One of the most enjoyable aspects of the show is getting to speak to and hear fascinating and engaging perspectives from great guests week in and week out. Here is a list of our guests, to date, and in which episodes you can find their content.
Mark Bowden Mark Bowden, author of Black Hawk Down, a national correspondent for The Atlantic and a contributing editor at Vanity Fair, joined The Weekly Brew on Episode 100 to discuss the crisis on the Korean Peninsula, the role that China plays in mitigating a potential conflict with DPRK and more. Bowden also shares insights into the production of his his latest work, Hue 1968: A Turning Point of the American War in Vietnam.
Wade Phillips (@sonofbum) Wade Phillips is the defensive coordinator for the Los Angeles Rams, and in his 40-year NFL coaching career has spent time as a coach for the Oilers and the DC and interim head coach of the Houston Texans. On Episode 92, he discussed coaching JJ Watt, the side of T.O. nobody knows and what he learned from his father, legendary coach Bum Phillips.
Jeff Van Gundy Jeff Van Gundy is the former head coach of the Knicks and Rockets, now a wildly popular NBA analyst for ESPN. Coach Van Gundy joined us on Episode 89 to talk 2017 NBA MVP, where Mike D’Antoni’s job ranks on the potential Coach of the Year list and some NBA memories of Yao Ming. JVG also joined the show on a special NBA Finals preview edition on May 30.
Daryl Morey (@dmorey) Daryl Morey is the general manager of the Houston Rockets. Morey, who has spearheaded an innovative integration of statistical analytics into the evaluation of NBA talent, has earned votes from his peers for 2008-09 and 2012-13 NBA Executive of the Year. He earned selection to the SportsBusiness Journal Forty Under 40 Class of 2010, which honors the most promising young executives in sports business under the age of 40. He joined us on Episode 75 to discuss the Rockets remarkable team chemistry, James Harden’s hot start, and the ceiling for the club in the second half of the season.
Lance Berkman Lance Berkman, nicknamed “Big Puma”, played 15 seasons in Major League Baseball for the Houston Astros, New York Yankees, St. Louis Cardinals and Texas Rangers. The six-time All-Star joined The Weekly Brew on Episode 112 to breakdown the Astros and Yankees ahead of the ALCS, and Episode 113 to preview the 2017 World Series.
Tim Kurkjian (@Kurkjian_ESPN) Tim Kurkjian is a Major League Baseball analyst on ESPN’s Baseball Tonight and SportsCenter, and joined The Weekly Brew on Episode 114 to discuss the epic World Series between the Astros and Dodgers.
Don Willett (@JusticeWillett) Don Willett, U.S. Circuit Judge for the 5th Circuit and former Justice of the Supreme Court of Texas, joined The Weekly Brew on Episode 109 to discuss 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.
Scott Hanson (@ScottHanson) Scott Hanson serves as host of NFL RedZone. Hanson joined NFL Media in 2006 as a national reporter covering all 32 teams. He transitioned into studio hosting in 2008, and was named the host of NFL RedZone during its inaugural season in 2009. Hanson joined The Weekly Brew on Episode 112 to breakdown the NFL and his work with the RedZone channel.
Richard Deitsch (@richarddeitsch) Richard Deitsch is a writer and editor for Sports Illustrated, and the host of the SI Media Podcast. He joined The Weekly Brew on Episode 102 to discuss Chechnya’s Ramzan Kadyrov’s use of MMA to spread his political message, the media’s coverage of Mayweather vs. McGregor, the future of sports media, and FS1’s tumultuous start.
Stewart Mandel (@slmandel) Stewart Mandel is an editor-in-chief of The All-American, he joined the podcast on Episode 106 to preview the 2017 college football season. Mandel has been a national college football writer for 18 years with Sports Illustrated and Fox Sports, and offers his thoughts on the elite QB’s out west, CFP contenders, the Big 12, and what fans can expect from first-year head coaches at Baylor and U of H.
Robert Flores (@RoFlo) Robert Flores is a studio host appearing across MLB Network’s programming, and contributes across MLB Advanced Media’s digital properties, including MLB.com and Sports On Earth. Flores joined the MLB Network in 2016 from ESPN, where he most recently anchored SportsCenter for a decade. In Episode 87, he joined The Weekly Brew to preview the MLB season and expectations on the gridiron this fall for his Houston Cougars.
