Texans struggle out of the gates; Astros locking in on October

Austin and Jeremy are joined alongside fantasy football expert Jordan Wathen as the guys breakdown the NFL season to date, and the struggles out of the gate by the Houston Texans. Historically, only 12.1 percent of teams that begin the season 0-2 make the playoffs. Can the Texans buck the trend in the now-competitive AFC South?

Then, the guys discuss the hunt for October as the Astros close in on their second-straight AL West Crown. The show closes as insane news breaks of the retirement of Bills CB Vontae Davis retiring at halftime on Sunday.

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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.

Hunter returns from Florida to offer his insights into the 2018 Astros; Golden Era of Houston Sports

Hunter Atkins is back in Houston and joins Austin Staton to share his first-hand insights from covering the Houston Astros in West Palm Beach, Florida. What are the biggest areas of need for the defending champs, and is the club built for longterm success, or a year of complacency?

The show opens as Austin discusses Jose Altuve’s $151 million contract extension with the Astros, the Rockets push toward the postseason, and the Texans acquiring all-Pro safety, Tyrann Mathieu.

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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Don Willett heads to the 5th Circuit; NFL and CFB recap

What a week it was for sports fan in the city of Houston. The Texans have their QB after a record-breaking performance and a 57-14 beatdown against the team from Tennessee, and the Astros are primed for an ALDS showdown against the Boston Red Sox. Austin and Jeremy break it all down and dive into some analysis from week five of the college football season. Also, Jeremy offers his hot take on a way to pay college football players and reduce concussions in the NFL. Will it work? Austin is skeptical.

College Football Recap; NFL Network’s Taylor Bisciotti’s Top Takeaways

Font2.jpgThe College Football season is in week two and the Baylor Bears are off to an 0-2 start. Austin and Jeremy analyze what has gone wrong for first-year head coach Matt Rhule, whether the team can rebound this season, and why fans in Waco should stop clamoring for Art Briles.

Then, Taylor Bisciotti from the NFL Network joins Austin to debut her new segment on the show called Taylor’s Top Takeaways. This week, Taylor discusses her biggest surprises from week one of the NFL season, teams that impressed, and why Texans fans should step back from the ledge following an opening week loss to Jacksonville. Taylor also offers insight into her new show called ICYMI: All 32, which can be found on the NFL Network.

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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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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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NYT best-selling author Mark Bowden on North Korea; NFL Network’s Taylor Bisciotti

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Mark Bowden, author of Black Hawk Down, a national correspondent for
The Atlantic and a contributing editor at Vanity Fair, joins Austin and Jeremy to discuss the crisis on the Korean Peninsula, the role that China plays in mitigating a potential conflict with DPRK and more. Bowden also shares insights into the production of his his latest work, Hue 1968: A Turning Point of the American War in Vietnam.

Next, the NFL Network’s Taylor Bisciotti discusses the major storylines from the NFL offseason, expectations for the Texans and DeShaun Watson, and makes a few key predictions for the 2017 football season.

Celebrating Episode 100 of the podcast, Austin and Jeremy reflect on the past 99 episodes, salute James Harden’s supermax contract extension with the Rockets, and discuss CNN’s investigation into an Internet meme war.

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Chron’s John McClain talks Deshaun Watson + NFL Draft; The Ringer’s Bryan Curtis on the ESPN layoffs; Jake Kaplan on the Astros first month

If you’re a Houston sports fan, it’s been a massive week of news and headlines and The Weekly Brew has you covered. The Houston Chronicle’s John McClain joins the show to break down the 2017 NFL Draft and the Texans acquisition of Clemson QB Deshaun Watson.

Then, Houston Astros beat reporter Jake Kaplan joins Austin and Hunter to discuss the first-place ‘Stros after a 16-9 April to analyze the first month of the season and the outlook for the club moving forward.

Of course the biggest national headline this week occurred in Bristol with ESPN cutting nearly 100 jobs. Kevin and Hunter chat with Bryan Curtis, who is an editor-at-large with The Ringer and covers the sports media world, to discuss the longterm implications at the World Wide leader.