Cheap Seats Episode 58: The Cheapies!

Ryan O’Connell and I have rolled out the red carpet in a glitzy star-studded event as part of Episode 58 of the Cheap Seats podcast.

In this episode, Ryan and I have quite the unresolved debate about where a debutant batsman should bat, and BOTH of us are surprised by the news Ed Cowan hasn’t been batting first drop for Tasmania.

Episode 58 talking points:

  • Asking who has the worst Auckland Nines jersey is like asking which is the worst STD to contract. Image:

    Asking who has the worst Auckland Nines jersey is like asking which is the worst STD to contract. Image:

    a bumper final edition of #AskTheCheapSeats, with Wallabies departures, shocking NRL jerseys, selection conjecture, and an NBA question that I left the room for;

  • The Cheapies! The boys hand out the gongs that matter, and several others that don’t for the sporting year of 2014;
  • Second Test wrap: a comprehensive review of Australia’s win inside four days at the ‘Gabba, including Josh Hazlewood’s impressive debut, the stupidity of firing up Mitch Johnson, and several blokes now under the pump. Plus Queensland top order bat Joe Burns will debut on Boxing Day in Melbourne – but where will he bat?

Thanks so much to everyone who tuned into the Cheap Seats all year. We’ll be back in January with more misinformed analysis and pointless debate from the world of sport.

In the meantime, get us on Twitter at @CheapSeatsPod and get your questions in using the tag #AskTheCheapSeats.

Merry Christmas, a very happy and safe New Year, and stay cheap!

Cheap Seats Episode 9: A very typical Shane Watson 90

Watson, Watson, and Horwill get the Cheap Seats treatment in Episode 9.

Ryan and O’Connell and I are back on deck for a cheap shot-laden Episode 9 of The Cheap Seats podcast.

In this episode,I become slightly swamped by my schedule and had to relinquish the hosting duties. Unsurprisingly, Ryan happily picked up the baton and all the opportunities for ridicule that come with it.

Episode 9 talking points: Jobe Watson’s stunning admission that he was injected with a banned anti-obesity drug in 2012; Rugby’s Blues launching a raid on Benji Marshall, and what that might mean for Wests Tigers and the NRL; the latest cricket developments from England; the Second Wallabies-Lions Test from Melbourne, and this week’s Splash & Dash on Mark Webber and Bernard Tomic.

Clean sweep secured, but questions remain about the experiments

Matthew Wade (left) did brilliantly batting at no.6, but Mitchell Johnson (right, tripping over crease, stumps, and ‘keeper) wasn’t so flash at no.7…

Yes, Australia won the Third Test in Sydney, and yes, they took the Warne-Muralitharan Trophy 3-0 against Sri Lanka. On the surface, everything’s rosy. But is it, really? What of all the experimentation in Sydney?

Good question, I’m glad I asked. And I’ve answered such questions today, over on The Roar:

Well batted, Ed…

Ed Cowan celebrates his maiden Test hundred early today, and finished on 136. Image: @ACA_Players (Twitter)

Ed Cowan has compiled a memorable maiden Test century today up at the ‘Gabba, and the only way South Africa could remove him was via lucky deflection at the bowler’s end.

Cowan finished on 136 from 257 balls, and hit 17 fours along the way, including a cracking pull shot-cover drive double not long after raising the bat.

Having sat in on Cowan’s press conference when he was named for his Boxing Day debut against India last summer, it’s been wonderful to watch a great guy with an amazing knowledge of his own game, and the game in general, enjoy success in the highest form there is.  Well batted, Ed…