The Eastern Michigan Eagles football team opened their season on Saturday and wanted to make a big entrance in front of their home fans by sledgehammering a brick wall during pregame introductions. Unfortunately, it was a failed effort. Apparently, the organizers of this entrance did not take into account that brick walls are actually pretty tough to knock down.
Rejoice football fans! Real, actual games that count towards something are finally starting. Tonight, the college football season will begin with a full slate of games, including a big game between No. 21 Texas A&M and No. 9 South Carolina. This season will be full of great games with fans everywhere heading through the turnstiles to check the game out in person. I decided to take a look at which games have been the top selling at TicketNetwork.com, and needless to say, our Top 10 games are full of incredible matchups:
1. Advocare Texas Kickoff: LSU Tigers vs. Wisconsin Badgers
The top-selling game on our list pits two of the top 25 teams against each other at NRG Stadium this Saturday, August 30. Not a huge surprise to see this game at the top of the heap, LSU fans are known as one of the best traveling fan bases in college football, and Houston is only a four hour drive from the LSU campus.
2. Cowboys Classic: Florida State Seminoles vs. Oklahoma State Cowboys
Wherever Florida State goes this season will be a big deal, and their season opener at AT&T Stadium in Dallas against the Oklahoma State Sooners is the biggest. Just like LSU in our top-ranked game, OSU has a rabid fan base and will be out in full-force to see if their Cowboys can take down the top-ranked Seminoles.
3. Chick-fil-A College Kickoff: Alabama Crimson Tide vs. West Virginia Mountaineers
Once again, the Alabama Crimson Tide are among the favorites to win the National Championship come January. Their journey starts at the Georgia Dome this Saturday against the West Virginia Mountaineers.
According to The Guardian, rock pioneer Chuck Berry, whose contributions to music set the scene for an entire generation of the art form, was made a laureate of the Polar Music Prize, the Swedish award founded in 1989 by the late Stig Anderson, who managed ABBA.
Up until now, I had never heard of this award, but I really like the idea. Like the Nobel, it is awarded for overall contributions, but this one fills a gap in recognition that other music organizations don't consider. For example, the big music academies tend to award for specific songs, albums, or artist/band achievement. There are also several lifetime achievement awards out there. Then there's the Germany-based Ernst von Siemens Music Prize, which is similar in nature but seems to focus more on orchestral and symphonic music and not modern popular music, though composers and conductors of these forms have been among Polar Music Award recipients.
Berry was joined this year by opera director Peter Sellars. Past recipients include Paul McCartney, Paul Simon, B.B. King, Yo-Yo Ma, and Elton John.