Chron’s John McClain talks Astros and Rockets; Facebook + Amazon woes

The Houston Chronicle’s John McClain, The General, has covered the NFL for more than 40 years and is no stranger to The Weekly Brew. However, in this episode, McClain joins the podcast to discuss the Golden Era of Houston sports with a heavy focus on the Astros and the Rockets.

McClain expresses his excitement for the Astros’ defense of the World Series crown, the exciting talent on the roster, and the changes of baseball in a data-driven era. The General then opines on James Harden and the Rockets, and why they’re the favorites to bring home their third NBA title.

The show opens as Jeremy and Austin reflect on the Astros 4-1 start behind a stellar starting rotation and a potent offense, some freezing cold takes from Jeremy, and rule changes that are certain to change the way that we watch the NFL. The show closes as the duo discuss privacy concerns on Facebook, and President Trump’s war against Amazon and the free market.

Texans preview with John McClain; Hurricane Harvey relief; Justin Verlander

The Houston Chronicle’s John McClain joins The Weekly Brew to preview the 2017 Texans as they franchise prepares for their week one showdown against the Jacksonville Jaguars. McClain opines on JJ Watt’s fundraising efforts for Hurricane Harvey victims, Tom Savage leading the offense, offensive line depth with Duane Brown’s holdout, and the race for the AFC South.

Hunter Atkins then channels his Stone Cold Steve Austin personality and takes over the podcast to discuss the Houston Astros acquisition of Justin Verlander. Hunter and Austin then talk about the Astros’ push for the postseason, the return of Carlos Correa, and the pitching staff heading into October.

SicEm365’s Amy Pagitt then joins the show to discuss how she and Annabel Stephan have rallied Baylor fans, and the Big 12, to provide relief efforts for those impacted by Harvey. Amy also explains why social media has helped in this recovery process.

Austin and Jeremy open the show by discussing Liberty’s upset win against Baylor, and the direction of the program moving forward under first-year head coach Matt Rhule.

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Chron’s John McClain talks Deshaun Watson + NFL Draft; The Ringer’s Bryan Curtis on the ESPN layoffs; Jake Kaplan on the Astros first month

If you’re a Houston sports fan, it’s been a massive week of news and headlines and The Weekly Brew has you covered. The Houston Chronicle’s John McClain joins the show to break down the 2017 NFL Draft and the Texans acquisition of Clemson QB Deshaun Watson.

Then, Houston Astros beat reporter Jake Kaplan joins Austin and Hunter to discuss the first-place ‘Stros after a 16-9 April to analyze the first month of the season and the outlook for the club moving forward.

Of course the biggest national headline this week occurred in Bristol with ESPN cutting nearly 100 jobs. Kevin and Hunter chat with Bryan Curtis, who is an editor-at-large with The Ringer and covers the sports media world, to discuss the longterm implications at the World Wide leader.

The Ringer’s Shea Serrano; Chron’s John McClain; Bags heading to Cooperstown

The Ringer’s Shea Serrano, New York Times Bestselling author of The Rap Year Book, joins us to talk Rockets and Texans and explore the Houston rap scene, illuminating some of the up-and-coming acts on the rise.

Frequent contributor John McClain, of the Houston Chronicle, calls in to discuss the tough quarterback situation facing the Texans in the offseason, and coaching movies, with Bill O’Brien serving as his own offensive coordinator and Romeo Crennel moving upstairs to assistant head coach as Mike Vrabel takes over at DC. Be sure to check out John’s Hard Knocks event at the Houstonian on Wednesday, Jan. 25. Full details can be found here.

The guys also hit the week’s headlines in the intro and discuss the alluring possibility of Adrian Peterson in a Texans’ uniform per remarks he made earlier this week. Give it a listen!

John McClain talks Texans; Jeremy Branham talks University of Houston Football & Basketball

Welcome to Episode 69! This week, Chron’s John McClain and Sports Radio 610’s Jeremy Branham join us to talk Houston sports on The Weekly Brew, the Voice of Houston.

John McClain is no stranger to The Weekly Brew, having joined us on no fewer than four other occasions. He calls in to talk a little Texans, a little Baylor, this and that. Listen, the guy is one of the most veteran, locked-in voices in Houston sports, and he can talk whatever he wants, even if he does throw cold water on the Chad Morris-to-Baylor storyline.

