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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.




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 -...


131 - The Ashes Preview, ABL, Rugby League World Cup

Sports historian and newlywed Erik Nielsen joins us to preview The Ashes which kicks off tomorrow morning in Brisbane. We debate the selection nightmare that was the Australian team. The unknown English bats. And the possibility of the weather affecting the outcome of the series. Then we introduce the Australian Baseball League to the podcast after Brendan and Erik spent an afternoon and night at the Sydney Blue Sox vs Adelaide Bite Double Header. And the Rugby League World Cup just got...


130 - Rugby League World Cup, NFL, Football World Cup Playoffs, Fantasy NFL

The International game of Rugby League is alive and kicking. Tonga have been a breath of fresh air in this tournament. Can they sustain it moving forward? The Quarter Finals are set, can we predict any upsets on the horizon? The NFL season is past the halfway point. Are the Rams the real deal? Or is their 7-2 record a myth? Football World Cup Qualifying is hotting up with only 3 spots still up for grabs at time of recording. Can Australia beat Honduras in the 2nd leg? Can New Zealand...


129 - Melbourne Cup, Rugby League World Cup, NFL, Football

Fresh off Big Zacko tipping the exacta in the Melbourne Cup, we recap the race that stops a nation. Plus the Rugby League World Cup has played its second week of games. At the halfway point of the NFL season we have a look at the top teams, the surprise packets and the disappointments in the NFL half yearly report card. And we finish off with a bit of EPL and A-League football. Brought to you by Twitter - @batsandballspod Brendan - @brendansmith05 Josh -...


128 - Melbourne Cup Preview Show

Big Zacko has pored over the form guides, Pies has watched a few replays and The Producer has looked at the jockeys silks. Here's this year's instalment of the Melbourne Cup Preview Show. Brought to you by Twitter - @batsandballspod Brendan - @brendansmith05 Josh - @PiesJosh Zac - @BigZacko Email -


127 - Rugby League World Cup, MLB World Series, NFL, Horse Racing

The trade deadline passed and we kept Big Zacko on for another week. Not content with coming off the bench, Big Zacko has demanded more snaps and management have acquiesced to his demands. Heaps on offer including the Rugby League World Cup, MLB World Series, NFL and the latest horse racing news. 0:00:00 - Rugby League World Cup 0:23:00 - A-League 0:28:00 - Formula 1 / V8 Supercars 0:31:00 - MLB World Series 0:42:00 - NBA 0:47:00 - EPL 0:53:00 - NFL 1:33:00 - Derby Day Brought to...


126 - Rugby, Rugby League World Cup, A-League, NFL, Fantasy

Swainy is back after a few weeks and what a week to be back! The Wallabies defeated The All Blacks to claim the Rugby Championship Belt. The Rugby League World Cup is just around the corner and Pies has no idea what's going on. And the Tonga team is going to the final. Big Zacko has been watching A-League. Plus all your NFL reviews and news. Brought to you by Twitter - @batsandballspod Brendan - @brendansmith05 Josh - @PiesJosh Zac - @BigZacko Email -...


125 - Socceroos, NFL, Fantasy

With The Producer out of action again, we thought we'd try something a bit different and record a short episode (well short for us!) out at Big Zacko's farm. Zac's been tipping up a storm in the NFL lately. You could do worse than following along with his tips this week. We recap Week 6 NFL games. Tip you the winners of Week 7. Then quickly talk about opening night of the NBA. Plus there's a bit on the Socceroos road to Russia 2018. Apologies if the audio isn't the best. It was our first...


124 - NRL GF, AFL GF, NFL, Masters, MLB, World Cup Quals, Bathurst

Pies took Mad Monday a little too far, and The Producer couldn't get off the couch for a week. But we're back to finish up the NRL and AFL seasons and to talk about a bunch of other sports including World Cup Qualifiers, NFL, Masters of Rugby League, Major League Baseball, Bathurst 1000 and Formula 1. 0:00:00 - AFL GF 0:13:00 - NRL GF 0:35:00 - World Cup Quals 0:37:00 - NFL 1:27:00 - Masters 1:28:00 - MLB Playoffs 1:31:00 - Motorsport Brought to you by Twitter...


123 - Grand Finals, NRL, AFL, Masters of Rugby League, NFL, NBA

After 29 and 26 weeks of NRL and AFL it's all come down to this. The final game of the season. The ultimate sudden death game. It's Grand Final weekend and it promises to be massive. Storylines aplenty. Cooper Cronk in his last game for Melbourne. Cameron Smith putting another stamp on his stellar career. Michael Morgan emerging from the shadow of Johnathan Thurston. The Richmond Tigers and their long suffering fans. New Brownlow medallist Dusty Martin. The great Adelaide Crows. Eddie...


122 - NRL Finals, AFL Finals, NFL, Motorsport

An abnormal Wednesday morning recording this week. So The Producer and Pies discuss the NRL and AFL Semi Finals and predict the winners of the Prelim Finals. Then Big Zacko joins us on the phone for the NFL wrap. Plus Formula 1 and the Sandown 500 V8 Supercars. 0:00:00 - NRL 0:18:00 - AFL 0:31:00 - NFL 1:10:00 - Motorsport Brought to you by Twitter - @batsandballspod Brendan - @brendansmith05 Josh - @PiesJosh Zac - @BigZacko Email -...


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