Over the past week, we have been counting down the days until spring will finally be here. As a sports enthusiast, spring is an amazing time of the year. During the 93 days of spring, the NCAA men's and women's basketball tournaments take place, the NBA and NHL playoffs will start and almost end, and the NFL will have its annual draft at Radio City Music Hall. But the top thing I am looking forward to this season, is the start of the 2013 Major League Baseball season on March 31.
Is there any sport more connected to spring then baseball? When Spring Training officially began in late February, everyone began to see the light at the end of the dark, cold, winter tunnel, and began eagerly awaiting the start of the baseball season. There is nothing quite like sitting at ballpark when the weather is warm enough that you can wear just a T-Shirt and shorts, but cool enough that you won't break a sweat sitting in the sun. Perfection.
As a Red Sox fan myself, there is not really the same excitement as in years past, but that doesn't matter. I love baseball. And if you are a die-hard fan like me, you always stick behind your team, for better or worse. Despite the less-than-stellar outlook for the Red Sox this year, I can't wait for all the baseball debates I will have this year. The most heated sports arguments always seem to be between baseball rivals. There is not a Yankees fan out there that I don't love arguing with (except my wife; we have agreed not to talk about it, specifically anything Derek Jeter related).
When the season starts, I can always count on tuning into a game every night for the next six months. There is nothing quite like it. I love all sports, but Major League Baseball has a much more sentimental value in my heart and that is why it's my favorite thing about the spring season.
What sports event or game that are you looking forward most in spring 2013?
So, maybe we forgot to do an events preview last month. Whoops! Now we’re back, though, and looking ahead to spring because – quite frankly – we are sick of this cold, snowy New England weather.
With new weather on its way here, here are a few March events we’re looking forward to:
Taylor Swift: Taylor Swift has been on fire with her latest album, "Red," and its first few singles. The country singer’s latest tour finally kicks off March 13.
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Kenny Chesney: Kenney Chesney’s 2013 tour starts March 12. Chesney will tour with Zac Brown Band, Eli Young Band, Kacey Musgraves, and Eric Church, although the lineup in each city is different.
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Rihanna: Her 2013 Diamonds World Tour with ASAP Rocky begins in Buffalo, NY, on March 8. It’s scheduled to end July 20 in France.
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Other Concerts in March:
- Allman Brothers Band begins their Beacon Theater run on Friday.
- Alicia Keys begins a tour on March 7.
- Eric Clapton begins a tour on March 14.
- Elton John begins a brief tour on March 15.
- Shania Twain’s Las Vegas run begins on March 19.
- Def Leppard begins a tour on March 22.
- The Ultra Music Festival runs from March 15 to 17 and then again March 23 to 25. The two weekends do have different lineups and schedules (albeit with some of the same performers at each one).
The NBA season is more than half way over and, in just a few months, the NBA and its teams have made their fair share of headlines (mostly from the Los Angeles Lakers). This weekend however, the league moves away from all those headlines, and showcases its best players during the 2013 All-Star Game weekend in Houston, TX from February 15-17.
There are plenty of great events taking place for fans heading to the festivities in Houston, including NBA Jam Session, where fans can participate in a slew of basketball activities, and the BBVA Rising Stars Game, which features the leagues best first- and second-year players. For me though, there are four events during the ASG weekend that I look forward to the most: the All-Star Celebrity Game, the Slam Dunk Contest, the 3-point Shootout, and the All-Star Game. Here is a look at each of these events:
All-Star Celebrity Game
The All-Star Celebrity game combines celebs from the world of music, movies, and television, with some legends from both men's and women's basketball. The game usually does not display the highest quality basketball, but it is definitely entertaining. I mean, where else are you going to see Justin Beiber crossover Common?
2013 Participants: Nick Cannon, Ne-Yo, Josh Hutcherson, Usain Bolt, etc.
The following is a guest post from Nat of Opishposh.com and Curiosityaroused.com.
On a UFC card that features a showdown between former light heavyweight champ Lyoto Machida and former PrideFC multi-division champion and MMA legend Dan Henderson, the story of the night will be on the 135lb woman they call “Rowdy” Ronda Rousey.
If you’re an MMA fan, you already know that the former Olympic bronze medalist is a superstar in the making, but UFC 157 will be the night Ronda Rousey becomes a household name. Combining striking blonde looks, an Olympic pedigree, a penchant for talking trash, and most importantly — an undefeated 6-0 record with every fight ending in a brutal 1st round armbar, Rowdy is single-handedly responsible for bringing women’s MMA into the UFC. It was Rousey’s brilliant fighting style and winning personality that pushed UFC president Dana White to take a chance on women’s MMA — despite once saying that he would never allow a female fighter inside the Octagon.
From UFC 1 in 1993 where Royce Gracie choked and cranked limbs on his way to a shocking tournament victory, to the breakout Ultimate Fighter Show in 2005, to the UFC’s network deal with Fox in 2011, MMA has come a long way from the day when it was just another obscure sport relegated to the fringe. On February 23, 2013, history will be made again as “Rowdy” Ronda Rousey and Liz “Girl-Rilla” Carmouche step into the Octagon in the first ever women’s MMA fight in the UFC. Below is a breakdown of the upcoming UFC 157 card in Anaheim, California.
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This season's NFL playoffs have been among the most riveting in recent memory and that intrigue should continue into this weekend's AFC and NFC conference championship games. Only the New England Patriots, Baltimore Ravens, San Francisco 49ers and Atlanta Falcons remain in the hunt to go to Super Bowl XLVII, and each team carries its own set of storylines. So I got to thinking, which of the potential Super Bowl match-ups will make for the best (or at least most interesting) game?
Here is my list: (vote for your favorite below on the right)
#1 - Patriots vs. 49ers
As a Patriots fan myself, it is very difficult to remain objective when looking at potential match-ups, but this one in my opinion would make for the most exciting Super Bowl. The two teams met earlier this year in a game that the Patriots overcame a 31-3 deficit, only to eventually lose 41-34. That game was one of the best of the season, but it isn't what would make this game so enthralling. Patriots QB Tom Brady is looking to cement his legacy as perhaps the greatest quarterback of all-time and win his fourth Super Bowl ring, which would tie him with 49ers legend Joe Montana. Oh and by the way, Brady grew up in the Bay area and was a huge 49ers fan.