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Insights, lively discussion and, of course, debate from Houston Chronicle columnists as they take on the most current hot-button topics in sports.
Oct. 18, 2018: Solomon, Laymance on Texans-Jaguars battle for first place
Oct 18 • 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 • 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 • 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 • 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 • 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 • 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 • 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 • 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 • 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 • 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 • 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 • 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 • 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 • 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 • 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 • 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 • 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 • 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 • 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 • 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 • 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 • 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 • 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 • 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 • 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 • 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 • 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 • 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 • 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 • 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 • 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 • 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 • 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…