to be announced, but official decisions are expected to come soon. Spectators of this event are in store for a night of electrifying dunks and watching the high-fliers take off is an incredible sight. Even though there hasn’t been an official release on the participants, it is rumored that Victor Oladipo, Giannis Antetokounmpo, and Mason Plumlee are expected to compete in the contest. Below is a list of the previous ten champions.

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John Wall Terrence Ross Jeremy Evans Blake Griffin Nate Robinson Nate Robinson Dwight Howard Gerald Green

 

Sunday, February 15th

NBA All-Star Game

The conclusion to All-Star weekend tips off at 8:30 p.m. ET on Sunday, where the best of the West play the beasts of the East. The starting lineups were announced on January 22nd, and the reserves will be announced. The West will feature leading vote-getter Stephen Curry, Kobe Bryant, Anthony Davis, Blake Griffin, and Marc Gasol. The East will send out Kyle Lowry, John Wall, LeBron James, Carmelo Anthony, and Pau Gasol. However, Bryant will need to be replaced due to injury and James Harden seems to be the likely candidate to replace Bryant. The All-Star game is not only a competitive event for the players, but a time for the fans to see the best players in the NBA on the court at the same time and is one of the top entertainment events of the year.

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Verizon Center Event Guide – Capitals Game Day

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So you’re attending a Washington Capitals game at the Verizon Center in Washington, D.C., terrific! Be ready to “Rock The Red” with more than 18,000 screaming fans.

It is truly amazing what has happened to Chinatown since the Verizon Center was built back in 1997. It has become one of the trendest hot spots in the city from the fantastic restaurants to wide variety of bars and night clubs.

Whether you plan to drive into the city or take the metro, (which drops you off right at the arena) be sure to get down to Chinatown a couple hours before puck drop to pregame.

I recommend you head over to “Rocket Bar” which is located less than one block from an entrance to the Verizon Center. Lots of Capitals fans get their pregame libations at this “hole in the wall” bar. It features a great happy hour with plenty of pool tables, dart boards, and other bar type arcade games. If a dive bar is not your scene, you can settle in at Cylde’s which features another fantastic happy hour which also includes their famous Raw Oyster Bar.

Once you’ve had your fill before the game, make your way into the stadium for an in your face hockey experience you’ll never forget. During the National Anthem, please don’t be alarmed when the whole crowd yells in unison “RED!” Capital fans love their red. Once the puck drops, listen for the sound of a vuvuzela in the distance. Yes, the same vuvuzela you remember hearing throughout the 2010 World Cup in South Africa. “Horn Guy,” as he is known at the Verizon Center, blows his horn throughout key moments of the game to the tune of “LETS – GO – CAPS” as a way to fire up the fans. I also would be remiss if I forgot to mention “Goat.” “Goat” is an extremely passionate Caps fan who gets featured on the jumbotron during the game to stand up and lead the crowd in a chant of “LETS – GO – CAPS.”

The last thing and probably most important thing to remember when going to a Washington Capitals game is to “Unleash the Fury.” If you aren’t familar with the comedy “Road Trip,” there is a scene where Tom Green is trying to feed his roommate’s pet snake but he just won’t eat. To help get the snake to eat, Green says softly, “Unleash the Fury” and slowly it gets to the point where he screams it out loud at the snake. The Capitals started showing that scene to fire up the crowd late in the 3rd period of games and it became a phenomenon. Tom Green heard about all the love in Washington D.C. that he volunteered to shoot a special version of the scene for the fans that is just played at the games.

After a great night of hockey action, you can’t let your night end just yet. There are tons of great post game hot spots. Directly across the street is “Redline” which is known as a Gastrolounge. When you are seated, there are two beer taps installed into the table with two different types of beers on tap. The waiter will bring you pint glasses to fill to your hearts’ content. When you are ready to settle up, the waiter gets a digital read out of how much you poured and charges you by the ounce. If you are looking for a more chill atmosphere, head down a couple blocks to Penn Quarter Sports Tavern. They always have postgame drink specials for you to enjoy.

So, make sure you “Rock the Red” while chanting “LETS GO CAPS” when attending a Washington Capitals game at the Verizon Center but always remember to “UNLEASH THE FURY!”

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