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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Hurricane Harvey dumps historic rain on Houston; CFB preview w/ Stewart Mandel

The City of Houston is currently experiencing catastrophic flooding in the aftermath of Hurricane Harvey. While Austin safely fled to Dallas on Friday night, Jeremy and Hunter are still in Houston and dial in to provide updates on a storm that has crippled the nation’s fourth largest city.

To provide some relief from the storm, Stewart Mandel, editor-in-chief of The All-American, previews the college football season as we prepare for a full slate of games during the Labor Day Weekend. Mandel has been a national college football writer for 18 years with Sports Illustrated and Fox Sports, and offers his thoughts on the elite QB’s out west, CFP contenders, the Big 12, and what fans can expect from first-year head coaches at Baylor and U of H.

Stay safe, Houston. We’re praying for you. #HoustonStrong

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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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.

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.

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.

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.

TCU’s Gary Patterson, Big 12 Expansion; Chron’s David Barron on MLB hacking scandal + Simone Biles

Welcome to the 53rd Episode of The Weekly Brew podcast – this week, TCU Football head coach Gary Patterson joins us, along with Houston Chronicle’s David Barron, and we get into the Big 12 expansion talks and the week that was at the RNC.

First, Patterson calls in to preview the Horned Frogs’ season, starting with a very tough September, breaking down the quarterback competition between Foster Sawyer and Kenny Hill. Coach Patterson also speaks to the Big 12 expansion discussions, positing that the University of Houston would be an excellent candidate for several key reasons. Coach Patterson also speaks to his relationship with new Baylor head football coach Jim Grobe and what Bears fans can expect with Grobe at the helm.

Next, the BrewCast discusses the expansion talks in more depth, considering how schools like BYU, Boise State, UH, Cincinnati and Memphis might fit into the Big 12’s expansion plans, and whether 12 teams or 14 teams would make for a stronger conference long term. Austin, Jeremy, Dolores and Kevin also look back at the goings on in the Republican National Convention in Cleveland last week, and consider whether an Astros World Series victory is a fair trade for a term of (ugh) Trump.

Finally, David Barron of the Chronicle joins us to illuminate the sentencing of former St. Louis Cardinals’ scouting director, Chris Correa, who will spend 46 months in prison after being convicted for illicitly accessing Astros’ computers and scouting information. Barron analyzes why the punishment is so severe, and whether this sort of cybercrime might be more prevalent in sports than some are willing to admit. Barron also covers the Olympics and he will be on hand in Rio to report on the competitions. Barron gets into some local products who may be poised to have a big month in Rio, particularly Spring’s Simone Biles, a gold-medal favorite in as many as four events.

And finally, we had another iTunes review this week! That brings the total to 57, which is, like, pretty good. Solid. But it’s not 100, which is a nice, big, round, sexy number, so get on iTunes and leave a 5-star review with a blurb, and we’ll give you a shoutout on the air! Also, we saw some tremendous growth on Facebook this week, so thanks to the diehards who Liked us there – you can use Facebook to contact us with questions or comments and we’d love to hear from you. Thanks!

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

Netw3rk (Jason Concepcion) talks Grantland and The Ringer; University of Houston Men’s Basketball head coach Kelvin Sampson on Cougar hoops and NBA Playoffs

Welcome into the 44th episode of The Weekly Brew podcast – and it is a doozy. Jeremy Paxton and Dolores Lozano have the week off, so Austin and Kevin get into some current events, including the Preakness and Tilman Fertitta’s shot across the bow at Texas and the Big 12, before welcoming in University of Houston Men’s Basketball head coach Kelvin Sampson and The Ringer’s Jason Concepcion.

Sampson breaks down the Cougars’ recent signees, delving into how Valentine Sangoyomi, Devin Davis, Morris Dunnigan and Armoni Brooks will help the program, alongside returning Coogs like Rob Gray Jr., Damyean Dotson and especially Kyle Meyer and Danrad “Chicken” Knowles, whom Sampson says have been constant fixtures at the new $25 million Guy V. Lewis Development Facility in the spring offseason. Sampson shares some tidbits about the upcoming 2016-17 schedule, including playing Rhode Island and Harvard at home, traveling to LSU and negotiations he hopes will lead to a home-and-home with Arkansas.

