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.

Houston Cougar Football; Texans’ beat writer Aaron Wilson; SportsRadio 610’s Sean Pendergast

Welcome to the 59th episode of The Weekly Brew podcast – the Voice of Houston! It’s another jam-packed show this week, as usual, with Chronicle Texans’ beat reporter – and national NFL writer – Aaron Wilson and SportsRadio 610’s Sean Pendergast on tap.

Austin is, as announced last week, enjoying the beaches of Rio, taking in the Paralympics on behalf of his day-job company, so after a brief introduction, he turns things over to Kevin and Jeremy who break down the 33-23 University of Houston win over Big 12 favorite Oklahoma, and analyze the implications for Houston’s College Football Playoff bid.

Next, Wilson calls in to do a quick-hits recap of the NFL’s biggest stories, including Tony Romo’s injury, Colin Kaepernick’s National Anthem protest, Teddy Bridgewater’s injury and the consequences for the NFC North, as well as a look at the Texans defense, with J.J. Watt in recovery. Per WIlson, the cornerback position is deep and a strength, and that may prove vital to this playoff-hopeful squad.

Next, friend of the show and returning guest Sean Pendergast calls in to discuss the Texans ahead of the week-one matchup with the Chicago Bears. Pendergast has some strong takes on the hilarious about-face John Elway and the Broncos have executed, following the departure of Brock Osweiler (going so far as to compare Elway to a ‘spurned lover’), and he has some thoughts on what fans can expect from the starting quarterback this season. Pendergast also explains in greater detail the fallout between University of Houston head coach Tom Herman and Sports Radio 610.

Guys, THERE ARE NO NEW ITUNES REVIEWS. It’s been so long. We’ve forgotten what it feels like to be loved and appreciated. I mean, yes, we have broken 1k Likes on Facebook. Yes, that feels great. Thanks to all the Facebook followers out there. But there’s a special sort of feeling that comes with each new iTunes 5-star review, and you should go leave us one, and we’ll read it on the air next week.

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

Last Chance U’s Brittany Wagner; Texan Live’s Jeremy Branham; Rio 2016 and Ryan Lochte

Welcome to the 57th episode of The Weekly Brew, the undisputed “Voice of Houston” (according to us). This week, Brittany Wagner, the athletic academic counselor profiled in the Netflix documentary Last Chance U, and Dynamo play-by-play commentator and Texan Live broadcaster Jeremy Branham join us to talk sports and life.

First, the guys delve back into the rapidly concluding Rio 2016 Olympic Games where – since we last recorded – much more has come to light on the Ryan Lochte front. Kevin intended to make a Brian Williams joke on-air, but a quick Google searched revealed that he was approximately the eight millionth person to think of that joke, so he wisely stayed away from that well-worn territory.

Next, Brittany Wagner, the beleaguered athletic academic advisor at East Mississippi Community College – the breakout star of Last Chance U – joins us to share some insight into the process of making the documentary and talk a bit about how colleges are failing athletes, including a brief look at her proposal to allow top-tier players to ‘major in sports.’ Wagner also speaks to whas has happened to Ronald Ollie, John Franklin III and D.J. Law since filming wrapped, and what we can expect from season two of Last Chance U.

Finally, Jeremy Branham – the voice of the Houston Dynamo – joins us to promote the new Texan Live high school football magazine. Houston is one of the deepest talent pools in all of high school sports, sending impact players to blue chip programs in the Big 12, SEC and more, but it all starts right here in HTown. Branham shares some information about programs to watch this year (like Katy, Pearland, North Shore, George Ranch and Manvel) and players you simply have to see (like Friendswood quarterback Tyler Page) and what fans can expect from this year’s crop of high school football teams. He also tries to convince Kevin and Austin that they should start watching more Dynamo soccer, but only time will tell if he won them over.

Finally, Austin and Kevin make a ‘very special announcement’ about how they’ll be spending their Friday nights this fall. SPOILER ALERT: They’ll be broadcasting high school football games every week with Texan Live, so you can hear The Weekly Brew on your radio dial, bringing you some of the best high school football action in the city.

And guys, come on: let’s talk about iTunes reviews. There hasn’t been a new one in nearly two weeks! Kevin doesn’t want to beg, but he is in no way above that. Do the right thing. Go to iTunes and leave us a nice, little 5-star review with a blurb about how you found the show, what you enjoy and what you’d like to hear in the future. You’ll get a shoutout on the air if you do.

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

Baylor head coach Jim Grobe; Robert Boudwin/ Clutch the Rockets Bear; Rio 2016 update

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Welcome to the 56th episode of The Weekly Brew podcast, which happens to be our 1-year anniversary. No big deal (IT’S A HUGE DEAL – most podcasts die before their first birthday, so thanks for keeping us not alive, but thriving).