Lee Jenkins (@SI_LeeJenkins) Lee Jenkins joined Sports Illustrated as a senior writer in 2007. Since 2010 his primary beat has been the NBA, and he has profiled the league’s biggest stars, including LeBron James and Kevin Durant. In Episode 85, he joined the show to discuss the Houston Rockets’ playoff push and James Harden’s historic season free of distractions without reality show girlfriends or passive-aggressive teammates. In Episode 118, Jenkins discussed the first two months of the NBA season, whether the Rockets the team to beat, and where LeBron James will play during the 2018-19 season.
Mack Rhoades Rhoades is the new Baylor University Athletic Director and the former AD at the University of Houston. Rhoades joined us in Episode 88 to share some thoughts on the new direction of Baylor Football under head coach Matt Rhule, and the current state of affairs at the University of Houston.
Gary Patterson (@TCUCoachP) Coach Patterson is the head coach of the TCU Horned Frogs, and has led them to six conference titles, winning 20 national coach of the year awards along the way. He is one of the longest-tenured coaches in Division I football, and he joined us in Episode 53 to discuss the Horned Frogs upcoming season, Baylor’s hiring of Jim Grobe and the Big 12 expansion rumors.
Hunter Yurachek (@HunterYurachek) Hunter Yurachek is the Vice President for Athletics at the University of Houston. On Episode 93, he discussed the state of the athletics department at U of H, Major Applewhite, facility upgrades and how he made Tom Herman $1.6M richer before he left for Texas.
David Graham (@GrahamDavidA) David Graham is a staff writer at The Atlantic, where he covers U.S. politics and global news. Graham joined the podcast on Episode 120 to discuss discuss Trump v. Bannon, the latest tax legislation, and U.S. foreign policy in 2018.
Tim Rohan (@TimRohan) Tim is a staff writer at Sports Illustrated and The MMQB. He joined the podcast on Episode 109 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.
Nicole Auerbach (@NicoleAuerbach) Nicole is a sports reporter for USA Today and joined the podcast on Episode 54 to preview the Rio 2016 Olympic Games. Auerbach offers 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.
Larry Dierker (@DierkersChamps) Dierker, a former Houston Astros pitcher, manager and broadcaster, joined us in studio on Episode 99 to talk about the early days of the Astros franchise, promoting the sport of baseball and the success of the current roster and how it stacks up against the best teams he managed.
Jim Grobe (@BUFootball) Jim Grobe, the 2006 AP Coach of the Year, is Baylor University’s new head football coach, and he joined us on Episode 56 to share some insight into the Bears’ upcoming season. Grobe also detailed what the first two months have been like on campus, dealing with an aggressive press and a volatile situation, overcoming the scepticism of players and leading what he describes as the “hardest-working team I’ve ever been a part of.”
Justise Winslow (@IAmJustise) Justise is a forward playing for the Miami Heat of the NBA, but before that, he was an NCAA National Champion with Duke in 2015, and a three-time state champion at St. John’s School, and a top-flight Houston basketball product. He joined us in Episode 49 and Episode 98 to talk about life in the NBA, his quest to become the face of the Heat franchise and his Houston-based basketball camp.
Ruth Riley (@ruthriley00) Riley is the GM of the San Antonio Stars, a WNBA and NCAA champion, as well as an Olympic gold medalist. Shed joined us on Episode 98 to break down her fight to end hunger, and its roots in her personal history.
Howard Beck (@HowardBeck) Beck is a 20-year veteran NBA writer with the New York Times and Bleacher Report, and he joined us in Episode 90 to reveal his NBA MVP ballot and offer a national perspective on the NBA Playoffs and the Houston Rockets.
Bryan Curtis (@bryancurtis) Curtis lists himself as an ‘editor-at-large’ of The Ringer (despite the fact that he edits nothing, his words) and his piece for that outlet, “The Familiar Lousiness of the ESPN Layoffs” summed up the all-too-familiar events of late April. He joined us in Episode 91 to discuss what the layoffs mean for the future of sports media and, specifically, the one-time Worldwide Leader.
