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PETER SAGAL, Host:

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Right now, panel, it's time for you to answer some questions about this weeks' news. Brian, a new sneaker war may be on the horizon. Having conquered basketball, soccer and other sports, Adidas just upped its game. As of this week, they're offering a new $140 sneaker designed to help you do what faster?

BRIAN BABYLON: Give me one hint.

SAGAL: One hint? Well, it's like: Adidas, the brand with three-ounce Ziploc baggies.

BABYLON: Oh.

SAGAL: And no...

BABYLON: Oh bada-bing, bada-bing, they help you in the TSA airport line.

SAGAL: Exactly. These are shoes specifically made.

BABYLON: Yes, there we go.

SAGAL: To help you get through the TSA security line faster.

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BABYLON: Now, you know what, my thing is will this prevent you from getting a patdown from the TSA?

SAGAL: Possibly. You can put them on and flee if they try.

BABYLON: Yeah.

SAGAL: So anyway, Adidas has the shoe for you travelers. The new Adidas SLVR has a four-way stretch mesh upper, specially designed to facilitate easy on and off when you get to the, you know the metal detector. They're for people who want a slip-on without the crippling social isolation that comes with Crocs.

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SAGAL: That's great.

BABYLON: Yeah.

SAGAL: But what we're all thinking to ourselves what we really need is a shoe that helps the guy in front of you take off his shoes.

ROY BLOUNT: Yeah, right.

BABYLON: Have you ever been, like, you know, putting your clothes back on and your belt and your shoes, it's sort of like an awkward night out, you know.

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BABYLON: You're like just shuffling and trying to get out of there.

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BABYLON: It's sort of like - it's so horrible.

SAGAL: Yeah. You're doing the walk of shame all the way across Terminal C.

BABYLON: Like, oh my God, what have I just done?

SAGAL: That's hilarious.

BLOUNT: Well this is great, I got to...

BABYLON: I got a big meeting in the morning.

SAGAL: I got to go.

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SAGAL: You're saying to the TSA agent, look man, it was great. I'll call you.

BABYLON: Yeah.

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BABYLON: And he's smoking a cigarette.

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