Pies and The Producer back together for one last show of 2021.
We wrap the first two Ashes tests and look ahead to the next three.
Then we touch on the last few weeks of NFL and EPL and tip our next rounds/
We recap the end of the Formula 1 season. Max Verstappen delivered on the promise Christian Horner saw in him all those years ago with a victory in the final race of the season. Lewis Hamilton did everything he could, but the Red Bull finally dethroned Mercedes.
Then the team give us some highlights, lowlights and predictions for 2022.
From all of us here at Bats Balls. Merry Christmas and here’s to a slightly more normal 2022.
290 – NFL, Soccer, Cricket, Motorsport, Other Sport
The Producer is wrapped in cotton wool and plaster so he should make it through the full episode. We’re back to cover all the sport.
In the NFL it’s a funny season. Are the Chiefs back? It’s too early to tell but signs are good. The Rams are in a hole and the Pats could be the best team going round.
In Soccer we’ve got the International weekend and World Cup Qualifiers. By the time you listen to this Australia will have played China in Sharjah. EPL is back this week and we give out tips. Arsenal have gone from the cellar to the hottest team in football in the space of 2 months.
Australia beat New Zealand comfortably in the T20 World Cup Final in Dubai. New Zealand have played the final of all three forms of the game in the last couple of years taking out the test championship but losing both forms of limited overs finals. Our friend Erik may have coined the phrase DSC So Big.
SVG is close to wrapping up the Supercars title with one more round at Eastern Creek before Bathurst. And in the F1 Lewis Hamilton kept the title alive with a stunning victory in Brazil.
Meanwhile in other sport, Pies is loving the NBA season because it actually looks like Basketball again. Josh Giddey and Patty Mills are doing some good things too.
Australia and England are heading to Brisbane to prepare for The Ashes. A preview will be out shortly.
And we finsih off with The Producer’s plans to fix the lopsided NRL draw.
0:00:00 – NFL 0:17:00 – FIFA WCQ 0:32:00 – EPL 0:38:00 – T20 World Cup 0:49:00 – Supercars 0:54:00 – Formula 1 1:00:00 – NBA, Marathon Running, Ashes, Fixing the NRL
288 – NFL, Soccer, T20 World Cup, Horse Racing, Motorsport, NBA
It’s been a long time. But Pies is back in the Bats and Balls Studio with The Producer. After a short catch up we’re back into the sports.
In the NFL Arizona look unstoppable at the moment. There’s a few other NFC teams nipping at their heels though. In the AFC no team has fewer than 2 losses which makes for a competitive conference.
In the EPL Liverpool won the one fixture the fans look forward to every season. A 5-0 drubbing of Manchester United at Old Trafford no less. Mo Salah is the best player in the world right now. But Liverpool may still only be the third best team in the Premier League the way Chelsea and Manchester City are playing. It’s gonna be a fascinating run to the title with these three special teams. Brighton fell to City and face the Reds this week which may see them finally drop out of the European positions.
The T20 World Cup is under way. Australia won their first match., But Pakistan have been the surprise packets beating India and New Zealand. Batting coach Matt Hayden has them firing.
State of Rest won the Cox Plate despite severely hampering 3yo Anamoe in the run to the post. Craig Williams looked confident waiting for the result but it wasn’t to be. The question has to be if that was a midweek at Moe, do they uphold the protest. And the answer is yes. In other races Forgot You won the Vase and is headed for the Derby. But connections unfortunately won’t be sending the 3yo to the Melbourne Cup. Keep an eye out for our Derby Day tips and our annual Melbourne Cup show.
In other sport Max Verstappen held off Lewis Hamilton in the US Grand Prix while Supercars are back at Eastern Creek for the next 4 weeks straight.
The NBA tipped off last week and the Chicago Bulls lead the standings with the Lakers slowly finding their groove. Golden State are out in front of the West.
0:11:00 – NFL 0:24:00 – EPL 0:37:00 – T20 World Cup 0:51:00 – Horse Racing 1:16:00 – Motorsport & NBA
Queensland is the centre of the Rugby League world with the announcement of the Dolphins as the 17th NRL club. And the Q Cup Grand Final decided in the final minutes. Plus the Panthers have leaned into their bad boys tag in the aftermath of their NRL Premiership.
Not much player movement in the AFL Trade Period. Most notable were the lack of late trades.
Soccer played out a big international weekend topped off with a home win for Japan over The Socceroos. EPL is back this weekend and we give our tips.
The big horse races continue this week. At Royal Randwick we’ve got the big sprint showdown in The Everest while Caulfield hosts the Caulfield Cup. We’ll give our tips for those races. Stay tuned to our blog and socials for full selections on Saturday morning.
0:00:00 – NRL / QRL 0:42:00 – AFL Trade Period 0:49:00 – NFL 0:57:00 – Soccer Internationals and EPL 1:11:00 – Horse Racing 1:26:00 – F1 & Cricket
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?
After substandard performances Pies and The Producer keep getting selected for the big games. It’s almost like they’re mates with the people running the podcast.
In the NRL Manly were far too good for a depleted Sydney Roosters. While in the other game Penrith held on against a brave Parramatta.
In the AFL it all boils down to this. Apart from a shaky end to the season for the Dogs, Melbourne and Western Bulldogs have been the benchmark all season. In a season of turmoil, moving house at short notice, lockdowns, quarantines and footy, these two teams deserve to be there on that twilight evening in September… in Perth.
Tottenham haven’t got a point since Pies refrained from cursing them with #PiesKnows. Even the whiff of contention is enough to turn Spurs to water.
F1 is back this week in Russia. While in cricket, former St Clair Hawk Hannah Darlington starred in her first ODI for Australia vs India. And Mitch Marsh has made another bid to be recalled to the Australian ODI mens team.
0:00:00 – NRL Finals 0:51:00 – AFL Grand Final 1:04:00 – EPL 1:19:00 – NFL 1:25:00 – Motorsport & Cricket
The Producer is on the man shakes and Pies ran a half marathon. We’re pumped for another week of finals footy.
In the NRL all eyes were on the Panthers and Rabbitohs after a war of words between the coaches and it didn’t disappoint. Wayne won the battle. Can Ivan get his troops back up to win the war? The Roosters got out of jail against the Titans and the Eels did enough to see another week.
It had been staring us in the face the whole time. Forget ladder positions. Melbourne and Western Bulldogs had been the best sides in the AFL for most of the year. That they won their Prelims was no surprise. But the manner in which they did it showed just how powerful both teams are. It’ll be a fitting Grand Final in two weeks time.
Plus we rattle home with some EPL, NFL and Daniel Ricciardo’s first win for McLaren. The Shoey is alive and well in the papaya.
The NRL season has finished for half the teams. Canterbury finished off a tough year with an inspired defeat of Wests Tigers. While the Corey Norman era is over at St George Illawarra. The Finals are finally upon us. Can anyone stop Melbourne? Are Penrith, Souths or Manly legitimate contenders? How remarkable is the Roosters finish given their injury toll?
In the AFL we’re down to the Prelim Finals. Melbourne have been the standard all year. Can they make the big one? Is Port good enough to make it? In an unpredictable season anything is possible.
Tottenham sit atop the Premier League table. Harry Kane is staying. And Pies has decided not to curse them with #PiesKnows this year.
NFL kicks off today. Join our tipping comp at ESPN Tipping. Links on our socials pages.
Max Verstappen continued his winning ways in Formula 1. Then Mendy chips in with the rest of world sport. Surfing, boxing, darts and athletics are all on the agenda to finish off the show,
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.
Australia aren’t touring South Africa but we do have India vs England and Bangladesh vs West Indies to talk about. Test cricket might be on the way back to relevance.
Tampa Bay Bucaneers dominated Kansas City Chiefs in Super Bowl LV. The Chiefs couldn’t keep the Bucs away from Mahomes and he was running for his life most of the game. On the other side of the ball, Brady was measured and protected the ball. And he also hit Gronk for two TDs.
In soccer Manchester City are almost home in the Premier League. While PSG put the cleaners through Barcelona.
Utah Jazz are on fire in the NBA. New York are a proper NBA team. And AD is out for a few weeks, leaving LeBron to carry the load for the Lakers.
We’ve sat Mendy out for another 12 weeks for a bit of cap relief so it’s just Pies and The Producer in the studio.
