Astros broadcaster Bill Brown; Chip Rives, director of ESPN 30 for 30 Phi Slama Jama

Welcome to the 66th episode of The Weekly Brew podcast, the Voice of Houston! We’re getting deep into the Houston sports scene this week with two fantastic guests, Bill Brown and Chip Rives.

Brown spent 30 years as the primary television play-by-play voice of the Houston Astros, witnessing and calling things like no-hitters from Darryl Kile and Mike Fiers, the last regular-season game ever played in the Astrodome and Craig Biggio’s 3,000th hit. Brown was inducted into the Texas Sports Hall of Fame and was, for many in the city of Houston, the voice of the Astros and the voice of baseball. He discusses some of his memories of 30 years of distinguished service, delves into why baseball is special to its fans and looks forward to the coming years for the Astros’ franchise.

Like Hansel, Chip Rives is so hot right now. The documentarian has won five Emmy Awards and a Peabody Award (recognizing journalistic excellence) for his work on films like ESPN’s Brian the Boz and the MLB Network doc The Eighth Wonder of the World, discussing the Astrodome. Rives’ latest effort, the 30 for 30 Phi Slama Jama, documents the wildly popular 1980’s University of Houston Basketball team under the guidance of head coach Guy V. Lewis, featuring Akeem Olajuwon (later Hakeem), Clyde Drexler, Reid Gettys, Benny Anders and many more, who dunked their way into America’s heart.

Rives discusses the legacy of Guy V. Lewis, one of the early integrators of athletics in the South, and the curious search for Benny Anders, “The Outlaw” who virtually disappeared after his time at UH.

And then Kevin begs for iTunes reviews. Guys, they’re REALLY IMPORTANT. And it’s been a while since we’ve gotten any. We’re pretty firmly committed to, like, not paying for them or cheating the system, but frankly, our morals only go so far. We’re bringing you some of the best interviews with Houston’s most fascinating sports figures, telling engaging, entertaining stories through the magic of podcasting. The LEAST you can do it pop over to iTunes and leave a nice 5-star review with a little blurb. We’ll even read it out loud at the end of next week’s episode. Do the right thing, guys.

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

Former all-Big 12 RB Terrance Ganaway; Chronicle’s Jenny Dial Creech; Denver7 ABC’s Troy Renck

Welcome to the 65th episode of The Weekly Brew! You may have noticed (or maybe not – Kevin certainly didn’t hear anyone complain) that we took a week off. Why? Frankly, we deserved it. If Jim Rome can take 18 weeks off a year, we don’t see why one should be a problem.

If you have a problem with that, Kevin will happily (digitally) fight you.

But we’re back at it! We have a great slate of guests this week, with Houston Chronicle sports columnist Jenny Dial Creech, former Baylor all-Big 12 running back Terrance Ganaway and Denver7 ABC’s Troy Renck calling in to discuss anything and everything going on in pro and college sports.

First, Jenny Dial Creech, an inveterate Tex-Mex snob (her words) shares some of the best dishes and drinks around the town of Houston. Creech then dives into some of her favorite memories of 11 years covering Houston sports, sharing her thoughts on the passing of Houston sports media legend Bob Allen and noting some of her inspirations, growing up around – and loving – sports. Creech touches on the Rockets and Comets in a wide-ranging interview that is sure to satisfy sports fans of all varieties.

Next, Terrance Ganaway, arguably the best running back ever to attend Baylor (though he did it after defecting from the University of Houston, which Kevin cannot and will not forget), shares his thoughts on this year’s Baylor team, how well the Bears have moved on from Art Briles’ ignominious departure and gives some of his top targets for the impending coaching search (Les Miles and Tom Herman are mentioned). Ganaway also delves into the recent Big 12 decision not to expand, describing what he thinks ought to have happened and should happen in the future (hint: 14 teams).

Finally, old friend of the show Troy Renck – who broke down the Super Bowl in Episode 28 – calls in ahead of Monday’s Texans v Broncos matchup to break down what’s been plaguing the Broncos in the first quarters lately and what the Texans need to do to secure a win. Renck also shares some thoughts on the digital-first movement in the newspaper industry and the challenges facing sportswriters in this brave, new world.

We might have taken a week off, but we killed it on the comeback episode. We hope you enjoy and we implore you: leave some reviews (5-stars, please, with blurbs) on iTunes! We’ll read any 5 star review with a blurb, and we mean ANY. Think Will Ferrell reading the Telepromptr in Anchorman.

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

Texans, WWE & UFC talk with Alex Del Barrio; Chron’s enterprise sports writer Hunter Atkins

Sports Radio 610’s Alex Del Barrio joins the show to break down the Texans’ 3-1 start, analyzing how the defense projects to overcome the loss of JJ Watt, whether O’Brien calling the offensive plays long-term is a good thing for the team and what the future looks like for Houston in the AFC South.

Del Barrio also spent time with the WWE, and he looks at the landscape of pro wrestling and the intersection of pro wrestling and UFC, examining figures like Brock Lesnar, Conor McGregor and CM Punk.

The Houston Chronicle’s enterprise sports writer, Hunter Atkins, calls in to talk about coming to Houston from New York City, the role of human interest in sports reporting and Art Briles’ impending return to coaching and what that means in the world of sport.

Craig Ackerman, Rockets play by play broadcaster; Chron’s Dylan Baddour on Election 2016

Welcome to the 63rd episode of The Weekly Brew podcast! Kevin celebrates a milestone with the program (he debuted on The Weekly Brew a year ago this week, talking Sepp Blatter and Major League Baseball in Episode 8), and admonishes the listeners for not leaving reviews on iTunes.

Craig Ackerman has been the Houston Rockets’ play by play announcer since 2008, and this year, he will begin to take on select road-game duties when the Rockets are on the road as Bill Worrell begins to transition away from broadcasting. Ackerman has spent more than two decades with the Rockets, dating back to his days as a student at HBU when he came aboard as an intern. Ackerman knows the Rockets as intimately as anyone in the media, and he shares some insight into the team’s history and future under new head coach Mike D’Antoni.

Friend of the show Dylan Baddour, a Houston Chronicle reporter and two-time guest, breaks down the recent presidential debate, examining some of the more dubious claims made by Trump and ponders what the debate says about the state of political discourse in America, headed into one of the weirdest elections in recent memory.

Finally, and this is real serious, folks, Kevin reprimands the listenership for the lack of recent iTunes reviews. If you leave a 5-star review, we’ll read it aloud on the show to the thousands of podcast listeners! If you’re being 100 percent realistic, it might be your best – if not only – chance at fame. And it’s so easy! Just head over to iTunes, click “Ratings and Reviews” and leave a 5-star review with a little blurb. You’ll feel so warm and fuzzy, and get that satisfaction that only comes with doing the right thing and doing something for someone else. Do it!

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