NBA Finals Predictions Round-up - Who Ya Got, Heat or Spurs?

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NBA Finals Roundup

After seven long months, the NBA season has finally reached its epic conclusion with the Miami Heat and San Antonio Spurs battling it out to be crowned champion. It is a rematch of last year's NBA Finals, which turned out to be one of the all-time great series. Hopefully, this year turns out to be more of the same. I decided to round-up some the predictions from so-called "experts" to see who they thought would win. Oh, and I also threw in some other predictions as well. San Antonio Spurs Using its prediction engine called "ESPN Forecast", the Worldwide Leader has chosen the Spurs. As we all know, ESPN has never been wrong.
Sports Illustrated San Antonio Spurs Another panel of experts for the Spurs (four of the six experts, at least).
TNT "Inside the NBA" Miami Heat How about an actual panel of previous NBA players? They seem to be leaning towards the Heat.
USA Today Split For the most part, USA Today seems to really represent the majority of those picking, split down the middle with a great case for both teams.
AccuScore San Antonio Spurs Accuscore simulates the series thousands of times to predict the outcome, and they have actually had a pretty good track record.
Vegas Oddsmakers San Antonio Spurs I'm always amazed at the people who set the betting lines in Vegas on how accurate they turn out to be. So, I'm probably trusting this prediction the most.
Flip of a Coin Miami Heat Of course, flipping a coin is the decisive way to decide something that is seemingly even matched and it has the Heat winning.
Rock-Paper-Scissors San Antonio Spurs Although some would argue that a game of RPS is a better way to decide a winner.
Eeny, meeny, miny, moe Miami Heat That being said, when you were a kid, EVERYTHING was decided with eeny, meeny, miny, moe.
Pick A Name From A Hat San Antonio Spurs Ok, well let's just pick a name out of a hat and be done with it. The Spurs are the choice.

Final Prediction: Who knows. This should be another great series between two great teams. Enjoy the series everybody!

June 2014 Events Image

Summer concerts are undoubtedly the most exciting part about June. There are tours from Elton John, Ringo Starr, Kiss & Def Leppard, and Blake Shelton, as well as the hugely successful On the Run Tour from Jay Z and Beyonce. Then the singing competition shows hit the road, too; tours for "The Voice" and "American Idol" begin at the end of the month.

In sports, the hockey and basketball seasons wrap up, but not before games that everyone will be tuning into. The Summer X Games take place in Dallas, TX and various wrestling events flesh out the month of June. Meanwhile, it's another relatively quiet month on Broadway, with only one show opening and a handful dropping their curtains. But there are plenty of touring productions to look forward to!

Let's look closer at a handful of the upcoming live events in June.


Elton John: This year, Elton John not only celebrates the 40th anniversary of his record, "Goodbye Yellow Brick Road," but he'll embark on a worldwide tour that continues through the end of 2014. The tour launches June 11 in Charleston, WV.

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Paul McCartney: If you weren't able to catch the Out There! Tour in 2013 — or if you're simply eager for more — Paul McCartney is back, starting June 14. The extended tour will visit cities across North America, including Dallas, TX; Pittsburgh, PA; Chicago, IL; and Los Angeles, CA.

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Jay Z and Beyonce: The highly-anticipated On The Run Tour starts on June 25 in Miami Gardens, FL. The stadium tour, featuring two of hip hop and R&B's biggest performers, is scheduled for 18 shows through the summer. It wraps Aug. 6 in San Francisco, CA.

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May 2014 Events Image

This May is marked by prolific events in concerts and sports. Dave Matthews launches its 2014 summer tour; Gaga trades the Roseland Ballroom for artRave; and a handful of festivals kick off May 1. In sports, Floyd Mayweather faces off against Marcos Maidana in Vegas, while various playoffs (including hockey and basketball) continue.

It's a quiet month for Broadway, but touring shows, such as Wicked and The Book of Mormon are going strong. Plus, a new Cirque show debuts and Queen-inspired musical heads to the states.

Here's a closer look at some of the upcoming live events in May.


Dave Matthews Band: Ready for another summer with Dave Matthews Band? The band, notorious for performing each summer, kicks off their 2014 tour May 16 with a show in Spring, TX. They'll continue through early September, before wrapping up in Irvine, CA.

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Backstreet Boys: The boy band's In A World Like This tour began last year and it returns for another North American. It officially starts May 3, with the U.S. dates beginning May 22 with a show in Seattle, WA. They will be joined on the road with Avril Lavigne.

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Lady Gaga: In March, the singer performed several shows at the Roseland Ballroom; this month, Lady Gaga begins her artRave Tour, in support of her ARTPOP album. Her first show is May 4 in Sunrise, FL; the tour will visit cities such as Pittsburgh, PA; Washington, DC; Detroit, MI; and Los Angeles, CA.

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April 2014 Events Image

Although it doesn't much feel like spring, April is nearly upon us. With it comes the re-awakening of the Broadway stage (yay!); a bunch of fantastic sports playoffs (yay!); and some pretty great tours (yay!).

In concerts, popular acts such as Jimmy Buffett and Bruce Springsteen hit the road. Sports fans have playoffs in basketball and in hockey to look forward to. For theater buffs, Broadway is finally getting back into the swing of things after the winter lull; more than 10 shows will open in April alone.

Here's a closer look at some of the upcoming live events.


Bruce Springsteen: The Boss heads out on another tour, starting April 8 in Cincinnati, OH. The short stint goes through March 18 and wraps in Uncasville, CT.

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Styx and Foreigner: The "Soundtrack of Summer" tour joins Foreigner, Styx, and Don Felder. All three acts are expected to release a compilation album to go with the tour, which starts April 11.

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Jimmy Buffett: Jimmy Buffett is known for his annual tours, and this year he teams up with The Coral Reefer Band. This One's For You Tour begins the 19th in Tampa, FL.

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The following is a guest article by Brooke Chaplan.

Old man winter is slowly fading into the sunset, and with that comes the start of an exciting 2014 professional road racing season in the United States. The top three races to mark on your calendar this year are the AMGEN Tour of California, Tour of Utah, and the USA Pro Cycling Challenge. These three races attract some of the best talent in the world, and are the most celebrated stage races in the United States. It’s time to dust off your bike and get ready for the new season.

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