Australia have cancelled the tour of South Africa due to the threat of the coronairus. The Aussies were concerned about the South African strain of COVID-19 and have pulled the pin. A shame for world cricket, but as a result New Zealand are through to the World Championship Final. In the BBL Brisbane Heat are in form leading into the Challenger Final against Perth Scorchers. A single COVID-19 case in Perth meant the Scorchers will now host that game at Manuka with the victors facing the Sydney 6ers at the SCG.
The NFL is down to the big dance. The final showdown. That’s right it’s Super Bowl LV featuring the Tampa Bay Bucaneers and Kansas City Chiefs. Tom Brady vs Patrick Mahomes. The GOAT vs the best player in the NFL right now. We’re looking forward to a great game.
In the EPL Manchester City are on top with games in hand. Mancheter United are on fire and Tettenham have saved #PiesKnows for the time being with defeat at the hands of Brighton.
The NBA has been great. The Brooklyn Nets are going out and just scoring more points than their opposition. Can it work in the playoffs? Plus there were some buzzer beaters this week.
Rugby League is back in the media and we discuss the big stories around the NRL. Israel Folau testing the waters with St George Illawarra Dragons who have become the NRL version of a wrestling heel. Roosters have received $350k in cap relief by keeping Boyd Cordner out of the game for 12 weeks. Raiders players DUI and Bryce Cartwright training the house down at the Eels.
And we finish off the show with a bunch of listener questions. Keep em coming!
We’re back for another year of Bats and Balls Podcast.
Pies and BS in the studio a day after India pulled off one of the great run chases in test cricket history. We dissect the Australian failures and try to find a solution. While Pies is a little more positive about how India played against the odds and came out on top.
The NFL Playoffs are down to the Championship games. Tampa Bay Buccaneers at Green Bay Packers and Buffalo Bills at Kansas City Chiefs. Can Tom Brady keep the fairytale going for another week? Can the Bills go back to the Super Bowl for the first time in decades?
In the EPL Manchester City are poised as Liverpool, Tottenham and the rest of the league falter.
James Harden was finally traded to Brooklyn. We discuss the trade and how the NBA is going. As well as the NBL tip off last week.
Then we rattle home with some other sports. Some tennis players want more, others are just happy to be here. And others just can’t stop complaining. BS has been watching the ABL.
And we answer some listener questions.
0:00:00: – Cricket 0:57:00 – NFL 1:06:00 – EPL 1:10:00 – NBA 1:18:00 – Other Sport & Listener Questions
It’s the last show of the year and we’ve got a Christmas cracker to finish with a bang.
In the early bits we talk about Cricket, NFL and Premier League.
Swainy joins us via NBN from his new digs at Channel 9. We recap a rebuilding year for the Wallabies. Lament what might have been after those early rounds of the Super Rugby and look toward a brighter future for Australian Rugby.
Shaun McMeeken joins us for the first time. Shaun is a Carlton Blues fan, which makes two in a month. We talk about a difficult AFL Draft year in which the Victorian kids barely played and a lot more stock was placed in recruits that we actually saw play this year.
Not for the first time this year, the NRL have outdone themselves with their rule changes for 2021. Not only have they introduced a 2 point field goal, but in a revolutionary move, referees will be expected to actually police rules that were already in the rule book!
No Nathan to catch us up on Surfing and Darts. But Pies is hopeful the NBA season can be a good one. And the F1 finished with a win for Max Verstappen in Abu Dhabi.
Then we recap all of our 2020 predictions. As you can imagine, noone had a global pandemic bringing the world to its knees. Then we get most of the friends of the show back to give their sporting highlights, lowlights and predictions for 2021.
0:00:00 – Cricket 0:10:00 – NFL 0:17:00 – Soccer 0:20:00 – Rugby with Swainy 0:37:00 – AFL Draft with Shaun 1:03:00 – Other Sport 1:18:00 – 2020 wrap up and 2021 Predictions.
Mendy joins Pies and The Producer in studio. We haven’t talked darts in a while so it’s back. Who are the best going around at the moment? Is there a dearth of talent at the top? Plus Mendy has been keeping up to date with the surfing from Hawaii and is poised to tackle the Dakar Rally.
The Olympic Games have included Break Dancing to the schedule for Paris 2028. And Pies is not happy.
The Wallabies had another draw with Argentina.
In the cricket, Australia and India split the 6 limited overs matches with India taking out the Dettol T20 Series 2-1. Hardik Pandya hit some long bombs and Glenn Maxwell has been in good form for Australia. But how good are the bowlers really?
All of a sudden the NFC East is looking decent with wins away for the Giants and Washington. Can they keep up the form this week? Plus the Rams moved into first place courtesy of the Seattle loss to NY.
In the Premier League, crowds were welcomed back but nothing has changed at the top with Tottenham continuing to dominate. Son and Kane bagged a couple of scintillating goals against Arsenal. Meanwhile Manchester City and United are lurking just outside the top 4.
All that and more from the newly streamlined Bats and Balls Podcast.
Pies and The Producer are in studio to talk about the week in sport.
In Cricket, Australia won the first two ODI vs India putting on huge scores that the Indians couldn’t run down. Then in the third game in Canberra, India passed 300 and Australia fell just short. Steve Smith and Glenn Maxwell have been in some pretty hot form with the bat, and for India Hardik Pandya is in career best ODI form.
In the WBBL Sydney Thunder came from third to claim the title after restricting Brisbane Heat in the Semi Final and then demolishing Melbourne Stars in the Final. If they held all their catches the score would have been even more embarrassing for the Stars.
The NFL rolls on with the 49ers beating Brendan’s Rams. And the Giants are on a winning streak to take top spot in the NFC East. Meanwhile Denver started a backup WR at QB after their whole QB staff went down with Covid-19.
In the Premier League, noone wants to win it. Liverpool and Tottenham were held to draws while Manchester City with a game in hand all of a sudden are back in the picture.
Pies has been all over the NBA Draft and Free Agency period. He picks his two big winners and makes some bold statements. How high can the Phoenix Suns go?
Then we rattle home with some other sports including Rugby, Supercars, F1 and Tennis.
0:00:00 – Cricket 0:28:00 – NFL 0:34:00 – Soccer 0:38:00 – NBA Draft & Free Agency 1:08:00 – Other Sports
249 – Rugby, State of Origin, NFL, EPL, Cricket, Lawn Bowls, Travel
Pies and The Producer in studio this week with a couple of calls via mobile telephone.
Swainy kicks off the show with Rugby. Swainy was the caller for the epic Argentina win over the All Blacks. Plus we recap the Wallabies draw with the Pumas. And we look ahead to an exciting last two weeks of the Tri Nations.
Then we recap a disappointing State of Origin series for NSW. Freddy Fittler was clearly outcoached by Wayne Bennett. But does it run deeper than that? Is Cleary the half to lead them? Are the forwards that good? And how good was it to see DCE lift the trophy?!
Tottenham are gonna win the Premier League.
Australia and India kick off their Summer of Cricket this Friday with the ODI series. Then we get into the T20 and Test series. It could be a cracking Summer.
Just as we were preparing to call it an early night we get a first time call from Jason. Pies and Jason travelled South East Asia together 23 years ago and played an International Australian Rules game for Malaysia in Jakarta. We talk Lawn Bowls, Test Cricket and the Carlton Football Club.
0:00:00 – Rugby with Swainy 0:19:50 – State of Origin 0:38:45 – NFL 0:48:40 – EPL 0:55:00 – Cricket 1:06:00 – Other Sport with Jason
State of Origin, NFL, EPL, Horse Racing, Rugby, AFL, Cricket
After a double Grand Final weekend, there’s always a let down. And no amount of rep Rugby League can get us out of it.
In any case Pies and The Producer are back with a special call in from Swainy to discuss game 1 of the State of Origin, recap the Melbourne Cup and the rest of the Spring Carnival and the last two Bledisloe Cup games.
Plus heaps more including the AFL Trade Period, the upcoming cricket season, NFL and EPL.
0:00:00 – State of Origin 0:41:00 – NFL 0:46:00 – EPL 0:50:00 – Horse Racing 0:58:00 – Rugby with Swainy 1:27:00 – AFL & Cricket
The great man Macho Man, coach of the DWS Fleshpuppets is in studio for the first time. You might remember him from his innuendo laden Supercoach rants. But the Fleshpuppet is so much more. He’s also a mad Raiders fan. And he is hoping for a fairytale revenge for the 1991 Grand Final loss to Penrith.
Also joining us is Hunter. Wearing his 1991 Dah Dah Uniforms Retro jersey for good measure.
We recap the last round of the NRL before tipping the first week of NRL Finals.
