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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.




150 - NRL, AFL, MLB

Just another milestone reached and we're here to raise the bats and kiss the emblem again. We welcome back Friend of the Show, Wests Tigers, Sydney Swans and LA Dodgers fan Dr Erik Nielsen. And we have our favourite international fan Toronto Blue Jays and Miami Dolphins fan Ben. We tackle some of the stories of the last few weeks in Major League Baseball including the Yankees and Red Sox, Houston Astros and the injury woes of the Dodgers. Speaking of injuries, Yadier Molina is singing a few...


149 - Rugby, Henson Park, Glebe Dirty Reds, NRL, AFL, EPL, Football

The Producer and Pies are back with another exciting episode. Relive the action from Pies' first appearance as ground announcer at the famous Henson Park. We chat to Swainy about all things Rugby including the Australian Super Rugby teams inability to beat their New Zealand rivals. And we lament the loss of Penrith Rugby and the Emu Burger from the Shute Shield. Recap all the action from the NRL. Are the Warriors and Dragons the real deal? Pies tipped a perfect round in the AFL including...


148 - NRL, AFL, NSW Cup, Ron Massey Cup, AFL, A-League, Supercoach

Pies and The Producer are back and you know what they say, you're only as good as your last two games. Wins for the Eels, Giants and Eagles have the boys in a good mood for this wrap of the weekend.Pies and The Producer are back and you know what they say, you're only as good as your last two games. Wins for the Eels, Giants and Eagles have the boys in a good mood for this wrap of the weekend. Joining us for a chat about the Glebe Dirty Reds, Ron Massey Cup and NSW Cup is Glebe President...


147 - NRL, AFL, Rugby, Motorsport, Supercoach

It's been a long time but the Parramatta Eels finally won a game. And that means we're back! Not only are we back, but our old mate Swainy is back to catch us up on all the latest Rugby news #SwainyRWC2019. Pies has been sailing one of the seven seas and survived to tell the tale. And The Producer has been rubbing shoulders with Commonwealth Games athletes. Big Zacko is still MIA, much like the Bulldogs. And after three weeks, we finally have a look at our Supercoach side to discover...


146 - NRL, AFL, Cricket

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....


145 - NRL, AFL, F1, Supercars, Supercoach, Beki Smith Commonwealth Games

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...


144 - 2018 AFL Preview, NRL, Supercoach

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...


143 - NRL, Masters of Rugby League, Supercars, Cricket, Supercoach

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...


142 - 2018 NRL Season Preview

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,...


141 - Winter Olympics, NFL, NRL, Supercoach

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...


140 - NFL Super Bowl LII recap, BBL Finals, NRL Supercoach

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...


139 - Super Bowl LII, World Rugby Sevens, BBL Finals, NRL Supercoach

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...


138 - Cricket, NFL Playoffs, Supercoach

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...


137 - NFL Playoffs, BBL, Aus Open Tennis

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...


136 - Ashes 5th Test, BBL, NFL Playoffs

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...


135 - Ashes 4th Test, NFL Playoffs, Fantasty Football

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...


134 - Ashes 3rd Test, NFL, BBL, NRL, NBA

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...


BONUS - Episode 7 Remastered

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...


133 - Ashes 2nd Test, Rugby League World Cup, Football World Cup Draw, NFL

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...


132 - The Ashes, RLWC, Masters, Motorsport, NFL

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 Brought to you by Twitter - @batsandballspod Brendan - @brendansmith05 Josh - @PiesJosh Zac - @BigZacko Email -...


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