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Kinky Boots Walking Away From The Pantages Theater

The Tony Award-winning musical Kinky Boots is about to start walking as 2013 winner for Best Musical is having its last few performances at the Pantages Theater before heading on to St. Louis, MO; Providence, RI; Grand Rapids, MI; Hartford, CT; and Boston, MA, to name a few, with a final set of dates at the Peace Center in Greenville.

Kinky Boots has been at the Pantages Theater in Hollywood since November 11th and its last performance will be on November 30th at 1:00pm so if you’re looking for something for the whole family to enjoy this Holiday week then walk on over to Kinky Boots!

For those looking to score a deal on Kinky Boots Tickets the Saturday night performance at 8:00pm starts at just $70.00 per ticket which is a 61% difference than the Saturday Night Average ticket price for the musical. The last performance at the Pantages Theater on November 30th at 1:00pm starts at $80.00 per ticket and is 56% difference than the $180.00 average Sunday Matinee ticket price the show has been commanding on the secondary market. You can see the last few performance’s prices as of today.

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6233 Hollywood Blvd. Hollywood, CA 90028 just a half block east of one of the most famous corners in the world Hollywood and Vine. If you need information on Pantages Theater parking or other information or directions.

After Kinky Books ends Chrissie Hynde will be performing at the Pantages Theater on December 6th followed by the one and only Wicked the Musical! Wicked Tickets for its run from December 10th – March 15th at the Pantages are available for all performances.

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5 Reasons Why You Must Visit the Staples Center

Want to visit one of the most iconic venues of all time? Then stopping at the Staples Center in Los Angeles should be on your bucket list! The multi-purpose sports arena is not only home to Michael Jordan’s competition–Kobe Bryant–but it’s a magnet for some of the best shows on the planet. Here are the top reasons to check out the Staples Center:

It’s Kobe’s office

Time is running out to see one of basketball’s elite players, Kobe Bryant, and the Staples Center just happens to be his place of employment. He may be knocking on retirement’s door, but watching him play is still a sight to be seen!

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It’s Jack Nicholson’s second home

If you’re heading to a Lakers game, grab your camera for a shot of Jack Nicholson. He’s a long time fan of the club, and can typically be found court side. In fact, he has owned his Lakers court side tickets for more than three decades, which makes him the NBA’s most dedicated fan! Plus, he’s just one of the many celebrities you’ll have the chance to gawk at during a Lakers game.

Jack Nicholson at Lakers Game

It’s won awards

In 2000, the Staples Center was named “Best New Concert Venue of the Year” by Pollstar Magazine. It also won “Venue of the Year” in 2000 and 2001. This is no surprise considering it has hosted some of the biggest events. The arena boasts an impressive resume that includes Michael Jackson’s memorial, Bruce Springsteen, Justin Timberlake, Beyonce, LA Kings Stanley Cup Finals, UFC fights, 2000 Democratic convention, figure skating championships, LA Lakers NBA Finals, Grammy Awards, and many more high profile events.

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It’s named most vegetarian-friendly by PETA

If anyone knows anything about being vegetarian, it’s People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA). In 2013, the organization named the Staples Center the most vegetarian-friendly NBA arena. So, if you’re vegetarian, you don’t have to worry about packing your lunch when buying tickets for an event here!

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It is the Premiere Concert Venue in Los Angeles for Stars to See Stars

Celebrities and fans come to the Staples Center to see the biggest acts in the world perform and no one has performed more than Taylor Swift. Taylor has sang at the Staples Center 18 times including sold out concerts, five different times at The Grammys and the MTV Video Awards. Taylor Swift will add to her lead over U2 who has performed at the Staples Center 13 times when she plays there on August 25th and 26th in 2015.

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Easiest way to catch a glimpse of your favorite celebrity in Los Angeles

Athletes attract Stars! Besides Jack at any given Lakers game you can usually spot many A listers sitting courtside from David Beckham, Chris Pine,Tom Hanks, Jason Bateman, Stallone, Tom Cruise, Joseph Gordon Levitt, Zac Efon, Denzel Washington and the list goes on and on. There are plenty of Celebrities at Clippers games to from Sir Paul McCartney, Drake, Rhianna, Justin Bieber, Mark Walberg, Drew Barrymore, Jessica Alba and who can forget Ashton Kutcher and Mila Kunis on the Kiss Cam.

