Bucks Win First Two Playoff Games at Fiserv | Brewers Get Hot

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The Milwaukee Bucks are two games up on the Miami heat in the 2021 NBA playoffs. In this “limited seating” playoff run, the team has made it very exciting for those fans that have tickets to the games at Fiserv Forum

The team made it all but over in the first quarter of game two. The Bucks tied records for most points scored and three point shots in the first, and never let the Heat back into the game. This effort made up for their less than stellar effort in game one. The team heads to Miami for game three.  

 Brewers String Together Three Wins

The Milwaukee Brewers are coming back around to playing solid baseball. With their top-notch pitching staff, all the team needed were hot bats on offense. Prior to this three game win streak, those bats were cold. The team went 6-18 for the month of may, before winning the series against the Reds. Last night, the Padres were mowed down by great pitching, with the Brew Crew cutting the Padres win streak to just nine. The team his home for two more games, then they hit the road to take on the Nationals.  

Will We See Full Stadiums and Veneues In 2021? | Ticket King Wisconsin

We All Miss Live Events

It’s been too long since most of us have attended a concert or sporting event in person. We’re not counting those “limited capacity” NFL games that came at the end of the 2020 season, even though they looked promising. We’re talking about those sold out, 75,000 people in the stands, elbow to elbow, “high fiving” strangers, cheering yourself hoarse, games. We miss them. We miss being part of a crowd that erupts after a last second touchdown. We miss that special encore song that your favorite musician surprises you with at the end of a show. We miss it all. Are we back yet? Just about.

One thing holds true. When we are allowed to get back to normal, it’s going to be great. It’s going to be loud. It’s going to be fun! We all want to be there to enjoy the spectacle of it all when things come back. We’re social people. It’s hardwired into our being, to get together and enjoy it all. 

Ticket King was one of those companies that went from making dreams come true with great tickets to live events, to a company that spent a large part of 2020 refunding loyal customers and hoping we all make it to 2021 safely. Through it all, one thing holds true. When it’s safe, we want get together in person again to enjoy the thrill of music, sports, and theater. 

NFL Plans on Full Stadiums in 2021

It sure looks like the NFL will have full stadiums across the land this fall. The numbers are looking better and better each week, and those test runs that the NFL took in 2020 showed that people can attend an event without risking the health of those around them. Lambeau Field on a crisp fall afternoon is the place to be in 2021. 

 MLB Continues to Limit Capacity this Spring

Depending on the city or state, MLB teams are looking at limited capacity attendance for a bit longer. The Brewers hope to fill American Family Field seats with all those Brew Crew fans, but the approach is (so far) to keep safe.    

As the capacity restrictions are lifted, we’ll see more tickets become available for sporting events. Live music venues are already booking shows for fall of 2021. These are all good signs, and Ticket King is there for you when you need all the best tickets to live events in the country.   

Packers Tickets – Road Games in 2020 – Ticket King Wisconsin

As professional sports leagues have tried their best to return to some form of play, it is only natural for the fans to wonder if they too will be able to join in on the live action. Major League Baseball is deep into the 2020 playoffs, with no fans in the stands. The NHL wrapped up their short season in the same fashion. The most successful league in handling the pandemic would be the NBA. Their “bubble” was 100% effective, and fans got to see some great basketball as a reward. For Wisconsinites, we look to the Green Bay Packers. Where does the NFL stand when it comes to fans in the stands?

Each NFL team has the option to allow for fans to attend games, mostly in a limited number. NFL teams around the league are making decisions based on a number of factors. Case counts in the local region, whether the stadium is open air, or in a dome, even a bit of politics may come into play. When it comes to games at Lambeau Field, the first two home games of the 2020 season were going to be without fans right out of the box. From there, the Packers would make decisions based on the spread of the outbreak, and how well the state is handling things. Sadly, that has meant that Packers have little luck in getting “fans in the stands.” Wisconsin remains a hot spot, especially the Green Bay and Fox Valley Region. It’s quite unlikely that there will be any fans at Lambeau Field until the numbers go down. 

Ticket King for Packers Road Games in 2020

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Brewers Make Notable Moves for 2020 | Ticket King Inc.

