New Astros’ PBP voice Todd Kalas; Shehan Jeyarajah of SEC Country; week’s sports headlines

Incoming Astros’ television play-by-play broadcaster Todd Kalas and SEC Country’s Shehan Jeyarajah are guests on this episode of The Weekly Brew, the self-proclaimed ‘Voice of Houston.’ Kalas reflects on some memories of a lifetime in and around baseball, including calling a World Series game with his father, the late, legendary broadcaster Harry Kalas. Kalas also looks forward to the upcoming season for the Astros and assesses just how big this year could be for the club. Jeyarajah is the definition of a college football insider and shares his insight into the recent Clemson/Alabama championship match and Deshaun Watson’s pro football prospects. Jeyarajah also examines Kevin Sumlin, and how hot his seat is, and obliges Austin and Jeremy with some Baylor talk. Not to be missed. And the guys run down the week’s biggest headlines. Give it a listen.

Mike Renner of Pro Football Focus talks Texans, Houston Cougars, Baylor Bears football; Les Miles fired at LSU

Welcome to the 62nd episode of The Weekly Brew podcast, the Voice of Houston. For the first time ever, news breaks AS the guys are recording the episode, with LSU letting Les Miles go after a lackluster 2-2 start to the season. The guys react to the news while breaking down the most recent results in the college football pick-em contest (Kevin and Austin are tied for the lead after a big week from Kevin).

The guys also discuss a bit of Rockets, as the team recently traded Michael Beasley to the Milwaukee Bucks for point guard Tyler Ennis, who figures to be a facilitator and a piece that, in Mike D’Antoni’s system, has a tremendous amount of upside. While not what you might call a ‘blockbuster’ trade, hey – it’s just good to have some hometown basketball to talk about.

Finally, Mike Renner – a senior analyst for Pro Football Focus and a columnist for the Washington Post – joins the show to inject some analytical perspective into the discussion surrounding the Texans and University of Houston Cougars.

Renner analyzes the upsetting, unsettling 27-0 loss to the Patriots Thursday night before giving some consideration to what we’ve learned, in three games, about Brock Osweiler as the signal-caller for the Texans. Renner shares some insight into the DeAndre Hopkins/Will Fuller wideout tandem and what their production means for the offense going forward.

Renner also delves into FBS Football, breaking down the seemingly unstoppable Houston Cougars and especially the contributions of dark-horse Heisman candidate starting quarterback Greg Ward Jr.

Finally, the guys rejoice because, hark, there appeareth an iTunes review. For the first time in what seems like forever, one of the many thousands of listeners actually stopped, took 5 seconds and wrote a review, and it was a great one. TechnoCoog is our listener of the week… maybe listener of the month if we don’t get some more reviews coming in. It’s very easy. If you can’t figure out how to do it, call Kevin at home, and he’ll walk you through it.

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

Ep. 22: The Al Jazeera/ Peyton Manning hatchet job; Adam Coleman returns to talk Texans and Rockets; Kevin lists his 5-man NBA Franchise-Guy Team

In the last podcast of the 2015 calendar year, Austin, Kevin and Jeremy dive into the recent Al Jazeera report, “The Dark Side,” in which former British hurdler Liam Collins is sent “undercover” by the network to investigate the sale and use of banned substances by doctors connected to professional sports. The guys break down the video, a laughable attempt at journalism, and try to set the record straight regarding just how reliable and factual the widespread reports of Peyton Manning’s doping are [spoiler: not very].

Houston Chronicle and AP sports writer Adam Coleman (@_ColemanSports on Twitter) returns to the show — our first second-timer — to get into the Texans, following a 34-6 victory over the Tennessee Titans that has them in position to make a playoff run, despite their awful start. Coleman also gets into the inexplicable Rockets, and why they are such a conundrum, digging into some critical comments made by interim head coach J.B. Bickerstaff. Coleman also previews the Texas Bowl between LSU and Texas Tech, which he will be covering.

Finally, Kevin puts on his NBA 2K16 fake-GM hat, and names his five-man All-NBA Franchise-Guy Team. If you were going to start a franchise from scratch tomorrow, which guy — at each of the five positions — would you want as your centerpiece? Kevin picked Steph Curry, James Harden, Kawhi Leonard, Anthony Davis and DeMarcus Cousins, but we’d be curious to hear your picks, too. Hit us up on Twitter or Facebook and let us know who your Franchise-Guy pick is.

It’s been a good year, and thanks for being a part of what we do. If you get a chance, please go to iTunes and click Subscribe, and then click Ratings and Reviews, and leave us a nice, little 5-star review, detailing what you enjoy and what we could do better, in order to help us continue growing. Thanks, and this New Year’s, remember: brew responsibly.

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Listen to Episode 22 on iTunes, SoundCloud or Stitcher.