USA Today’s Nicole Auerbach previews Rio 2016 and Team USA Swimming; USA Men’s Basketball w/ Steve Carp; Astros w/ Jake Kaplan

Welcome to this very exciting 54th episode of The Weekly Brew podcast. We welcome in USA Today sportswriter Nicole Auerbach, Houston Chronicle Astros beat reporter Jake Kaplan (a two-time guest) and five-time Nevada Sportswriter of the Year, Steve Carp of the Las Vegas Review-Journal.

First, Auerbach dives (HA!) into Team USA Swimming, which she will be covering at the Rio 2016 Olympic Games. She offers some insight into the preparation and mentality of Olympic veterans like Michael Phelps, Ryan Lochte and Missy Franklin, as well as detailing why everyone will be talking about Katie Ledecky after the Games this summer. Auerbach also shares how she got into sportswriting, and how pioneers like Lisa Olson and Christine Brennan paved the way for women in sports media today.

Next, Jake Kaplan calls in to talk about the Astros. When last Kaplan and the BrewCast spoke, the Astros were struggling through a very tough April, but since his last call, the ‘Stros are one of the hottest teams in baseball (despite the rough weekend in Detroit). What sparked the turnaround, and can the Astros sustain the momentum into the playoffs? Kaplan encourages fans not to worry about Alex Bregman’s slow start in the majors and offers a timeline for when Yulieski Gurriel can be expected to contribute, after the Astros signed him to a five-year $47.5 million contract.

Finally, Steve Carp, who watched Team USA Basketball train and compete in their first exhibition in Las Vegas, calls in to talk about this year’s squad, including a look at why DeMarcus Cousins is so unstoppable in international play and why Kevin Durant was booed in his first 2016 international game. Carp also covers the NHL, and provides a look at what the NHL expansion into Las Vegas might mean for leagues like the NBA, MLB and NFL putting a team in Sin City.

No new reviews this week! It is immeasurably disappointing, to Kevin in particular, who has taken it pretty hard. It would be so easy to brighten his day. Just go to iTunes, click “Ratings and Review” and leave a nice, little 5-star review with a blurb and he will read it ON THE AIR to THOUSANDS, if not MILLIONS, of listeners. As Spike Lee said: do the right thing.

But thank you, as always, for listening, and be sure to share this with your friends. If you don’t have any, maybe you can make some by introducing them to this awesome show. We’re happy to help.

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

TCU’s Gary Patterson, Big 12 Expansion; Chron’s David Barron on MLB hacking scandal + Simone Biles

Welcome to the 53rd Episode of The Weekly Brew podcast – this week, TCU Football head coach Gary Patterson joins us, along with Houston Chronicle’s David Barron, and we get into the Big 12 expansion talks and the week that was at the RNC.

First, Patterson calls in to preview the Horned Frogs’ season, starting with a very tough September, breaking down the quarterback competition between Foster Sawyer and Kenny Hill. Coach Patterson also speaks to the Big 12 expansion discussions, positing that the University of Houston would be an excellent candidate for several key reasons. Coach Patterson also speaks to his relationship with new Baylor head football coach Jim Grobe and what Bears fans can expect with Grobe at the helm.

Next, the BrewCast discusses the expansion talks in more depth, considering how schools like BYU, Boise State, UH, Cincinnati and Memphis might fit into the Big 12’s expansion plans, and whether 12 teams or 14 teams would make for a stronger conference long term. Austin, Jeremy, Dolores and Kevin also look back at the goings on in the Republican National Convention in Cleveland last week, and consider whether an Astros World Series victory is a fair trade for a term of (ugh) Trump.

Finally, David Barron of the Chronicle joins us to illuminate the sentencing of former St. Louis Cardinals’ scouting director, Chris Correa, who will spend 46 months in prison after being convicted for illicitly accessing Astros’ computers and scouting information. Barron analyzes why the punishment is so severe, and whether this sort of cybercrime might be more prevalent in sports than some are willing to admit. Barron also covers the Olympics and he will be on hand in Rio to report on the competitions. Barron gets into some local products who may be poised to have a big month in Rio, particularly Spring’s Simone Biles, a gold-medal favorite in as many as four events.

And finally, we had another iTunes review this week! That brings the total to 57, which is, like, pretty good. Solid. But it’s not 100, which is a nice, big, round, sexy number, so get on iTunes and leave a 5-star review with a blurb, and we’ll give you a shoutout on the air! Also, we saw some tremendous growth on Facebook this week, so thanks to the diehards who Liked us there – you can use Facebook to contact us with questions or comments and we’d love to hear from you. Thanks!

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

Nice Attacks, Pokemon Go, Aaron Bruski on the NBA & Rockets discussion with Alykhan Bijani

Welcome to the 52nd episode of The Weekly Brew podcast. You might think that, it being a weekly podcast, and this being the 52nd episode, that this would be a birthday episode for us, but that is NOT THE CASE. Since we had some bonus episodes thrown in along the way, you’ll have to wait till the week of August 11th for us to celebrate our podiversary. But nevertheless, we do have a terrific show for you this week.

