Sunday, August 6, 2017

Packers Family Night Recap | Green Bay Preseason Starts on Thursday | Ticket King Inc.

Packers Family Night
NFL training camp is in full swing. On Saturday night, the Packers had their annual “Family Night” at Lambeau Field, which is basically a cross between a full practice and inter-squad scrimmage. It’s a great time for children and adults. Fireworks follow the event.  

Aaron Rodgers looked sharp all night, hitting Malachi Dupree to DeAngelo Yancey to Randall Cobb right in the numbers. This might very well be the longest “look” we will get of Rodgers until week one of the regular season, as nobody is expecting him to play much during the preseason. He will not play the first preseason game on Thursday against the Eagles, we know that’s for sure. Speaking of those two rookie receivers, Yancey and Dupree, they both looked very good Saturday night. Dupree ran very good routes and Yancey caught several key third and fourth down conversion passes during live drills. Backup quarterback Brett Hundley looked solid as well. Late in simulated live play, he threw a touchdown pass during the two minute drill to tight end Aaron Peck, who is not expected to make this team. So it was nice to see Peck get in perhaps the lone Lambeau Leap of his career. 

Joe Callahan Struggles on Family Night

Third-string quarterback Joe Callahan did not look good, at all. He missed several open targets throughout live drills, and bobbled several snaps out of the shotgun. He also was way off during the drill where they throw the ball into the net. Joe Callahan's roster spot is far from guaranteed, so stay tuned. No, it is not a competition between Callahan and undrafted free agent rookie quarterback Taysom Hill from BYU, Hill will be cut at some point this month. It's a competition between Callahan and somebody else on the roster, say cornerback LaDarius Gunter. Kicker Mason Crosby did not look too great as well. He had several misses during kicking drills, including a very bad shank from about 45 yards away. Hopefully that is not a sign of things to come. Family night is good fun, but it's just practice.

Green Bay will get its first test on Thursday night against the Eagles. As stated before, Rodgers will not play, and we don't expect Hill to play either. It will be Hundley and Callahan getting every snap, much like last preseason, with Hundley probably getting 60% of them. Hundley has been in this system for two years now, and it will be time to see how good he really is in year three. If he is the “real deal,” Ted Thompson (or whoever the Packers GM is next offseason,) could fetch several high ranking draft choices for Hundley in a trade. Callahan is going to have to shake off a rough family night and get back on track if he wants to make this roster.

Friday, July 28, 2017

MLB Trade Deadline Predictions | Ticket King Inc.

MLB Trade Deadline - Ticket King
One of the most notable deadlines on the yearly baseball calendar is fast approaching, it's the in-season trade deadline, July 31. Now every general manager understands that the real deadline is August 31. That is the day 40-man rosters for the postseason must be finalized. But waiver wire deals are a little more tricky to do. The trade season has already gotten started with some big deals. Todd Frazier and Daniel Robertson went the Yankees. J.D. Martinez went to the Diamondbacks. Jamie Garcia went to the Twins. Jose Quintana was sent to the Cubs, and there are more names on the way.

The first two players that come up are the big names from the Oakland Athletics roster that are on the trade block, starting pitcher Sonny Gray and first baseman Yonder Alonzo. Gray is having a decent season, as he currently sits with a record of 6-5 and an ERA of 3.43. Meanwhile, Yonder Alonzo is having one of the best seasons of his career. Alonzo currently sits with a .264 average, 21 home runs, and 45 RBI's. The Yankees had interest in both before the Todd Frazier trade, but the team could still pull off a move for Gray if they wanted to. Also in on Gray could be the Twins, Astros(Although trades within the division rarely ever happen,) Brewers, and Rockies. Looking across the list of contenders, an Alonzo trade looks unlikely for now, but it's still possible. Another name on the Athletics roster that could be moved is the 34-year-old relief pitcher John Axford. The former Brewers closer could help a lot of contending bullpens down the stretch.

Next up we have the Phillies. They have a mix of smaller names that could be moved, and probably will be. Relief pitchers Pat Neshek and Joaquin Benoit could both help many a contending bullpen. Second basemen Andres Blanco could provide good spot starting and bench play for many teams as well. Veteran outfielders Daniel Nava and Howie Kendrick could both be on the move. Nava might have just a little more value because he is a left-handed hitter. I don't list specific teams here because these are the types of players who would come cheap, and could end up with just about any contending team.