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How does the Staples Center switch from a basketball court to hockey rink?

Ever wondered how the Staples Center floor goes from a Basketball Court to a Hockey Rink on the same day?

The Los Angeles Staples Center is one of a handful of arena’s around the country that not only has a professional basketball team and a professional hockey team they have two professional basketball teams the Los Angeles Lakers and Los Angeles Clippers so scheduling both NBA teams as well as the Los Angeles Kings during the October through June games at the Staples Center is a tough job. Dont forget to through in all of the concerts and theatrical type events that go on as well during those months.

On any given weekend and sometimes weekdays there can be an early basketball or hockey game usually at 12:30pm pst and then a hockey or basketball game at 7:00pm pst.

Given a NBA game can last about 2 hours and 30 minutes and the average NHL game lasts about 2 hours 20 minutes that doesnt leave much time.

The typical temperature inside the Staples Center for a Lakers or Clippers game is 75 degrees and 65 degrees for a LA Kings game.

As either the Hockey or Basketball game ends the crew is already in place to get the changes done as quickly as possible. The 83 actual sections as well as over 168 luxury suites need to be cleaned, as well as all other areas inside the Staples Center including all bathrooms, the Hyde Lounge, the Premiere Club and Levy Restaurant and more. The Pro Shop needs to switch out the team playing inventory to the team playing that night’s inventory and numerous other little changes that are done to perfection the only way the Los Angeles Staples Center crew can do it.

If its an early basketball game once the players exit the court and as the crowd is leaving the entire arena starts to get cleaned, the Maple Wood Court floor is removed piece by piece, ad’s are replaced, the courtside seats as well as the the scores table are removed.

The Staples Center team lowers hydraulic seats onto the floor and all non stationary seats are removed from the floor. The main reason that the transfer between a basketball court and a hockey rink can happen so quickly is….the Hockey Rink is always there the basketball court is just overlay-ed on top of it. The crew removes the overlay sheets and rewires everything needed for a Hockey game. Since the frozen ice rink is already in place they corner dasherboards are replaced and the Plexiglas is placed on the dasherboards as well as cleaned. Then the ice itself is cleaned by the Zamboni.

The conversion from basketball court to ice rink or the other way around is a well oiled machine and having two storage area’s inside the Staples Center helps speed up the entire process since all running machines as well as furniture and everything else used for either event can enter the floor from one passage way and leave from another.



What the Los Angeles Clippers court looks like being broken down getting ready for the LA Kings to play that night.
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Staples Center Crew changing the LA Kings Ice to get ready for the Lakers Game a the Staples Center that night.
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The main question is….What is the Staples Center electricity bill?

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What does Kevin Durant’s injury mean for the Western Conference?

As the Los Angeles Clippers ready for the regular season, news broke on Sunday that Kevin Durant of the Oklahoma City Thunder is dealing with a Jones Fracture in his right foot and will miss at least the first month of the season. The fracture at the base of his small toe reportedly will keep Durant out 6 to 8 weeks at a minimum, with some speculating that the Thunder could look to keep Durant out even longer to err on the side of caution with the injury.

It’s the second consecutive year the Thunder has to deal with a major injury to a key player at the beginning of the regular season. Last year the Thunder were without star point guard Russell Westbrook at the beginning of the year, an injury the Thunder were able to overcome and still finish with the second best record in the Western Conference. The injury to Durant could be much more significant. In Reggie Jackson, one of the best backup point guards in the NBA, Oklahoma City had a solid replacement for Westbrook, something that simply doesn’t exist for Durant. Depending on how much time Durant misses the Thunder will likely struggle without Durant, a factor that can impact the rest of the Western Conference teams.

How big of an impact is the injury to Durant on the Clippers chances to earn the best record in the Western Conference? It could be potentially significant.

