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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Astros discussion with Chron’s Jake Kaplan; Dylan Baddour talks Election 2016; Jim Bordell of Team Rubicon on Houston flood recovery

Welcome to this, the 42nd episode of The Weekly Brew podcast. This week, we talk with Jake Kaplan and Dylan Baddour of the Houston Chronicle about the Astros and Election 2016 and hear from Jim Bordell of Team Rubicon about Operation Moonshot and the flood-recovery efforts going on in Houston.

Dylan Baddour is the Houston Chronicle’s young, hotshot political reporter, and he’s been covering the madness in the race for the Republican nomination. He calls in to the podcast in the wake of Cruz and Kasich dropping out of the race, and discusses the impact for the election season, particularly as Republicans weigh whether or not to unite behind Donald Trump, the presumptive favorite for the nomination. Baddour also speaks to what has been a particularly heated and divisive nomination season, and contemplates whether or not this is the “new normal” for American politics.

Jake Kaplan, a Philadelphia transplant who spent time working for the Philadelphia Inquirer and MLB.com covering the Phillies before signing on with the Houston Chronicle to cover the Houston Astros. After a puzzling 12-20 start to the season in which many, including Sports Illustrated, picked them to go to the World Series, the Astros are in trouble, and Kaplan examines the pitching struggles facing this team and assesses what it needs to do to turn things around.

Finally, we welcome Jim Bordell, who is the incident commander for Operation Moonshot, Team Rubicon’s Houston flood relief effort. Team Rubicon is a nonprofit relief group that unites the skills and experiences of military veterans with first responders to deploy emergency response teams, and they have brought their expertise in crisis management to Houston in response to the heavy rains and flooding of the last few weeks. Hear Bordell talk about the relief efforts and visit teamrubiconusa.org to find out how you can help.

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

The General, John McClain talks NFL and Baylor; The guys break down the Big 12 title game possibilities and Longhorn Network debacle; special guest Chris Griesemer (our voice-over guy) joins to talk voice acting

The General, John McClain, joins The Weekly Brew to talk NFL playoffs, breaking down the crazy finish to the Green Bay/ Arizona divisional-round game, the St. Louis move to Los Angeles and further possibilities for NFL expansion. McClain also expounds on the privilege of having a vote for the Pro Football Hall of Fame in Canton, and takes the opportunity to promote seven-time Pro-Bowl Oilers linebacker Robert “Dr. Doom” Brazile’s candidacy. McClain discusses whether the Texans will try to package Jadeveon Clowney in a deal to move up in the draft for a quarterback, and finishes with an amusing tale of how he first met Texas football legend Dave Campbell. For Baylor fans, he also devotes a few minutes to marveling at how far the football program has come.

Next, Austin, Jeremy and Kevin get into the Big 12 title game talk, delving into University of Oklahoma president David Boren’s contentious comments about the “psychologically disadvantaged” nature of the conference with the Longhorn Network blocking any movement towards a Big 12 network.

Finally, very talented and funny voice-actor Chris Griesemer, of Voice for Any Choice (whom you may recognize as the guy who does OUR voice-over work), calls the show to share his perspective on the career of voice-acting, and revisits some of his more memorable roles (you’ll likely recognize him from Family Guy or the Outback Steakhouse commercials). Chris finishes with an impressive string of off-the-cuff impressions and accents that brings down the house.

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