Hunter Yurachek is the Vice President of Athletics for the University of Houston, and he joins the show to break down his first major hire (Major Applewhite, head football coach), the astounding facilities expansions and upgrades he is overseeing and the overall state of the union for UH Athletics (as well as how he made Tom Herman $1.6m richer before he left for UT).
Next, Michael Rathburn (“Rath,” to those of us in the know), of RotoWire, joins us to break down the Astros’ hot start and project their postseason prospects, as well as some possibly and likely trade moves on the horizons. Go follow Rath on Twitter, tweet that you heard him here on the show, and you might win his fantasy baseball almanac!
Kevin and Austin also love on their respective moms and bloviate about the week’s top headlines. Go leave us a review on iTunes!
Robert Flores is a studio host at MLB Network and joins Kevin Cook to discuss expectations for the 2017 Astros, the pitching staff and whether or not the Astros will be true contenders in October. Flores, a U of H alum, also breaks down his pride for his alma mater and the outlook for Major Applewhite’s first season as head coach for the football program.
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.
The guys are all finally together, podcasting from the same room as they analyze the pitiful competition, commercials and halftime show that comprised Super Bowl 50. Does Carolina Panthers quarterback Cam Newton have a body language problem? Is Denver Broncos quarterback Peyton Manning one of the best of all time at the position?
Next, the guys wade into the political morass that was the Iowa Caucus, though it is uncertain whether Kevin could locate the Corn Belt state on a map. Donald Trump’s campaign is showing some cracks and Bernie Sanders’s supporters are evidently taking to Tinder to spread the #FeeltheBern message, which has the company locking supporters’ accounts.
Joseph Duarte, University of Houston beat writer for the Houston Chronicle, joins to talk #HTownTakeover, National Signing Day and analyze the college athletics landscape, determining where Houston falls in the grander scheme going forward. Duarte also breaks down how the field of sports journalism is evolving (or possibly devolving) as technology advances.
Finally, Australian DJ Brooke Evers calls in to talk about her music, her experience being a woman in a male-dominated EDM scene and talk about her upcoming show at Houston’s Proof Rooftop Lounge, Friday Feb. 12, part of her #IPartiedWithBrookeEvers tour. She shares her distinctly Aussie perspective on the music scene, and is not to be missed.
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In the first podcast of 2016, Austin, Jeremy and Kevin welcome former Baylor, Denver Broncos and Houston Texans linebacker Elliot Coffey to the show. Coffey and the guys break down some of the highlights of the college football bowl season, including big wins for the Baylor Bears and the Houston Cougars in the Russell Athletic Bowl and Chick-Fil-A Peach Bowl, respectively.
Coffey shares his thoughts on Tom Herman and Art Briles, and commends them for the jobs they’re doing at the two universities. He then shares some thoughts about the nature of pro football, delving into the Houston Texans turnaround this season, and what it means to lose offensive tackle Duane Brown, and what a troubling history of concussions means for starting quarterback Brian Hoyer.
The guys then break down the year that was 2015, before Kevin lapses into conniptions about the pitiful state of the Rockets. The guys wish everyone a Happy New Year and Kevin gives a pass on the lack of new iTunes reviews, given the holidays and such.
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