ESPN’s Sam Khan Jr. on college football; Texans TV’s Drew Dougherty; Chron’s Hunter Atkins

Welcome to the 67th episode of The Weekly Brew podcast: the Voice of Houston. As you may have noticed, TWB-fever is sweeping the Greater Houston area. You don’t get to 1,200 Facebook Likes by accident. If you’re not already a fellow Facebook Like-r, it can be readily accomplished by clicking here.

This week is jam packed with more star power than any one podcast should have. Friend of the show Hunter Atkins brings along a stable of marquee sports figures (including Tim Kurkjian, Doc Rivers, Matthew McConaughey and Harry Caray) to weigh in on the biggest issues in sports.

Next, Drew Dougherty, the Houston Texans’ Integrated Media Manager and a constant presence on most team-related productions, joins us to remember Andre Johnson and Arian Foster, two all-time Texans greats who retired midseason within a week of one another. Dougherty does NOT take the bait when asked about Andre Johnson whooping the hell out of Cortland Finnegan (he’s a pro, and I’m sure Bob McNair will be thrilled he didn’t get into that), but does share some of his favorite Andre Johnson memories and discusses why the impact to the fan base is so different for the two players. Dougherty also digs into where, exactly, the Texans fit into the NFL postseason picture and assess the state of the union around the franchise at the bye week.

Finally, ESPN’s Sam Khan, Jr. is one of the country’s premier college football writers, and he joins us in an interestingly-timed interview that touches on the SEC as it pertains to Houston. Khan (like some kind of oracle) cautions against getting too high on the Aggies following the first round of College Football Playoff rankings and – lo and behold – the Aggies shit the bed no more than 48 hours after he spoke against the rampant optimism and sunshine pouring out of College Station. The guy really knows his stuff. He also spent time with defensive end Myles Garrett, a fascinating and multifaceted figure that we’re likely to see go early in the draft next season. Terrific stuff from Khan.

And that’s more or less it this week. Which, really, is enough, isn’t it? One final thing: LEAVE ITUNES REVIEWS. They’re very important. It’s also important that they’re five-star reviews with blurbs, and there’s the added bonus that we will read any five-star blurb verbatim on the show (bleeped, if necessary), just like Will Ferrell reading from the TelePrompTer in Anchorman.

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

Astros + MLB preview w/ MLB.com’s Richard Justice; Final Four; Second Lovers’ Thom Truver

On this 37th episode of The Weekly Brew podcast, MLB.com columnist Richard Justice calls us to talk Astros in celebration of Opening Day, Kevin shares some Charles Barkley audio from his Final Four coverage and friend of the show Thom Truver, of Houston indie rock group Second Lovers, talks making music and the upcoming Art Blocks festival.

Kevin is more or less indisposed this week, spending most of his waking hours at NRG Stadium watching and covering the Final Four, but he stops in for a brief visit to share some amusing Charles Barkley anecdotes and discuss the historic 44-point shellacking Villanova inflicted on poor Oklahoma in the semifinals.

Next, Richard Justice of MLB.com shares his expertise and insight on the Astros in celebration of Opening Day. Justice believes the ‘Stros are the team to be in the AL West, with an exciting young roster peppered with talent like Carlos Correa and George Springer (Justice says this is “Springer’s clubhouse”). He breaks down the acquisition of Ken Giles from the Phillies and how that plays into a strong pitching rotation bolstered by hometown favorite Dallas Keuchel and Collin McHugh. Justice also expresses optimism about the Cubs season and cautions against buying into the curse of the billy goat.

Finally, it’s the second go-round for Second Lovers. This time, lead guitarist and (relative) newlywed Thom Truver shares some exciting details about the upcoming Art Blocks: Big Bash, featuring Second Lovers and The Suffers, shares some details about how to honeymoon like a rockstar and breaks down how he came to be part of one of the Houston music scene’s most exciting, up-and-coming groups.

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