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Dec. 12, 2019: What Titans game means for Texans’ playoff chances
Dec 12 • 5 min
The Houston Chronicle’s John McClain and Aaron Wilson look at what Sunday’s game at the Titans means for the Texans’ chances of making the playoffs on this edition of the Texas Sports Nation podcast.
Dec. 6, 2019: Sizing up Texans vs. Broncos
Dec 6 • 6 min
The Houston Chronicle’s John McClain, Brian T. Smith and Aaron Wilson break down Sunday’s Texans-Broncos game and delve into defensive coordinator Romeo Crennel’s overwhelming success against rookie QBs on this episode of the Texas Sports Nation podcast.
Dec. 5, 2109: What does win over Patriots do for Texans’ perception?
Dec 5 • 6 min
The Houston Chronicle’s John McClain, Brian T. Smith and Aaron Wilson revisit the Texans’ victory over the Patriots and what it means to the perception of the team locally and nationally on this episode of the Texas Sports Nation podcast.
Nov. 28, 2019: How do Texans stop Tom Brady, Patriots?
Nov 29 • 6 min
The Houston Chronicle’s John McClain and Aaron Wilson examine the matchup between the Patriots’ offense that has struggled at times and the Texans’ defense on this episode of the Texas Sports Nation podcast.
Nov. 27, 2019: How can Texans crack stout Patriots defense?
Nov 27 • 5 min
The Houston Chronicle’s John McClain and Aaron Wilson discuss how the Texans’ offense will attack a Patriots defense whose numbers ranking among the best units in NFL history on this episode of the Texas Sports Nation podcast.
Nov. 20, 2019: Breaking down Texans vs. Colts
Nov 20 • 7 min
The Houston Chronicle’s John McClain and Brian T. Smith break down Thursday’s Texans-Colts game for first place in the AFC South and make their predictions on this edition of the Texas Sports Nation podcast.
Nov. 20, 2019: How do Texans bounce back from ugly loss?
Nov 20 • 5 min
The Houston Chronicle’s John McClain and Brian T. Smith revisit the Texans’ lopsided loss in Baltimore and what they must do to rebound Thursday night at home against the Colts on this edition of the Texas Sports Nation podcast.
Listen: How upcoming stretch defines Texans’ season
Nov 15 • 3 min
The Houston Chronicle’s John McClain and Aaron Wilson dissect the Texans’ season-defining stretch against the Ravens, Colts and Patriots on this episode of the Texas Sports Nation podcast.
Listen: How will Deshaun Watson attack Ravens?
Nov 14 • 6 min
The Houston Chronicle’s John McClain and Aaron Wilson discuss how Texans QB Deshaun Watson can succeed against Baltimore’s defense on this episode of the Texas Sports Nation podcast.
Listen: How can Texans slow Ravens’ Lamar Jackson?
Nov 14 • 8 min
The Houston Chronicle’s John McClain and Aaron Wilson discuss how the Texans defense will look to contain Ravens QB Lamar Jackson on this episode of the Texas Sports Nation podcast.
Nov. 11, 2019: Is Deshaun Watson your MVP?
Nov 11 • 8 min
Deshaun Watson’s play in the first nine week has been what Texans fans are used to – the escape acts in the pocket, the key runs and touchdown passes. But while most of the NFL is talking about Russell Wilson as MVP, the Chronicle’s John McClain, Brian T.…
Nov. 8, 2019: 6-3 Texans at bye week and looking ahead to Baltimore, Indianapolis, New England
Nov 8 • 14 min
The Texans are 6-3 at their bye week and all of the losses have been by less than a touchdown. The Chronicle’s John McClain, Brian T. Smith and Aaron Wilson look back at how the Texans did it despite key injuries and new faces. The last seven games will…
Nov. 1, 2019: How will Texans handle Jaguars’ pressure?
Nov 1 • 4 min
John McClain examines how Deshaun Watson and the Texans’ offense matches up against Jacksonville’s fierce pass rush Sunday in London on this episode of the Texas Sports Nation podcast.
Oct. 31, 2019: How do Texans adjust without J.J. Watt?
Oct 31 • 6 min
John McClain discusses how the Texans will adjust to J.J. Watt’s absence and how they will defend Jaguars rookie quarterback Gardner Minshew on this episode of the Texas Sports Nation podcast.
Oct. 30, 2019: Are Texans at a disadvantage in London?
Oct 31 • 4 min
John McClain looks at the Texans’ game in London this weekend and the advantage the Jaguars have from playing games there through the years on this episode of the Texas Sports Nation podcast.
Oct. 25, 2019: How will decimated Texans secondary hold up?
Oct 25 • 5 min
The Houston Chronicle’s John McClain and Aaron Wilson look at how the Texans’ defense, especially its battered secondary, will defend against Raiders QB Derek Carr and RB Josh Jacobs on this edition of the Texas Sports Nation podcast.
Oct. 24, 2019: How do Texans fire running game back up?
Oct 24 • 4 min
The Houston Chronicle’s John McClain and Aaron Wilson preview Sunday’s Texans-Raiders game and look at how the Texans can restore the running game and protect quarterback Deshaun Watson on this edition of the Texas Sports Nation podcast.
Oct. 24, 2019: How will AFC South race unfold?
Oct 24 • 5 min
The Houston Chronicle’s John McClain and Aaron Wilson look at where the Texans and Colts stand after their first meeting and how the AFC South race may play out on this edition of the Texas Sports Nation podcast.
Oct. 18, 2019: How will Texans attack Colts?
Oct 18 • 8 min
The Houston Chronicle’s John McClain and Aaron Wilson discuss how the Texans’ offense led by Deshaun Watson and the running game matches up with the Colts’ defense Sunday in Indianapolis on this episode of the Texas Sports Nation podcast.
Oct. 17, 2019: How will Texans contain the Colts?
Oct 17 • 5 min
The Houston Chronicle’s John McClain and Aaron Wilson discuss the matchup between the Colts’ offensive line, led by All-Pro guard Quenton Nelson, and running game and the Texans’ defense on this episode of the Texas Sports Nation podcast.
Oct. 17, 2019: Plenty on the line for Texans in Indianapolis
Oct 17 • 4 min
The Houston Chronicle’s John McClain and Aaron Wilson revisit the Texans’ win in Kansas City, what’s at stake Sunday in Indianapolis and what they have to do to beat the Colts on this episode of the Texas Sports Nation podcast.
Oct. 11, 2019: Can Texans win in Kansas City?
Oct 11 • 6 min
The Houston Chronicle’s John McClain and Aaron Wilson break down Sunday’s Texans-Chiefs game and debate whether the Texans can pull off the road upset. They also offer their predictions on this episode of the Texas Sports Nation podcast.
