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.

Ep. 50: NBA Free Agency & O.J. Made in America with TSRN’s Adrian Holden

Welcome to this, the 50th episode of The Weekly Brew podcast. This week, Adrian Holden – of TSRN – joins us to take a long, hard look at the acclaimed ESPN 30 for 30 documentary O.J.: Made in America,

But first, NBA Free Agency has been absolutely bonkers. Mike Conley, a reliable two-way point guard who has never been considered one of the best three NBA players at his position, was given the largest contract in league history. Dwight Howard flees for Atlanta as Al Horford, flees to Boston, according to sources, at least in part out of a desire not to play with Howard. The Rockets sign Ryan Anderson and Eric Gordon for a combined $133 million over four years, consummating a years long love affair between GM Daryl Morey and the three-point shooting former Pelican. We get into it all.

Then, Adrian sits in and shares his insight into his repeated (like, five or six) viewings of O.J.: Made in America. It is that good, and part of the reason is what the discussion of the decades-old case reveals about the state of America at the moment, and [spoiler alert] it’s not great news.

But there is some good news! Yes, there were iTunes reviews this week, from as far away as Bangkok, Thailand, and as nearby as our hometown of Houston. Keep those reviews coming! Not only do they make Kevin feel great, but they also improve our rankings in iTunes search results, and you know we want that. So go to our iTunes page, click Ratings and Reviews and just give us a little 5-star review and a short, sweet blurb telling us what you like about the show and things you’d like to hear. Also, our Facebook presence has EXPLODED this week (by our standards) and if you’re one of those hipster types that likes to say you discovered things early, your window is rapidly closing. So head over to our Facebook page and Like us and share the page with your friends.

Thanks, as always for listening, folks, and remember: no matter who you are, where you go or what you do this week, always ALWAYS brew responsibly.