Previewing the Rockets-Warriors w/ Ben DuBose and Hunter Atkins

The Houston Rockets are set to square off against the Golden State Warriors in the Western Conference Finals. SportsTalk790’s Ben DuBose joins Austin Staton and Hunter Atkins to preview the series that NBA fans have been waiting for all season.

The trio outlines expectations for game one of the series and which team has the mental edge as both squads have undertaken mental warfare leading up to the series. Then, the guys discuss matchup expectations for Draymond Green, Steph Curry, Clint Capela, and why this series bodes well for James Harden and his legacy in Houston.

Wall Street Journal’s Jason Gay; Dallas Keuchel to the DL; Weekly Headlines

The guys breakdown the news of Astros LHP Dallas Keuchel heading to the disabled list for the first time in his career as a result of a pinched nerve in his neck. What does this mean for the Astros, and how does self-reporting injuries in baseball compare to other sports? Austin and Jeremy offer their analysis.

Then, The Wall Street Journal’s Jason Gay joins Kevin Cook to discuss problematic owners, the sports media landscape and whether or not James Harden is the right “cultural fit” for the Houston Rockets. Gay has written for publications including GQ, Rolling Stone, Outside, The New York Observer and Vogue. He is also the author of “Little Victories: Perfect Rules for Imperfect Living,” which can be found on Amazon.

The show closes with Austin and Jeremy discussing the detainment of Enes Kanter in Romania, the role of politics and sports, and more. As always, subscribe to The Weekly Brew on iTunes, Facebook and Twitter.

 

Ep. 50: NBA Free Agency & O.J. Made in America with TSRN’s Adrian Holden

Welcome to this, the 50th episode of The Weekly Brew podcast. This week, Adrian Holden – of TSRN – joins us to take a long, hard look at the acclaimed ESPN 30 for 30 documentary O.J.: Made in America,

But first, NBA Free Agency has been absolutely bonkers. Mike Conley, a reliable two-way point guard who has never been considered one of the best three NBA players at his position, was given the largest contract in league history. Dwight Howard flees for Atlanta as Al Horford, flees to Boston, according to sources, at least in part out of a desire not to play with Howard. The Rockets sign Ryan Anderson and Eric Gordon for a combined $133 million over four years, consummating a years long love affair between GM Daryl Morey and the three-point shooting former Pelican. We get into it all.

Then, Adrian sits in and shares his insight into his repeated (like, five or six) viewings of O.J.: Made in America. It is that good, and part of the reason is what the discussion of the decades-old case reveals about the state of America at the moment, and [spoiler alert] it’s not great news.

But there is some good news! Yes, there were iTunes reviews this week, from as far away as Bangkok, Thailand, and as nearby as our hometown of Houston. Keep those reviews coming! Not only do they make Kevin feel great, but they also improve our rankings in iTunes search results, and you know we want that. So go to our iTunes page, click Ratings and Reviews and just give us a little 5-star review and a short, sweet blurb telling us what you like about the show and things you’d like to hear. Also, our Facebook presence has EXPLODED this week (by our standards) and if you’re one of those hipster types that likes to say you discovered things early, your window is rapidly closing. So head over to our Facebook page and Like us and share the page with your friends.

Thanks, as always for listening, folks, and remember: no matter who you are, where you go or what you do this week, always ALWAYS brew responsibly.

Justise Winslow, ROOT SPORTS’ Bart Enis, Jimmy Price of AstrosFuture and CBS Sports’s Ananth Pandian

Welcome to Episode 49 of The Weekly Brew podcast – we know we say every episode is ‘packed’ (it’s sort of a catchphrase at this point), but this episode is PACKED. We broadcasted from Miami Heat forward Justise Winslow’s inaugural invitation basketball camp, and he joins us to share some thoughts about Houston basketball and life in the NBA. Bart Enis, of ROOT SPORTS, Jimmy Price of AstrosFuture and CBS Sports’ Ananth Pandian also call in this week.

Justise Winslow is one of the NBA’s rising stars – a strong defender who earned serious playing time in his rookie season (including starting Game 7 of the Toronto vs Miami Eastern Conference Semifinals) by taking on the toughest assignments in the NBA, guys like Klay Thompson, LeBron James and James Harden. He joins us to talk about giving back, the Houston basketball scene, life in the NBA and who in the Association he really gets fired up to guard.

Next, another of our friends at ROOT SPORTS, Bart Enis – a sideline reporter for Rockets and Astros broadcasts and a longtime Houston sports media figure – gets into some discussion about the surging Astros, who have turned around a discouraging start and are on a roll in the months of May and June, thanks to strong pitching and some shakeups in the lineup. Enis has been covering Houston sports since 1983, and learned the trade from his father, legendary Texas TV/radio broadcaster Bill Enis, who introduced the young Bart to larger-than-life figures like Muhammad Ali and Gordie Howe, and he shares what those experiences were like and how they impacted his development as a broadcaster in his own right.