Oct. 10, 2019: Deshaun Watson vs. Patrick Mahomes, chapter 1
Oct 10 • 5 min
The Houston Chronicle’s John McClain and Aaron Wilson discuss the first career meeting between Texans QB Deshaun Watson and Chiefs counterpart Patrick Mahomes on Sunday in Kansas City. They also talk about how the Texans matchup up against the Chiefs’…
Oct. 10, 2019: Time to buy in on Texans?
Oct 10 • 4 min
The Houston Chronicle’s John McClain and Aaron Wilson revisit the Texans’ win over the Falcons, Deshaun Watson’s development, contributions from the tight ends and more on this edition of the Texas Sports Nation podcast.
Oct. 9, 2019: The Rockets, Daryl Morey and China controversy
Oct 9 • 12 min
Houston Chronicle sports columnists Jerome Solomon and Jenny Dial Creech discuss the geopolitical firestorm and backlash following Rockets GM Daryl Morey’s tweet supporting Hong Kong’s freedom on this episode of the Texas Sports Nation podcast.
Oct. 9, 2019: Do Astros win or go home?
Oct 9 • 9 min
Houston Chronicle sports columnists Jerome Solomon and Jenny Dial Creech discuss the Astros being in an unlikely Game 5 against the underdog Rays and offer their predictions for Thursday’s game on this episode of the Texas Sports Nation podcast.
Oct. 4, 2019: How will Texans contain Falcons’ stars?
Oct 4 • 6 min
The Houston Chronicle’s John McClain and Aaron Wilson look at how the Texans’ pass rush and secondary will contain the Falcons’ tandem of quarterback Matt Ryan and receiver Julio Jones on this episode of the Texas Sports Nation podcasts.
Oct. 3, 2019: How Texans match up with Falcons
Oct 3 • 7 min
The Houston Chronicle’s John McClain and Aaron Wilson look at how the Texans will attack the Falcons’ defense in Sunday’s game at NRG Stadium on this episode of the Texas Sports Nation podcast.
Oct. 3, 2019: What to make of Texans’ offense?
Oct 3 • 5 min
The Houston Chronicle’s John McClain and Aaron Wilson examine the Texans’ loss to Carolina, Bill O’Brien’s dubious trick play call and the overall offensive performance on this episode of the Texas Sports Nation podcast.
Oct. 2, 2019: Sizing up Astros’ feats and what lies ahead
Oct 2 • 28 min
The Houston Chronicle’s Chandler Rome and Greg Rajan join columnist Jerome Solomon to discuss the Astros’ season, the individual awards races – MVP, CY Young, Rookie of the Year – and the upcoming playoffs on this episode of Texas Sports Nation podcast.…
Sept. 26, 2019: Can Texans make it three in a row?
Sep 26 • 3 min
The Houston Chronicle’s John McClain and Aaron Wilson size up the Texans’ home matchup against Carolina and make their predictions on whether the Texans can make it three straight wins on this edition of the Texas Sports Nation podcast.
Sept. 26, 2019: How will Texans attack Panthers?
Sep 26 • 5 min
The Houston Chronicle’s John McClain and Aaron Wilson break down the matchup between Deshaun Watson and the Carolina defense when the Texans host the Panthers on Sunday at NRG Stadium on this episode of the Texas Sports Nation podcast.
Sept. 26, 2019: How do Texans stop Panthers’ star?
Sep 26 • 6 min
The Houston Chronicle’s John McClain and Aaron Wilson discuss what the Texans must do to slow down Panthers running back Christian McCaffrey when Carolina visits NRG Stadium this weekend. They also discuss former UH quarterback Kyle Allen taking the…
Sept. 20, 2019: McClain on Texans’ defense vs. Chargers
Sep 20 • 5 min
The Houston Chronicle’s John McClain take a closer look at the Texans’ defense entering Sunday’s Week 3 matchup at the Los Angeles Chargers. He discusses the importance of pressuring veteran quarterback Philip Rivers and dealing with the Chargers’ run…
Sept. 20, 2019: McClain on Texans’ offense vs. Chargers
Sep 20 • 5 min
The Houston Chronicle’s John McClain takes a closer look at what the Texans’ offense must do in Sunday’s Week 3 matchup against the Los Angeles Chargers on this episode of the Texas Sports Nation podcast.
Sept. 20, 2019: McClain breaks down Texans-Chargers
Sep 20 • 5 min
The Houston Chronicle’s John McClain breaks down Sunday’s Week 3 matchup between the Texans and Los Angeles Chargers on this episode of the Texas Sports Nation podcast.
Sept. 13, 2019: Looking ahead to Texans-Jaguars
Sep 13 • 8 min
The Houston Chronicle’s John McClain, Brian T. Smith and Aaron Wilson preview the Texans’ home opener against the Jacksonville Jaguars on this edition of the Texas Sports Nation podcast.
Sept. 12, 2019: What did we learn from Texans’ opener?
Sep 12 • 7 min
The Houston Chronicle’s John McClain and Brian T. Smith look back at the Texans’ last-second loss to the Saints in New Orleans on this episode of the Texas Sports Nation podcast.
Sept. 6, 2019: Looking ahead to Texans-Saints
Sep 6 • 6 min
The Houston Chronicle’s John McClain and Brian T. Smith discuss the Texans’ season opener Monday night in New Orleans and how they think the game will go on this episode of the Texas Sports Nation podcast.
Sept. 6, 2019: Texans get their left tackle – at a steep price
Sep 6 • 7 min
The Houston Chronicle’s John McClain and Brian T. Smith dissect the Texans’ blockbuster trade for tackle Laremy Tunsil and how it impacts the team moving forward on this episode of the Texas Sports Nation podcast.
Sept. 5, 2019: Unpacking the Jadeveon Clowney trade
Sep 5 • 7 min
The Houston Chronicle’s John McClain and Brian T. Smith discuss the Texans’ decision to trade Jadeveon Clowney and the return the team got for the former first overall draft pick on this episode of the Texas Sports Nation podcast.
What Texans will look like vs. Saints
Aug 30 • 16 min
When the Texans line up for their opener in New Orleans on Sept. 9, we know what to expect from Deshaun Watson and DeAndre Hopkins on offense and J.J. Watt on defense. But how will the rest of the lineup fill out? The Chronicle’s John McClain and Aaron…
Listen: Laying it on the line for Texans
Aug 21 • 9 min
The Houston Chronicle’s John McClain and Aaron Wilson discuss the latest when it comes to the Texans’ beleaguered offensive line, what to watch for in Saturday’s preseason game at Dallas and the ongoing Jadeveon Clowney situation on this episode of the…
Aug. 15, 2019: Will Texans trade Clowney or not?
Aug 15 • 17 min
The Houston Chronicle’s John McClain and Aaron Wilson debate whether the Texans will trade Pro Bowl linebacker Jadeveon Clowney as the speculation regarding his future ramps up. They also discuss Saturday’s preseason home game against the Lions.
