The Athletic’s Jake Kaplan on the Astros; LeBron to LA; SCOTUS

The Athletic’s Jake Kaplan joins the podcast to discuss the first half of the season for the Astros. Will the organization make a move at the trade deadline? Can Keuchel regain his form in the second half? How do the Astros stack up in the AL race? Kaplan discusses all of this and more in a live recording at Baileson Brewery.

The show opens as Austin and Jeremy dissect LeBron to the Lakers and the implications of Anthony Kennedy’s resignation from the U.S. Supreme Court.

On the road with Hunter Atkins — Astros, NBA Free Agency and Jeremy gets engaged

Hunter was on the road this past weekend covering the Astros four-game sweep of the Rangers. The guys discuss the offensive outburst and whether or not Dallas Keuchel’s struggles on the mound can be corrected. Also, Hunter offers insights into the new approach in the backend of the bullpen and why Astros hitters tend to struggle at Minute Maid Park.

Then, the duo ponders free agent landing spots for LeBron James before closing the show by offering marriage advice and bachelor party advise to the newly engaged co-host, Jeremy Paxton.

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.

Inside Baseball; James Comey after Three Drinks; NBA Finals Update

Derek Fogel of CBS Sports stops by the studio and joins Austin and Hunter to discuss the latest on Dallas Keuchel and the Astros as the club inches toward the All-Star break.

Then, the Brew Crew offers their opinions on the James Comey hearing with Jeremy, who is three Vodka Tonic’s deep in Boston but offers cogent takes on the mess in Washington.

The show closes as Austin and Hunter provide a recap of game four of the NBA Finals as the Cavs knocked off the Warriors, 137-116, to force a game five in the Bay Area.

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.

Joseph Duarte talks UH head coach search; SI’s Sportsman of the Year, LeBron; too many bowls

Welcome to Episode 71 of The Weekly Brew podcast! It’s been a busy week in the city of Houston, especially for the titular University, which finds itself embroiled in a search for its next head football coach. Joseph Duarte, friend of the show, and Houston Chronicle UH beat writer joins us to discuss what exactly that search entails, the most ‘hot’ and most likely names being considered and what job number one is for the incoming HC.

Duarte also delves into what’s happening with the current crop of UH commits (SPOILER ALERT: Tom Herman is coming to steal them this week) and what it means to have Billion Dollar Buyer Tilman Fertitta front and center, from a media standpoint, in the midst of this search.

The guys also delve into bowl season, which is nearly upon us, and arrive at the conclusion that there are just too many of them. LeBron James was also named SI’s Sportsperson of the Year, and the guys consider who might have been named the Houston Sportsperson of the Year and at some of the worst retrospective picks on the list since 1954.

It’s another packed show, but it could be MORE packed if we had any iTunes reviews to read. Why not do us a favor and go to iTunes, click Ratings and Reviews and leave us a nice, little 5-star review with a blurb? We’ll read it on the air and make you super famous for a week, and it will just feel so, so nice.

And remember, no matter who you are, where you go or what you do this week, always, ALWAYS brew responsibly.

Nice Attacks, Pokemon Go, Aaron Bruski on the NBA & Rockets discussion with Alykhan Bijani

Welcome to the 52nd episode of The Weekly Brew podcast. You might think that, it being a weekly podcast, and this being the 52nd episode, that this would be a birthday episode for us, but that is NOT THE CASE. Since we had some bonus episodes thrown in along the way, you’ll have to wait till the week of August 11th for us to celebrate our podiversary. But nevertheless, we do have a terrific show for you this week.

A terrorist, driving a 20-ton truck, killed 84 people in Nice this week, and friend of the show Jason Lawrence calls us from France, where he was staying only blocks away from the massacre, to discuss the city’s response to the tragedy and its efforts to return to normal, day-to-day life.

Austin, Jeremy and Kevin launch into some discussion of the worldwide phenomenon of Pokemon Go, which Kevin plays but is very ashamed of and secretive about, and Kevin shares some shocking information he learned from the Iraqi General Security Directorate about the hidden meaning behind some of the Pokemon names.

