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Ep. 143: Previewing the ALCS between Houston and Boston

10/13/2018
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The ALCS is here! The Chron’s Hunter Atkins joins Austin on the phone line to breakdown this historic series between the Astros and Red Sox. How historic is it? This is the first postseason series since World War II that features to teams that won more than 103 regular season games. The guys discuss the key matchups on the mound and why the Astros’ hitters will work to extend at-bats in order to jump into a Boston bullpen that has played “Naked and Afraid” this postseason. Then, Hunter...

Duration:00:35:18

Ep. 142: NFL Network’s Taylor Bisciotti; Astros-Red Sox set for ALCS

10/10/2018
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The NFL Network’s Taylor Bisciotti makes her return to the podcast to discuss the wild NFL season. With overtime games on a weekly basis and concern over NFL rule changes, has this season lived up to the hype? Then, Taylor discusses her surprise teams, rookies that have impressed, and the top young QBs in the game. The show opens as Austin discusses the Astros’ sweep of the Indians and a brief preview of the ALCS against the Red Sox.

Duration:00:29:20

Ep. 141: Chron’s Hunter Atkins and SportsRadio 610’s Derek Fogel preview the MLB postseason

10/3/2018
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The Braintrust, Hunter Atkins and Derek Fogel, join Austin Staton on The Weekly Brew for the annual MLB postseason preview. The guys discuss the extra-inning thriller between the Rockies and Cubs that opened the postseason and the initial implications that the game has on the playoffs — over managing and MLB replays. Then, the guys discuss the local series as the defending World Series champs open the playoffs at home against the Cleveland Indians. With the teams nearly mirroring each other...

Duration:00:53:27

Ep. 140: Chron’s Hunter Atkins on the Astros’ Pennant Race; NFL Highlights; SCOTUS

9/24/2018
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Hunter Atkins makes his return to the podcast to discuss the Astros pursuit of a second-straight AL West Crown. Entering the final week of the season with a all-but-certain playoff date with the Indians on the horizon, Hunter and Austin discuss the x-factors heading into postseason play. Will the offense find consistency in the playoffs? Will Keuchel’s early-inning struggles continue? How will the postseason roster shape up, and will Josh James have an impact in October? The show opens with...

Duration:00:50:13

Ep. 139: Texans struggle out of the gates; Astros locking in on October

9/17/2018
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Austin and Jeremy are joined alongside fantasy football expert Jordan Wathen as the guys breakdown the NFL season to date, and the struggles out of the gate by the Houston Texans. Historically, only 12.1 percent of teams that begin the season 0-2 make the playoffs. Can the Texans buck the trend in the now-competitive AFC South? Then, the guys discuss the hunt for October as the Astros close in on their second-straight AL West Crown. The show closes as insane news breaks of the retirement of...

Duration:00:31:25

Ep. 102: SI’s Richard Deitsch on sports + politics; Sean Pendergast in studio

7/23/2017
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Richard Deitsch is a writer and editor for Sports Illustrated, and the host of the SI Media Podcast. He joins The Weekly Brew to discuss Chechnya’s Ramzan Kadyrov’s use of MMA to spread his political message, the media’s coverage of Mayweather vs. McGregor, the future of sports media, and FS1’s tumultuous start. Then, SportsRadio 610’s Sean Pendergast stops by the studio to talk the Rockets pursuit of Carmelo Anthony and Les Alexander’s decision to put the franchise up for sale. With NFL...

Duration:01:28:32

Ep. 101: Chron’s Jake Kaplan on the Astros; Maximize your travel with TPG’s Julian Mark Kheel

7/17/2017
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Jake Kaplan, Astros beat reporter for the Houston Chronicle, joins The Weekly Brew to discuss the Astros heading into the second half of the season. Kaplan breaks down expectations for the club as October nears, the health of the rotation, potential postseason matchups and whether or not Houston will make a move ahead of the non-waiver trade deadline to solidify the starting rotation and bullpen. Julian Mark Kheel, a senior writer for The Points Guy and a former TV producer and director...

