In the crypt of the NZ Cricket Museum, The Godfather, Kev & Off White Thunder talk about how they have stuffed up the player numbers, trawl through the museum’s epic collection, review Ashley Mallett’s breakfast yarn and are massively excited about Day 1 of NZ vs Australia at the Basin Reserve.
Kev brings in an impressive junior cricket certificate, and the song is 111 seconds of BMac-related shenanigans from Tom Knowles. And embarrassingly the lads do a selfie.
An Emails From Around the World lands from the Tai Tapu Express and Violence Corner has a week off.
Kev, Off White Thunder and The Godfather convene in Karori to talk Tim Southee, the Australian series, David Warner, Ewen Chatfield’s pins, karaoke, behind the curtain of cricketers’ public profiles and the one that got away in Wellington.
Emails From Around the World zero in on the greatest cricket club in Bedfordshire, Papanui High School, Billy Bowden and the DRS, our greatest ODI wicket takers vs Australia, and pub trivia teams.
Violence Corner is on a train in Sydney with a chisel and former schoolgirl cricketer. This week’s song is a prayer for the Hamilton decider.
Kev, Off White Thunder and The Godfather convene on the Miramar isthmus to discuss the life and times of Mark Gillespie, Black Cap #235. There is talk of Mo Irfan, the Gillespie clan, Hans Christian Andersen, Mt Gay rum, Jason Gillespie as Black Caps coach, and Kev wants the Buller team to get an Eden Park parade with the Hawke Cup.
Emails From Around the World zero in on Amir, vices, Santner’s rise, the Kentucky Colonels, The Alternative Commentary Collective and Brendon McCullum’s lucky thigh pad.
Violence Corner is in Newcastle for the aftermath of an in-game assault involving a mid-pitch collision. This week’s song is a fair dinkim amazing speech from the one and only Jeff Thommo Thomson.
After a fortnight at the beach, Off White Thunder and Kev descend on The Godfather’s Beige HQ bunker for the 234th episode of The BYC podcast.
Appropriately the boys are celebrating Black Cap #234 – Ross Taylor – with an homage in the form of fried chicken and red wine.
Emails From Around the World include Jayne with a Y on the aging of captains and boozed men in beige at the Mount, Muzz on Ben Stokes and blazing tons, and Akseli is in touch from Finland with a run-down on his burgeoning indoor cricket career.
Violence Corner involves a coward punching a 69-year-old cricket fan on a train in London. This week’s song is from Pakistan.
Kev and The Godfather chip away at a bottle of claret and discuss the massive success of the Big Bash league. Kev has an outpouring over Black Cap #233, Jeetan ‘The Bear’ Patel.
Emails From Around the World include Jayne on watching cricket 24/7/365 in the USA, Muzz on an unsavory slavery allegation and Muzz on Millmow, Headingley & Howarth. Sean is also in touch with his version of The Portly World XI.
Violence Corner arrives via Jack and is in Sri Lanka, featuring Enrique Iglesias. The song is from none other than Dre Russ.
The Godfather heads to Kev’s place on the Miramar Peninsula – they deem Marty McGoldrick’s epic Hagley assault vigorous enough for Violence Corner, take a quick look at Black Cap #232’s career, and pile into a bulging bag of emails from around the world.
Jayne is not happy with American TV’s graphics, Akseli has been watching the Saffers vs the Poms over in Latvia, Muzz is talking Tim Southee, and Aaron has named his Rotund XI – with the help of his colleagues at the Claremont Cricket Club. The Tai Tapu Express is in excited disarray at the prospect of Ross Taylor playing for – and at – Sussex in 2016. The Godfather also brings along a copy of a 1983 Wisden Cricket Monthly.
Kev and Off White head into the Karori summer mist this week. There is a lot of love for Kane ‘The King’ Williamson and his dethroning of Glenn ‘Was the King’ Turner. They run through the stats, yarn about Peter Fulton, and acknowledge a cracking series against the Sri Lankans and their compulsive hooking.
In Emails From Around the World, there is a quick run-through of 5-Test series courtesy of Gareth’s – and that man Turner’s name pops up again. We talk through The Elder Lane’s outstanding Shorties XI featuring Morrison and Van Wyk, Muzz gets stuck into the rules of the game and double centurions, and we remember the David or Nick White headlock in Adelaide.
The song is in Te Awamutu this week – and is throwback piece of cricket pop blended with Polynesian hip-hop. Violence Corner is in Bangladesh this week.
Kev and Off White go through the godforsaken Mt Victoria Tunnel to visit the Godfather in Karori this week. The boys get into the plight of the West Indies, the campaign for New Zealand to play the Boxing Day test in Melbourne, what should be done with Marlon Psycho Samuels and the cricket career of NZ Test cricketer #230 James Marshall gets a mention.
Emails From Around the World land from Muzz on Kiwi wicketkeeper centuries, Biggie on whether we can play Australia more, and Akseli is back in touch all the way from Latvia. We also receive a special treat from long-time listener, The Irwinator – a book all the way from his Scottish neck of the woods.
Violence Corner is in Toronto – and we meet Boomer Collins, an American baseballer from Canada looking to become a pro cricketer in India. This week’s song is from Sri Lanka – (but nowhere near as good as last week’s). There is also a tea incident.
The Godfather and Off White Thunder rejoin Rory’s dad Kev after Adelaide – and they are all still on a pink ball high.
They talk about Steve Smith’s humility, the tedious tedium of South Africa vs India, a Test where every session is compelling, The Titan on Cricinfo, BMac’s faith, runner carnage, and where The Pinkness can happen in Aotearoa.
Emails From around the World zero in on roading analogies, a moist review of the Pink Ball extravaganza and the legendary Muzz has some trivia and a lot of love for Freddie Flintoff.
This week’s song is a gem – a tribute to Phil Hughes from Australian political rapper Urthboy. (Back story here.)
Violence Corner is back in India – looking for a teacher on the run.
The Godfather and Off White Thunder are in hotel room Adelaide recuperating after the inaugural Pink Ball Test.
They talk about the smorgasbord of pros and very few cons of this evolution of Test match cricket. There is some Hairy Javelin action and they’ve enjoyed Mitchell ‘Shatner’ Santner’s work, there is talk about pink Stubbies, cup snake construction and this weelk’s song is a remake of the Australian national anthem by a local taxi driver.
Emails From around the World zero in on the tall men of world cricket – including the surprising choice of Clive Lloyd.