This is awesome: David Akers makes 63-yard field goal

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I'm not normally a football fan, but this is ridiculously impressive even for me. In case you missed it, in yesterday's game vs. the Packers, the San Francisco 49ers' David Akers made a record-tying 63-yard field goal. Only three other players in history have accomplished the feat, including two who made the goal in very thin air at Denver's Mile High Stadium and one who was using a controversial modified shoe. So this is a big deal.

Click the link above to see the video of the shot. My favorite moments in the video:
1. 11 seconds: the thud when the football hits the goal post, and most of the Green Bay fans think they've managed to avoid the 49ers' point gain.
2. 14 seconds: the moment when the crowd quiets down, because they realize that the point gain has, in fact, happened.
3. 37 seconds: the field goal is ALMOST blocked by a Packer, due to the very long distance and the very low trajectory of the punt.
4. 43 seconds: Akers' face when he realizes what he has just done. It's almost like he can't believe it himself.

What do you think? Was there a better moment in football yesterday? Let us know in the comments.

This week: a unique Mad Men-inspired video, an embarrassing baseball error and the stir around Michelle Obama's nails.

Mad Men Rickroll

A comedian compiled dozens of one-word clips of "Mad Men" scenes to create a whole "music video" to Rick Astley's "Never Gonna Give You Up." Enjoy. And don't say I didn't warn you.

Michelle Obama

Michelle Obama

Michelle Obama's speech at the Democratic National Convention has caused quite a stir, but not just for political reasons. Apparently women everywhere are clamoring over the nail polish she wore during the speech, which turned out to be...well, read the article.

Baseball error

Awkward Rockies error

It's one of the easiest parts of the game: the catcher just has to throw the ball back to the pitcher after each pitch. But in this case, the pitcher missed the catch, allowing the Braves to score an unearned run and, ultimately, win the game.

Have a great weekend, everyone! September events preview

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According to at least one website, September 5 is Be Late for Something Day, and September 6 is Fight Procrastination Day. So you should get in one last procrastinator's hurrah on the 5th before you have to reform and actually get everything done on time. In other news, check out live events coming up in September:


Bruce Springsteen: The Boss kicks off his North American tour on September 22, with dates scheduled through December 6.

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Rush: The Toronto group is heading up a tour beginning September 7 in Manchester, NH, with dates through December 2.

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Justin Bieber: Don't worry, Beliebers, it's finally time for the Biebs to hit the road. He begins his tour September 29 in Glendale, AZ.

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Other Concerts in September:

  • The American Idols Live tour ends on September 11.
  • Def Leppard & Poison end their tour on September 15.
  • Peter Gabriel kicks off his tour on September 16.


Fall 2012 Broadway predictions

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It's nearly September, which means it's time to make some predictions about the upcoming fall Broadway season, which is bringing a lot of different shows to the Great White Way. Check out opening dates and my predictions below.

The Anarchist: Previews Nov. 13, Opens Dec. 2
Patti LuPone and Debra Winger are both acting legends, and they combine with a David Mamet play in this production. Should be a good one, though the show is scheduled for a limited run ending February 17.

Annie: Previews Oct. 3, Opens Nov. 8
This musical first premiered on Broadway in 1977, and it ended up running for almost six years. It's a family favorite, so I think this will do really well.

Chaplin - The Musical: In previews, Opens Sep. 10
I'm not really sure how well this one will do; sure, everyone knows who Charlie Chaplin is, but I'm not sure how many people are clamoring to see him on stage these days.

A Christmas Story: Previews Nov. 6, Opens Nov. 19
So this isn't actually a new show, but it's the first time it's been on Broadway. The classic holiday movie is beloved by many, so I'm guessing the musical version on Broadway will be right up there with the Rockettes and the return of Elf this season.

Cyrano de Bergerac: Previews Sep. 14, Opens Oct. 11
This play has been on Broadway in various productions since 1898, and Broadway heavyweights Douglas Hodge and Patrick Page are lending their skills to the production, so I think this will be a big hit.

Dead Accounts: Previews Nov. 3, Opens Nov. 29
This is a new comedy by Theresa Rebeck, who also wrote last year's Seminar. The biggest draw for this show might be the fact that Katie Holmes is making her Broadway return, alongside Norbert Leo Butz (who I, and many other theater fans, love).

Glengarry Glen Ross: Previews Oct. 16, Opens Nov. 11
This David Mamet play has been on Broadway twice before, with moderately successful results. This time, though, Al Pacino and Bobby Cannavale are starring in the drama, which ups the ante for sure.

Grace: Previews Sep. 13, Opens Oct. 4
Another star-powered show, with Paul Rudd and Ed Asner. Because it's a comedy starring a few great comedians, I think this one will perform well on Broadway this season.

Other New Broadway Shows:
An Enemy of the People: Previews Sep. 4, Opens Sep. 27
Golden Boy: Previews Nov. 8, Opens Dec. 6
The Heiress: Previews Oct. 7, Opens Nov. 1
The Mystery of Edwin Drood: Previews Oct. 19, Opens Nov. 13
The Performers: Previews Oct. 23, Opens Nov. 14
Rebecca - The Musical: Previews Oct. 30, Opens Nov. 18
Scandalous: Previews Oct. 13, Opens Nov. 15
Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf?: Previews Sep. 27, Opens Oct. 13

Do you agree with these assessments? What show are you most looking forward to this Broadway season? Tell us in the comments! And for a complete list of current and upcoming Broadway shows, visit TicketNetwork's Broadway page.


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