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The Brewers had a rather busy off season, full of moves both big and small.  After fielding a very competitive team for the past two seasons, it’s time to see if the Brewers can repeat this feat a third year in a row. Let’s dive into the notable moves for 2020.
Zach Davies Trade– In late November, the Milwaukee Brewers traded starting pitcher Zach Davies and outfielder Trent Grisham to the San Diego Padres for left-handed pitcher Eric Lauer and infielder Luis Urias. Lauer is expected to fix a hole in the Brewers rotation, and Urias is expected to play shortstop, after he recovers from wrist surgery.  
Orlando Arcia/SS- The former prized prospect is running out of chances to make his mark. Milwaukee gave him a one-year contract and 2020 will be his final chance.  His defensive production was what kept him in the starting rotation, but that has since slipped.  
Keon Broxton/OF- In early December, the Brewers elected to sign Keon Broxton to a minor league deal. This includes an invitation to spring training. Will Broxton be the fourth outfielder at Miller Park this season?
Josh Lindblom/SP- On December 9th, David Stearns made a very interesting move, adding starting pitcher Josh Lindblom, a man who spent the last three seasons in the Korean League, on a three-year contract.
Avisail Garcia/OF- The Brewers added Garcia on a two-year contract. Based on who else is going to be in camp in Arizona with the club competing for an outfield spot, something tells me that David Stearns may have finally found a taker for Ryan Braun, and the details are still being worked out.
Eric Sogard/INF- In late December, Stearns brought back a former Brewer, Sogard to provide infield depth. Sogard did not produce the last time he was in a Brewers uniform, but while playing for the Blue Jays and Rays, his numbers improved. He hit 13 home runs in 2019, but what helped land him this Brewers contract was his play on defense and his ability to get the ball up in the air. He’s reduced his ground out rate considerably.
Justin Smoak/1B- On that same day, they added Smoak, who is expected to be the starting first baseman this season. Smoak has to prove himself. 2019 was not the best season for Smoak, batting just .208 for Toronto. Braun could slide into that position, should Justin flame out.
Craig Counsell– To be sure, the Brewers have hitched their wagon to Counsell, who got a big contract extension through the 2023 season. Let’s see if the gamble pays off in the long haul.
Jedd Gyroko/INF- The Brewers added Gyroko on a one-year contract in January and he is expected to be the other reserve infielder besides Sogard. Gyroko had an injury plagued 2019 season, so the contract with the Brewers includes incentives based on plate appearances. Specifically, Gyroko will fit at third against left handed pitchers. He can also produce against those same left handed opposing pitchers.
Shelby Miller/RHP- Milwaukee is going to try to rebuild this former prized prospect of the St. Louis Cardinals. This first round draft pick, way back when, wound up as an All Star in 2015. That came crashing down when he was traded to the Diamondbacks. His fastball was hitting just over 94 mph last year, and the Brew Crew picked him up with a minor league contract.  

What to Fix in Green Bay After NFC Championship Loss | Ticket King

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The Green Bay Packers went quietly into the night Sunday, losing 37-20 to the San Francisco 49ers. Still, it was an amazing season for the Packers, as they were expected to win seven games as coach and quarterback argued their way through the season. Instead, they won 13 games, were the two seed in the NFC, and reached the NFC Championship game. Let’s look at what the Packers need to fix for 2020.  
1. The Rush defense – What doomed the Packers all season and sunk them in the NFC Championship game was the rush defense. The pass rush was greatly improved by the Smith boys, and the pass defense was well improved also. But their rush defense needs work. Re-signing Blake Martinez will help, but they need to add an inside linebacker next to him, as well as a big body up front to help Kenny Clark stop the run. 
2. Rebuild the wide receiver unit behind Davante Adams- Yes, Davante Adams is about as good as it gets in the NFL right now. But, the depth behind him is not good at the moment. Marques Valdez-Scantling has really regressed in year two. It may be time to get rid of them all and start from zero. Possibly add two receivers in the draft early, and another one in free agency.
3. Add another young tight end- The Packers have been kicking the can down the road at the tight end position ever since the spinal injury that ended the career of JerMichael Finley. That needs to end. Marcedes Lewis may have played his last NFL game Sunday night, and Jimmy Graham may have as well. If not, it release Graham and do not re-sign Lewis. Robert Tonyan is a decent player and rookie Jace Sternberger’s first season was stunted by injuries. He could become something more. Add two tight ends in the draft, one early, and one late.
4. Backup quarterback position – The Packers are trusting Rodgers to stick with the team for the forseeable future, but might do well to pick up a veteran quarterback as backup. When the time comes for Rodgers to fade out, that’s when the team should draft a future starter. For now, pick up a trusted vet.
5. Safety depth- The Packers starting safeties are good, and Raven Greene could still be a solid player for them who covers tight ends and running backs, but the Packers need to add more safety depth, possibly two in the draft. One in the mid-rounds, and one in the later rounds.

