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Bats and Balls Podcast

Each week Pies, The Producer, Mendy & Big Zacko 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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Oct 20, 2020

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Part of the No Phony Podcast Network nophonynetwork.com
Twitter - @batsandballspod
Brendan - @brendansmith05
Josh - @PiesJosh
Swainy - @swainy7
Erik - @ErikNielsen2759
No Phony Network - @phonyno
Email - batsandballspodcast@gmail.com
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Oct 1, 2020

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

Part of the No Phony Podcast Network nophonynetwork.com
Twitter - @batsandballspod
Brendan - @brendansmith05
Josh - @PiesJosh
Maybo - @maybo83
Swainy - @swainy7
Colbee - @colbee6ref
Erik - @ErikNielsen2759
Zac - @BigZacko
Mendy - @BigMendy180
No Phony Network - @phonyno
Email - batsandballspodcast@gmail.com
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Sep 25, 2020

Maybo is back in the studio as we cover our core sports in Part 2 of Episode 244.

First up and the Panthers continue to roll on. The Eels continue to limp to the Finals and the Storm and Raiders are resting everyone.

The DWS Fleshpuppets are into the Supercoach Grand Final and we have a couple of ripper voice mails from the great Supercoach.

Swainy comes on to recap a great Super Rugby AU Final between the Brumbies and Reds.

In the AFL Port Adelaide capped off their fine season by topping the ladder every Round. The Giants surrendered. And Richmond are looking ominous.

And in the EPL Crystal Palace shocked Manchester United, Liverpool won at Stamford Bridge and Brighton are playing exciting football.

0:00:00 - NRL
0:40:00 - Supercoach
1:03:00 - Rugby with Swainy
1:22:00 - AFL
1:38:00 - Soccer

Part of the No Phony Podcast Network nophonynetwork.com
Twitter - @batsandballspod
Brendan - @brendansmith05
Josh - @PiesJosh
Maybo - @maybo83
Swainy - @swainy7
Colbee - @colbee6ref
Erik - @ErikNielsen2759
Zac - @BigZacko
Mendy - @BigMendy180
No Phony Network - @phonyno
Email - batsandballspodcast@gmail.com
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Sep 23, 2020

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

Part of the No Phony Podcast Network nophonynetwork.com
Twitter - @batsandballspod
Brendan - @brendansmith05
Josh - @PiesJosh
Swainy - @swainy7
Colbee - @colbee6ref
Erik - @ErikNielsen2759
Zac - @BigZacko
Mendy - @BigMendy180
No Phony Network - @phonyno
Email - batsandballspodcast@gmail.com
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Sep 7, 2020

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.

0:00:00 - Rugby
0:35:00 - NRL
1:18:00 - Supercoach
1:24:00 - AFL
1:38:00 - Motorsport
1:53:00 - NBA, EPL, NFL

Part of the No Phony Podcast Network nophonynetwork.com
Twitter - @batsandballspod
Brendan - @brendansmith05
Josh - @PiesJosh
Swainy - @swainy7
Colbee - @colbee6ref
Erik - @ErikNielsen2759
Zac - @BigZacko
Mendy - @BigMendy180
No Phony Network - @phonyno
Email - batsandballspodcast@gmail.com
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Sep 3, 2020

Pies and The Producer are back and ready to tackle another week of sport. Pies was away all weekend so much like QLD in the AFL, BS has to the bulk of the heavy lifting this week. Pies recounts his experience at the Yak Hunters Kayak Fishing Series Round 3 at Woy Woy.

Then we're into the NRL recap and tips. Penrith continue to fire. While the Parramatta bubble has well and truly burst. Can they even beat the Warriors without George Jennings and Daniel Alvaro?

Swainy is back as we near the pointy end of the Suiper Rugby AU competition. It's been really competitive rugby from the Aussie sides and this week should be no different. Can the Western Force spring an upset and keep the Waratahs season alive? Plus there's heaps going in the Shute Shield and the North vs South game from New Zealand should be a belter also.

