Previewing the ALCS between Houston and Boston

The ALCS is here! The Chron’s Hunter Atkins joins Austin on the phone line to breakdown this historic series between the Astros and Red Sox. How historic is it? This is the first postseason series since World War II that features to teams that won more than 103 regular season games.

The guys discuss the key matchups on the mound and why the Astros’ hitters will work to extend at-bats in order to jump into a Boston bullpen that has played “Naked and Afraid” this postseason. Then, Hunter offers his take that David Price is “teetering on the edge of a sunk cost” and why he matches up poorly against Gerrit Cole.

The show closes by analyzing the offense and x-factors in the series, and why the Astros should refuse to pitch to MVP-candidate J. D. Martinez.

Chron’s Hunter Atkins on the Astros’ Pennant Race; NFL Highlights; SCOTUS

Hunter Atkins makes his return to the podcast to discuss the Astros pursuit of a second-straight AL West Crown. Entering the final week of the season with a all-but-certain playoff date with the Indians on the horizon, Hunter and Austin discuss the x-factors heading into postseason play. Will the offense find consistency in the playoffs? Will Keuchel’s early-inning struggles continue? How will the postseason roster shape up, and will Josh James have an impact in October?

The show opens with a recap of Week 3 of the NFL season and the Texans’ 0-3 start, and the latest news on SCOTUS. 

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Chron’s John McClain talks Astros and Rockets; Facebook + Amazon woes

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.

Astros spring training prospectus, the starting rotation, and bullpen concerns

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.

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!

Astros-Red Sox Preview: Chron’s Jake Kaplan + NBCS Boston’s Evan Drellich; Roundtable Discussion

October baseball is upon us and the Houston Astros are set to square off against the Boston Red Sox in a five-game series beginning Thursday at Minute Maid Park. The Houston Chronicle’s Jake Kaplan and NBC Sports Boston’s Evan Drellich join The Weekly Brew to offer their insight and analysis, and what fans should be looking for heading into the ALDS.

Then, Austin Staton is joined by the Chron’s Hunter Atkins, CBS Sports’ Derek Fogel, and Jeremy Paxton (sort of) for a lively roundtable discussion on the series. You won’t want to miss this.

Texans preview with John McClain; Hurricane Harvey relief; Justin Verlander

The Houston Chronicle’s John McClain joins The Weekly Brew to preview the 2017 Texans as they franchise prepares for their week one showdown against the Jacksonville Jaguars. McClain opines on JJ Watt’s fundraising efforts for Hurricane Harvey victims, Tom Savage leading the offense, offensive line depth with Duane Brown’s holdout, and the race for the AFC South.

Hunter Atkins then channels his Stone Cold Steve Austin personality and takes over the podcast to discuss the Houston Astros acquisition of Justin Verlander. Hunter and Austin then talk about the Astros’ push for the postseason, the return of Carlos Correa, and the pitching staff heading into October.

SicEm365’s Amy Pagitt then joins the show to discuss how she and Annabel Stephan have rallied Baylor fans, and the Big 12, to provide relief efforts for those impacted by Harvey. Amy also explains why social media has helped in this recovery process.

Austin and Jeremy open the show by discussing Liberty’s upset win against Baylor, and the direction of the program moving forward under first-year head coach Matt Rhule.

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ESPN Radio’s David Smoak on Baylor + Cowboys; Weekly Headlines

Austin and Jeremy open the show by discussing Hunter’s phenomenal work in the Houston Chronicle that profiles the woman who sleeps across from Minute Maid Park. Then, the guys break down the Amway Coaches Poll, the hypocrisy of the NCAA’s YouTube ban for UCF’s Donald De La Haye, and another tumultuous week at The White House.

Then, David Smoak of ESPN Central Texas joins Austin to discuss the mood in Waco heading into fall camp, expectations for the football program, Rico Gathers’ chances to make the Cowboys’ 53-man roster, and Ezekiel Elliott’s off-the-field issues.

The guys close the show with discussion on LA 2028, Steve Bartman, Tinder and Manchester United, and the unfortunate news that Dave Bliss is now employed by a Christian high school in Las Vegas.

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Chron’s Jake Kaplan on the Astros; Maximize your travel with TPG’s Julian Mark Kheel

TPGJake Kaplan, Astros beat reporter for the Houston Chronicle, joins The Weekly Brew to discuss the Astros heading into the second half of the season. Kaplan breaks down expectations for the club as October nears, the health of the rotation, potential postseason matchups and whether or not Houston will make a move ahead of the non-waiver trade deadline to solidify the starting rotation and bullpen.

Julian Mark Kheel, a senior writer for The Points Guy and a former TV producer and director for the WWE, does it all. Kheel joins the podcast to share his thoughts on how our listeners can maximize their travel, why frequent flyer programs are losing their value, and how foreign airline carriers are leaving United, American and Delta in the dust. Also, Kheel discusses TPG’s Points for Peace initiative which brings positive change to groups, communities and individuals around the world and inspires change through education and action.

Austin and Jeremy are joined in studio this week by co-host Hunter Atkins and frequent contributor Derek Fogel (not related to Jared). The guys question Jeremy’s passion for Game of Thrones, discuss the implications of the latest Russian connections to the Trump administration, and Roger Federer’s dominance at Wimbledon.

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NBA Finals Preview with Jeff Van Gundy

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.