Ticket King Green Bay | Wild Card Weekend Predictions

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Ticket King Green Bay brings you our version of the “Wild Card Weekend Preview.”
The 2020 NFL Playoffs are upon us. Let’s dive right in and preview Wild Card Weekend.  We tried to figure out how or why each team will or will not win their game. We hope you enjoy our educated guesses. 
(3)Patriots vs. (6)Titans
Why the Titans will win- The Titans will win because the Patriots defense can’t stop Derek Henery. Ryan Tannehill continues his impressive play over the second half with a three-touchdown performance. The Patriots have been exposed this season, and for the first time in as long as we can remember will lose as playoff home game.
Why the Patriots will win- The Patriots will win because they have lulled everyone into a false sense of security. “Oh, the Patriots are dead now,” they all say. Well, the Patriots are about to come to life and show us that they are still the “Evil Empire.”
Final score: 34-24 Patriots.
(4)Texans vs. (5)Bills
Why the Bills will win- The Bills are back in the playoffs. This is the more legitimate team in almost two decades. That defense is for real, and the offense led by Josh Allen makes enough plays to pull off a tough playoff road victory.
Why the Texans will win- The Texans have one of the most dynamic young quarterbacks in the game in DeShaun Watson. He will terrorize the Bills defense with his ability to run and pass. Carlos Hyde rushes for 120 yards, and the Texans advance to Baltimore.
Final Score: 31-20 Texans
(3)Saints vs. (6)Vikings
Why the Vikings will win- It’s going to take a miracle for the boys in purple to pull this one off, and they do just that. Kirk Cousinshas the game of his life, throwing for four touchdown passes. Dalvin Cook returns for injury to add 115 yards and a pair of touchdowns of his own on the ground.
Why the Saints will win- Ladies and gentlemen, the Saints are not just winning. They are pillaging, plundering, and taking no prisoners. They are firing on all cylinders and they roll on into round two, one more win away from an epic rematch with the 49ers.
Final Score: 45-24 Saints, with a late junk touchdown by the Vikings. As I said, it’s going to take a miracle for the Vikings to pull this one off.
(4)Eagles vs. (5) Seahawks
Why the Seahawks will win- Right now Seattle is down for the count. Their top two running backs on the depth chart right now weren’t on the roster all season, and they are down to four healthy receivers. But there’s something that smells of playoff run about this team. I don’t know what it is, all I know is I can smell it.
Why the Eagles will win- The suddenly hot Eagles won the NFC East at the buzzer from the Cowboys, and now enter the playoffs on a little bit of a streak. The playoffs are where Doug Pederson is making his magic work, and he does it yet again. 
Final Score: 31-24 Eagles

Big Ten Bowl Games 2019 – Ticket King Inc.

