Justise Winslow, ROOT SPORTS’ Bart Enis, Jimmy Price of AstrosFuture and CBS Sports’s Ananth Pandian

Welcome to Episode 49 of The Weekly Brew podcast – we know we say every episode is ‘packed’ (it’s sort of a catchphrase at this point), but this episode is PACKED. We broadcasted from Miami Heat forward Justise Winslow’s inaugural invitation basketball camp, and he joins us to share some thoughts about Houston basketball and life in the NBA. Bart Enis, of ROOT SPORTS, Jimmy Price of AstrosFuture and CBS Sports’ Ananth Pandian also call in this week.

Justise Winslow is one of the NBA’s rising stars – a strong defender who earned serious playing time in his rookie season (including starting Game 7 of the Toronto vs Miami Eastern Conference Semifinals) by taking on the toughest assignments in the NBA, guys like Klay Thompson, LeBron James and James Harden. He joins us to talk about giving back, the Houston basketball scene, life in the NBA and who in the Association he really gets fired up to guard.

Next, another of our friends at ROOT SPORTS, Bart Enis – a sideline reporter for Rockets and Astros broadcasts and a longtime Houston sports media figure – gets into some discussion about the surging Astros, who have turned around a discouraging start and are on a roll in the months of May and June, thanks to strong pitching and some shakeups in the lineup. Enis has been covering Houston sports since 1983, and learned the trade from his father, legendary Texas TV/radio broadcaster Bill Enis, who introduced the young Bart to larger-than-life figures like Muhammad Ali and Gordie Howe, and he shares what those experiences were like and how they impacted his development as a broadcaster in his own right.

Next, Jimmy Price, the owner and founder of AstrosFuture, an outlet monitoring and reporting on the Astros’ farm system, joins The Weekly Brew podcast to break down what’s happening in the five minor league affiliates, the Fresno Grizzlies, the Corpus Christi Hooks, the Lancaster JetHawks, the QC River Bandits and the Tri-City ValleyCats. If you want the scoop on what the Astros have in the pipeline, Price is the guy and AstrosFuture is the place to go. Price talks Alex Bregman, Forrest Whitley, AJ Reed (a recent call up), Tyler White and more in his thorough and illuminating look at the minor leaguers the ‘Stros have rising up through the ranks. 

Finally, Ananth Pandian, NBA writer for CBS Sports, helps Austin and Kevin relive the glory of a Cleveland NBA Championship and delves into the recent NBA Draft, looking at guys like Ben Simmons, Brandon Ingram and Dragan Bender and what their NBA futures might hold. Pandian also offers an outsider’s look at the Rockets and what Mike D’Antoni might be able to do with James Harden and not a hell of a lot else next season. Pandian also examines the glut of NBA-ers sitting out the Rio Olympics and what that means in the grand scheme of things (i.e. not much – USA is winning the gold, and you heard it here first, folks).

In other words, it’s a solid episode, and you should should get to listening ASAP. We would prefer you do that on iTunes, because that is where you can subscribe and leave us the all-important iTunes reviews. We had one this week, and we appreciate it, but Kevin had some internet troubles as we were recording this week’s episode, and he will hit you back in the next episode along with any other listeners who want to get in on the action.

Thanks for listening, and – as always – remember: no matter who you are, where you go or what you do this week, always, ALWAYS brew responsibly.

Texans talk with John McClain (Chron) & Matt Weston (Battle Red Blog); Adam Wexler on Houston sports

Welcome to the 48th episode of The Weekly Brew podcast – this week, an all-star lineup of Houston sports media figures joins us to break down what’s happening in the city, including KPRC sports anchor Adam Wexler (formerly of Sports Radio 610 and SportsTalk 790), Houston Chronicle Texans and NFL writer John McClain and Matt Weston of Battle Red Blog.

But first, Austin, Kevin and Dolores break down the spectacular Game 7 of the NBA Finals, with LeBron James fulfilling his promise to the city of Cleveland to bring home the Larry O’Brien Trophy (and bringing with it the Bill Russell NBA Finals MVP Trophy), a stark turnaround from last week’s premature prediction that the Warriors would win in five games.

Next, The General, John McClain, breaks down the Texans offseason following OTAs and minicamp, looking at how Brock Osweiler is making his presence felt as a leader on and off the field, examining what Jadeveon Clowney needs to do this season to avoid being labeled a ‘bust,’ and looking through the draft and free-agent acquisitions to uncover who might have a big season for the Texans.

Matt Weston, our good buddy from Battle Red Blog, has spent his offseason poring through film of Texans outside linebacker Whitney Mercilus, and joins us to share why he – per his Twitter account (@mbw987) – has fallen in love. Weston also shares his thoughts on Jadevon Clowney and head coach Bill O’Brien.

Finally, Adam Wexler joins us to share his extensive experience in the field of Houston sports, delving into some of his most meaningful memories watching the Astros, Texans and Rockets. Wexler also shares his thoughts on James Harden sitting out the Olympics and how that might affect his offseason preparation and assesses how Mike D’Antoni might fare at the helm of the Rockets.

Lastly, the BrewCasters give a shoutout to a very special listener, Melissa Leon, who not only reviewed us on iTunes but signed up a number of her friends as listeners and got them to review as well. That’s why Leon is our WeeklyBrewCast MVL this week – but it could be you! Just go to iTunes, click Ratings and Reviews and leave a 5-star review with a little blurb, and you’ll get your own shout out to our thousands of listeners, too. As Spike Lee says, Do the Right Thing!

