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Ep. 124: Astros spring training prospectus, the starting rotation, and bullpen concerns

Hunter joins Austin to breakdown the Astros through week one of spring training in Florida. What can the club expect from a full season of Justin Verlander at the top of the rotation, and how will he mentor the younger pitchers on the staff? Also, Hunter discusses Gerrit Cole’s debut in an Astros uniform and why his cerebral approach on the mound might pay dividends for the organization in 2018.


Ep. 123: NBA analyst Ben DuBose talks the Rockets' title hopes; PyeongChang 2018; Trump and Russia

We’re not going to lie — our podcast has a sick travel addiction so we’ve been on hiatus for a few weeks. Fear not, we’re back. While Hunter Atkins is away covering the Astros in West Palm Beach, Florida, Austin and Jeremy begin the show by discussing the 2018 Winter Games and the scandals that have rocked the IOC. Are the games a success? Has the media covered Russia and North Korea correctly? Then, the guys discuss the Mueller indictments and what it means going forward for the United...


Ep. 122: Jake Kaplan + Derek Fogel on the Gerrit Cole acquisition; Rockets “melee” in LA

Hunter Atkins takes over a bonus episode of The Weekly Brew podcast and is joined by two of the best baseball minds in Houston — Jake Kaplan and Derek Fogel — to discuss the Astros acquisition of RHP Gerrit Cole. Then, the guys briefly discuss the NFL playoffs before diving into Monday’s scuffle between the Rockets and Clippers. Is this the new rivalry that the NBA needs? How will it impact the Rockets heading into the stretch run for the postseason? Also, Clippers coach Doc Rivers stops...


Ep. 121: Chron’s Jenny Dial Creech on the Rockets; Yay! Go, Sports! on the greatest NFL RB

The Chron’s Jenny Dial Creech joins the The Weekly Brew to breakdown the Houston Rockets as the franchise nears the All-Star break with injury woes posing cause for concern. Creech offers her insight on the signing of lights-out shooter Gerald Green, James Harden’s hamstring, and whether or not the Rockets have the answers needed to compete with the Warriors in the Western Conference. Then, Creech discusses the recent hiring of Kendal Briles at U of H and what kind of message it sends to...


Ep. 120: The Atlantic’s David Graham on Trump v. Bannon; Rockets defensive woes; Art Briles

The Atlantic’s David Graham joins Austin and Jeremy to discuss Michael Wolff’s “Fire and Fury,” which profiles the Trump administration, and the schism between Donald Trump and his former chief strategist, Steve Bannon. Graham also offers his analysis on the reception from the American electorate on the latest tax legislation and foreign policy issues that could impact the U.S. in 2018. To open the show, Hunter makes his triumphant return to breakdown the defensive woes facing the Houston...


BONUS EPISODE: Previewing the NFL Wild Card Weekend with the NFL Network’s Taylor Bisciotti

The NFL Wild Card Weekend is here and the NFL Network’s Taylor Bisciotti joins The Weekly Brew to break down the big games of the weekend. How do the Titans stack up against the Chiefs? Will Todd Gurley and the dynamic Rams offense handle the Falcons with ease? Is Blake Bortles the new Joe Flacco? Can Drew Brees and the Saints knock off the Panthers for the third time this season? Bisciotti also offers her analysis on the NFL head coaching vacancies and reflects on her Rose Bowl experience...


Ep. 119: Amateurism in College Athletics; The Bitcoin and Crypto Craze

The college football bowl season is here and conferences and schools are projected to collectively take home more than $600 million in revenue. Should student-athletes receive a cut? Chris Yandle, who spent more than a decade working in collegiate athletics, and is currently enrolled in a PhD program at Mercer, joins the podcast to discuss amateurism in college athletics. Are student-athletes treated as property? Should student-athletes be allowed to capitalize on their own personal image?...


Ep. 118: SI’s Lee Jenkins on the Rockets, 2017 season, LeBron’s future; The Roommates HTX

Lee Jenkins is a senior NBA writer at Sports Illustrated and joins Austin and Hunter to breakdown the first two months of the NBA season. Are the Rockets the team to beat? Is LeBron James heading to Los Angeles during free agency? Will Lonzo Ball make an impact in the league? Jenkins offers his expert analysis and also discusses the major NBA storylines this season. Then, Hafeez and Chris from The Roommates Podcast join Austin and Jeremy for a wide-ranging discussion on Baker Mayfield,...


Ep. 117: Matt Lauer’s fall from grace; College Football Playoff; Luke Brawner’s podcast empire

After a two week hiatus, The Weekly Brew’s jet-setting co-hosts return to breakdown the sexual assault scandals that have shaken the nation in recent weeks. How will this impact The Hill and how the national news is covered? Austin and Jeremy discuss. Then, the guys discuss the College Football Playoff, make their predictions, and evaluate the ongoing coaching carousel. Houston podcast icon Luke Brawner is this week’s guest and joins the show to discuss his latest venture, Yay! Go,...


Ep. 116: The latest in the NFL w/ Taylor Bisciotti; Rockets, Texans and the 2A debate

With the World Series behind us, Austin, Jeremy and Hunter discuss the struggling Texans, the CFB playoff picture and the hot start by the Houston Rockets. Then, the guys have a candid conversation on the recent mass shootings in the United States and what, if anything, can be done to limit such atrocities in the future. Then, the NFL Network’s Taylor Bisciotti joins the show to breakdown the NFL playoff picture, Andrew Luck’s injury woes, and the national conversation that has impacted...