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It may be hard to believe, but there is just one game left in the 2019 College Football regular season- The Navy/Army game, which Navy should win easily. This is one of Navy’s best teams in recent memory, and they are headed to the Autozone Liberty Bowl as a result. After that game concludes, bowl season will officially be upon us. Let’s take a look at the bowl games involving Big Ten teams.
Rose Bowl: Oregon vs. Wisconsin – These two teams just seem to find each other in the postseason, don’t they? Both programs are built on strong offensive lines and elite defense which doesn’t give up big plays. Oregon’s line is built to protect quarterback Justin Herbert, and Wisconsin’s is built to block for their All-American running back Jonathan Taylor. This will be one of the best games of the bowl season, as it always is. Final Score: 34-31 Oregon.
Pinstripe Bowl: Michigan State vs. Wake Forest – This game is played at Yankee Stadium, and it provides an environment that is suitable to teams that play more traditional style football. That means Michigan State should gain a slight advantage. Expect the Spartans to win this one 20-13.
Holiday Bowl: USC vs. Iowa – Usually the Holiday Bowl features fast-paced teams that play at breakneck speed. Not this season. USC, which has had to play three different quarterbacks this season, faces off against the ever-steady Iowa Hawkeyes. USC has the deeper roster, but Iowa has more experience. Final Score: 27-20 Iowa.
Cotton Bowl: Memphis vs. Penn State – Memphis head coach Mike Norvell has led his Tigers to their best season in program history. He has taken the head coaching job at Florida State so there is no word yet on whether he will coach this game. Penn State will be returning all of their key players next season. They will be looking for a win in this game to springboard the team towards a special 2020 season. Final Score: 34-20 Penn State.
Redbox Bowl: California vs. Illinois – Lovie Smith’s accomplishment of getting Illinois back to a bowl game has been a great story. The season included a stunning upset over Wisconsin. However, the story ends here. California has the better team. Final score: 31-17 California.
Citrus Bowl: Michigan vs. Alabama – For the first time ever, Alabama will not be participating in the college football playoffs. This game could potentially come down to whether or not Nick Saban can get his players up for this game. Michigan should win this game by the final score of 31-24.
Outback Bowl: Minnesota vs. Auburn – The Gophers were the story of the 2019 college football season, but two late losses against Iowa and Wisconsin derailed what could have been a special season in the Land of 10,000 Lakes. Still, head coach P.J. Fleck is in this for the long haul after a recent contract extension so they will be back and even better next season. But as far as the Outback Bowl is concerned this won’t be close. Final score- 34-17 Auburn.

Gator Bowl: Indiana vs. Tennessee – This is the game where both teams have had plenty of ups and downs all season, including Tennessee’s embarrassing home loss to Georgia State. Final Score: 31-27 Indiana.

Packers Rebound at Giants | Ticket King Inc.

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Coming off of perhaps the most embarrassing performance by a good Packers team in recent memory, nobody was sure exactly what to expect of the Packers this week as they took on the Giants. The lackluster performance of the team had the makings of the beginning of a meltdown for this team. By this past Sunday afternoon, fans breathed a sigh of relief as the Packers took care of business, defeating the Giants 31-13. 
It is hard to throw the ball effectively in the snow, especially as good as Rodgers threw it. He finished the day 21 of 33 for 243 yards and four touchdowns and saw the field all day long. A good day for Number 12.
Allen Lazard, Rodgers new second-favorite target finished the day with three big catches for 103 yards, including a 43-yard bomb to set the pace early in drive number one.
When it came to Davante Adams, the stats may not show it, but like Rodgers, this was a great performance. Adams caught two touchdown passes and drew several flags throughout the game at important junctures. Jamal Williams finished the day with 41 yards rushing and 26 yards receiving. He picked up tough yards in the snow, and several key first downs to keep the drive moving.
The Packers defense was solid on Sunday. Not outstanding, not bad, but solid. It was a collective performance across the board.
The Packers should feel much better about themselves after this game. After last week’s dud, they can breathe a sigh of relief. 
The Packers are still among the best teams in the league. Thanks to the Ravens beating the 49ers, the Packers till have an outside chance of getting a bye week. Their focus should be on winning the division and securing the three seed in the NFC playoffs.

NFL Teams Review 2019 | Ticket King Green Bay

Where do the NFL teams stand, now that we’re eleven games into the season? Who surprised us all? Which team fell flat? Here’s our “NFL Whip around.” In the NFC East, the Dallas Cowboys, despite all their problems, sit at 6-5 leading the division. Ezekiel Elliot has had a disappointing season and Dak Prescott is making a lot of mental errors, such as his clock management against the Vikings. The Eagles are one game back at 5-6 and the Redskins and Giants each sit at 2-9.