The AFL Festival of Footy 2 is under way. There's pretty much footy every day for another two weeks. How can anyone keep up? We'll catch up on the games and look into our crystal balls and come up with a Grand Final. Which this year will be played at The Gabba.

Then we rattle home with F1 and Supercars, NBA and heaps more.

0:00:00 - Fishing
0:10:30 - NRL
0:50:00 - Supercoach
1:00:00 - Rugby
1:22:00 - AFL
1:58:00 - Motorsport
2:16:00 - NBA & More

Part of the No Phony Podcast Network nophonynetwork.com
Twitter - @batsandballspod
Brendan - @brendansmith05
Josh - @PiesJosh
Swainy - @swainy7
Colbee - @colbee6ref
Erik - @ErikNielsen2759
Zac - @BigZacko
Mendy - @BigMendy180
No Phony Network - @phonyno
Email - batsandballspodcast@gmail.com
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Aug 27, 2020

We're back after a long hiatus and have heaps of NRL to cover.

We recap the last round of NRL and tip this week's games.

And then we have a look at each team's run to the Finals. Can Penrith maintain their form? Can the Roosters stay in the Top 4? Is the Top 8 set?

Then we answer a few more pressing NRL questions.

We have a look at the Bats and Balls Cup Supercoach League with one round remaining, 10 teams can still win it.

Then we have a quick look at the AFL and tip this week's games.

And we finish off with some Motorsport, A-League and NBA.

0:00:00 - NRL
2:06:00 - Supercoach
2:27:00 - AFL
2:59:00 - Supercars & F1
3:02:00 - A-League & NBA

Part of the No Phony Podcast Network nophonynetwork.com
Twitter - @batsandballspod
Brendan - @brendansmith05
Josh - @PiesJosh
Colbee - @colbee6ref
Erik - @ErikNielsen2759
Zac - @BigZacko
Mendy - @BigMendy180
No Phony Network - @phonyno
Email - batsandballspodcast@gmail.com
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Jul 30, 2020

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

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

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

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

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

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

Part of the No Phony Podcast Network nophonynetwork.com
Twitter - @batsandballspod
Brendan - @brendansmith05
Josh - @PiesJosh
Maybo - @Maybo83
Colbee - @colbee6ref
Erik - @ErikNielsen2759
Zac - @BigZacko
Mendy - @BigMendy180
No Phony Network - @phonyno
Email - batsandballspodcast@gmail.com
facebook.com/batsandballspodcast
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Jul 23, 2020

Mendy is back on the show which means heaps of variety from the sporting world. The Producer is in studio to bring you all the action.

It wouldn't be a Mendy show without some darts talk and the boys deliver in bucket loads.

There's also heaps for the rev heads this week. Moto GP, Formula 1 and Supercars.

Plus all the regulars, NRL, Rugby & AFL.

0:00:00 - NRL
0:57:00 - Supercoach
1:05:00 - Darts
1:14:00 - Moto GP
1:26:00 - Rugby
1:57:00 - AFL
2:06:00 - Soccer
2:09:00 - F1 & Supercars

Part of the No Phony Podcast Network nophonynetwork.com
Twitter - @batsandballspod
Brendan - @brendansmith05
Josh - @PiesJosh
Colbee - @colbee6ref
Erik - @ErikNielsen2759
Zac - @BigZacko
Mendy - @BigMendy180
No Phony Network - @phonyno
Email - batsandballspodcast@gmail.com
facebook.com/batsandballspodcast
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Jul 15, 2020

Our old mate Hunter is back from the UK to grace us with his presence. This podcast needed an injection of another footy team and Hunter's Panthers could be just the trick to balance the show out.

On this week's show we cover all the latest from the NRL including the Panthers blow out of Scomo's beloved Cronulla Sharks.

Swainy is back to talk all things Super Rugby.