Going camping with Texans
Jul 25 • 12 min
The Houston Chronicle’s John McClain and Aaron Wilson discuss the first day of Texans training camp, who was and wasn’t out there and which position groups to focus on as the preseason continues on this edition of the Texas Sports Nation podcast.
Talking Texans training camp
Jul 18 • 15 min
The Houston Chronicle’s John McClain and Aaron Wilson look ahead to Texans training camp on this episode of the Texas Sports Nation podcast. They cover who’s in and who’s out, rookies to keep an eye on and much more.
Talking Texans, past and present
Jul 11 • 18 min
John McClain and Aaron Wilson discuss the discrimination allegation against ex-Texans GM Brian Gaine, the current GM set-up, the latest on Jadeveon Clowney and Glover Quin’s retirement on this edition of the Texas Sports Nation podcast.
How wide-open is chase for NBA title?
Jul 8 • 24 min
With Kawhi Leonard and Paul George headed to Los Angeles to join the Clippers, is the NBA as wide-open as it has been in years? It certainly appears that way, says Jonathan Feigen, who joined Jerome Solomon to breakdown the latest NBA news.
July 4, 2019: The great expectations for Deshaun Watson
Jul 3 • 13 min
Deshaun Watson will be heading into his third season with the Texans. He put up great numbers last season despite a leaky offensive line. The Chronicle’s John McClain and Aaron Wilson discuss expectations for Watson as well as what role a healthy D’Onta…
June 27, 2019: What to watch for at Texans camp
Jun 27 • 17 min
The Houston Chronicle’s John McClain and Aaron Wilson discuss storylines to watch when Texans training camp begins on this episode of the Texas Sports Nation podcast.
June 20, 2019: Who’s making decisions for Texans now?
Jun 20 • 11 min
John McClain and Aaron Wilson discuss the Texans’ management structure and more after their failed quest to land Patriots executive Nick Caserio as their new GM on this edition of the Texas Sports Nation podcast.
June 14, 2019: How will Raptors’ win change things for Rockets, NBA?
Jun 14 • 25 min
After Toronto’s thrilling Game 6 win over Golden State to win the NBA championship, Jerome Solomon and Jonathan Feigen look at how the Raptors won, what’s next for the Warriors dynasty and what the Rockets need to do to move up in what will be a reshaped…
June 13, 2019: On Texans and tampering talk
Jun 13 • 10 min
The Houston Chronicle’s John McClain and Aaron Wilson discuss the latest in the Texans’ pursuit of Nick Caserio to be their general manager. They also delve into the tampering charges filed by the New England Patriots on this edition of the Texas Sports…
June 12, 2019: Sizing up Texans’ offseason, on and off field
Jun 12 • 31 min
The Houston Chronicle’s Jerome Solomon and Aaron Wilson discuss the Texans’ recently completed minicamp and appraise some of their offseason moves. They also delve into former general manager Brian Gaine’s firing and the search to replace him.
June 10, 2019: What’s next for Texans after GM firing?
Jun 10 • 11 min
The Houston Chronicle’s John McClain and Brian T. Smith dissect the Texans’ surprising firing of general manager Brian Gaine and where the franchise goes from here on this special edition of the Texas Sports Nation podcast.
June 6, 2019: Is Jadeveon Clowney long for Houston?
Jun 6 • 22 min
The Houston Chronicle’s John McClain and Brian T. Smith discuss whether the Texans can reach a long-term deal with Jadeveon Clowney, other offseason NFL topics and a little Astros talk on this edition of the Texas Sports Nation podcast.
June 4, 2019: Rockets offseason drama at full throttle
Jun 4 • 34 min
Jonathan Feigen and Jerome Solomon discuss the Rockets’ ongoing offseason drama, Mike D’Antoni’s contract talks, Daryl Morey’s record as GM and this year’s NBA Finals on this edition of the Texas Sports Nation podcast.
May 30, 2019: Will an 18-game NFL schedule happen?
May 30 • 21 min
John McClain and Aaron Wilson discuss some of the latest NFL issues, including the possibility of an 18-game schedule and the return of the controversial Richie Incognito as well as Texans OTA chatter in the latest edition of the Texas Sports Nation…
May 23, 2019: Talking NFL meetings, Texans OTAs
May 23 • 15 min
The Houston Chronicle’s John McClain and Aaron Wilson discuss the issues being debated at the NFL owners meetings and also discuss the latest from the Texans’ organized team activities on this edition of the Texas Sports Nation podcast.
May 18, 2019: Looking ahead to Texans’ OTAs
May 18 • 17 min
The Houston Chronicle’s John McClain and Aaron Wilson preview the Texans’ upcoming organized team activities while looking back at rookie minicamp. They also look at news around the NFL involving the Jets’ GM situation and Joe Flacco.
May 17, 2019: Can Rockets win a championship with James Harden?
May 17 • 9 min
With reigning NBA MVP James Harden leading the way, the Rockets were supposed to reach higher heights. Another playoff loss to the Warriors makes us wonder: Will James Harden ever truly be considered one of the true greats if he can’t lead the Rockets to…
May 16, 2019: What’s next for Rockets GM Daryl Morey?
May 16 • 12 min
Rockets general manager Daryl Morey is still seeking his first championship after 13 seasons. What does he need to do to get the Rockets over the Warriors hump? Houston Chronicle Rockets writer Jonathan Feigen and columnists Jenny Dial Creech, Jerome…
May 15, 2019: What is Chris Paul’s future with Rockets?
May 15 • 9 min
When the Rockets acquired Chris Paul in a trade two years ago, hopes were high about what the “Point God” would bring with him. Last season, it was quite a bit as his pairing with James Harden created one of the most elite backcourts in the league. This…
May 14, 2019: Should Rockets keep or cut loose Mike D’Antoni?
May 14 • 18 min
After the Rockets’ latest playoff loss to the Warriors, is it time to move on from coach Mike D’Antoni? Houston Chronicle beat writer Jonathan Feigen and columnists Jerome Solomon, Brian T. Smith and Jenny Dial Creech discuss the issue.
May 8, 2019: Who are Texans’ rookies to watch?
May 8 • 10 min
John McClain and Aaron Wilson discuss the Texans’ upcoming rookie minicamp and which players they’re most intrigued to see on this edition of the Texas Sports Nation podcast.
Breaking down Texans’ 2019 draft class
May 2 • 14 min
With the NFL’s most hyped offseason event having come and gone, John McClain and Aaron Wilson dissect the Texans’ 2019 draft class and more in the latest edition of the Texas Sports Nation podcast.
April 25:2019: On Rockets and second round of playoffs
Apr 26 • 20 min
Jonathan Feigen and Jerome Solomon discuss the Rockets’ plans for the second round, a likely matchup with the Warriors for the fourth time in the past five playoffs, and if the Warriors being tested by the Clippers means they are vulnerable.
April 24, 2019: The NFL draft is finally here
Apr 24 • 16 min
As the NFL draft is one day away, John McClain and Aaron Wilson go over what might happen with the Texans’ first pick at No. 23 and also discuss their final mock draft on this episode of the Texas Sports Nation podcast.