Pat Forde (@YahooForde) Pat, Yahoo Sports’ national college columnist, is synonymous with college sports and he joined us in Episode 45 to break down the Baylor scandal, the historically great opening weekend of the 2016 college football schedule and the 2016 Rio Olympics, including how Michael Phelps has been preparing.
Jason Gay (@JasonGay) Jason Gay is a sports reporter for the Wall Street Journal and the author of “Little Victories: Perfect Rules for Imperfect Living,” which can be found on Amazon. Jason joined the show on Episode 94 to discuss problematic owners in sports, the sports media landscape and whether or not James Harden is the right “cultural fit” for the Houston Rockets.
Todd Kalas (@RealToddKalas) Todd is the television play-by-play voice of the Houston Astros, taking over for longtime staple Bill Brown, and the son of Philadelphia Phillies broadcaster Harry Kalas. Todd joined us in Episode 77 to discuss the challenge of taking over for a local legend and offer his thoughts on the Astros’ promising upcoming season.
Bill Brown (@BrownieTw) Bill is nothing less than a Houston sports icon, the television play-by-play voice of the Houston Astros for nearly 30 years and an inductee into the Texas Sports Hall of Fame. “Brownie,” as he is affectionately known to Astros fans, joined us in Episode 66 to reflect on a long, distinguished career and the Astros’ history and trajectory going forward.
Mike Meltser & Seth Payne (@mikemeltser; @PayneNFL) Mike and Seth are the hosts of Sports Radio 610’s morning show MaD Radio, arguably the most entertaining and successful terrestrial sports radio show in Houston, and they joined us in Episode 47 to talk Astros, Texans, Rockets, University of Houston Football and what characterizes or defines the Houston sports fan.
John McClain (@McClain_on_NFL) John has covered the NFL for the Houston Chronicle for 35 years and is a pro-football gadfly, especially in regards to the Houston Texans. He joined us in Episode 48 to talk Texans OTAs and minicamp, Episode 34 to talk about the Texans’ acquisition of free-agent quarterback Brock Osweiler and in Episode 26 to talk NFL Playoffs, Baylor Football and the Pro Football Hall of Fame.
Taylor Bisciotti (@TaylorBisciotti) Taylor Bisciotti is an anchor and reporter for NFL Network, appearing on several NFL Media platforms and programs. Before joining NFL Network, Bisciotti was a host for Sporting News after serving as a sideline reporter for the SEC Network and ESPN. She joined the podcast on Episode 79 to preview Super Bowl 51.
Chip Rives (@chiprives) Chip is a the five-time Emmy award winning director/creator of numerous sports documentaries, including the ESPN 30 for 30 “Phi Slama Jama,” and MLB Network’s “The Dome.” Chip joined us in Episode 66 to discuss some of the most interesting things he learned during the search for former UH Cougar Benny Anders while filming Phi Slama Jama and offers his perspective on Guy V. Lewis’ legacy.
Jason Concepcion (@netw3rk) Jason is an NBA writer for Bill Simmons, formerly of Grantland and currently with The Ringer, who also spills as much ink writing about Game of Thrones as anyone else around. He joined us in Episode 44 to talk about working for Simmons, the NBA Playoffs and why Game of Thrones resonates with modern viewers.
Julia Morales (@JuliaMorales) Julia is the much-beloved ROOT SPORTS field reporter for the Houston Astros, and she joined us in Episode 43 to share her insight into the team, traveling with and reporting on the Astros day in and day out.
Sean Pendergast (@SeanTPendergast) Sean is the host of Sports Radio 610’s The Triple Threat and a frequent contributor to The Houston Press and he joined us in Episode 41 to talk Houston Texans and the NFL Draft.
Matt Mosley (@mattmosley) Matt is one of Dallas’ most recognizable voices and sports media figures, a longtime host of Mosley and Cowlishaw on ESPN Dallas and a columnist for the Dallas Morning News and Texas Monthly. Matt joined us in Episode 70 to discuss Tom Herman’s defection to Texas, the Baylor Football head coaching vacancy and the hot start for Baylor Basketball.