In the NFC North, thanks to one of the most embarrassing performances in franchise history over the last 25 years, the Packers have fallen back into a tie with the Vikings for first place at 8-3. Speaking of those Vikings, they have overcome a 2-2 start to win six of their last seven, and Kirk Cousins is among the NFL leaders in touchdown passes and passing yards. The Bears have been a disappointment at 5-6 and the Lions, after a 2-1-1 start, have won just one game since then and Matthew Stafford will miss the remainder of the season with a back injury.
In the NFC South, the Saints are in total command of that division at 9-2, and it’s not even close. They will probably be the first team to win their division this season, as they have a four-game lead with five to play. It’s not even worth talking about the rest of the teams, as they have all had their own issues leading to disappointing 2019 campaigns.
In the NFC West, the 49ers are coming off a big win against the Packers and now sit in the driver’s seat for the top spot in the NFC playoffs. The Seahawks are right behind them at 9-2 and have already won a game against the 49ers this season. The Rams are hanging tough at 6-4, and the Cardinals are holding up the caboose at 3-7-1.
In the AFC East, the Patriots are 10-1 and leading that division yet again. Right behind them are the Buffalo Bills, who are sitting in the driver’s seat for the top wild-card spot in the AFC at 8-3. The Jets have recovered from a horrendous start and are now 4-7. The Miami Dolphins are in their punching at 2-9.
The AFC North is the residence of the hottest team in the league at the moment, the Baltimore Ravens, winners of six straight, and their MVP candidate quarterback Lamar Jackson. The Pittsburgh Steelers just keep finding ways to win without Ben Roethlisberger and currently sit at 6-5. The Cleveland Browns are starting to win some games and sit at 5-6. They’re not dead yet folks. The poor Bengals have yet to win a game this season. Andy Dalton has been benched, and their best chance to avoid 0-16 looks to be the Dolphins in Week 16.
The AFC South leaders are the Houston Texans, who are 7-4 and sitting in prime position to make a late-season run, and perhaps be one of the top two seeds, based on the schedules of the other division leaders. The Colts are the surprise team of the year, currently sitting at 6-5 after the shocking news of Andrew Luck’s retirement. The Tennessee Titans are currently 6-5 and winning with Ryan Tannehill, after benching former second overall selection Marcus Mariota. The Jacksonville Jaguars are 4-7 and have benched the man who would have won the rookie of the year award, Gardner Minshew, for their big free-agent signing, Nick Foles.
In the AFC West, the Kansas City Chiefs have overcome some early season turbulence and currently sit ay 7-4. They are also a team primed for a late-season run. The Oakland Raiders are 6-5 and right on their tails. The Los Angeles Chargers have been one of the disappointments of 2019, currently sitting at 4-7, and fading from the Wild Card picture. The Denver Broncos put up the white flag several weeks ago placing Joe Flacco in injured reserve and currently sit at 3-8.

Packers Push Past Lions With A Little Help From the Officials | Ticket King Inc.

The Packers entered Monday Night Football at home against the Lions expecting to and six point favorites. Put the non penalties aside, and this game was anything but boring. The Lions came out firing with a “flea flicker” on play number one, and another long yardage pass in series two. The Green Bay crowd was subdued in the middle of the first quarter as the Lions took a 10-0 lead. Meanwhile, the Packers couldn’t get out of their own way. The Packers had been moving the ball throughout the night. Two fumbles and an interception can sink a team most days, but the Lions were giving Rodgers time, packing the secondary and covering the wide-outs. Finally, key players stepped up late in the game, and Mason Crosby made the game-winner as time expired.
Aaron Rodgers seemed to be cool the entire game. The touchdown pass to Allen Lazard will be a career highlight pass, to be sure. Rodgers stayed steady all night long, and found Lazard for four catches and a crucial touchdown. In the huddle and on the sideline, Rodgers lobbied for Lazard to take the game over, and the pair worked in tandem beautifully. Jamal Williams returned to the lineup in great form, becoming a key offensive player on the field tonight. Williams finished the night with a combined 18 touches for 136 yards and a touchdown.  After playing the breakout game of his career, the Packers needed another performance like that in this one. Instead, Jones went the other way, with a costly fumble and a dropped touchdown reception.
Who in the world thought Allen Lazard would be the Packers clutch receiver tonight? Brought back to the roster, and sitting in spot number eight on the depth chart, Lazard stepped in tonight to make some big catches and a key touchdown in the fourth quarter. Rodgers mentioned in the post game press conference that Lazard was calling for a chance to run specific routes in the huddle. This came after Aaron was pulling to have Lazard enter the game. The plan worked beautifully. The Packers needed someone, anyone to hang onto the ball tonight, and Mercedes Lewis stepped up to do just that in two key situations. Darrius Shepherd was responsible for the Aaron Rodgers interception and should have called fair catch on a fumbled punt. He’s a small sized player that just needs to settle into the postion of punt returns. The Packers stand atop the NFC North, with a record of 5-1. As Aaron Rodgers said “Bad calls have a way of evening out by the end of the season.” On this night, they went the Packers’ way.