The New York Rangers extended their win streak to 3 last night with a 4-2 win over the Hurricanes. The win was also their 6th in 8 games. The Rangers who have been playing great hockey of late kept pace with the Boston Bruins who were winners over the Penguins last night. The Rangers and Bruins are tied with 74 points each, but the Bruins hold the 6th playoff spot with the Rangers coming in at 7. With a tight race in the East, the Rangers have improved their focus and intensity over the last 2 weeks. After being picked by many to win the Eastern Conference, the Rangers now just want to make sure they make the playoffs.
Rap superstar Kanye West will be on the road in the Spring of 2008. Kanye’s 2008 Glow in the Dark Tour will kick off on 4/16 in Seattle. Other stops include the Tweeter Center in Mansfield, MA on 5/15 and Madison Square Garden on 5/13 in New York. See the full tour schedule below. The tour will also feature Rihanna. Kanye West tickets are now available for most shows on the tour.
2008 Kanye West Glow in the Dark Tour
· 4/16 – Seattle, WA @ Key Arena
· 4/18 – Sacramento, CA @ ARCO Arena
· 4/19 – San Jose, CA @ HP Pavilion
· 4/20 – San Diego, CA @ Sports Arena
· 4/21 – Los Angeles, CA @ Nokia Theatre
· 4/25 – * Las Vegas, NV @ Red Rock Casino Resort Spa
· 4/26 – * Albuquerque, NM @ Journal Pavilion
· 4/27 – Denver, CO @ Pepsi Center
· 4/29 – Oklahoma City, OK @ Ford Center
· 4/30 – Austin, TX @ Frank Irwin Center
· 5/1 – Dallas, TX @ SuperPages.com Center
· 5/2 – Houston, TX @ Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion
· 5/4 – Atlanta, GA @ Gwinette Arena
· 5/5 – Tampa, FL @ Ford Amphitheatre
· 5/6 – Miami, FL @ American Airlines Arena
· 5/8 – Charlotte, NC @ Verizon Wireless Amphitheatre
· 5/9 – Raleigh, NC @ Walnut Creek Amphitheatre
· 5/10 – Washington, DC @ Nissan Pavilion
· 5/11 – Virginia Beach, VA @ Verizon Wireless Amphitheater
· 5/13 – New York, NY @ Madison Square Garden
· 5/15 – Boston, MA @ Tweeter Center
· 5/16 – Hartford, CT @ North East Dodge Music Center
· 5/17 – Philadelphia, PA @ Susquehana Bank Center
· 5/18 – Scranton, PA @ Toyota Pavilion
· 5/20 – Montreal, QC @ Bell Centre
· 5/21 – Toronto, ON @ Molson Centre
· 5/22 – Auburn Hills, MI @ The Palace of Auburn Hills
· 5/23 – Chicago, IL @ United Center
· 5/24 – Minneapolis, MN @ Target Center
· 5/27 – Saskatoon, SK @ Credit Union Centre
· 5/29 – Edmonton, AB @ Rexall Palace
· 5/30 – Calgary, AB @ Saddledome
The New York Mets have to be feeling pretty good about themselves. How could you not after acquiring Johan Santana during the off-season. After dealing for arguably the best pitcher in the game, the Mets become overnight contenders in the NL East for obvious reasons. Santana has won 90 games since the 2002 season, an average of 15 a year. In that time period he struck out 1289 batters, the most in baseball over the six year span. Not to mention, boasted a career 3.22 ERA.
Saying this guy’s good is an understatement, it’s almost an insult, because Johan Santana is amazing.
For the Mets, spring training will only be a chance to showcase their talented new ace that joins a staff of two other pitchers, when in their primes, were also once considered the stud on a staff. Pedro Martinez and Orlando “El Duque” Hernandez are not strangers to the number one spot in the rotation. Martinez was there with the Montreal Expos, (may you Rest In Peace) and then the Boston Red Sox while Hernandez was the anchor to the New York Yankees club in the late 90′s.