Duration:01:25:44

Ep. 100: NYT best-selling author Mark Bowden on North Korea; NFL Network’s Taylor Bisciotti

7/9/2017
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Mark Bowden, author of Black Hawk Down, a national correspondent for The Atlantic and a contributing editor at Vanity Fair, joins Austin and Jeremy to discuss the crisis on the Korean Peninsula, the role that China plays in mitigating a potential conflict with DPRK and more. Bowden also shares insights into the production of his his latest work, Hue 1968: A Turning Point of the American War in Vietnam. Next, the NFL Network’s Taylor Bisciotti discusses the major storylines from the NFL...

Duration:01:12:39

Ep. 99: Astros legend Larry Dierker; NBA Draft/Free Agent recap, Ryan O’Callaghan and Globetrotters

6/25/2017
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Larry Dierker, former Houston Astros pitcher, manager and broadcaster, joins us in studio this week to talk about the early days of the Astros franchise, promoting the sport of baseball and the success of the current roster and how it stacks up against the best teams he managed. Harlem Globetrotter Corey “Thunder” Law also calls in to discuss the group’s three upcoming Houston shows July 8-9. The guys then break down the NBA Draft, former Patriots/Chiefs tackle Ryan O’Callaghan and the rest...

Duration:01:40:29

Ep. 98: Miami Heat’s Justise Winslow, S.A. Stars GM Ruth Riley; Amazon/Whole Foods, NBA Draft & more

6/18/2017
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Justise Winslow makes his second appearance on The Weekly Brew to preview his upcoming St. John’s basketball youth skills camp and talk NBA Draft and the Houston basketball scene. Likely top-five pick De’Aaron Fox was Winslow’s teammate on a Houston Hoops AAU team that featured Justin Jackson and Kelly Oubre, and said that it was apparent even when Fox was a freshman that he was special. San Antonio Stars GM Ruth Riley, a WNBA and NCAA champion, as well as an Olympic gold medalist, joins us...

Duration:01:14:32

Ep. 97: Inside Baseball; James Comey after Three Drinks; NBA Finals Update

6/10/2017
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Derek Fogel of CBS Sports stops by the studio and joins Austin and Hunter to discuss the latest on Dallas Keuchel and the Astros as the club inches toward the All-Star break. Then, the Brew Crew offers their opinions on the James Comey hearing with Jeremy, who is three Vodka Tonic's deep in Boston but offers cogent takes on the mess in Washington. The show closes as Austin and Hunter provide a recap of game four of the NBA Finals as the Cavs knocked off the Warriors, 137-116, to force a game...

Duration:01:26:26

Ep. 96: Astros streaking past the AL West; NBA Finals; Top 100 Athletes; London Attacks

6/4/2017
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The guys welcome back Kevin after a brief stint in the hospital and discuss the Astros historic pace to the 2017 season. The crew then breaks down the NBA Finals, what the Rockets can do to compete in 2017-18, and whether the playoffs have been entertaining. Then, the guys discuss ESPN's list of the most famous athletes on the planet before focusing on the latest terror attacks in the U.K.

Duration:00:40:10

NBA Finals Preview with Jeff Van Gundy

5/30/2017
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Austin and Hunter are joined by former NBA head coach Jeff Van Gundy as they preview the highly-anticipated NBA Finals showdown between the Cavs and Warriors. Van Gundy explains why difficult defensive matchups for the Cavs will force Kevin Love off the floor, how injured Warriors coach Steve Kerr can coach well without being on the floor and that the Cavs can win only if something "unexpected" happens: "When you have LeBron James, you always have a chance." Also, be sure to check out...