We gaze into the crystal ball and tip the first week of AFL Finals. Can Brisbane recover from going out in straight sets last season? Can Port continue their golden run?
Macho Man’s 49ers gave Pies’ Giants a Football lesson in Week 3 of the NFL. And The Producer’s Rams nearly came from a mile back to snatch victory.
In the Premier League Hunter’s Everton have started the season on fire, Manchester City were blown off the park by Leicester City and there’s more penalty controversy.
NBA Finals tip off this week. Can LeBron James win a 4th title from 10 appearances? Or will the Miami Heat spoil the LA Lakers party?
0:00:00 – NRL 1:01:00 – Supercoach 1:03:00 – AFL 1:18:00 – NFL 1:22:00 – Premier League 1:33:00 – NBA Finals
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
We’re back for another week of sporting action and after the weekend of Rugby we had to give Swainy top billing. Melbourne Rebels clinched their first Super Rugby AU finals appearance with a last gasp try against the brave Western Force. That was followed by a ball tearer of a contest and another last ditch try in the New Zealand North vs South Game.
In the NRL Penrith extended their winning streak to 12 with victory over the Broncos. SBW returned to the Roosters and in Pies opinion, they can have him. The Producer thinks Kalyn Ponga is unfairly targeted. And the Eels are back in the winners circle.
The AFL Festival of Footy 2 keeps rolling on. We try and stay abreast of what’s happening. Geelong and Port Adelaide keep winning. And Melbourne have severely affected their finals hopes in the last week.
Motorsport and the Italian Grand Prix was a win for exciting racing with plenty of lead changes. Actual safety cars and strategy were back in vogue and it was Pierre Gasly winning his first F1 race. In the Supercars it was a similar situation where safety cars and tyre selection were vitally important.
Plus the NBA Playoffs are hotting up, and the EPL and NFL seasons are back next weekend.
The Producer and Pies in studio with Erik on the phone are back for another episode of Bats and Balls.
In the NRL the Roosters put the cleaners through the Broncos, the Knights and Panthers franked the form of their draw and the Eels may or may not have gotten away with one over Manly.
Refereeing gets a small once over, but on the whole they’ve been pretty good after two rounds back from the enforced layoff.
BS is up to 7th overall in ESPN FootyTips. Can the juggernaut roll on? Can anyone catch the Lone Rangers in Supercoach? First coach sacked, DWS Fleshpuppets or Mary?
The AFL balls up from Thursday night with a blockbuster at the MCG. Port Adelaide and Adelaide will have 2000 fans at the showdown. GWS will have 350 fans vs North Melbourne while QLD and VIC teams wait a few more weeks before their fans can attend games.
The NBA has a plan in place to bring back 22 teams to Disney World in Orlando Florida. Pies runs us through the scenarios in play there.
Roger Goodell made a video denouncing racism, apologising to NFL players who made peaceful protests and supporting their rights in the future.
And soccer is coming back in some European leagues while others have been cancelled.
Pies and The Producer are back with a late recap of Super Bowl LIV. The Chiefs were too potent for the 49ers to handle.
The Summer of cricket wrapped up this week with David Warner winning the AB Medal. There’s been debate and outrage over Warner’s victory. But perhaps it was just a really good year for Australian cricket.
Super Rugby and the World Rugby 7’s have kicked off. And the TV rights are up in the air. Our mate Swainy has filled in on the Fox Rugby Podcast. Check him out there.
The true test of #PiesKnows faces Liverpool as Pies has annointed them champions of England. Can the Reds hold on, with the weight of Pies hanging around their necks?
And the NRL continue to balls up simple things. The latest weirdness is courtesy of the 9’s tournament in Perth.
Happy New Year! Even though January is almost over, holidays, sickness and apathy have meant this is our first show back for 2020. Welcome back to our long time listeners and if you’re new to our audience we hope you enjoy the show.
After holiday pleasantries we’re back into it with a recap of how much Australia pumped New Zealand in the Test Series. It turns out they aren’t that good on big boy grounds eh?
We catch up on the NFL Playoffs and look ahead to Super Bowl LIV in Miami. We tip the winner of one of the more intriguing big games in a while.
The Summer of Tennis has been fantastic. Plenty of Aussie heroes and one major redemption story in Nick Kyrgios. Who can win it from here and can Ash Barty keep the party going for two more matches?
After Pies departs, The Producer and Big Mendy talk about the new season of Rugby 7s, Soccer and Basketball.
Then Mendy wows us with his Other Sports segment. Featured sports this week include: WWE Royal Rumble, Darts, Youth Winter Olympics, Downhill Skiing, Rally Motorsport, Field Hockey, Water Polo, Bathurst 12 hour, UFC, Boxing, NRL and possibly our first time talking about Sumo!
0:00:00 – Happy 2020
0:15:00 – Cricket
0:33:00 – NFL Super Bowl LIV
1:07:00 – Tennis
1:22:00 – Rugby 7s
1:32:00 – Soccer
1:42:00 – Basketball
1:52:00 – Other Sports
Mendy is back with Pies and The Producer to wrap up 2019, to look ahead to 2020 and to catch up with more random sports.
In the NFL the 49ers dropping a game means there’s a 4-way tie at the top of the NFC. In the AFC the Patriots stopped the slide with a win over the lowly Bengals. While in the AFC South match up, the Texans beat the Titans to take the advantage in that division. And three NFC East teams won!
Australia thumped New Zealand in the first test. Brendan thinks it was over at the toss. But surely if NZ played better, they’d have got closer.
Swainy laments another terrible year for the Wallabies. Hopefully they can turn it around with another reset in 2020.
Lobby’s Canberra Raiders made it all the way to the NRL Grand Final before finally succumbing to the best team money can buy, the Sydney Roosters. So we recap the year, plus the Chris Sandow signing and medical retirements.
Liverpool are rolling in the EPL. Norwich did them a huge favour taking a point out of Leicester City. This week while the Reds prepare for the World Club Cup, Leicester and Manchester City face off in the battle for second.
Nathan’s random sports is back. Heaps of Darts with the World Championship. Plus loads more. Next year – Downhill Kayaking!
Plus all our favourite guests in our Highlights, Lowlights and Predictions package.
Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year to you all. We can’t wait to be back, bigger and better in 2020.
0:00:00 – NFL
0:19:00 – Cricket
0:36:00 – Rugby with Swainy
0:56:00 – NRL with Lobby
1:30:00 – Soccer
1:40:00 – Nathan’s Random Sports
2:02:00 – 2019 Review and 2020 Predictions
Pies and BS in the studio for the second last show of the year.
In the NFL there’s still life in the Rams season after a stirring win against Seattle. The 49ers and Saints played a classic with San Francisco coming out on top. Both teams look primed for the playoffs. And the Chiefs beat the Patriots.
The three test series between Australia and New Zealand kicks off this week with the day/night test in Perth. Can New Zealand bat well enough for long enough to challenge Australia?
Liverpool and Leicester keep winning while Manchester United did Liverpool a huge favour beating City in the Manchester Derby.
Valvoline Raceway are trying to get relocated sooner rather than later. Hopefully dirt track racing in Sydney doesn’t disappear while they find a new home.
In Rugby League Pies tried to have a Latrell free week, but The Producer had other ideas. Not only do we cover the latest in the Latrell saga. We get political and cover everything from the national anthem at the all stars game, to Paul Keating, Kevin Rudd and ScoMo.
Pies and The Producer are back with a more concise show this week. With Pies powered by Beer Cartel Advent Calendar, there’s still heaps of sport going on during the holiday season.
The NFL has had some blockbuster games. We previewed the 49ers v Ravens last week and it didn’t disappoint with defence dominating for most of the game. The Ravens got the win, but the 49ers aren’t losing many admirers. The Patriots are in danger and Pies still likes the Seahawks.
Australia wrapped up the two test series against Pakistan with another innings victory. David Warner’s 335* was the main talking point. Did Australia declare too early, too late? Can’t we just admire great accomplishments? Here’s hoping New Zealand fresh off the series victory over England can put up more of a fight.
In the EPL Man City gave up points at Newcastle while Leicester and Liverpool won again. City made up for it with a mid-week beat down of Burnley.
BS went to Parramatta Raceway on the weekend and reports on motorsport from Australia and around the world including some changes to Supercars and Formula 1.
Plus we rattle through some of the other sports including Parramatta re-signing Dylan Brown and the latest on Latrell Mitchell exercising his rights under the NRL rules.