Sampson also breaks down the NBA Playoffs, getting into what he loves about the Oklahoma City Thunder and the “calming influence” new head coach Billy Donovan has exerted on Kevin Durant and Russell Westbrook, whom Sampson says is “a monster,” and “playing the best basketball of his career.” Sampson speculates on what any potential incoming Houston Rockets head coach needs to do first in order to have success with the team.

Next, Jason Concepcion – otherwise known as @netw3rk on Twitter – calls in to talk NBA. He explains the Knicks’ mystifying hire of Jeff Hornacek as head coach and how he fits in with Phil Jackson’s obsession with Tex Winter’s Triangle offense. Concepcion also takes a look at the Western Conference Finals, with the Golden State Warriors stumbling in game one against the Oklahoma City Thunder. Concepcion also analyzes the Houston Rockets head coaching frontrunner, Mike D’Antoni, and how he would fit in at the helm of the dysfunctional Rockets team.

Concepcion is also a noted Game of Thrones expert, and he shares his perspective on why the show is such a massive success and a cultural touchstone, describing how its depiction of politics as a “zero-sum game” is so relatable and relevant to the political landscape in this country. Concepcion also speaks to the process of getting discovered, becoming a staff writer at Bill Simmons’ Grantland and what’s coming up with Simmons’ new venture The Ringer, where Concepcion will be covering the NBA and Game of Thrones.

Finally, Austin swears to Kevin that before Episode 100, he will secure Bill Simmons as a guest on the podcast. Strong words from Austin, and Kevin fully intends to hold him to that. Somehow. Kevin also ventures very close to threatening listeners who have not yet left iTunes reviews before serenading Austin with a couple of bars from Bill Withers’ “Just the Two of Us,” so… it gets a little weird in the close. Enjoy that. And also, remember: no matter who you are, where you go or what you do this week, always, ALWAYS brew responsibly.

David Ubben discusses Big 12 expansion rumors; Julia Morales talks Astros, fashion, 2006 Rose Bowl and more

Welcome to the 43rd episode of The Weekly Brew podcast. This week, Julia Morales, ROOT Sports’ Houston Astros field reporter, joins us along with Fox Sports SW and Sports on Earth Big 12 analyst, David Ubben.

David Ubben is a TV analyst for Fox Sports SW and a writer for Sports on Earth, covering the Big 12 Conference. If you’re into the Big 12, Ubben is the guy to follow, and this week, he shares some of his insight into the talks of expansion that heated up this week, with Oklahoma president David Boren possibly in conflict with his own board of regents over whether to field offers from teams like Memphis, the University of Houston and BYU to join the conference. Ubben breaks down the likelihood that we’ll see a bigger, better Big 12 and the likelihood that the conference will instate a championship match.

Next, Julia Morales, the exceptionally talented and engaging ROOT Sports field reporter for the Houston Astros, calls us from Fenway Park to talk ‘Stros and the Red Sox series. She also gets into her experiences being the only woman traveling with the Astros and her memories of spending the last four years covering the team day in and day out. Morales also reminisces about being part of the Texas Pom Squad and on the field for the 2006 Rose Bowl victory against USC, and gives some advice to young women considering a career in sports broadcasting.

Finally, the listeners KILLED IT this week, and we wound up with two new iTunes reviews. If you’re reading this, you should head over to our iTunes page and click Subscribe to make sure you get every new episode of The Weekly Brew deposited directly into your podcast queue, and furthermore, click Ratings and Reviews to leave us a nice, little 5-star review with a blurb about what you enjoy on the show and what you’d like to hear. And if you’re in the Houston area, don’t forget to check out our sponsor, Oui Desserts, at 3411 Kirby. And this week, no matter who you are, what you do or where you go, please remember to always, ALWAYS brew responsibly.