Mount Rushmore of Houston Sports; sports figures’ political campaign contributions

Welcome to the 36th episode of The Weekly Brew podcast. With Austin overseas (Germany, Israel), we finally dig out the long-awaited segment from a couple of weeks back in which Kevin challenges Austin and Jeremy to guess which political campaigns various sports figures have donated to. Austin (who swears up and down he didn’t cheat and read the article, and we here at the podcast are giving him the benefit of the doubt) absolutely crushes the game-show-style quiz, while Jeremy talks himself out of correct answer after correct answer, unable to get out of his own way.

Finally, Kevin and Jeremy take some of the most influential, famous sports figures in Houston history (names like Hakeem Olajuwon, Earl Campbell, Craig Biggio, Clyde Drexler, Rudy Tomjanovich, Nolan Ryan, Brian Ching, Carl Lewis, Warren Moon, Gordie Howe, J.J. Watt, Jeff Bagwell, Andre Johnson, Roy Hofheinz, Bum Phillips, Guy V. Lewis and Bill Yeoman) and argue about who belongs on the hypothetical “Mount Rushmore” of Houston sports. If you disagree (and we’re sure that you will), feel free to reach out to us on Twitter or Facebook to give us your Mount Rushmore or tell us why ours is stupid.

Steve Almond and “Against Football”

On this 35th episode of The Weekly Brew podcast, Steve Almond — author of the New York Times Bestseller Candyfreak, which we also recommend — joins us to discuss his latest book Against Football: One Fan’s Reluctant Manifesto.

In one of the most fascinating and engaging interviews we’ve ever had on the podcast, Almond helps us explore the cultural significance, and impact, of America’s addiction to football, asking questions like, “Does our addiction to football foster a tolerance for violence, greed, racism, and homophobia?” and pondering whether Houston’s own Ted Johnson was a victim of the Patriot Way, whether Richie Incognito harbored a forbidden attraction to Jonathan Martin and other thought-provoking points that forced us also to ponder football’s role in our own lives.

The guys also question whether, when all is said and done, Dwyane Wade, Allen Iverson or James Harden will be remembered for having the best NBA career, inspired by a photograph making the rounds on Houston Rockets fan sites. They also ponder two other similar triples in football and baseball.

Chron’s John McClain talks Brock Osweiler + Texans; Ashton Warren on March Madness

Welcome to this, the 34th episode of The Weekly Brew podcast. Hosts Austin Staton, Kevin Cook and Jeremy Paxton welcome in Houston Chronicle NFL guru, “The General” John McClain and BaylorVision’s Ashton Warren.

McClain discusses how former Denver Broncos quarterback Brock Osweiler came to be a Houston Texan and why his acquisition — to the tune of $72 million, $37 million guaranteed — has the Houston fan base hyped and John Elway sounding like a “spurned lover.” The Texans also acquire running back Lamar Miller, guard Jeff Allen and center Tony Bergstrom in a flurry of free-agency moves that may position them well for the draft, according to McClain. (McClain also joined us in January to break down the Texans’ disastrous postseason and the future for his Baylor Bears)

Next, Ashton Warren, of BaylorVision, earned a chance to report on the Big 12 Men’s Basketball Tournament for Campus Insiders (whose Lindsay Schnell was a guest on The Weekly Brew in January), and she calls in to talk about her budding career in sports journalism, the biggest moments from the tournament and why no one should sleep on Oklahoma.

Finally, Kevin is crushed – not only that his Houston Cougars lost a heartbreaker in the American Athletic Conference Championship quarterfinals to Tulane, but also that there were, for the first time in many weeks, no new iTunes reviews to read and enjoy. He spends a moment being stern with the listeners before encouraging them to pop over to iTunes, click Ratings and Reviews, and leave a 5-star review with a constructive blurb. Like Spike Lee says, listeners, Do The Right Thing. Go leave a review, and remember: always, always brew responsibly.

Baylor, U of H, Texas A&M basketball postseason preview; Oui Desserts’ Penny visits

On this 33rd episode of The Weekly Brew podcast, we exhaustively cover the Texas college basketball scene with the help of three big guests from around the state.

First, though, Penny, one of the proprietors of Weekly Brew’s sponsor, Oui Desserts, stops by the aptly named Oui Desserts Studios to say hi, chat about macarons and beignets and invite the listeners to be a part of the Oui/Weekly Brew family. Mention you listen to the podcast when you drop by Oui at 3411 Kirby and you’ll get 10 percent off of your order.

Next, voice of Baylor basketball, John Morris, joins us to talk Big 12 basketball. Baylor and Texas are both having strong seasons and split the season series with one another. Now they’ll face off in round one of the Big 12 tournament. Morris breaks down the great job being done by Shaka Smart and Scott Drew, and gets into the landscape of Big 12 basketball headed into the tournament.

Matt Thomas, of SportsTalk 790 and the University of Houston Men’s Basketball play-by-play broadcaster, calls in to give some love to his Cougars (Thomas is a UH alum), praise the dramatic turnaround head coach Kelvin Sampson has engineered and preview the American Athletic Conference tournament in Orlando later this week. Do the Cougars have an outside chance to make the Big Dance? What does the future hold for Sampson and the Coogs?

Finally, Brent Zwerneman, the Texas A&M beat writer for the Houston Chronicle and San Antonio Express-News, joins us to talk about the stellar season the SEC Champion Aggies are having. He says A&M is, at minimum, a Sweet Sixteen team, but theorizes that they may very well be one of the four teams coming to Houston to cap off the madness this March.

And kudos to last week’s guest Dolores Lozano, of ESPN Deportes, who left us an absolutely terrific iTunes review this week. Those really help us grow, because iTunes places a lot of weight on to the reviews when determining popularity, search rankings and lots of other important stuff like that. If you want to help us grow, please visit us on iTunes and click Subscribe there, and then click Ratings and Reviews to leave us a nice, little 5-star review with a blurb. Tell us what you enjoy or what you’d like to hear, and we’ll be sure to read your review and give you a shoutout to our listenership. Also, visit our Facebook and Like us there or follow us on Twitter to keep up to date with what we’re doing.

Thanks for listening, and remember: always brew responsibly.