The guys talk Rockets, Texans, College Football Playoffs, Subpoenas and more

Austin, Jeremy and Kevin delve into a wide range of topics, including what shot, if any, the Texans have of beating the New England Patriots, whether Brock Osweiler has redeemed himself and whether the Texans’ season can ultimately be considered a success. The Rockets are a sexy 29-9 as of this recording, Eric Gordon is a virtual lock for Sixth Man of the Year, and James Harden is one of two primary MVP candidates. How far can they go? Is Joe Buck the sexiest man in sports? The guys tackle the big questions this week, so don’t miss it.

Paul Gallant of SportsRadio610 talks Texans, Rogue One; The guys talk NBA, College Football

Paul Gallant, host of SportsRadio610’s Gallant at Night, joins the show to talk Houston Texans. The Texans are the AFC South champions for the second consecutive year, but what is the team’s ceiling with Tom Savage under center? Has the ascendancy of Savage re-energized a depleted, worn-down fan base in Houston? Was Rogue One any good? Reasonable minds may differ, but Gallant shares some strong takes with Austin and Kevin. The guys also talk College Football Playoffs, Rockets and the NBA Hall of Fame, which features two Houston figures – Rudy Tomjanovich and Tracy McGrady – up for election. Is it good for the Rockets? Listen in and find out.

 

SicEm365’s Ashley Hodge talks Baylor head coach Matt Rhule; UH hires Major Applewhite

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Welcome to Episode 72 from The Voice of Houston! While Kevin takes his first day off in more than a year, Austin and Jeremy breakdown the Texans win at Indianapolis, Major Applewhite as the new head football coach at the University of Houston, and Matt Rhule answering the call at Baylor.

Ashley Hodge of SicEm365.com calls into the show to discuss the Matt Rhule hiring and what steps he is taking to ensure that the program is able to salvage the 2017 recruiting class while building inroads within the Texas high school football coaching circles. Hodge also explains why Scott Drew’s shift in recruiting philosophy has paid off on the hardwood.

Although Kevin was MIA this week, the podcast did receive ANOTHER five-star review on iTunes from Blaker876 — our favorite listener of the week. If you want a shoutout on the show, the process is simple: Click here and leave us a review.

Matt Mosley (Dallas Morning News + Texas Monthly) talks Baylor football + basketball; Tom Herman to Texas

Welcome to Episode 70 of the podcast, we hope you survived Black Friday (we barely did).

The guys open the show by discussing the fallout from Tom Herman’s move to the 40 acres in Austin and what it means for the future of the football program at U of H.

Dallas Morning News and Texas Monthly columnist Matt Mosley then calls in to discuss the coaching vacancy at Baylor and why Colorado’s Mike MacIntyre is the ideal candidate for the job. Mosley then opines on Tom Herman’s move to Texas, why it isn’t necessarily a homerun hire for the Longhorns, and what U of H should look for in a new head coach (hint: Row the Boat). Lastly, Mosley analyzes Baylor basketball’s hot start following a come-from-behind win over Louisville in the Bahamas.

Kevin had dinner plans (or perhaps was still sulking over Herman’s departure on Saturday) so Austin and Jeremy wrap up the show and recap the college football landscape and the various coaching vacancies within the state of Texas.

Lastly, we encourage all of our listeners to visit our iTunes page and leave a five-star review — we know it’ll make Kevin feel better after Tom Herman left him at the alter. And remember guys, no matter who you are, where you go or what you do, always, ALWAYS brew responsibly.

Sports 790’s Ross Villarreal talks Rockets and NBA; Election 2016 results and Rockets talk

Chron’s Hunter Atkins joins us in-studio again, as The Weekly Brew breaks down the recent election and fallout, including some man-on-the-street interviews from outside Trump Tower in Chicago, where Austin happened to be. Ross Villarreal, of the SportsRV show and RocketsWrap on Sports Talk 790 calls in to talk about the Rockets’ new look and the monstrous season James Harden is having, and what the realistic ceiling is for the squad, as well as what other teams bear watching early in the NBA season.

ESPN’s Sam Khan Jr. on college football; Texans TV’s Drew Dougherty; Chron’s Hunter Atkins

Welcome to the 67th episode of The Weekly Brew podcast: the Voice of Houston. As you may have noticed, TWB-fever is sweeping the Greater Houston area. You don’t get to 1,200 Facebook Likes by accident. If you’re not already a fellow Facebook Like-r, it can be readily accomplished by clicking here.

This week is jam packed with more star power than any one podcast should have. Friend of the show Hunter Atkins brings along a stable of marquee sports figures (including Tim Kurkjian, Doc Rivers, Matthew McConaughey and Harry Caray) to weigh in on the biggest issues in sports.

Next, Drew Dougherty, the Houston Texans’ Integrated Media Manager and a constant presence on most team-related productions, joins us to remember Andre Johnson and Arian Foster, two all-time Texans greats who retired midseason within a week of one another. Dougherty does NOT take the bait when asked about Andre Johnson whooping the hell out of Cortland Finnegan (he’s a pro, and I’m sure Bob McNair will be thrilled he didn’t get into that), but does share some of his favorite Andre Johnson memories and discusses why the impact to the fan base is so different for the two players. Dougherty also digs into where, exactly, the Texans fit into the NFL postseason picture and assess the state of the union around the franchise at the bye week.

Finally, ESPN’s Sam Khan, Jr. is one of the country’s premier college football writers, and he joins us in an interestingly-timed interview that touches on the SEC as it pertains to Houston. Khan (like some kind of oracle) cautions against getting too high on the Aggies following the first round of College Football Playoff rankings and – lo and behold – the Aggies shit the bed no more than 48 hours after he spoke against the rampant optimism and sunshine pouring out of College Station. The guy really knows his stuff. He also spent time with defensive end Myles Garrett, a fascinating and multifaceted figure that we’re likely to see go early in the draft next season. Terrific stuff from Khan.

And that’s more or less it this week. Which, really, is enough, isn’t it? One final thing: LEAVE ITUNES REVIEWS. They’re very important. It’s also important that they’re five-star reviews with blurbs, and there’s the added bonus that we will read any five-star blurb verbatim on the show (bleeped, if necessary), just like Will Ferrell reading from the TelePrompTer in Anchorman.

And finally, as always guys, please remember: no matter who you are, where you go or what you do, 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.

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.

If you have not already, please, go subscribe over on iTunes or (if you’re not into Apple stuff, which, hey, it’s a free country) SoundCloud, so you don’t miss a single episode of The Voice of Houston.