Then we have the Reds. Over the last couple of years, the Reds have made a lot of moves as they have gone into a full blown rebuild. But, they still have a couple of contracts they would like to get out from under. Those two players would be starting pitcher Homer Bailey and first basemen Joey Votto. Bailey is not having a good season at all, so that one might be tricky to work out. Votto has, simply put, the worst contract in baseball. He would like to play for the Blue Jays, but they are not in contention this season, so that move may have to wait at least until the offseason.

Finally we have the Giants. What a mess this team is in right now. They are old, overpaid, and underachieving. But, they do have a lot of big names they could move, including several pitchers, Jeff Samardzija and Matt Moore comes to mind when we talk trades. They are both having bad seasons statistically, as many players on this team are, so we would have to rely on their past track record here. Moore could be affordable for smaller payroll teams like the Astros, Twins, and Brewers. Samardzija could be had by larger payroll teams like the Yankees. Another name on the move could be outfielder Hunter Pence, who could end up with the Red Sox, Indians, or Nationals among other teams. 

Thursday, July 13, 2017

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The 2017 Green Bay Packers season has been out since April, and now Packers tickets have started to arrive at the doorsteps of season ticket holders across Wisconsin.  Ticket King is happy to make an offer on your Packers tickets, and we pay top dollar for seats in demand. Hundreds of families trust Ticket King to make sure that their coveted tickets are safely resold to other fans across the nation. Do you have tickets to sell? Give us a call, and we'll take it from there.

The Packers home opener is sure to be a huge game. They take on the Seattle Seahawks on September 10th, at Lambeau Field. This is an afternoon game. From there, they face the Atlanta Falcons, on the road. The Bengals come to Green Bay on September 24th, for another afternoon game. 

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Looking to park or tailgate before a Packers game? We have you covered. Ticket King has a limited number of Lambeau Field parking passes for each game, along with parking spaces at our Green Bay office, just yards from the stadium. We're on Oneida Street, just south of the Don Hutson practice field. Tailgate in our lot, and walk to your seat at Lambeau. Tickets for all away games are also available. See you in Green Bay, Packers fans! 

Wednesday, June 28, 2017

2017 Wisconsin Badgers Roster and Schedule | Ticket King Inc.

Badgers 2017 Schedule
The summer is upon us, which means it is time to begin discussing the upcoming football season. For the Wisconsin Badgers, it should be another solid year. The first order of business for the Badgers will be replacing their departed players. The Badgers ended up with three players drafted into the NFL, and several others who signed as un-drafted free agents. The first to go was quarterback Bart Houston, who went un-drafted and signed with the Pittsburgh Steelers, departs. Alex Hornibrook now takes over full time. Hornibrook was inconsistent a year ago. He will need to shore that up. The Badgers ended up with two players being drafted in the first round this year. First to go was outside linebacker T.J. Watt, who went to the Steelers late in round one. The other was offensive lineman Ryan Ramczyk, who went to the Saints with the last choice in round one. The other Badgers draftee is outside linebacker Vince Biegel, who was the Packers first choice in round four. They will also have to replace the departing running back Corey Clement, who signed with the Philadelphia Eagles after the draft.

Badgers 2017 Schedule

In 2017, the Badgers begin the season at home against Utah State on September 1. That game will will be broadcast on ESPN, so it’s a good chance to see the “new look” Badgers on national television. Eight days later, they take on Florida Atlantic at home. The following week, they hit the road for the first time, heading to Provo, Utah, to take on BYU. Kickoff is set for 3:30 p.m. Eastern time. The Badgers have an off week and then they come home for their Big Ten Conference opener, against Northwestern on Sept. 30. The Wildcats will be looking to build on their 7-6 record from a year ago. The following Saturday the Badgers hit the road for the first time in conference play, heading to Nebraska. The following week they come home to take on Purdue.

The second half of the schedule is where it gets testy for Wisconsin. After a home game against Maryland on Oct. 21, they hit the road to take on Illinois. That is not always an easy game for this bunch. The following week they stay on the road to take on Indiana. The final three games of the season is where the Badgers could face their biggest challenges. The first of those three games is at home against Iowa. The second of those two games is also at home against Michigan. Their final game of the season, as always, is at Minnesota.