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Bats and Balls Podcast

Each week Pies, Big Zacko and The Producer discuss sports from Australia and around the world. Focussed on NRL and AFL in winter, cricket and NFL in summer. We also talk about motor racing, horse racing, basketball, baseball and anything else that comes up from week to week. Join our tipping, fantasy and supercoach comps to interact with the team.
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Apr 2, 2018

The Producer and Pies have had enough. They've decided not to record again until The Parramatta Eels win another game.

Thankfully we have Big Zacko and The Boss ready to take over with their own renegade podcast.

Topics up for discussion are NRL. What's the matter Parramatta? And how good are the Tigers and Warriors going?

Round 2 of AFL is complete. Wrap up all the big games.

And we tip the next few weeks of games.

Then we finish off the Australian Cricket Team ball tampering debate. Who came out unscathed, who has some rebuilding to do, and is there to soak up the more open positions.

0:00:00 - NRL
0:45:00 - AFL
1:00:00 - Cricket

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Mar 27, 2018

If you're an athletics fan here for the Beki Smith chat about the Commonwealth Games, skip ahead to 1:27:00. We've tacked it on at the end of the show.
There were plenty of woeful performances over the weekend. But because a bloke used some dirt attached to some tape to scuff up a cricket ball, we never heard about any of them.
While the rest of Australia were outraged by the ball tampering issue, The Producer and Pies were watching the rest of the poor performances on the sporting field.
If the Parramatta Eels, Western Bulldogs, Ashley Klein, Bats and Balls NRL Supercoach side and many others thought they got off scot free, they should think again.
We're here to add balance to the rest of the terrible weekends taken off the back pages by the Cameron Bancroft, Steve Smith and the Australian cricket team leadership group.
0:00:00 - NRL
0:26:00 - AFL
0:36:00 - F1 & Supercars
0:42:00 - NRL & AFL Supercoach
1:27:00 - Beki Smith Commonwealth Games
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Mar 21, 2018

Big Zacko was ousted from the Podcast Board even though he had more votes.
Here's the 2018 AFL Preview Show. Complete with published author and Swans fan Dr Erik Nielsen. We discuss each team and give our Top 8, Premiership, Brownlow and Coleman predictions. No surprises, GWS are in the thick of it.
Then we lament just how bad the Eels are. How they can't possibly turn it around inside a week. And how the rest of the NRL are performing.
And we make some much needed changes to our Supercoach team ahead of the First Head 2 Head game against our arch nemesis BJ.
0:00:00 - AFL Preview
1:00:00 - NRL
1:40:00 - Supercoach
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Mar 14, 2018

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.
0:00:00 - NRL
0:42:00 - Masters
0:52:00 - Supercars & Cricket
1:07:00 - Supercoach
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Mar 7, 2018

What you get is what you see. Ain't nothing more to it. This show is a complete preview of all 16 NRL teams. Broken down into four shorter segments. Followed by our predictions for the Top 8, Premiers, Dally M medal winner and a few sneaky categories thrown in for good measure. Then right at the end we finalise our Round 1 NRL Supercoach team.
0:00:00 - Intro
0:04:00 - Dragons, Broncos, Knights, Sea Eagles
0:26:30 - Cowboys, Sharks, Tigers, Roosters
0:56:00 - Rabbitohs, Warriors, Bulldogs, Storm
1:31:00 - Panthers, Eels, Titans, Raiders
2:02:00 - Predictions
2:25:00 - Supercoach
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Feb 27, 2018

It's the week before the big NRL Preview Show. Time to finalise the Bats and Balls Supercoach team.
First up we talk random sports for a half hour. Winter Olympics Highlights and the NFL Off-season get a run.
Then we discuss the latest NRL trials with mostly full strength line ups. Although Canterbury played a bunch of reserve graders and still wiped a nearly full strength Panthers side.
And then settle in for an insight into how 3 Supercoaches with vastly different strategies try and build a composite team. The end result is almost as competitive as the selection process.
And noone watched AFLX.
0:00:00 - Winter Olympics and NFL Off-season
0:31:00 - NRL Pre-season
1:01:00 - NRL Supercoach
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Feb 8, 2018

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
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Jan 31, 2018

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.
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
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Jan 27, 2018

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.
0:00:00 - Cricket
0:33:00 - NFL Playoffs
1:20:00 - Supercoach
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Jan 18, 2018

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
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Jan 13, 2018

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
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Jan 3, 2018

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
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Dec 20, 2017

In a very special episode, we're joined via satellite by our favourite Canadian listener Ben from online and Nova Scotia to talk about the NFL, last weeks big games and the playoff picture as a whole.
We also recap the 3rd Ashes Test in Perth which saw Australia return the urn. Australia were so dominant, even Mitch Marsh made runs.
The Roosters have set tongues wagging again with a big money signing of Angus Crichton, 16 months before he pulls on a tricolours jersey.
And Pies has been watching some NBA. Including Australia's own Ben Simmons in Rookie of the Year form as well as the New York Knicks looking like a proper NBA team.
0:00:00 - The Ashes
0:34:00 - NRL
0:44:00 - NBA
0:55:00 - NFL and Fantasy Football
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Dec 13, 2017

We've spoken about this episode on the show a lot lately. So The Producer has done his best to clean up the audio and re-release it as a bonus episode.

In this first of our classic episodes, Craig Bobby White makes his first appearance on the show. The Eagle is back to keep us all in check and Pies drinks half a dozen long necks of homebrew.

Some of the classic moments you can look forward to are: Speculation over Roger Tuivasa-Sheck moving to the Warriors. What do you have to do to get sent off in Rugby League? Recapping Jordan Spieth's first Masters triumph. Pies Stat Attack and his obsession with the 2015 Dragons defence. The origin of the Christmas Tree bet. And a heartfelt tribute to the great Richie Benaud.

Perhaps one day we'll release the outtakes. There's even more gold in there.

We'll be back next week after the Perth Test.

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Dec 7, 2017

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
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Nov 29, 2017

The Producer and Big Zacko have been left to their own devices. Pies has had no input and does not endorse anything said on this show. Feel liks a stitch up is coming up.
0:00:00 - The Ashes 1st Test
0:21:00 - Rugby League World Cup
0:44:00 - Waratahs Masters Presentation Night
0:50:00 - V8 Supercars and Formula 1
0:55:00 - NFL
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Nov 22, 2017

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
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Nov 14, 2017

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
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Nov 8, 2017

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
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Nov 5, 2017

Big Zacko has pored over the form guides, Pies has watched a few replays and The Producer has looked at the jockeys silks. Here's this year's instalment of the Melbourne Cup Preview Show.
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Nov 2, 2017

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
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Oct 26, 2017

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.
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Oct 23, 2017

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.

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Oct 10, 2017

Pies took Mad Monday a little too far, and The Producer couldn't get off the couch for a week. But we're back to finish up the NRL and AFL seasons and to talk about a bunch of other sports including World Cup Qualifiers, NFL, Masters of Rugby League, Major League Baseball, Bathurst 1000 and Formula 1.
0:00:00 - AFL GF
0:13:00 - NRL GF
0:35:00 - World Cup Quals
0:37:00 - NFL
1:27:00 - Masters
1:28:00 - MLB Playoffs
1:31:00 - Motorsport
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Sep 27, 2017

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
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