Aside from what looks to be a dominant staff of starting pitchers, the Mets look very solid in the field as well. SS Jose Reyes is the fastest man in MLB, and is the first legitimate player since Ricky Henderson’s 1983 season to have a chance at stealing 100 bases in a year. 3B David Wright’s numbers have gotten better in each of his first three campaigns in the big leagues, and last year he finished 4th in the MVP balloting so look for this season to be even better. Veteran 1B Carlos Delgado still has some pop in his bat and should provide 20-30 HR’s and right around 100 RBI’s.
Another great sign for the Mets is having outfielders Moises Alou and Carlos Beltran reporting to camp on time, in shape, and completely healthy. The two roaming the outfield at Shea Stadium this season certainly will help Mets pitchers because their defensive prowess closes the gaps for opposing hitters. If both can continue to produce their career averages at the plate, the Mets have nothing to worry about from the two sluggers.
Lots will be going on in New York this year, but the Mets will be taking the ‘one game at a time’ approach because they do not want a duplicate of last years September collapse to repeat itself. With a new field and stadium scheduled to open for 2009 (Citi Field), the Mets would love to go out with a Championship for their loyal fans.
Before they even step foot in New York, the first thing the Mets want to do is get through spring training. They opened their first Grape Fruit league game against the Detroit Tigers and looked very solid through the first 6 innings holding the Tigers scoreless. The Tigers ended up winning the game 4-2 but team officials were very pleased with the effort the squad put forth.
As for Mets fans, they have every reason to smile this spring. Some guy named Santana is coming to town, and he’s bringing the heat. The NL better be ready for him or they are going to get burned.
2008 New York Mets tickets are now available.
For the New York Yankees, spring training is officially underway in Tampa, FL and players couldn’t be happier to once again be tossing around a baseball in the beautiful gulf coast weather. With temperatures hitting the 80′s this week, the team has every reason to be excited that its baseball season and are eager to get back to work. However, for the first time in 12 years, there is a new face running the show at the camps. Coach Joe Girardi has some big shoes to fill, replacing Joe Torre as the new Yankees manager, but believes that his team has what it takes to get back on top in the AL East.
“Sometimes the way you do things, you might think slightly different,” Girardi said in the NY Daily News. “But by no means am I trying to reinvent the game or the wheel or whatever you want to call it. I just want players healthy, in shape and ready to go by March 31.”
His simple approach to the game, a lot like Torre’s, will make the team’s transition very easy with a new skipper at the reigns. The rest will be up to Girardi, to lead the highest paid team in baseball back into the playoffs, and past the Boston Red Sox to reclaim the top spot in the AL East, all with the hopes of capturing their 27th World Series title.
Easier said then done.
Luckily for the Yankees, they have a few returning veterans that have been there before and know how to get right down to business. It never hurts to have the reigning AL MVP on your team in 3B Alex Rodriguez, a first ballot hall of fame inductee in SS Derek Jeter, and C Jorge Posada who led almost every offensive category last season for catchers in all of baseball. The three veterans make up the core of a powerful and potent lineup, but it will take contributions from spots 1 through 9 in this order if they want any chance at reclaiming the Division Pennant again.
There are still some questions floating around camp that need to be addressed before the season begins. The first and most obvious one is what’s the plan for RHP Joba Chamberlain? Many reporters and fans are torn when it comes to concluding where Chamberlain would be most effective either as a starter or reliever. He was flat out dominant last season in the set-up role to Mariano Rivera, but the Yankees have been adamant that their plan from the beginning has been to groove him into the role of a starting pitcher, in hopes that his ‘stuff’ will one day be of Cy-Young quality.
Another question that Girardi will have to decipher based on spring training games is who will be his fifth starter in the rotation, Ian Kennedy or Mike Mussina? The young and talented Kennedy showed lots of potential last year, but he constantly made rookie mistakes whenever he took the mound. Mussina struggled from the get-go in 2007 but comes to camp knowing his spot in the rotation will be earned, and not handed over.