In the AFL are Port Adelaide the real deal? And could the Brisbane or GWS bubble burst?

Plus we talk English Premier League, Formula 1 and Supercars, NBA and the West Indies first test victory over England in the cricket.

0:00:00 - NRL
1:15:00 - Supercoach
1:20:00 - Rugby
1:42:00 - AFL
2:14:00 - Soccer
2:18:00 - Motorsport
2:20:00 - NBA and Cricket

Part of the No Phony Podcast Network nophonynetwork.com
Twitter - @batsandballspod
Brendan - @brendansmith05
Josh - @PiesJosh
Colbee - @colbee6ref
Erik - @ErikNielsen2759
Zac - @BigZacko
Mendy - @BigMendy180
No Phony Network - @phonyno
Email - batsandballspodcast@gmail.com
facebook.com/batsandballspodcast
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Jul 8, 2020

Colbee is filling in with The Producer for the sick Pies.

Pies is publishing this without listening to the show. Who knows what stitch ups the boys have lined up.

Apparently there's NRL talk including send off and sin bins.

Also AFL, tips at the end of the show, Rugby, English Premier League, Formula 1 and more!

0:00:00 - NRL & Tipping
0:59:00 - Supercoach
1:04:00 - AFL
1:11:00 - Rugby
1:13:00 - Soccer
1:18:00 - F1
1:22:00 - Other Sports

Part of the No Phony Podcast Network nophonynetwork.com
Twitter - @batsandballspod
Brendan - @brendansmith05
Josh - @PiesJosh
Colbee - @colbee6ref
Erik - @ErikNielsen2759
Zac - @BigZacko
Mendy - @BigMendy180
No Phony Network - @phonyno
Email - batsandballspodcast@gmail.com
facebook.com/batsandballspodcast
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Jul 2, 2020

We've got guests coming out the proverbial this week. Pies and The Producer discuss the latest round of NRL.

Then we welcome first time guests to the show Sher and Lil. They are Canadian Rugby League fans, season ticket holders at the Toronto Wolfpack and are spreading the word of Rugby League around North America.

Our old mate Swainy is back! Rugby is back! And we couldn't be happier. Super Rugby AU kicks off this weekend with a QLD Reds vs NSW Waratahs blockbuster. Catch all of the action plus Super Rugby Aotearoa on Foxsports.

Pies made it to Giants Stadium for the GWS vs Collingwood game. The crowd was limited to the bars around the ground. But it's better than nothing. And the Giants seem to have the measure of the Magpies. In other AFL news, West Coast still don't want to be there. And Port Adelaide appear to have embraced getting out of Adelaide.

We've buried the lead but Liverpool won the English Premier League. It's been a long time coming and not even the curse of #PiesKnows could stop the Reds. #PiesNo is no longer!

In other sport, Supercars were back in Sydney on the weekend. And the NBA somehow still think they're good to go in Orlando.

0:00:00 - NRL, Tipping, Supercoach
0:46:00 - Toronto Wolfpack with Sher and Lil
1:36:00 - Rugby with Swainy
2:03:00 - AFL, Tipping, Supercoach
2:26:00 - Soccer
2:32:00 - NBA & Motorsport

Part of the No Phony Podcast Network nophonynetwork.com
Twitter - @batsandballspod
Brendan - @brendansmith05
Josh - @PiesJosh
Sher & Lil - @SherAndLil
Erik - @ErikNielsen2759
Zac - @BigZacko
Mendy - @BigMendy180
No Phony Network - @phonyno
Email - batsandballspodcast@gmail.com
facebook.com/batsandballspodcast
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Jun 25, 2020

Pies and The Producer were getting a bit too cocky so we invited Lobby from League by the Fireplace under the false pretence that he could pour cold water on the Eels start to the 2020 season. But 14 point losses don't come much better than that Roosters game. And the Raiders couldn't beat Manly with their 2 best players injured. Anything could happen this week.

