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A podcast featuring Josh, Brendan, The Apprentice & friends talking about sport from Australia and around the globe.

A podcast featuring Josh, Brendan, The Apprentice & friends talking about sport from Australia and around the globe.




A podcast featuring Josh, Brendan, The Apprentice & friends talking about sport from Australia and around the globe.




222 - Rugby, T20 Cricket, Soccer, Supercars, NRL

Pies and The Producer in the studio for a last short sharp episode before the footy seasons kick off in a few weeks. Swainy is on the line to catch up with all the Rugby news. The Brumbies are on a roll after a big win in New Zealand. We discuss Swainy's efforts on the Fox Rugby Podcast and try to predict the fate of the Sunwolves season. How SANZAAR deal with coronavirus in Japan and the threat to players and officials as well as broadcasters may be a pointer to the biggest sporting event...


221 - NFL, Cricket, Rugby, Soccer, NRL

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...


220 - Welcome Back, Cricket, NFL, Tennis, Rugby 7s, Soccer, Basketball, WWE Royal Rumble, Other Sports

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...


219 - Year in Review, NFL, Cricket, Rugby, NRL, Soccer, Random Sports, Predictions

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...


218 - NFL, Cricket, Soccer, Motorsport, NRL, Politics

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...


217 - NFL, Cricket, Soccer, Motorsport

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...


216 - Cricket, NFL, Soccer, Motorsport, NRL, AFL Draft

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...


215 - Rugby World Cup Final, Melbourne Cup, Horse Racing, NFL, Soccer, Motorsport, Cricket, Rugby League

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...


214 - Rugby World Cup, NFL, Horse Racing, Soccer, Motorsport, Basketball

Swainy is on the the phone as he and The Producer preview the Rugby World Cup Final. Pies is a late inclusion and we discuss NFL, the big races on Cox Plate Day and try to find a winner on Derby Day. Plus heaps more sport including Scott McLaughlin's big crash on the Gold Coast. 0:00:00 - Rugby World Cup Final 0:20:30 - NFL 0:37:00 - Horse Racing 1:01:00 - Soccer 1:09:00 - Motorsport 1:30:00 - Cricket 1:32:00 - NBA & NBL 1:47:00 - Rugby League Part of the No Phony Podcast Network...


213 - Rugby World Cup, Horse Racing, NBA, NFL, Soccer, Motorsport, 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...


212 - NBA Season Preview, Rugby World Cup, Bathurst 1000, Heaps More

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...


211 - NRL Grand Final, Rugby World Cup, NFL, EPL, Bathurst 1000

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...


210 - NRL Grand Final, Rugby World Cup, AFL Grand Final, NFL, EPL, Formula 1

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,...


209 - NRL Finals, AFL Grand Final, Rugby World Cup, NFL, EPL, Motorsport, FIBA World Cup, Ashes

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...


208 - NFL Preview, FIBA World Cup, AFL Finals

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...


207 - NRL, Ashes, FIBA World Cup

It's Father's Day so Pies gets his Dad on the phone to talk about the Panthers season fizzling out. Rod also stayed up to watch Ben Stokes carry England to victory in the third Ashes test. Then Pies has Lobby from League By The Fireplace on the phone to talk about the run to the NRL Finals. Lobby is a Raiders fan and with Canberra currently sitting in third he has reason to be excited. 0:00:00 - Penrith Panthers 0:18:30 - The Ashes 0:32:35 - Paul Gallen 0:35:30 - NRL with Lobby 1:12:15...


206 - NRL, Rugby, Darts, AFL, The Ashes, EPL, Politics with Dummies Australia

Big Mendy is driving around Western USA so Pies felt compelled to come back. And not only that, Big Zacko has returned following a successful soccer coaching season. Not only do we discuss NRL and AFL, But The Producer pre-recorded segments with Swainy on Rugby and Mendy on the Darts International in Melbourne. Plus it's the first episode of Politics With Dummies Australia. 0:00:00 - NRL 0:51:00 - Rugby 1:13:00 - Darts 1:36:00 - AFL 1:55:00 - The Ashes Cricket 2:18:00 - EPL 2:23:00...


205 - NRL, Rugby, AFL, Ashes, EPL

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...


204 - NRL, AFL, Supercoach, Rugby, The Ashes, Motorsport, Nathan's Random Sports, Handball

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...


203 - NRL, Rugby, AFL, The Ashes, Tour de France, Motorsport, Henson Park Beer Footy Food

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...