One final question Yankees fans are anxious to find the answer to is who will make up the rest of their 2008 bullpen? The only three pitchers guaranteed spots at the start of camp are Mariano Rivera, Kyle Farnsworth, and newly acquired LaTroy Hawkins. The rest of the spots will be up for grabs by young arms, for some, they are vying for their first call up to the big leagues. One name to keep an eye on is Alan Horne. Within the Yankees farm system, he was the Eastern League’s pitcher of the year in 2007 and some consider him to be one of the brightest prospects in the game. He will likely get promoted to Triple-A ball for the seasons opening, but it’s not unlikely that you could be seeing him fill a void in the Yankees pen or starting rotation if they need the help.
The bottom line for the Yankees organization this spring training is to make sure all the players continue to transition over to Girardi’s system. It might not be much different from Torre’s, but it is still different and will take some time getting used to. Once everyone feels at home and is comfortable with their new structure, look for the Bronx bombers to be back near the top of the AL power rankings throughout the season trying to overtake their rivals, the Boston Red Sox.
Again, easier said then done.
This summer on July 16, Billy Joel will make “The Last Play at Shea” in a final concert at Shea Stadium in New York. Mark your calendars because this is a show that you will not want to miss.
Earlier this week, the Mets organization announced that The ‘Piano Man’ will sing and play the night after baseball’s All-Star game at Yankee Stadium. “It’s an honor to help throw Shea the ultimate concert farewell party,” said Joel, 58. “As a sports fan and a music lover, I will always have a place for Shea Stadium in my heart. I thank the Mets for giving me and my fans a chance to rock Shea Stadium one last time for the ages.”
Only occasionally has the stadium has been used as a concert venue, most notably, when the Beatles played there in 1965 and 1966. Other Shea headliners have included Elton John, Bruce Springsteen & the E Street Band, the Rolling Stones, the Who and the Police. Joel has never played there before.
The new stadium will be named Citi Field and is to open for the Mets 2009 season.
The 2007 Police Reunion tour was such a success that the band has decided they want more. The Police, who sold out dozens of shows just last year, are returning to play areas they might have missed in ’07. The 2007 Police tour was Billboard’s top selling tour of the year selling over 2.5 million Police Tickets. This year’s tour should is expected to be just as popular. Joining The Police throughout the tour will be Elvis Costello and the Imposters.
The Police have announced that these shows will be their last in each city. Don’t miss your chance to see the reunited Police. It may not happen again.
Check the full 2008 Police Tour Schedule below to find a show in a city near you. Police Tickets are now available for all shows.
2008 Police Tour Schedule
01 May Scotiabank Place, Ottawa
03 May HSBC Arena, Buffalo NY
04 May Nationwide Arena, Columbus OH
10 May Allstate Arena, Chicago IL
13 May Sprint Center, Kansas City MO
14 May Qwest Center, Omaha NE
16 May Amway Center, Orlando FL
17 May Cruzan Amphitheatre, West Palm Beach FL (formerly Sound Advice)
20 May Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion, Houston TX
21 May Superpages.com Center, Dallas TX
23 May MGM Grand Garden Arena, Las Vegas NV
24 May Cricket Wireless Pavilion, Phoenix AZ
26 May Coors Amphitheatre, San Diego CA
27 May The Hollywood Bowl, Los Angeles CA
11 Jul Clark County Amphitheatre, Portland OR
12 Jul The Gorge, Seattle WA
14 Jul Shoreline Amphitheatre, San Francisco CA
16 Jul Sleep Train Pavilion, Concord CA
17 Jul Sleep Train Amphitheatre, Sacramento CA
19 Jul USANA Amphitheatre, Salt Lake City UT
21 Jul Red Rocks Amphitheatre, Denver CO
25 Jul Marcus Amphitheater, Milwaukee WI
26 Jul DTE Energy Music Center, Detroit MI
28 Jul Post Gazette Pavilion, Pittsburgh PA
29 Jul Wachovia Center, Philadelphia PA
31 Jul Tweeter Center, Boston MA
01 Aug Saratoga Performing Arts Center, Saratoga NY
03 Aug PNC Bank Arts Center, Holmdel NJ
04 Aug Nikon at Jones Beach Theater, Wantagh NY
The Police just announced on May 7, 2008 that they will play their last show ever in New York City sometime in August of 2008. The concert proceeds will benefit MillionTreesNYC, an initiative to plant 1 million trees in NYC by 2017. The concert will bring the Police full circle. They kicked off their 1st American tour in 1978 at CBGB’s in New York.
