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.
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.
The Houston Chronicle’s John McClain, The General, has covered the NFL for more than 40 years and is no stranger to The Weekly Brew. However, in this episode, McClain joins the podcast to discuss the Golden Era of Houston sports with a heavy focus on the Astros and the Rockets.
McClain expresses his excitement for the Astros’ defense of the World Series crown, the exciting talent on the roster, and the changes of baseball in a data-driven era. The General then opines on James Harden and the Rockets, and why they’re the favorites to bring home their third NBA title.
The show opens as Jeremy and Austin reflect on the Astros 4-1 start behind a stellar starting rotation and a potent offense, some freezing cold takes from Jeremy, and rule changes that are certain to change the way that we watch the NFL. The show closes as the duo discuss privacy concerns on Facebook, and President Trump’s war against Amazon and the free market.
Eric Winston is a 12-year NFL veteran and was just elected to his third term as the president of the NFL Players Association earlier this month. Winston joins The Weekly Brew to discuss the state of the NFL, player safety, the CBA and guaranteed contracts, the NFLPA’s study on the potential use of marijuana as a pain management tool for players, and his plans for the 2018 season. Winston also discusses the cloud surrounding Texans owner Bob McNair and whether his questionable remarks could impact player personnel for the Texans in 2018 and beyond.
The show opens with Austin, Hunter and Jeremy discussing opening week in Major League Baseball, Jose Altuve’s giant contract extension, the Rockets pursuit of the top seed in the Western Conference playoffs, and the NCAA Final Four.
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.
Editor’s Note: Read the latest Astros coverage from Hunter Atkins as he covers spring training in West Palm Beach, Florida.