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.

 

The Super Bowl Episode; NFL Network’s Taylor Bisciotti, plus SB prop bets, Brent Musburger

Join us for The Weekly Brew’s SECOND annual Super Bowl Preview Episode. NFL Network anchor/reporter Taylor Bisciotti calls in to discuss the upcoming championship game right here in Houston. Bisciotti, born in Atlanta and a graduate of the University of Georgia, feels a certain kind of way about the Falcons competing for professional football’s highest honor, and she says that city feels it right alongside her.

Austin and Kevin also delve into a wide array of topics, from ridiculous Super Bowl prop bets (including two FIVE-STAR, BET-THE-RANCH LOCKS for the degenerate gamblers in our audience)* to the new technology FOX is employing to broadcast the Super Bowl, Michigan’s Harbaugh and his team’s impending spring trip to practice in Rome, ESPN and FS1’s deplorable, ugly faux-conflict and GE’s new $7 million plan to put its logo on the Boston Celtics’ jerseys next season. Who would be the best jersey sponsor for the Rockets? Listen and find out.

Former all-Big 12 RB Terrance Ganaway; Chronicle’s Jenny Dial Creech; Denver7 ABC’s Troy Renck

Welcome to the 65th episode of The Weekly Brew! You may have noticed (or maybe not – Kevin certainly didn’t hear anyone complain) that we took a week off. Why? Frankly, we deserved it. If Jim Rome can take 18 weeks off a year, we don’t see why one should be a problem.

If you have a problem with that, Kevin will happily (digitally) fight you.

But we’re back at it! We have a great slate of guests this week, with Houston Chronicle sports columnist Jenny Dial Creech, former Baylor all-Big 12 running back Terrance Ganaway and Denver7 ABC’s Troy Renck calling in to discuss anything and everything going on in pro and college sports.

First, Jenny Dial Creech, an inveterate Tex-Mex snob (her words) shares some of the best dishes and drinks around the town of Houston. Creech then dives into some of her favorite memories of 11 years covering Houston sports, sharing her thoughts on the passing of Houston sports media legend Bob Allen and noting some of her inspirations, growing up around – and loving – sports. Creech touches on the Rockets and Comets in a wide-ranging interview that is sure to satisfy sports fans of all varieties.

Next, Terrance Ganaway, arguably the best running back ever to attend Baylor (though he did it after defecting from the University of Houston, which Kevin cannot and will not forget), shares his thoughts on this year’s Baylor team, how well the Bears have moved on from Art Briles’ ignominious departure and gives some of his top targets for the impending coaching search (Les Miles and Tom Herman are mentioned). Ganaway also delves into the recent Big 12 decision not to expand, describing what he thinks ought to have happened and should happen in the future (hint: 14 teams).

Finally, old friend of the show Troy Renck – who broke down the Super Bowl in Episode 28 – calls in ahead of Monday’s Texans v Broncos matchup to break down what’s been plaguing the Broncos in the first quarters lately and what the Texans need to do to secure a win. Renck also shares some thoughts on the digital-first movement in the newspaper industry and the challenges facing sportswriters in this brave, new world.

We might have taken a week off, but we killed it on the comeback episode. We hope you enjoy and we implore you: leave some reviews (5-stars, please, with blurbs) on iTunes! We’ll read any 5 star review with a blurb, and we mean ANY. Think Will Ferrell reading the Telepromptr in Anchorman.

And finally, folks, 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.

Netw3rk (Jason Concepcion) talks Grantland and The Ringer; University of Houston Men’s Basketball head coach Kelvin Sampson on Cougar hoops and NBA Playoffs

Welcome into the 44th episode of The Weekly Brew podcast – and it is a doozy. Jeremy Paxton and Dolores Lozano have the week off, so Austin and Kevin get into some current events, including the Preakness and Tilman Fertitta’s shot across the bow at Texas and the Big 12, before welcoming in University of Houston Men’s Basketball head coach Kelvin Sampson and The Ringer’s Jason Concepcion.

Sampson breaks down the Cougars’ recent signees, delving into how Valentine Sangoyomi, Devin Davis, Morris Dunnigan and Armoni Brooks will help the program, alongside returning Coogs like Rob Gray Jr., Damyean Dotson and especially Kyle Meyer and Danrad “Chicken” Knowles, whom Sampson says have been constant fixtures at the new $25 million Guy V. Lewis Development Facility in the spring offseason. Sampson shares some tidbits about the upcoming 2016-17 schedule, including playing Rhode Island and Harvard at home, traveling to LSU and negotiations he hopes will lead to a home-and-home with Arkansas.