The New York Giants did not win Superbowl XLII, the New England Patriots lost it. Dating as far back to the NFL preseason camps, the Patriots were this year’s favorite to win it all. They had one of the smartest quarterbacks in the league in Tom Brady, a young and talented running-back in Laurence Maroney, a few brilliant off-season additions to their receiving core in Randy Moss and Wes Welker, and not to mention one of the greatest NFL minds of all time in coach Bill Belichick.
After winning their first eight games, reporters started throwing around the idea of a perfect season. Of course it’s not something you want to bring up in the middle of the year, but after finishing the regular season at a perfect (16-0) it was also something hard to avoid or ignore going into the playoffs. The fairytale season needed a happily-ever-after ending, too bad the Giants didn’t get that memo.
In case you missed it, the final score to this years Superbowl championship game was kind of a shocker, Giants 17 – Patriots 14.
So what happened to the so called dynasty? Did the Pats choke? Are the Giants really that good? Who should New Englanders blame? Is it the Red Sox season yet?
All are legitimate questions running through Patriot fans heads after a devastating loss to the Giants in what could have been the most historic football game in the history of the NFL. Key words in that statement, could have. Since the Giants won, the game only goes down as a huge upset, but the history part of a perfect season many were hoping to see will have to wait for another year.
If you’re a Patriots fan, recent front page newspaper headlines have hurt to read. “Giant Upset”, “Dynasty Killers”, and “Free Fallin’” were just a few story titles that will leave a bitter taste in your mouth until pre-season camp begins in August. Another reason why it will sting is the talk radio personalities around the Boston area will not stop pointing fingers until the camps either. Remember back to the 2003 ALCS when Grady Little left Pedro Martinez in game 7. I know, sorry for bringing that up, but the Boston media didn’t quit until Little was fired. Now, Bill Belichick will not be fired, but who wants to hear about all the mistakes he made in Superbowl XLII for the next 6 months. Put your hands down Giants fans.
The numbers don’t lie, this years Superbowl was not a well played offensive game. With the Vegas over/under line at 53.5 points, the offensive output was a disappointment and the games flow did not live up to the shootout everyone was expecting. Credit needs to be given to the Giants defensive line who continued to pressure Brady in the pocket, causing him to hurry some patterns and even miss a few receivers, which almost never happens.
Let’s put it this way, there were more bad commercials in the first half of the game then there were points scored. Not good, not good at all.
The Patriots simply did not play the type of football that they had played all year. They were passive on first and second down play calls and at times overly aggressive on third down. A fourth down play call may have been the difference in costing the Pats a chance at an overtime when they decided to go for a fourth and 13 on the Giants 31 yard line instead of attempting a 48 yard field-goal. That’s not a ‘gimmie’ but the percentage of making a FG like that in a dome is much higher than completing a 13-yard first down pass, over the middle into double coverage by a good secondary defense. Who knows, maybe it was Grady Little who told Bill to go for it.
Another thing that the Patriots were always good about in close games, but forgot to do in the Superbowl was manage the clock. For eighteen games they always were so aware of how much time was left, and what they needed to do, or prevent their opponents from doing in that time. Last night looked like they forgot to set their watches back with the time zone change and were completely lost late in the fourth quarter.
