Cheap Seats podcast: the State of Origin special edition

NSW coach Laurie Daley got the team he wanted for SOO1; it feels like everyone is holding fire, waiting to see if his loyalty will be rewarded. Image: ABC Grandstand

Ryan O’Connell and I have missed the Jarryd Hayne bandwagon, but have climbed aboard the ‘state against state’ gravy train for the State of Origin Special edition of the Cheap Seats podcast.

The podcast’s regulars have come through in style, flooding the boys with #AskTheCheapSeats questions and avoiding serious threats of half an hour of unscripted insight.

Topics covered include #KickOffBingo; the key players not named Thurston; all the contentious NSW selections, and how Laurie Daley has essentially made his bed; just how fit Josh Dugan was, and the effectiveness of his post-selection medical; Cooper Cronk’s ankle and Queensland’s annual round of manufactured drama; what New South Welshman should do if they happen to work in Queensland; what Queenslanders can get away with if they happen to work in NSW; Origin to the highest bidder; standalone weekends and finally, the boys lay down some bold predictions for a winner in Game 1.

As always, you can get us on Twitter at @CheapSeatsPod, on Soundcloud, iTunes, and the TuneIn radio app. And stay cheap – you never know when we’ll be back!

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!

Cheap Seats Episode 79: Getting heavy

Ryan O’Connell and I – but mainly Ryan – have adjusted the man crush list ahead of Episode 79 of the Cheap Seats podcast.

#AskTheCheapSeats is back seeking explanation on Dean Mumm’s inclusion in the Wallabies’ 40-man squad, and whether the Alex McKinnon-Cameron Smith thing is anything more than a media beat up. And that segues neatly into…

The 60 Minutes report on the recovery of former NRL player Alex McKinnon. What was a really good story providing revealing insight into what McKinnon and his family went through at the time and now, 15 months on, has been quickly hijacked by the portrayal of Melbourne Storm captain Cameron Smith in the report. The story is now less about McKinnon and more about Smith, and in our humble opinions, Channel Nine and 60 Minutes have some questions to answer.

Adelaide Crows coach Phil Walsh - a club and a game mourns..

Adelaide Crows coach Phil Walsh – a club and a game mourns..

In other news, the State of Origin decider looms, we again ponder This Week’s Premiership Favourites, and talk the Super Rugby Final and the Wallabies squad. We also try to get our heads around the tragic death of Adelaide Crows coach Phil Walsh, and the sudden retirement of Australian quick Ryan Harris on the eve of The Ashes. 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, PLUS now on the TuneIn radio app as well, and get your questions in for next week using the tag #AskTheCheapSeats. And stay cheap!

Cheap Seats Episode 78: Naive and idiotic

Ryan O’Connell and I have finally passed through Customs to return in time for Episode 78 of the Cheap Seats podcast.

#AskTheCheapSeats is back with something of a backlog of questions on topics including Wimbledon, things starting on time, Origin 3, the NBA draft, the Tour de France, and disappointing Australian performances in the Super Rugby semis.

Two Australian sides in the Super Rugby Semis delivered zero Australian sides in the Final, as both the Brumbies and Waratahs were outplayed. Plus there was refereeing controversy. Also, Origin 3 teams have been/will be named, and yet again there’s selection shenanigans involved.

That beacon of morality, Essendon coach James Hird..

That beacon of morality, Essendon coach James Hird..

In other news, James Hird tries to take the moral high ground, claiming someone else was “naive and idiotic”, the Ashes Series commences next week, the Matildas dream run at the Women’s World Cup came to an end, and the NBA Finals have been run and won. Plus there’s a wrap up of the Cheap Seats Tipping League, which you can still join if you fancy giving up massive starts.

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