Cheap Seats Episode 85: Salary cap relief

Ryan O’Connell and I have been given permission to negotiate with other clubs in Episode 85 of the Cheap Seats podcast.

#AskTheCheapSeats tackles a heavy backlog of cracking questions, on topics including 4-day Tests, Robert Craddock, Wallabies Rugby World Cup selection, and NRL favouritism.

It's been a far from fairytale end to Test cricket for Michael Clarke...

It’s been far from a fairytale end to Test cricket for Michael Clarke…

The major sporting development in the last little bit is the surprise NRL news that Wests Tigers have given favourite son, Robbie Farah, “permission to negotiate with other clubs”, despite having two years to run on a contract. We again ponder Who’s This Week’s Premiership Favourites – but now with double the fanfare.

In other news, we wrap up the ill-fated Ashes series, worry about a lack of Wallabies hookers, and declare the AFL top 8 done and dusted.

Get us on Twitter at @CheapSeatsPod, on Soundcloud, iTunes, and the TuneIn radio app, and get your questions in for next week using the tag #AskTheCheapSeats. And stay cheap!

Cheap Seats Episode 82: Coach-sacking week

Ryan O’Connell and I have the full and unwavering support of the board in Episode 82 of the Cheap Seats podcast.

#AskTheCheapSeats questions this week cover young Australian batsmen, more shark-punching, badly run NRL clubs, and a good question on the legality of Richie McCaw’s match-winning try in Johannesburg.

The NRL have a problem on their hands in what to do with the junior referee-abusing Fifita brothers, while the last week in July has popped up as coach-sacking week. One down, one more to come? And what of the Bennett Curse? Plus we again ponder Who’s This Week’s Premiership Favourite?

Lewis Jetta reacts in defence of Adam Goodes to the crowd in Perth over the weekend..

Lewis Jetta reacts in defence of Adam Goodes to the crowd in Perth over the weekend..

In other news, the AFL have a problem on their hands with the Adam Goodes situation, the Wallabies’ win in Argentina sets up a Rugby Championship decider, while the Third Ashes Test looks to be the beginning of the end of a long-serving career.

Plus there’s a wrap up of the Cheap Seats Tipping League, which you can still join which you can still join for The Ashes and The Rugby Championship.

Get us on Twitter at @CheapSeatsPod, on Soundcloud, iTunes, and the TuneIn radio app, and get your questions in for next week using the tag #AskTheCheapSeats. And stay cheap!

Cheap Seats Episode 81: Pom-thumping and shark-punching

Both Ryan O’Connell and I are claiming to have punched a shark in Episode 81 of the Cheap Seats podcast.

#AskTheCheapSeats includes questions on golfer Soren Kjeldsen, Brad Haddin’s future in the Australian Test team, Steve Smith’s technique, Argentina’s scrum, and yet more questions about Michael Hooper and David Pocock in tandem.

Stephen Smith: in decent nick currently...

Steven Smith: in decent nick currently…

Australia have squared The Ashes series with a 405-run win in the Second Test at Lord’s, and with it, we’ve now seen a massive momentum swing in the series. Australia’s big guns fired, the new inclusions justified their selections, and suddenly, happily, all the pressure is very much back on England ahead of the Third Test at Edgbaston next week.

In other news, the Wallabies produced a heart-stopping come-from-behind win over South Africa in Brisbane, The Week’s NRL Premiership Favourite is not quite as clear as last week, Hawthorn have one hand on the AFL cup, and in the biggest, scariest sporting moment of the weekend, Mick Fanning punched a shark.

Plus there’s a wrap up of the Cheap Seats Tipping League, which you can still join which you can still join for The Ashes and The Rugby Championship.

Get us on Twitter at @CheapSeatsPod, on Soundcloud, iTunes, and the TuneIn radio app, and get your questions in for next week using the tag #AskTheCheapSeats. And stay cheap!

Cheap Seats Episode 80: Here we go again

Ryan O’Connell and I have called for the DRS review in Episode 80 of the Cheap Seats podcast.

#AskTheCheapSeats hits on subjects as wide as Shane Watson and Australia’s First Test performance, the British Open golf, and Roger Federer chances of ever winning a Grand Slam tournament again.

England won the First Ashes Test in Cardiff over the weekend, and as is the Australian way, it’s time to discuss wholesale changes. Injury may well force changes to the bowling attack, but should the Australian selectors be preparing to make the tough call on a couple of aging – and failing – veterans?

Thurston to Pearce in SOO3: "You'll never touch the Shield. Go and get a photo with Wally's statue - it's as close as you'll get.."

Thurston to Pearce in SOO3: “You’ll never touch the Shield. Go and get a photo with Wally’s statue – it’s as close as you’ll get..”

In other news, Queensland asserted their State of Origin dominance in spectacular fashion, we ponder This Week’s NRL Premiership Favourites, applaud the courage of the Adelaide Crows, admire Hawthorn’s disposal of another would-be contender and guess the Wallabies make-up. Plus there’s a wrap up of the Cheap Seats Tipping League, which you can still join which you can still join for The Ashes and The Rugby Championship .

Get us on Twitter at @CheapSeatsPod, on Soundcloud, iTunes, and the TuneIn radio app, and get your questions in for next week using the tag #AskTheCheapSeats. And stay cheap!