In their last scoring drive, Brady completed a TD pass to Moss with 2:42 left on the clock. The ball was at the 6-yard line when the score was made. Think about it. It’s first and goal, on the 6, 2:42 left in the game. RUN THE BALL! If you don’t score, RUN IT AGAIN. EAT THE CLOCK! Why give the Giants a chance to get the ball back with more then 2 minutes left so they get the 2-minute warning as another opportunity to stop the clock, plus all their timeouts. If the Pats run the ball three times in that series, what’s the worst thing that could have happened? They don’t score the TD, and are forced to kick a 21-yard game tying field goal, which would then force the Giants for put points on the board with less then 1:30 on the clock. If Eli Manning could muster up a 70-yard drive in 90 seconds, fine, great win Giants, you earned it… but even big brother Peyton would have had a tough time doing that against this Patriots defense. The guys upstairs were not thinking with these play calls, and it cost the organization their 4th title in 6 years.
When all is said and done with, you do have to tip your cap to the New York Football Giants. They stood up to the Patriots and didn’t allow the media hype to get to them. They played 60 hard-nosed minutes of football, and when the clock ran out, they had more points on the board. So what if the Patriots won 18 games this year, they lost the one that counted the most. It’s not about how you start a season, but how you finish it.
Sometimes the better team doesn’t always win, but everything will be okay around New England. The Celtics are playing great basketball, the Sox start spring training in two weeks and besides, there’s a saying around these parts that Patriot fans can adopt for the time being… there’s always next year.
Super Bowl XLII was one for the ages. The New York Giants shocked the world and the New England Patriots by winning the game 17-14 on a last minute drive by Eli Manning. Eli sealed the game with a touchdown pass to Plaxico Burress with under a minute to play. The Giants were huge underdogs but never seemed fazed by the 18-0 Patriots. Eli Manning won the Super Bowl MVP one year after his brother Peyton won the same honor.
This year’s Haltime Show was quite a treat as Tom Petty & the Heartbreakers performed a great set of hits such as Free Fallin, Running Down a Dream and American Girl. Tom Petty tickets are set to go onsale on Monday 2/4 for several dates throughout North America for 2008. Among the shows onsale will be their 6/13 show at Boston’s TD Banknorth Garden.
Its official, Johan Santana is now a member of the New York Mets.
On Tuesday Jan. 29, 2008 the Minnesota Twins dealt the former Cy-Young Award winner to the Mets in exchange for four minor league prospects. Carlos Gomez, Deolis Guerra, Philip Humber, and Kevin Mulvey will join the Twins farm system while Santana will instantly become a superstar in the Big Apple.
When you look at this trade, there are really four winners when all is said and done with. The big winner is of course, the Mets. Mets GM Omar Minaya has not been afraid to dish out the cash when the talent is available. We saw this when he signed Carlos Beltran to a long-term deal, and we see it again with the $140 million he will be spending to keep Santana in town for a while.
With this trade, the Mets skyrocket in the NL power rankings and are the favorite in the NL East without question. Santana has averaged 18 wins over the past four seasons, so if you add that onto last years win total of 88 games, it’s very possible that the Mets could win over 100 games in the 2008 MLB campaign.
The next frontrunner in this trade, believe it or not, is the Minnesota Twins. By getting rid of Santana, they free up a lot of money that they can now use to shop the free agent market with. The organization also gains four young prospects, two of which already have some big league experience. Minnesota also made sure to send their former ace to the National League, which means he can’t hurt them during the regular season, except in the rare occasion of an inter-league match up.
So, who else could possibly be a winner in this trade? That’s simple, the Boston Red Sox and the New York Yankees.
Immediately following the 2007 World Series Championship, the talks began to stir about what AL East powerhouse would land Santana to make their starting rotation the best in baseball. Both teams were very interested, offering different packages that included young and talented players of the likes of Jon Lester, Jacoby Ellsbury, Phil Hughes, and Melky Cabrera. The two teams were serious about acquiring Santana, but at the same time wanted to make sure their offer was just a little better then the others.
