Robert Flores is a studio host at MLB Network and joins Kevin Cook to discuss expectations for the 2017 Astros, the pitching staff and whether or not the Astros will be true contenders in October. Flores, a U of H alum, also breaks down his pride for his alma mater and the outlook for Major Applewhite’s first season as head coach for the football program.
Houston Chronicle enterprise sports reporter Hunter Atkins joins The Weekly Brew from West Palm Beach, Florida, where he has spent a ‘grueling, awful’ week covering the Astros at Spring Training. Hunter and Austin debate the merits of the Astros’ pitching staff (Lance McCullers is “excellent, nasty, peak McCullers” per Atkins) and break down Yulieski Gurriel’s move to first base (where Jeff Bagwell is trying to “Rosetta Stone” first-base play to him, according to Atkins). Atkins sees some auspicious signs in the spring games, and he breaks it down.
Next, Taylor Bisciotti of the NFL Network joins us in the wake of the massive sea change that was the Osweiler to Cleveland trade. Basically a salary dump in exchange for draft picks, the Browns brought Moneyball to the No Fun League, and Bisciotti and the guys discuss whether those types of trades might become more common in years to come, as well as the likelihood of Tony Romo in a Texans jersey next year, and Bisciotti covered the NFL Scouting Combine and reports back on players who improved their stock and some interesting human-interest tidbits that threatened to fall through the cracks.
Also: Kevin and Austin discuss the shadowy futures of Colin Kaepernick and Robert Griffin III – is the era of the dual-threat NFL quarterback officially over? The guys also touch on Rachel Maddow’s perplexing handling of the Trump tax returns, former UT quarterback David Ash’s return to competitive football (Kevin can so not fathom the idea of Ash playing professionally that he assumes Ash’s eligibility was reinstated by the NCAA – nope, he’s trying to play pro ball, after quitting football two years ago due to numerous concussions), Boa Esporte’s new goalkeeper, a convicted murderer who cut up his ex girlfriend’s body after he killed her and fed her to his dogs. None of that is fake news. Also, humpback whales are up to something. Kevin has a theory.
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March Madness is here and Austin Staton previews the field, offers advice for those making brackets and makes his final four picks.
Flying solo this week, Austin then discusses the Rockets big win over the Cavs and the thrilling weekend for the World Baseball Classic.
Paul Catalina from ESPN Central then joins the show to dissect Baylor’s chances in the East Region of the NCAA Tournament and whether or not Tony Romo will play a down for the Texans this season.
Kevin then interviews Lee Jenkins, senior NBA writer for Sports Illustrated, and dives into James Harden’s MVP-caliber season and expectations for the Rockets heading into the postseason. ICYMI, checkout Lee’s latest with SI on James Harden.
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Baylor Bear Insider Jerry Hill joins Austin and Jeremy to discuss Matt Rhule’s first few months on campus before breaking down the on-court success of Baylor men’s and women’s basketball heading into March Madness.
Contributor Hunter Atkins then joins Austin for a full-length discussion on the Rockets playoff push and an early look at the Astros during Spring Training.
The show would not be complete without Austin and Jeremy discussing the NFL Combine and John Ross’ blazing 40-yard dash and notable player absences from the marquee event. Then the guys discuss SpaceX and Elon Musk’s bold plans to send private citizens around the moon, Uber’s scheme to deceive authorities worldwide, and The Ringer’s best fast food items in America.
With Kevin out of pocket this week, Austin and Jeremy speculate on his whereabouts before evaluating the big moves at the NBA trade deadline, including the Rockets’ acquisition of Lou Williams from the Lakers. The guys then discuss Jameis Winston’s comments that girls should be “Silent, Polite, And Gentle” and why Winston shouldn’t be giving life advice to elementary students. The show wraps up with insight into Rory Mcllroy’s golf outing with Trump, MLB rule changes and Tom Herman’s infatuation with pastrami.
Austin and Kevin are all alone in the studio this week, with Jeremy and Hunter out, and they dive headfirst into a smorgasbord of topics: CBS’ recent NBA all-time top-50 players list; what is going to happen with Tony Romo, and is there any chance he’s a Houston Texan by the time next season rolls around? (Austin says, ‘yeah,’ and Kevin says, ‘no chance’); the brother of North Korea’s Glorious Leader Kim Jong-Un was assassinated by a woman who believed she was competing on a prank show, per The Guardian – Austin has some thoughts on what exactly is taking place behind the scenes; One Texas State legislator introduced some ludicrous anti-emoji legislation which natch led Austin and Kevin into a discussion of some of the weirder/crazier laws on the books in Texas today; finally, the guys take a look at Mark Zuckerberg’s manifesto and the future of journalism.
Austin and Jeremy breakdown Baylor’s thrashing of TCU and the Bears’ prospects heading into March Madness. The guys discuss the Big 12’s recent ruling which withholds league profits from Baylor, and Donald Trump’s tumultuous first days in office.
Jake Kaplan, Chron’s Astros beat writer, joins us in studio for an in-depth look at the Astros in the last throes of the offseason and some analysis of the Cardinals hacking scandal that has Chris Correa headed to headed to federal prison for 46 months. Not white-collar, resort prison. Federal PMITA prison. The guys, Austin, Kevin and Jeremy, also respond to the Super Bowl, mere moments after those insufferable Patriots pulled off the largest comeback in NFL postseason history to win an unprecedented blah blah blah… F* the Patriots. Seriously. They’re THE worst. Give it a listen.
Join us for The Weekly Brew’s SECOND annual Super Bowl Preview Episode. NFL Network anchor/reporter Taylor Bisciotti calls in to discuss the upcoming championship game right here in Houston. Bisciotti, born in Atlanta and a graduate of the University of Georgia, feels a certain kind of way about the Falcons competing for professional football’s highest honor, and she says that city feels it right alongside her.
Austin and Kevin also delve into a wide array of topics, from ridiculous Super Bowl prop bets (including two FIVE-STAR, BET-THE-RANCH LOCKS for the degenerate gamblers in our audience)* to the new technology FOX is employing to broadcast the Super Bowl, Michigan’s Harbaugh and his team’s impending spring trip to practice in Rome, ESPN and FS1’s deplorable, ugly faux-conflict and GE’s new $7 million plan to put its logo on the Boston Celtics’ jerseys next season. Who would be the best jersey sponsor for the Rockets? Listen and find out.