More than anything the injury to Durant is a reminder that injury luck in the NBA can be fleeting, and the Thunder have had good luck with injuries during their run of strong play over the past several years, prior to last season. Now it’s Durant who’s on the sidelines with Westbrook forced to take a bigger role in the offense. The one constant has been Durant, who has missed only six total games in the past five seasons, including the postseason. The Thunder have not had to play without their superstar for any significant stretch in the past five years, a major factor in their ability to always finish in the top two in the Western Conference.

Durant could miss 15 to 30 games if you take into account the full range of recovery that experts have laid out. If Durant misses the larger number of games, the Thunder could be in a significant hole to the Clippers and Spurs when it comes to best record and the all important home court advantage in the playoffs, a significant factor in the Thunder defeat of the Clippers in last year’s playoffs. The absence of Durant could mean the Thunder go from a 60 win team to a 53 to 55 win team, a factor that may not only put the Thunder behind the Clippers and Spurs, but could potentially put them in a group of teams that includes the Golden State Warriors and Houston Rockets.

The Thunder need to be careful with Durant and have his long-term health in mind. Although many players recover quickly from such injuries, there are cases like Brook Lopez and Yao Ming where foot injuries have lingered for a longer period of time. If the Thunder are more conservative with Durant it’s a major opportunity for the Clippers to earn home court advantage throughout the Western Conference playoffs.

You can purchase Clippers vs Thunder Tickets for their opening game on Oct 30th at the LA Staples Center.Chris M.

Clippers vs Warriors

Top 10 Point Guards in NBA for the 2014 – 2015 season

Point guard play is a very exciting part of basketball to watch. When you see a great ball handler that can take control of his team and move the ball around with precision passes it is a great joy to see. There is nothing like a great ball mover that will thread a strong defense and go to the goal or catch one of his teammates moving to the goal out of the corner of his eyes and making that precision pass the keeps all the defenders at bay. Look for some of the movers and shakers list below from 10 to 1 to keep a lot of defenders at bay this year.

10. Rajon Rondo:
Can put up some impressive triple doubles with an average of almost 12 ppg and almost 10 apg. He will be coming off an injury year where he only played 30 games in the 2013-14 season. Look for him to overcome his major knee injury to continue to put up numbers for the Boston Celtics. The game to watch for is the Celtics vs Spurs to see Rajon and Tony Parker go at it.

9. Tony Parker:
Tony is playing himself into a lot on NBA conversations when it come top point guards. This San Antonio guard will continue to keep up the pace in the upcoming season. Averaging almost 17 ppg he will become one of the fan favorites during the San Antonio campaign on 2014-15. The Games to watch will be Spurs vs Trail Blazers in Dec and Jan to see how Tony Parker and Damian Lillard stack up against each other.

8. Kyle Lowry:
With an impressive 17.9 ppg average it is probably why Kyle was re-signed by general manager Masai Ujiri and the Toronto Raptors. You can bet he will continue to put the numbers and keep the Raptors moving into the 2014-15 with a strong shot at post season play again. Watching Lowry and Wall on the court should make the Raptors vs Wizards one of best match ups for Lowry and the boys.

7. Damian Lillard:
This Portland guard can put on quit a show with an average of over 20 ppg. He is an excellent three-point shooter. With a 40 percent three-point shooting average Damien Lillard will continue to be worth the price of admission to see him continue to put up impressive numbers again this year. The Trail Blazers vs Warriors will be a great test pitting Lillard and Curry against each other.

6. Kyrie Irving:
Kyrie will carry an average 20.8 ppg and almost 7 appg into the 2014-15 season to keep the Cavs on their feet again this year. He is one guard that defense hate to see get hot and move the ball. He will have another good year carving up the defense during the quest toward the playoffs this year. When Irving and Parker hit the court for the first time at the Quicken Center it will be a good preview of how well the new look Cavaliers and older Spurs will be. The Cavaliers vs Spurs in the NBA Finals is a pretty good bet this 2014-15 NBA season.

