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Episode 286 – I Can See Cleary Now

286 – NRL GF, EPL, World Cup Qualifiers, NFL, Horse Racing, IPL & MLB

The Producer put Pies on leave due to him being too pro Penrith and Erik Nielsen joins the show.

In the NRL GF the Panthers got the job done against the Rabbits but was Nathan Cleary really the best player on the field? The Producer can’t work out why Referees get tagged at pedantic when players constantly break rules. Former West Tigers player Benji Marshall has retired and the Tigers have changed their logo and Erik gives his opinion.

Brighton keep on getting points in the EPL and sit 6th going into International Break. Liverpool and Man City had a draw and only 2pts separate the top 6 teams.

International Break means World Cup Qualifiers. Can Demark and Australia get one step closer to locking in their place in the World Cup?

In the NFL the Bucks got the win over the Patriots in the Tom Brady Cup. The Cardinals are on fire as the only undefeated team and destroyed the Rams. While the Giants got their first win of the season. Can they make a run to the playoffs?

The Bats and Balls Podcast team has started doing weekly Horse Racing Tips. Check out the website batsandballspodcast.com to see the teams tips each week. In the week just gone Pies and Colbee were on fire with the tips.

Erik talks about the IPL and the quality of Indian players we haven’t heard of yet. The guys then talk about the upcoming Ashes Series. Will it be as good as the Indian Test Series last year?

Lastly Erik talks about the MLB playoffs and makes his predictions on who will go all the way. Erik then tells the Padres what they have to do in order to go to the next level. Will they listen?

0:00:00 – NRL GF
0:43:00 – EPL / World Cup Qualifiers
1:01:00 – NFL
1:11:00 – Horse Racing, IPL / Ashes, MLB

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Episode 279 – Fortunate Scheduling

279 – NRL, AFL, Supercars, Soccer, Other Sport

Pies and The Producer back on the airwaves brought to you by the wonders of the NBN. After a couple of weeks of watching only the Olympics we’re back watching regular sport again.

In the NRL Brendan found some interesting rule interpretations and application of the laws of the game. While Josh was puzzled by how little Newcastle use Kalyn Ponga.

The AFL have a dream fixture with the Top 4 sides playing off for the Minor Premiership and jockeying for positions. The rest of the Top 8 is not locked in with GWS and Essendon needing to win to maintain their spots. The Giants will have to spoil the Eddie Betts farewell match. While the Bombers face the might of Collingwood. West Coast and Fremantle are waiting to pounce if either slips up.

Supercars have rejigged their season and released the last rounds. Bathurst has been pushed back to November with a Summer Gold Coast 500 if you can get into Queensland!

The English Premier League kicked off this weekend. Most of the big clubs started with wins. Manchester United and Chelsea looked really good. Liverpool are a lot stronger with actual centre backs available for selection. And Tottenham have massive Ewing Theory potential if Harry Kane does ship out for the reported 150 million price tag. Meanwhile Man City stumbled at the first hurdle. But it’s early days.

Finally we whip around the grounds for other sports. MLB had their first ever Field of Dreams game and it was spectacular. The NBA Summer League has unearthed a few fun rookies. NFL is into preseason and kicks off in 3 weeks. And India took a 1-0 lead over England in the test series.

0:00:00 – NRL
1:08:00 – AFL
1:29:00 – Motorsport
1:34:00 – EPL
1:47:00 – Other Sport, MLB, NBA, NFL, Cricket

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Episode 246 – That 4th Weekend in October

Pies and The Producer in studio with a bumper, but yet streamlined show. We’ve been out of action for a couple of weeks after The Producer had a COVID-19 scare. In reality, he had one too many trips to Guzman y Gomez.

We catch up on the eliminated NRL teams. Where did it go wrong for the Eels, Raiders and Rabbitohs. And why do the Roosters continue to be such a shit club? Then we preview the NRL Grand Final and pick a winner between the Panthers and Storm.

The AFL has been barely watchable for one of the team. But it’s still going and we lament the departures of the eliminated teams and preview Geelong vs Richmond AFL Grand Final.

Swainy is back to review the two tests between the Wallabies and All Blacks in New Zealand. Australia secured a famous draw in Wellington and could well have won the game. And then the All Blacks did what the All Blacks do at Eden Park. Plus we take a look at the Shute Shield ahead of the Elimination Finals this week at Pittwater Park.

Erik is on the line to talk about the MLB Playoffs and the upcoming World Series between Texas’ own LA Dodgers and the Tampa Bay Rays. Tampa quietly going about becoming Title Town USA.

Shane van Gisbergen and Garth Tander won the Bathurst 1000. BS was uncontrollable at Mendy’s barbecue Sunday afternoon. It’s been a long time coming but the Giz has finally scaled The Mountain. Scott McLaughlin won the driver’s championship and celebrated in style tearing up the victory lap in what could be a farewell to Australian racing as he takes up a drive in IndyCar next week.

And BS had a great day on the punt so we talk a little horse racing after Caulfield Cup and Everest Day. Pies is probably backing another 3yo in the Cox Plate.

0:00:00 – NRL Grand Final
0:32:50 – AFL Grand Final
0:43:00 – Rugby with Swainy
1:01:00 – MLB World Series
1:20:00 – Bathurst 1000
1:34:00 – Horse Racing

Episode 244 Part 1 – Bubbles Everywhere

It’s a four man weave this week as The Producer and Pies are joined by Erik and Mendy to discuss all the sports that are in addition to our core range.

