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.

ESPN’s Sam Khan Jr. on college football; Texans TV’s Drew Dougherty; Chron’s Hunter Atkins

Welcome to the 67th episode of The Weekly Brew podcast: the Voice of Houston. As you may have noticed, TWB-fever is sweeping the Greater Houston area. You don’t get to 1,200 Facebook Likes by accident. If you’re not already a fellow Facebook Like-r, it can be readily accomplished by clicking here.

This week is jam packed with more star power than any one podcast should have. Friend of the show Hunter Atkins brings along a stable of marquee sports figures (including Tim Kurkjian, Doc Rivers, Matthew McConaughey and Harry Caray) to weigh in on the biggest issues in sports.

Next, Drew Dougherty, the Houston Texans’ Integrated Media Manager and a constant presence on most team-related productions, joins us to remember Andre Johnson and Arian Foster, two all-time Texans greats who retired midseason within a week of one another. Dougherty does NOT take the bait when asked about Andre Johnson whooping the hell out of Cortland Finnegan (he’s a pro, and I’m sure Bob McNair will be thrilled he didn’t get into that), but does share some of his favorite Andre Johnson memories and discusses why the impact to the fan base is so different for the two players. Dougherty also digs into where, exactly, the Texans fit into the NFL postseason picture and assess the state of the union around the franchise at the bye week.

Finally, ESPN’s Sam Khan, Jr. is one of the country’s premier college football writers, and he joins us in an interestingly-timed interview that touches on the SEC as it pertains to Houston. Khan (like some kind of oracle) cautions against getting too high on the Aggies following the first round of College Football Playoff rankings and – lo and behold – the Aggies shit the bed no more than 48 hours after he spoke against the rampant optimism and sunshine pouring out of College Station. The guy really knows his stuff. He also spent time with defensive end Myles Garrett, a fascinating and multifaceted figure that we’re likely to see go early in the draft next season. Terrific stuff from Khan.

And that’s more or less it this week. Which, really, is enough, isn’t it? One final thing: LEAVE ITUNES REVIEWS. They’re very important. It’s also important that they’re five-star reviews with blurbs, and there’s the added bonus that we will read any five-star blurb verbatim on the show (bleeped, if necessary), just like Will Ferrell reading from the TelePrompTer in Anchorman.

And finally, as always guys, please remember: no matter who you are, where you go or what you do, always, ALWAYS, brew responsibly.