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.

Justice Don Willett; Sports Illustrated + MMQB’s Tim Rohan; Taylor’s Top Takeaways

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Texas Supreme Court Justice Don Willett headlines this week’s show as he discusses his career as one of the most respected legal minds in the United States, his ties to Antonin Scalia’s vacancy on the U.S. Supreme Court, and more. Willett also offers commentary on his wildly popular social media presence and Baylor’s rebuilding job under Matt Rhule.

Next, Sports Illustrated’s Tim Rohan joins Hunter and Austin to discuss his MMQB story in which he documents his experience wearing a Colin Kaepernick jersey to a Bills-Jets game in Week 1. Rohan also opines on key storylines (hint: Kaepernick) that will drive the narrative throughout the 2017 NFL season and his locks for the college football playoff.

Then, the NFL Network’s Taylor Bisciotti recaps week two of the NFL season in Taylor’s Top Takeaways before Hunter and Austin close out the show by dissecting the Astros AL West crown, and what the club needs to do in order to find success as October nears.

 

SI’s Richard Deitsch on sports + politics; Sean Pendergast in studio

Richard Deitsch is a writer and editor for Sports Illustrated, and the host of the SI Media Podcast. He joins The Weekly Brew to discuss Chechnya’s Ramzan Kadyrov’s use of MMA to spread his political message, the media’s coverage of Mayweather vs. McGregor, the future of sports media, and FS1’s tumultuous start.

Then, SportsRadio 610’s Sean Pendergast stops by the studio to talk the Rockets pursuit of Carmelo Anthony and Les Alexander’s decision to put the franchise up for sale. With NFL training camp just a few weeks away, Pendergast diagnosis the major storylines that fans of the Texans should evaluate while the team is at The Greenbrier. Lastly, Pendergast discusses Baylor’s Matt Rhule and what fans should expect this season along the Brazos.

Austin and Jeremy open the show by discussing the tragic passing of Linkin Park frontman Chester Bennington, Carlos Correa’s trip to the DL and the scandal at Ole Miss with former head coach Hugh Freeze.

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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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Joseph Duarte talks UH head coach search; SI’s Sportsman of the Year, LeBron; too many bowls

Welcome to Episode 71 of The Weekly Brew podcast! It’s been a busy week in the city of Houston, especially for the titular University, which finds itself embroiled in a search for its next head football coach. Joseph Duarte, friend of the show, and Houston Chronicle UH beat writer joins us to discuss what exactly that search entails, the most ‘hot’ and most likely names being considered and what job number one is for the incoming HC.

Duarte also delves into what’s happening with the current crop of UH commits (SPOILER ALERT: Tom Herman is coming to steal them this week) and what it means to have Billion Dollar Buyer Tilman Fertitta front and center, from a media standpoint, in the midst of this search.

The guys also delve into bowl season, which is nearly upon us, and arrive at the conclusion that there are just too many of them. LeBron James was also named SI’s Sportsperson of the Year, and the guys consider who might have been named the Houston Sportsperson of the Year and at some of the worst retrospective picks on the list since 1954.

It’s another packed show, but it could be MORE packed if we had any iTunes reviews to read. Why not do us a favor and go to iTunes, click Ratings and Reviews and leave us a nice, little 5-star review with a blurb? We’ll read it on the air and make you super famous for a week, and it will just feel so, so nice.

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

Ep. 24: SI’s Lindsay Schnell joins the podcast to discuss OU’s Joe Mixon, sports and violence against women and being a woman in the sports media.

Lindsay Schnell, staff writer for Sports Illustrated and Campus Rush and the host of SI’s College Football podcast, joins us on The Weekly Brew in what was originally meant to be a segment. However, she proved to be one of the most engaging, interesting guests we’ve had to date, and her insights into covering college football made for a great auxiliary podcast.

So, with limited ado, Austin and Kevin jump right into the Schnell interview, and she shares her thoughts regarding Joe Mixon and the fallout from the article she wrote for Campus Rush after the OU running back faced the media for the first time, following an incident in which he assaulted a female OU student, breaking four bones in her face. Schnell also shares her thoughts on the SI College Football podcast and podcasting in general, and delves into the human-interest angles she mines in her Walk-On Project stories, which feature the most fascinating and impactful stories of walk-on student-athletes in FBS football programs.

Easily one of the best interviews yet on The Weekly Brew, Lindsay’s commentary and insight warranted this very special ‘bonus’ episode (I mean, really, they’re all bonus episodes, since they’re free, innit?), and we hope you enjoy listening as much as we enjoyed recording it.

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