April 17, 2019: Texans commence offseason program
Apr 17 • 10 min
John McClain and Aaron Wilson discuss the start of the Texans’ offseason program and with the NFL Draft a little more than a weeks away, debate their latest mock draft on the latest Texas Sports Nation podcast.
April 11, 2019: Breaking down Rockets-Jazz series
Apr 11 • 32 min
The Houston Chronicle’s Jonathan Feigen and Jerome Solomon discuss the Rockets’ Western Conference quarterfinal meeting with the Utah Jazz, the keys to the matchup and predict the series winner on the latest edition of the Texas Sports Nation podcast.
April 10, 2019: On offseason NFL drama and latest mock draft
Apr 10 • 13 min
The Houston Chronicle’s John McClain and Aaron Wilson discuss the latest offseason drama around the NFL involving Antonio Brown and Aaron Rodgers and also go over the numerous changes in their latest mock draft.
April 8, 2019: Kelvin Sampson on staying at UH and what’s next for Cougars
Apr 8 • 25 min
Jerome Solomon talks with University of Houston basketball coach Kelvin Sampson about re-signing with the Cougars, how close UH was to playing for a national title and what the program can accomplish moving forward.
April 5, 2019: When will Astros’ bats come around
Apr 5 • 26 min
Jerome Solomon and Chandler Rome discuss the Astros’ early offensive struggles and this week’s run-in with umpire Ron Kulpa in the latest edition of the Texas Sports Nation podcast.
April 3, 2019: McClain and Wilson talking offseason Texans
Apr 3 • 19 min
John McClain and Aaron Wilson discuss the Texans’ latest offseason news on the Texas Sports Nation podcast. Topics include Andre Hal’s surprise retirement, the hiring of a “character coach” and their latest mock drafts
April 2, 2019: Who’s the NBA MVP, Harden or Giannis?
Apr 2 • 28 min
Jonathan Feigen and Jerome Solomon discuss the NBA’s MVP race and the Rockets’ potential playoff seeding in the latest edition of the Texas Sports Nation podcast.
March 28, 2019: How do Astros’ contracts affect future plans?
Mar 28 • 25 min
As the Astros begin their season, Jerome Solomon and Chandler Rome discuss the recent extensions for Alex Bregman and Justin Verlander, how they affect the organization moving forward and other developments.
March 21, 2019: What are the Texans doing in free agency?
Mar 21 • 12 min
John McClain and Aaron Wilson discuss the Texans’ activity – or lack of it – in free agency and their latest NFL mock drafts. They also size up the state of the Texans’ QB situation with the addition of A.J. McCarron.
March 19, 2019: Rockets ready for stretch run?
Mar 19 • 29 min
Jonathan Feigen and Jerome Solomon break down the Rockets’ possible lineup combinations with a full roster and touch on other NBA topics in the latest episode of Texas Sports Nation.
March 14, 2019: Free agency and the Texans; plus, mock draft 6.0
Mar 14 • 13 min
John McClain and Aaron Wilson discuss the Texans’ activity in free agency and also expand on their latest mock draft in this edition of the Texas Sports Nation podcast.
March 10, 2019: Sixteen minutes with Astros manager A. J. Hinch
Mar 10 • 16 min
WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. – Jerome Solomon sits down in Astros manager A.J. Hinch’s office to discuss his managing, working for Jim Crane, how he deals with losing and a host of other topics. “My teenage daughters are easy compared to some of these guys in…
Feb. 28, 2019: On Harden’s streak, how today’s NBA stars compare to past ones
Feb 28 • 31 min
Rockets star James Harden’s 30-point streak has ended, but should still be celebrated, and Jonathan Feigen and Jerome Solomon do so on the Texas Sports Nation podcast. They also discuss how today’s stars compare to their predecessors
Feb. 25, 2019: What to watch for with Astros
Feb 25 • 19 min
The Chronicle’s Jenny Dial Creech and Chandler Rome discuss how things look so far in Astros spring training, the overall health of the team and what to watch for in the coming weeks before the regular season starts.
Feb. 21,2019: On mock drafts and Kyler Murray
Feb 21 • 14 min
The Chronicle’s John McClain and Aaron Wilson discuss and debate their latest NFL mock drafts and the buzz about Kyler Murray heading to the scouting combine in the latest Texas Sports Nation podcast.
Feb. 19, 2019: Could changes come if Rockets falter down stretch?
Feb 19 • 31 min
Could general manager Daryl Morey’s or head coach Mike D’Antoni’s jobs be in jeopardy with a disappointing finish to the season? Jonathan Feigen and Jerome Solomon broach that and more Rockets topics this week on Texas Sports Nation.
Feb. 15, 2019: First look at 2019 Astros; 1-on-1 with A.J. Hinch
Feb 15 • 26 min
WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. — Chandler Rome and Brian T. Smith check in from Astros spring training. A.J. Hinch’s No. 5 starter? New Astro Michael Brantley? The futures of aces Justin Verlander and Gerrit Cole? Can Aledmys Diaz replace Marwin Gonzalez?
Feb. 14, 2019: McClain changes course on Texans’ first-round pick
Feb 14 • 7 min
The Houston Chronicle’s John McClain and Aaron Wilson return with their weekly NFL draft podcast. They will do a mock draft each week leading up to the draft, which is April 25-27. The Texans have the 23rd overall pick and also the 54th and 55th picks in…
Feb. 12, 2019: On James Harden’s scoring spree and Rockets’ roster changes
Feb 12 • 23 min
Houston Chronicle sports columnists Jenny Dial Creech and Jerome Solomon discuss the remarkable run that James Harden is on and his spectacular finish Monday against Dallas to keep it going on the Texas Sports Nation podcast.
Feb. 7, 2019: TXSN Special edition: Texans NFL draft — Week One
Feb 7 • 10 min
Who will the Texans take with their first-round draft pick? The Chronicle’s John McClain and Aaron Wilson have some thoughts on that. McClain and Wilson kicked off a weekly NFL draft podcast Thursday discussing their first mock drafts. They will do a mock…
Feb. 5, 2019: Can Rockets win playing this way, talking trade deadline
Feb 5 • 39 min
James Harden’s remarkable streak continues, but Kobe Bryant says that style of play won’t deliver the Rockets a championship. True, says Jonathan Feigen on this episode of the Texas Sports Nation podcast, but the Rockets aren’t going to try to win an NBA…
Jan. 29, 2019: On Chris Paul’s return, Rockets’ chances of landing Anthony Davis
Jan 29 • 39 min
The biggest news in the NBA is no longer James Harden’s amazing scoring streak, which is among the most impressive in league history. Anthony Davis’ trade request has taken over. The Pelicans’ big man is one of the top five players in the league, so there…
Jan. 23, 2019: Making sense of Rockets’ evolving roster
Jan 23 • 28 min
Seems every week the Rockets have a significant loss or return to deal with, and this week is no exception, as they picked up free agent Kenneth Faried to help fill the void created by Clint Capela’s injury. Jonathan Feigen and Jerome Solomon discuss the…
Jan.16, 2019: How will Rockets overcome loss of Clint Capela?
