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Insights, lively discussion and, of course, debate from Houston Chronicle columnists and guests every Thursday as they take on the the most current hot-button topics in sports.
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…