0:00:00 – NFL
0:25:00 – Cricket
0:45:00 – Soccer
0:55:00 – Motorsport
1:00:00 – Other Sport
Pies and The Producer are back after another week off and they catch up like it’s been two months. No Ma’am Basketball, Kayak Fishing and great cricket victories are on the agenda early before the real sport gets a going over.
Australia beat Pakistan by an innings and 5 runs in the first test. Steve Smith proved that he is in fact mortal. While the best? bat in the team made his maiden ton. In the end it was a comfortable beat down, but Pakistan could be headed in the right direction.
The NFL season is heating up with some influential games last week and also coming on the weekend. The highlights of week 12 were the 49ers and Ravens stamping their authority over pretty good teams. This brings us to the epic 49ers at Ravens game this weekend. The Bills at Cowboys game also has the potential to serve as a pointer to the playoffs.
In the EPL Liverpool keep winning late. All eyes will be on Anfield this weekend and The Producers’ Brighton take on the might of Liverpool.
Scott McLaughlin* wrapped up the Supercars title in Newcastle and DJR Penske* came out on top in the teams championship also. Plenty to be said about all of this moving forward.
The Latrell Mitchell saga continues with the news that Valentine Holmes, cut by the New York Jets, signed with the North Queensland Cowboys. It appears to be down to the Gold Coast and West Tigers. Who will blink first? Can the Titans be the making of Latrell? And vice versa perhaps…
The Producer’s laptop update was only slightly slower than the Melbourne Cup but we got there. We’re a week late, but better late than never eh?
A week after the fact we recap the Rugby World Cup Final and the Melbourne Cup. And find out how Never Listen, as tipped on Episode 214, fared in the Oaks.
Take stock of how the NFL season is going. Including yet another team running it straight through the middle of the Chiefs Defence. And the Seahawks and 49ers played a classic on Monday Night Football.
Liverpool beat Manchester City 3-1 and are 8 points clear at the top after 12 games. Can anyone stop the Reds this year?
Controversy continues as the fall out from Bathurst rages on. Scott McLaughlin stripped of Pole, but what does that even mean weeks after he won the race?!
Australia contemplate a bunch of out of form batsmen for the test series vs Pakistan.
And November 1 came and went and very big names have signed on for 2021. Pies and BS debate the merits of Latrell Mitchell and whether they’d want him at the Eels.
0:00:00 – Rugby World Cup Final
0:12:00 – Melbourne Cup and Horse Racing
0:43:00 – NFL
1:03:00 – Soccer
1:10:00 – Motorsport
1:31:00 – Cricket
1:50:00 – Rugby League
Pies worked all weekend and with Mendy back in arbitration The Producer is stuck on his own as the only person who watched any sport.
Lucky we have Swainy to bail us out. And bailing out is exactly what Australian Rugby needs as the Wallabies limped to a disappointing Quarter Final exit at the hands of England. In the other quarters New Zealand flexed their muscles over Ireland, South Africa were too strong for plucky Japan and Wales were a tad lucky to get over the top of France.
In Horse Racing we recap Yes Yes Yes’ win in The Everest and Mer De Glace’s powerful win in the Caulfield Cup and we look ahead to the Cox Plate.
The NBA kicked off with a win for the defending champions Toronto Raptors and a loss to the LA Lakers. Pies wonders whether #LakersDeathRide is a tad harsh. For now it stays but if you have a better idea, let us know.
Plus heaps more.
0:00:00 – Rugby World Cup
0:43:00 – Horse Racing
1:04:00 – Basketball
1:22:00 – NFL
1:30:00 – Soccer
1:36:00 – Motorsport
1:54:00 – Other Sport
Mendy has followed Team Orders and joined us in the studio following his latest pay dispute.
Joining us via satellite is Swainy to discuss the Rugby World Cup. Everyone’s second team Japan have made it to the Quarter Finals and they are a live chance to beat South Africa. The Wallabies are up against it with a match up with England but anything can happen when Eddie Jones is coaching in a big game.
Then a second satellite hook up as we welcome Mark Townsend for the first time. Mark is on the line to preview the NBA Season. Mark is a long time Washington fan so he can empathise with Pies over his New York Knicks struggles. But this is about the rest of the league. Pies and Mark discuss the Battle for LA, how the Warriors will rebound from the loss of Durant and Thompson and if the Raptors can sustain a title defence. Plus Pies drops a bombshell by tipping a big name to miss the playoffs.
In the NFL the Rams are losing touch with the NFC West leaders, The Saints may be the real deal and Pies drops his second bombshell of the episode.
Bathurst 1000 wasn’t without its own controversy. BS and Mendy go head to head over Team Orders.
We cast our eyes over The Everest barrier draw, The Producer tips us a winner in the Caulfield Cup, Victoria produced a road in the first round of the Sheffield Shield.
Plus all of the random sports Mendy has watched including darts, volleyball, snooker, surfing and India having a curling team!
0:00:00 – Rugby World Cup
0:29:00 – NBA Season Preview
1:35:00 – MLB Postseason
1:41:00 – NFL
1:54:00 – Horse Racing
2:03:00 – EPL & A-League
2:09:00 – Bathurst & Formula 1
2:30:00 – Cricket
2:39:00 – NBL
2:46:00 – Darts, Volleyball, Tennis, Snooker, Motor Bikes, Canoe Slalom, Surfing, Curling, Beach Olympics, NRL
2:56:00 – Pies Rant – LeBron James & China
The Roosters have gone back to back after one of the most gripping and controversial grand finals in recent memory. The refs, the tactics, the Churchill medal, the interviews. Everywhere you look there’s controversy. And after it’s all said and done. Sydney Roosters are still the premiers and Bats and Balls Championship belt holders.
Swainy joins us via satellite to discuss the Rugby World Cup. Japan have done it again. Can they finish it off and make the quarter finals? The Wallabies are taking some chances and looking a bit better. Plus heaps more.
The NFL is about as confusing as it’s ever been. The 49ers and Patriots are the only undefeated teams. There’s a chasing pack, but no great form.
In the EPL Liverpool are now 8 points clear at the top after Man City gave up two goals at home. Kicking off the weekend was Brighton putting 3 past Tottenham after Hugo Lloris dislocated his elbow.
Plus The Producer revs up our engines for the Bathurst 1000 Supercars. It’s setting up for another intriguing race.
0:00:00 – NRL
1:00:00 – Rugby World Cup
1:25:00 – NFL
1:47:00 – EPL
1:55:00 – Bathurst 1000
2:04:00 – Other Sport
We kick off with an NRL Grand Final preview. Everyone’s? second team the Canberra Raiders have made it all the way to the decider to take on the best team money can buy Sydney Roosters.
We’re joined via satellite by Swainy to catch up on all the latest in Rugby World Cup. Japan have once again rocked the Rugby World. Can they keep it up? The Wallabies suffered a loss at the hands of Wales. Can they bounce back?
Richmond dominated GWS in the AFL Grand Final. After a tight first quarter, Richmond tightened the screws and the Giants couldn’t go with them. Dustin Martin was the runaway Norm Smith medallist. But the biggest story had to be Marlion Pickett. On debut in a GF. What a story!
Plus we catch up with NFL, EPL and F1.
0:00:00 – NRL Grand Final
0:33:00 – Rugby World Cup
0:58:00 – AFL Grand Final
1:32:00 – NFL
1:38:00 – EPL
1:42:00 – Formula 1
We chose the busiest time in the sporting calendar to take holidays. But we’re back just in time for the biggest games. The Producer has been touring Las Vegas and Los Angeles and Pies has been fishing on Lake Macquarie. But we’re back for the pointy end of the season.
In the last month hell has frozen over as BS goes into bat for the NRL referees. While we were gone Parra beat Manly to get into 5th. Played their GF in the first week of the finals against the Broncos. And then went out without a whimper in Melbourne. The Storm, Roosters, Raiders and Rabbitohs are left standing, as it should be.
In the AFL Pies almost burst a valve watching the last quarter of the Preliminary Final between GWS and Collingwood. The Giants are into their first ever Grand Final and BS is on board with the local team too. Come down to the AFL GF live site at Cathy Freeman Park, Olympic Park this Saturday!
The Rugby World Cup has kicked off in Japan with some fairly predictable results.
The NFL is three weeks in. The Daniel Jones era has begun in New York. And the Rams are winning, but could look better.
Plus we catch up on some of the other sports we missed including EPL, F1, FIBA World Cup and The Ashes Cricket.
