Chron’s John McClain talks Deshaun Watson + NFL Draft; The Ringer’s Bryan Curtis on the ESPN layoffs; Jake Kaplan on the Astros first month

If you’re a Houston sports fan, it’s been a massive week of news and headlines and The Weekly Brew has you covered. The Houston Chronicle’s John McClain joins the show to break down the 2017 NFL Draft and the Texans acquisition of Clemson QB Deshaun Watson.

Then, Houston Astros beat reporter Jake Kaplan joins Austin and Hunter to discuss the first-place ‘Stros after a 16-9 April to analyze the first month of the season and the outlook for the club moving forward.

Of course the biggest national headline this week occurred in Bristol with ESPN cutting nearly 100 jobs. Kevin and Hunter chat with Bryan Curtis, who is an editor-at-large with The Ringer and covers the sports media world, to discuss the longterm implications at the World Wide leader.

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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Texans & NFL Draft Recap; Matt Weston of Battle Red Blog and Sean Pendergast of Sports Radio 610 break down the draft; Daniel Eyes & The Vibes at the Nightingale Room

Welcome to this, the 41st episode of The Weekly Brew podcast. It’s a big week for the NFL, with the 2016 Draft just concluded, and we visited with Matt Weston of Battle Red Blog and Sean Pendergast of Sports Radio 610 to make sense of all the action.

First, Sean Pendergast, host of The Triple Threat on Sports Radio 610, joins us for a spirited discussion of the draft from a more global perspective. Pendergast believes the Texans, Jaguars and Titans all drafted well, and the AFC South should be a more competitive division for it. Pendergast also ponder the perplexing Laremy Tunsil Twitter hack incident and examines the woeful Browns, and what we can expect from RGIII in Cleveland.

Next, Matt Weston calls in to share some of his expertise on the Houston Texans’ draft picks: Will Fuller (WR, Notre Dame), Nick Martin (C, Notre Dame), Braxton Miller (WR, Ohio State), Tyler Ervin (RB, San Jose State), K.J. Dillon (S, West Virginia) and D.J. Reader (DT, Clemson). It’s an offense-heavy draft for the Texans, and Weston examines the incoming talent and how well they’re going to be able to mesh with free-agency acquisition, QB Brock Osweiler. Weston says if Osweiler can be a top-10 quarterback, the Texans are likely favorites to make the Super Bowl.

Finally, Daniel Eyes and Dylan Stephens of Austin-based Daniel Eyes & the Vibes, call in ahead of their May 5 show at The Nightingale Room with friends of the show, Second Lovers. They discuss their striking aesthetic, meteoric rise in the Austin music scene and some of their musical influences before getting into the upcoming show, which all podcast listeners should make a point to go to.

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