Previewing the Rockets-Warriors w/ Ben DuBose and Hunter Atkins

The Houston Rockets are set to square off against the Golden State Warriors in the Western Conference Finals. SportsTalk790’s Ben DuBose joins Austin Staton and Hunter Atkins to preview the series that NBA fans have been waiting for all season.

The trio outlines expectations for game one of the series and which team has the mental edge as both squads have undertaken mental warfare leading up to the series. Then, the guys discuss matchup expectations for Draymond Green, Steph Curry, Clint Capela, and why this series bodes well for James Harden and his legacy in Houston.

Magic + Mayhem with Ben Jackson; Barbara Bush + Avicii remembered; Astros streaking

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Ben Jackson is international award-winning magician who has been featured on NBC’s TODAY alongside David Copperfield, and has consulted for the Hollywood film Sin City: A Dame to Kill For, staring Joseph Gordon-Levitt. Ben joins The Weekly Brew (15:53) to breakdown his career, his influences, and his Magic, Music & Mayhem show at Houston’s La Colombe d’Or, one of the world’s smallest luxury hotels.

The show opens as Austin and Jeremy discuss the legacy of Barbara Bush, who passed away last week at the age of 28, and the death of Swedish musician, Avicii. The guys then pivot to discuss the streaking Astros and the Rockets playoff series against the Minnesota Timberwolves.

@LockedOnRockets’ Ben DuBose talks NBA playoffs and postseason scenarios for Clutch City

Ben DuBose, who covers the Rockets for Locked On Rockets and SportsTalk 790, joins the show to discuss the NBA Playoffs and the potential first round matchups for the Houston Rockets. Is there a team that could give Houston fits in the first round? Are the Thunder equipped for the postseason? Will Steph Curry’s injury give the Rockets an edge in a potential Western Conference showdown?

NFLPA President Eric Winston addresses the state of the NFL; Astros + Rockets

Eric Winston is a 12-year NFL veteran and was just elected to his third term as the president of the NFL Players Association earlier this month. Winston joins The Weekly Brew to discuss the state of the NFL, player safety, the CBA and guaranteed contracts, the NFLPA’s study on the potential use of marijuana as a pain management tool for players, and his plans for the 2018 season. Winston also discusses the cloud surrounding Texans owner Bob McNair and whether his questionable remarks could impact player personnel for the Texans in 2018 and beyond.

The show opens with Austin, Hunter and Jeremy discussing opening week in Major League Baseball, Jose Altuve’s giant contract extension, the Rockets pursuit of the top seed in the Western Conference playoffs, and the NCAA Final Four.

@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.

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.

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.

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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SI’s Richard Deitsch on sports + politics; Sean Pendergast in studio

Richard Deitsch is a writer and editor for Sports Illustrated, and the host of the SI Media Podcast. He joins The Weekly Brew to discuss Chechnya’s Ramzan Kadyrov’s use of MMA to spread his political message, the media’s coverage of Mayweather vs. McGregor, the future of sports media, and FS1’s tumultuous start.

Then, SportsRadio 610’s Sean Pendergast stops by the studio to talk the Rockets pursuit of Carmelo Anthony and Les Alexander’s decision to put the franchise up for sale. With NFL training camp just a few weeks away, Pendergast diagnosis the major storylines that fans of the Texans should evaluate while the team is at The Greenbrier. Lastly, Pendergast discusses Baylor’s Matt Rhule and what fans should expect this season along the Brazos.

Austin and Jeremy open the show by discussing the tragic passing of Linkin Park frontman Chester Bennington, Carlos Correa’s trip to the DL and the scandal at Ole Miss with former head coach Hugh Freeze.

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