College Football Week 1 recap; NFL Preview; Colin Kaepernick and NIKE

After a summer vacation, Austin and Jeremy are back to breakdown the first week of college football action including the major upsets and storylines that dominated the start of the season. 

Then, ahead of week one of the NFL season, the guys make their Super Bowl picks before diving into the latest controversy surrounding Colin Kaepernick and NIKE — will the continuation of bridging politics and sports hurt the footwear giant?

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Amateurism in College Athletics; The Bitcoin and Crypto Craze

The college football bowl season is here and conferences and schools are projected to collectively take home more than $600 million in revenue. Should student-athletes receive a cut?

Chris Yandle, who spent more than a decade working in collegiate athletics, and is currently enrolled in a PhD program at Mercer, joins the podcast to discuss amateurism in college athletics. Are student-athletes treated as property? Should student-athletes be allowed to capitalize on their own personal image? Is reform coming in the way the NCAA does business? Yandle offers his insight in a thought-provoking discussion.

Then, Thomas Manning, CEO of Crypto Bay Holdings, joins the show to discuss the latest financial craze — Bitcoin and Crypto Currencies. What does it all mean and should you invest?

To open the show, Austin and Jeremy discuss the Alabama election and Net Neutrality.

Don Willett heads to the 5th Circuit; NFL and CFB recap

What a week it was for sports fan in the city of Houston. The Texans have their QB after a record-breaking performance and a 57-14 beatdown against the team from Tennessee, and the Astros are primed for an ALDS showdown against the Boston Red Sox. Austin and Jeremy break it all down and dive into some analysis from week five of the college football season. Also, Jeremy offers his hot take on a way to pay college football players and reduce concussions in the NFL. Will it work? Austin is skeptical.

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

ESPN Radio’s David Smoak on Baylor + Cowboys; Weekly Headlines

Austin and Jeremy open the show by discussing Hunter’s phenomenal work in the Houston Chronicle that profiles the woman who sleeps across from Minute Maid Park. Then, the guys break down the Amway Coaches Poll, the hypocrisy of the NCAA’s YouTube ban for UCF’s Donald De La Haye, and another tumultuous week at The White House.

Then, David Smoak of ESPN Central Texas joins Austin to discuss the mood in Waco heading into fall camp, expectations for the football program, Rico Gathers’ chances to make the Cowboys’ 53-man roster, and Ezekiel Elliott’s off-the-field issues.

The guys close the show with discussion on LA 2028, Steve Bartman, Tinder and Manchester United, and the unfortunate news that Dave Bliss is now employed by a Christian high school in Las Vegas.

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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.

Rice Football’s David Bailiff; ROOT SPORTS’ Kevin Eschenfelder; Chron’s Adam Coleman

Welcome to episode 58 of The Weekly Brew podcast – the Voice of Houston, as we’re now saying, because it turns out that if you want to call yourself that, NO ONE CAN STOP YOU. There’s no rigorous vetting process; no application and screening. We’re just the Voice of Houston now. It’s that easy!

It’s another jam-packed, terrific show, highlighting some of the best of what’s going on in the world of Houston sports, but also with a shoutout to fellow Houston podcasters Heaven, Hell or Houston and The Stacks. If you’re into Houston like we are, check those shows out, because they’re great examples of what creative, interesting people are independently producing in HTown.

First up, the guys make some college football predictions, during which Jeremy flip-flops and steals one of Austin’s pre-show College Football Playoff picks. Safe to say, the BrewCast will be keeping future picks a little closer to the vest from now on.

Next, head coach of Rice Football, David Bailiff, joins the podcast to talk Owls football – as he says, you can’t spell “bowl” without “owl,” which is lexicographically sound. We checked. Bailiff talks about how last season’s struggles drive this year’s team (“there’s power in failure”), and he talks about the unique joys of working with academically gifted athletes – a far cry from what Brittany Wager of Last Chance U (episode 57) deals with on a day-to-day basis.

After, second-time guest Kevin Eschenfelder, the Voice of Houston Cougar Football (on the radio) joins the show to talk a little Astros, but mostly preview the University of Houston football season, starting with week one’s matchup against Oklahoma. Esch provides some insight into how Tom Herman has changed the culture at UH and talks about what makes his quarterback, Greg Ward, Jr., so special. Eschenfelder also previews a new partnership between ROOT SPORTS and the Valenti School of Communication at UH, in which students will be assisting in the production of the weekly coaches shows Eschenfelder will host. He hopes to impart some wisdom, and we hope those students listen, because this guy knows the deal.

Finally, old friend of the show, Adam Coleman (whom longtime listeners might remember had Kevin’s current job before he got hired on at the Chronicle) calls in to talk a little about Rice Football and speak to the brand-new Chronicle app High School Sports Live, which he says will put Houston high school football fans in touch with their favorite teams in a radical, game-changing new way.

Finally, the guys don’t belabor the point but… There’s no new iTunes reviews! Not one! It’s been, like, several weeks now and it’s starting to get hurtful. Do it for Harambe – just go to iTunes and leave a nice, little 5-star review with a blurb telling us how you found us, what you enjoy and what you’d like to hear in the future.

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

The USA Today/Amway Coaches Poll and the Rio Olympics; Vincent Harris of Harris Media; Capital Kings

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Welcome to the 55th episode of The Weekly Brew podcast – this week, digital media strategist Vincent Harris of Harris Media and Cole Walowac of EDM group Capital Kings join us on the show.

First, Austin and Kevin discuss the recent USA Today/Amway Coaches Poll rankings in college football, and preview the opening slate of NCAA games. How much do the rankings mean or matter at this point? Who are some of the early Heisman hopefuls?

Next, Vincent Harris, whose Harris Media digital strategy firm has worked for such political figures as Rand Paul, Mitch McConnell, Ted Cruz and – most recently – Donald Trump, calls in to talk about the impact and role of social media in this election cycle, with Republicans stepping up their digital game to compete with the success of President Obama’s social media reach in the last two presidential elections. Harris also delves into what social media does to political discourse in what is proving to be an especially fractured, disparate electorate this year.

Finally, Cole Walowac, producer and rapper for EDM group Capital Kings, joins us to talk about making music and EDM in advance of CK’s Aug. 25 show in Houston.

As always, thanks for listening, and please, if you enjoy the show, share it with your friends and definitely feel free – even compelled – to leave a review on iTunes.