0:00:00 – NRL Finals
1:07:00 – AFL Finals
1:51:00 – Rugby World Cup
2:03:00 – NFL
2:21:00 – Soccer
2:26:00 – Formula 1
2:32:00 – FIBA World Cup
2:36:00 – Ashes
Pies is joined via satellite by Big Zacko to discuss the upcoming NFL season and predict all the Division winners, as well as the Championship Games and Super Bowl winner.
There’s a couple of favourites selected. But stay tuned for Big Zacko’s Hot Tip for a nice long shot selection.
0:04:00 – FIBA World Cup
0:08:00 – NFL Preview
0:10:00 – AFC East
0:18:00 – AFC North
0:28:00 – AFC South
0:43:00 – AFC West
0:50:00 – NFC East
1:01:00 – NFC North
1:04:00 – NFC South
1:10:00 – NFC West
1:18:00 – Championship Games and Super Bowl
1:26:00 – AFL Finals
Mixed bag this episode with the satellite working overtime.
Colbee joins us to discuss the whitewash of Sri Lanka in the two test series.
Swainy is on the line to recap the World Rugby Sevens Series round in Sydney.
Then Big Zacko gets on the audio link to discuss Super Bowl LIII. It was a defensive struggle. But not every big game can be the points fest that SBLII was. According to MyTopSportsbooks.com the Patriots are favoured in opening Super Bowl Odds for 2020.
Then we finish up with soccer, EPL and Asian Cup on the agenda. Qatar are coming good. Just in time for their World Cup.
0:00:00 – Cricket with Colbee
0:18:50 – Rugby with Swainy
0:44:00 – NFL Super Bowl LIII
1:28:00 – Soccer
Three jam packed segments. Much like our show title, we’ve hit our Maximum this week.
First treble 20 is Cricket. We recap the shortened first test between Australia and Sri Lanka. Give Cummins another Pat on the back. And lament two butchered centuries. Plus recap some of the BBL games from the past week. Including the brilliant innings from Callum Ferguson in response to Shaun Marsh’s gem from last weeks show.
In the second treble Liverpool are still riding high at the top of the EPL. Brighton are looking good to stay up, as long as they get their Australian keeper back sooner rather than later. And the boys watched a few A-League games over the weekend. Oh and Australia were bundled out of the Asian Cup in the Quarters.
For the third treble we preview the Super Bowl. The New England Patriots have been the gold standard for 17 years now. There’s some nice symmetry with the Pats taking on the Rams just like their first title in 2002. The only problem is, Tom Brady isn’t quitting just yet.
And during the NFL talk we have a call from a VERY special guest.
Fourth year apprentice Big Zacko joins us via satellite from the quarry while first year apprentice Mendy is in the studio. Mendy brings a European flavour to the show with darts, soccer and heaps of other sports.
We kick off the show with the NFL Playoffs. It’s down to the Championship Games and it’s 1v2 in both conferences.
Then we catch up with the ODI and BBL in cricket. And we throw in some live commentary of the Heat v Thunder game that was abandoned for bad light. Sabotage from the Brisbane Heat?
All that and heaps more.
0:00:00 – NFL Playoffs
0:49:00 – Cricket
1:12:00 – Soccer
1:20:00 – Darts with Nathan
1:30:00 – Other Sports
The Producer is out so it’s just Pies and Big Zacko via teleconference this week. Apologies if the audio sucks, but the content is pretty good.
First we discuss a few of the Week 17 games in the NFL. The virtual playoff game between the Colts and Titans is high on the list.
Then we preview the NFL Playoffs. There’s 12 teams left and virtually any of them could win it this year. The wildcard games are all interesting and should throw up some exciting football.
And we finish up with the last of the India tests in Sydney. Australia’s selectors have pulled another fast one naming a very part time legspinning all rounder as the number 3 bat. What’s going on at Cricket Australia?
Another big year in sport has come to an end. It’s time for the Podcast Christmas Party. Which means too much beer, not enough finger food and telling the boss where to go.
We catch up on the NFL and look ahead to the last two weeks of the regular season. There’s some interesting jostling going on for the last few playoff spots. The Rams are in, but faltering. While the Titans and Colts are in good form, but both can’t make it.
Australia bounced back from the Adelaide loss to level the test series with India 1-1. The pitch at the new Perth Stadium was excellent offering something for everyone. Virat Kohli showed his class with a very good century. But it was the Aussie bowlers who won the game. The BBL has kicked off. And we look ahead to Boxing Day in Melbourne.
Erik is on the phone to discuss the Wests Tigers salary cap, Justin Pascoe and Robbie Farah situation. And then talk a little baseball.
And from 2:05:00 we wrap up the 2018 year in sport and make a few bold predictions.
0:00:00 – NFL
0:37:00 – Cricket
1:21:00 – NRL & Baseball with Erik
1:58:00 – EPL
2:05:00 – 2018 Wrap Up and 2019 Predictions
Pies is in Moore Park paying his respects to the Sydney Football Stadium before it gets demolished. So in his place is new/old team member Nathan. Nathan has been watching every sport in the world lately so he’ll fit right in.
First up is Big Zacko via satellite talking NFL. The Rams got stopped by the Bears. And the Giants can’t even tank right. The scene is set for the big clash between the Giants and Titans this weekend.
We have Swainy on the line to recap the Spring tour of Europe and to talk up the future of Rugby in this country.
We recap an eventful first test in Adelaide. The Aussies almost pulled off the miracle win. But it probably didn’t deserve it and the final margin flattered the top 6.
Nathan brings back some much needed Darts talk. Plus heaps more with NBA, NBL, EPL and more.
0:00:00 – NFL
0:31:00 – Rugby
1:11:00 – Cricket
1:36:00 – Darts
1:44:00 – Basketball
1:49:00 – Premier League
1:52:00 – Other Sport
The Sydney Storm has kept Big Zacko stranded on dry land for another week. And Pies was a late arrival. But we managed to get through it all.
Zacko and The Producer recap the last couple of weeks in the NFL. Cover the big stories. Then Pies turns up to tip a big upset.
The Producer and Pies then take over and discuss the touring Indian side and the upcoming test series vs Australia. Australia have selected an interesting squad and there should be at least one debutant for the first test.
Pies and The Producer joined Erik at the ballpark for one of the Sydney Blue Sox vs Geelong Korea baseball games. Hilarity ensued. Hear our recap here.
And the final round of the Supercars was held in Newcastle. The Producer was watching all of the action and controversy.
Big Zacko is stuck on the farm with the bridges to the boondocks washed out. So it’s Pies and The Producer in studio and Big Zacko via carrier pigeon.
The NFL season is shaking out with the cream rising to the top of most divisions. There’s still some interesting races going on though. Week 11 should give some clarity to those divisional battles. Or will it?
Australia and South Africa completed their 3 game ODI series with South Africa winning 2-1. Perhaps Australian cricket isn’t completely dead. Can the Marsh Brothers dig us out of the hole? Or is there another saviour on the horizon?
Pies and The Producer are off to the baseball on Friday night to see Sydney Blue Sox play Geelong Korea. Should we spend more time talking about the ABL?
Plus we whip around the other sports including Soccer, Motorsport and the weird NBA season.
Big Zacko and The Producer Episode 5. With Pies down at Flemington checking out the form, The Producer and Big Zacko decide to give Swainy more rein than he’s used to. And the big man doesn’t disappoint swaying away from Rugby into uncharted territory.
The boys then break down all the action from the NFL. The Producer’s Rams keep winning. Big Zacko’s Titans had the bye and Pies’ Giants had another underwhelming loss.
Winx, the mighty mare won an unprecedented 4th straight WS Cox Plate. Big Zacko breaks down all the action from Mooney Valley.
Then we’re joined by Pies via satellite from an undisclosed location. Review the Cricket Australia review. As well as catching up with Brighton and how they’re doing in the English Premier League.
0:00:00 – Rugby with Swainy
0:36:00 – NFL
1:18:00 – No Phony Stewpit Tweet of the Week
1:24:00 – Horse Racing
1:42:00 – Pies
Well Mad Monday lasted longer than anticipated. The photos haven’t emerged yet. But when they do…
International Rugby League has been happening. We saw a bit of it. There’s been a bit of action off the field and we’re not really across much of it. But we do have time for one of the great Stewpit Tweets of the Week.
The NFL has returned order to the world. The Rams & Saints, Chiefs and Patriots look like the Championship games already. But NFL post seasons rarely go to script.
