Wade Phillips promotes his book, Son of Bum; Luke Brawner of The H explores Houston

Wade Phillips, a 40-year NFL coaching veteran, son of legendary Texas coach Bum Phillips, is tied as deeply into the fabric of Houston as any other figure in sports. Phillips, who graduated from the University of Houston, coached for the Houston Oilers during the height of the Luv Ya Blue era, then served as defensive coordinator and interim head coach for the Houston Texans.

His new book, Son of Bum: Lessons my Dad Taught me about Football and Life, deals with all of that history and more, and Coach Phillips joins us to delve into the themes and backstory of the book. You should buy the book. It is not just a good book, but a fantastic one that (allegedly) made Kevin weep at multiple junctures.

Also, joining us in-studio this week is fellow Houston podcaster Luke Brawner, of The H, a podcast about the people and places that make Houston Houston.’ Brawner’s show has covered topics ranging from a Tomball bakery to the scourge of human trafficking that is as bad in Houston as anywhere in this country. It’s a must listen and Brawner breaks down the impetus for starting the show, upcoming information and definitively settles, once and for all, the question of #HOU vs #HTX (hint: neither – just The H).

Austin and Kevin also chat about the Astros, unveil a new, big (baller) sponsor and break down the so-called Tim Tebow Bill looming in the Texas State Legislature. Give it a listen!

Chron’s John McClain talks Deshaun Watson + NFL Draft; The Ringer’s Bryan Curtis on the ESPN layoffs; Jake Kaplan on the Astros first month

If you’re a Houston sports fan, it’s been a massive week of news and headlines and The Weekly Brew has you covered. The Houston Chronicle’s John McClain joins the show to break down the 2017 NFL Draft and the Texans acquisition of Clemson QB Deshaun Watson.

Then, Houston Astros beat reporter Jake Kaplan joins Austin and Hunter to discuss the first-place ‘Stros after a 16-9 April to analyze the first month of the season and the outlook for the club moving forward.

Of course the biggest national headline this week occurred in Bristol with ESPN cutting nearly 100 jobs. Kevin and Hunter chat with Bryan Curtis, who is an editor-at-large with The Ringer and covers the sports media world, to discuss the longterm implications at the World Wide leader.

Instant Reaction: Rockets eclipse Thunder, advance to second round

The Houston Rockets win their first-round series against the Thunder after taking game five, 105-99, on Tuesday night. The Weekly Brew also got a big win this week, breaking the 10,000-listener mark last week. Accordingly, Hunter Atkins and Kevin Cook jump on the mic to thank the listeners and break down the Thunder series and Houston’s chances against the Spurs-or-Grizzlies, and Warriors, going forward. Stay tuned for more bonus TWB content coming soon.

Howard Beck talks Rockets, NBA Playoffs; Aaron Hernandez + the week’s top stories

Howard Beck, a 20-year veteran NBA writer with the New York Times and Bleacher Report, joins The Weekly Brew this week to take a look at the NBA Playoffs. Beck tips his hand regarding his MVP ballot and offers a national perspective on the Rockets’ season so far (“Nobody saw this coming… this is one of the more unlikely turnarounds in the last five years.”).

Austin, Jeremy and Kevin also break down the week’s top stories, including David Fizdale’s already-legendary ‘take that for data’ rant, Aaron Hernandez’s bizarre prison suicide and others.

Give it a listen! And since you’re already here on iTunes, why not click ‘Ratings and Reviews’ and leave us a five-star review with a little blurb telling us what you like, and what you’d like to hear on the show going forward. If you do, we’ll read your review on the air, and make you famous for a week.

Jeff Van Gundy talks NBA Playoffs, Rockets; SportsRadio 610’s Sean Pendergast in studio

Jeff Van Gundy, former Rockets head coach and current NBA analyst for ESPN, joins Austin and Kevin to break down the NBA Playoffs and whether or not anyone can beat the Warriors. JVG also weighs in on the MVP race between Harden and Westbrook, and offers his thoughts on the legacy of Yao Ming. Then, Sean Pendergast of SportsRadio 610 joins Austin, Hunter and Jeremy in studio to discuss the Texans, Rockets and Astros.

Baylor AD Mack Rhoades on Matt Rhule, Baylor Athletics and Tilman Fertitta

Baylor AD Mack Rhoades joins The Weekly Brew podcast and provides an update on the state of affairs within the athletic department following the 2016 fallout with the football program. Rhoades then discusses the hiring of Matt Rhule and how the student-athletes are responding during spring drills. The interview concludes with Rhoades offering his thoughts on the University of Houston and his interactions with Tilman Fertitta.

The guys then move into the big headlines from the week including the U.S. launching 59 Tomahawk cruise missiles Thursday night at a Syrian government airbase, opening week for the Astros, the NHL announcing that they will not participate in the 2018 Olympics, and the CONCACAF joint bid to host 2026 World Cup.

Astros Spring Training update; NFL Network’s Taylor Bisciotti

Houston Chronicle enterprise sports reporter Hunter Atkins joins The Weekly Brew from West Palm Beach, Florida, where he has spent a ‘grueling, awful’ week covering the Astros at Spring Training. Hunter and Austin debate the merits of the Astros’ pitching staff (Lance McCullers is “excellent, nasty, peak McCullers” per Atkins) and break down Yulieski Gurriel’s move to first base (where Jeff Bagwell is trying to “Rosetta Stone” first-base play to him, according to Atkins). Atkins sees some auspicious signs in the spring games, and he breaks it down.

Next, Taylor Bisciotti of the NFL Network joins us in the wake of the massive sea change that was the Osweiler to Cleveland trade. Basically a salary dump in exchange for draft picks, the Browns brought Moneyball to the No Fun League, and Bisciotti and the guys discuss whether those types of trades might become more common in years to come, as well as the likelihood of Tony Romo in a Texans jersey next year, and Bisciotti covered the NFL Scouting Combine and reports back on players who improved their stock and some interesting human-interest tidbits that threatened to fall through the cracks.

Also: Kevin and Austin discuss the shadowy futures of Colin Kaepernick and Robert Griffin III – is the era of the dual-threat NFL quarterback officially over? The guys also touch on Rachel Maddow’s perplexing handling of the Trump tax returns, former UT quarterback David Ash’s return to competitive football (Kevin can so not fathom the idea of Ash playing professionally that he assumes Ash’s eligibility was reinstated by the NCAA – nope, he’s trying to play pro ball, after quitting football two years ago due to numerous concussions), Boa Esporte’s new goalkeeper, a convicted murderer who cut up his ex girlfriend’s body after he killed her and fed her to his dogs. None of that is fake news. Also, humpback whales are up to something. Kevin has a theory.

Enjoy! And rate/review on iTunes!

SI’s Lee Jenkins talks James Harden + Rockets; Paul Catalina on Baylor + Tony Romo

March Madness is here and Austin Staton previews the field, offers advice for those making brackets and makes his final four picks.

Flying solo this week, Austin then discusses the Rockets big win over the Cavs and the thrilling weekend for the World Baseball Classic.

Paul Catalina from ESPN Central then joins the show to dissect Baylor’s chances in the East Region of the NCAA Tournament and whether or not Tony Romo will play a down for the Texans this season.

Kevin then interviews Lee Jenkins, senior NBA writer for Sports Illustrated, and dives into James Harden’s MVP-caliber season and expectations for the Rockets heading into the postseason. ICYMI, checkout Lee’s latest with SI on James Harden.

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