5. John Wall:
John will help the Washington Wizards to make some noise in the eastern Conference this year. This is another NBA guard that averages close to 20 ppg. With almost 9 apg his teammates are very appreciative of his unselfish ball movement. Look for the Wizards to continue the great play that led them to a great playoff run in the 2013-14 year.

4. Goran Dragic:
Making the ALL-NBA Third Team last year you can bet this point guard will pick up where he left off last year. Sporting a 20.3 ppg average will help him do just that. Look for him to continue to put up the points for the Phoenix Suns. A 50 percent shooting average from the field will help lead the Suns to a strong push in this upcoming NBA year.

3. Stephen Curry:
Stephen is not known for his defense but who is when you have an average of 24 ppg. Curry was the NBA’s seventh leading scorer in the 2013-14 season. He attempted an average of almost 8 three-pointers each game. He will put a lot of numbers again this year while he leads Golden State to another playoff year. Curry vs Westbrook will be the match up to watch when the Warriors vs Thunder games happen as they could easily end up being a NBA playoff preview early in the season.

2. Russell Westbrook:
This Oklahoma City guard averaged 26.7 ppg during the playoffs in 2013-14. That will bring his average to almost 22 ppg during his powerful NBA career. If he has an injury free year he can put up some impressive numbers. The more he play his consistency improve in a great way. He will put up some huge numbers in the Oklahoma City run this year. Russell Westbrook and Kyrie Irving will meet on the court for the first time under the new Cav’s look the Thunder vs Cavaliers could be an early NBA Finals look.

1. Chris Paul:
Chris Paul will show you why he is in the number one spot if you will just take a look at him the next time you have the opportunity to see him. Chris is one of the best floor managers in the league. He also led the league in assists and steals last season. Look for him to maintain his 19 ppg and 10.7 apg in a powerful run for the Clippers. The biggest game of the year could be the Clippers vs Cavaliers not just because of Lebron but Chris Paul vs Kyrie Irving could end up being where the game is won for either team. Also the Clippers vs Warriors is another big game between Chris Paul and Stephen Curry as last year the two went at it.

Derrick Rose:
What about Chicago Bulls Derrick Rose you ask? I didnt add him to my list because he has only played a total of 10 games in the past two years. While I would add him somewhere between 2-5 his mental and physical health factors still have questions. The Oct 31 Bulls vs Cavaliers opener will be a good test to see where he is at. Rose finished the preseason this year with 57 points in 56 minutes of playing time and went 24 of 41 and also over 50% in three pointers and finished the eight game preseason with a team high avg of 16.2. If he can stay healthy and get through the entire season the Chicago Bulls have a very good chance of winning it all.

Would love to know who your top 5 NBA Point Guards are for this upcoming season?

Chris M.

Top 10 Centers NBA

Top 10 NBA Centers for the 2014-15 season

If you have ever spent any time at all watching NBA basketball you know how much a big man in the center gain be an impact on any game at any time. There massive dunks off alley oops to strong aggressive blocked shots have been a part of basketball for many year. Fans would go to the courts to see legends like Shaq and Hakeem Olajuwon only to receive just what they were looking for when they purchased a ticket. Today is no different. There are many great centers that play in the NBA and we will take a glance at some of the top centers to watch in the upcoming 2014-15 season. Counting down from the bottom to the top here are the centers to watch.

10. Brook Lopez:
Only playing 17 games last season due to injury Brook looks to put together a strong push in this upcoming NBA season. The injury issue is something to keep an eye with this center. In the past three seasons he missed 134 games due to injury. At an average of almost 21 ppg. He could be a strong contributor to the Brooklyn Nets.

9. Andre Drummond:
One of the weak points of Drummond is his terrible free throw shooting. Although he did put up some impressive stats in the 2013-14 season for the Pistons he seems to be a little overrated. Look for him to put this fact behind him and prove that he will be an upcoming force in the 2014-15 season.

8. Andrew Bogut:
Last season Bogut put up the second highest defensive rating at 96.3 in the NBA. He also finished the season in the top 5 for rebounding and blocking percentage. Look for Bogut top help Golden State to make a string run this season.