Caulfield Cup Day came and went. Racing expert Big Zacko runs his eye over a few of the big winners from Saturday. And he has a warning for those who like Thinkin Big in the Derby.
Plus we catch up with a few of the stories in AFL, EPL, NBA and more.
0:00:00 – Rugby League
0:10:31 – No Phony Stewpit Tweet of the Week
0:39:00 – AFL
0:45:00 – NFL
1:45:00 – Cricket
2:03:00 – Premier League
2:07:00 – Basketball
2:16:00 – Horse Racing
Another footy season done and dusted. Two of the more memorable Grand Finals played out over the weekend.
West Coast outwitted Collingwood but it took all 4 quarters. An absolute belter of an AFL Grand Final. The Eagles finally winning 11.13.79 – 11.8.74.
In the NRL Grand Final the Sydney Roosters apparently played with 12 men but still completely outplayed the Melbourne Storm. It was a huge performance from the Roosters, eventually winning the game 21-6.
In the NFL Big Zacko outlasted the rest of us on a public holiday Monday taking in all 3 games on FTA TV. The Rams are better than Big Zacko thought. The Patriots still have a lot of questions to be answered after their beat down of Miami. The Steelers may be finished. And the Giants are a loss away from tanking for a decent O-Line.
0:00:00 – AFL Grand Final
0:36:00 – NRL Grand Final
2:00:00 – NFL
2:44:00 – No Phony Stewpit Tweet of the Week
Pies is back to preview the two big games this weekend. On Saturday it’s the AFL Grand Final between West Coast and Collingwood. And on Sunday it’s the NRL Grand Final between Sydney Roosters and Melbourne. It should be a massive weekend of sport.
But first cab off the rank, and the only sport with an international flavour is Rugby. Our favourite guest Swainy is back to talk The Rugby Championship and the NRC. Swainy is calling a game on Sunday afternoon so catch that game during your Grand Final barbecues!
Finally we wrap up with the NFL. All our teams won on the weekend. The Producer is glowing with the form of the Rams. Pies is relieved the Giants got off the donut. And Big Zacko is sceptical of the Titans record under coach Vrabel.
No Pies this week so it’s up to the comedy duo of Big Zacko and The Producer to carry the show this week. Nothing much has changed then…
They discuss the NRL finals and are fully opposed on their selections for the Grand Final.
We have a very special guest Coach Blake Campbell Defensive Co-Ordinator for the Revere Minutemen HS who comes in to help Zacko cover all the weeks NFL news. We discuss retiring at halftime, the greatness of the Rams and Jaguars, Miami’s hot start, placekicking woes all that and more…
Is Episode 164 the last ever? What could happen to force one member of the team to walk out? Can the other two members carry the show without him? Will he ever come back? All those questions and more will be answered in this explosive episode of Bats and Balls.
The NRL threw up a few surprises forcing Pies to eat a big piece of humble pie and apologise, not for the last time, to the Panthers and Dragons. Can they keep the roll on going next weekend? And can anyone stop the Roosters and Storm from the inevitible Grand Final?
In the AFL Pies and The Producer are happy as their teams won. Can the Giants head to the MCG and win three straight to claim the flag? Can West Coast remain fit and win a Prelim Final at home and book their place in the GF?
The NFL finally kicked off and we have a very special guest on the line. Our Crazy Canadian mate Cookie calls in to discuss the match up of the week Tennessee at Miami! Can the Browns build on their strong start to the season? Are the Rams really the best team in the NFL? Can Tom Brady survive the season?
So many questions. Only one place to find most of the answers.
In the third and final NFL Preview show we’re joined by Ben Sudderth III of BS3 Sports. Ben is a Cowboys fan but we won’t hold that against him. Have a listen to Ben’s thoughts here, and then check out his own show at http://www.spreaker.com/user/bs3sports.
Then we’re on the phone with Big Zacko to round out the NFL Previews and give our own Super Bowl LIII picks.
Keeping up with the NFL theme there’s some debate in the studio over the #StewpitTweetOfTheWeek.
To kick off the show we cover the final round of NRL, Mad Monday celebrations got a little out of hand for one club and we pick the winners of the NRL Finals.
At the end we rattle home with AFL Finals selections, Soccer, Motorsport and the NRL Supercoach winner in an absolute nailbiter.
0:00:00 – NRL
0:37:00 – NFL with Ben Sudderth III
1:20:00 – NFL with Big Zacko
2:04:00 – Stewpit Tweet of the Week
2:20:00 – AFL Finals
2:28:00 – EPL
2:33:00 – Supercars & Formula 1
2:40:00 – NRL Supercoach
We’re joined by a very special guest. All the way from the USA it’s Zach Bahner of Auctionable Offense Podcast to talk all things NFL. Zach lives and breathes NFL and it’s great to have him on to preview the NFL season.
Our old mate Swainy is back and it’s hard times for the Wallabies. Another crushing defeat at the hands of the All Blacks. Can we see a silver lining to this cloud?
Colbee opens the show previewing the last Masters of Rugby League module at Minchinbury this weekend. Should be a cracking afternoon down at Federation Forest with the first game of the Indigenous Masters team.
NRL, AFL and Soccer are on at the back end of this episode and by then we’d had a few beers. The Producer has another rant of sorts and Pies unleashes on Dragons fans.
0:00:00 – Masters of Rugby League with Colbee
0:27:00 – Rugby with Swainy
0:51:00 – NFL Preview with Zach Bahner
2:11:00 – NRL
3:08:00 – AFL
3:19:00 – Soccer
The NFL season is just around the corner and we’re joined by our favourite Crazy Canadian Cookie for the first of our NFL preview shows. Changing it up a bit this year and giving our guests more rope during the NFL previews. Have a listen to Cookie and the next few guests to have some idea about the upcoming NFL season.
The NRL and AFL Finals are just around the corner. We recap the last round and preview the final round in AFL and the penultimate round of NRL.
Swainy is back to recap the All Blacks second half demolition of the Wallabies in Bledisloe Cup game 1. It’s hard to see the tables turning at Fortress Eden Park in the next game.
Brighton & Hove Albion beat Manchester United in the English Premier League. The Producer can’t be more happy. Meanwhile Liverpool might actually have the team to challenge City at the top.
Plus we have our second Stewpit Tweet of the Week. It’s a massive show with something for everyone.
0:00:00 – NRL
0:38:00 – NFL with Ben Cook
1:49:00 – No Phony Stewpit Tweet of the Week
2:08:00 – AFL
2:20:00 – Rugby with Swainy
2:40:00 – Soccer
2:46:00 – Supercoach Finals
We’re back to recap one of the best Super Bowls we’ve seen. The Philadelphia Eagles defeated the New England Patriots to win their first Super Bowl. How did they do it? And where to now for the Patriots, Eagles and the rest of the NFL?
The Big Bash League concluded on Sunday with Adelaide Strikers defeating Hobart Hurricanes.
And we continue to select our Bats and Balls Cup NRL Supercoach team. This week is halfbacks and five-eighths.
0:00:00 – NFL Super Bowl LII
1:15:00 – BBL Final
1:44:00 – NRL Supercoach
It’s been a long time coming, but we finally wish Swainy a Happy New Year as we catch up with our favourite Rugby analyst. We’ve got all the news from the Sydney edition of the World Rugby Sevens. And we renew our push to get Swainy on the plane to Japan in 2019. #SwainyRWC2019
The BBL Finals are upon us. And what better way to celebrate than have half the good players unavailable through International selection.
We have a look at the Super Bowl LII match up between the Philadelphia Eagles and the New England Patriots. Big Zacko and Pies make educated guesses as to who will win the game.
And we’ve decided that three heads are better than one. So for this years Bats and Balls Cup, we’ll be pooling our collective thoughts into one Supercoach behemoth. Surely nothing can stop us. Stay tuned for the NRL Supercoach code at the end of the show.
And the long awaited Big Zacko Moment makes a triumphant return 1:44:00.
0:00:00 – World Rugby Sevens
0:23:00 – BBL Finals ODIs
0:59:00 – NFL Super Bowl LII
1:44:00 – NRL Supercoach
Emma Tonegato’s try vs Spain as described by Swainy
Bats and Balls was unAustralian and had no Pies for Australia Day. So Big Zacko was left to talk to the wall about the NFL Championship games. Nick Foles was great, and Tom Brady, when it counted was Tom Brady.
Heaps of limited over cricket going on. BBL gets another run as the tournament finals approach. BS blows up about Big Show missing ODI selection (again).