And remember, no matter who you are, where you go or what you do this week, always ALWAYS brew responsibly.

Astros, Texans with MaD Radio’s Mike Meltser and Seth Payne (Sports Radio 610); Chron’s Angel Verdejo

Welcome to Episode 47 of The Weekly Brew, without question the best 77 minutes of Houston sports talk you’ll hear this week. We are joined by Mike Meltser and Seth Payne, of Sports Radio 610’s MaD Radio, and Houston Chronicle Astros beat writer Angel Verdejo as we delve into some Texans, Astros and University of Houston discussion.

Mike and Seth host Houston’s most entertaining and successful (terrestrial) sports radio show, MaD Radio, and they give us a little insight into how they came to be teamed up and the process that goes into creating quality radio content. Mike and Seth help Kevin and Austin ponder what characteristics define the Houston sports fan (“long-suffering… beleaguered, per Seth) and whether we’re on the verge of a “Golden Age of Houston sports.”

Angel Verdejo then weighs in on the Astros, including some analysis of the recent injury to Carlos Correa and the team’s struggles against the division rival Texas Rangers. Angel also delves into the recent MLB Draft, breaking down the first few rounds – featuring picks like Forrest Whitley and Ronnie Dawson – and where they fit into the overall farm system with other up and coming guys like Alex Bregman. Angel also takes a look at University of Houston product Nick Hernandez and whether fans might one day see him suit up for the hometown major league team.

The BrewCast also weighs in on the most recent tragic mass-shooting, in an Orlando nightclub, as well as Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump’s social media responses. Gary Johnson, of the Libertarian Party, gets a shoutout (one of the hosts might be starting to #FeelTheJohnson) and the crew analyzes the Cavs’ chances to beat the Warriors in the NBA Finals (slim).

As always, thanks for listening, and a special thanks to the FOUR listeners who left iTunes reviews this week – really, if you think about it, we ask very little of you people: listen to the show, share it with your friends on social media [Facebook/ Twitter] and leave us iTunes reviews! So four people did a very good job this week and, suffice it to say, Kevin is thrilled. Keep him that way by going to iTunes, clicking Ratings and Reviews and leaving a 5-star review with a short blurb about what you enjoy and what you’d like to hear on the show. You’ll get a shoutout on next week’s episode if you do…

And guys, remember this week: no matter who you are, where you go or what you do, always, ALWAYS brew responsibly.

NBA Playoffs & Astros; ROOT SPORTS’ Kevin Eschenfelder, USA Today’s AJ Neuharth-Keutsch, TheDreamShake’s Ethan Rothstein

Welcome to the 46th episode of The Weekly Brew podcast – we hit the NBA, Astros and college football hard this week, welcoming in ROOT SPORTS anchor and announcer Kevin Eschenfelder, USA Today national basketball writer AJ Neuharth-Keusch and Ethan Rothstein of SB Nation’s Houston Rockets blog The Dream Shake.

But first, Austin, Kevin, Jeremy and Dolores dive into the passing of legendary athlete, boxer Muhammad Ali, and his impact on sportswriting, boxing, politics and the world. The BrewCasters also delve into the Big 12’s perplexing decision to add a conference championship game to its round-robin schedule without any plans for expansion.

Next, Kevin Eschenfelder, sports anchor for ROOT SPORTS and the Voice of Cougar Football, calls in to discuss the recent success the Astros have enjoyed since moving George Springer into the leadoff spot in the lineup. Esch also delves into the rest of the Astros roster and the potential for the rest of the team’s season before getting into the nuts and bolts of working with ROOT SPORTS on the pre- and post-game shows. Esch is also a University of Houston alum and indulges Kevin with some discussion of the upcoming college football season and the potential Heisman candidacy of Greg Ward Jr. and the future of Tom Herman with the Cougar Football program.

AJ Neuharth-Keusch covers the NBA for USA Today and he discusses the incredible Western Conference Finals we just witnessed, the job Billy Donovan has done with the Oklahoma City Thunder and whether or not Donovan’s success at the helm of the team will have an impact on Kevin Durant’s free agency decision. Then AJNK breaks down the NBA Finals, including an ABC record most-watched Game One, and what the Cavaliers need to do to win this series. Where does LeBron rank now amongst the best players in the NBA? Also, what in the heck is up with James Harden getting overlooked for all three All-NBA squads?

Finally, Ethan Rothstein, managing editor of SB Nation’s The Dream Shake, comes on to talk some Houston Rockets basketball. The Rockets have a new head coach – Mike D’Antoni. The reaction has been, at best, mixed, and Rothstein examines the fit and looks at some of the coaches Leslie Alexander passed over in favor of D’Antoni, particularly Frank Vogel, now with the Orlando Magic. Rothstein also looks at what might happen with Dwight Howard and whether he might possibly find himself in a Rockets jersey yet again next season, and what Daryl Morey might potentially do about that. Rothstein also gets into the historic offensive season from James Harden and what it means that he was left out of the All-NBA squads entirely.

Terrific guests this week on The Brew. However, the listeners were NOT terrific, failing to leave even a SINGLE iTunes review, which the listeners well know we need to help us continue to grow. So right now, drop whatever you’re doing and go to iTunes and leave a 5-star review with a little blurb telling us what you enjoy about the show or what you’d like to hear, and we’ll take it under advisement. So get on that. And remember, no matter who you are, where you go or what you do this week, always ALWAYS brew responsibly.