Jan 16 • 31 min
What will the Rockets do to deal with the loss of Clint Capela, who is out from four to six weeks with a thumb injury? On this episode of the Texas Sports Nation podcast, Jonathan Feigen and Jerome Solomon discuss the effect the injury will have on the…
Jan. 10, 2019: Breaking down Texans’ 2018 season and looking ahead at a pivotal offseason
Jan 10 • 16 min
The Houston Chronicle’s John McClain, Aaron Wilson and Brian T. Smith look back at the Texans’ down, up and down 2018 season and a pivotal offseason. New general manager Brian Gaine can put his stamp on the team. How quickly can the Texans improve their…
Jan. 8, 2019: Feigen and Solomon discuss Capela, Tucker, Curry’s step-back fail and, oh yeah, James Harden
Jan 8 • 32 min
On this episode of Texas Sports Nation podcast, Jonathan Feigen says Harden’s scoring wasn’t the highlight of his play in the Rockets’ victory, but his 14 assists and six “hockey” assists were. The Rockets have now won 12 of their last 14 games and Harden…
Jan. 6, 2019: Texans face changes after being embarrassed in playoffs
Jan 6 • 10 min
The Houston Chronicle’s John McClain and Brian T. Smith dig into a highly disappointing home playoff loss to the Indianapolis Colts.
Jan. 2, 2018: Breaking down Texans-Colts playoff game
Jan 2 • 23 min
The Texans are slight favorites to beat the Indianapolis Colts in Saturday’s AFC wild-card matchup, and the Chronicle’s staff expects a close game between these two division rivals. John McClain, Brian T. Smith and Aaron Wilson joined Jerome Solomon for…
Jan. 2, 2019: Where does James Harden rank among NBA’s stars?
Jan 2 • 27 min
The spectacular run James Harden has been on, earned him his second Player of the Week honor in the past three weeks. Jonathan Feigen, the Houston Chronicle’s Rockets beat writer, joined Jerome Solomon on this episode of the Texas Sports Nation podcast to…
Dec. 30, 2018: How impressive is Texans’ turnaround from 0-3 to AFC South title?
Dec 30, 2018 • 11 min
The Houston Chronicle’s John McClain, Jerome Solomon and Brian T. Smith break down a regular season that started 0-3 and finished 11-5 with an AFC South title. Did Deshaun Watson just have the best year for a quarterback in team history? How does DeAndre…
Dec. 27, 2018: Can Texans finish off turnaround with AFC South title?
Dec 27, 2018 • 9 min
The Houston Chronicle’s John McClain and Brian T. Smith preview the Texans’ final regular-season game of 2018 and look ahead at possible playoff matchups. There’s no way the Texans lose to Blake Bortles and the highly disappointing Jacksonville Jaguars,…
Dec. 26, 2018: James Harden is on the best roll of his career, but …
Dec 26, 2018 • 26 min
James Harden is on the best roll of his career, even better than his exceptional play that led to the MVP last season. But are the Rockets risking too much by playing him so many minutes? Jonathan Feigen and Jerome Solomon discuss Harden’s usage, Chris…
Dec. 23, 2018: An exciting comeback turns into a disappointing Texans loss in Philly
Dec 23, 2018 • 14 min
PHILADELPHIA – The Texans almost got out of town with a come-from-behind win that would have ranked among the most meaningful regular season wins in team history. It was all due to Deshaun Watson, the Chronicle’s John McClain says on this episode…
Dec. 20, 2018: Texans’ “most meaningful game” vs. Eagles
Dec 20, 2018 • 20 min
This weekend in Philadelphia, the Texans play the most meaningful regular season game the franchise has played since 2012. On this episode of “Texas Sports Nation” podcast, John McClain and Jerome Solomon preview the game against the Eagles, with the…
Dec. 18, 2018: Have Rockets figured out what was wrong?
Dec 18, 2018 • 37 min
Now that they are on a four-game winning streak, have the Rockets figured out what was wrong? Yes, they have, Jonathan Feigen says on this episode of the Texas Sports Nation podcast, but their struggle hasn’t been identifying the problems, their…
Dec. 15, 2018: The good and ugly in Texans’ 10th win
Dec 16, 2018 • 8 min
EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. — The Houston Chronicle’s John McClain and Brian T. Smith discuss the Texans’ late win over the New York Jets on Saturday at MetLife Stadium. How did an impressive 16-3 lead disappear so quickly? Did the 10-4 Texans…
Dec. 13, 2018: Can Texans make necessary fixes in time for postseason?
Dec 13, 2018 • 9 min
The Houston Chronicle’s John McClain and Brian T. Smith discuss the Texans following a disappointing home defeat to the Indianapolis Colts and preview Saturday’s matchup at the New York Jets. What’s happened to Romeo Crennel’s pass…
Dec. 12, 2018: Feigen, Solomon discuss end of Rockets’ skid
Dec 12, 2018 • 32 min
The Rockets moved their highest-scoring bench player to the starting lineup and somehow its reserves played perhaps their best game of the season, keying a come-from-behind victory over the Portland Trail Blazers. The win, which stopped a three-game…
Dec. 9, 2018: The Texans’ winning streak is over at nine games.
Dec 9, 2018 • 8 min
The Indianapolis Colts came into NRG Stadium on Sunday and handed the Texans a 24-21 loss, their first since Sept. 23. After the defeat, the Houston Chronicle’s John McClain, Brian T. Smith and Jenny Dial Creech discussed the defeat and where the…
Dec. 6, 2118: Can Texans make hot streak pay off in playoffs?
Dec 6, 2018 • 9 min
The Houston Chronicle’s John McClain and Brian T. Smith discuss Deshaun Watson’s increased efficiency, the return of Andrew Luck and the hottest team in the NFL, all while previewing Sunday’s AFC South matchup between the Indianapolis Colts and Texans…
Dec. 5, 2018: Why do the Rockets struggle without Harden or Paul?