Supercoach is open. The boys have a quick look at the opening prices. With the possibility of a Bats and Balls composite team to take on in the Bats and Balls Cup.
After one of the best Divisional rounds in years, Brendan reminds us all not to believe the hype. And Pies calls up Big Zacko to claim his prize after backing the Jaguars over the Steelers.
Heading into the Conference Championship games this week and we predict the winners. Can the Jags get to Tom Brady and beat the Patriots? Or are they just the best team and going all the way once again? Plus the Vikings and Eagles games looks like a cracker too.
We’ve watched a few good run chases in the BBL, D’Arcy Short can’t stop making runs. And the Sixers have made it too little too late.
The Australian Open is under way. This could be a good couple of weeks for Australian tennis. Especially the redemption story of the Summer, Nick Kyrgios.
0:00:00 – NFL Playoffs
0:55:00 – BBL
0:59:00 – Aus Open
Australia wrapped up the 5th Ashes test in style with an innings defeat of England. The victory was so comprehensive, even Cricket Australia put the slipper in with their podium design.
The Producer went to the Big Bash this week. Usman Khawaja is back in form following his big ton at the SCG and making runs for the Thunder. We discuss Maxwell’s continued non-selection and where to now for the Big Show.
Big Zacko’s Tennessee Titans are into the Divisional Round of the NFL Playoffs. Can they go into Foxborough and beat the Patriots? Plus we talk about the rest of the playoff games from the weekend including the Rams choke job against Atlanta.
0:00:00 – The Ashes
0:33:00 – BBL T20
0:56:00 – NFL Playoffs
The Producer is the champion of the Bats and Balls Cup. It’s amazing how good you can be at fantasy when all you do is pick your own players and they jag 10 wins in a season. We’ll dissect the errors Big Zacko made in gifting this nuffie a title.
Plus the MCG pitch was a disgrace. What do you expect from a two bit stadium that should be called the Melbourne Football Ground instead of masquerading as a cricket ground.
Onwards to the SCG. Can Australia beat the might of England with two spinners?
0:00:00 – Fantasy Football
0:05:00 – The Ashes
0:51:00 – NFL Playoffs and Awards
Big Zacko is a late scratching, but The Producer and Pies are here to recap another thumping win the 2nd Ashes Test. Shaun Marsh is making the most of his 9th recall. Nathan Lyon is spinning England out of it and they can’t handle Starc and Cummins. Why not give them a fighting chance and bring in Mitch Marsh for Perth?
The Rugby League World Cup came to a close with the Final. Australia beat England in the Final. We discuss the tournament as a whole and the future of RLWC.
FIFA made the World Cup Draw during the week. Australia have an okay draw and the entire thing is pretty balanced.
Plus we flum our way through the NFL without Big Zacko.
0:00:00 – Rugby League World Cup
0:20:00 – The Ashes
0:57:00 – Football World Cup Draw
1:04:00 – NFL & Fantasy
Sports historian and newlywed Erik Nielsen joins us to preview The Ashes which kicks off tomorrow morning in Brisbane. We debate the selection nightmare that was the Australian team. The unknown English bats. And the possibility of the weather affecting the outcome of the series.
Then we introduce the Australian Baseball League to the podcast after Brendan and Erik spent an afternoon and night at the Sydney Blue Sox vs Adelaide Bite Double Header.
And the Rugby League World Cup just got a bit more interesting with Fiji and Tonga into the Semi Finals.
0:00:00 – The Ashes Preview
0:49:00 – ABL
1:00:00 – Rugby League World Cup
1:29:00 – NFL & Football World Cup Playoffs
The Ashes Predictions
Erik – Joe Root
Brendan – David Warner
Josh – Cameron Bancroft
Erik – Josh Hazlewood
Brendan – Mitchell Starc
Josh – Nathan Lyon
Erik – Australia 2-1
Brendan – Australia 5-0
Josh – Australia 4-1
The International game of Rugby League is alive and kicking. Tonga have been a breath of fresh air in this tournament. Can they sustain it moving forward? The Quarter Finals are set, can we predict any upsets on the horizon?
The NFL season is past the halfway point. Are the Rams the real deal? Or is their 7-2 record a myth?
Football World Cup Qualifying is hotting up with only 3 spots still up for grabs at time of recording. Can Australia beat Honduras in the 2nd leg? Can New Zealand pull off a famous victory in Peru? Are Sweden the giant killers of the World Cup?
And The Bats and Balls Cup Fantasy NFL competition is set for a shake up after the clash between Team Smith and Big Zacko’s Bullies. Two teams enter, one leaves as the second favourite to win it all behind the St Clair Lone Rangers who just keep winning.
0:00:00 – Rugby League World Cup
0:42:00 – NFL
1:18:00 – Football World Cup Playoffs
1:37:00 – Bats and Balls Cup Fantasy NFL
Fresh off Big Zacko tipping the exacta in the Melbourne Cup, we recap the race that stops a nation. Plus the Rugby League World Cup has played its second week of games.
At the halfway point of the NFL season we have a look at the top teams, the surprise packets and the disappointments in the NFL half yearly report card.
And we finish off with a bit of EPL and A-League football.
0:00:00 – Melbourne Cup Review
0:11:00 – Rugby League World Cup
0:32:00 – NFL Mid Year Report Card
1:29:00 – Football
The trade deadline passed and we kept Big Zacko on for another week. Not content with coming off the bench, Big Zacko has demanded more snaps and management have acquiesced to his demands.
Heaps on offer including the Rugby League World Cup, MLB World Series, NFL and the latest horse racing news.
0:00:00 – Rugby League World Cup
0:23:00 – A-League
0:28:00 – Formula 1 / V8 Supercars
0:31:00 – MLB World Series
0:42:00 – NBA
0:47:00 – EPL
0:53:00 – NFL
1:33:00 – Derby Day
Swainy is back after a few weeks and what a week to be back! The Wallabies defeated The All Blacks to claim the Rugby Championship Belt.
The Rugby League World Cup is just around the corner and Pies has no idea what’s going on. And the Tonga team is going to the final.
Big Zacko has been watching A-League.
Plus all your NFL reviews and news.
With The Producer out of action again, we thought we’d try something a bit different and record a short episode (well short for us!) out at Big Zacko’s farm. Zac’s been tipping up a storm in the NFL lately. You could do worse than following along with his tips this week.
We recap Week 6 NFL games. Tip you the winners of Week 7. Then quickly talk about opening night of the NBA. Plus there’s a bit on the Socceroos road to Russia 2018.
Apologies if the audio isn’t the best. It was our first time recording as a video.
After 29 and 26 weeks of NRL and AFL it’s all come down to this. The final game of the season. The ultimate sudden death game. It’s Grand Final weekend and it promises to be massive. Storylines aplenty. Cooper Cronk in his last game for Melbourne. Cameron Smith putting another stamp on his stellar career. Michael Morgan emerging from the shadow of Johnathan Thurston. The Richmond Tigers and their long suffering fans. New Brownlow medallist Dusty Martin. The great Adelaide Crows. Eddie Betts. Rory Sloane. What a weekend!
Plus we recap a couple of Masters of Rugby League modules at Belmont and Minchinbury.
And we dissect the week in NFL, and the Carmelo Anthony trade. Pies’ NY Knicks have finally rid themselves of Melo.
0:00:00 – NRL
0:35:00 – AFL
0:59:00 – Masters of Rugby League
1:12:00 – NFL
1:48:00 – NBA
An abnormal Wednesday morning recording this week. So The Producer and Pies discuss the NRL and AFL Semi Finals and predict the winners of the Prelim Finals. Then Big Zacko joins us on the phone for the NFL wrap. Plus Formula 1 and the Sandown 500 V8 Supercars.
It’s episode 121 and Pies is back at the helm of the ship. Big Zacko and The Producer are in the studio and we’ve got a huge show. We try to avoid all the controversy from the NRL Finals, but Brendan can’t help himself. Plus we recap the AFL Finals which got off to a slow start but finished with a belter in Adelaide.
Plus we go through the first week of NFL Football, tip all of next weeks games and talk a little Fantasy Football.
Then right at the end, THAT photo of Malcolm Turnbull at the footy.
0:00:00 – NRL
0:38:00 – AFL
0:57:00 – NFL
1:55:00 – Football World Cup Qualifying
2:04:00 – Fake Political Outrage
We’ve given the NFL Preview Show stand alone status this year. No more sifting through the rest of our gibber to get to the real football analysis.
