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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SI’s Lee Jenkins talks James Harden + Rockets; Paul Catalina on Baylor + Tony Romo

March Madness is here and Austin Staton previews the field, offers advice for those making brackets and makes his final four picks.

Flying solo this week, Austin then discusses the Rockets big win over the Cavs and the thrilling weekend for the World Baseball Classic.

Paul Catalina from ESPN Central then joins the show to dissect Baylor’s chances in the East Region of the NCAA Tournament and whether or not Tony Romo will play a down for the Texans this season.

Kevin then interviews Lee Jenkins, senior NBA writer for Sports Illustrated, and dives into James Harden’s MVP-caliber season and expectations for the Rockets heading into the postseason. ICYMI, checkout Lee’s latest with SI on James Harden.

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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.

Chron’s John McClain talks Brock Osweiler + Texans; Ashton Warren on March Madness

Welcome to this, the 34th episode of The Weekly Brew podcast. Hosts Austin Staton, Kevin Cook and Jeremy Paxton welcome in Houston Chronicle NFL guru, “The General” John McClain and BaylorVision’s Ashton Warren.

McClain discusses how former Denver Broncos quarterback Brock Osweiler came to be a Houston Texan and why his acquisition — to the tune of $72 million, $37 million guaranteed — has the Houston fan base hyped and John Elway sounding like a “spurned lover.” The Texans also acquire running back Lamar Miller, guard Jeff Allen and center Tony Bergstrom in a flurry of free-agency moves that may position them well for the draft, according to McClain. (McClain also joined us in January to break down the Texans’ disastrous postseason and the future for his Baylor Bears)

Next, Ashton Warren, of BaylorVision, earned a chance to report on the Big 12 Men’s Basketball Tournament for Campus Insiders (whose Lindsay Schnell was a guest on The Weekly Brew in January), and she calls in to talk about her budding career in sports journalism, the biggest moments from the tournament and why no one should sleep on Oklahoma.

Finally, Kevin is crushed – not only that his Houston Cougars lost a heartbreaker in the American Athletic Conference Championship quarterfinals to Tulane, but also that there were, for the first time in many weeks, no new iTunes reviews to read and enjoy. He spends a moment being stern with the listeners before encouraging them to pop over to iTunes, click Ratings and Reviews, and leave a 5-star review with a constructive blurb. Like Spike Lee says, listeners, Do The Right Thing. Go leave a review, and remember: always, always brew responsibly.

Baylor, U of H, Texas A&M basketball postseason preview; Oui Desserts’ Penny visits

On this 33rd episode of The Weekly Brew podcast, we exhaustively cover the Texas college basketball scene with the help of three big guests from around the state.

First, though, Penny, one of the proprietors of Weekly Brew’s sponsor, Oui Desserts, stops by the aptly named Oui Desserts Studios to say hi, chat about macarons and beignets and invite the listeners to be a part of the Oui/Weekly Brew family. Mention you listen to the podcast when you drop by Oui at 3411 Kirby and you’ll get 10 percent off of your order.

Next, voice of Baylor basketball, John Morris, joins us to talk Big 12 basketball. Baylor and Texas are both having strong seasons and split the season series with one another. Now they’ll face off in round one of the Big 12 tournament. Morris breaks down the great job being done by Shaka Smart and Scott Drew, and gets into the landscape of Big 12 basketball headed into the tournament.

Matt Thomas, of SportsTalk 790 and the University of Houston Men’s Basketball play-by-play broadcaster, calls in to give some love to his Cougars (Thomas is a UH alum), praise the dramatic turnaround head coach Kelvin Sampson has engineered and preview the American Athletic Conference tournament in Orlando later this week. Do the Cougars have an outside chance to make the Big Dance? What does the future hold for Sampson and the Coogs?

Finally, Brent Zwerneman, the Texas A&M beat writer for the Houston Chronicle and San Antonio Express-News, joins us to talk about the stellar season the SEC Champion Aggies are having. He says A&M is, at minimum, a Sweet Sixteen team, but theorizes that they may very well be one of the four teams coming to Houston to cap off the madness this March.

And kudos to last week’s guest Dolores Lozano, of ESPN Deportes, who left us an absolutely terrific iTunes review this week. Those really help us grow, because iTunes places a lot of weight on to the reviews when determining popularity, search rankings and lots of other important stuff like that. If you want to help us grow, please visit us on iTunes and click Subscribe there, and then click Ratings and Reviews to leave us a nice, little 5-star review with a blurb. Tell us what you enjoy or what you’d like to hear, and we’ll be sure to read your review and give you a shoutout to our listenership. Also, visit our Facebook and Like us there or follow us on Twitter to keep up to date with what we’re doing.

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