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Now that the season is over and we’ve got a week until the last big event for who knows how long, I’m taking a couple of days off. As you read this, I am driving to Nashville to start a country music band with Rudy Gay and Hamed Haddadi. We all signed this guitar in lieu of a contract. Look for our record to drop in the third quarter of 2012, a.k.a. Oscar season.

But really, I’m heading to Nashville for a friend’s weekend-long bachelor party, which means posting will be light until Monday. We’ve got a few posties lined up, but it won’t be the same non-stop piping hot content festival that you’re accustomed to. I am sure you will survive, word to Gloria Gaynor.

Back at it Monday. Until then, enjoy these contributors, who are all very great. And enjoy your weekend. Peach.

Programming note: Spring Break!

To escape the 38 degrees Fahrenheit weather of Lombard, Taco Trey is headed to the 35 degrees Fahrenheit weather of Toronto for a week’s worth of swimming, golfing and foam parties. Spring Break’s the best.

As such, outside of this post and The Fix, there won’t be much going on in the morning. This afternoon, however, will resume normal posting, which will continue throughout the week. No bigs, just a heads-up.

In the meantime, meet me at Rony’s pool. He said it’s cool if some people stop by. Can’t wait.

If you can’t beat ‘em, pick ‘em …

It’s no secret that we’re not the biggest NCAA college men’s basketball fans around. (Video from ’09: Why The Jones steers clear of the NBA Draft.) But, hey, that doesn’t mean we can’t partake in a bit of the fun, right?

Go, Wildcats!

So, as promised on Monday’s NBA Winners + Losers show, we’ve set up a TBJ Bracket Buster group conveniently — and, well, knowing the NCAA, very likely illegally — called TBJ March Madness.

Here’s the link to join.

The group password is: tbj2011.

To make things a little more interesting, we’ll give away a TBJ shirt (or two) to the overall group leader.

The deadline to fill out your bracket for this year’s tournament is 12:00 p.m. (ET) on Thursday, March 17.

I’m told you can earn extra points for correctly picking the underdogs to win — check the scoring system for further details — so, um, yeah. Go, Northern Colorado Bears! Best of luck, guys.

The last time the All-Star Game was in Los Angeles, Brad Miller led the Western Conference to a 136-132 victory. This year, we hope to bring you some of that same goofy, awkward flavor. Wish us luck.

As such, today’s going to be pretty slow. I’m traveling out to El Lay and the other TBJ bros are shooting things. (With cameras, not guns.) That means no show, very few posts and a general lack of content for the entirety of Thursday. Sorry, but it’ll be worth it because we’ll have lots of stuff throughout the weekend. Videos, posts, basically anything that’s great.

Nonetheless, because we’re nerds, we’ll be around the Internet. Feel free to follow me, Skeets, Tas, Matt and JD on Twitter, where we’ll at least be doing stuff like taking pictures of Lamar Odom’s All-Star banner. Plus, if you keep track of our Facebook page, we’ll have little quickie videos over there. So, no “official” content tomorrow, but still lots of stuff. Capisce? Hope so.

And then, don’t forget, Friday we kick off our coverage of the 2011 NBA All-Star Game. It’ll be the biggest, best, Brad Milleriest midseason classic yet.

P.S. Happy birthday, Michael Jordan!

The Basketball Jones is turning five-years-old and we’re ready to celebrate, dammit!

Come on down to Toronto’s historic El Mocambo on January 21, 2011 to see TBJ perform an entertaining live show … and then stay late to party with Skeets, Tas, JD, Matty O, Trey and a few hundred friends.

Last year’s live 500th Ep. sold out quickly, so buy your tickets ASAP.

Tickets [19+] are $5 via The Jones store, or $10 at the door.

[Note: Tickets will not be mailed out. You can pick 'em up at the venue.]

Once again …

TBJ Live Show/Party, Jan. 21
The El Mocambo
464 Spadina Ave.
Toronto, ON

Doors at 8 p.m. Show starts at 9 p.m. sharp. Party goes ’til 2 a.m.

Hope to see you there!

Depending on where you live, consider this a premature, perfectly-timed or belated Happy New Year from all of us here at TBJ. The Fix will be back on Tuesday morning and regular posting resumes Wednesday. We’ll also be debuting our motto for 2011 — “To be the best you have to be the best.” Astute, for sure.

Have a good one. Enjoy the Snooki drop. See you in 2K11.

Hey, if Sheed wants us — big people, little people, everybody — to have a Merry Christmas, I think we should have a Merry Christmas. I, for one, wouldn’t want to make him mad.

As such, there’ll be slim pickings around these parts. You’ll get “Best Of” shows for both The Fix/TBJ TV and The Overdose, but that’s it for today. Next week, we’re off Monday and Tuesday then back for the rest of the week, just maybe not quite as heavy on the posting. Similar plans for post-New Year’s Day but we’ll talk about that in the New Year. Auld lang syne, and such.

So have a Merry Christmas and/or any other appropriate holiday which you may or may not celebrate. Don’t forget to watch all those games on Christmas Day that LeBron James and Phil Jackson hate so much. We’ll all catch up soon to chat about your favorite presents. Be safe.