This week, Baylor Football head coach Jim Grobe joins to talk about the challenges of taking over for Art Briles, beset by an aggressive media in a volatile situation and having to overcome the skepticism of the players and alumni. Grobe, the 2006 AP Coach of the Year, speaks to some of the strengths of the Baylor program, like speed and athleticism, but says the team’s overwhelmingly best asset is its work ethic and attitude. Grobe encourages and welcomes high expectations for the Bears this season.

Next, Robert Boudwin (AKA Clutch the Bear, the Rockets mascot) calls in shortly after announcing his retirement after 21 years as the lovable, iconic bear. Chances are, if you have ever been to a Rockets game or have seen one on television, you’re familiar with Clutch’s antics, and Robert describes how he invented the character and brought him to life for all these years, and shares what he intends to do next, as well as the future of the hoops-loving bear.

Austin, Jeremy and Kevin also share their impressions of week one of the Rio Olympics, some good (lots and lots of USA gold medals), some bad (lots of Olympic athletes robbed or threatened), some strange (what is the deal with the green water in the diving pool?), and congratulate themselves (mostly, Kevin congratulates) on a year of solid work.

Congratulations to you, the listeners, too. We would not still be doing a podcast every week if there weren’t thousands of you tuning in every week, sharing our content, supporting us on social media, and in general being awesome (especially when leaving reviews on iTunes!). So thank you guys for a great, great year and we look forward to sharing the next one with you, too.

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

The USA Today/Amway Coaches Poll and the Rio Olympics; Vincent Harris of Harris Media; Capital Kings

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Welcome to the 55th episode of The Weekly Brew podcast – this week, digital media strategist Vincent Harris of Harris Media and Cole Walowac of EDM group Capital Kings join us on the show.

First, Austin and Kevin discuss the recent USA Today/Amway Coaches Poll rankings in college football, and preview the opening slate of NCAA games. How much do the rankings mean or matter at this point? Who are some of the early Heisman hopefuls?

Next, Vincent Harris, whose Harris Media digital strategy firm has worked for such political figures as Rand Paul, Mitch McConnell, Ted Cruz and – most recently – Donald Trump, calls in to talk about the impact and role of social media in this election cycle, with Republicans stepping up their digital game to compete with the success of President Obama’s social media reach in the last two presidential elections. Harris also delves into what social media does to political discourse in what is proving to be an especially fractured, disparate electorate this year.

Finally, Cole Walowac, producer and rapper for EDM group Capital Kings, joins us to talk about making music and EDM in advance of CK’s Aug. 25 show in Houston.

As always, thanks for listening, and please, if you enjoy the show, share it with your friends and definitely feel free – even compelled – to leave a review on iTunes.

USA Today’s Nicole Auerbach previews Rio 2016 and Team USA Swimming; USA Men’s Basketball w/ Steve Carp; Astros w/ Jake Kaplan

Welcome to this very exciting 54th episode of The Weekly Brew podcast. We welcome in USA Today sportswriter Nicole Auerbach, Houston Chronicle Astros beat reporter Jake Kaplan (a two-time guest) and five-time Nevada Sportswriter of the Year, Steve Carp of the Las Vegas Review-Journal.

First, Auerbach dives (HA!) into Team USA Swimming, which she will be covering at the Rio 2016 Olympic Games. She offers some insight into the preparation and mentality of Olympic veterans like Michael Phelps, Ryan Lochte and Missy Franklin, as well as detailing why everyone will be talking about Katie Ledecky after the Games this summer. Auerbach also shares how she got into sportswriting, and how pioneers like Lisa Olson and Christine Brennan paved the way for women in sports media today.

Next, Jake Kaplan calls in to talk about the Astros. When last Kaplan and the BrewCast spoke, the Astros were struggling through a very tough April, but since his last call, the ‘Stros are one of the hottest teams in baseball (despite the rough weekend in Detroit). What sparked the turnaround, and can the Astros sustain the momentum into the playoffs? Kaplan encourages fans not to worry about Alex Bregman’s slow start in the majors and offers a timeline for when Yulieski Gurriel can be expected to contribute, after the Astros signed him to a five-year $47.5 million contract.

Finally, Steve Carp, who watched Team USA Basketball train and compete in their first exhibition in Las Vegas, calls in to talk about this year’s squad, including a look at why DeMarcus Cousins is so unstoppable in international play and why Kevin Durant was booed in his first 2016 international game. Carp also covers the NHL, and provides a look at what the NHL expansion into Las Vegas might mean for leagues like the NBA, MLB and NFL putting a team in Sin City.

