Matt Lauer’s fall from grace; College Football Playoff; Luke Brawner’s podcast empire

After a two week hiatus, The Weekly Brew’s jet-setting co-hosts return to breakdown the sexual assault scandals that have shaken the nation in recent weeks. How will this impact The Hill and how the national news is covered? Austin and Jeremy discuss. Then, the guys discuss the College Football Playoff, make their predictions, and evaluate the ongoing coaching carousel.

Houston podcast icon Luke Brawner is this week’s guest and joins the show to discuss his latest venture, Yay! Go, Sports!, and what listeners can look forward to on the Milieu Media Group as we head into 2018.

Justice Don Willett; Sports Illustrated + MMQB’s Tim Rohan; Taylor’s Top Takeaways

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Texas Supreme Court Justice Don Willett headlines this week’s show as he discusses his career as one of the most respected legal minds in the United States, his ties to Antonin Scalia’s vacancy on the U.S. Supreme Court, and more. Willett also offers commentary on his wildly popular social media presence and Baylor’s rebuilding job under Matt Rhule.

Next, Sports Illustrated’s Tim Rohan joins Hunter and Austin to discuss his MMQB story in which he documents his experience wearing a Colin Kaepernick jersey to a Bills-Jets game in Week 1. Rohan also opines on key storylines (hint: Kaepernick) that will drive the narrative throughout the 2017 NFL season and his locks for the college football playoff.

Then, the NFL Network’s Taylor Bisciotti recaps week two of the NFL season in Taylor’s Top Takeaways before Hunter and Austin close out the show by dissecting the Astros AL West crown, and what the club needs to do in order to find success as October nears.

 

Austin and Kevin talk Major Applewhite, Joe Mixon, Craig Sager and the new NBA CBA

Austin and Kevin tackle some of the week’s biggest stories including the promotion of Major Applewhite to University of Houston head coach (consensus is: cautious optimism); the release of the Joe Mixon assault video (hearkening back to earlier episodes recorded with Chron’s Jenny Dial Creech and Sport’s Illustrated’s Lindsay Schnell in which the events were discussed) and what it means for college athletics and the way our culture handles and treats violence towards women; the death of NBA gadfly Craig Sager, arguably the most popular sideline reporter in any sport; and a deep-dive look at some of the new changes to the NBA CBA and what it means for the Association going forward.

David Ubben discusses Big 12 expansion rumors; Julia Morales talks Astros, fashion, 2006 Rose Bowl and more

Welcome to the 43rd episode of The Weekly Brew podcast. This week, Julia Morales, ROOT Sports’ Houston Astros field reporter, joins us along with Fox Sports SW and Sports on Earth Big 12 analyst, David Ubben.

David Ubben is a TV analyst for Fox Sports SW and a writer for Sports on Earth, covering the Big 12 Conference. If you’re into the Big 12, Ubben is the guy to follow, and this week, he shares some of his insight into the talks of expansion that heated up this week, with Oklahoma president David Boren possibly in conflict with his own board of regents over whether to field offers from teams like Memphis, the University of Houston and BYU to join the conference. Ubben breaks down the likelihood that we’ll see a bigger, better Big 12 and the likelihood that the conference will instate a championship match.

Next, Julia Morales, the exceptionally talented and engaging ROOT Sports field reporter for the Houston Astros, calls us from Fenway Park to talk ‘Stros and the Red Sox series. She also gets into her experiences being the only woman traveling with the Astros and her memories of spending the last four years covering the team day in and day out. Morales also reminisces about being part of the Texas Pom Squad and on the field for the 2006 Rose Bowl victory against USC, and gives some advice to young women considering a career in sports broadcasting.

Finally, the listeners KILLED IT this week, and we wound up with two new iTunes reviews. If you’re reading this, you should head over to our iTunes page and click Subscribe to make sure you get every new episode of The Weekly Brew deposited directly into your podcast queue, and furthermore, click Ratings and Reviews to leave us a nice, little 5-star review with a blurb about what you enjoy on the show and what you’d like to hear. And if you’re in the Houston area, don’t forget to check out our sponsor, Oui Desserts, at 3411 Kirby. And this week, no matter who you are, what you do or where you go, please remember to always, ALWAYS brew responsibly.

Ep. 24: SI’s Lindsay Schnell joins the podcast to discuss OU’s Joe Mixon, sports and violence against women and being a woman in the sports media.

Lindsay Schnell, staff writer for Sports Illustrated and Campus Rush and the host of SI’s College Football podcast, joins us on The Weekly Brew in what was originally meant to be a segment. However, she proved to be one of the most engaging, interesting guests we’ve had to date, and her insights into covering college football made for a great auxiliary podcast.

So, with limited ado, Austin and Kevin jump right into the Schnell interview, and she shares her thoughts regarding Joe Mixon and the fallout from the article she wrote for Campus Rush after the OU running back faced the media for the first time, following an incident in which he assaulted a female OU student, breaking four bones in her face. Schnell also shares her thoughts on the SI College Football podcast and podcasting in general, and delves into the human-interest angles she mines in her Walk-On Project stories, which feature the most fascinating and impactful stories of walk-on student-athletes in FBS football programs.

Easily one of the best interviews yet on The Weekly Brew, Lindsay’s commentary and insight warranted this very special ‘bonus’ episode (I mean, really, they’re all bonus episodes, since they’re free, innit?), and we hope you enjoy listening as much as we enjoyed recording it.

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Listen to Episode 24 on iTunes, SoundCloud and Stitcher.