A terrorist, driving a 20-ton truck, killed 84 people in Nice this week, and friend of the show Jason Lawrence calls us from France, where he was staying only blocks away from the massacre, to discuss the city’s response to the tragedy and its efforts to return to normal, day-to-day life.

Austin, Jeremy and Kevin launch into some discussion of the worldwide phenomenon of Pokemon Go, which Kevin plays but is very ashamed of and secretive about, and Kevin shares some shocking information he learned from the Iraqi General Security Directorate about the hidden meaning behind some of the Pokemon names.

Aaron Bruski, founder of Hoop-Ball.com, cohost of the Koz and Bru Show and an award-winning basketball writer, joins us to take a look at the NBA landscape following Kevin Durant’s move to Golden State, and whether the creation of the latest NBA superteam will have any ramification on the CBA, which both parties may opt out of before December of this year. Bruski enlightens us on where Blake Griffin is likely to wind up (hint: not Los Angeles) and we discuss whether LeBron, having now fulfilled his promise to bring home a championship to Cleveland, is a Cavs lifer or whether he is free to pursue an on-court reunion with his Banana Boat crew elsewhere.

Finally, Alykhan Bijani, otherwise known as @Rockets_Insider on Twitter, a writer for ClutchFans.net and Hardwood Paroxysm and one of Houston’s own resident basketball gurus, calls in to discuss the Rockets’ offseason. The team’s biggest move, re-upping James Harden to a 4-year $118 million deal, means stability and a continued opportunity to build around the league’s best two-guard. Ryan Anderson fits Morey’s system perfectly and Eric Gordon’s injury history may not be as worrisome as advertised.

We have a new iTunes review, which means this week’s favorite listener is Sgker! Congratulations – that is quite an honor. And to everyone else, that honor can easily be yours! Kevin outlines how to leave reviews on a mobile device (a riveting discussion), and all you have to do is go to iTunes and leave us a 5-star review with a blurb and you’ll get a shoutout to our billions thousands of listeners.

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

Astros talk with Ryan Dunsmore; Black Lives Matter/ Dallas shooting

Welcome in to Episode 51 of The Weekly Brew podcast. It has been a sad, challenging week in America, with Alton Sterling and Philando Castile dying at the hands of police in Louisiana and Minnesota and Micah Johnson shooting and killing five police officers in Dallas shortly thereafter.

Kevin, Austin and Jeremy examine the recent shootings and, in particular, the advent of Facebook Live video and the impact of social media on the way America experiences and responds to violent tragedies.

Fortunately, sports still go on and act as a much-needed respite during times of tribulation. Ryan Dunsmore, managing editor of SB Nation’s The Crawfish Boxes, joins us to talk about the Astros, who have been one of the best teams in the MLB since May. He shares some insight into what’s fueled the turnaround and whether Dallas Keuchel has finally turned the corner, returning to his Cy Young form.

As always, we encourage you to go to our iTunes page, click Ratings and Reviews and just give us a little 5-star review and a short, sweet blurb telling us what you like about the show and things you’d like to hear. Also, our Facebook presence continued to grow this week. If you haven’t followed us already, head over to our Facebook page and Like us and share the page with your friends.

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

Ep. 50: NBA Free Agency & O.J. Made in America with TSRN’s Adrian Holden

Welcome to this, the 50th episode of The Weekly Brew podcast. This week, Adrian Holden – of TSRN – joins us to take a long, hard look at the acclaimed ESPN 30 for 30 documentary O.J.: Made in America,

But first, NBA Free Agency has been absolutely bonkers. Mike Conley, a reliable two-way point guard who has never been considered one of the best three NBA players at his position, was given the largest contract in league history. Dwight Howard flees for Atlanta as Al Horford, flees to Boston, according to sources, at least in part out of a desire not to play with Howard. The Rockets sign Ryan Anderson and Eric Gordon for a combined $133 million over four years, consummating a years long love affair between GM Daryl Morey and the three-point shooting former Pelican. We get into it all.

Then, Adrian sits in and shares his insight into his repeated (like, five or six) viewings of O.J.: Made in America. It is that good, and part of the reason is what the discussion of the decades-old case reveals about the state of America at the moment, and [spoiler alert] it’s not great news.

But there is some good news! Yes, there were iTunes reviews this week, from as far away as Bangkok, Thailand, and as nearby as our hometown of Houston. Keep those reviews coming! Not only do they make Kevin feel great, but they also improve our rankings in iTunes search results, and you know we want that. So go to our iTunes page, click Ratings and Reviews and just give us a little 5-star review and a short, sweet blurb telling us what you like about the show and things you’d like to hear. Also, our Facebook presence has EXPLODED this week (by our standards) and if you’re one of those hipster types that likes to say you discovered things early, your window is rapidly closing. So head over to our Facebook page and Like us and share the page with your friends.

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