Justice Don Willett; Sports Illustrated + MMQB’s Tim Rohan; Taylor’s Top Takeaways

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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 Kaepernick jersey to a Bills-Jets game in Week 1. Rohan also opines on key storylines (hint: Kaepernick) that will drive the narrative throughout the 2017 NFL season and his locks for the college football playoff.

Then, the NFL Network’s Taylor Bisciotti recaps week two of the NFL season in Taylor’s Top Takeaways before Hunter and Austin close out the show by dissecting the Astros AL West crown, and what the club needs to do in order to find success as October nears.

 

College Football Recap; NFL Network’s Taylor Bisciotti’s Top Takeaways

Font2.jpgThe 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 impressed, and why Texans fans should step back from the ledge following an opening week loss to Jacksonville. Taylor also offers insight into her new show called ICYMI: All 32, which can be found on the NFL Network.

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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 acquisition of Justin Verlander. Hunter and Austin then talk about the Astros’ push for the postseason, the return of Carlos Correa, and the pitching staff heading into October.

SicEm365’s Amy Pagitt then joins the show to discuss how she and Annabel Stephan have rallied Baylor fans, and the Big 12, to provide relief efforts for those impacted by Harvey. Amy also explains why social media has helped in this recovery process.

Austin and Jeremy open the show by discussing Liberty’s upset win against Baylor, and the direction of the program moving forward under first-year head coach Matt Rhule.

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Hurricane Harvey dumps historic rain on Houston; CFB preview w/ Stewart Mandel

The City of Houston is currently experiencing catastrophic flooding in the aftermath of Hurricane Harvey. While Austin safely fled to Dallas on Friday night, Jeremy and Hunter are still in Houston and dial in to provide updates on a storm that has crippled the nation’s fourth largest city.

To provide some relief from the storm, Stewart Mandel, editor-in-chief of The All-American, previews the college football season as we prepare for a full slate of games during the Labor Day Weekend. Mandel has been a national college football writer for 18 years with Sports Illustrated and Fox Sports, and offers his thoughts on the elite QB’s out west, CFP contenders, the Big 12, and what fans can expect from first-year head coaches at Baylor and U of H.

Stay safe, Houston. We’re praying for you. #HoustonStrong

Trump + North Korea; Astros Slumping; Terror in Charlottesville

Austin and Jeremy open the show by discussing the war of words between The White House and the North Korea, and what it means for regional stability for the U.S. and its allies. Then, the guys talk key surprises during preseason football and celebrate that college football is just two weeks away.

Hunter Atkins and Derek Fogel then join Austin in studio to analyze the faltering Astros and whether or not they can regain their composure and winning ways heading into the postseason. Derek also offers his expert analysis on the mental and physical strain of the bullpen, and why they could be the key to success in October. Derek is a total pro — his insight is a must listen.

The show closes as Austin and Jeremy discuss the domestic terrorism in Virginia and whether or not President Trump responded in an appropriate manner.

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ESPN Radio’s David Smoak on Baylor + Cowboys; Weekly Headlines

Austin and Jeremy open the show by discussing Hunter’s phenomenal work in the Houston Chronicle that profiles the woman who sleeps across from Minute Maid Park. Then, the guys break down the Amway Coaches Poll, the hypocrisy of the NCAA’s YouTube ban for UCF’s Donald De La Haye, and another tumultuous week at The White House.

Then, David Smoak of ESPN Central Texas joins Austin to discuss the mood in Waco heading into fall camp, expectations for the football program, Rico Gathers’ chances to make the Cowboys’ 53-man roster, and Ezekiel Elliott’s off-the-field issues.

The guys close the show with discussion on LA 2028, Steve Bartman, Tinder and Manchester United, and the unfortunate news that Dave Bliss is now employed by a Christian high school in Las Vegas.

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Lance McCullers, Astros struggle in Detroit; MLB trade deadline speculation, Bagwell HOF

Hunter Atkins joins Austin Staton from Detroit to discuss the Astros road trip, Lance McCullers’ struggles since the All-Star break, trade deadline speculation and Jeff Bagwell’s induction into the MLB Hall of Fame.

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SI’s Richard Deitsch on sports + politics; Sean Pendergast in studio

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 training camp just a few weeks away, Pendergast diagnosis the major storylines that fans of the Texans should evaluate while the team is at The Greenbrier. Lastly, Pendergast discusses Baylor’s Matt Rhule and what fans should expect this season along the Brazos.

Austin and Jeremy open the show by discussing the tragic passing of Linkin Park frontman Chester Bennington, Carlos Correa’s trip to the DL and the scandal at Ole Miss with former head coach Hugh Freeze.

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

TPGJake 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 for the WWE, does it all. Kheel joins the podcast to share his thoughts on how our listeners can maximize their travel, why frequent flyer programs are losing their value, and how foreign airline carriers are leaving United, American and Delta in the dust. Also, Kheel discusses TPG’s Points for Peace initiative which brings positive change to groups, communities and individuals around the world and inspires change through education and action.

Austin and Jeremy are joined in studio this week by co-host Hunter Atkins and frequent contributor Derek Fogel (not related to Jared). The guys question Jeremy’s passion for Game of Thrones, discuss the implications of the latest Russian connections to the Trump administration, and Roger Federer’s dominance at Wimbledon.

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

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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 offseason, expectations for the Texans and DeShaun Watson, and makes a few key predictions for the 2017 football season.

Celebrating Episode 100 of the podcast, Austin and Jeremy reflect on the past 99 episodes, salute James Harden’s supermax contract extension with the Rockets, and discuss CNN’s investigation into an Internet meme war.

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