David Ubben (@davidubben) David covers the Big 12 for Fox Sports SW and Sports on Earth, and hosts the Big 12 podcast Flyover Country, and he joined us in Episode 43 to break down the expansion talks and where the University of Houston might fit in.
Richard Justice (@richardjustice) Richard, a former Houston Chronicle and Dallas Morning News baseball writer, is now an executive correspondent with MLB.com and joined us in Episode 37 to talk Astros’ young talent and the AL West.
Aaron Bruski (@aaronbruski) Aaron is an award-winning NBA writer, founder of Hoop-Ball.com and the host of the Koz and Bru Show. He joined us in Episode 52 to discuss NBA Free Agency and the rumblings from Adam Silver about a possible opt out of the CBA.
Doug Drabek Doug, 1990 Cy Young Award winner, University of Houston alum and former Houston Astros standout, joined us in Episode 39 to talk Arizona Diamondbacks, getting to tell his son Kyle Drabek he’d been called up to the majors and watching Phi Slama Jama live as a college athlete.
Kelvin Sampson (@UHCougarMBK) Coach Sampson is the head coach of the University of Houston Men’s Basketball program, but has also spent time in the NBA with the Milwaukee Bucks and Houston Rockets and programs like Indiana and Oklahoma basketball. He joined us in Episode 44 to discuss some of UH’s recent signees and the schedule for next year, as well as the NBA Playoffs and especially the job Billy Donovan has done with the Oklahoma City Thunder. He also joined us in Episode 16 to preview the Coogs’ 2015-2016 season.
Paul Gallant (@GallantSays) Paul is the host of Gallant at Night on SportsRadio610 and SportsZone Unfiltered on Kube57, and he joined us in Episode 74 to weigh the merits of Tom Savage vs Brock Osweiler. Gallant also shares his thoughts on Rogue One, which he loved and Kevin hated. Sparks fly.
Drew Dougherty (@DoughertyDrew) Drew is the host of Texans TV and the Digital Media Manager for the Houston Texans. Drew joined us in Episode 67 to discuss the retirement of Andre Johnson and Arian Foster, and where they rank in terms of all-time Texans.
David Barron (@dfbarron) David covers sports media and the Olympics for the Houston Chronicle and is a contributor Dave Campbell’s Texas Football. He joined us in Episode 53 to discuss the Chris Correa/ St. Louis Cardinals hacking verdict and preview Houstonians competing in the Rio Olympics.
Adam Wexler (@awexlerKPRC) Adam is a Houston sports media veteran of SportsRadio 610 and SportsTalk 790, now an anchor/reporter/producer with KPRC-TV. He joined us in Episode 48 to talk Texans, Astros and Rockets and share some of his favorite Houston sports memories.
Jake Kaplan (@jakemkaplan) Jake is the Houston Chronicle Astros’ beat writer, and he joined us in Episode 42 to assess what exactly is wrong with the underperforming ‘Stros and the road forward for the beleaguered Houston squad.
Angel Verdejo (@ahverdejo) Angel is one of the Houston Chronicle’s Astros beat writers, and he joined us in Episode 47 to break down the ‘Stros’ picks in the MBL Draft and the struggles of the pitching rotation, minus Doug Fister.
Evan Drellich (@Evan_Drellich) Evan, Red Sox beat writer for the Boston Herald and former Houston Chronicle Astros beat writer, joined us in Episode 39 to talk Astros, Red Sox and Boston versus Houston as “baseball towns.”
Sam Khan, Jr. (@skhanjr) Sam is a college football reporter for ESPN.com, a former Houston Chronicle and Daily Cougar sportswriter, and the self-proclaimed ‘best dressed sportswriter in America.’ He joined us in Episode 67 to discuss the perplexing Aggies’ inconsistencies and shed some light on how things project to shake out in the SEC this year.
Kevin Eschenfelder (@KevinEschRS) Kevin is a well-respected Houston sports media figure, currently the Voice of UH Cougar Football and sports anchor with ROOT SPORTS doing Astros pre-game and post-game coverage and he joined us in Episode 46 to talk Astros and the very exciting upcoming season for University of Houston Football and Coach Tom Herman.