In other news, the Roosters are clearly the benchmark. Penrith continue their good form. And Mary has flummed his way onto a winning* formula.

In Supercoach the Lone Rangers keep winning, and Producers keep failing to produce. Can 16th beat 1st this week?

West Coast look like they don't want to be there and GWS look as disjointed as a team that hasn't trained together all year. But everyone is in the same boat and they need to turn it around quickly. At the other end of the ladder, Gold Coast might have had all the breaks. But they may have worked out the formula. Draft the next champion.

EPL is back, and other sports may or may not be back soon also.

0:00:00 - NRL & Tipping
1:54:00 - Supercoach
2:04:00 - AFL
2:24:00 - Soccer
2:33:00 - Other Sports

Part of the No Phony Podcast Network nophonynetwork.com
Twitter - @batsandballspod
Brendan - @brendansmith05
Josh - @PiesJosh
Lobby - @LobbyLBTF
League by the Fireplace - @leaguebythefire
Erik - @ErikNielsen2759
Zac - @BigZacko
Mendy - @BigMendy180
No Phony Network - @phonyno
Email - batsandballspodcast@gmail.com
facebook.com/batsandballspodcast
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Jun 18, 2020

Pies is off sick so The Producer is joined in studio by the Supercoach himself Colbee. It looks like the Colbinators used an entire jar of vaseline on their knees this week as they pulverised Producers in Supercoach.

The boys catch up on all the latest NRL and AFL news. And Colbee has some information on the Eastern Creek Speedway track, a new Motorcross track near Luddenham and inside info on Camaros replacing Holden in the Supercars.

0:00:00 - NRL & Tipping
0:58:20 - Supercoach
1:09:00 - AFL & Tipping
1:18:00 - Motorsport & Other Sports

Part of the No Phony Podcast Network nophonynetwork.com
Twitter - @batsandballspod
Brendan - @brendansmith05
Josh - @PiesJosh
Erik - @ErikNielsen2759
Zac - @BigZacko
Mendy - @BigMendy180
No Phony Network - @phonyno
Email - batsandballspodcast@gmail.com
facebook.com/batsandballspodcast
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Jun 11, 2020

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.

0:00:00 - NRL
1:33:00 - AFL
1:59:00 - NBA, NFL, Soccer

Part of the No Phony Podcast Network nophonynetwork.com
Twitter - @batsandballspod
Brendan - @brendansmith05
Josh - @PiesJosh
Erik - @ErikNielsen2759
Zac - @BigZacko
Mendy - @BigMendy180
No Phony Network - @phonyno
Email - batsandballspodcast@gmail.com
facebook.com/batsandballspodcast
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Jun 3, 2020

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

Part of the No Phony Podcast Network nophonynetwork.com
Twitter - @batsandballspod
Brendan - @brendansmith05
Josh - @PiesJosh
Erik - @ErikNielsen2759
Zac - @BigZacko
Mendy - @BigMendy180
No Phony Network - @phonyno
Email - batsandballspodcast@gmail.com
facebook.com/batsandballspodcast
http://batsandballspodcast.com/

May 27, 2020

Pies is back in studio for the first time in months. Erik is still on the line via mobile telephone.

The NRL is back and the rest of the sporting world are looking on in wonder at the magnificent leader of men Peter V'Landys and what he has accomplished in such a short time. Alternatively, Australia is doing so well, anyone would have had Rugby League back by now.

Pies is locked in on Parramatta premiership glory, meanwhile The Producer is a little more reserved in his enthusiasm. Plus we answer all of your questions regarding coronavirus / Covid-19 return, the immortal Terry Lamb and home ground advantage.

In other sport the AFL are hot on the heels of NRL in their return to our TVs. Motorsports have modified schedules with Supercars on track for a return to action soon. And the NBA are looking at a Disney World Bubble.

