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.
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
Pies, Erik and The Producer are back to recap the return of the NRL. The Eels and Sea Eagles look good and have very few injuries. The Raiders look like premiership favourites after a third straight win in Melbourne. And the Red V goes from bad to worse with a shutout against the Warriors.
Pies Supercoach team The Lone Rangers is flying topping the league this week with 1212 points.
While in the Tipping Comp, you might as well give up now as Brendan has tipped 22.5 of the 24 games to be equal first in the entire ESPN Footy Tips app! Can The Producer hang on for the next 17 rounds?
Plus we answer all of your questions from our social media. Thanks for the feedback and if you ask the questions, we’ll answer them.
0:00:00 – NRL
1:57:00 – Supercoach & Tipping
2:08:00 – Listener Questions & Other Sport
It was Erik’s choice this week and not surprisingly he chose 2005.
In the NRL Parramatta won the minor premiership, but Wests Tigers won the title and Benji Marshall became the most replayed player in NRL history.
In the AFL Sydney Swans beat West Coast in the first of two epic Grand Finals. But it took some Nick Davis magic two weeks earlier for the Swans to even make the big one.
England regained The Ashes and consigned Australia to 15 years of searching for the all-rounder to match Freddie Flintoff. Shane Warne took 40 wickets to keep Australia close.
And headlining the other sports. Tiger Woods chipped in on the 16th hole at Augusta to break the hearts of Chris Dimarco and Pies. Tiger eventually won The Masters on the first playoff hole and created the only image that gets replayed more often than Benji’s flick. That Nike Swoosh dangling above the hole.
Makybe Diva won her third straight Melbourne Cup and completed the Cox Plate – Melbourne Cup double capturing the hearts and minds of a nation along the way.
Podium – Public vote
0:00:00 – NRL
0:51:00 – AFL
1:25:00 – The Ashes
1:50:00 – Other Sports
2:40:00 – Pop Culture
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
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
This week on Bats and Balls we bring in the reserve team AGAIN as the Captain Josh is away. Nathan and The Producer go through the latest round of the NRL. NRL Refs were again in the spotlight after a few crazy Sin Bins and an obstruction call. The Producer also gives a big Hell No to Gus looking after the refs after his claim he could fix them in 6 months during his lunch breaks. The Producer fixes them in 1 episode.
In the AFL St Kilda kept the boys in the game with their bet. The Pride of Queensland the Brisbane Lions are now in a 3 way tie at the top of the ladder and should lock in a top 4 finish. GWS was very disappointing in the first ever Snow Game in Canberra.
Rugby Championships in Perth has Swainy all pumped up. Can the Wallabies win again this week? Shute Shield are into the Finals after some heated Semi Finals last week. Catch the double header on 7two this Saturday from 1pm.
Australia lead the Ashes 1-0 and day 1 of the second test is washed out. The Aussies will have some team changes.
We play back a few of our guest predictions for 2019 and see how they are going. Some are not far off the mark!
Lastly the Producer goes through the EPL and Brighton gets a massive away win to start the season.
This week on Bats and Balls we bring in the reserve team as the Captain Josh is away. Nathan and The Producer go through the latest round of the NRL. Head Trauma was the topic. Does the NRL even care after Sam Burgess is cleared of a nasty high tackle. The Producer gives his opinion on the Ivan Cleary Tunnel drama.
In the AFL St Kilda let the boys down with their bet last week. The Pride of Queensland the Brisbane Lions are now in a 3 way tie at the top of the ladder and should lock in a top 4 finish.
Rugby Championships finish this weekend in Perth with the Aussies against New Zealand. Shute Shield are into the Semi Finals and Nathan is backing Northen Suburbs for the win.
Australia takes a 1-0 lead in the Ashes with Steve Smith and Nathan Lyon dominating.
F1 has a great race at the Hungarian GP and the Moto GP was covered by Nathan.
Nathan’s Random Sports was back. Nathan covered the World Championships Basketball, Darts, UFC, Cycling plus more. The Producer went over week 1 of the EPL. Will Brighton survive this season?