7. Al Horford:
The 2013-14 season was a short one for Horford. Due to an injury with a pectoral muscle he only managed to play in 29 games last year. He still managed to put up an 18.6 ppg. If he stays healthy his ability to stretch the floor will help the Pacers this year. He would probably be ranked higher if he weren’t so injury prone.

6. DeAndre Jordan:
With a 13.6 RPG. average DeAndre led the league in rebounds in the 20113-14 season. He also posted career highs last year in scoring, rebounding, and blocks. He will be one of the league’s most dominant shot blockers in 2014-15. Look for his strong defensive effort to continue this season for the Clippers.

5. Demarcus Cousins:
Cousins put up some impressive numbers in the last NBA season that led him to have the best season of his career. Even though he needs to work on his attitude towards his teammates you can still look for Demarcus to bring the 22 ppg average back this year to help Sacremento.

4. Marc Gasol:
After missing 23 games last year due to injury you can look for a healthy Marc to return to the Memphis Grizzlies. In in known as one of the leagues stiffest defenders. His 14.6 ppg isn’t bad to go along with his good defense. He will be a huge defensive presence this year especially if he stays healthy.

3. Al Jefferson:
As one of the biggest post scorers in the game Al will be a huge contributor if Charlotte is going to be competitive in the 2014-15 season. He needs to improve on defense but you can bet that will be no problem for this talented Charlotte Hornet. At almost 22 ppg look for him to contribute well with his post presence.

2. Joakim Noah:
This Chicago Bull has matured in a great way as a NBA player. After winning NBA Defensive Player of the Year will have to keep up the pace with the new cast he will have around him in the upcoming NBA season.

1.Dwight Howard:
Look for this Houston Rocket center to be one of the strongest players on the court this year. If he has a strong year he could match the great year he had with the Orlando Magic where he was a legitimate MVP candidate. With a strong 18 ppg average he may show why he is the number one spot this year.

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LA Clippers Chris Paul

Can Chris Paul avoid another early round exit

The Clippers seem to have all of the pieces to win it all; the best point guard in the league, an unstoppable force, and an experienced proven leader. But can Chris Paul, Blake Griffin, and Doc Rivers avoid another early round exit?

Chris Paul & Blake GriffinChris Paul has been the best point guard in the league for quite some time now, but his lack of playoff success has hindered his greatness. For the first portion of his career, he carried what was a mediocre team at best in the New Orleans Hornets to an eventual three playoff appearances. They had some pieces in Tyson Chandler and David West, but were never regarded as a legit team that could win it all. Expectations changed for Chris when he was traded to the Clippers and “Lob City” was formed.

The Clippers already had a rising star in Blake Griffin and an athletic beast at center in DeAndre Jordan, along with solid role and bench players. But, when Chris Paul arrived the Clippers felt he was the missing piece needed to make a legitimate title run. “Lob City” ended up winning 40 games in a lockout shortened season and were the 5 seed heading into the playoffs matched up in the first round against the Memphis Grizzlies. They struggled in 7 games against the Griz and then got ousted by the San Antonio Spurs in 4. The argument could be made that the team didn’t necessarily gel because Paul would have ideally needed a full season with the team in order to truly get an assessment of how good they could really be.

The 2012 campaign featured the Clippers finishing the season with 56 wins and the 4 seed overall in the West. A rematch against the Memphis Grizzlies didn’t go quite as well as it did the first time around as they ended up losing to Z-Bo and Marc in 6 games. This early playoff exit eventually got head coach Vinny Del Negro fired and the acquisition of Doc Rivers took place. Now, the best point guard in the league and one of the most exciting players in the league finally had a coach capable of leading them to the Finals. So, now the coach excuse goes out the window.

Los Angeles ClippersDespite the greatness that Doc Rivers brought to the table, the Clippers would surely avoid another early round exit, right? Well, they didn’t. Another tough playoff ended with a semifinal loss, this time to the Oklahoma City Thunder. Some of the issues could be attributed to the Donald Sterling saga, but when is enough, enough? The excuses for Chris Paul have to come to an end. His numbers and moxie may establish him as the greatest point guard of our time, but he will never be remembered until he gets over the playoff hump. With new ownership, will this finally be the year Chris Paul proves doubters wrong?