Next, Jimmy Price, the owner and founder of AstrosFuture, an outlet monitoring and reporting on the Astros’ farm system, joins The Weekly Brew podcast to break down what’s happening in the five minor league affiliates, the Fresno Grizzlies, the Corpus Christi Hooks, the Lancaster JetHawks, the QC River Bandits and the Tri-City ValleyCats. If you want the scoop on what the Astros have in the pipeline, Price is the guy and AstrosFuture is the place to go. Price talks Alex Bregman, Forrest Whitley, AJ Reed (a recent call up), Tyler White and more in his thorough and illuminating look at the minor leaguers the ‘Stros have rising up through the ranks. 

Finally, Ananth Pandian, NBA writer for CBS Sports, helps Austin and Kevin relive the glory of a Cleveland NBA Championship and delves into the recent NBA Draft, looking at guys like Ben Simmons, Brandon Ingram and Dragan Bender and what their NBA futures might hold. Pandian also offers an outsider’s look at the Rockets and what Mike D’Antoni might be able to do with James Harden and not a hell of a lot else next season. Pandian also examines the glut of NBA-ers sitting out the Rio Olympics and what that means in the grand scheme of things (i.e. not much – USA is winning the gold, and you heard it here first, folks).

In other words, it’s a solid episode, and you should should get to listening ASAP. We would prefer you do that on iTunes, because that is where you can subscribe and leave us the all-important iTunes reviews. We had one this week, and we appreciate it, but Kevin had some internet troubles as we were recording this week’s episode, and he will hit you back in the next episode along with any other listeners who want to get in on the action.

Thanks for listening, and – as always – remember: no matter who you are, where you go or what you do this week, always, ALWAYS brew responsibly.

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.

Astros, Texans with MaD Radio’s Mike Meltser and Seth Payne (Sports Radio 610); Chron’s Angel Verdejo

Welcome to Episode 47 of The Weekly Brew, without question the best 77 minutes of Houston sports talk you’ll hear this week. We are joined by Mike Meltser and Seth Payne, of Sports Radio 610’s MaD Radio, and Houston Chronicle Astros beat writer Angel Verdejo as we delve into some Texans, Astros and University of Houston discussion.

Mike and Seth host Houston’s most entertaining and successful (terrestrial) sports radio show, MaD Radio, and they give us a little insight into how they came to be teamed up and the process that goes into creating quality radio content. Mike and Seth help Kevin and Austin ponder what characteristics define the Houston sports fan (“long-suffering… beleaguered, per Seth) and whether we’re on the verge of a “Golden Age of Houston sports.”

Angel Verdejo then weighs in on the Astros, including some analysis of the recent injury to Carlos Correa and the team’s struggles against the division rival Texas Rangers. Angel also delves into the recent MLB Draft, breaking down the first few rounds – featuring picks like Forrest Whitley and Ronnie Dawson – and where they fit into the overall farm system with other up and coming guys like Alex Bregman. Angel also takes a look at University of Houston product Nick Hernandez and whether fans might one day see him suit up for the hometown major league team.

The BrewCast also weighs in on the most recent tragic mass-shooting, in an Orlando nightclub, as well as Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump’s social media responses. Gary Johnson, of the Libertarian Party, gets a shoutout (one of the hosts might be starting to #FeelTheJohnson) and the crew analyzes the Cavs’ chances to beat the Warriors in the NBA Finals (slim).

As always, thanks for listening, and a special thanks to the FOUR listeners who left iTunes reviews this week – really, if you think about it, we ask very little of you people: listen to the show, share it with your friends on social media [Facebook/ Twitter] and leave us iTunes reviews! So four people did a very good job this week and, suffice it to say, Kevin is thrilled. Keep him that way by going to iTunes, clicking Ratings and Reviews and leaving a 5-star review with a short blurb about what you enjoy and what you’d like to hear on the show. You’ll get a shoutout on next week’s episode if you do…

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

Astros discussion with Chron’s Jake Kaplan; Dylan Baddour talks Election 2016; Jim Bordell of Team Rubicon on Houston flood recovery

Welcome to this, the 42nd episode of The Weekly Brew podcast. This week, we talk with Jake Kaplan and Dylan Baddour of the Houston Chronicle about the Astros and Election 2016 and hear from Jim Bordell of Team Rubicon about Operation Moonshot and the flood-recovery efforts going on in Houston.

Dylan Baddour is the Houston Chronicle’s young, hotshot political reporter, and he’s been covering the madness in the race for the Republican nomination. He calls in to the podcast in the wake of Cruz and Kasich dropping out of the race, and discusses the impact for the election season, particularly as Republicans weigh whether or not to unite behind Donald Trump, the presumptive favorite for the nomination. Baddour also speaks to what has been a particularly heated and divisive nomination season, and contemplates whether or not this is the “new normal” for American politics.

Jake Kaplan, a Philadelphia transplant who spent time working for the Philadelphia Inquirer and MLB.com covering the Phillies before signing on with the Houston Chronicle to cover the Houston Astros. After a puzzling 12-20 start to the season in which many, including Sports Illustrated, picked them to go to the World Series, the Astros are in trouble, and Kaplan examines the pitching struggles facing this team and assesses what it needs to do to turn things around.

