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Sports writers Brett McKay (@BMcSport) and Ryan O'Connell (@RyanOak) discuss, dissect, and debate their way through the big talking points in sport each week. All from the comfort and safe distance of the cheap seats. Stay Cheap Peeps!

Sports writers Brett McKay (@BMcSport) and Ryan O'Connell (@RyanOak) discuss, dissect, and debate their way through the big talking points in sport each week. All from the comfort and safe distance of the cheap seats. Stay Cheap Peeps!
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Sports writers Brett McKay (@BMcSport) and Ryan O'Connell (@RyanOak) discuss, dissect, and debate their way through the big talking points in sport each week. All from the comfort and safe distance of the cheap seats. Stay Cheap Peeps!

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English


Episodes

Episode 100 - The Milestone #AskTheCheapSeats special

7/17/2017
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Sportswriters Brett McKay and Ryan O'Connell are suffering the State of Origin hangover, and vehemently deny rumours they started drinking the day before the milestone 100th episode of the Cheap Seats Podcast. To commemorate said milestone, the boys have gone back to the old favourite, #AskTheCheapSeats! Thanks to everyone who got in touch via Twitter @CheapSeatsPod, and using the old standard, #AskTheCheapSeats, left somewhere in the order of 40 questions to tackle. So strap yourself in,...

Duration:01:16:17

Episode 96 - New season, new format

2/28/2017
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Sportswriters Brett McKay and Ryan O'Connell have been tinkering in the back shed, unleashing an all new format of the Cheap Seats podcast in time for kickoff of the 2017 NRL season. In lieu of loosely cobbled together ramblings, the boys have tackled five curly questions: 1. The season is just days away now, which NRL team will be the shock success this year? 2. Does all the talk about competition structure take away from the actual Super Rugby on the field? 3. Will India double down on...

Duration:00:24:39

Episode 95 - Move over cricket, rugby's here

2/14/2017
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Sportswriters Brett McKay and Ryan O'Connell have made a long overdue return to the studio to renew their passwords, wrap up the summer, and kick the footy around on the Cheap Seats podcast. Topics covered include: - Desperate losses called for desperate measures - Selection ups and downs of the summer - In Handscomb we trust - Could Kohli be better than Tendulkar? - Why the India series should come with a warning - Brisbane Rugby 10s: discuss - Age shall not weary him - Super Rugby hot...

Duration:00:44:18

Episode 60: Selection headaches

2/4/2015
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Sportswriters Brett McKay and Ryan O'Connell are coming down from a beer and pretzel Super Bowl high in Episode 60 of the Cheap Seats podcast. More cracking #AskTheCheapSeats questions on topics including Super Rugby pre-season preps, the WACA pitch, dating Scarlett Johansson, and Steve Smith's likely batting spot for the future. The boys wrapped up the one-day Tri-Series, after Australia's thumping of England in the Final in Perth last weekend, as well as getting into the what Australia's...

Duration:00:36:41

Episode 59: Pull your head in, Davey

1/21/2015
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Sportswriters Brett McKay and Ryan O'Connell have finally returned from the Christmas/New Year break in Episode 59 of the Cheap Seats podcast. A good spattering of #AskTheCheapSeats questions over the break included topics ranging from the Great Wallabies Exodus, the right number of Mitchells in a World Cup squad, to whether Bradman or Jordan was the greatest sportsman of all time and all sports. Cricket-wise, the boys took a look back at the Australia-India Test Series, the current...

Duration:00:39:10

Cheap Seats Tea Break - 1st Test D2

10/23/2014
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Brett McKay and Ryan O'Connell have rather surprisingly been invited back by The Roar Live Radio, covering off the day's action in the Tea break of the First Pakistan v Australia Test from Dubai. Despite some initial tech gremlins (and noisy commentatators), the guys run through what ended up being a dramatic second session on Day 2. 1st Test, Tea Day 2: Pakistan 8/454 (Younis Khan 106, Sarfraz Ahmed 109, Mitchell Johnson 3/39, Steven O'Keefe 2/107) [Apologies for the volume on Ryan's end;...

