Austin and Kevin talk Major Applewhite, Joe Mixon, Craig Sager and the new NBA CBA

Austin and Kevin tackle some of the week’s biggest stories including the promotion of Major Applewhite to University of Houston head coach (consensus is: cautious optimism); the release of the Joe Mixon assault video (hearkening back to earlier episodes recorded with Chron’s Jenny Dial Creech and Sport’s Illustrated’s Lindsay Schnell in which the events were discussed) and what it means for college athletics and the way our culture handles and treats violence towards women; the death of NBA gadfly Craig Sager, arguably the most popular sideline reporter in any sport; and a deep-dive look at some of the new changes to the NBA CBA and what it means for the Association going forward.

Joseph Duarte talks UH head coach search; SI’s Sportsman of the Year, LeBron; too many bowls

Welcome to Episode 71 of The Weekly Brew podcast! It’s been a busy week in the city of Houston, especially for the titular University, which finds itself embroiled in a search for its next head football coach. Joseph Duarte, friend of the show, and Houston Chronicle UH beat writer joins us to discuss what exactly that search entails, the most ‘hot’ and most likely names being considered and what job number one is for the incoming HC.

Duarte also delves into what’s happening with the current crop of UH commits (SPOILER ALERT: Tom Herman is coming to steal them this week) and what it means to have Billion Dollar Buyer Tilman Fertitta front and center, from a media standpoint, in the midst of this search.

The guys also delve into bowl season, which is nearly upon us, and arrive at the conclusion that there are just too many of them. LeBron James was also named SI’s Sportsperson of the Year, and the guys consider who might have been named the Houston Sportsperson of the Year and at some of the worst retrospective picks on the list since 1954.

It’s another packed show, but it could be MORE packed if we had any iTunes reviews to read. Why not do us a favor and go to iTunes, click Ratings and Reviews and leave us a nice, little 5-star review with a blurb? We’ll read it on the air and make you super famous for a week, and it will just feel so, so nice.

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

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.

Rice Football’s David Bailiff; ROOT SPORTS’ Kevin Eschenfelder; Chron’s Adam Coleman

Welcome to episode 58 of The Weekly Brew podcast – the Voice of Houston, as we’re now saying, because it turns out that if you want to call yourself that, NO ONE CAN STOP YOU. There’s no rigorous vetting process; no application and screening. We’re just the Voice of Houston now. It’s that easy!

It’s another jam-packed, terrific show, highlighting some of the best of what’s going on in the world of Houston sports, but also with a shoutout to fellow Houston podcasters Heaven, Hell or Houston and The Stacks. If you’re into Houston like we are, check those shows out, because they’re great examples of what creative, interesting people are independently producing in HTown.

First up, the guys make some college football predictions, during which Jeremy flip-flops and steals one of Austin’s pre-show College Football Playoff picks. Safe to say, the BrewCast will be keeping future picks a little closer to the vest from now on.

Next, head coach of Rice Football, David Bailiff, joins the podcast to talk Owls football – as he says, you can’t spell “bowl” without “owl,” which is lexicographically sound. We checked. Bailiff talks about how last season’s struggles drive this year’s team (“there’s power in failure”), and he talks about the unique joys of working with academically gifted athletes – a far cry from what Brittany Wager of Last Chance U (episode 57) deals with on a day-to-day basis.

After, second-time guest Kevin Eschenfelder, the Voice of Houston Cougar Football (on the radio) joins the show to talk a little Astros, but mostly preview the University of Houston football season, starting with week one’s matchup against Oklahoma. Esch provides some insight into how Tom Herman has changed the culture at UH and talks about what makes his quarterback, Greg Ward, Jr., so special. Eschenfelder also previews a new partnership between ROOT SPORTS and the Valenti School of Communication at UH, in which students will be assisting in the production of the weekly coaches shows Eschenfelder will host. He hopes to impart some wisdom, and we hope those students listen, because this guy knows the deal.

Finally, old friend of the show, Adam Coleman (whom longtime listeners might remember had Kevin’s current job before he got hired on at the Chronicle) calls in to talk a little about Rice Football and speak to the brand-new Chronicle app High School Sports Live, which he says will put Houston high school football fans in touch with their favorite teams in a radical, game-changing new way.

Finally, the guys don’t belabor the point but… There’s no new iTunes reviews! Not one! It’s been, like, several weeks now and it’s starting to get hurtful. Do it for Harambe – just go to iTunes and leave a nice, little 5-star review with a blurb telling us how you found us, what you enjoy and what you’d like to hear in the future.

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

Baylor head coach Jim Grobe; Robert Boudwin/ Clutch the Rockets Bear; Rio 2016 update

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Welcome to the 56th episode of The Weekly Brew podcast, which happens to be our 1-year anniversary. No big deal (IT’S A HUGE DEAL – most podcasts die before their first birthday, so thanks for keeping us not alive, but thriving).

This week, Baylor Football head coach Jim Grobe joins to talk about the challenges of taking over for Art Briles, beset by an aggressive media in a volatile situation and having to overcome the skepticism of the players and alumni. Grobe, the 2006 AP Coach of the Year, speaks to some of the strengths of the Baylor program, like speed and athleticism, but says the team’s overwhelmingly best asset is its work ethic and attitude. Grobe encourages and welcomes high expectations for the Bears this season.

Next, Robert Boudwin (AKA Clutch the Bear, the Rockets mascot) calls in shortly after announcing his retirement after 21 years as the lovable, iconic bear. Chances are, if you have ever been to a Rockets game or have seen one on television, you’re familiar with Clutch’s antics, and Robert describes how he invented the character and brought him to life for all these years, and shares what he intends to do next, as well as the future of the hoops-loving bear.

Austin, Jeremy and Kevin also share their impressions of week one of the Rio Olympics, some good (lots and lots of USA gold medals), some bad (lots of Olympic athletes robbed or threatened), some strange (what is the deal with the green water in the diving pool?), and congratulate themselves (mostly, Kevin congratulates) on a year of solid work.

Congratulations to you, the listeners, too. We would not still be doing a podcast every week if there weren’t thousands of you tuning in every week, sharing our content, supporting us on social media, and in general being awesome (especially when leaving reviews on iTunes!). So thank you guys for a great, great year and we look forward to sharing the next one with you, too.

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