Bart Enis (@BartEnisRS) Bart is a decorated veteran of the Houston sports media, starting in 1983 with KPRC-TV and is currently a sideline reporter, anchor and jack-of-all-trades for ROOT SPORTS, where he covers the Rockets and Astros. He joined us in Episode 49 to talk about growing up as the son of a legendary broadcaster, rubbing shoulders with figures like Muhammad Ali and Gordie Howe as a kid, and taking a look at the surging Astros.
Alykhan Bijani (@Rockets_Insider) Alykhan is a contributor to ESPN Houston, Hardwood Paroxysm and ClutchFans and the host of the RedNationHoops podcast. He joined us in Episode 52 to break down the Rockets offseason, including retaining James Harden and acquiring Eric Gordon and Ryan Anderson.
Shehan Jeyarajah (@ShehanJeyarajah) Shehan covers the SEC for the Atlanta Journal-Constitution’s SEC Country and he joined us in Episode 77 to break down the National Championship game between Clemson and Alabama, discuss Deshaun Watson’s prospects at the professional level and share some insight into the SEC and the football offseason.
Ross Villarreal (@SportsRV) Ross is the host of SportsTalk 790’s SportsRV show and Rockets Wrap, as well as the station’s midday producer. Ross joined us in Episode 68 to discuss the Houston Rockets’ incredible, unexpected start to the season, James Harden’s ascendancy and what other NBA teams are worth watching.
Jimmy Price (@AstrosFuture) Jimmy is the owner and founder of Astros Future, an organization that tracks and reports on the Astros’ five minor league affiliates and the prospects rising through the ranks. He joined us in Episode 49 to weigh in on guys like AJ Reed, Alex Bregman and Forrest Whitley and talk about what drives him to obsessively cover the MiLB for the ‘Stros for his outlet.
Ananth Pandian (@Ananth_Pandian) Ananth covers the NBA for CBS Sports and he joined us in Episode 49 to talk NBA Draft and the Houston Rockets’ outlook under new head coach Mike D’Antoni.
AJ Neuharth-Keusch (@TweetAJNK) AJ covers the NBA for USA Today and he joined us in Episode 46 to break down the NBA Playoffs, especially the hypercompetitive Western Conference Finals between the Warriors and Thunder and the NBA Finals matchup between the Cavaliers and Warriors.
Ethan Rothstein (@ethanrothstein) Ethan is the managing editor of SB Nation’s Houston Rockets page The Dream Shake and he joined us in Episode 46 to talk about the hiring of new head coach Mike D’Antoni and his potential fit with the Rockets squad and James Harden’s historic offensive production in the 2016 season while being snubbed from all three All-NBA teams.
MoiseKapenda Bower (@moisekapenda) MK Bower, a longtime Houston sports media figure, now with The SportsXchange, joined us in Episode 39 to talk Rockets/Warriors and James Harden’s historic 29 pt, 7 ast, 6 reb season.
Diamond Leung (@diamond83) Diamond is the Golden State Warriors beat writer for the Bay Area News Group and he joined us in Episode 38 to preview the Rockets/Warriors series in the NBA Playoffs, discuss Steph Curry’s MVP candidacy and break down the winningest team in NBA history.
Lindsay Schnell (@Lindsay_Schnell) Lindsay is a writer for Sports Illustrated and host of the SI College Football podcast, and she joined us in Episode 24 to talk Joe Mixon and violence against women in sports, as well as being a woman in a male-dominated field.
Ryan Dunsmore (@d_more55) Ryan is a Fort Bend Herald sports reporter and managing editor of The Crawfish Boxes, SB Nation’s Astros-dedicated fan site, and a contributor to Battle Red Blog and The Dream Shake. Ryan joined us in Episode 51 to talk about the Astros at the All-Star break and their postseason prospects.
Taylor Soper (@Taylor_Soper) Taylor is a writer for GeekWire, covering the intersection of sports and technology and he joined us in Episode 38 to talk about the new streaming deal between the NFL and Twitter and the impact for both companies going forward.
Steve Almond (@stevealmondjoy) Steve is a New York Times bestselling author and he joined us in Episode 35 to talk about his latest book, Against Football, and the cultural impact of America’s addiction to football.
