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.

Inside Baseball; James Comey after Three Drinks; NBA Finals Update

Derek Fogel of CBS Sports stops by the studio and joins Austin and Hunter to discuss the latest on Dallas Keuchel and the Astros as the club inches toward the All-Star break.

Then, the Brew Crew offers their opinions on the James Comey hearing with Jeremy, who is three Vodka Tonic’s deep in Boston but offers cogent takes on the mess in Washington.

The show closes as Austin and Hunter provide a recap of game four of the NBA Finals as the Cavs knocked off the Warriors, 137-116, to force a game five in the Bay Area.

Astros streaking past the AL West; NBA Finals; Top 100 Athletes; London Attacks

The guys welcome back Kevin after a brief stint in the hospital and discuss the Astros historic pace to the 2017 season.

The crew then breaks down the NBA Finals, what the Rockets can do to compete in 2017-18, and whether the playoffs have been entertaining.

Then, the guys discuss ESPN’s list of the most famous athletes on the planet before focusing on the latest terror attacks in the U.K.

NBA Finals Preview with Jeff Van Gundy

Austin and Hunter are joined by former NBA head coach Jeff Van Gundy as they preview the highly-anticipated NBA Finals showdown between the Cavs and Warriors. Van Gundy explains why difficult defensive matchups for the Cavs will force Kevin Love off the floor, how injured Warriors coach Steve Kerr can coach well without being on the floor and that the Cavs can win only if something “unexpected” happens: “When you have LeBron James, you always have a chance.”

Also, be sure to check out Hunter’s feature as Van Gundy discussed Houston education and his work with Pro-Vision, a charter school in one of the city’s worst neighborhoods.

Astros update; NBA Finals Preview; Brock Osweiler’s game film

In a special Memorial Day episode, Austin Staton and Hunter Atkins are joined by CBS Sports’ Derek Fogel and discuss the Astros heading into their weekend series with the Baltimore Orioles.

The guys also discuss the highly-anticipated NBA Finals series between the Warriors and Cavs, and why the pressure is all on Golden State.

Lastly, the crew breaks down Brock Osweiler’s comments that his game film over the last two years speaks for itself. Hint: It does, and it’s not good.

Jeff Van Gundy talks NBA Playoffs, Rockets; SportsRadio 610’s Sean Pendergast in studio

Jeff Van Gundy, former Rockets head coach and current NBA analyst for ESPN, joins Austin and Kevin to break down the NBA Playoffs and whether or not anyone can beat the Warriors. JVG also weighs in on the MVP race between Harden and Westbrook, and offers his thoughts on the legacy of Yao Ming. Then, Sean Pendergast of SportsRadio 610 joins Austin, Hunter and Jeremy in studio to discuss the Texans, Rockets and Astros.

Rockets/Golden State Warriors with MK Bower; Cy Young winner Doug Drabek; Boston Herald’s Evan Drellich on Astros & Red Sox

Welcome to this very strong 39th episode of The Weekly Brew podcast. This week, MK Bower of The SportsXchange joins us to talk Rockets & Warriors, Cy Young winner Doug Drabek talks UH Cougar baseball and MLB, and The Boston Herald’s Evan Drellich discusses the Red Sox and Astros headed into this week’s series at Minute Maid Park.

It’s official – Dolores Lozano, of ESPN Deportes and the Houston Super Bowl Committee, is The Weekly Brew’s new cohost. A Baylor alum and former track and field athlete, Dolores is a terrific and welcome addition to the lineup and has hit the ground running. Welcome aboard, Dolores!

MoiseKapenda Bower, a longtime Houston sports media legend, joins us to break down the NBA Playoffs and especially the Rockets’ (slim) chances against the NBA’s all-time regular season winningest team, the Golden State Warriors, in the first round. Bower puts into context star guard James Harden’s spectacular, underrated season, averaging better than 29 points, 7 assists and 6 rebounds on the year, one of only four players (including Michael Jordan, Oscar Robertson and LeBron James) to do so. Bower also assesses the performance of interim head coach J.B. Bickerstaff and talks about the coaching direction in which the Rockets might head during the offseason this year. Bower is also certain that general manager Daryl Morey will be back next year, per owner Leslie Alexander.

Then 1990 Cy Young Award winner Doug Drabek, a University of Houston alum, former Houston Astros standout and current pitching coach for the Mobile BayBears, joins the podcast to discuss what playing in the strike-shortened 1994 season, playing alongside Barry Bonds and what he enjoyed most about his college experience (spoiler alert: it was watching Hakeem Olajuwon, Clyde Drexler and the rest of the Phi Slama Jama crew). Drabek also discusses the experience of watching, as a father, the difficult two surgeries his son Kyle Drabek had to fight through before being called up by the Arizona Diamondbacks.

Finally, Evan Drellich, former Houston Chronicle Astros beat writer and the Boston Herald’s latest addition, covering the Red Sox, calls in to talk about his impressions of the ‘Stros during spring training, the upcoming Boston/Houston series at Minute Maid Park and some of his Red Sox coverage, including an amusing story about Pablo Sandoval’s inability to say ‘no’ to food, at one point gaining 21 pounds in 21 days during the offseason.

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Golden State Warriors, Twitter + NFL, Villanova’s National Championship and Shawn Oakman

On this 38th episode of The Weekly Brew podcast, we welcome back good friend of the show, Baylor alum and latest addition to the Houston Super Bowl Committee, Dolores Lozano, Golden State Warriors beat writer for the San Jose Mercury News, Diamond Leung and Taylor Soper of GeekWire.

Dolores, Austin and Kevin were all in attendance for last Monday’s National Championship game between Villanova and the University of North Carolina, and share their experiences being present for the first buzzer-beating game-winning three in NCAA Championship history and by consensus one of the greatest national title games ever. They then delve into some less-happy sports news, discussing the investigation into Shawn Oakman, another Baylor football player embroiled in a sexual assault scandal.

Next, Taylor Soper, of GeekWire, a writer covering the intersection of sports and technology, calls in to talk about Twitter’s deal with the NFL to stream 10 Thursday Night Football games this season, discussing why Twitter won the right to stream those games and whether the deal will have any impact on Twitter’s plummeting stock price and inability to draw and retain new monthly active users.

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