Lastly we accepted the open challenge by former Prime Minister Kevin Rudd for a Handball challenge. The boys get off topic which leads to a new sports idea.
Pies and The Producer in the studio recapping the latest round of NRL. Referees are in the spotlight and hell freezes over when BS goes into bat for the refs. Media outrage goes into overdrive after the Warriors apparently got hosed by the referees. The Rabbitohs got out of jail and the Manly bandwagon gathered a few more fans. Pies has plenty more space if you want to get on with him.
Swainy joins us to recap the 2nd week of The Rugby Championship. Australia beat Argentina and South Africa came from behind with a spectacular try to draw with New Zealand.
In the AFL BS floats a smoky for the Top 8 and after assessing the fixtures, we get on immediately. GWS hung on at the Adelaide Oval against Port, Geelong got a much needed win in Sydney and Brisbane confirmed their status as premiership threats with a win in Tasmania over Hawthorn. The Hawks inaccuracy didn’t help them.
In Cricket Justin Langer has confirmed Usman Khawaja and James Pattinson will start the first test of The Ashes. We try and pick the rest of the side. They can’t bring Bancroft straight back in can they?
Pies reviews one of the great editions of the Tour de France Cycling race with Egan Bernal proving too strong in the last two climbs amid landslides and glacial shifts. Aussie Caleb Ewan won 3 stages including the final stage down the Champs Elysees.
And Pies gives us a couple of stories from the Henson Park Beer Footy & Food Festival.
0:00:00 – NRL
0:49:00 – Rugby with Swainy
1:16:00 – AFL
1:53:00 – The Ashes preview
1:58:00 – Tour de France review
2:07:00 – Motorsport Supercars & Formula 1
2:14:00 – Beer Footy Food
2:17:00 – Masters of Rugby League
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.
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.
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
Big Zacko and Pies have cracked it after one game and couldn’t be bothered turning up. Colbee fills the void and returns with a whole new set of names to mangle. If it wasn’t bad enough for Sione Katoa to have a broken jaw, now he gets to hear Colbee talk about him all episode. Join us on this rollercoaster of pronunciation which includes such greats as Andrew McCullough and Viliame Kikau.
Plus Brendan and Colbee discuss this season of Masters of Rugby League, Supercars, Test Cricket in South Africa and of course how bad Colbee is at Supercoach.
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
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
It’s just Pies and Brendan this week as Big Zacko is still reeling after the first week of the AFL. We keep it pretty simple seeing Pies had Masters training before the show. Topics for discussion are NRL scheduling, The New Zealand Warriors form, AFL Round 1 of boilovers, India finished off Australia in the 4th test, and Liam from One Direction had a baby!
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”→
Robbo, coach of Penrith Waratahs Masters of Rugby League joins us to recap the Selectors Cup and also talk NRL Round 1, Supercoach and Australia’s 2nd test in India.
0:00:00 – NRL
1:20:00 – Supercoach
1:48:00 – Masters of Rugby League
2:14:00 – Cricket
2:17:00 – Basketball
2:30:00 – V8 Supercars
2:31:00 – Cycling Continue reading “Episode 93”→
The NRL is back and we couldn’t be more pumped. To preview the season and predict the fortunes of all 16 teams we’re joined by Craig Bobby White.
We go through each team and then give our rankings from 16-1. Plus all the major awards and we predict the Grand Final result.
0:00:00 – All the teams in alphabetic order
1:33:00 – Top 16 Predictions
2:01:40 – Grand Final Predictions
2:07:50 – Award Winners
2:40:00 – Masters of Rugby League, Cricket, Basketball
Big Zacko is back in the fold and our favourite correspondent Swainy is back from Brisbane with all the latest Rugby news. We talk about the NBA trade deadline and Panathinaikos win in the Greek Cup. Josh is in awe of a bloke eating pies on the bench during the FA Cup and Brighton & Hove Albion are still destined for the Premier League. Plus we cast an eye over Big Zacko’s current NRL Supercoach team. And Continue reading “Episode 91”→
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”→
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.