Ep. 62 – “Bumping Merkins”

Broad Street Breakdown has a studio audience full of family for episode 62 and things get a little crazy. The Professor pops EVERYONE in this one. The crew recaps their weekend at This Is hardcore and the Talent talks about his family vacation “down da shore.” Also, we find out the name of the zebra from the old Fruit Stripe gum. The OG and the Professor recap the recent Done Deal show in Brooklyn. In Biz talk, The OG rails against the apparent elitism he sees among the marks and tells you what’s what. As always, the squad brings it with the usual gimmicks, including a new twist on the word association game. Vinnie’s got some thoughts from some fuckin’ maniacs in this installment of “Dear Vin.” There’s a Cheapo Tip about male grooming, we read and answer letters from the Gimmick Gang and wrap it up with some nice recommendations for youse. It’s the Broad Street Breakdown: Your whole aura is Plexiglas…

Ep. 59 – “One Simple Thread Can Get You Dead”

The crew is down to a trio this week as the Sicko is absent from this episode and nearly taps from illness. Right off the bat, The Professor’s comments lead to a game of “F, Marry, Kill,” with members of the Gimmick Gang being the subjects. It’s as disturbing as it sounds. Vinnie offers up a touching eulogy for Prodigy.  After that, a discussion of Bill Cosby trial begins. Does wealth trump the system? The crew examines the entitlement of ego and the hubris of a very disturbed man, and the bizarre worship of celebrity so prevalent in our culture. Vinnie and OG then discuss the Russo vs. Cornette battle. In absence of the Sicko, Vinnie takes over the word association gimmick. “Dear Vin” brings its usual incoherent madness, The Professor tells you how to get over on the cable companies, we dip into the BSB Mailbag, and, as always, we send youse home with some recommendations. It’s the Broad Street Breakdown: “There must be some misunderstanding…”

Ep. 56 – “I’ve Got Froot Loops in My Head Tonight”

After a trip to Old World Italy, (courtesy of The Professor), Broad Street Breakdown recaps the first ever Done Deal show and a night out on the town. Afterwards, Vinnie issues an apology to the Gimmick Gang. Then things get heavy. Episode 56 was recorded the same day the world got news of Soundgarden’s Chris Cornell’s suicide. It’s a situation that really hits home for the crew, and a very in-depth and frank discussion of addiction and suicide ensues, with everyone really delving deep into personal experience and holding nothing back. It’s an intense exploration of some pretty dark shit, and the squad handles it with aplomb and dignity. Later on, in Biz talk, The OG is still no-selling and will not be insulted, and he and Vinnie field some wrestling questions from the Gimmick Gang. As usual, all the requisite gimmicks are played; Word Association, “Dear Vin,” The Professor gives you a tip on how to get free drinks, and we read some letters from the BSB Mailbag. As always, the show wraps up with some serious recommendations for youse. It’s the Broad Street Breakdown: They say things are gonna get better. All I know is they fuckin’ better…

Ep. 53 – “I Hate When You Do Things That Make Me Upset”

Right out the box the OG pits another “Who wins in a fight” on youse, this one involving two of the top “Who’s worse” candidates, and these are two of the top strappers that ever strapped. It’s a posit that inspires some good, healthy, vitriol. Later, the boys delve into a discussion about parenting; specifically the idea of using physical violence to discipline children and the generational variations of what discipline is. The conversation takes on convention and addresses the “back in MY day” crowd. In Biz talk, more in-depth discussion of the evolution of Broken Matt Hardy and what is to become of the brothers. Will they end up with Vince? What’s going to happen at Wrestlemania? Speculation abounds and Vinnie and the OG proffer their theories. As expected, the usual gimmicks make an appearance; Vinnie takes another walk down the dark road that is “Dear Vin,” A Cheapo Tip is offered, Word Association goes for a round, The Professor reads emails from the BSB mailbag, and everybody pits up some excellent recommendations for youse. It’s the Broad Street Breakdown: Where were you while we were getting high…

Ep. 48 – “Jerk Leno”

The Sicko gets things started in episode 48 by throwing out a question for the squad. Bringing back the old “What’s Worse?” song game, The ‘Ko pits his personal pick for worst song of all time against The OG’s reigning champ; “Escape (The Pina Colada Song).” Will there be a new champion? After that, The Professor poses a question for the crew: Whatever happened to all those Satanic backwards messages from ‘80s metal that were supposed to be the ruin of us all and lead us to worship the unholy horned one? Back in the ‘80s we were all supposedly doomed from evil backwards messages “strategically” placed in rock songs from the likes of Judas Priest and Ozzy and so on, now you don’t seem to hear a thing about the cloven-hoofed master coming for your soul in a Zeppelin record. Where did the danger go? The conversation leads to a discussion of the PMRC and censorship in the 1980s. Later, the gang trots out the usual gimmicks: word association, the bloodbath that is “Dear Vin,” Pablo’s Cheapo Tip of the Week, letters from the mailbag, and, as always, the boys set youse up with some nice recommendations. It’s The Broad Street Breakdown: This is your last warning, it isn’t just a threat…