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When I woke up this morning, I had no idea what an important day that today was. That was until I saw this tweet from ESPN NFL Insider Adam Schefter:

50 days! I couldn't believe the season was that close. As a football junkie, I wish that the football season went all year long, but alas, it doesn't. So the football shaped hole in my heart has been filling itself with anticipation for the upcoming season. The more I thought about the season that is oh so close, I started thinking about all the things I'm looking forward to this football season. The list was getting long, so I said let's do 50 reasons to look forward to the 2014 season. Here we go:

1. Johnny Football

2. Fantasy Football

3. NFL Red Zone

4. Because 'Merica

5. Bad Lip Reading Videos

6. Finally back to REAL football after watching too much soccer

7. Super Bowl

8. Touchdown Celebrations

9. Tom Brady vs. Peyton Manning

10. Excuse to eat more buffalo wings

July 2014 Events Image

It's the middle of summer and there are two kinds of people: those who want to spend some time outside, basking in the sun, and those who want nothing more than to take shelter in the nearest air conditioned building. Thankfully, there's live entertainment in both camps this month.

For those wishing to soak up the sun, there are several tours that visit outdoor arenas, like Phish and Justin Timberlake, as well as a handful of outdoor festivals, including Summerfest and Pitchfork Music Festival. There are also baseball games jam-packed through July.

But for a break from the heat, wrestling events such as WWE Background might do the trick, or there are theater events, including Hedwig and the Angry Inch, which Neil Patrick Harris will soon be leaving, and Marvel Universe Live!, a superhero-filled, live action adventure people of all ages will enjoy.

Here's a closer look at what's happening this July.


Justin Timberlake: The pop singer kicks off his second North American leg for The 20/20 Experience World Tour on July 9. Timberlake will first visit Buffalo, NY, and is scheduled to wrap his tour just before Christmas, on Dec. 20.

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Phish: Following the release of their 12th studio album Fuego, Phish heads out on its 2014 U.S. tour. It kicks off July 1 in Mansfield, MA, stopping in major cities like Chicago, IL; Charlotte, NC; and Birmingham, AL.

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Crosby, Stills and Nash: Starting July 2, Crosby, Stills, and Nash embark on their summer 2014 tour, which goes through October. As part of the tour, the band will perform three nights at the iconic Beacon Theatre in New York — July 8, July 9, and July 11.

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

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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