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Ep. 338 Hip-Hop Hall of Fame Vol. 4: So Fresh, So Clean
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July 24, 2014 09:30 AM PDT
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We induct the latest class of Hip-Hop legends into The Section 357 Show Hip-Hop Hall of Fame, and like the previous classes, we salute those artists and contributors who's talent and appeal continue to influence the culture to this day. The nominees included a few new names as well as some holdovers from previous ballots: Rick Rubin, Nas, Hype Williams, 2Pac, The Notorious B.I.G., Outkast, LL Cool J, Salt-N-Pepa, and Will Smith.

While the selection process was definitely tame compared to last time, there was an unexpected curve ball thrown in the mix that led us to a historic moment for The Section 357 Show Hip-Hop Hall of Fame. Listen and find out who charted some interesting new territory. This is Sports Without Borders...

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Ep. 337 Liberty or Death: Sports Patriotism and Personal Choice
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July 05, 2014 09:28 AM PDT
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On this episode of the Ball Street Journal we discuss the notion of Sports Patriotism and "wrapping yourself in the flag" when it comes to international competitions like the World Cup or the Olympics. When it comes to sports fandom, do you always have to root for the "home team" or "home country"? (Are you less of a patriot if you don't?) Does patriotism matter in sports that you don't care about, or do you always have to pull for your home country? We discuss these questions and more in a very heated debate that brings personal choice and global perspective into the mix. This is "Sports Without Borders"...

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Ep. 336 The World Cup Preview: Risk Everything
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June 04, 2014 08:22 AM PDT
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It's time for the 2014 FIFA World Cup, and the Ball Street Journal wants to make sure you're ready. Every 4 years the world gathers to compete for global domination of "the beautiful game", and this year's competition has some great stories to complement the action on the pitch. Will host nation Brazil ride the emotion of the moment to victory, or will Europe's domination of the sport continue in the form of Germany, England, Spain, or the Netherlands? These are the moments when new stars can be born and current stars can become immortal, and The Section 357 Show breaks it all down as only we can.

In this episode we also give new fans some tips on how to watch the World Cup, plus throw out a few interesting developments to watch for as the competition goes along. And lastly, we picked our winners, plus a few dark horse teams that might make a great run. This is truly "Sports Without Borders"...

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Ep. 335 Girls Around The World: The PYT Draft
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May 20, 2014 02:04 PM PDT
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It’s that time of year! The Section 357 Show hosts its annual PYT (Pretty Young Thing) Draft, highlighting the best and brightest ladies in sports, entertainment, fashion, and pop culture. We present the PYT Draft every year to coincide with the NFL Draft and put our own spin on the selection process, as only the Ball Street Journal can. Listen as Dee, Trey, Ron, and Floyd break down their draft strategies and dissect each other’s picks with such skill and clarity it would make even the most diehard draft fans raise a toast in recognition. This is "Sports Without Borders"...

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Ep. 334 Hometown Heros: Our #FavoriteFive Sports Moments
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May 13, 2014 12:36 PM PDT
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What are the five favorite moments in your hometown’s sports history? That’s the question we answered here on the Ball Street Journal, as Big Shot Ron, LA Trey, and Floyd reminisced on the best sports memories of their hometown fandom, plus give some insight into how being a sports fan has changed for them over the years. This is “Sports Without Borders”…

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Ep. 333 The NFL's Popularity Quandary: Is More Really Less?
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May 04, 2014 01:13 PM PDT
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The NFL is the most popular American sport and it’s showing no signs of slowing down. Over the past several years, however, the league has managed to turn its offseason schedule into truly “must-see” events that attract more fans, more coverage, and ultimately, more revenue. But is “more” actually better? Some would debate that the NFL is doing too much, growing to fast, and over-saturating our media space with their product.

In this podcast we discuss the NFL’s presence as we know it, how it might grow in the future, and what changes need to be made to accommodate that growth while not negatively impacting the product on the field. This is “Sports Without Borders”….

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Ep. 332 The Human Jukebox: All-NBA Organist Sir Foster and his Amazing Musical Journey
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April 25, 2014 05:21 AM PDT
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Atlanta Hawks organist Sir Foster is a favorite of fans all across the NBA. He swings by The Section 357 Show: The Ball Street Journal to discuss his unbelievable ride to the NBA All-Star Game, his musical inspirations, and the Atlanta Hawks’ surprising season.

It all started with a Craigslist posting. Sir Foster saw the Atlanta Hawks were looking for an organist, so he decided to apply to see what would happen. Fast forward to 2014 and he’s everybody’s favorite NBA musical attraction, adapting past and current hip-hop music into the sports experience at Philips Arena, while entertaining local Atlanta fans and TV viewers across the country.

Foster spends some time with us to talk about his path to this point in his career, how he got the call to work the NBA All-Star Game, and what he’s learned along the way. This is "Sports Without Borders"…

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Ep. 331 Ball Is Life: Tiny Adams on Hoops and Hip-Hop
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April 08, 2014 11:34 AM PDT
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Corin "Tiny" Adams joins us to discuss her basketball career, from her New York City roots to Morgan State University to Bulgaria, where she's currently playing professional basketball. Tiny gives us the scoop on what it's like to travel the world in following her passion, her WNBA aspirations, and what music is currently on her playlist as she gears up for games.

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Ep. 330 Hip-Hop Hall of Fame Vol. 3: I Am Legend
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April 05, 2014 04:30 AM PDT
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We induct the latest class of Hip-Hop legends into the Section 357 Show Hip-Hop Hall of Fame, and like the previous classes, we highlight a list of performers who left an indelible impact on the culture. The nominees included a few new names as well as some holdovers from previous ballots: 2Pac, The Notorious B.I.G., Salt-n-Pepa, Dr. Dre, A Tribe Called Quest, Jay-Z, and Hype Williams. Additionally, we honor our history and cast a nod to one of Hip-Hop's pioneering groups in our Veteran's Committee Selection.

This round's class was not without a bit of a shakeup: After much impassioned debate, complete with verbal body blows and contentious claims, the selection committee could only come to a unanimous decision on TWO nominees, rather than the customary four. This definitely made for some interesting deliberations, however this willingness to deviate from the norm only reaffirms our belief in the strength of our selection process.

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Ep. 329 A Complex Grab Bag: NHRA, Gaming, and a West Coast Revival
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March 23, 2014 12:19 PM PDT
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Lifestyle writer Branden Peters drop by to talk about his recent work covering NHRA drag-racing culture, getting to test drive the latest cars, and his thoughts on the most recent sports-related video games. On top of that, we get to pick Branden's brain on the resurgence of West Coast hip-hop, and especially the popular music coming from his Bay Area hometown. Branden's work can be found in the pages of Complex, Slam, Men's Health, and more, but it's easiest to keep up with him on Twitter; follow him at @BrandenLSK.

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