The NBA at the All-Star Break; Tony Romo to Texans? The future of journalism

Austin and Kevin are all alone in the studio this week, with Jeremy and Hunter out, and they dive headfirst into a smorgasbord of topics: CBS’ recent NBA all-time top-50 players list; what is going to happen with Tony Romo, and is there any chance he’s a Houston Texan by the time next season rolls around? (Austin says, ‘yeah,’ and Kevin says, ‘no chance’); the brother of North Korea’s Glorious Leader Kim Jong-Un was assassinated by a woman who believed she was competing on a prank show, per The Guardian – Austin has some thoughts on what exactly is taking place behind the scenes; One Texas State legislator introduced some ludicrous anti-emoji legislation which natch led Austin and Kevin into a discussion of some of the weirder/crazier laws on the books in Texas today; finally, the guys take a look at Mark Zuckerberg’s manifesto and the future of journalism.

The Ringer’s Shea Serrano; Chron’s John McClain; Bags heading to Cooperstown

The Ringer’s Shea Serrano, New York Times Bestselling author of The Rap Year Book, joins us to talk Rockets and Texans and explore the Houston rap scene, illuminating some of the up-and-coming acts on the rise.

Frequent contributor John McClain, of the Houston Chronicle, calls in to discuss the tough quarterback situation facing the Texans in the offseason, and coaching movies, with Bill O’Brien serving as his own offensive coordinator and Romeo Crennel moving upstairs to assistant head coach as Mike Vrabel takes over at DC. Be sure to check out John’s Hard Knocks event at the Houstonian on Wednesday, Jan. 25. Full details can be found here.

The guys also hit the week’s headlines in the intro and discuss the alluring possibility of Adrian Peterson in a Texans’ uniform per remarks he made earlier this week. Give it a listen!

New Astros’ PBP voice Todd Kalas; Shehan Jeyarajah of SEC Country; week’s sports headlines

Incoming Astros’ television play-by-play broadcaster Todd Kalas and SEC Country’s Shehan Jeyarajah are guests on this episode of The Weekly Brew, the self-proclaimed ‘Voice of Houston.’ Kalas reflects on some memories of a lifetime in and around baseball, including calling a World Series game with his father, the late, legendary broadcaster Harry Kalas. Kalas also looks forward to the upcoming season for the Astros and assesses just how big this year could be for the club. Jeyarajah is the definition of a college football insider and shares his insight into the recent Clemson/Alabama championship match and Deshaun Watson’s pro football prospects. Jeyarajah also examines Kevin Sumlin, and how hot his seat is, and obliges Austin and Jeremy with some Baylor talk. Not to be missed. And the guys run down the week’s biggest headlines. Give it a listen.

Rockets GM Daryl Morey; the Texans, Rockets, NBA MVP race and the College Football Playoffs

 

Daryl Morey, General Manager of the Houston Rockets, calls in to discuss James Harden’s hot start to the season and how much value the organization places upon his production (spoiler: it’s an asymptotic function). What would be a successful season for the organization when all is said and done? Is Daryl Morey really helping to create a musical (spoiler: yes, he actually is, and it’s amazing)? Kevin and Austin also delve into the NBA MVP race – a two-man race between Harden and Westbrook at the moment – and the Texans and the disappointing slate of semifinal College Football Playoffs matches.

John McClain talks Texans; Jeremy Branham talks University of Houston Football & Basketball

Welcome to Episode 69! This week, Chron’s John McClain and Sports Radio 610’s Jeremy Branham join us to talk Houston sports on The Weekly Brew, the Voice of Houston.

John McClain is no stranger to The Weekly Brew, having joined us on no fewer than four other occasions. He calls in to talk a little Texans, a little Baylor, this and that. Listen, the guy is one of the most veteran, locked-in voices in Houston sports, and he can talk whatever he wants, even if he does throw cold water on the Chad Morris-to-Baylor storyline.

Jeremy Branham is also an old friend of the show. He is a sideline reporter for UH Football, and he shares some insights from the huge upset victory over Louisville Thursday, and delves into Tom Herman’s future with the team and the impact of yet another UH victory over a top-5 squad. Branham is also now the play-by-play voice of UH Cougar Basketball, and will be hosting coach’s shows with Kelvin Sampson every week, and he talks a little bit about what to expect from the team this season (hint: NCAA Tournament berth) and the long-term trajectory of the program under Coach Sampson (hint: future is bright).

As usual, terrific guests with terrific takes get into anything and everything Houston sports. That’s, after all, why we’re the Voice of Houston (according to us, and we would know: we are the Voice of Houston), and to the listeners, we say both thank you and you’re welcome.

But hark – there is one thing you can do for us, and in fact, should. In these uncertain times, people look to symbols of certainty and stability, and for a podcast, that equates to iTunes reviews. We need them. Go to iTunes and click Ratings and Reviews and leave a 5-star review with a little blurb (if you’re on a mobile device, use the magnifying glass in the podcast app to search for The Weekly Brew, and you can do it from there), and we will actually read it aloud to our thousands of listeners. And you’ll be our favorite listener of the week, like, UHCoog2010 is this week.

And remember guys, no matter who you are, where you go or what you do, 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.

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.

Last Chance U’s Brittany Wagner; Texan Live’s Jeremy Branham; Rio 2016 and Ryan Lochte

Welcome to the 57th episode of The Weekly Brew, the undisputed “Voice of Houston” (according to us). This week, Brittany Wagner, the athletic academic counselor profiled in the Netflix documentary Last Chance U, and Dynamo play-by-play commentator and Texan Live broadcaster Jeremy Branham join us to talk sports and life.

First, the guys delve back into the rapidly concluding Rio 2016 Olympic Games where – since we last recorded – much more has come to light on the Ryan Lochte front. Kevin intended to make a Brian Williams joke on-air, but a quick Google searched revealed that he was approximately the eight millionth person to think of that joke, so he wisely stayed away from that well-worn territory.

Next, Brittany Wagner, the beleaguered athletic academic advisor at East Mississippi Community College – the breakout star of Last Chance U – joins us to share some insight into the process of making the documentary and talk a bit about how colleges are failing athletes, including a brief look at her proposal to allow top-tier players to ‘major in sports.’ Wagner also speaks to whas has happened to Ronald Ollie, John Franklin III and D.J. Law since filming wrapped, and what we can expect from season two of Last Chance U.

Finally, Jeremy Branham – the voice of the Houston Dynamo – joins us to promote the new Texan Live high school football magazine. Houston is one of the deepest talent pools in all of high school sports, sending impact players to blue chip programs in the Big 12, SEC and more, but it all starts right here in HTown. Branham shares some information about programs to watch this year (like Katy, Pearland, North Shore, George Ranch and Manvel) and players you simply have to see (like Friendswood quarterback Tyler Page) and what fans can expect from this year’s crop of high school football teams. He also tries to convince Kevin and Austin that they should start watching more Dynamo soccer, but only time will tell if he won them over.

Finally, Austin and Kevin make a ‘very special announcement’ about how they’ll be spending their Friday nights this fall. SPOILER ALERT: They’ll be broadcasting high school football games every week with Texan Live, so you can hear The Weekly Brew on your radio dial, bringing you some of the best high school football action in the city.

And guys, come on: let’s talk about iTunes reviews. There hasn’t been a new one in nearly two weeks! Kevin doesn’t want to beg, but he is in no way above that. Do the right thing. Go to iTunes and leave us a nice, little 5-star review with a blurb about how you found the show, what you enjoy and what you’d like to hear in the future. You’ll get a shoutout on the air if you do.

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