BBL opening week: break out the dreadlocks

Gayle leads the charge of the expat Windies; Watson needs an amazing BBL; Bailey's Hobart my early favourites, and Hodge's Adelaide my Tip of the Week..

Gayle leads the charge of the expat Windies; Watson needs an amazing BBL; Bailey’s Hobart my early favourites, and Hodge’s Adelaide my Tip of the Week..

The Roar: If you found yourself watching the West Indies getting pumped a tad depressing – and who didn’t – then tonight and onwards for the next six weeks is the time to put some cricketing colour in your life.

Whether your colour is purple, red, green, a different green, just-bloody-call-it-pink, whatever colour Brisbane wear, orange, or blue, the big Bash League has you covered.

Here’s what to look forward to over the first round of the tournament..

Cheap Seats Episode 86: Yes, we forgot Hayne

Ryan O’Connell and I are rapidly losing control of our schedules in Episode 86 of the Cheap Seats podcast.

The biggest #AskTheCheapSeats in yonks takes up more than half the show, with topics including Robbie Farah, Bart Cummings, the shoulder charge, NRC marketing, and Nick Kyrgios.

Even as a still shot, this Shane Watson dismissal is still funny...

Even as a still shot, this Shane Watson dismissal is still funny…

Plus, we tackle last week’s layover question of ranking the top 5 batsmen in the Test cricket history, and attempt to explain how the bloody hell we managed to forget about discussing Jarryd Hayne’s NFL tilt in Ep85. Idiots.

After all that, there’s also just enough time to ponder Who’s This Week’s NRL Premiership Favourite, why AFL runaway leaders Fremantle resting players is much ado about nothing, label a Wallabies selection cynical and laugh at Shane Watson. Plus the weekly wrap up of the Cheap Seats Tipping League, which you can join now for the Rugby World Cup.

Get us on Twitter at @CheapSeatsPod, on Soundcloud, iTunes, and the TuneIn radio app, and get your questions in the Ask The Cheap Seats Episode 87 special using the tag #AskTheCheapSeats. And stay cheap!

Cheap Seats Episode 64: In need of resurrection

Ryan O’Connell and I are recycling old jokes and trying new formats in Episode 64 of the Cheap Seats podcast.

#AskTheCheapSeats included tricky questions on Rugby World Cup bolters, Julian Savea’s singing, All Blacks-laden ‘B’ teams, Cheap Seats Tipping League geniuses, and Mark Nicholas.

We launch into a comprehensive wrap of the Cricket World Cup action – including my shameless name-dropping. Shane Watson has been dropped from the Australian side, New Zealand beat Australia in a thriller last Saturday, before Australian bounced back and put Afghanistan back in their place. Meanwhile, Kumar Sangakkara is still making centuries for fun.

HEAL! According to Ryan,  "Craig Bellamy has always been able to bring players back from death..."

HEAL! According to Ryan, “Craig Bellamy has always been able to bring players back from death…”

The NRL is all set to kick off, and we run the rule through the competition and name top fours, winners, wooden spooners, and everything in between. Oh, and Craig Bellamy may have healing powers. Super Rugby also gets a mention, as does Jarryd Hayne’s exciting NFL contract with the San Francisco 49ers.

The Cheap Seats Tipping League on footytips.com.au rolls on, with the NRL leg commencing this week – join now at http://www.footytips.com.au/comps/Cheap_Seats_Tipping_League.

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

Australia for the win, but prepare my soapbox anyway

"That’s the gravitational pull of a Watson dismissal. He plays a stupid shot, straight to the only bloke on the fence between Paddington and bloody Wollongong, has the blank ‘oh, there was a bloke out there’ look on his face, and trudges off in the slowest possible way..." Image: ABC Grandstand

“That’s the gravitational pull of a Watson dismissal. He plays a stupid shot, straight to the only bloke on the fence between Paddington and bloody Wollongong, and trudges off in the slowest possible way…” Image: ABC Grandstand

The Roar: I really didn’t want to get into yet another discussion about the fortune and misfortune of Shane Watson, but it was almost impossible to avoid yesterday.

Watson was making batting look tough on Day 2. Ravi Ashwin was keeping him tied down with a very straight line and four catchers around the bat on the leg side. You could set your watch for the likelihood of Watson wanting to belt his way out of the shackles.

Mohammed Shami banged one in short, and Watson with acres of room on the leg side managed to quite skilfully pick out Ashwin at deep midwicket. Everything that could possibly infuriate you about a Shane Watson dismissal was there to take in.

So please indulge me a little Watson rant, with a surprise conclusion as to why he makes us so angry…