Ball Junk Podcast Episode #3: 2013 NFL Season Preview

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Get your balls bouncing again as the Gasman and Frankie Knuckles violate your ears with Episode 3 of the Ball Junk Podcast. We break down the upcoming NFL season and make our Super Bowl picks. We also discuss the best franchises in our Top 5, travel the globe in Balls Around the World and read your mail in Sack Time. It’s more balls than you can handle. Download it now! BALLLLLLLLIN!

0:00:00 – Intro
0:00:30 – General Discussion: Results of the inaugural Ball Junk Challenge, Summer Sports Activities
0:10:45 – Feature: NFL Season Preview
0:28:38 – Feature: Top 5 Franchises
1:14:35 – Balls Around The World
1:24:46 – Sack Time
1:47:04 – Outro

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Ball Junk Episode #2: Ball Harder

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After a three month hiatus for a sex change, oil change and diaper change…not necessarily in that order…Ball Junk is back! Frank S. Preston Esq and Greg Theodore Logan sit down to chat sports. We talk about the Home Run Derby, a good ol’ fashioned murder, the NHL and NBA playoffs and how our teams performed. We bring back Balls Around the World and discuss which sport frowns upon invading rectums. We answer your questions in Sack Time and we even touch on Niagara Roller Derby and the performance of Lovely Cheetah. Sit back, relax and count how many times we go off topic. It’s Ball Junk Episode 2!

0:00:00 – Intro
0:00:30 – General Discussion: Frank’s Basement, Summer Activities
0:07:38 – Feature: Summer Sports Extravaganza MLB Breakdown, NHL Playoffs, NBA Playoffs
1:13:17 – Balls Around The World: Argentinian Beatings, Croatian Shenanigans, Cheese Rolling, Hungary’s Official Sport
1:42:28 – Bag Time
2:02:10 – Outro

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Game Junk Podcast Episode #16: The Last of Us and E3 2013

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On a very special episode of the Game Junk Podcast we are joined by none other than Jay Cheel to review and discuss The Last of Us. We get into some pretty heavy analysis as to whether gameplay and narrative can co-exist in the world of story-driven games, and take some time to thoroughly explore what is a considered by most to be a landmark in gaming history. E3 has come and gone (mostly gone) but it doesn’t stop us in from weighing in on all of the major announcements and revealing some potentially polarizing opinions. As always, we address your Junk Mail and throw in a few barbs along the way. Buckle in and get ready to stroke that giraffe!

0:00 – Intro
05:30 – Feature: E3 Reactions
1:00:05– Top 5: 2013 E3 Announcements
1:18:40 – Review: The Last Of Us
2:22:29– Games We Played: Viva Pinata, The Room, Ni No Kuni, THe Walking Dead, Tomb Raider, Candy Crush, Jurassic Park Builder, Gunpoint, Hotline Miami, Monsterboy in Wonderland, Bioshock Infinite, Heavy Rain
2:47:15– Junk Mail: What systems did Jay own?, How are Trophies/Achievements decided?, Level design detail contributing to story and immersiveness, Game Difficulty/Flow?, Funny Games for the KOC, Benchmark sports games of this generation, Frustrating game ending experiences, Vita suggestions,
3:19:08 – Upcoming Releases
3:20:32 – Outro
3:22:37 – Spoiler Discussion: The Last of Us

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Previously on LOST: Across the Sea

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Previously on LOST is a weekly column recapping and analyzing each episode from the final season of Lost. (Warning: May contain spoilers!)

I had been aware of the basic premise of “Across the Sea” for most of the season. It was an episode that featured none of the main characters but focused strictly on the relationship between Jacob and the Man in Black. In my mind, this was going to be THE episode of the season, and I had hyped it up to a completely unfair level. My guess is that most viewers had generated the same lofty expectations, within the first few minutes of the episode.

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Previously on LOST: The Candidate

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Previously on LOST is a weekly column recapping and analyzing each episode from the final season of Lost. (Warning: May contain spoilers!)

“The Candidate” was easily the most eventful episode this season. Unfortunately, it was a case of quantity over quality, with most of the emotional events failing to strike a chord, while others left me scratching my head.

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Previously on LOST: The Last Recruit

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Previously on LOST is a weekly column recapping and analyzing each episode from the final season of Lost. (Warning: May contain spoilers!)

The latest episode of LOST was a bringing together of characters. It was also the first episode this season that did not have one character as its focus. To me this might have been its biggest misstep. The episode lacked identity and was uncommitted to the moments with the most potential.

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Previously on LOST: Everybody Loves Hugo

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Previously on LOST is a weekly column recapping and analyzing each episode from the final season of Lost. (Warning: May contain spoilers!)

“Everybody Loves Hugo” was a long overdue Hurley-centric episode. For me, Jorge Garcia has been a surprising bright spot this season. In the past two seasons, in particular anything to do with the Oceanic Six, Hugo had become an annoying character. He was whiny and had lost a lot of his laidback charm from the first three seasons. Thankfully, the old Hugo has been back in season six and this episode was his best showing to date.

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Previously on LOST: Happily Ever After

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Previously on LOST is a weekly column recapping and analyzing each episode from the final season of Lost. (Warning: May contain spoilers!)

We’re back in action again this week after a brief hiatus. I won’t spend too much time catching up on last week’s episode “The Package”, which was pretty average.

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Previously on LOST: Ab Aeterno

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Previously on LOST is a weekly column recapping and analyzing each episode from the final season of Lost. (Warning: May contain spoilers!)

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Previously on LOST: Recon

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Previously on LOST is a weekly column recapping and analyzing each episode from the final season of Lost. (Warning: May contain spoilers!)

The thing that has always separated LOST from shows like CSI, Law & Order and other network staples is that you never know exactly what you’re going to get from an episode. The show takes bold steps experimenting with narrative structure and introducing higher concept plot devices. I’ve recently started watching House, and every episode follows the same basic formula. House treats patient, treatment fails, House treats again, treatment fails, house treats clinic patient that sheds light on his current diagnostic dilemma, House saves the day. I’m not saying a show adhering to this type blueprint is a bad thing, as it yields generally palatable results. So far this season on LOST, the structure of each episode tends to be following a ‘paint-by-numbers’ approach.

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Previously on LOST: Dr. Linus

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Previously on LOST is a weekly column recapping and analyzing each episode from the final season of Lost. (Warning: May contain spoilers!)

True to its title, “Dr. Linus” offered up a heavy dose of Ben. Michael Emerson has brought a lot to the show since his introduction in season two. He may have been introduced as air-ballooner Henry Gale, but the character has grown into one of the most notorious villains in television history. This episode focused on showing the character in a different light.

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Previously on LOST: Sundown

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Previously on LOST is a weekly column recapping and analyzing each episode from the final season of Lost. (Warning: May contain spoilers!)

If there was one sentiment I was left with after watching “Sundown”, it was this: a little violence goes a long way, and its corollary, a lot of violence goes a really long way. This episode was Sayid-centric which, for me, can be a good or bad thing depending on what form the character takes. I can do without Loverboy Sayid, and Mr. Fixit Sayid, but when Shit-kicking Sayid comes to town, it’s always a good time.

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