Are the Browns Contenders or Pretenders?

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The Cleveland Browns were in first place for a week. While it’s difficult to say that the excitement and hype of being atop the division this late in the year got to the Browns, they certainly did not bring their best game this weekend against the Houston Texans. J.J. Watt and company dismantled the Browns offense, holding them to just a second quarter touchdown and ultimately winning 23-7. Unfortunately, the Browns loss coupled with a Cincinnati Bengals win pushed Cleveland out of first place by a half game. Not only that, but the Texans now sit at 5-5 and remain relevant in the postseason picture.

Are the Browns a legitimate contender this year? They have the talent on both sides of the ball, but they do not have an easy schedule remaining in the year. Let’s take a look at the final six games of the season:

November 23, 2014 @ Atlanta Falcons
Average Ticket Price = $123 | Get-in Ticket Price = $35

Though the Falcons are just 4-6, they currently sit atop the AFCSouth and are in prime position to make the playoffs. Amazingly, they are 4-0 within the division and 0-6 when facing all other teams. A win here is very possible, though the Falcons are currently favored by 3.5 points.

November 30, 2014 @ Buffalo Bills
Average Ticket Price = $112 | Get-in Ticket Price = $36

Buffalo is coming off a disappointing loss to the Miami Dolphins and is currently 5-5 on the season. They have several winnable games to close out the year, however, so they are still relevant for the postseason. If the Browns can get the road victory, it will most likely eliminate the Bills and take one more team out of the equation.

December 7, 2014 vs. Indianapolis Colts
Average Ticket Price = $126 | Get-in Ticket Price = $34

Indianapolis sits at 6-4 and lead the AFC South by a game over the aforementioned Texans. Though the team has looked like a Super Bowl contender at times, they’ve also looked very beatable, particularly through the air. This is the cheapest home game remaining for the team with Browns tickets starting at $34 and an average ticket price of just $126.

December 14, 2014 vs. Cincinnati Bengals
Average Ticket Price = $144 | Get-in Ticket Price = $40

The final home matchup against a divisional foe will come on December 14th when the Cincinnati Bengals come to town. Riding high after a big road win against the New Orleans Saints, the Bengals are atop the division at 6-3-1 and are 2-1 in the division with their lone loss coming at the hands of Cleveland. Another win for the Browns and they will hold the tiebreaker over Cincy and put themselves in good position to take home the division.

December 21, 2014 @ Carolina Panthers
Average Ticket Price = $135 | Get-in Ticket Price = $23

The panthers are a bit of a mess right now having lost five straight since their tie with the Bengals. That being said, this looks to be a major trap game for Cleveland. If they can not contain Cam Newton, they could have a lot of trouble and potentially drop a huge game in Week 16.

December 28, 2014 @ Baltimore Ravens
Average Ticket Price = $183 | Get-in Ticket Price = $67

The most expensive game and potentially the most important, Cleveland’s Week 17 date at Baltimore could very well decide the AFC North. The Bengals and Steelers will most likely be relevant as well, but a win in the final game of the year could ultimately vault the Browns into the playoffs.
This is the most expensive game remaining on the schedule, though not by a significant amount as Browns vs. Ravens tickets start at $67 and have an average price of $183.

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TicketCity’s Annual Scholarship Program

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The deadline for applications to TicketCity’s Annual College Scholarship is quickly approaching. We’ve already received a number of great applications and have loved getting to know some young sports fans from all over the country. The deadline for applications to be complete is December 1st, 2014.

Don’t forget that we will only consider applicants that have completed all of the application requirements. If you have already submitted our entry form, take the next 12 days to finish up your essays and don’t forget to include a picture or a video.

Application requirements include:

  • Scholarship program entry form
  • 500-800 word essay
  • 1 picture or video

TicketCity Annual College Scholarship Program Details

We at TicketCity love college sports, and one of the things that makes college sports so special is the student involvement. We created the TicketCity Annual College Scholarship program to support the students that give college athletics the tradition, energy, and excitement that we all love. The scholarship includes one $2,500 award that will be given to an overall winner, who will be selected from the pool of eligible applicants.

How to Apply

The application process for the TicketCity scholarship is pretty simple, follow the link below and fill out the scholarship program entry form. Then write a 500-800 word essay about one of the 3 topics listed below, and include a picture or video of yourself to compliment the essay.

