Pat Forde talks college football, Rio 2016; Paul Catalina on Baylor; Team USA’s Myles Porter

Welcome to the 45th episode of The Weekly Brew podcast. Stacked guest lineup this week with Yahoo Sports national college columnist Pat Forde, ESPN Central Texas’ Paul Catalina and Team USA Paralympian Myles Porter.

The guys discuss some bad news – the fallout from the recent Pepper Hamilton report on the Baylor sexual assault and domestic violence cover up scandal – and a bit of good news, with University of Houston Men’s Basketball head coach Kelvin Sampson (a frequent guest on the show) receiving a very generous and well-deserved raise from the school’s board of regents this week.

Pat Forde, Yahoo Sports’ national college columnist and one of the biggest names in the world of college athletics, joins us to take a macro look at the Baylor situation and what it means for college sports on the whole. Forde also examines how the College Football Playoffs system has impacted the schedule, leading to a historically strong slate of opening weekend games, with the University of Houston vs the University of Oklahoma matchup of particular interest to UH fans and Kevin. Forde also covers the Olympics and shares some of his insight into Michael Phelps’ motivation and preparation headed into the 2016 Games in Rio.

Next, Paul Catalina – of ESPN Central Texas – becomes The Weekly Brew’s only three-time guest when he comes on to break down in detail the Pepper Hamilton report on Baylor malfeasance, the firings or demotions of major university figures like Ken Starr and Art Briles, and the feelings and emotions swirling around Waco.

Finally, Team USA Paralympian Myles Porter, a judoka and a 2016 gold medalist hopeful, joins us to celebrate the 100 Days to the 2016 Rio Paralympic Games, talking about his experiences competing in the sport of Judo, including giving a lesson to President Obama on the east lawn of the White House.

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Netw3rk (Jason Concepcion) talks Grantland and The Ringer; University of Houston Men’s Basketball head coach Kelvin Sampson on Cougar hoops and NBA Playoffs

Welcome into the 44th episode of The Weekly Brew podcast – and it is a doozy. Jeremy Paxton and Dolores Lozano have the week off, so Austin and Kevin get into some current events, including the Preakness and Tilman Fertitta’s shot across the bow at Texas and the Big 12, before welcoming in University of Houston Men’s Basketball head coach Kelvin Sampson and The Ringer’s Jason Concepcion.

Sampson breaks down the Cougars’ recent signees, delving into how Valentine Sangoyomi, Devin Davis, Morris Dunnigan and Armoni Brooks will help the program, alongside returning Coogs like Rob Gray Jr., Damyean Dotson and especially Kyle Meyer and Danrad “Chicken” Knowles, whom Sampson says have been constant fixtures at the new $25 million Guy V. Lewis Development Facility in the spring offseason. Sampson shares some tidbits about the upcoming 2016-17 schedule, including playing Rhode Island and Harvard at home, traveling to LSU and negotiations he hopes will lead to a home-and-home with Arkansas.

Sampson also breaks down the NBA Playoffs, getting into what he loves about the Oklahoma City Thunder and the “calming influence” new head coach Billy Donovan has exerted on Kevin Durant and Russell Westbrook, whom Sampson says is “a monster,” and “playing the best basketball of his career.” Sampson speculates on what any potential incoming Houston Rockets head coach needs to do first in order to have success with the team.

Next, Jason Concepcion – otherwise known as @netw3rk on Twitter – calls in to talk NBA. He explains the Knicks’ mystifying hire of Jeff Hornacek as head coach and how he fits in with Phil Jackson’s obsession with Tex Winter’s Triangle offense. Concepcion also takes a look at the Western Conference Finals, with the Golden State Warriors stumbling in game one against the Oklahoma City Thunder. Concepcion also analyzes the Houston Rockets head coaching frontrunner, Mike D’Antoni, and how he would fit in at the helm of the dysfunctional Rockets team.

Concepcion is also a noted Game of Thrones expert, and he shares his perspective on why the show is such a massive success and a cultural touchstone, describing how its depiction of politics as a “zero-sum game” is so relatable and relevant to the political landscape in this country. Concepcion also speaks to the process of getting discovered, becoming a staff writer at Bill Simmons’ Grantland and what’s coming up with Simmons’ new venture The Ringer, where Concepcion will be covering the NBA and Game of Thrones.

Finally, Austin swears to Kevin that before Episode 100, he will secure Bill Simmons as a guest on the podcast. Strong words from Austin, and Kevin fully intends to hold him to that. Somehow. Kevin also ventures very close to threatening listeners who have not yet left iTunes reviews before serenading Austin with a couple of bars from Bill Withers’ “Just the Two of Us,” so… it gets a little weird in the close. Enjoy that. And also, remember: no matter who you are, where you go or what you do this week, always, ALWAYS brew responsibly.

David Ubben discusses Big 12 expansion rumors; Julia Morales talks Astros, fashion, 2006 Rose Bowl and more

Welcome to the 43rd episode of The Weekly Brew podcast. This week, Julia Morales, ROOT Sports’ Houston Astros field reporter, joins us along with Fox Sports SW and Sports on Earth Big 12 analyst, David Ubben.

