@LockedOnRockets’ Ben DuBose breaks down Clutch City’s 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 States.

Then, Ben DuBose, who covers the Rockets for Locked On Rockets, joins the show to breakdown the first half of the NBA season and assesses Clutch City’s chances at a deep postseason run. With James Harden as the MVP front runner, have the midseason acquisitions of Gerald Green, Joe Johnson and Brandan Wright given the Rockets the roster depth that they need to push Golden State in the Western Conference?

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 by for his analysis on what happened inside the Staples Center Monday night.

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

The Houston Chronicle’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 alumni and the fanbase. Note: Read the latest from Creech — College football players lose in the compensation game.

In a special segment this week, Luke Brawner and Nathan Schartz from Yay! Go, Sports! make the case for Berry Sanders as the greatest running back in the NFL history. If you’re not already following Brawner’s podcast empire, make sure to do so now!

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 Rockets as they’ve dropped seven of their last nine games, and what the team needs to do in order to contend with the Warriors in the Western Conference. Then, the guys discuss the NFL Playoffs, Monday’s showdown between Alabama and Georgia, Jon Gruden’s $100 million contract, the questionable hiring of Kendal Briles at U of H, and Art Briles resurfacing at the AFCA convention in Charlotte.

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 as Georgia won an overtime thriller against Baker Mayfield and Oklahoma.

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? Is reform coming in the way the NCAA does business? Yandle offers his insight in a thought-provoking discussion.

Then, Thomas Manning, CEO of Crypto Bay Holdings, joins the show to discuss the latest financial craze — Bitcoin and Crypto Currencies. What does it all mean and should you invest?

To open the show, Austin and Jeremy discuss the Alabama election and Net Neutrality.

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, LaVar Ball, SI’s 2017 Sportsperson of the Year, Russia and the 2018 Winter Games, and the United States’ recognition of Jerusalem as the capital of the Israel. This is a discussion that you won’t want to miss.

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, Sports!, and what listeners can look forward to on the Milieu Media Group as we head into 2018.

The latest in the NFL w/ Taylor Bisciotti; Rockets, Texans and the gun control 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 the NFL this season.

Editor’s Note: Austin joined our friends at The Roommates Podcast this week to talk the politics of sports. Be sure to give it a listen!

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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 salvage their season? Is Colin Kaepernick a viable option behind center?

Sponsor: Episode 115 of The Weekly Brew podcast is brought to you by audible – get a FREE audiobook download and a 30 day free trial at audibletrial.com/WeeklyBrewCast. There are more than 180,000 titles to choose from for your iPhone, Android, or Kindle device.