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




173 - NFL, Cricket, ABL, Supercars

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...


172 - NFL, Cricket, ABL

Big Zacko is stuck on the farm with the bridges to the boondocks washed out. So it's Pies and The Producer in studio and Big Zacko via carrier pigeon. The NFL season is shaking out with the cream rising to the top of most divisions. There's still some interesting races going on though. Week 11 should give some clarity to those divisional battles. Or will it? Australia and South Africa completed their 3 game ODI series with South Africa winning 2-1. Perhaps Australian cricket isn't...


171 - Cricket, Melbourne Cup, NFL, NRL, Supercars

Melbourne Cup was a touch race. For a few of the imported and horses. And for most of our tips. Good thing we only bet what we can afford eh? Cricket Australia is going through a major reshuffle. Pies and The Producer try and get to the bottom of all the upheaval. Where to from here for Australian cricket? And should kids bowl more? Pies and Big Zacko watched a few games of NFL. And the cream is slowly rising to the top. Who is the under the radar team of the NFL right now? A team that may...


170 - Melbourne Cup Preview Show

Hot on the heels of Big Zacko picking the eyes out of the 2017 Melbourne Cup we're back to preview the great race for another year. Zac tipped us the Exacta last season and he reckons he's got the first 5 in order in the 2018 Melbourne Cup. Pies and The Producer have got some thoughts on the race as well. So have a listen and then make your own mind up. And as we always say, don't bet what you can't afford. 0:00:00 - The Field and Lead Up Races 0:41:00 - Tips Brought to you by...


169 - Rugby, NFL, Horse Racing, Cricket

Big Zacko and The Producer Episode 5. With Pies down at Flemington checking out the form, The Producer and Big Zacko decide to give Swainy more rein than he's used to. And the big man doesn't disappoint swaying away from Rugby into unchartered territory. The boys then break down all the action from the NFL. The Producer's Rams keep winning. Big Zacko's Titans had the bye and Pies' Giants had another underwhelming loss. Winx, the mighty mare won an unprecedented 4th straight WS Cox Plate....


168 - Rugby League, NFL, Cricket, Horse Racing

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...



Another footy season done and dusted. Two of the more memorable Grand Finals played out over the weekend. West Coast outwitted Collingwood but it took all 4 quarters. An absolute belter of an AFL Grand Final. The Eagles finally winning 11.13.79 - 11.8.74. In the NRL Grand Final the Sydney Roosters apparently played with 12 men but still completely outplayed the Melbourne Storm. It was a huge performance from the Roosters, eventually winning the game 21-6. In the NFL Big Zacko outlasted...


166 - Grand Final Previews, Rugby, NRL, AFL, NFL

Pies is back to preview the two big games this weekend. On Saturday it's the AFL Grand Final between West Coast and Collingwood. And on Sunday it's the NRL Grand Final between Sydney Roosters and Melbourne. It should be a massive weekend of sport. But first cab off the rank, and the only sport with an international flavour is Rugby. Our favourite guest Swainy is back to talk The Rugby Championship and the NRC. Swainy is calling a game on Sunday afternoon so catch that game during your Grand...


165 - NRL, NFL, AFL

No Pies this week so it's up to the comedy duo of Big Zacko and The Producer to carry the show this week. Nothing much has changed then... They discuss the NRL finals and are fully opposed on their selections for the Grand Final. We have a very special guest Coach Blake Campbell Defensive Co-Ordinator for the Revere Minutemen HS who comes in to help Zacko cover all the weeks NFL news. We discuss retiring at halftime, the greatness of the Rams and Jaguars, Miami's hot start, placekicking...


164 - NRL, AFL, NFL

Is Episode 164 the last ever? What could happen to force one member of the team to walk out? Can the other two members carry the show without him? Will he ever come back? All those questions and more will be answered in this explosive episode of Bats and Balls. The NRL threw up a few surprises forcing Pies to eat a big piece of humble pie and apologise, not for the last time, to the Panthers and Dragons. Can they keep the roll on going next weekend? And can anyone stop the Roosters and...


163 - NRL, NFL, AFL, Soccer, Motorsport, Supercoach

In the third and final NFL Preview show we're joined by Ben Sudderth III of BS3 Sports. Ben is a Cowboys fan but we won't hold that against him. Have a listen to Ben's thoughts here, and then check out his own show at Then we're on the phone with Big Zacko to round out the NFL Previews and give our own Super Bowl LIII picks. Keeping up with the NFL theme there's some debate in the studio over the #StewpitTweetOfTheWeek. To kick off the show we cover the...