Sampson also breaks down the NBA Playoffs, getting into what he loves about the Oklahoma City Thunder and the “calming influence” new head coach Billy Donovan has exerted on Kevin Durant and Russell Westbrook, whom Sampson says is “a monster,” and “playing the best basketball of his career.” Sampson speculates on what any potential incoming Houston Rockets head coach needs to do first in order to have success with the team.

Next, Jason Concepcion – otherwise known as @netw3rk on Twitter – calls in to talk NBA. He explains the Knicks’ mystifying hire of Jeff Hornacek as head coach and how he fits in with Phil Jackson’s obsession with Tex Winter’s Triangle offense. Concepcion also takes a look at the Western Conference Finals, with the Golden State Warriors stumbling in game one against the Oklahoma City Thunder. Concepcion also analyzes the Houston Rockets head coaching frontrunner, Mike D’Antoni, and how he would fit in at the helm of the dysfunctional Rockets team.

Concepcion is also a noted Game of Thrones expert, and he shares his perspective on why the show is such a massive success and a cultural touchstone, describing how its depiction of politics as a “zero-sum game” is so relatable and relevant to the political landscape in this country. Concepcion also speaks to the process of getting discovered, becoming a staff writer at Bill Simmons’ Grantland and what’s coming up with Simmons’ new venture The Ringer, where Concepcion will be covering the NBA and Game of Thrones.

Finally, Austin swears to Kevin that before Episode 100, he will secure Bill Simmons as a guest on the podcast. Strong words from Austin, and Kevin fully intends to hold him to that. Somehow. Kevin also ventures very close to threatening listeners who have not yet left iTunes reviews before serenading Austin with a couple of bars from Bill Withers’ “Just the Two of Us,” so… it gets a little weird in the close. Enjoy that. And also, remember: no matter who you are, where you go or what you do this week, always, ALWAYS brew responsibly.

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.

Baylor, U of H, Texas A&M basketball postseason preview; Oui Desserts’ Penny visits

On this 33rd episode of The Weekly Brew podcast, we exhaustively cover the Texas college basketball scene with the help of three big guests from around the state.

First, though, Penny, one of the proprietors of Weekly Brew’s sponsor, Oui Desserts, stops by the aptly named Oui Desserts Studios to say hi, chat about macarons and beignets and invite the listeners to be a part of the Oui/Weekly Brew family. Mention you listen to the podcast when you drop by Oui at 3411 Kirby and you’ll get 10 percent off of your order.

Next, voice of Baylor basketball, John Morris, joins us to talk Big 12 basketball. Baylor and Texas are both having strong seasons and split the season series with one another. Now they’ll face off in round one of the Big 12 tournament. Morris breaks down the great job being done by Shaka Smart and Scott Drew, and gets into the landscape of Big 12 basketball headed into the tournament.

Matt Thomas, of SportsTalk 790 and the University of Houston Men’s Basketball play-by-play broadcaster, calls in to give some love to his Cougars (Thomas is a UH alum), praise the dramatic turnaround head coach Kelvin Sampson has engineered and preview the American Athletic Conference tournament in Orlando later this week. Do the Cougars have an outside chance to make the Big Dance? What does the future hold for Sampson and the Coogs?

Finally, Brent Zwerneman, the Texas A&M beat writer for the Houston Chronicle and San Antonio Express-News, joins us to talk about the stellar season the SEC Champion Aggies are having. He says A&M is, at minimum, a Sweet Sixteen team, but theorizes that they may very well be one of the four teams coming to Houston to cap off the madness this March.

And kudos to last week’s guest Dolores Lozano, of ESPN Deportes, who left us an absolutely terrific iTunes review this week. Those really help us grow, because iTunes places a lot of weight on to the reviews when determining popularity, search rankings and lots of other important stuff like that. If you want to help us grow, please visit us on iTunes and click Subscribe there, and then click Ratings and Reviews to leave us a nice, little 5-star review with a blurb. Tell us what you enjoy or what you’d like to hear, and we’ll be sure to read your review and give you a shoutout to our listenership. Also, visit our Facebook and Like us there or follow us on Twitter to keep up to date with what we’re doing.

Thanks for listening, and remember: always brew responsibly.