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.

@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?

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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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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Wall Street Journal’s Jason Gay; Dallas Keuchel to the DL; Weekly Headlines

The guys breakdown the news of Astros LHP Dallas Keuchel heading to the disabled list for the first time in his career as a result of a pinched nerve in his neck. What does this mean for the Astros, and how does self-reporting injuries in baseball compare to other sports? Austin and Jeremy offer their analysis.

Then, The Wall Street Journal’s Jason Gay joins Kevin Cook to discuss problematic owners, the sports media landscape and whether or not James Harden is the right “cultural fit” for the Houston Rockets. Gay has written for publications including GQ, Rolling Stone, Outside, The New York Observer and Vogue. He is also the author of “Little Victories: Perfect Rules for Imperfect Living,” which can be found on Amazon.

The show closes with Austin and Jeremy discussing the detainment of Enes Kanter in Romania, the role of politics and sports, and more. As always, subscribe to The Weekly Brew on iTunes, Facebook and Twitter.

 

Instant Reaction: Rockets eclipse Thunder, advance to second round

The Houston Rockets win their first-round series against the Thunder after taking game five, 105-99, on Tuesday night. The Weekly Brew also got a big win this week, breaking the 10,000-listener mark last week. Accordingly, Hunter Atkins and Kevin Cook jump on the mic to thank the listeners and break down the Thunder series and Houston’s chances against the Spurs-or-Grizzlies, and Warriors, going forward. Stay tuned for more bonus TWB content coming soon.

Howard Beck talks Rockets, NBA Playoffs; Aaron Hernandez + the week’s top stories

Howard Beck, a 20-year veteran NBA writer with the New York Times and Bleacher Report, joins The Weekly Brew this week to take a look at the NBA Playoffs. Beck tips his hand regarding his MVP ballot and offers a national perspective on the Rockets’ season so far (“Nobody saw this coming… this is one of the more unlikely turnarounds in the last five years.”).

Austin, Jeremy and Kevin also break down the week’s top stories, including David Fizdale’s already-legendary ‘take that for data’ rant, Aaron Hernandez’s bizarre prison suicide and others.

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Jeff Van Gundy talks NBA Playoffs, Rockets; SportsRadio 610’s Sean Pendergast in studio

Jeff Van Gundy, former Rockets head coach and current NBA analyst for ESPN, joins Austin and Kevin to break down the NBA Playoffs and whether or not anyone can beat the Warriors. JVG also weighs in on the MVP race between Harden and Westbrook, and offers his thoughts on the legacy of Yao Ming. Then, Sean Pendergast of SportsRadio 610 joins Austin, Hunter and Jeremy in studio to discuss the Texans, Rockets and Astros.