Dec 5, 2018 • 25 min
The Rockets’ up-and-down season came to life in an up-and-down game Monday night, as they blew a 19-point first-half lead and lost by 12 to the Timberwolves. With the loss, the Rockets dropped to 11-12, but Chris Paul says he can’t see a team…
Dec. 2, 2018: John McClain, Brian Smith on Texans’ latest win and what’s ahead
Dec 3, 2018 • 9 min
After the Texans’ ninth win in a row – a 29-13 walk over Cleveland – the Texans are on the verge of clinching a playoff spot. The Chronicle’s John McClain and Brian T. Smith break down how they’ve done it with a simple formula of defense and…
Nov. 29, 2018: Texans rolling along with confidence, chemistry
Nov 29, 2018 • 9 min
Last week, we asked when the Texans are going to lose again. They’re 8-3, so the question still remains. This week, there’s even more to get into. Baker Mayfield, Gregg Williams, the rising Browns and a Texans team that just can’t be defeated. …
Nov. 27, 2018: Feigen, Solomon discuss Rockets’ rough road trip
Nov 27, 2018 • 22 min
The Rockets followed a five-game winning streak that moved them above .500 for the first time this season with a painful road trip that included two overtime losses and an injury to Chris Paul. As they approach the quarter point of the season, the…
Nov. 27, 2018: Texans honor Bob McNair, extend winning streak, with victory over Titans
Nov 27, 2018 • 13 min
The Monday Night Football extravaganza began on a different note, with a moving tribute to Texans owner Bob McNair, who died Friday. John McClain said McNair would not have wanted such attention given to him, especially when it seems to have affected…
Nov. 21, 2018: When are the Texans going to lose again?
Nov 21, 2018 • 11 min
These Texans just can’t lose. So how long is this crazy winning streak going to last? The Houston Chronicle’s John McClain and Brian T. Smith dig into a seven-game run that has included brilliant quarterback play, improved…
Nov. 19, 2018: McClain, Creech discuss Texans’ win over Washington
Nov 19, 2018 • 8 min
LANDOVER, Md. — The Texans did it again. In another close game — this time against Washington on the road — they escaped with another win, 23-21 on Sunday. They’ve now won seven straight games and are sitting at 7-3 this…
Nov.16, 2018: Feigen, Solomon on Melo experiment, Rockets’ win over Warriors
Nov 16, 2018 • 26 min
Who is to blame for the Carmelo Anthony situation? No one, says Jonathan Feigen on the Texas Sports Nation podcast with columnist Jerome Solomon. It was simply a situation that didn’t work out. The Rockets didn’t lose anything in making the…
Nov. 15, 2018: Feigen, Solomon discuss Rockets’ turnaround
Nov 15, 2018 • 30 min
The Rockets had the 25th-ranked defense during their 1-5 start, but have had the seventh-best defense since, so that part of their game has improved tremendously, as they have made their way toward .500 record. On this episode of Texas Sports Nation…
Nov.13, 2018: Can the Texans go 6-1 the rest of the way?
Nov 13, 2018 • 28 min
The Texans have rebounded from an 0-3 start to win six straight games and take over first place in the AFC South. How impressive has the turnaround been? How will the Texans finish the season? Who are the Texans’ offensive and defensive MVPs? Is…
Nov. 6, 2018: Feigen, Solomon discuss the Rockets’ three-game winning streak and the difficult road trip ahead
Nov 6, 2018 • 22 min
The Rockets are riding a three-game winning streak thanks in large part to their improved defensive play. In this episode of the Texans Sports Nation podcast, Jonathan Feigen and Jerome Solomon discuss that improvement, the return of assistant coach…
Nov. 4, 2018: Texans return from Denver with sixth straight win and a bye week before Washington
Nov 4, 2018 • 8 min
The Texans won their sixth straight game on Sunday night and improved to 6-3 on the season headed into the bye week. Columnist Jenny Dial Creech and Texans beat writer John McClain discuss the 19-17 victory, new receiver Demaryius Thomas’ return…
Nov. 1, 2018: McClain, Smith on Texans’ big trade, Keenum, another opportunity
Oct 31, 2018 • 11 min
Big trade. Case Keenum. The second half of the season. There’s a ton to discuss this week and the Houston Chronicle’s John McClain and Brian T. Smith get into it all. Will the Texans’ five-game winning streak reach six at Denver? How…
Oct. 31, 2018: Solomon, Feigen dissect Rockets’ ugly start
Oct 31, 2018 • 27 min
There isn’t much deep analysis required to breakdown how the Rockets have gone 1-5 to start the 2018-19 season. Head coach Mike D’Antoni put it succinctly: “Last year we played well, right now, we’re playing like crap.” That is a…
Oct. 27, 2018: Texans run away from Dolphins, 42-23
Oct 26, 2018 • 12 min
The Texans had their best performance of the season Thursday night, and much of the credit goes to their coaching staff says John McClain and Brian T. Smith. McClain and Smith joined Jerome Solomon for this episode of Texas Sports Nation Podcast…
Oct. 23, 2018: Feigen, Solomon discuss Rockets-Lakers fight
Oct 23, 2018 • 31 min
Jonathan Feigen and Jerome Solomon debut Rockets Weekly on the Texas Sports Nation podcast with the hottest (and wettest) topic from the first week of NBA action. Feigen was at Staples Center for the fight between the Rockets and Lakers, and gives a…
Oct. 21, 2018: McClain and Solomon discuss the alone-in-first-place Texans; plus, Brock Osweiler’s return on Thursday
Oct 21, 2018 • 11 min
From 0-3 to 0-4, the Texans have had a stark turnaround to their season, and now find themselves in first place in the AFC South. On this episode of Texas Sports Nation podcast, John McClain and Jerome Solomon are in the press box at TIAA Field, where…
Oct. 18, 2018: Solomon, Laymance on Texans-Jaguars battle for first place
Oct 18, 2018 • 17 min
Houston Chronicle sports editor Reid Laymance and columnist Jerome Solomon team up for this episode of “Texas Sports Nation Podcast” in what is one of the busiest weeks of the year in Houston sports. Side note: They both expect the Astros playoff…
Oct. 15, 2018: What’s next as Astros return home?
Oct 15, 2018 • 13 min
The Astros return home to host the Boston Red Sox for Games 3, 4 and 5 of the American League Championship Series at Minute Maid Park. In a special Astros off-day edition of the Texas Sports Nation podcast, Texas Sports Nation editor Greg Rajan and…
Oct. 14, 2018: Creech, McClain discuss Texans’ win over Bills
Oct 14, 2018 • 10 min
The Texans’ 20-13 win over the Bills extended their win streak to three, but while they pulled out another win, the team still has its share of issues on offense. The Chronicle’s Texans beat write John McClain and columnist Jenny Dial Creech…
Oct. 11, 2018: McClain. Solomon preview Texans vs. Bills
Oct 11, 2018 • 11 min
On this episode of the Texas Sports Nation podcast, Houston Chronicle Texans writer John McClain and columnist Jerome Solomon give a preview of the Texans-Bills game, with McClain sharing the latest update on Deshaun Watson’s status for Sunday’s…
Oct. 8, 2018: Solomon, McClain and Wilson discuss the Texans OT win over the Cowboys
Oct 8, 2018 • 23 min
There was plenty to talk about after the Texans second consecutive overtime victory, a 19-16 win over the Dallas Cowboys on Sunday night. The Chronicle’s NFL and Texans beat writers John McClain and Aaron Wilson joined columnist Jerome Solomon…
Oct. 4, 2018: McClain and Solomon preview Texans-Cowboys
Oct 4, 2018 • 14 min
As the Dallas Cowboys visit NRG Stadium, the Houston Chronicle’s John McClain and Jerome Solomon discuss the Texans’ latest injury, the Cowboys’ likely strategy for Sunday’s game and opine on the meaning of the intense Houston-Dallas rivalry…
Sept. 30, 2018: McClain, Smith break down Texans’ first win of year
Sep 30, 2018 • 9 min
INDIANAPOLIS — Thank goodness for Frank Reich. The Texans pulled off a 37-34 overtime victory against the Colts on Sunday at Lucas Oil Stadium, despite almost blowing an 18-point third-quarter lead. The Chronicle’s John McClain…
Sept. 26, 2018: McClain, Smith on where Texans go from here
Sep 26, 2018 • 11 min
Is it too early for the Texans to make changes? Beat writer John McClain and columnist Brian T. Smith discuss the sad state of the Texans in this week’s Texas Sports Nation podcast as the team aims again for its first victory of the 2018 season.
