Cheap Seats Episode 66: White balls do not equal red balls

Ryan O’Connell and I are debating football playing strip fashion in Episode 66 of the Cheap Seats podcast.

A bumper #AskTheCheapSeats including some superb questions on the state of Australian basketball, Manly breaking Parramatta’s Kieran Foran news, the use of Australian athletes in sports marketing campaigns, and the Cricket World Cup. Brilliant questions, and thanks to those asking.

The CWC has finally reached the Quarter Final stage, with Ryan surprised at the revelation Pakistan won’t play two games. But will the Quarters go according to plan, or might Sri Lanka have something to say about it? And is Aaron Finch out of form, or just short of runs? Plus yet more Kumar Sangakkara love. And Sheffield Shield Final shenanigans.

Me calling the Melbourne Storm jersey "very nice" over the weekend didn't go down well...

Me calling the Melbourne Storm jersey “really nice” over the weekend didn’t go down well…

Plus, the first ‘Grand Final preview’ of the NRL season has been played, but why was the crowd so small for the Souths-Roosters blockbuster? Oh, and Manly are still a shambles. Super Rugby sees the high-flying Brumbies leading the pack, while the Waratahs – and definitely the Reds – have some serious work to do.

There’s some more football drug test and ASADA drama to play out yet, while the boys touch on one of the more boring Australian Grands Prix ever.

Don’t forget, you can still join the Cheap Seats Tipping League. Beating the two of us won’t be hard. Get us on Twitter at @CheapSeatsPod and get your questions in for next week using the tag #AskTheCheapSeats. And stay cheap!

Cheap Seats Episode 50: The #AskTheCheapSeats Special

the Cheap Seats podcast: Ryan O’Connell and I are donning the party frocks to celebrate the milestone 50th episode of the Cheap Seats podcast.

In our biggest podcast yet, we 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 mispronunciation, laughs, and much bonhomie. Yes, bonhomie.

Ninja Turtles, Paul Gallen, Tom Brady, and Taylor Swift: all covered in the milestone 50th Episode...

Ninja Turtles, Paul Gallen, Tom Brady, and Taylor Swift: all covered in the milestone 50th Episode…

Topics covered include, but are not limited to: the ASADA deal for Cronulla, Ryan’s taste in music, the NFL, the best commentary duos, the icebucket challenge, the NBA, hangover cures, clothing and sporting gear deals, Formula 1, one day cricket, the US Open tennis,  the Wallabies, video referees, basketball and cricket World Cups, the NRL, rugby 7s at the Olympics, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, Roger Federer, the new National Rugby Championship, James Hird, more rugby and NRL, AFL, and favourite colours.

So pretty much anything, and sincere and humble thanks to everyone who fired questions in. Much fun was had getting through them.

The boys will be back to normal programming next week, ready to tackle yet more #AskTheCheapSeats questions plus all the big and trivial events in sport.

Get us on Twitter at @CheapSeatsPod and use the tag #AskTheCheapSeats. And stay cheap…

The ‘what if’ moments of 2013

Wallaby fullback Kurtley Beale slips while taking what could've been the match-winning penalty goal attempt on Saturday night. The Lions prevailed 23-21 in front of 52,499 at Suncorp Stadium. Image: ABC Grandstand

Wallaby fullback Kurtley Beale slips while taking what could’ve been the match-winning penalty in the first Test of the Lions Series. How different might the Wallabies year have been if he didn’t slip? Image: ABC Grandstand

The Roar: The odd hypothetical rugby question has been put to me in the last few months, and it’s always an interesting exercise to go through because it almost certainly changes your thinking of some fairly crucial events.

Another curly one was posed of me a fortnight ago, and it’s had me thinking about similar moments ever since.  So ponder these, if you will…

  • What if the Australian Crime Commission found no links to athletes?
  • What if Kurtley Beale’s foot didn’t slip in Brisbane? And..
  • What if everyone handed their homework in on time in India?

Check it all out, and the resulting discussion today, over on The Roar

Cheap Seats Episode 27: ASHES WON!

Nathan Lyon - somewhere in the middle - leads the Australian celebrations in the middle of the WACA on Tuesday evening. Image: Cricket Australia via Twitter

Nathan Lyon – somewhere in the middle – leads the Australian celebrations in the middle of the WACA on Tuesday evening. Image: Cricket Australia via Twitter

the Cheap Seats podcast: Your humble Ashes-winning podcast host, is finally rejoined by his regular Ashes-winning co-host Ryan O’Connell, for the final Ashes-winning Cheap Seats podcast of 2013.

In this episode, Ryan ponders just how small the shoes were that Glenn Mitchell filled more than admirably last week, and I suffer a horrible case of O’Connell-like mispronunciation.

Episode 27 talking points: the complete and comprehensive wrap of Australia’s big win in the Third Test in Perth, regaining the Ashes 3-0 with two Tests to play; a recap of our pre-series Bold Ashes Predictions; the surprises of the series so far; what might happen in Melbourne; the NRL hands down big penalties on Cronulla, and some individuals; the now-famous token A-League wrap, and to finish, our big moment of 2013.