Jeremy Branham is also an old friend of the show. He is a sideline reporter for UH Football, and he shares some insights from the huge upset victory over Louisville Thursday, and delves into Tom Herman’s future with the team and the impact of yet another UH victory over a top-5 squad. Branham is also now the play-by-play voice of UH Cougar Basketball, and will be hosting coach’s shows with Kelvin Sampson every week, and he talks a little bit about what to expect from the team this season (hint: NCAA Tournament berth) and the long-term trajectory of the program under Coach Sampson (hint: future is bright).

As usual, terrific guests with terrific takes get into anything and everything Houston sports. That’s, after all, why we’re the Voice of Houston (according to us, and we would know: we are the Voice of Houston), and to the listeners, we say both thank you and you’re welcome.

But hark – there is one thing you can do for us, and in fact, should. In these uncertain times, people look to symbols of certainty and stability, and for a podcast, that equates to iTunes reviews. We need them. Go to iTunes and click Ratings and Reviews and leave a 5-star review with a little blurb (if you’re on a mobile device, use the magnifying glass in the podcast app to search for The Weekly Brew, and you can do it from there), and we will actually read it aloud to our thousands of listeners. And you’ll be our favorite listener of the week, like, UHCoog2010 is this week.

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

John McClain talks Texans; Paralympians Brad Snyder and Matt Stutzman

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Welcome to the 61st episode of The Weekly Brew podcast. Austin was able to sit down with some fascinating athletes at the Paralympics in Rio, and two of them – Matt Stutzman, the Armless Archer and Brad Snyder, a Paralympic swimmer – join us on the show.

Returning to the show for his fourth appearance (a show record – in other words, McClain does NOT turn down interview requests) is The General, John McClain. After 40 years of covering the NFL for the Houston Chronicle, McClain has a unique perspective on the National Football League, and he shares some insight into the nature of protest within the field of sport – with much discussion sparked by Colin Kaepernick’s National Anthem kneeling – as well as the arcane craziness of the uniform code that led DeAndre Hopkins to draw a $7,000 fine for wearing Yeezy cleats, which we’re told has something to do with some kind of rapper.

McClain also takes a close look at what we’ve learned about the Texans so far in the early season, including an analysis of whether Brock Osweiler appears to be worth what the team is paying for his services. Will Fuller was the breakout star of week one, and the defense is humming along nicely, with Bernardrick McKinney taking over responsibility for the sole communication device, following Brian Cushing’s latest injury.

Finally, the guys discuss a VYPE article detailing the very long list of Houston athletes currently playing in the NFL. As it turns out, Houston OWNS the NFL, with the Bengals fielding six Houstonians and Tampa Bay and Miami both playing five Houston products.

Kevin has a slight bone to pick with the listeners about the number of iTunes reviews that have come through in the past few weeks (namely, zero), and either makes a compelling case for leaving them or begs, depending on one’s perspective. Pretty much business as usual around the Oui Desserts Studios.

If you have not already, please, go subscribe over on iTunes or (if you’re not into Apple stuff, which, hey, it’s a free country) SoundCloud, so you don’t miss a single episode of The Voice of Houston.

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.

The General, John McClain talks NFL and Baylor; The guys break down the Big 12 title game possibilities and Longhorn Network debacle; special guest Chris Griesemer (our voice-over guy) joins to talk voice acting

The General, John McClain, joins The Weekly Brew to talk NFL playoffs, breaking down the crazy finish to the Green Bay/ Arizona divisional-round game, the St. Louis move to Los Angeles and further possibilities for NFL expansion. McClain also expounds on the privilege of having a vote for the Pro Football Hall of Fame in Canton, and takes the opportunity to promote seven-time Pro-Bowl Oilers linebacker Robert “Dr. Doom” Brazile’s candidacy. McClain discusses whether the Texans will try to package Jadeveon Clowney in a deal to move up in the draft for a quarterback, and finishes with an amusing tale of how he first met Texas football legend Dave Campbell. For Baylor fans, he also devotes a few minutes to marveling at how far the football program has come.

Next, Austin, Jeremy and Kevin get into the Big 12 title game talk, delving into University of Oklahoma president David Boren’s contentious comments about the “psychologically disadvantaged” nature of the conference with the Longhorn Network blocking any movement towards a Big 12 network.

Finally, very talented and funny voice-actor Chris Griesemer, of Voice for Any Choice (whom you may recognize as the guy who does OUR voice-over work), calls the show to share his perspective on the career of voice-acting, and revisits some of his more memorable roles (you’ll likely recognize him from Family Guy or the Outback Steakhouse commercials). Chris finishes with an impressive string of off-the-cuff impressions and accents that brings down the house.

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