The Athletic’s Jake Kaplan joins the podcast to discuss the first half of the season for the Astros. Will the organization make a move at the trade deadline? Can Keuchel regain his form in the second half? How do the Astros stack up in the AL race? Kaplan discusses all of this and more in a live recording at Baileson Brewery.
The show opens as Austin and Jeremy dissect LeBron to the Lakers and the implications of Anthony Kennedy’s resignation from the U.S. Supreme Court.
Jeremy returns to the podcast to discuss his recent engagement before he dives into a conversation with Austin on the recent summit between President Trump and Kim Jong-un in Singapore. Then, the duo discusses the Astros 11-game winning streak including the offensive outburst led by DH Evan Gattis.
The show wraps by dissecting the best week in sports including thoughts on the World Cup, Landon Donovan, and the U.S. Open.
Hunter was on the road this past weekend covering the Astros four-game sweep of the Rangers. The guys discuss the offensive outburst and whether or not Dallas Keuchel’s struggles on the mound can be corrected. Also, Hunter offers insights into the new approach in the backend of the bullpen and why Astros hitters tend to struggle at Minute Maid Park.
Then, the duo ponders free agent landing spots for LeBron James before closing the show by offering marriage advice and bachelor party advise to the newly engaged co-host, Jeremy Paxton.
Ben DuBose joins Austin Staton and Hunter Atkins to recap the seven-game series between the Houston Rockets and the Golden State Warriors. Will the Rockets make moves during the offseason to bolster their rotation? Is LeBron James a legitimate target to land in Houston? The trio discuss this and more while previewing the NBA Finals that begin on Thursday night in the Bay Area.
Austin and Hunter sit down after the Rockets 41-point loss to Golden State on Sunday to offer their analysis on the series and whether or not Rockets fans should be concerned heading into game four on Tuesday night.
Then, the guys discuss the Astros series win against the Indians, the historic start for the pitching staff, and the ongoing question marks surrounding Houston’s offense.
The episode closes by reflecting on the tragedy at Santa Fe HS — just 29 miles away from the studio — that took the lives of 10 innocent lives. Hunter also offers his insights into covering Santa Fe’s playoff baseball game on Saturday, and thoughtful words offered by Astros’ manager AJ Hinch following the mass shooting.
The Houston Rockets are set to square off against the Golden State Warriors in the Western Conference Finals. SportsTalk790’s Ben DuBose joins Austin Staton and Hunter Atkins to preview the series that NBA fans have been waiting for all season.
The trio outlines expectations for game one of the series and which team has the mental edge as both squads have undertaken mental warfare leading up to the series. Then, the guys discuss matchup expectations for Draymond Green, Steph Curry, Clint Capela, and why this series bodes well for James Harden and his legacy in Houston.
Dan Crenshaw, Lieutenant Commander (Ret), is a former Navy SEAL running for Texas CD-2, and joins The Weekly Brew to discuss his campaign and the massive runoff election on Tuesday, May 22.
Crenshaw, who served five deployments overseas, shares his life-changing story after he was hit by an IED blast in 2012 during a mission in Afghanistan. The interview then dives into his campaign platform which focuses on national security, foreign policy, flood control in Houston, the second amendment, and whether or not his experience as a veteran could be a difference maker in Congress.
For our listeners who might not be aware, the 2nd Congressional District includes parts of West Houston, includes northern stretches of Harris County and includes Humble and Atascocita. On Tuesday, May 22, we encourage our listeners to support Crenshaw for Congress. To learn more, click here.
Editor’s Note: Episode 131 of The Weekly Brew is dedicated to the life of Martin Paul Shelton. Rest in Peace, Umpa.
Ben Jackson is international award-winning magician who has been featured on NBC’s TODAY alongside David Copperfield, and has consulted for the Hollywood film Sin City: A Dame to Kill For, staring Joseph Gordon-Levitt. Ben joins The Weekly Brew (15:53) to breakdown his career, his influences, and his Magic, Music & Mayhem show at Houston’s La Colombe d’Or, one of the world’s smallest luxury hotels.
The show opens as Austin and Jeremy discuss the legacy of Barbara Bush, who passed away last week at the age of 28, and the death of Swedish musician, Avicii. The guys then pivot to discuss the streaking Astros and the Rockets playoff series against the Minnesota Timberwolves.
Jake Kaplan is no stranger to the podcast and has covered the Houston Astros for the past season. However, in 2018, Kaplan has a new affiliate — The Athletic.
Kaplan sits down with the podcast to discuss the new journalistic platform that should excite Astros fans, breaks down the first few of the 2018 season, and why the pitching staff is locked and loaded with Verlander and Cole on the hill. Kaplan closes out the interview with a few nuggets featuring Spring Training with Hunter Atkins, and even makes a friendly NBA Playoffs wager.
Former NBA head coach and current NBA analyst Jeff Van Gundy joins The Weekly Brew to preview the 2018 NBA Playoffs.
Van Gundy opens the interview (2:08) by giving Austin and Hunter his pick for the NBA MVP, then reacts to the Rockets 65-win campaign (2:39). As Houston opens their playoff run on Sunday night, JVG breaks down whether or not the Wolves are equipped to push the Rockets during their first round series (3:52), and then forecasts a potential western conference finals showdown between the Warriors and Rockets (5:45).
Looking more broadly at the postseason (8:59), JVG analyzes the most compelling storylines of the playoffs, whether LeBron can will the Cavs to the Finals, and if Philly fans can #TrustTheProcess.
Van Gundy closes the interview (13:14) discussing his passion project, The Pro-Vision Academy.