Chris M.

NBA Rookies

Top Five Rookie Forecast for the 2014-15 NBA Season

Each year as the start of the new NBA season approaches will always look to the draft to see which players will be successful and which ones are lucky to be drafted. There is always a draft pick or rookie that will make an instant impact each year and will make his statement for the rookie of the year. This year is no different. There are a few rookies that have been drafted that stands out above the other rookies. You can look for the following names to be mentioned when it comes to rookie expectations.

JPJabari Parker was drafted by the Milwaukee Bucks and is currently playing forward. In his October 9 outing against the Detroit Pistons he put up 11 points and added three rebounds with one assist and one still. That was with 31 minutes of playing time. He has been used at both forward positions but still a question as to where he will be positioned during the regular season. No matter where Coach Jason Kidd will place him in the lineup look for Jabari to be a huge contributor and make a nice run for the rookie of the year.

Nerlens Noel is having a somewhat rough start to the season. Being drafted by the Philadelphia 76’ers to play forward and center he does have the potential to be a strong defensive presence in the NBA. After playing in the first two preseason game for the 76’ers he is listed as day to day while he is nursing an injured right thigh. Look for Noel to be healthy for the regular season and to improve the more he plays.

Andrew WigginsAndrew Wiggins showed why he was drafted by the Minnesota Timberwolves when he scored 11 points by shooting 5 for 10 from the field against the 76’ers on Friday night. He also added three rebounds. Three of his eleven points came from one three-pointer. Playing at guard and forward he will go through some slumps as does everyone else but look for him to put together a streak of consistency playing an average of thirty minutes per game.

Dante Exum a rookie guard for the Utah Jazz played twenty nine minutes in his October 8 outing off the Jazz bench. He was a little rusty only hitting one of his five shots. This want last long because he will have to improve to gain some sharing time with starting point guard Trey Burke. He will have to improve his ball skills to make his run at rookie of the year. Exum is one to keep an eye on throughout the year.

Julius Randle a rookie forward for the L.A. Lakers will have to make some adjustments if his last outing on Friday night is any indication of what is to come from this rookie. He only played eighteen minutes and shot a low 4 out of 12 from the field. The Lakers will move the ball around a lot and Randle needs to get used to the ball movement so he will learn his placement on the court. He will need more playing time to develop his confidence. But he will get better and make a strong push during his 2014-15 season year.



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Trail Blazers Damian Lillard

New Era For The Portland Trail Blazers

Blazers LillardThe Portland Trailblazers begin the 2014-15 NBA campaign thinking that they belong with the elite teams in the West. After winning 54 games last year that assured them a spot in the playoffs where they were knocked off in the second round by the NBA champions San Antonio Spurs they realized we could play with anyone. Even after the Blazers had a rough March last year they still won nine of their last ten games to clinch the West’s fifth seed in the playoffs. Making a strong run at the end of the year and an aggressive showing in the playoffs gave them something to look forward to in their upcoming year. Portland’s ability to remain strong and willingness to work together is one reason why last year turned out the way it did. Returning almost the entire roster from last year will be a definite plus this year.

LaMarcus AldridgeAll-stars LaMarcus Aldridge and Damien Lillard will help to lead the charge to a new campaign this year. The Blazers used their fourth-year option on Lillard at point guard. Lillard who made the All-star team after only his second year in the league will bring a 20.7 point average to the court to lead the Blazers. He also averaged 5.6 assists and 3.5 rebounds in his second year campaign. He will be backed up by Steve Blake who is beginning his third year with the Blazers. Blake became a fan favorite during his first two years in Portland. Blake signed a two year deal after splitting the season last year with Lakers and Warriors. He averaged 6.9 points and 5.6 assists last year.

