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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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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The NBA at the All-Star Break; Tony Romo to Texans? The future of journalism

Austin and Kevin are all alone in the studio this week, with Jeremy and Hunter out, and they dive headfirst into a smorgasbord of topics: CBS’ recent NBA all-time top-50 players list; what is going to happen with Tony Romo, and is there any chance he’s a Houston Texan by the time next season rolls around? (Austin says, ‘yeah,’ and Kevin says, ‘no chance’); the brother of North Korea’s Glorious Leader Kim Jong-Un was assassinated by a woman who believed she was competing on a prank show, per The Guardian – Austin has some thoughts on what exactly is taking place behind the scenes; One Texas State legislator introduced some ludicrous anti-emoji legislation which natch led Austin and Kevin into a discussion of some of the weirder/crazier laws on the books in Texas today; finally, the guys take a look at Mark Zuckerberg’s manifesto and the future of journalism.