Sept. 23, 2018: McClain, Solomon break down Texans’ shoddy loss to Giants
Sep 23, 2018 • 13 min
Bill O’Brien said his play-call on a two-point conversion try was what comes out of the bad end of a horse. John McClain concurs. McClain joined Jerome Solomon on this episode of the Texas Sports Nation podcast from the press box at NRG…
Sept. 20, 2018: McClain and Solomon on Texans’ must-win, off-field controversy
Sep 20, 2018 • 17 min
On the latest episode of the Texans Sports Nation podcast, John McClain and Jerome Solomon discuss what the Texans must do to beat the Giants this Sunday at NRG Stadium and keep their playoff dreams alive. Only three teams have started a season 0-3…
Sept. 16, 2018: McClain, Smith on Texans’ pitiful start to new season
Sep 16, 2018 • 8 min
Longtime Texans beat writer John McClain says, big picture, it’s the worst regular-season loss in team history. Columnist Brian T. Smith says that if Bill O’Brien’s job was on the line, he would be fired after the Texans’ inexplicable 20-17…
Sept. 13, 2018: McClain, Smith discuss Texans’ ‘must win’ vs. Titans
Sep 13, 2018 • 8 min
It’s only Week 2. But the Texans are treating the second contest of a 16-game season as a must win, partially because of their self-induced blunders during a disappointing road defeat at New England. Longtime Texans beat writer John McClain and…
Sept. 10, 2018: Upon further review: Solomon, McClain break down Texans’ loss to Patriots
Sep 10, 2018 • 14 min
Texans head coach Bill O’Brien wasn’t too pleased with the questions from Chronicle NFL/Texans writer John McClain in the postgame news conference. Should he have called a timeout after the Rob Gronkowski 28-yard “catch?” O’Brien said…
Sept. 7, 2018: McClain and Solomon preview Texans-Patriots opener
Sep 7, 2018 • 16 min
John McClain has covered the NFL for 40 years. He is smart enough not to pick the Texans over the Patriots at Gillette Stadium. Not everyone is so smart. Chronicle columnist Jerome Solomon picked the Texans in this episode of the Texans Sports Nation…
Aug. 26, 2018: The NFL final roster deadline is Friday. Who will make the cut?
Aug 27, 2018 • 21 min
The Texans host the Cowboys on Thursday night at NRG Stadium. The game could be the last night in the NFL for many players. Jerome Solomon and John McClain discuss possible roster decisions as the Texans, and all other NFL teams, face a Friday…
Aug 19. 2018: Watson looks ready; the second-team defense seems solid and the running game has some work to do
Aug 19, 2018 • 10 min
Jerome Solomon and John McClain discuss the Texans 16-13 win over the San Francisco 49ers from the press box immediately after the game. McClain said Deshaun Watson looks like he is ready to go after he engineered an 11-play, 79-yard touchdown drive…
Aug. 13, 2018: John McClain talks joint practices, Texans preseason
Aug 13, 2018 • 17 min
With the preseason underway and the Texans now back in Houston for the continuation of training camp, things will pick up this week. The San Francisco 49ers will be in town for a game on Saturday night at NRG Stadium, but just as importantly, they…
Aug. 6, 2018: Previewing the Texans’ preseason opener
Aug 6, 2018 • 29 min
Houston Chronicle columnist Jerome Solomon and Texans beat writer Aaron Wilson discuss the return of Romeo Crennel as defensive coordinator and the team’s other major changes. Wilson also shares what he expects to see from the Texans in Thursday’s…
Aug. 6, 2018: John McClain discusses Texans training camp
Aug 6, 2018 • 15 min
They were not wearing leather helmets when John McClain started covering NFL training camps, but he has been around them since 1977, the only year that the Oilers held camp in Nacogdoches. Unfortunately, McClain is unable to take in Texans training…
July 29, 2018: The Texans’ first week of camp in West Virginia
Jul 29, 2018 • 14 min
Houston Chronicle columnist Brian T. Smith and beat writer Aaron Wilson recap the Texans’ first week of training camp near The Greenbrier. Is the offensive line going to drag down the 2018 team? How are Deshaun Watson and DeAndre Hopkins looking? What…
July 26, 2018: Recharged Texans return to West Virginia
Jul 26, 2018 • 10 min
Houston Chronicle columnist Brian T. Smith and beat writer Aaron Wilson break down the first day of training camp for Bill O’Brien’s 2018 Texans at The Greenbrier. Deshaun Watson is healthy and already in full control of the offense. J.J. Watt also…
March 22, 2018: James Harden, Rockets must stay hot in postseason
Mar 22, 2018 • 19 min
Houston Chronicle sports columnists Brian T. Smith and Jenny Dial Creech talk all Rockets, all the time in this week’s podcast. The red-hot Rockets are the best team in the NBA and boast the best player in James Harden.
March 15, 2018: Rockets keep rising, Texans start spending
Mar 15, 2018 • 27 min
Chronicle columnists Brian T. Smith and Jenny Dial Creech begin this week’s podcast by checking on the scorching Rockets, who are closer than ever to locking up home-court advantage throughout the NBA playoffs. Creech…
March 8, 2018: Comedian Billy D. Washington talks Houston sports, A-list celebrities and more
Mar 8, 2018 • 42 min
Comedian and Houston native Billy D. Washington joins Houston Chronicle sports columnists Jerome Solomon and Jenny Dial Creech to talk Rockets, Astros, celebrity interactions and much more during a rollicking conversation.