0:00:00 - NRL Return
2:40:00 - Supercoach
2:48:00 - Other Sports

Part of the No Phony Podcast Network nophonynetwork.com
Twitter - @batsandballspod
Brendan - @brendansmith05
Josh - @PiesJosh
Erik - @ErikNielsen2759
Zac - @BigZacko
Mendy - @BigMendy180
No Phony Network - @phonyno
Email - batsandballspodcast@gmail.com
facebook.com/batsandballspodcast
http://batsandballspodcast.com/

May 8, 2020

The Producer chose 1983 and it was a huge year for Australian sport. Locally and abroad.

It all came to a head in September when in the space of three days newly appointed Prime Minister Bob Hawke attended the VFL Grand Final at the MCG, NSWRL Grand Final at the SCG and the America's Cup in Fremantle.

Parramatta were way too good in the NSWRL Grand Final despite the marketing from Tooheys in 1984.

In the VFL Grand Final Hawthorn hammered Essendon despite North Melbourne being the 1983 Minor Premiers.

And then in the America's Cup, Australia II came back from tactical errors, nerves, mechanical malfunctions and a 3-1 deficit to win the most elusive trophy in world sport.

Also Martina Navratilova won 3 slams, and Kiwi came from last on the turn to win the Melbourne Cup.

Podium
Gold - Australia II
Silver - Parramatta Eels
Bronze - Martina Navratilova
Bronze - Kiwi
Bronze - Bob Hawke

0:00:00 - NSWRFL
1:08:00 - VFL
1:22:00 - America's Cup
1:42:00 - Other Sports
2:11:00 - Pop Culture

Next Week - 1964

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Apr 30, 2020

We brought out the big guns this week. It was Pies' choice to remember the year 2000.

Before we get into the year in review we kick off by taking a look at the current state of play.

The NRL title was taken out by the Broncos. Lote Tuqiri and Wendell Sailor were the wingers and Luke Phillips played a blinder in a losing GF side.

Essendon were one of the best sides to ever play AFL. They won 21 of 22 during the home and away season and romped through the Finals to win the flag.

But the Sydney Olympics were the big story of 2000. We remember Cathy Freeman, Ian Thorpe, the 4 x 100m Freestyle relay, Tatiana Grigorieva and Jai Taurima. It was a golden Olympic Games for Australia and the best games ever.

Then we rattle home with the rest of the sporting world including 3/4 of the Tiger Slam.

Podium
Gold - Cathy Freeman
Gold - Men's 4 x 100m Freestyle Relay Team
Bronze - Venus Williams

0:00:00 - Current Sports
0:22:00 - NRL
0:47:00 - AFL
1:10:00 - Sydney Olympic Games
2:02:00 - Other Sports
2:12:00 - Pop Culture

Next Week - 1983

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Apr 24, 2020

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.

0:00:00 - NRL
0:51:00 - AFL
1:25:00 - The Ashes
1:50:00 - Other Sports
2:40:00 - Pop Culture

Next week - 2000

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Apr 13, 2020

Erik, The Producer and Pies are back with a slightly different show this week. We tackle the NRL from a current perspective of getting the games back on. And then we come up with some solutions to problems that exist or otherwise.

COVID-19 has Australia and the various states in virtual lockdown. Since Coronavirus first hit our shores, there's been no sport played around the country. We examine Peter V'Landys' timeframe of a 28 May return and Pies has a solution that can get the footy back on by then.

The second half of this show will be a bit more timeless than the first half. We tackle the big picture of the NRL moving forward. Team numbers, broadcast rights, rules and refereeing, promotion and relegation and jersey numbers. Not all the ideas get past the spitballing stage. But at least we're considering them.

0:00:00 - NRL in 2020
0:55:00 - NRL in the Future

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Apr 11, 2020

Pies, Erik and The Producer are back to review 1996.