Dylan Baddour (@DylanBaddour) Dylan covers politics and Texas for the Houston Chronicle and he joined us in Episode 42 to share his insight into the Cruz campaign, which wound down just prior to recording.
Brent Zwerneman (@BrentZwerneman) Brent is the Houston Chronicle’s resident Texas A&M beat writer and covers all things Aggies. He joined us in Episode 33 to preview the Texas A&M basketball team’s postseason.
John Morris (@VoiceofBears) John is the play-by-play announcer for Baylor athletics, and knows the Bears as well as anyone else in the world. He joined us in Episode 33 to preview the Baylor basketball postseason.
Matt Thomas (@SportsMT) Matt Thomas is the host of The Proper Gentlemen of Sports on Sportstalk 790 and the voice of the University of Houston Cougar Basketball. He joined us in Episode 33 to preview the Cougars’ postseason.
Paul Catalina (@PaulCatalina) Paul is the host of You Make the Call on ESPN Central Texas and covers the Baylor Bears and the Dallas Cowboys. Paul joined us in Episode 30 to discuss the Baylor Title IX scandal and the candlelight vigil march on Baylor president Ken Starr’s house.
Joseph Duarte (@Joseph_Duarte) Joseph is the University of Houston Cougars beat writer for the Houston Chronicle and covers all things Cougars. He joined us in Episode 29 to talk #HTownTakeover, National Signing Day and analyze the college football landscape and the evolving field of sports journalism.
Lawrence Gilligan (@GilliganWSOC9) Lawrence is the sports anchor for WSOC-TV in Charlotte, and he joined us in Episode 28 to preview the Carolina Panthers in Super Bowl 50 and discuss the cultural impact of Cam Newton.
Troy Renck (@TroyRenck) Troy is the NFL/Broncos beat writer for The Denver Post and he joined us in Episode 28 to preview Super Bowl 50 and recap the Broncos stellar season under the final year of Peyton Manning.
Reid Gettys Reid is a former University of Houston Basketball great, who played alongside Hakeem Olajuwon and Clyde Drexler in the Phi Slama Jama era, and a frequent ESPN college basketball analyst. Reid joined us in Episode 28 to discuss the college basketball landscape and bringing the Final Four back to Houston.
Matt Malatesta (@VYPEHouston) Matt is editor in chief of Vype Magazine, which covers all high school sports in Houston, and joined us in Episode 27 to discuss National Signing Day and the landscape of high school athletics.
Michael Quinn Sullivan (@MQSullivan) Michael, of Empower Texans, has been called the most powerful non-elected political figure in Texas. He joined us in Episode 40 to talk Donald Trump and the meaning of conservatism.
Adrian Holden (@theGOAPT) Adrian is a play-by-play broadcaster with the Texas Sports Radio Network, and he joined us in Episode 50 to help break down the ESPN 30 for 30 documentary O.J.: Made in America and its cultural impact.
Josh Koch (@jokoch09) Josh is a sports editor with Houston Community Newspapers and covers the Houston Texans. He joined us in Episode 25 to eulogize the Texans after their embarrassing first-round playoff exit.
Daniel Eyes & the Vibes (@danieleyesmusic) This Austin-based band has roared onto the Texas music scene following the January 2016 release of its EP Sweet Dreaming and Daniel and Dylan joined us in Episode 41 to preview a show with Second Lovers at The Nightingale Room.
Second Lovers (@secondloverstx) Second Lovers is unofficially a part of The Weekly Brew family, and one of the best bands in Texas. Lead singer Nic Morales joined us in Episode 19 and lead guitarist Thom Truver joined us in Episode 37.
The Vanity (@TheVanity) Austin-based four-piece group The Vanity is a talented band with a versatile, eclectic sound. Lead singer Alex Dugan joined us in Episode 32 to discuss what it means to be a rock and roll band and break down the Austin music scene.
Ali Spagnola (@alispagnola) Ali is a YouTube sensation, with her One Gal Band and Power Hour shows, and she joined us in Episode 31 to talk about her battles in trademark law and generally be one of the most charming guests we’ve ever had.