Texans talk with John McClain (Chron) & Matt Weston (Battle Red Blog); Adam Wexler on Houston sports

Welcome to the 48th episode of The Weekly Brew podcast – this week, an all-star lineup of Houston sports media figures joins us to break down what’s happening in the city, including KPRC sports anchor Adam Wexler (formerly of Sports Radio 610 and SportsTalk 790), Houston Chronicle Texans and NFL writer John McClain and Matt Weston of Battle Red Blog.

But first, Austin, Kevin and Dolores break down the spectacular Game 7 of the NBA Finals, with LeBron James fulfilling his promise to the city of Cleveland to bring home the Larry O’Brien Trophy (and bringing with it the Bill Russell NBA Finals MVP Trophy), a stark turnaround from last week’s premature prediction that the Warriors would win in five games.

Next, The General, John McClain, breaks down the Texans offseason following OTAs and minicamp, looking at how Brock Osweiler is making his presence felt as a leader on and off the field, examining what Jadeveon Clowney needs to do this season to avoid being labeled a ‘bust,’ and looking through the draft and free-agent acquisitions to uncover who might have a big season for the Texans.

Matt Weston, our good buddy from Battle Red Blog, has spent his offseason poring through film of Texans outside linebacker Whitney Mercilus, and joins us to share why he – per his Twitter account (@mbw987) – has fallen in love. Weston also shares his thoughts on Jadevon Clowney and head coach Bill O’Brien.

Finally, Adam Wexler joins us to share his extensive experience in the field of Houston sports, delving into some of his most meaningful memories watching the Astros, Texans and Rockets. Wexler also shares his thoughts on James Harden sitting out the Olympics and how that might affect his offseason preparation and assesses how Mike D’Antoni might fare at the helm of the Rockets.

Lastly, the BrewCasters give a shoutout to a very special listener, Melissa Leon, who not only reviewed us on iTunes but signed up a number of her friends as listeners and got them to review as well. That’s why Leon is our WeeklyBrewCast MVL this week – but it could be you! Just go to iTunes, click Ratings and Reviews and leave a 5-star review with a little blurb, and you’ll get your own shout out to our thousands of listeners, too. As Spike Lee says, Do the Right Thing!

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

Chron’s John McClain talks Brock Osweiler + Texans; Ashton Warren on March Madness

Welcome to this, the 34th episode of The Weekly Brew podcast. Hosts Austin Staton, Kevin Cook and Jeremy Paxton welcome in Houston Chronicle NFL guru, “The General” John McClain and BaylorVision’s Ashton Warren.

McClain discusses how former Denver Broncos quarterback Brock Osweiler came to be a Houston Texan and why his acquisition — to the tune of $72 million, $37 million guaranteed — has the Houston fan base hyped and John Elway sounding like a “spurned lover.” The Texans also acquire running back Lamar Miller, guard Jeff Allen and center Tony Bergstrom in a flurry of free-agency moves that may position them well for the draft, according to McClain. (McClain also joined us in January to break down the Texans’ disastrous postseason and the future for his Baylor Bears)

Next, Ashton Warren, of BaylorVision, earned a chance to report on the Big 12 Men’s Basketball Tournament for Campus Insiders (whose Lindsay Schnell was a guest on The Weekly Brew in January), and she calls in to talk about her budding career in sports journalism, the biggest moments from the tournament and why no one should sleep on Oklahoma.

Finally, Kevin is crushed – not only that his Houston Cougars lost a heartbreaker in the American Athletic Conference Championship quarterfinals to Tulane, but also that there were, for the first time in many weeks, no new iTunes reviews to read and enjoy. He spends a moment being stern with the listeners before encouraging them to pop over to iTunes, click Ratings and Reviews, and leave a 5-star review with a constructive blurb. Like Spike Lee says, listeners, Do The Right Thing. Go leave a review, and remember: always, always brew responsibly.

ESPN’s Paul Catalina discusses sexual assaults on college campuses; Justice Scalia; Buxton

buxton-800x600.jpgThis week, The Weekly Brew’s first-ever guest – Paul Catalina of ESPN Central Texas – returns to the show to discuss the goings on at Baylor, including the recent candlelight vigil in support of sexual assault victims, Ken Starr’s handling of the multitude of sexual assault accusations in recent memory – primarily against Tevin Elliott and Sam Ukwuachu, who were both ultimately convicted on rape charges — and the general milieu of college athletics, on the whole, in regards to rape allegations, including some discussion impending lawsuit against the University of Tennessee, by six women alleging the university, “created a student culture that enables sexual assaults by student-athletes, especially football players.”

On a lighter note, Catalina also discusses where NFL quarterbacks Johnny Manziel and Robert Griffin III might land, and -SPOILER ALERT- Dallas is a possibility for both. As though Jerry Jones needs any more disfunction in that locker room.

The guys also get into the passing of Associate Justice of the Supreme Court of the United States Antonin Scalia, a polarizing figure (to say the least), whose sudden death leaves a very politically impactful vacancy on the SCOTUS bench. To say this will have an impact on the upcoming elections is an enormous understatement. Austin, Kevin and Jeremy break down the passing of one of America’s most powerful men and what will become of it going forward.

Finally, Sergio Trevino, of Houston’s Buxton, discusses his band’s latest album, Half a Native, and some of the better aspects of the underrated Houston music scene. Trevino discusses working with LA producer Thom Monahan, who has worked with artists like Devendra Banhart, Vetiver and Beachwood Sparks, and the process of writing and recording an album. Be sure to check Buxton out at buxtonband.com and on iTunes.

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Super Bowl 50 preview with Lawrence Gilligan and Troy Renck; College basketball and Phi Slama Jama discussion with ESPN’s Reid Gettys

It’s all hands on deck for this packed Super Bowl 50 preview episode of the podcast. WSOC-TV (Charlotte) anchor Lawrence Gilligan breaks down the Panthers’ season and gets into the impact of the fairy tale season Cam Newton and the cats have had, and what a Super Bowl win would mean to the Carolinas. Denver Post NFL/Broncos beat writer Troy Renck calls in to illustrate why no one should be counting the Broncos out just yet.

The guys break down some interesting prop bets and debate the merits of legalized gambling. Don’t place your bets without hearing this insightful analysis of the various ways you can entertain yourself by putting money up on the Super Bowl.

Finally, Reid Gettys — ESPN college basketball analyst, full-time ExxonMobil lawyer, Phi Slama Jama alum and University of Houston all-time assists leader — calls in to talk about the college basketball landscape and the parity in the game, and preview possible candidates for the Final Four, which he helped bring to Houston this year as part of the NCAA Local Organizing Committee.

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