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If you must end an international podcast tour, there are worse ways to do it than with our Boston show. Not only was the show pretty great, it was also the most fan art intensive show of the tour. Just check out this amazing poster, courtesy of Tim Severson.

And these giant cutout heads of us three jerks.

These will be a recurring theme.

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Like a ragtag jug band, The Basketball Jones is on the road and coming to your town. It’s No Season Required.

On today’s show, we’re joined by Celtics’ radio play-by-play man, Sean Grande, and Grantland’s Jonah Keri to discuss: Swearing on live television, giving horrible advice to college kids, NBA wrestlers, speaking to a human fish, KG’s infamous CV trash talk, hamburgers in Compton, batting cages, and much, much more.

Trust me, guys. This is a really exciting time to be in journalism.

Final show: Dec. 9, Toronto.

Previous shows: Chicago, Portland, Oakland, Los Angeles, OKC, San Antonio, Miami and New York.

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Boston is the last stop of the TBJ No Season Required tour, but that doesn’t mean things are getting any less zany. Let’s start back in New York, where we all spent the last moments we had in America’s biggest city taking the Bike Baron for a spin. Where is that guy even going? And why does he take the most convoluted path to get there? Beats me but I’m more than happy to help him get his cat to the vet or whatever it is he’s up to.

Then when we got to Boston, it was back to our phones. An hour is a super long time to be away from Twitter. Gotta keep your tweet game tight and your hashtag game even tighter. (I know you are probably realizing a whole bunch of continuity errors here, but let me guarantee you that even though the Bike Baron picture wasn’t taken yesterday morning, that’s exactly what was happening. Holler at us, Bike Baron.)

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Last night we met the Human Fish.

Let me explain. After a pretty lazy day that saw us eat Shake Shack and do pretty much nothing else besides get some much needed rest, we guested on The Chris Gethard Show, “the most bizarre and often saddest talk show in New York City.” It certainly lived up to its billing as we did pseudo commentary on what was basically a pickup game between two rival teams, the Del Harris Marathon and the 4-Skins, neither of which are actually any good at basketball. Just to give you an idea of the quality of play, both a shot and a pass went off the ceiling.

Anyway, we did the show — all of which you can watch right here — in a cramped public access studio that had us on a riser that served as a booth, a house band, 15 or so fans of the show, two basketball teams, three cameras, a gigantic ladder and a man called the Human Fish who can only answer questions asked of him that follow a strict “this vs. that” format. It was delightfully bizarre and we all had a bunch of legit laughs, mostly at Chris Gethard’s expense. Don’t worry though, if you’ve ever seen his standup, he’s pretty used to it.

Today, we’re flying to Boston, the last U.S. stop on the No Season Required tour, where we’ll be doing something equally as weird — speaking to college kids about sports media. That’s right, TBJ is now shaping the mind’s of America’s youth. If that’s not evidence that the States needs to enact a series of iron-fisted closed border policies, then I don’t know what is.

It’s late on a Wednesday, “Survivor” is over and you have nothing better to do. Why not watch a live stream of Skeets, Tas and I appearing on “The Chris Gethard Show?” It’s a public access show that’s described as “the most bizarre and often saddest talk show in New York City.” In other words, it’s going to be pretty great.

At 11pm, we’ll be providing commentary on The Greatest Rivalry in Sports — a grudge match between the Del Harris Marathon and the 4-Skins, which are two terrible teams who play each other in an NYC charity pickup league. One team is full of comedians, the other is full of Jewish dudes. You can imagine how great the basketball is going to be.

But that doesn’t mean it won’t be fun. Come back at 11 and have some laughs with us and Chris. It’ll be like”Wayne’s World” mixed with “Inside the NBA,” only way worse. Should be fun.

In the words of Tas Melas talking to Bill Wennington — last night was a doozy. A fine show followed by a solid hangout session at Turtle Bay followed by a marathon karaoke party at a place just up the street. Rather than trying to explain everything, let’s relive the night with a bunch of excellent pictures.

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Like a ragtag jug band, The Basketball Jones is on the road and coming to your town. It’s No Season Required.

On today’s show, we’re joined by Yahoo! Sports NBA columnist, Adrian Wojnarowski, and CollegeHumor.com writer/actor, Amir Blumenfeld, to toast the start of the NBA season (!) and discuss: Irish Snooki, Woj’s contacts, BBM, lockout winners and losers, LeBron James criticism, “A Very Harold and Kumar Christmas 3D,” Rick Fox’s awesome life, and why everyone in Miami thinks they’re going to live forever.

All that, plus we finally put it to a vote: Backstreet Boys or *NSYNC?

Next stop: Dec. 2, Boston.

Previous shows: Chicago, Portland, Oakland, Los Angeles, OKC, San Antonio and Miami.

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