Major League Baseball is close to the playoff stage. Erik breaks down the structure of the playoffs and where the series will be played. We’ve got California Bubbles and Texas Bubbles. And a surprise host of the World Series.

Australia concluded the T20 & ODI tour of England winning the ODI series 2-1 after going down 1-2 in the T20 matches. Both series were a case of snatching defeat from the jaws of victory. Plus we have a very cursory glance at the upcoming tests with Afghanistan and India supposedly touring this Summer. More bubbles and quarantine in play, and a test series less than 24 months removed from the last in Australia.

The NFL kicked off and has had two weeks of action. Tom Brady and the Bucs are taking a little while to acquaint themselves. While the NFC West looks like a murderer’s row of the NFL.

NBA Conference Finals are under way. Boston vs Miami and LA Lakers vs Denver. Both series are intriguing considering the Disney Bubble has been in effect for a couple of months now. Who can hold on to take out the title?

Tadej Pogacar won the Tour de France after a scintillating Time Trial. Fellow Slovenian Primoz Roglic led going into the penultimate stage but lost 2 minutes on the time trial. Richie Porte fulfilled his wife’s wish and he finished on the podium.

Pies has backed a winner in the Horse Racing. It might be too late to find some value but follow along with Rothfire’s Spring,

Plus there’s heaps of motorsport to cover. F1, Supercars, MotoGP, Superbikes, NASCAR and World Rally. Mendy has been watching it all.

Finally we whip around the world of sport with some Darts, US Open Golf, NHL, Super Netball, Tennis and UFC.

It’s a bumper edition of the extra sports we watch. NRL, AFL and Rugby will follow in the next few days.

0:00:00 – MLB
0:33:00 – Cricket
0:55:00 – NFL
1:12:00 – NBA
1:24:00 – Tour de France
1:33:00 – Horse Racing
1:38:00 – Motorsport
2:01:00 – Other Sports

Episode 240 – Reed It And Weep

Maybo Reed it and Weep

Pies is back in the studio and we’re joined by Sydney’s favourite Broncos fan Maybo. The man behind the famous Reed it and Weep banner.

We talk all things NRL including the Roosters impending SBW signing. The difference between Wayne Bennett and Ricky Stuart. And where the Broncos go to from here.

Plus the AFL is about to embark on wall to wall games for the next three weeks. Who will emerge on top? Does Brodie Grundy need a rest?

Maybo isn’t only a mad Broncos fan. His heart also belongs to Anfield. Liverpool finished on 99 points and collected the Premier League trophy for the first time in decades. It’s time to celebrate. Can #PiesKnows go back to back? Can Pies game the system to prove Pies does indeed know?

Plus heaps more. F1 are in Great Britain, the NBA is coming back. And the MLB has returned to a lukewarm reception.

0:00:00 – NRL
1:11:00 – Supercoach
1:18:00 – AFL
1:51:00 – EPL & FA Cup Final
2:04:00 – Rugby
2:06:00 – Motorsport & Other Sport

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JaVale McGee Life in the Bubble


Troy Daniels Inside the Bubble


Matisse Thybulle Welcome to the Bubble

Episode 187 – Play Ball

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Erik signed on for 13 years in the off-season. Unfortunately for Erik he’s not getting $330m! He joins Pies for a season preview of the Major League Baseball Season. The NL looks very competitive this season. And there seems to be a few highly rated teams in the AL.

The NRL season kicked off on the weekend. We kept Big Zacko away from the show as everyone else on the mics had a win. Souths opened up with a win over arch rivals Sydney Roosters. Wests Tigers beat Manly at Leichhardt and the mighty Parramatta Eels beat Penrith at their home.

AFL balls up this weekend and we pick our Round 1 selections after previewing the season last week.

Australia moves to UAE for the ODI series with Pakistan and there’s moves afoot for numbers on Test shirts. Good or bad?

Motorsport in the form of Formula 1 and Supercars revved up in Melbourne. Plus heaps more sports in the last hour.

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0:00:00 – MLB Preview
0:43:00 – NRL
1:39:00 – AFL
1:50:00 – Cricket
2:03:00 – Rugby
2:07:00 – Soccer
2:15:00 – Supercars & Formula 1
2:27:00 – Other Sports

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Episode 150 – Raise The Bats

Manchester 150

Just another milestone reached and we’re here to raise the bats and kiss the emblem again. We welcome back Friend of the Show, Wests Tigers, Sydney Swans and LA Dodgers fan Dr Erik Nielsen. And we have our favourite international fan Toronto Blue Jays and Miami Dolphins fan Ben.

We tackle some of the stories of the last few weeks in Major League Baseball including the Yankees and Red Sox, Houston Astros and the injury woes of the Dodgers. Speaking of injuries, Yadier Molina is singing a few octaves higher after his traumatic hematoma.

The Wests Tigers are riding high in the NRL and Erik can’t be happier about the Black, White and oranges. The Producer is less impressed about the NRL gameday experience.

0:00:00 – NRL
0:44:00 – AFL
0:53:00 – MLB

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Episode 80

So while Brendan works a second job to make up the money he lost on the Melbourne Cup, Josh and Zac recorded a show. We recap the win of Almandin in the Melbourne Cup. Discuss how all of our selections went. And muse over the futures ofsome of the runners.

Josh is excited to see South Africa’s pace attack this Summer. Especially young Continue reading “Episode 80”

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