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Johnny Manziel Partying in Vegas - Is It a Big Deal?

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Over the weekend, Johnny Manziel set off a media frenzy when he showed up and partied in Las Vegas, including attending UFC 173 (see above) as well as a pool party with fellow NFL-er Rob Gronkowski. What was everyone so worked up about? Well, it made people start to wonder whether or not Johnny Football had the focus to be a great quarterback in the NFL or whether partying would cause his downfall.

I decided to debate the only person who is able to match wits with me — and that person is me.

Red = Big Deal; Blue = Not a Big Deal

Me: Thanks for taking time to talk about this.

Me: No problem, happy to do it.

Me: Okay, let's get started. Anyone who thinks that this is not a big deal is blind to the past of Johnny Manziel. One of the questions coming into the draft was Manziel's focus and whether or not he was more wrapped-up in his own celebrity persona than actually playing football. This just is another confirmation that he is not going to cha...

Me: Let me stop you right there. After winning the Heisman Trophy following his 2012 season at Texas A&M, the media scrutiny on him grew exponentially. Yes, he partied. Yes, he had fun. Which is not much different than 99% of other college students. If partying was a big deal that would distract Manziel, than you would have guessed that he would have struggled in his following season. But he didn't. In fact, he put up BETTER statistics. Who's to say he can't succeed in the NFL?

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Cirque du Soleil: Varekai Among Onsales This Week

Onsales This Week

Events onsale this week
Day(s)Event  
Fri The Black Keys Buy tickets
Fri John Fogerty Buy tickets
Fri Pac-12 Football Championship Buy tickets
Fri UFC 175 Buy tickets
Fri Cirque: Michael Jackson The Immortal Buy tickets
Fri Ringling Bros. Circus Buy tickets
Sat WWE Buy tickets
Tue Cirque: Varekai Buy tickets

With Memorial Day on Monday, the list of major onsales is pretty short, but there are still a number of high-profile events going on sale Friday, Saturday, and next Tuesday. In fact, one of the biggest onsales coming up is for Cirque du Soleil's Varekai, which is coming to the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, NY, at the end of July. All 21 shows go on sale this coming Tuesday.

In addition to Varekai, Michael Jackson The Immortal has onsales Friday, and the Ringling Bros. Circus has over 50 shows onsale Friday and Saturday.

Over in concerts, The Black Keys have several more shows on sale this weekend. These include shows in Edmonton, Alberta; and two in Vancouver, British Columbia; all go on sale Friday. Then there's John Fogerty new tour, which has 17 onsales Friday and Saturday.

Finally, in sports, the Pac-12 Football Championship has onsales Friday, as does UFC 175. Meanwhile, WWE: Raw and Smackdown have onsales Saturday.

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NFL Teams, The Black Keys Tour Among Onsales This Week

Onsales This Week

Events onsale this week
Day(s)Event  
Thu Atlanta Falcons Buy tickets
Thu New York Giants Buy tickets
Thu Philadelphia Eagles Buy tickets
Thu Oakland Raiders Buy tickets
Thu The Book of Mormon Buy tickets
Fri The Black Keys Buy tickets
Fri Lily Allen Buy tickets
Fri Jay-Z & Beyonce Buy tickets
Fri Lorde Buy tickets
Fri Cirque: Michael Jackson The Immortal Buy tickets

This onsales week starts today with several pro football teams putting home game tickets up for sale, including the Atlanta Falcons, New York Giants, Oakland Raiders, and Philadelphia Eagles. The team to break the trend is the Pittsburgh Steelers, whose home games go on sale Saturday. There are also sports onsales coming up for the WWE and a preseason match up of the LA Lakers vs. Sacramento Kings.

There are also a number of big concert onsales, foremost among them being The Black Keys' upcoming tour. Most of the Turn Blue tour goes on sale tomorrow, with one show on sale this coming Tuesday, and some additional onsales next Friday. Other major concert onsales include 19 Lilly Allen concerts on Friday, as well as additional onsales for Jay-Z & Beyonce, Lorde, and many others.

Theater is equally as busy. Though I'm sure almost nobody is thinking about it now, Radio City Christmas Spectacular will put its full schedule of over 200 shows on sale next Thursday. Additionally, there are onsales coming up in the next several days for The Book of Mormon, Cirque Du Soleil's Michael Jackson The Immortal and Varekai, Jesus Christ Superstar, and the Ringling Bros. circus.

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Oklahoma City Thunder forward Kevin Durant was named MVP. It was the first MVP award for the 25-year-old, who has been playing basketball for seven years. Durant was a contender for award in 2012 and 2013, but fell just shy of winning.

In his moving acceptance speech, Durant made sure to thank his teammates, coaches, and — of course — his mother. Of her, he said: "One my best memories I have is when we moved into our first apartment. No bed, no furniture, we all just sat in the living room and just hugged each other. We thought we made it. … You wake me up in the middle of the night in the summertime, making me run up a hill, making me do push-ups. Screaming at me from the sidelines of my games at eight or nine years old … When you didn’t eat, you made sure we ate. You went to sleep hungry. You sacrificed for us. You’re the real MVP."

Check out the full speech after the cut.

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Jay-Z & Beyonce, Paul McCartney Among Onsales This Week

Onsales This Week

Events onsale this week
Day(s)Event  
Fri Jay-Z & Beyonce Buy tickets
Mon Paul McCartney Buy tickets
Fri Miley Cyrus Buy tickets
Fri Michael Buble Buy tickets
Fri Kings of Leon Buy tickets
Fri Dallas Cowboys Buy tickets
Fri Ed Sheeran Buy tickets
Fri-Sat WWE Buy tickets
Fri/Tue Ringling Bros. Circus Buy tickets
Sun The Lion King Buy tickets
Mon Elton John Buy tickets

The coming few days feature some of the most anticipated onsales of the 2014 concert season. First up is Jay-Z's and Beyonce's On the Run Tour. The husband-wife dual-headliner begins June 25 in Miami Gardens, FL, and ends August 5 in San Francisco, CA. Most of the performances have onsales tomorrow; the onsale date for one concert in E. Rutherford, NJ, is still to be determined.

Next up are some additional onsales for Paul McCartney. Most of the concerts for the 2014 leg of his Out There! Tour have already gone onsale, but the rocker recently added dates in Los Angeles and Phoenix. McCartney also added a concert at San Francisco's Candlestick Park, returning to the venue a couple years short of 50 years after The Beatles played their final concert there. This time the roles are reversed and McCartney is wishing farewell to the park.

The coming week has many more onsales, including ones for Miley Cyrus, Kings of Leon, The Lion King, and the Dallas Cowboys.

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