David Ubben is a TV analyst for Fox Sports SW and a writer for Sports on Earth, covering the Big 12 Conference. If you’re into the Big 12, Ubben is the guy to follow, and this week, he shares some of his insight into the talks of expansion that heated up this week, with Oklahoma president David Boren possibly in conflict with his own board of regents over whether to field offers from teams like Memphis, the University of Houston and BYU to join the conference. Ubben breaks down the likelihood that we’ll see a bigger, better Big 12 and the likelihood that the conference will instate a championship match.

Next, Julia Morales, the exceptionally talented and engaging ROOT Sports field reporter for the Houston Astros, calls us from Fenway Park to talk ‘Stros and the Red Sox series. She also gets into her experiences being the only woman traveling with the Astros and her memories of spending the last four years covering the team day in and day out. Morales also reminisces about being part of the Texas Pom Squad and on the field for the 2006 Rose Bowl victory against USC, and gives some advice to young women considering a career in sports broadcasting.

Finally, the listeners KILLED IT this week, and we wound up with two new iTunes reviews. If you’re reading this, you should head over to our iTunes page and click Subscribe to make sure you get every new episode of The Weekly Brew deposited directly into your podcast queue, and furthermore, click Ratings and Reviews to leave us a nice, little 5-star review with a blurb about what you enjoy on the show and what you’d like to hear. And if you’re in the Houston area, don’t forget to check out our sponsor, Oui Desserts, at 3411 Kirby. And this week, no matter who you are, what you do or where you go, please remember to always, ALWAYS brew responsibly.

Astros discussion with Chron’s Jake Kaplan; Dylan Baddour talks Election 2016; Jim Bordell of Team Rubicon on Houston flood recovery

Welcome to this, the 42nd episode of The Weekly Brew podcast. This week, we talk with Jake Kaplan and Dylan Baddour of the Houston Chronicle about the Astros and Election 2016 and hear from Jim Bordell of Team Rubicon about Operation Moonshot and the flood-recovery efforts going on in Houston.

Dylan Baddour is the Houston Chronicle’s young, hotshot political reporter, and he’s been covering the madness in the race for the Republican nomination. He calls in to the podcast in the wake of Cruz and Kasich dropping out of the race, and discusses the impact for the election season, particularly as Republicans weigh whether or not to unite behind Donald Trump, the presumptive favorite for the nomination. Baddour also speaks to what has been a particularly heated and divisive nomination season, and contemplates whether or not this is the “new normal” for American politics.

Jake Kaplan, a Philadelphia transplant who spent time working for the Philadelphia Inquirer and MLB.com covering the Phillies before signing on with the Houston Chronicle to cover the Houston Astros. After a puzzling 12-20 start to the season in which many, including Sports Illustrated, picked them to go to the World Series, the Astros are in trouble, and Kaplan examines the pitching struggles facing this team and assesses what it needs to do to turn things around.

Finally, we welcome Jim Bordell, who is the incident commander for Operation Moonshot, Team Rubicon’s Houston flood relief effort. Team Rubicon is a nonprofit relief group that unites the skills and experiences of military veterans with first responders to deploy emergency response teams, and they have brought their expertise in crisis management to Houston in response to the heavy rains and flooding of the last few weeks. Hear Bordell talk about the relief efforts and visit teamrubiconusa.org to find out how you can help.

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Texans & NFL Draft Recap; Matt Weston of Battle Red Blog and Sean Pendergast of Sports Radio 610 break down the draft; Daniel Eyes & The Vibes at the Nightingale Room

Welcome to this, the 41st episode of The Weekly Brew podcast. It’s a big week for the NFL, with the 2016 Draft just concluded, and we visited with Matt Weston of Battle Red Blog and Sean Pendergast of Sports Radio 610 to make sense of all the action.

First, Sean Pendergast, host of The Triple Threat on Sports Radio 610, joins us for a spirited discussion of the draft from a more global perspective. Pendergast believes the Texans, Jaguars and Titans all drafted well, and the AFC South should be a more competitive division for it. Pendergast also ponder the perplexing Laremy Tunsil Twitter hack incident and examines the woeful Browns, and what we can expect from RGIII in Cleveland.

Next, Matt Weston calls in to share some of his expertise on the Houston Texans’ draft picks: Will Fuller (WR, Notre Dame), Nick Martin (C, Notre Dame), Braxton Miller (WR, Ohio State), Tyler Ervin (RB, San Jose State), K.J. Dillon (S, West Virginia) and D.J. Reader (DT, Clemson). It’s an offense-heavy draft for the Texans, and Weston examines the incoming talent and how well they’re going to be able to mesh with free-agency acquisition, QB Brock Osweiler. Weston says if Osweiler can be a top-10 quarterback, the Texans are likely favorites to make the Super Bowl.

Finally, Daniel Eyes and Dylan Stephens of Austin-based Daniel Eyes & the Vibes, call in ahead of their May 5 show at The Nightingale Room with friends of the show, Second Lovers. They discuss their striking aesthetic, meteoric rise in the Austin music scene and some of their musical influences before getting into the upcoming show, which all podcast listeners should make a point to go to.

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