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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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.

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.

Lance McCullers, Astros struggle in Detroit; MLB trade deadline speculation, Bagwell HOF

Hunter Atkins joins Austin Staton from Detroit to discuss the Astros road trip, Lance McCullers’ struggles since the All-Star break, trade deadline speculation and Jeff Bagwell’s induction into the MLB Hall of Fame.

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Astros update; NBA Finals Preview; Brock Osweiler’s game film

In a special Memorial Day episode, Austin Staton and Hunter Atkins are joined by CBS Sports’ Derek Fogel and discuss the Astros heading into their weekend series with the Baltimore Orioles.

The guys also discuss the highly-anticipated NBA Finals series between the Warriors and Cavs, and why the pressure is all on Golden State.

Lastly, the crew breaks down Brock Osweiler’s comments that his game film over the last two years speaks for itself. Hint: It does, and it’s not good.

Astros Spring Training update; NFL Network’s Taylor Bisciotti

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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Jerry Hill talks Matt Rhule, Baylor MBB + More; Hunter Atkins on Rockets + Astros

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.

Sports 790’s Ross Villarreal talks Rockets and NBA; Election 2016 results and Rockets talk

Chron’s Hunter Atkins joins us in-studio again, as The Weekly Brew breaks down the recent election and fallout, including some man-on-the-street interviews from outside Trump Tower in Chicago, where Austin happened to be. Ross Villarreal, of the SportsRV show and RocketsWrap on Sports Talk 790 calls in to talk about the Rockets’ new look and the monstrous season James Harden is having, and what the realistic ceiling is for the squad, as well as what other teams bear watching early in the NBA season.

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.

Texans, WWE & UFC talk with Alex Del Barrio; Chron’s enterprise sports writer Hunter Atkins

Sports Radio 610’s Alex Del Barrio joins the show to break down the Texans’ 3-1 start, analyzing how the defense projects to overcome the loss of JJ Watt, whether O’Brien calling the offensive plays long-term is a good thing for the team and what the future looks like for Houston in the AFC South.

Del Barrio also spent time with the WWE, and he looks at the landscape of pro wrestling and the intersection of pro wrestling and UFC, examining figures like Brock Lesnar, Conor McGregor and CM Punk.

The Houston Chronicle’s enterprise sports writer, Hunter Atkins, calls in to talk about coming to Houston from New York City, the role of human interest in sports reporting and Art Briles’ impending return to coaching and what that means in the world of sport.