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.
Austin, Jeremy and Kevin break down the NBA Draft, former Patriots/Chiefs tackle Ryan O’Callaghan and the rest of the week’s top stories.
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 to break down her fight to end hunger, and its roots in her personal history.
Austin and Kevin also get into the Amazon/Whole Foods acquisition, the NBA Draft and other stories of interest.
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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 five in the Bay Area.
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.
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 Hunter’s feature as Van Gundy discussed Houston education and his work with Pro-Vision, a charter school in one of the city’s worst neighborhoods.
In a special Memorial Day episode, Austin Staton and Hunter Atkins 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.
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 the Houston Rockets. Gay has written for publications including GQ, Rolling Stone, Outside, The New York Observer and Vogue. He is also the author of “Little Victories: Perfect Rules for Imperfect Living,” which can be found on Amazon.
The show closes with Austin and Jeremy discussing the detainment of Enes Kanter in Romania, the role of politics and sports, and more. As always, subscribe to The Weekly Brew on iTunes, Facebook and Twitter.
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 project their postseason prospects, as well as some possibly and likely trade moves on the horizons. Go follow Rath on Twitter, tweet that you heard him here on the show, and you might win his fantasy baseball almanac!
Kevin and Austin also love on their respective moms and bloviate about the week’s top headlines. Go leave us a review on iTunes!
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, and Coach Phillips joins us to delve into the themes and backstory of the book. You should buy the book. It is not just a good book, but a fantastic one that (allegedly) made Kevin weep at multiple junctures.
Also, joining us in-studio this week is fellow Houston podcaster Luke Brawner, of The H, a podcast about the people and places that make Houston Houston.’ Brawner’s show has covered topics ranging from a Tomball bakery to the scourge of human trafficking that is as bad in Houston as anywhere in this country. It’s a must listen and Brawner breaks down the impetus for starting the show, upcoming information and definitively settles, once and for all, the question of #HOU vs #HTX (hint: neither – just The H).
Austin and Kevin also chat about the Astros, unveil a new, big (baller) sponsor and break down the so-called Tim Tebow Bill looming in the Texas State Legislature. Give it a listen!
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 national headline this week occurred in Bristol with ESPN cutting nearly 100 jobs. Kevin and Hunter chat with Bryan Curtis, who is an editor-at-large with The Ringer and covers the sports media world, to discuss the longterm implications at the World Wide leader.