Aaron Bruski, founder of Hoop-Ball.com, cohost of the Koz and Bru Show and an award-winning basketball writer, joins us to take a look at the NBA landscape following Kevin Durant’s move to Golden State, and whether the creation of the latest NBA superteam will have any ramification on the CBA, which both parties may opt out of before December of this year. Bruski enlightens us on where Blake Griffin is likely to wind up (hint: not Los Angeles) and we discuss whether LeBron, having now fulfilled his promise to bring home a championship to Cleveland, is a Cavs lifer or whether he is free to pursue an on-court reunion with his Banana Boat crew elsewhere.

Finally, Alykhan Bijani, otherwise known as @Rockets_Insider on Twitter, a writer for ClutchFans.net and Hardwood Paroxysm and one of Houston’s own resident basketball gurus, calls in to discuss the Rockets’ offseason. The team’s biggest move, re-upping James Harden to a 4-year $118 million deal, means stability and a continued opportunity to build around the league’s best two-guard. Ryan Anderson fits Morey’s system perfectly and Eric Gordon’s injury history may not be as worrisome as advertised.

We have a new iTunes review, which means this week’s favorite listener is Sgker! Congratulations – that is quite an honor. And to everyone else, that honor can easily be yours! Kevin outlines how to leave reviews on a mobile device (a riveting discussion), and all you have to do is go to iTunes and leave us a 5-star review with a blurb and you’ll get a shoutout to our billions thousands of listeners.

And remember, no matter who you are, where you go or what you do this week, always, ALWAYS brew responsibly.

Texans talk with John McClain (Chron) & Matt Weston (Battle Red Blog); Adam Wexler on Houston sports

Welcome to the 48th episode of The Weekly Brew podcast – this week, an all-star lineup of Houston sports media figures joins us to break down what’s happening in the city, including KPRC sports anchor Adam Wexler (formerly of Sports Radio 610 and SportsTalk 790), Houston Chronicle Texans and NFL writer John McClain and Matt Weston of Battle Red Blog.

But first, Austin, Kevin and Dolores break down the spectacular Game 7 of the NBA Finals, with LeBron James fulfilling his promise to the city of Cleveland to bring home the Larry O’Brien Trophy (and bringing with it the Bill Russell NBA Finals MVP Trophy), a stark turnaround from last week’s premature prediction that the Warriors would win in five games.

Next, The General, John McClain, breaks down the Texans offseason following OTAs and minicamp, looking at how Brock Osweiler is making his presence felt as a leader on and off the field, examining what Jadeveon Clowney needs to do this season to avoid being labeled a ‘bust,’ and looking through the draft and free-agent acquisitions to uncover who might have a big season for the Texans.

Matt Weston, our good buddy from Battle Red Blog, has spent his offseason poring through film of Texans outside linebacker Whitney Mercilus, and joins us to share why he – per his Twitter account (@mbw987) – has fallen in love. Weston also shares his thoughts on Jadevon Clowney and head coach Bill O’Brien.

Finally, Adam Wexler joins us to share his extensive experience in the field of Houston sports, delving into some of his most meaningful memories watching the Astros, Texans and Rockets. Wexler also shares his thoughts on James Harden sitting out the Olympics and how that might affect his offseason preparation and assesses how Mike D’Antoni might fare at the helm of the Rockets.

Lastly, the BrewCasters give a shoutout to a very special listener, Melissa Leon, who not only reviewed us on iTunes but signed up a number of her friends as listeners and got them to review as well. That’s why Leon is our WeeklyBrewCast MVL this week – but it could be you! Just go to iTunes, click Ratings and Reviews and leave a 5-star review with a little blurb, and you’ll get your own shout out to our thousands of listeners, too. As Spike Lee says, Do the Right Thing!

And remember, no matter who you are, where you go or what you do this week, always ALWAYS brew responsibly.