Mike Renner of Pro Football Focus talks Texans, Houston Cougars, Baylor Bears football; Les Miles fired at LSU

Welcome to the 62nd episode of The Weekly Brew podcast, the Voice of Houston. For the first time ever, news breaks AS the guys are recording the episode, with LSU letting Les Miles go after a lackluster 2-2 start to the season. The guys react to the news while breaking down the most recent results in the college football pick-em contest (Kevin and Austin are tied for the lead after a big week from Kevin).

The guys also discuss a bit of Rockets, as the team recently traded Michael Beasley to the Milwaukee Bucks for point guard Tyler Ennis, who figures to be a facilitator and a piece that, in Mike D’Antoni’s system, has a tremendous amount of upside. While not what you might call a ‘blockbuster’ trade, hey – it’s just good to have some hometown basketball to talk about.

Finally, Mike Renner – a senior analyst for Pro Football Focus and a columnist for the Washington Post – joins the show to inject some analytical perspective into the discussion surrounding the Texans and University of Houston Cougars.

Renner analyzes the upsetting, unsettling 27-0 loss to the Patriots Thursday night before giving some consideration to what we’ve learned, in three games, about Brock Osweiler as the signal-caller for the Texans. Renner shares some insight into the DeAndre Hopkins/Will Fuller wideout tandem and what their production means for the offense going forward.

Renner also delves into FBS Football, breaking down the seemingly unstoppable Houston Cougars and especially the contributions of dark-horse Heisman candidate starting quarterback Greg Ward Jr.

Finally, the guys rejoice because, hark, there appeareth an iTunes review. For the first time in what seems like forever, one of the many thousands of listeners actually stopped, took 5 seconds and wrote a review, and it was a great one. TechnoCoog is our listener of the week… maybe listener of the month if we don’t get some more reviews coming in. It’s very easy. If you can’t figure out how to do it, call Kevin at home, and he’ll walk you through it.

And as always, folks, please remember: No matter who you are, where you go or what you do, always, ALWAYS brew responsibly.

John McClain talks Texans; Paralympians Brad Snyder and Matt Stutzman

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Welcome to the 61st episode of The Weekly Brew podcast. Austin was able to sit down with some fascinating athletes at the Paralympics in Rio, and two of them – Matt Stutzman, the Armless Archer and Brad Snyder, a Paralympic swimmer – join us on the show.

Returning to the show for his fourth appearance (a show record – in other words, McClain does NOT turn down interview requests) is The General, John McClain. After 40 years of covering the NFL for the Houston Chronicle, McClain has a unique perspective on the National Football League, and he shares some insight into the nature of protest within the field of sport – with much discussion sparked by Colin Kaepernick’s National Anthem kneeling – as well as the arcane craziness of the uniform code that led DeAndre Hopkins to draw a $7,000 fine for wearing Yeezy cleats, which we’re told has something to do with some kind of rapper.

McClain also takes a close look at what we’ve learned about the Texans so far in the early season, including an analysis of whether Brock Osweiler appears to be worth what the team is paying for his services. Will Fuller was the breakout star of week one, and the defense is humming along nicely, with Bernardrick McKinney taking over responsibility for the sole communication device, following Brian Cushing’s latest injury.

Finally, the guys discuss a VYPE article detailing the very long list of Houston athletes currently playing in the NFL. As it turns out, Houston OWNS the NFL, with the Bengals fielding six Houstonians and Tampa Bay and Miami both playing five Houston products.

Kevin has a slight bone to pick with the listeners about the number of iTunes reviews that have come through in the past few weeks (namely, zero), and either makes a compelling case for leaving them or begs, depending on one’s perspective. Pretty much business as usual around the Oui Desserts Studios.

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Houston Cougar Football; Texans’ beat writer Aaron Wilson; SportsRadio 610’s Sean Pendergast

Welcome to the 59th episode of The Weekly Brew podcast – the Voice of Houston! It’s another jam-packed show this week, as usual, with Chronicle Texans’ beat reporter – and national NFL writer – Aaron Wilson and SportsRadio 610’s Sean Pendergast on tap.

Austin is, as announced last week, enjoying the beaches of Rio, taking in the Paralympics on behalf of his day-job company, so after a brief introduction, he turns things over to Kevin and Jeremy who break down the 33-23 University of Houston win over Big 12 favorite Oklahoma, and analyze the implications for Houston’s College Football Playoff bid.

Next, Wilson calls in to do a quick-hits recap of the NFL’s biggest stories, including Tony Romo’s injury, Colin Kaepernick’s National Anthem protest, Teddy Bridgewater’s injury and the consequences for the NFC North, as well as a look at the Texans defense, with J.J. Watt in recovery. Per WIlson, the cornerback position is deep and a strength, and that may prove vital to this playoff-hopeful squad.

Next, friend of the show and returning guest Sean Pendergast calls in to discuss the Texans ahead of the week-one matchup with the Chicago Bears. Pendergast has some strong takes on the hilarious about-face John Elway and the Broncos have executed, following the departure of Brock Osweiler (going so far as to compare Elway to a ‘spurned lover’), and he has some thoughts on what fans can expect from the starting quarterback this season. Pendergast also explains in greater detail the fallout between University of Houston head coach Tom Herman and Sports Radio 610.

Guys, THERE ARE NO NEW ITUNES REVIEWS. It’s been so long. We’ve forgotten what it feels like to be loved and appreciated. I mean, yes, we have broken 1k Likes on Facebook. Yes, that feels great. Thanks to all the Facebook followers out there. But there’s a special sort of feeling that comes with each new iTunes 5-star review, and you should go leave us one, and we’ll read it on the air next week.

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