Steve is crook this year, so it’s left to Big Zacko to carry most of the workload with Pies coming in on 3rd down to help out. Brendan does his best as a change of pace type back.
0:00:00 – NFC East
0:20:00 – NFC North
0:36:00 – NFC South
0:43:00 – NFC West
1:00:00 – AFC East
1:15:00 – AFC North
1:22:00 – AFC South
1:28:00 – AFC West
1:37:00 – Stat Attack & Predictions
Pies is hiding his face after weighing in with a stiffy, so it’s just Brendan and Zacko again this week. Alternate facts are that Pies was out with flu like symptoms.
The boys cover all the games of NRL and AFL and the Finals repercussions.
Australia were chasing down Bangladesh in the 1st test. Plus the latest news from the NFL and the Belgian Formula 1 Grand Prix recap.
And the AFL Supercoach GF has been played, and the NRL Supercoach GF is set for next week.
0:00:00 – NRL
0:40:00 – AFL
1:00:00 – Test Cricket
1:04:00 – NFL
1:17:00 – Formula 1
1:22:00 – Supercoach
We miss the start by 7 lengths, but Big Zacko doesn’t panic and has us humming along just right in the final furlong for a famous victory. Or something like that.
Two weeks out from the NRL Finals and there’s still a couple of spots up for grabs. And all appears sewn up in the AFL, but is it?!
Swainy goes above and beyond by taking some time out between the main course and dessert to discuss everything going on in the world of Rugby including the Western Force, Shute Shield Final and the Bledisloe Cup.
Plus there’s discussion about the great mare Winx, Hartnell avoiding her and winning, in bizarre circumstances, Nick Kyrgios seems to have his head on right again, plus Big Zacko goes through some of the news from the NFL and we’re almost over Supercoach.
Somehow we cracked the century! Celebrate episode 100 with Brendan, Josh, Colbee, Hunter and Big Zacko via satellite.
We catch up on all the latest NRL talk. Colbee previews the Masters of Rugby League module this weekend and Quakers Hill and Merrylands. Big Zacko has been researching the NFL Draft and some potential picks. We recap the AFL round. And Brendan gives us the V8 Supercars and EFL Championship wrap.
0:00:00 – The Century
0:06:15 – NRL
1:27:10 – Masters of Rugby League
1:44:30 – BIg Zacko NFL Draft
2:10:30 – AFL
2:27:50 – V8 Supercars
2:32:50 – EFL Championship
Big Zacko Moment – None this week Continue reading “Episode 100 – Centurions”→
It’s just the three of us again as we get back to what we do best. Talking nonsense for long periods. In amongst the dribble you’ll find NRL, AFL, NBA Playoffs, a debate over Russell Westbrook and James Harden for MVP, Brighton & Hove Albion promoted to the English Premier League, we touch on the NFL Draft, Star Wars Episode VIII and Supercoach.
0:00:00 – NRL
0:57:00 – AFL
1:34:00 – NBA Playoffs
1:50:00 – Brighton & Hove Albion Promoted
2:15:00 – NFL Draft
2:21:00 – Star Wars
2:30:00 – Supercoach
Big Zacko Moment – 1:31:00 Continue reading “Episode 99”→
Sorry it’s late, computer problems. Forget everything we said about Mitchell Moses and Tony Romo.
Swainy joins us for an in depth discussion about the future of Super Rugby, SANZAR and competition. Plus we recap the NRL and AFL rounds and tip next weeks games. Plus get your AFL Supercoach teams right before the rookies rise up. And there’s some NRL Supercoach cows you need too. Note: This show was recorded before Tony Romo retired to the announcers box.
After two rounds of the NRL a few of us are ready to make some big statements. Outlandish or otherwise, it’s a fun show with a lot of NRL talk. Plus Masters, No Ma’am Basketball, Australia in India Test Cricket, NFL and Supercoach.
0:00:00 – NRL
0:50:00 – Masters of Rugby League
1:03:15 – Basketball
1:11:00 – Test Cricket
1:28:00 – NFL Free Agency
1:45:30 – Supercoach Continue reading “Episode 94”→
We took all of January off so it’s time to get back in the studio for another go round. Only problem is, we forgot to tell Big Zacko.
In this episode we recap most of the talking points from the start of 2017 including the last two tests between Australia and Pakistan, the Big Bash League including Mitchell Johnson’s BBL Semi Final and Final heroics. The Australian Open tennis wound back the clock with a couple of classic final match ups. Did they live up to the hype? Ben Barba is trying to pull a swifty over the NRL. And we get Swainy on to talk about Rugby Sevens and the upcoming season.
0:00:00 – Facebook LIVE Continue reading “Episode 88”→
Quick show this week. Colbee stops in to defend his position as Masters of Rugby League correspondent. We discussed the cricket schedule for next Summer on Facebook Live.
Colbee and Josh recap the Penrith Waratah Masters presentation night.
Then we discuss the NFL. Both Zac and Josh’s teams are in the hunt for the playoffs. Brendan’s just sacked their coach.
And Josh catches up with some NBA news. Continue reading “Episode 86”→
It’s been a looong time since we had published author Erik Nielsen on the show. As a historian, Erik helps the boys discuss cricket history.
And we also welcome back Swainy to talk Rugby around the world. It’s been a few weeks and a couple of Wallabies losses since we spoke to Swainy. And he is more than happy to go on a BS style Ref Rant!
Plus the V8 Supercars wrapped up on the weekend and we talk NFL. Continue reading “Episode 85”→
Special thanks to Robbo from Penrith Waratahs Masters for joining us in the sweltering heat to record the show.
We discussed the Australian cricket team rebuild. How the new bats will handle test cricket. And wondered if chatty keepers were the answer. Robbo and Pies reminisce about playing Car Cricket.
Our own version of the Macho Man returned Continue reading “Episode 84”→
A big week of sport even if the only Rugby League is the 4 Nations and the only AFL is Jobe Watson returning his Brownlow medal.
We have more than enough sport to talk about and leading the charge is the poor showing by the Australian cricket team for the second straight test against South Africa. There’s been plenty of talk of mass sackings and heads rolling. Rod Marsh has already stepped down. And we discuss the cricket.com.au article naming 11 potential new bats for Australia.
It was looking unlikely we’d get a show out this week. But
Swainy got on the phone and recapped a big weekend of Rugby including Ireland’s historic win over the All Blacks in Chicago. Plus Australia put the cleaners through Wales. And Swainy had a big Melbourne Spring Carnival.
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.
In the 6th chapter of Zac’s NFL Preview, four teams building on strong 2015 performances and some key roster additions this year.
Jacksonville Jaguars (5-11)
Coach: Gus Bradley (2013, 12-36) With over 26 years coaching experience at different levels, Bradley shot to NFL fame as the defensive co-ordinator of Seattle’s “Legion of Boom” which was one of the most dominant defences of the modern era. Entering his 4th year in Jacksonville there are high expectations.
QB: Blake Bortles (2014) Third year man who had a breakout 2015, needs to work on accuracy and decision making as he makes the progression to bona fide young gun.
Zac thinks the writing is on the wall for these four teams in his latest instalment of the NFL Preview.
Atlanta Falcons (8-8)
Coach: Dan Quinn (2015, 8-8) 2nd year coach looking to improve on last years record.
QB: Matt Ryan (2008) Would be wanting to bounce back from a down year last year. Previously was considered a premier QB in the league.
In the latest round of his NFL Preview, Zac examines four teams who could be ready to take a giant leap.
Cleveland Browns (3-13)
Coach: Hue Jackson (2016) Second stint as a head coach. High quality offensive mind so the Browns offense should look much better this year.
QB: Robert Griffin III (2016) Looked like a superstar as a rookie but injuries and destructive coaching have derailed his career. Could be in line for a resurgent 2016 in Cleveland.
In the second chapter of his NFL Preview, Zac focusses on four teams who have added first time Head Coaches to the mix.
Miami Dolphins (6-10)
Coach: Adam Gase (2016) Gase is a first year head coach who has spent the last three years as John Fox’s offensive co-ordinator (in Denver then Chicago) and at 38 is currently the youngest head coach in the NFL
QB: Ryan Tannehill (2012) It’s time for Tannehill to start to deliver on his promise.
Zac is poring over the 32 NFL teams ins, outs, draft picks, coaching changes and shady equipment guys to deliver our first series of blog posts. While Big Zacko is putting the finishing touches on his rankings, we thought we’d share this video of his favourite WR.