Chron’s Jonathan Feigen talks Houston Rockets and Golden State Warriors; a tribute to Prince; Michael Quinn Sullivan of Empower Texans

Welcome to this, the 40th episode of The Weekly Brew podcast. We welcome in Jonathan Feigen, Houston Chronicle Rockets beat writer since 1998, Michael Quinn Sullivan of Empower Texans and pay tribute to Prince.

Feigen turns in one of the saltier, more energetic performances we’ve had from a guest on the show, breaking down just what exactly is ailing these Rockets, amassing only 41 wins one season removed from their Western Conference Finals run. Feigen analyzes the roster, including who will be around next season, who will not, and whether the Rockets have a shot at any big-name free agents. Also, with Tom Thibodeau with the Timberwolves and Scott Brooks with the Wizards, the Rockets’ search for a coach is heating up, and Jeff Van Gundy is the name everyone is batting around.

Next, conservative apparatchik Michael Quinn Sullivan, of Empower Texans and Texans for Fiscal Responsibility, joins us to discuss what on earth is going on in the Republican party, why Donald Trump has been able to so easily seduce right-wing voters with his xenophobic, racist and misogynist rhetoric and what, exactly, it means to be a conservative, and what it maybe ought to mean.

This episode is dedicated to the memory of “Too Many Hits” Prince, who sadly passed away this week, and who will be remembered for his unparalleled catalogue of hits and his innumerable charitable contributions.

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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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Thanks for listening, and remember to always, ALWAYS, brew responsibly.

Astros + MLB preview w/ MLB.com’s Richard Justice; Final Four; Second Lovers’ Thom Truver

On this 37th episode of The Weekly Brew podcast, MLB.com columnist Richard Justice calls us to talk Astros in celebration of Opening Day, Kevin shares some Charles Barkley audio from his Final Four coverage and friend of the show Thom Truver, of Houston indie rock group Second Lovers, talks making music and the upcoming Art Blocks festival.

Kevin is more or less indisposed this week, spending most of his waking hours at NRG Stadium watching and covering the Final Four, but he stops in for a brief visit to share some amusing Charles Barkley anecdotes and discuss the historic 44-point shellacking Villanova inflicted on poor Oklahoma in the semifinals.

Next, Richard Justice of MLB.com shares his expertise and insight on the Astros in celebration of Opening Day. Justice believes the ‘Stros are the team to be in the AL West, with an exciting young roster peppered with talent like Carlos Correa and George Springer (Justice says this is “Springer’s clubhouse”). He breaks down the acquisition of Ken Giles from the Phillies and how that plays into a strong pitching rotation bolstered by hometown favorite Dallas Keuchel and Collin McHugh. Justice also expresses optimism about the Cubs season and cautions against buying into the curse of the billy goat.

Finally, it’s the second go-round for Second Lovers. This time, lead guitarist and (relative) newlywed Thom Truver shares some exciting details about the upcoming Art Blocks: Big Bash, featuring Second Lovers and The Suffers, shares some details about how to honeymoon like a rockstar and breaks down how he came to be part of one of the Houston music scene’s most exciting, up-and-coming groups.

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