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American Idol Season 13 Finale Live Blog

American Idol Season 13 Finale Live

Via Hit Fix

I put it on the line last night and wrote that Jena Irene (#TeamJena) would the fan vote and be the season 13 American Idol. Let’s see if #TeamCaleb can prove me wrong. Read More →

American Idol Season 13 Finale Recap (Part 1) – Who Will Win?

American Idol season 13 finale

Via Music Times

So who should win American Idol? I think I have an idea, though I’m not quite sure it’s going to go that way. Read More →

The #BALLSOHARD Podcast – NBA Conference Finals Preview

NBA Conference Finals Preview

Via USA Today

This is the second #BALLSOHARD Podcast and since we’re right in the smack dab of the NBA’s second season, I wanted to bring on Jason McKenna who co-hosts The New York Knicks Podcast. He authored the Roundball Soundoff column on Popblerd! which I chipped in on. And we also admin the Roundball Soundoff Facebook page together.

Here’s what you’ll hear on the podcast:

- When Jay started following the Knicks closely
- His favorite Knicks team, the best Knicks player he’s ever seen, and his favorite Knick of all-time
- His thoughts on the Knicks losing out on Steve Kerr
- Why Mark Jackson isn’t the best move
- Trusting in Phil
- Thoughts on the great first round of the playoffs
- How the second round was a bit of a let down
- Break down of both the Eastern and Western conference finals
- Finals predictions

Let us know what you think.

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My Chat With Jim Barnett

Jim Barnett

Photo via SF Gate

In late March, my buddy Dan Chang who is Financial Advisor at Ameriprise, invited me to join him in San Jose for an event he was throwing for his clients. It was a sit-down dinner at Maggiano’s in Santana Row. But it wasn’t just dinner. As a gift to his clients, Golden State Warriors’ color-guy, Jim Barnett was going to join us for a discussion and meet and greet afterward. Of course I was in. Read More →

The #BALLSOHARD Podcast – Michael Jackson’s XScape Review

Michael Jackson's XScape review

This is the first episode of The #BALLSOHARD Podcast, which will generally center around sports, music, pop culture and things of that nature. For my first guest, I talk to my friend Big Money Mike (@popblerd), founder and editor of Popblerd! and also, the biggest Michael Jackson fan I know.

Here’s what you’ll hear on the podcast:

- The upcoming five year anniversary of Michael Jackson’s death
- Our memories of the day he died
- Discussion about the first posthumous Michael album
- A review of XScape including how it was put together
- The teaser single and how it shaped our view of what to expect
- Adding Justin Timberlake to Love Never Felt So Good
- The time frame of the original recordings of the songs
- Our thoughts on the original songs versus the Timbaland (and others) mixed versions
- Whether or not LA Reid should be in charge of another posthumous release
- Who else should be the executive producer if not Timbaland
- A short discussion about the Jackson family and whether his kids will try to follow in his footsteps

Let us know what you think.

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Remembering Uncle Roy

Remembering Uncle Roy

On April 28, 2014, my uncle, Roy Nakamoto passed away from lung disease. At his memorial, I heard multiple memorable stories about him from his friends and family.

Today, my cousin Tai and his mom released my uncle’s ashes. I thought it would be cool to publish some stories about Uncle Roy given to me by family members. Read More →