The middle looks to be strong with the return of Robin Lopez in the 2014-15 campaign. This seven foot center in his sixth year will bring a strong 11 point average to the court. With almost 9 rebounds each game he will be a strong center to contend with. Portland also brought in Chris Kaman another seven footer to back up Lopez. Kaman has been around for 11 years in the league with almost 12 points and 8 rebounds in the paint for an impressive average. Look for the Blazers to find ways to have both of these seven footers on the court together at times.

Rip City Trail BlazersLast year the Blazers were not expected to make to the playoffs not to mention making it to the second round. To help the make it to the playoffs they won 21 more games last year than they did in the previous year. Look for the locker room leadership and presence Robin Lopez to make an impact with the Blazers giving them the leadership and confidence they will need to be a strong force in the NBA in the 2014-15 season. Even after starting the preseason 0-2 look for the Blazers to have it together October 29th when Blazers will host the Thunder in their regular-season opener.

Chris M.

Rose Bowl

Contenders to potentially play in the 2015 Rose Bowl

After a wild week in college football, the Associated Press Top 25 has a drastically new look this week, with several major college football playoff contenders suffering losses. In one of the most memorable weeks in college football history, Alabama, Oklahoma, Oregon, UCLA Bruins and Texas A & M all suffered losses, greatly impacting the outlook for the inaugural college football playoff. This season the Rose Bowl in Pasadena will hold one of the two college football semifinal games.

Here’s a look at the top contenders to potentially play in the Rose Bowl after the major upsets of the past week:

Florida State: The defending national champions take over the top spot in the AP poll and if they can go undefeated, should be a shoo-in for the national semifinals. Although the Seminoles have been undefeated, they haven’t been as impressive as a year ago. Two weeks ago the FSU gave up 41 points to North Carolina State, the second time they’ve given up over thirty points this season. The big test for Florida State will come on October 18 when they host undefeated Notre Dame.

Auburn: With Alabama losing the Auburn Tigers are now the highest ranked SEC team and currently in the driver’s seat to compete for the National title. This past week Auburn steamrolled the LSU Tigers in one of the more impressive performances of the college football season thus far. In a brutal upcoming schedule the Tigers have five remaining teams currently tanked in the top fifteen on their schedule. If they can somehow navigate their schedule they’ll be a leading candidate to potentially play in the Rose Bowl.

Mississippi State: The Bulldogs have made an impressive rise to the top of the AP Poll with consecutive wins over top ten teams, LSU and Texas A & M. The Bulldogs can cement their ranking with a defeat of Auburn this coming Saturday. In addition to Auburn the Bulldogs still play Alabama and Ole Miss, both ranked in the top ten. In quarterback Dak Prescott the Bulldogs have one of the most exciting players in all of college football.

Mississippi: In a remarkable turn of events, Mississippi joints Mississippi State in the AP top 5 after an impressive home victory over Alabama. In their first test of the season, Ole Miss came back from a halftime deficit to defeat Nick Saban and the Crimson Tide. They’ll be tested immediately this coming weekend when they travel to College Station to face the Texas A & M Aggies.
Baylor: With Oklahoma losing the Baylor Bears are now the highest ranked Big 12 team, with a real shot to go undefeated. The Bears will get immediately tested this weekend when they host 9th ranked TCU. The Horned Frogs are coming off of an impressive victory over Oklahoma. Baylor has one of the most dynamic offenses in all of college football under quarterback Bryce Petty.

Notre Dame: The Irish aren’t blowing teams out, but they are collecting victories over solid opponents, most recently their defeat of Stanford this weekend. Notre Dame has two remaining ranked teams on their schedule, Florida State and Arizona State, as well as the season finale versus USC. If the Irish can manage to go undefeated they’ll have a strong case for the college football playoffs.

Arizona Wildcats: The most surprising team on the list, and the team that made the biggest rise in the polls, is Arizona. The undefeated Wildcats knocked off second ranked Oregon in Eugene this past weekend, vaulting them from unranked to number ten in the country. Arizona has upcoming games versus UCLA, USC and Arizona State on their schedule. Although it’s unlikely, if the Wildcats can go undefeated they’ll have a strong case for one of the two national semifinal games.

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