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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Pat Forde talks college football, Rio 2016; Paul Catalina on Baylor; Team USA’s Myles Porter

Welcome to the 45th episode of The Weekly Brew podcast. Stacked guest lineup this week with Yahoo Sports national college columnist Pat Forde, ESPN Central Texas’ Paul Catalina and Team USA Paralympian Myles Porter.

The guys discuss some bad news – the fallout from the recent Pepper Hamilton report on the Baylor sexual assault and domestic violence cover up scandal – and a bit of good news, with University of Houston Men’s Basketball head coach Kelvin Sampson (a frequent guest on the show) receiving a very generous and well-deserved raise from the school’s board of regents this week.

Pat Forde, Yahoo Sports’ national college columnist and one of the biggest names in the world of college athletics, joins us to take a macro look at the Baylor situation and what it means for college sports on the whole. Forde also examines how the College Football Playoffs system has impacted the schedule, leading to a historically strong slate of opening weekend games, with the University of Houston vs the University of Oklahoma matchup of particular interest to UH fans and Kevin. Forde also covers the Olympics and shares some of his insight into Michael Phelps’ motivation and preparation headed into the 2016 Games in Rio.

Next, Paul Catalina – of ESPN Central Texas – becomes The Weekly Brew’s only three-time guest when he comes on to break down in detail the Pepper Hamilton report on Baylor malfeasance, the firings or demotions of major university figures like Ken Starr and Art Briles, and the feelings and emotions swirling around Waco.

Finally, Team USA Paralympian Myles Porter, a judoka and a 2016 gold medalist hopeful, joins us to celebrate the 100 Days to the 2016 Rio Paralympic Games, talking about his experiences competing in the sport of Judo, including giving a lesson to President Obama on the east lawn of the White House.

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ESPN’s Paul Catalina discusses sexual assaults on college campuses; Justice Scalia; Buxton

buxton-800x600.jpgThis week, The Weekly Brew’s first-ever guest – Paul Catalina of ESPN Central Texas – returns to the show to discuss the goings on at Baylor, including the recent candlelight vigil in support of sexual assault victims, Ken Starr’s handling of the multitude of sexual assault accusations in recent memory – primarily against Tevin Elliott and Sam Ukwuachu, who were both ultimately convicted on rape charges — and the general milieu of college athletics, on the whole, in regards to rape allegations, including some discussion impending lawsuit against the University of Tennessee, by six women alleging the university, “created a student culture that enables sexual assaults by student-athletes, especially football players.”

On a lighter note, Catalina also discusses where NFL quarterbacks Johnny Manziel and Robert Griffin III might land, and -SPOILER ALERT- Dallas is a possibility for both. As though Jerry Jones needs any more disfunction in that locker room.

The guys also get into the passing of Associate Justice of the Supreme Court of the United States Antonin Scalia, a polarizing figure (to say the least), whose sudden death leaves a very politically impactful vacancy on the SCOTUS bench. To say this will have an impact on the upcoming elections is an enormous understatement. Austin, Kevin and Jeremy break down the passing of one of America’s most powerful men and what will become of it going forward.

Finally, Sergio Trevino, of Houston’s Buxton, discusses his band’s latest album, Half a Native, and some of the better aspects of the underrated Houston music scene. Trevino discusses working with LA producer Thom Monahan, who has worked with artists like Devendra Banhart, Vetiver and Beachwood Sparks, and the process of writing and recording an album. Be sure to check Buxton out at buxtonband.com and on iTunes.

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