Duration:00:19:12

Episode 56: Glory glory

10/6/2014
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Sportswriters Brett McKay and Ryan O'Connell are winding down a big footy season in Episode 56 of the Cheap Seats podcast. In this episode, Ryan reveals the depths of his Grand Final pain, while Brett reveals his disappointment at a lack of drunk O'Connell tweets. Episode 56 talking points: - No #YouBloodyIdiots!! - #AskTheCheapSeats: NRC finals contenders, classic national anthems, pressure on Ewen McKenzie, and National Hockey League?!?; - NRL Grand Final: Souths thump Canterbury 30-6 in...

Duration:00:48:46

Episode 55: One Grand Final thumping down, one to go?

9/30/2014
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Sportswriters Brett McKay and Ryan O'Connell are bearing the scars of a Grand Final thumping in Episode 55 of the Cheap Seats podcast. In this episode, Ryan opens up with the worst intro in Cheap Seats history, while Brett's attempted positive spin on Michael Hooper's captaincy quickly falls apart. Episode 55 talking points: - Ryan's #YouBloodyIdiots revenge; - #AskTheCheapSeats: unfit Wallabies and Michael Hooper, NRC player development, and an NBA question that Brett was absent for; -...

Duration:00:45:58

Episode 54: Conspiracies and age-old rules

9/22/2014
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Sportswriters Brett McKay and Ryan O'Connell are gearing up for a massive weekend of Grand and Preliminary Finals in Episode 54 of the Cheap Seats podcast. In this episode, Ryan proposes a rule change involving scrums and half a tackle count, while Brett's argument against said rule change boils down to "that's how it's always been". Episode 54 talking points: - Ryan's stunning debut in #YouBloodyIdiots; - #AskTheCheapSeats: unworthy Prelim Final qualifiers, the possibility of an...

Duration:00:46:13

Episode 53: Who's this week's Premiership favourites?

9/15/2014
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Sportswriters Brett McKay and Ryan O'Connell are juggling multi-sport finals schedules in an action-packed Episode 53 of the Cheap Seats podcast. In this episode, Ryan is once again plagued by his pronunciations, while Brett explains just how many screens he can watch on a Saturday night. Nerd. Episode 53 talking points: - #AskTheCheapSeats: Wallabies scrums, finals rewards, dwindling crowds, and just how big a nerd Brett is; - a surprising lack of #YouBloodyIdiots corrections; - NRL...

Duration:00:41:52

Episode 52: Manly fading, can't trust Souths

9/9/2014
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Sportswriters Brett McKay and Ryan O'Connell have again fallen victim to poor time management in a delayed Episode 52 of the Cheap Seats podcast. In this episode, Ryan is caught out not listening (in his own podcast?!), while Brett introduces a new segment: #YouBloodyIdiots, where listeners are now invited to point out obvious and stupid errors. Can only end well. Episode 52 talking points: - #AskTheCheapSeats: George Bailey's reality check, and NRC Wallabies; - #YouBloodyIdiots: featuring...

Duration:00:44:09

Episode 51: Wallabies selections go back to where we were

9/2/2014
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Sportswriters Brett McKay and Ryan O'Connell are not enjoying the celebratory comedown in Episode 51 of the Cheap Seats podcast. In this episode, Ryan is still sooking about apparently not getting to answer any questions first in the #AskTheCheapSeats special last week, while Brett admits he doesn't look at weather forecasts for Perth. Episode 51 talking points: - Rugby: Ewen McKenzie tweaks the Wallabies to face South Africa in Perth, the ARU allows sabbaticals, and the NRC buzzes away on...

Duration:00:34:15

Episode 50: The #AskTheCheapSeats Special

8/26/2014
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Sportswriters Brett McKay and Ryan O'Connell are donning the party frocks to celebrate the milestone 50th episode of the Cheap Seats podcast. In their biggest podcast yet, the boys asked for and were completely blown away by the number of ATCS questions that were forthcoming. Well over fifty questions were received via Twitter, The Roar, text message, email, and carrier pigeon. The result is an hour-long romp through every single question in an entertaining, but choatic session full of...