Finally, we welcome Jim Bordell, who is the incident commander for Operation Moonshot, Team Rubicon’s Houston flood relief effort. Team Rubicon is a nonprofit relief group that unites the skills and experiences of military veterans with first responders to deploy emergency response teams, and they have brought their expertise in crisis management to Houston in response to the heavy rains and flooding of the last few weeks. Hear Bordell talk about the relief efforts and visit teamrubiconusa.org to find out how you can help.

Our sponsor, Oui Desserts (at 3411 Kirby), has agreed to help us in our reviews to get iTunes reviews. If you go by Oui Desserts with your mobile device, Penny will show you how to leave a 5-star review with a little blurb about what you enjoy in the show, and in return, you will get a free cookie or macaron for leaving the review and we’ll read your review on air next week. Take advantage.

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

Texans & NFL Draft Recap; Matt Weston of Battle Red Blog and Sean Pendergast of Sports Radio 610 break down the draft; Daniel Eyes & The Vibes at the Nightingale Room

Welcome to this, the 41st episode of The Weekly Brew podcast. It’s a big week for the NFL, with the 2016 Draft just concluded, and we visited with Matt Weston of Battle Red Blog and Sean Pendergast of Sports Radio 610 to make sense of all the action.

First, Sean Pendergast, host of The Triple Threat on Sports Radio 610, joins us for a spirited discussion of the draft from a more global perspective. Pendergast believes the Texans, Jaguars and Titans all drafted well, and the AFC South should be a more competitive division for it. Pendergast also ponder the perplexing Laremy Tunsil Twitter hack incident and examines the woeful Browns, and what we can expect from RGIII in Cleveland.

Next, Matt Weston calls in to share some of his expertise on the Houston Texans’ draft picks: Will Fuller (WR, Notre Dame), Nick Martin (C, Notre Dame), Braxton Miller (WR, Ohio State), Tyler Ervin (RB, San Jose State), K.J. Dillon (S, West Virginia) and D.J. Reader (DT, Clemson). It’s an offense-heavy draft for the Texans, and Weston examines the incoming talent and how well they’re going to be able to mesh with free-agency acquisition, QB Brock Osweiler. Weston says if Osweiler can be a top-10 quarterback, the Texans are likely favorites to make the Super Bowl.

Finally, Daniel Eyes and Dylan Stephens of Austin-based Daniel Eyes & the Vibes, call in ahead of their May 5 show at The Nightingale Room with friends of the show, Second Lovers. They discuss their striking aesthetic, meteoric rise in the Austin music scene and some of their musical influences before getting into the upcoming show, which all podcast listeners should make a point to go to.

And, for the first time in WAY too long, we have an iTunes review! Thanks to PuppetCartel for weighing in and becoming our Listener of the Week. It’s not hard to become Listener of the Week. Just go to our iTunes page, click Ratings and Reviews, and leave a 5-star review with a nice, little blurb about the show – what you enjoy and what you’d like to hear – and we’ll read it on the air next week. Those help us grow! And so does sharing our content on Twitter, Facebook or any other platform you choose (hell, email links to our website to people, if that’s how you want to do it). Those of you who share are the real heroes, and we appreciate you for it. 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.

Worth noting: The Weekly Brew is now on YouTube! Just search for our handle, WeeklyBrewCast. More and more of our best interviews are being uploaded, along with some great art, to make them easier to find and share. Give it a look, subscribe to our channel, and share some of our interviews on social media, and we’ll give you a shoutout on the podcast.

As always, we appreciate and love our sponsor, Oui Desserts, located at 3411 Kirby in Houston. If you’re in the area, drop by the bakery and tell Penny and Jen that you’re a Weekly Brew listener and you’ll get 10% off your order of beignets, macarons or other delicious treats.

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

Mount Rushmore of Houston Sports; sports figures’ political campaign contributions

Welcome to the 36th episode of The Weekly Brew podcast. With Austin overseas (Germany, Israel), we finally dig out the long-awaited segment from a couple of weeks back in which Kevin challenges Austin and Jeremy to guess which political campaigns various sports figures have donated to. Austin (who swears up and down he didn’t cheat and read the article, and we here at the podcast are giving him the benefit of the doubt) absolutely crushes the game-show-style quiz, while Jeremy talks himself out of correct answer after correct answer, unable to get out of his own way.

Finally, Kevin and Jeremy take some of the most influential, famous sports figures in Houston history (names like Hakeem Olajuwon, Earl Campbell, Craig Biggio, Clyde Drexler, Rudy Tomjanovich, Nolan Ryan, Brian Ching, Carl Lewis, Warren Moon, Gordie Howe, J.J. Watt, Jeff Bagwell, Andre Johnson, Roy Hofheinz, Bum Phillips, Guy V. Lewis and Bill Yeoman) and argue about who belongs on the hypothetical “Mount Rushmore” of Houston sports. If you disagree (and we’re sure that you will), feel free to reach out to us on Twitter or Facebook to give us your Mount Rushmore or tell us why ours is stupid.