With Santana going to a National League team, both Red Sox GM Theo Epstein and Yankees GM Brian Cashman can breathe a sigh of relief. So can all American League left-handed hitters for that matter.
Besides Santana, the Mets starting rotation features another former Cy Young Award winner in Pedro Martinez, and one of the all-time greatest performing pitchers in October in Orlando “El Duque” Hernandez. The combination of power (Santana), finesse (Martinez), and experience (Hernandez) puts the trio among the leagues toughest 1, 2, 3 pitching rotations.
Regardless of how Santana pitches, it will be an exciting year of baseball in New York, and for the first time in a long time it looks like that the Mets are the clear favorite in their respected division, while the Yankees are not.
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Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers have curbed their usually hectic touring schedule for the past two years. 2008 however is shaping up to be a big year for the group. A Summer tour is now in the works with dates set from May through August with dates covering most of North America. Tom Petty & the Heartbreakers tickets are set to go onsale a day after the band plays the Super Bowl XLII Halftime show. Demand for this tour is expected to be great especially on the heels of their Super Bowl appearance and the 2007 release of the Peter Bogdonovich directed documentary of the band, “Running Down A Dream”.
Dates that have been confirmed for the 2008 Tom Petty Tour are listed below. Joining Tom Pettty & the Heartbreakers on this tour will be special guest Steve Winwood. Winwood is scheduled to open for the band throughout the tour. Ace Ticket already has Tom Petty tickets available for several stops on this 2008 tour.
Tom Petty & the Heartbreakers 2008 Tour Schedule
May 30- Van Andel Arena, Grand Rapids, MI
May 31- The Palace of Auburn Hills, Auburn Hills, MI
June 03- Air Canada Centre, Toronto, ON
June 05- Wachovia Center, Philadelphia, PA
June 08- Nissan Pavilion, Bristow, VA
June 10- Post-Gazette Pavilion, Burgettstown, PA
June 11- New England Dodge Music Center, Hartford, CT
June 13- TD Banknorth Garden, Boston, MA
June 14- Tweeter Center, Mansfield, MA
June 17- Madison Square Garden, New York, NY
June 18- Prudential Center, Newark, NJ
June 21- Darien Lakes Performing Arts Center, Darien Center, NY
June 22- Blossom Music Center, Cuyahoga Falls, OH
June 25- Hollywood Bowl, Los Angeles, CA
July 02- United Center, Chicago, IL
July 03- Verizon Wireless Music Center, Noblesville, IN
July 08- Riverbend Music Center, Cincinnati, OH
July 09- Verizon Wireless Amphitheatre at Encore Park, Atlanta, GA ****
July 11- Charlotte Verizon Wireless Amphitheatre, Charlotte, NC
July 12- Walnut Creek Amphitheatre, Raleigh, NC
July 15- BankAtlantic Center, Ft. Lauderdale, FL
July 16- St. Pete Times Forum, Tampa, FL
July 19- TBD, Denver, CO ****
July 20- Quest Center Omaha, Omaha, NE
July 22- Sprint Center, Kansas City, MO
July 23- Target Center, Minneapolis, MN
August 07- Verizon Wireless Amphitheatre, Maryland Heights, MO
August 09- MTS Centre, Winnipeg, MB
August 11- Pengrowth Saddledome, Calgary, AB
August 12- Rexall Place, Edmonton, AB
August 15- The Gorge, George, WA
August 16- The Gorge, George, WA
August 20- Jobing.com Arena, Glendale, AZ ****
August 22- Verizon Wireless Amphitheatre, Irvine, CA
August 23- TBD, San Francisco, CA ****
August 26- Verizon Wireless Amphitheatre, Selma, TX
August 27- American Airlines Center, Dallas, TX
August 29- Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion, Woodlands, TX