Duration:01:04:17

Episode 49: Like kissing your light beer-drinking sister

8/18/2014
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Sportswriters Brett McKay and Ryan O'Connell are arguing about who left who in a North Sydney pub in Episode 49 of the Cheap Seats podcast. In this episode, Ryan is crowing about getting an 'Bricks and mortar' tip correct, while Brett is unconcerned about finances of Indian cricket. Episode 49 talking points: - #AskTheCheapSeats: what to do with Wests Tigers, are Freo back, and what of Kurtley Beale and the Wallabies; - Rugby: No wholesales changes needed for the Wallabies before Bledisloe...

Duration:00:47:42

Episode 48: That's not his go

8/11/2014
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Sportswriters Brett McKay and Ryan O'Connell are debating the element of fun in the term 'fun run' in Episode 48 of the Cheap Seats podcast. In this episode, Ryan's City-to-Surf recovery is ongoing, while Brett reapplies last weeks Canberra Raiders naughty word to another NRL club. Episode 48 talking points: - #AskTheCheapSeats: great questions from a few favourites on Rory McIlroy and the Canterbury Bulldogs; - NRL: Bulldogs' Josh Reynolds needs to cut the crap, Souths are suddenly...

Duration:00:41:54

Episode 47: Richie McCaw's moment

8/4/2014
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Sportswriters Brett McKay and Ryan O'Connell get on the shameless self-promotion bandwagon in Episode 47 of the Cheap Seats podcast. In this episode, Ryan is remarkably even-handed after the Waratahs' triumph (given his Semi-Final form), while Brett utters a naughty word about the Canberra Raiders. Episode 47 talking points: - #AskTheCheapSeats: the aforementioned Raiders concerns, and Craig Joubert gets the hint; - Rugby: the Waratahs win their maiden Super Rugby title in the best Final in...

Duration:00:44:07

Episode 46: Enjoying a few (too many) beers

7/29/2014
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Sportswriters Brett McKay and Ryan O'Connell completely mess up their Weekend schedule in Episode 46 of the Cheap Seats podcast. In this episode, Ryan celebrates the Waratahs' Semi-Final win a little too hard, while Brett patiently waits for him at a north shore cafe the next morning. Episode 46 talking points: - #AskTheCheapSeats: covering some we may have missed; - Rugby: the Waratahs and Crusaders win through to the Super Rugby Final in very contrasting fashion, and a record crowd looms;...

Duration:00:46:24

Episode 45: Please sign here

7/14/2014
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Sportswriters Brett McKay and Ryan O'Connell make embarrassing admissions in Episode 45 of the Cheap Seats podcast. In this episode, Ryan concedes he *may* have been wrong about LeBron James, while Brett signs his first-ever autograph in freezing conditions on the sideline. Episode 45 talking points: - #AskTheCheapSeats: a dose of "Double Digger"; - Rugby: the Brumbies, Chiefs and Highlanders take the three wildcard spots in the Super Rugby finals series; - NRL: the game is rocked by the...

Duration:00:35:22

SOO3: The intense blowout

7/9/2014
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Sports writers Brett McKay and Ryan O’Connell are both satisfied and underwhelmed the Cheap Seats Origin Game 3 special, after Queensland thwarted the clean-sweep, beating New South Wales 32-8 in Game 3, at Suncorp Stadium in Brisbane. In the final State of Origin review for 2014, Ryan is mildly miffed by NSW smiling after a flogging, while Brett wants current referees to be more like David Manson. Origin 3 post-match talking points: • Queensland's early raids through Greg Inglis; • NSW's...

Duration:00:29:15

Episode 44: Quick and dirty

7/7/2014
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Sportswriters Brett McKay and Ryan O'Connell are in a hurry and get things wrong in a rapid-fire Episode 44 of the Cheap Seats podcast. In this episode, Ryan gets dazzled by the return of Dan Carter while Brett makes the claim of 20/20 eyesight. Episode 44 talking points: - #AskTheCheapSeats: a good question about the prospect of day/night Test cricket; - Rugby: the Waratahs wrap up top spot in Super Rugby, and three cracking games coming up in the final round to finalise the top six; -...

Duration:00:19:29