Duration:00:35:29

Ep. 95: Astros update; NBA Finals Preview; Brock Osweiler's game film

5/26/2017
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In a special Memorial Day episode, Austin and Hunter are joined by CBS Sports' Derek Fogel and discuss the Astros heading into their weekend series with the Baltimore Orioles. The guys also discuss the highly-anticipated NBA Finals series between the Warriors and Cavs, and why the pressure is all on Golden State. Lastly, the crew breaks down Brock Osweiler's comments that his game film over the last two years speaks for itself. Hint: It does, and it's not good.

Duration:00:43:34

Ep. 94: Wall Street Journal's Jason Gay; Dallas Keuchel to the DL; Weekly Headlines

5/21/2017
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The guys breakdown the news of Astros LHP Dallas Keuchel heading to the disabled list for the first time in his career as a result of a pinched nerve in his neck. What does this mean for the Astros, and how does self-reporting injuries in baseball compare to other sports? Austin and Jeremy offer their analysis. Then, The Wall Street Journal’s Jason Gay joins Kevin Cook to discuss problematic owners, the sports media landscape and whether or not James Harden is the right “cultural fit” for...

Duration:01:17:44

Ep. 93: UH AD Hunter Yurachek talks #HTownTakeover; RotoWire’s Michael Rathburn talks Astros, MLB

5/14/2017
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Hunter Yurachek is the Vice President of Athletics for the University of Houston, and he joins the show to break down his first major hire (Major Applewhite, head football coach), the astounding facilities expansions and upgrades he is overseeing and the overall state of the union for UH Athletics (as well as how he made Tom Herman $1.6m richer before he left for UT). Next, Michael Rathburn (“Rath,” to those of us in the know), of RotoWire, joins us to break down the Astros’ hot start and...

Duration:01:17:47

Ep. 92: Wade Phillips promotes his book, Son of Bum; Luke Brawner of The H explores Houston

5/7/2017
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Wade Phillips, a 40-year NFL coaching veteran, son of legendary Texas coach Bum Phillips, is tied as deeply into the fabric of Houston as any other figure in sports. Phillips, who graduated from the University of Houston, coached for the Houston Oilers during the height of the Luv Ya Blue era, then served as defensive coordinator and interim head coach for the Houston Texans. His new book, Son of Bum: Lessons my Dad Taught me about Football and Life, deals with all of that history and more,...

Duration:01:17:10

Ep. 91: John McClain talks NFL Draft; The Ringer's Bryan Curtis; Jake Kaplan on the Astros

4/30/2017
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If you’re a Houston sports fan, it’s been a massive week of news and headlines and The Weekly Brew has you covered. The Houston Chronicle’s John McClain joins the show to break down the 2017 NFL Draft and the Texans acquisition of Clemson QB Deshaun Watson. Then, Houston Astros beat reporter Jake Kaplan joins Austin and Hunter to discuss the first-place ‘Stros after a 16-9 April to analyze the first month of the season and the outlook for the club moving forward. Of course the biggest...

Duration:01:26:57

Instant Reaction: Rockets eclipse Thunder, advance to second round

4/26/2017
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The Houston Rockets win their first-round series against the Thunder after taking game five, 105-99, on Tuesday night. The Weekly Brew also got a big win this week, breaking the 10,000-listener mark last week. Accordingly, Hunter Atkins and Kevin Cook jump on the mic to thank the listeners and break down the Thunder series and Houston's chances against the Spurs-or-Grizzlies, and Warriors, going forward. Stay tuned for more bonus TWB content coming soon.

Duration:00:26:49

Ep. 90: Howard Beck talks Rockets, NBA Playoffs; Aaron Hernandez + the week’s top stories

4/23/2017
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Howard Beck, a 20-year veteran NBA writer with the New York Times and Bleacher Report, joins The Weekly Brew this week to take a look at the NBA Playoffs. Beck tips his hand regarding his MVP ballot and offers a national perspective on the Rockets’ season so far (“Nobody saw this coming… this is one of the more unlikely turnarounds in the last five years.”). Austin, Jeremy and Kevin also break down the week’s top stories, including David Fizdale’s already-legendary ‘take that for data’ rant,...

Duration:00:51:52