No new reviews this week! It is immeasurably disappointing, to Kevin in particular, who has taken it pretty hard. It would be so easy to brighten his day. Just go to iTunes, click “Ratings and Review” and leave a nice, little 5-star review with a blurb and he will read it ON THE AIR to THOUSANDS, if not MILLIONS, of listeners. As Spike Lee said: do the right thing.

But thank you, as always, for listening, and be sure to share this with your friends. If you don’t have any, maybe you can make some by introducing them to this awesome show. We’re happy to help.

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

TCU’s Gary Patterson, Big 12 Expansion; Chron’s David Barron on MLB hacking scandal + Simone Biles

Welcome to the 53rd Episode of The Weekly Brew podcast – this week, TCU Football head coach Gary Patterson joins us, along with Houston Chronicle’s David Barron, and we get into the Big 12 expansion talks and the week that was at the RNC.

First, Patterson calls in to preview the Horned Frogs’ season, starting with a very tough September, breaking down the quarterback competition between Foster Sawyer and Kenny Hill. Coach Patterson also speaks to the Big 12 expansion discussions, positing that the University of Houston would be an excellent candidate for several key reasons. Coach Patterson also speaks to his relationship with new Baylor head football coach Jim Grobe and what Bears fans can expect with Grobe at the helm.

Next, the BrewCast discusses the expansion talks in more depth, considering how schools like BYU, Boise State, UH, Cincinnati and Memphis might fit into the Big 12’s expansion plans, and whether 12 teams or 14 teams would make for a stronger conference long term. Austin, Jeremy, Dolores and Kevin also look back at the goings on in the Republican National Convention in Cleveland last week, and consider whether an Astros World Series victory is a fair trade for a term of (ugh) Trump.

Finally, David Barron of the Chronicle joins us to illuminate the sentencing of former St. Louis Cardinals’ scouting director, Chris Correa, who will spend 46 months in prison after being convicted for illicitly accessing Astros’ computers and scouting information. Barron analyzes why the punishment is so severe, and whether this sort of cybercrime might be more prevalent in sports than some are willing to admit. Barron also covers the Olympics and he will be on hand in Rio to report on the competitions. Barron gets into some local products who may be poised to have a big month in Rio, particularly Spring’s Simone Biles, a gold-medal favorite in as many as four events.

And finally, we had another iTunes review this week! That brings the total to 57, which is, like, pretty good. Solid. But it’s not 100, which is a nice, big, round, sexy number, so get on iTunes and leave a 5-star review with a blurb, and we’ll give you a shoutout on the air! Also, we saw some tremendous growth on Facebook this week, so thanks to the diehards who Liked us there – you can use Facebook to contact us with questions or comments and we’d love to hear from you. Thanks!

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

Pat Forde talks college football, Rio 2016; Paul Catalina on Baylor; Team USA’s Myles Porter

Welcome to the 45th episode of The Weekly Brew podcast. Stacked guest lineup this week with Yahoo Sports national college columnist Pat Forde, ESPN Central Texas’ Paul Catalina and Team USA Paralympian Myles Porter.

The guys discuss some bad news – the fallout from the recent Pepper Hamilton report on the Baylor sexual assault and domestic violence cover up scandal – and a bit of good news, with University of Houston Men’s Basketball head coach Kelvin Sampson (a frequent guest on the show) receiving a very generous and well-deserved raise from the school’s board of regents this week.

Pat Forde, Yahoo Sports’ national college columnist and one of the biggest names in the world of college athletics, joins us to take a macro look at the Baylor situation and what it means for college sports on the whole. Forde also examines how the College Football Playoffs system has impacted the schedule, leading to a historically strong slate of opening weekend games, with the University of Houston vs the University of Oklahoma matchup of particular interest to UH fans and Kevin. Forde also covers the Olympics and shares some of his insight into Michael Phelps’ motivation and preparation headed into the 2016 Games in Rio.

Next, Paul Catalina – of ESPN Central Texas – becomes The Weekly Brew’s only three-time guest when he comes on to break down in detail the Pepper Hamilton report on Baylor malfeasance, the firings or demotions of major university figures like Ken Starr and Art Briles, and the feelings and emotions swirling around Waco.

Finally, Team USA Paralympian Myles Porter, a judoka and a 2016 gold medalist hopeful, joins us to celebrate the 100 Days to the 2016 Rio Paralympic Games, talking about his experiences competing in the sport of Judo, including giving a lesson to President Obama on the east lawn of the White House.

Special shout out to iTunes subscriber Ray101010 for his 5-star review on iTunes this week. Those are hugely important and help us show up in searches when folks look for reliable, entertaining sports news, so it’s no secret why Ray is our favorite listener this week. Get on over to iTunes, subscribe to The Weekly Brew and then click Ratings and Reviews to leave us your own 5-star review with a blurb, and we’ll read it out to our vast listenership. You’ll basically be famous for a week. So do it.

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