Ep. 115: Astros are World Series Champions; Deshaun Watson's ACL; Colin Kaepernick as a Texan

The Houston Astros won game seven of the World Series over the Los Angeles Dodgers to bring the City of Houston its first World Series title. Austin, Hunter, Derek and Jeremy recap the dramatic series, what a title means for the city following Hurricane Harvey, and whether or not the Astros are tabbed as favorites heading into the 2018 season. Also, the guys breakdown the Texans 20-14 loss against the Colts in their first outing without all-Rookie QB Deshaun Watson. Can the Texans still...


Ep. 114: ESPN's Tim Kurkjian joins to discuss the World Series

Tim Kurkjian is a Major League Baseball analyst on ESPN's Baseball Tonight and SportsCenter, and joins The Weekly Brew to discuss the epic World Series between the Astros and Dodgers. Kurkjian breaks down the series to date and what fans can expect in game five and beyond. Also, Kurkjian offers his thoughts on bat flips in the postseason, the heroic efforts of Cody Bellinger and George Springer, Ken Giles’ struggles and more.


Ep. 113: Astros drop the Yankees, head to LA; Lance Berkman breaks down the Fall Classic

The Astros clinched the AL Pennant on Saturday night with a 4-0 win over the New York Yankees, and Houston will now travel to Los Angeles to take on the Dodgers in the Fall Classic. Back by popular demand, Astros legend and 15-year MLB veteran Lance Berkman joins The Weekly Brew to recap the ALCS, provide insight into the World Series, and offers his thoughts on why this “could be the opening of a dynastic-type window” for the Houston Astros. Sponsor: Episode 113 of The Weekly Brew podcast...


Ep. 112: Astros legend Lance Berkman previews the Astros-Yankees in the ALCS

The Houston Astros are set to square off against the New York Yankees in the ALCS. Astros legend and 15-year MLB veteran Lance Berkman joins The Weekly Brew's Austin Staton and Hunter Atkins to break it all down. Berkman discusses AJ Hinch’s handling of the postseason roster, how the depth of the starting rotation will impact the series, and how important homefield advantage is in the postseason. Also, Lance discusses the challenges of switch hitting in the postseason, his World Series run...


Ep. 111: Astros advance to the ALCS; Mike Pence, JJ Watt and a wild NFL weekend

The Houston Astros knocked off the Boston Red Sox, 5-4, Monday afternoon to advance to the ALCS. Hunter Atkins is the host for the episode and is joined by Austin Staton and CBS Sports’ Derek Fogel to break down all of the action in another roundtable discussion. The guys discuss the use of Justin Verlander out of the bullpen, Alex Bregman’s game-tying homerun, scouting reports and a preview of a potential ALCS showdown with the Cleveland Indians. Then, Jeremy Paxton joins the show to...


Astros-Red Sox Preview: Chron's Jake Kaplan + NBCS Boston's Evan Drellich; Roundtable Discussion

October baseball is upon us and the Houston Astros are set to square off against the Boston Red Sox in a five-game series beginning Thursday at Minute Maid Park. The Houston Chronicle’s Jake Kaplan and NBC Sports Boston’s Evan Drellich join The Weekly Brew to offer their insight and analysis, and what fans should be looking for heading into the ALDS. Then, Austin Staton is joined by the Chron’s Hunter Atkins, CBS Sports’ Derek Fogel, and Jeremy Paxton (sort of?) for a lively roundtable...


Ep. 110: Don Willett heads to the 5th Circuit; NFL and CFB recap

What a week it was for sports fan in the city of Houston. The Texans have their QB after a record-breaking performance and a 57-14 beatdown against the team from Tennessee, and the Astros are primed for an ALDS showdown against the Boston Red Sox. Austin and Jeremy break it all down and dive into some analysis from week five of the college football season. Also, Jeremy offers his hot take on a way to pay college football players and reduce concussions in the NFL. Will it work? Austin is...


Ep. 109: Justice Don Willett; Sports Illustrated + MMQB’s Tim Rohan; Taylor’s Top Takeaways

Texas Supreme Court Justice Don Willett headlines this week’s show as he discusses his career as one of the most respected legal minds in the United States, his ties to Antonin Scalia’s vacancy on the U.S. Supreme Court, and more. Willett also offers commentary on his wildly popular social media presence and Baylor’s rebuilding job under Matt Rhule. Next, Sports Illustrated’s Tim Rohan joins Hunter and Austin to discuss his MMQB story in which he documents his experience wearing a Colin...


Ep. 108: College Football Recap; NFL Network's Taylor Bisciotti's Top Takeaways

The College Football season is in week two and the Baylor Bears are off to an 0-2 start. Austin and Jeremy analyze what has gone wrong for first-year head coach Matt Rhule, whether the team can rebound this season, and why fans in Waco should stop clamoring for Art Briles. Then, Taylor Bisciotti from the NFL Network joins Austin to debut her new segment on the show called Taylor’s Top Takeaways. This week, Taylor discusses her biggest surprises from week one of the NFL season, teams that...


Ep. 107: Texans preview with John McClain; Hurricane Harvey relief; Justin Verlander

The Houston Chronicle’s John McClain joins The Weekly Brew to preview the 2017 Texans as they franchise prepares for their week one showdown against the Jacksonville Jaguars. McClain opines on JJ Watt’s fundraising efforts for Hurricane Harvey victims, Tom Savage leading the offense, offensive line depth with Duane Brown’s holdout, and the race for the AFC South. Hunter Atkins then channels his Stone Cold Steve Austin personality and takes over the podcast to discuss the Houston Astros...


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