Manly beat St George in the ARL Grand Final after one of the bigger blunders in GF history. Dragons fans will tell you it was the turning point. But did they really look like threatening Manly coming from 7th against the minor premiers?

Sydney Swans gathered huge momentum in the AFL. Tony Lockett won the Coleman medal and the Swans made the Grand Final, ultimately losing to North Melbourne.

Sri Lanka won the Cricket World Cup hosted by India, Pakistan and Sri Lanka. Australia made the final but they were no match for the co-hosts. Your memory may be of Kaluwitharana and Jayasuriya throwing the bat at everything. But was that actually the case?

Atlanta hosted to Olympics. There were quite a few great performances. Michael Johnson and Marie-Jose Perec won 200m 400m doubles. Donovan Bailey won the 100m and in the pool Kieren Perkins overcame lane 8 to stun the swimming world.

Plus the Chicago Bulls won 72 games and a title and Aussie Graeme Lloyd pitched in a World Series Championship won by the NY Yankees.

Podium
Gold - Tony Lockett
Silver - Kieren Perkins
Bronze - Aravinder de Silva

0:00:00 - ARL
0:27:00 - AFL
0:44:00 - Cricket World Cup
1:02:00 - Atlanta Olympic Games
1:18:00 - Other Sports and Pop Culture

Next week - 2005

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Apr 2, 2020

Now that sport is on hold globally, we have decided to review years in sport. First year on the block is 2003.

Resident historian Erik Nielsen is back with The Producer and Pies to rediscover some of the gems from 2003.

Penrith Panthers won the 2003 NRL Premiership defeating the Sydney Roosters in the Grand Final.

Brisbane Lions defeated Collingwood Magpies in the AFL Grand Final to complete their Back to Back to Back.

And Ricky Ponting made mountains of runs in test cricket and one day internationals capped off with a master class in the World Cup Final.

Australia hosted the Rugby World Cup. England won the final with Jonny Wilkinson's boot the difference.

And there was an eventful Kangaroo Tour of the UK and France.

Podium
Gold - Ricky Ponting
Silver - Jonny Wilkinson
Bronze - Brisbane Lions

0:00:00 - NRL
0:31:00 - AFL
0:51:00 - Cricket World Cup
1:15:00 - Rugby World Cup
1:28:00 - Other Sports
1:39:00 - Pop Cultrure

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Mar 28, 2020

The coronavirus has shut down all major sports. Pies and The Producer are in isolation. But thanks to the wonders of the NBN, we're still pumping out shows.

We recap the first two weeks of the NRL. Celebrate the Eels being on top for at least the next two months and probably longer.

The AFL only managed to play one round in front of no fans before shutting down. Richmond and the Giants looked good. Port Adelaide lead on percentage going into hibernation.

We touch on the A-League, EPL and the NBL decision to award the title to Perth Wildcats.

And then we look ahead to the future. Covid-19 won't stop us bringing out shows. So we're going into history mode and reviewing years through a sporting lense. Stay tuned to our social media for updates. And if you have a favourite year you'd like reviewed, hit us up.

0:00:00 - NRL
1:02:00 - AFL
1:33:00 - Soccer
1:36:00 - Supercoach
1:49:00 - Other Sport
2:09:00 - The Future is The Past

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Mar 11, 2020

It's the 2020 NRL Season Preview show. Pies and BS in studio to discuss each team in the NRL. How they line up for week 1. We pick our Top 8's including a very controversial non-selection. Then tell you why Parramatta will win it all. And we discuss NRL Supercoach.

First up we recap the ICC Women's T20 World Cup. Australia smashed India in the Final. Alyssa Healy and Beth Mooney were on fire and the Aussie bowlers strangled India out of it.

And we finish off with a bit of Motorsport. Formula 1 and Supercars descend upon Albert Park, Melbourne for Round 1 of the F1 season.

0:00:00 - Cricket
0:22:00 - NRL Season Preview
2:30:00 - Supercoach
2:38:00 - Motorsport

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