College Football Recap; NFL Network’s Taylor Bisciotti’s Top Takeaways

Font2.jpgThe College Football season is in week two and the Baylor Bears are off to an 0-2 start. Austin and Jeremy analyze what has gone wrong for first-year head coach Matt Rhule, whether the team can rebound this season, and why fans in Waco should stop clamoring for Art Briles.

Then, Taylor Bisciotti from the NFL Network joins Austin to debut her new segment on the show called Taylor’s Top Takeaways. This week, Taylor discusses her biggest surprises from week one of the NFL season, teams that impressed, and why Texans fans should step back from the ledge following an opening week loss to Jacksonville. Taylor also offers insight into her new show called ICYMI: All 32, which can be found on the NFL Network.

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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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Golden State Warriors, Twitter + NFL, Villanova’s National Championship and Shawn Oakman

On this 38th episode of The Weekly Brew podcast, we welcome back good friend of the show, Baylor alum and latest addition to the Houston Super Bowl Committee, Dolores Lozano, Golden State Warriors beat writer for the San Jose Mercury News, Diamond Leung and Taylor Soper of GeekWire.

Dolores, Austin and Kevin were all in attendance for last Monday’s National Championship game between Villanova and the University of North Carolina, and share their experiences being present for the first buzzer-beating game-winning three in NCAA Championship history and by consensus one of the greatest national title games ever. They then delve into some less-happy sports news, discussing the investigation into Shawn Oakman, another Baylor football player embroiled in a sexual assault scandal.

Next, Taylor Soper, of GeekWire, a writer covering the intersection of sports and technology, calls in to talk about Twitter’s deal with the NFL to stream 10 Thursday Night Football games this season, discussing why Twitter won the right to stream those games and whether the deal will have any impact on Twitter’s plummeting stock price and inability to draw and retain new monthly active users.

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Thanks for listening, and remember to always, ALWAYS, brew responsibly.