March 2, 2018: Rice football coach Mike Bloomgren on taking over the Owls
Mar 2, 2018 • 37 min
New Rice football coach Mike Bloomgren joins Houston Chronicle sports columnist Jerome Solomon and Glynn Hill, the Chronicle’s Rice beat writer, for a discussion on a variety of topics, from what he learned from the well-known head coaches he has…
Feb. 22, 2018: Inside baseball with the 2018 Astros
Feb 22, 2018 • 27 min
Chronicle columnist Brian T. Smith catches up with Gerrit Cole, Evan Gattis and Brad Peacock as the Astros begin spring training in West Palm Beach, Fla. Smith opens this week’s podcast by checking in with Cole, the Astros’ biggest…
Feb. 14, 2018: Johnny Football is back; Rockets enter break on a high
Feb 14, 2018 • 20 min
Johnny Manziel is stealing headlines again, the Rockets are hot headed into the All-Star Break and the Astros are back in Spring Training. Chronicle columnists Jenny Dial Creech and Brian T. Smith discuss all the latest sports news in Houston. …
Feb. 8, 2018: Rockets heading for collision with Warriors
Feb 8, 2018 • 24 min
Did the Rockets nail the trade deadline by not doing anything? Houston Chronicle sports columnists Brian T. Smith and Jenny Dial Creech discuss a busy week in the NBA and the Astros’ highly anticipated return.
Jan. 31, 2018: James Harden deserves more respect
Jan 31, 2018 • 22 min
When is James Harden going to get some respect? And do the Eagles have a chance against the Patriots’ dynasty in the Super Bowl? Chronicle columnists Jerome Solomon, Jenny Dial Creech and Brian T. Smith devote the majority of this week’s…
Jan. 25, 2018: Rockets keep rising in the West
Jan 25, 2018 • 27 min
Can the Rockets really challenge the Warriors in the Western Conference? And what’s stopping Houston from being a big basketball city? Chronicle columnists Brian T. Smith and Jenny Dial Creech devote this week’s episode to James…
Jan. 18, 2018: Rockets show some fight with Paul
Jan 18, 2018 • 36 min
The Rockets fell, then tried to stand up to the Clippers in Los Angeles. A chaotic NFL season finally has some direction after Case Keenum’s Miracle in Minnesota. Houston Chronicle sports columnists Jenny Dial Creech and Brian T. Smith…
Jan. 11, 2018: Astros think big as Texans fall behind
Jan 11, 2018 • 40 min
The Astros are thinking big. The Rockets are trying to hold on. The Texans are stumbling. Houston Chronicle sports columnists Jerome Solomon and Brian T. Smith dig into Houston’s sports scene, which is still hot in early January.
Jan. 4, 2018: Where do the Texans go from here?
Jan 4, 2018 • 41 min
Turmoil made the first two days of the Texans’ offseason more interesting than were the last two months of their regular season. There remain more questions than answers when it comes to the football franchise that in a decade and a half, has yet to…
Dec. 21, 2017: Daryl Morey talks Rockets, musicals and more
Dec 19, 2017 • 20 min
The Rockets are the hottest team in basketball, and the man behind it all, general manager Daryl Morey, is still working and always fine tuning the team. He’s become one of the most interesting figures in Houston sports- not only because of his…
Dec. 14, 2017: Who’s responsible for Texans’ mess?
Dec 14, 2017 • 19 min
As the Texans continue to flounder there remains little outside talk about accountability within the organization. Nationally, the Texans just don’t rate as a worthy discussion topic, but even locally, the sentiment seems to be that with all the…
Dec. 5, 2017: Can Jimbo Fisher take Texas A&M to the next level?
Dec 5, 2017 • 16 min
Texas A&M officially introduced Jimbo Fisher as its new head football coach Monday morning. Houston Chronicle Aggies beat writer Brent Zwerneman and sports columnist Jenny Dial Creech discuss how Fisher fits in in College Station, what the Aggies…
Nov. 29, 2017: Lance McCullers Jr. talks Astros championship, animal rescue
Nov 29, 2017 • 9 min
Lance McCullers Jr. has been busy since the World Series ended. Between working with Houston Pets Alive to help find homes for stray dogs and cats to making appearances all over the city to celebrate the Astros’ World Series win, the pitcher…
Nov. 21, 2017: John McClain on Texans, Oilers, Astros and the biz
Nov 21, 2017 • 50 min
The General has seen it all in 42 years of covering Houston sports. With the holiday season approaching, Houston Chronicle beat writer John McClain engages in an in-depth conversation with columnist Brian T. Smith about the Texans,…
Nov. 15, 2017: Rockets rise as Texans’ season falls apart
Nov 15, 2017 • 32 min
Is the Texans’ season over yet? Houston Chronicle Sports columnists Brian T. Smith and Jenny Dial Creech try and figure out who’s to blame for the fall to 3-6 (other than Deshaun Watson’s knee). Bill O’Brien? Rick Smith?…
Nov. 5, 2017: Astros’ World Series takeover, Texans’ blues, Rockets’ fast start
Nov 5, 2017 • 19 min
Houston is covered in championship orange and the Astros’ World Series win in still sinking in. Houston Chronicle Sports columnists Brian T. Smith and Jenny Dial Creech dig into the aftermath of a world title 56 years in the making….
Oct. 27, 2017: What baseball legend Alex Rodriguez thinks of Astros’ Jose Altuve and Carlos Correa
Oct 27, 2017 • 27 min
On television, Fox baseball analyst Alex Rodriguez is often laughing, seemingly enjoying life, while imparting insider knowledge in a way that reveals a deep understanding of the game as well as an ability to explain what he knows. You’ll get a full…
Oct. 26, 2017: CEO Tad Brown talks Rockets’ sale, competing in Houston market
Oct 26, 2017 • 30 min
For nearly a decade, Tad Brown has set the tone for the Rockets’ business operations side as its chief executive officer, helping the franchise maintain a position among the elite in the NBA. This summer he oversaw the sale of the team from Les…
Oct. 22, 2017: Believe it - Astros are back in the World Series
Oct 22, 2017 • 18 min
In the year of Hurricane Harvey and flooding for days. In the season of 101 victories and winning the American League pennant. In the time after the rebuild – on the field and in this proud, resilient city. The 2017 Astros are in the World Series….
Oct. 19, 2017: What has happened to the Astros?
Oct 19, 2017 • 32 min
Houston Chronicle Sports columnists Jerome Solomon, Brian T. Smith and Jenny Dial Creech examine the state of the club as the Astros return home following three consecutive losses to the New York Yankees in the American League…
Oct. 12, 2017: New Rockets owner Tilman Fertitta says the NBA is a better investment than the NFL and MLB
Oct 11, 2017 • 29 min
After trying to buy the Rockets in 1993 – even going so far as to take Charlie Thomas to court to prevent the sale to Les Alexander – Tilman Fertitta finally got his wish with a record $2.2 billion purchase of the NBA franchise. Fertitta is…
Oct. 6, 2017: To Kneel Or Not to Kneel
Oct 5, 2017 • 9 min
Chronicle columnist Jerome Solomon says he doesn’t believe there will be much back and forth among he and his two colleagues on the issue of athletes protesting during the national anthem, which begins the back and forth. Jerome asks why…