162 - Masters, Rugby, NFL, NRL, AFL, Soccer

We're joined by a very special guest. All the way from the USA it's Zach Bahner of Auctionable Offense Podcast to talk all things NFL. Zach lives and breathes NFL and it's great to have him on to preview the NFL season. Our old mate Swainy is back and it's hard times for the Wallabies. Another crushing defeat at the hands of the All Blacks. Can we see a silver lining to this cloud? Colbee opens the show previewing the last Masters of Rugby League module at Minchinbury this weekend. Should...


161 - NRL, NFL, AFL, Rugby, Soccer, Supercoach

The NFL season is just around the corner and we're joined by our favourite Crazy Canadian Cookie for the first of our NFL preview shows. Changing it up a bit this year and giving our guests more rope during the NFL previews. Have a listen to Cookie and the next few guests to have some idea about the upcoming NFL season. The NRL and AFL Finals are just around the corner. We recap the last round and preview the final round in AFL and the penultimate round of NRL. Swainy is back to recap the...


160 - NRL, AFL

After putting the finishing touches on a very exciting project (stay tuned for more info) we thought it'd be a very short one. But there's just so much going on in the world of NRL and AFL. We don't have any answers to the mess that is the Panthers saga. And we have even less of a clue why the Dragons have fallen off a cliff. One thing we do know. The race for the wooden spoon has never been hotter! In the AFL there's a log jam at the bottom end of the top 8. Teams that aren't the Tigers,...


159 - Rugby, NRL, AFL, Supercoach

The Producer has outdone himself. Or at least turned back the clock to when we were organised! Show notes, scores, ladders. It's almost like we're a proper podcast again haha. Kicking off the show is Swainy recapping the Super Rugby Finals. The Crusaders won their 9th Super Rugby title. Confirming their status as the Real Madrid of provincial Rugby. Heaps going on in the NRL including the Rabbitohs looking real good. The Raiders blowing another lead and the Bulldogs holding onto the...


158 - NRL, AFL, Tour de France

NSFW. Due to popular demand, Pies is back in the studio. Things get a little heated as we discuss the latest round of NRL. Robust discussion covers the Parramatta dominance over Canterbury, how many people are in the ears of the refs, and whether we want to hear from the referees coach directly after the games. The Giants continue to Never Surrender as they surge into the AFL Top 8. The Eagles are flying high in the top 2, and the Swans continue to lose at home. This time to the Gold...


157 - World Cup Final, Tour de France, AFL, NRL

Pies is stuck at home but calls in to give Big Zacko someone to talk to on this episode while The Producer doodles. We recap the World Cup and the Final won by France over Croatia 4-2. Le Tour de France has gone over the cobblestones and the expected carnage came to fruition. Unfortunately Australias leading hope Richie Porte was the main casualty. The tour hots up this week in The Alps. Pies and The Producer discuss a few of the good AFL games this weekend. Including the West Coast...


156 - World Cup, NRL, Question Time, Masters of Rugby League, Tour de France, AFL

We're down to the business end of the World Cup. Recorded before the semi finals, but encountered technical difficulty in uploading. Have a listen to see how close the boys were to predicting the Final. And can we pick the winner of the whole thing with only 4 contenders? Also stay tuned for one of the best or worst Stat Attacks in history depending on where you stand. The NRL sucks. We put out some feelers on social media and received a few questions. Have a listen to what is burning up...


155 - World Cup, Tour de France, Masters of Rugby League, NRL, AFL, Basketball

In a cruel twist of fate, The Producer has a lot to say and no voice to say it. Pies and Big Zacko manage to get through the show with ease with The Producer merely pushing buttons. Colbee joins us to present Pies his Black Shorts and to preview the upcoming split Masters of Rugby League module at Mittagong and Merrylands. The World Cup is into the Quarter Finals. The draw appears a little lopsided, but it's the World Cup and we never know what will happen in the knockout phase. Can...


154 - Rugby, NRL, World Cup

Big Zacko and The Producer recorded Thursday night. First up is Swainy on Rugby. Followed by NRL and World Cup news. 0:00:00 - Rugby 0:32:00 - NRL 1:08:00 - World Cup Brought to you by and Part of the No Phony Podcast Network Twitter - @batsandballspod Brendan - @brendansmith05 Josh - @PiesJosh Zac - @BigZacko Swainy - @swainy7 Dressing Shed - @thedressingshed No Phony Network - @phonyno Email -...