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.

Recapping the Rockets v. Warriors; NBA Finals Preview; Marriage Advice from Ben DuBose

Ben DuBose joins Austin Staton and Hunter Atkins to recap the seven-game series between the Houston Rockets and the Golden State Warriors. Will the Rockets make moves during the offseason to bolster their rotation? Is LeBron James a legitimate target to land in Houston? The trio discuss this and more while previewing the NBA Finals that begin on Thursday night in the Bay Area.

Rockets-Warriors update; Astros streaking; Reaction to Santa Fe HS shooting

Austin and Hunter sit down after the Rockets 41-point loss to Golden State on Sunday to offer their analysis on the series and whether or not Rockets fans should be concerned heading into game four on Tuesday night.

Then, the guys discuss the Astros series win against the Indians, the historic start for the pitching staff, and the ongoing question marks surrounding Houston’s offense.

The episode closes by reflecting on the tragedy at Santa Fe HS — just 29 miles away from the studio — that took the lives of 10 innocent lives. Hunter also offers his insights into covering Santa Fe’s playoff baseball game on Saturday, and thoughtful words offered by Astros’ manager AJ Hinch following the mass shooting.

Previewing the Rockets-Warriors w/ Ben DuBose and Hunter Atkins

The Houston Rockets are set to square off against the Golden State Warriors in the Western Conference Finals. SportsTalk790’s Ben DuBose joins Austin Staton and Hunter Atkins to preview the series that NBA fans have been waiting for all season.

The trio outlines expectations for game one of the series and which team has the mental edge as both squads have undertaken mental warfare leading up to the series. Then, the guys discuss matchup expectations for Draymond Green, Steph Curry, Clint Capela, and why this series bodes well for James Harden and his legacy in Houston.

Magic + Mayhem with Ben Jackson; Barbara Bush + Avicii remembered; Astros streaking

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Ben Jackson is international award-winning magician who has been featured on NBC’s TODAY alongside David Copperfield, and has consulted for the Hollywood film Sin City: A Dame to Kill For, staring Joseph Gordon-Levitt. Ben joins The Weekly Brew (15:53) to breakdown his career, his influences, and his Magic, Music & Mayhem show at Houston’s La Colombe d’Or, one of the world’s smallest luxury hotels.

The show opens as Austin and Jeremy discuss the legacy of Barbara Bush, who passed away last week at the age of 28, and the death of Swedish musician, Avicii. The guys then pivot to discuss the streaking Astros and the Rockets playoff series against the Minnesota Timberwolves.

@LockedOnRockets’ Ben DuBose talks NBA playoffs and postseason scenarios for Clutch City

Ben DuBose, who covers the Rockets for Locked On Rockets and SportsTalk 790, joins the show to discuss the NBA Playoffs and the potential first round matchups for the Houston Rockets. Is there a team that could give Houston fits in the first round? Are the Thunder equipped for the postseason? Will Steph Curry’s injury give the Rockets an edge in a potential Western Conference showdown?

Chron’s John McClain talks Astros and Rockets; Facebook + Amazon woes

The Houston Chronicle’s John McClain, The General, has covered the NFL for more than 40 years and is no stranger to The Weekly Brew. However, in this episode, McClain joins the podcast to discuss the Golden Era of Houston sports with a heavy focus on the Astros and the Rockets.

McClain expresses his excitement for the Astros’ defense of the World Series crown, the exciting talent on the roster, and the changes of baseball in a data-driven era. The General then opines on James Harden and the Rockets, and why they’re the favorites to bring home their third NBA title.

The show opens as Jeremy and Austin reflect on the Astros 4-1 start behind a stellar starting rotation and a potent offense, some freezing cold takes from Jeremy, and rule changes that are certain to change the way that we watch the NFL. The show closes as the duo discuss privacy concerns on Facebook, and President Trump’s war against Amazon and the free market.

NFLPA President Eric Winston addresses the state of the NFL; Astros + Rockets

Eric Winston is a 12-year NFL veteran and was just elected to his third term as the president of the NFL Players Association earlier this month. Winston joins The Weekly Brew to discuss the state of the NFL, player safety, the CBA and guaranteed contracts, the NFLPA’s study on the potential use of marijuana as a pain management tool for players, and his plans for the 2018 season. Winston also discusses the cloud surrounding Texans owner Bob McNair and whether his questionable remarks could impact player personnel for the Texans in 2018 and beyond.

The show opens with Austin, Hunter and Jeremy discussing opening week in Major League Baseball, Jose Altuve’s giant contract extension, the Rockets pursuit of the top seed in the Western Conference playoffs, and the NCAA Final Four.

@LockedOnRockets’ Ben DuBose breaks down Clutch City’s title hopes; PyeongChang 2018; Trump and Russia

We’re not going to lie — our podcast has a sick travel addiction so we’ve been on hiatus for a few weeks. Fear not, we’re back.

While Hunter Atkins is away covering the Astros in West Palm Beach, Florida, Austin and Jeremy begin the show by discussing the 2018 Winter Games and the scandals that have rocked the IOC. Are the games a success? Has the media covered Russia and North Korea correctly? Then, the guys discuss the Mueller indictments and what it means going forward for the United States.

Then, Ben DuBose, who covers the Rockets for Locked On Rockets, joins the show to breakdown the first half of the NBA season and assesses Clutch City’s chances at a deep postseason run. With James Harden as the MVP front runner, have the midseason acquisitions of Gerald Green, Joe Johnson and Brandan Wright given the Rockets the roster depth that they need to push Golden State in the Western Conference?

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.