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.

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.

Rice Football’s David Bailiff; ROOT SPORTS’ Kevin Eschenfelder; Chron’s Adam Coleman

Welcome to episode 58 of The Weekly Brew podcast – the Voice of Houston, as we’re now saying, because it turns out that if you want to call yourself that, NO ONE CAN STOP YOU. There’s no rigorous vetting process; no application and screening. We’re just the Voice of Houston now. It’s that easy!

It’s another jam-packed, terrific show, highlighting some of the best of what’s going on in the world of Houston sports, but also with a shoutout to fellow Houston podcasters Heaven, Hell or Houston and The Stacks. If you’re into Houston like we are, check those shows out, because they’re great examples of what creative, interesting people are independently producing in HTown.

First up, the guys make some college football predictions, during which Jeremy flip-flops and steals one of Austin’s pre-show College Football Playoff picks. Safe to say, the BrewCast will be keeping future picks a little closer to the vest from now on.

Next, head coach of Rice Football, David Bailiff, joins the podcast to talk Owls football – as he says, you can’t spell “bowl” without “owl,” which is lexicographically sound. We checked. Bailiff talks about how last season’s struggles drive this year’s team (“there’s power in failure”), and he talks about the unique joys of working with academically gifted athletes – a far cry from what Brittany Wager of Last Chance U (episode 57) deals with on a day-to-day basis.

After, second-time guest Kevin Eschenfelder, the Voice of Houston Cougar Football (on the radio) joins the show to talk a little Astros, but mostly preview the University of Houston football season, starting with week one’s matchup against Oklahoma. Esch provides some insight into how Tom Herman has changed the culture at UH and talks about what makes his quarterback, Greg Ward, Jr., so special. Eschenfelder also previews a new partnership between ROOT SPORTS and the Valenti School of Communication at UH, in which students will be assisting in the production of the weekly coaches shows Eschenfelder will host. He hopes to impart some wisdom, and we hope those students listen, because this guy knows the deal.

Finally, old friend of the show, Adam Coleman (whom longtime listeners might remember had Kevin’s current job before he got hired on at the Chronicle) calls in to talk a little about Rice Football and speak to the brand-new Chronicle app High School Sports Live, which he says will put Houston high school football fans in touch with their favorite teams in a radical, game-changing new way.

Finally, the guys don’t belabor the point but… There’s no new iTunes reviews! Not one! It’s been, like, several weeks now and it’s starting to get hurtful. Do it for Harambe – just go to iTunes and leave a nice, little 5-star review with a blurb telling us how you found us, what you enjoy and what you’d like to hear in the future.

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

Astros, Texans with MaD Radio’s Mike Meltser and Seth Payne (Sports Radio 610); Chron’s Angel Verdejo

Welcome to Episode 47 of The Weekly Brew, without question the best 77 minutes of Houston sports talk you’ll hear this week. We are joined by Mike Meltser and Seth Payne, of Sports Radio 610’s MaD Radio, and Houston Chronicle Astros beat writer Angel Verdejo as we delve into some Texans, Astros and University of Houston discussion.

Mike and Seth host Houston’s most entertaining and successful (terrestrial) sports radio show, MaD Radio, and they give us a little insight into how they came to be teamed up and the process that goes into creating quality radio content. Mike and Seth help Kevin and Austin ponder what characteristics define the Houston sports fan (“long-suffering… beleaguered, per Seth) and whether we’re on the verge of a “Golden Age of Houston sports.”

Angel Verdejo then weighs in on the Astros, including some analysis of the recent injury to Carlos Correa and the team’s struggles against the division rival Texas Rangers. Angel also delves into the recent MLB Draft, breaking down the first few rounds – featuring picks like Forrest Whitley and Ronnie Dawson – and where they fit into the overall farm system with other up and coming guys like Alex Bregman. Angel also takes a look at University of Houston product Nick Hernandez and whether fans might one day see him suit up for the hometown major league team.

The BrewCast also weighs in on the most recent tragic mass-shooting, in an Orlando nightclub, as well as Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump’s social media responses. Gary Johnson, of the Libertarian Party, gets a shoutout (one of the hosts might be starting to #FeelTheJohnson) and the crew analyzes the Cavs’ chances to beat the Warriors in the NBA Finals (slim).

As always, thanks for listening, and a special thanks to the FOUR listeners who left iTunes reviews this week – really, if you think about it, we ask very little of you people: listen to the show, share it with your friends on social media [Facebook/ Twitter] and leave us iTunes reviews! So four people did a very good job this week and, suffice it to say, Kevin is thrilled. Keep him that way by going to iTunes, clicking Ratings and Reviews and leaving a 5-star review with a short blurb about what you enjoy and what you’d like to hear on the show. You’ll get a shoutout on next week’s episode if you do…

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