Apply here

Essay topics:

  • Describe why sporting events are important to the culture of a university
  • What sporting event has had a major impact on your life and why?
  • What is your favorite game-day tradition at your University and why?

A full list of rules and guidelines for the scholarship can be found here

Who is eligible?

 To be eligible to apply students must:

  • Be a US Citizen, or a permanent resident
  • Be enrolled as a full-time student in an accredited 4-year university in the U.S.
    • Applications are limited to Freshmen, Sophomore, and Junior students
  • Must be willing and able to verify enrollment
  • Hold a minimum of 2.5 GPA

Questions?

If you have questions about the application process, or the status of your application feel free to email us at scholarship@ticketcity.com.

The winner will be notified on December 20, 2014.

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Can Kentucky Basketball Go Undefeated?

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The Kentucky Wildcats enter the 2014-15 NCAA Men’s Basketball season as close to a unanimous preseason #1 as a team can possibly get.  The initial Associated Press poll had 52 voters tab the Wildcats as the top team in the nation, with just thirteen other votes going for another team (five for Arizona and eight for Wisconsin.) And there is certainly reason for Kentucky to be the early favorites.  Last year’s championship runner-up returned both Harrison twins, Aaron and Andrew to the lineup, as well as forward Alex Poythress and big man Willie Cauley-Stein. Alongside those returning stars, Kentucky brought in arguably the best freshman class in the country, headlined by power forward Trey Lyles, center Karl Towns, Jr. and guards Devin Booker and Tyler Ulis.

So the question on many fans’ minds is can Kentucky run the table this season and finish undefeated. The Wildcats began the season with an 85-45 win against the Grand Canyon Anteloupes in a game that was never a contest, but they struggled on Sunday in their second game of the year.  Facing an overwhelming underdog in Buffalo, the Wildcats trailed by five entering the second half.  They were able to put on a quick run to eventually win by 19, but the game was much closer than anyone had expected.

Kentucky also has one of the more difficult schedules this year with non-conference matchups against some of the premier ACC teams.  In order to see if the team can make it undefeated, let’s view the Kentucky schedule and highlight some of their biggest games.

November 18, 2014 vs. Kansas Jayhawks | Average Ticket Price = $302 | Get-in Ticket Price = $38

Kentucky will need to be on point Tuesday evening when they face off against the Kansas Jayhawks.  KU is ranked 5th in the country so this will be a very early potential Final Four preview.  Kansas vs. Kentucky basketball tickets currently have an average price of $302, but you can get in the door for much cheaper with tickets starting at just $38.

December 13, 2014 vs. North Carolina Tar Heels | Average Ticket Price = $704 | Get-in Ticket Price = $165

If you want to grab Kentucky vs. North Carolina basketball tickets, it is going to cost you.  The matchup with the 6th ranked Tar Heels is the most expensive game on the Kentucky home schedule this year and if the Wildcats can get past the Jayhawks, it will be their next big test in their pursuit of an undefeated season. It will be the first game of the year for UNC against a ranked opponent so Kentucky may have a chance of catching them unprepared.

December 27, 2014 @ Louisville Cardinals | Average Ticket Price = $450 | Get-in Ticket Price = $150

Kentucky’s annual meeting with Louisville comes just two weeks after their date with the Tar Heels.  The Cardinals have a potential Wooden Award winner in Montrezl Harrell leading the team and will be a very difficult game on the road.  At an average price of $450 for Kentucky vs. Louisville basketball tickets, this is the most expensive game of the year at the KFC Yum! Center in Louisville.

February 7, 2015 @ Florida Gators | Average Ticket Price = $153 | Get-in Ticket Price = $62

Kentucky and Florida will meet twice this year, the first coming in Gainesville on February 7th.  The road matchup will arguably be the most difficult game of the season for Kentucky, though if they do make it undefeated to their final game of the year, the Gators will be waiting and you can certainly expect the pressure to be fully mounting at that point for Kentucky.

In Gainesville, the average price for Kentucky vs. Florida basketball tickets is just $513, but the March 7th meeting at Rupp Arena currently has an average price almost four times that number at $588.

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