Executive Director of the Reese's Senior Bowl Phil Savage joined the Sam and Brad Show to talk about this year's game and some of the notable names you may hear on Sundays.


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Charles Davis FOX Sports NFL Analyst and NFL Network College & Pro analyst spoke with Sam and Brad on a Feel Good Friday to discuss the divisional round of the NFL Playoffs. 


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Wednesday, 27 December 2017 17:29

AUDIO Bill Hillgrove Discusses Steelers, Browns

Longtime play-by-play voice of the Pittsburgh Steelers Bill Hillgrove spoke with Sam Bourquin Wednesday ahead of the Steelers and Browns game on Sunday, New Years Eve.

Hillgrove also discussed the Steelers' playoff chances and a possible rematch with New England and new addition, former Steeler (and Akron native) James Harrison. 


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Tuesday, 12 December 2017 16:20

AUDIO Chris Spielman Talks NFL, Browns

Chris Spielman, former NFL player, Massillon Tiger, and Ohio State Buckeye, spoke with Sam and Brad to talk a little NFL and the state of the Cleveland Browns.

Spielman is now a college and NFL analyst for FOX Sports.


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Tuesday, 05 December 2017 17:14

AUDIO Football Today: Do We Even Recognize It?

After last night's physical game between the Bengals and Steelers, Sam and Brad talked about the state of football today and if it will ever be the same moving forward. 

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Tuesday, 12 September 2017 17:55

AUDIO Charles Davis Discusses Improving Browns

Charles Davis, NFL and college football analyst for Fox Sports joined the Sam and Brad Show Tuesday to discuss the Browns who showed some improvement in a number of areas in their loss to the Steelers.


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Thursday, 07 September 2017 17:16

AUDIO Scotty D Picks NFL & College Games

Scotty D in Vegas returned in his usual spot on Thursday to pick against the spread for pro and college football games for entertainment purposes only.


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Former N. Canton Hoover quarterback and former Purdue and Florida signal-caller Austin Appleby took some time to join the Sam and Brad Show to talk about his preparations for the NFL Draft and how he projects himself to play in the league.

Appleby led the Florida Gators to a bowl win over Iowa in the Outback Bowl, starting seven games in 2016.


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Friday, 07 April 2017 18:20

AUDIO Galko: Where Will Browns Lean?

Draft analyst Eric Galko from Optimum Scouting joined the Sam and Brad Show to see where the Browns might be leaning as far as the #1 and #12 picks in this year's NFL Draft.


For the full interview, click here.



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Brad Russell was joined by NFL veteran, 3-time Pro Bowler Josh Cribbs, who announced his retirement from the league earlier in the week, thanking the Cleveland Browns and their fans.

Cribbs was undrafted out of Kent State and played with the Browns from 2005-2012.

 For the video link to Cribbs' announcement, click here.

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Wednesday, 08 March 2017 15:15

AUDIO Zac Jackson Talks NFL, Browns

Zac Jackson from Pro Football Talk.com joined the Sam and Brad Show Wednesday to talk about the best course of action for the Cleveland Browns at the quarterback position.


Jackson will be covering the Cleveland Browns for The Athletic moving forward, joining the likes of other talented veteran sports writers, such as Jason Lloyd, who covers the Cavaliers.

Here's part two of Zac Jackson discussing NFL free agency, and where Browns WR Terrelle Pryor might be.


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Thursday, 02 March 2017 17:27

AUDIO Steve Palazzolo Talks NFL Combine

Steve Palazzolo from Pro Football Focus joined the Sam and Brad Show Thursday to talk NFL Combine from Indianapolis.


For the full interview, click here.

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Tuesday, 28 February 2017 16:50

AUDIO Charles Davis Talks NFL, Combine

NFL Network and FOX Sports College Football Lead Analyst Charles Davis spoke with Sam and Brad Tuesday to talk about some of the latest news with the National Football League.


 For the full interview with Charles, click here.



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The Big Game has come and gone and the New England Patriots have won another one, giving Bill Belichick and Tom Brady 5 rings.

NFL writer Vinnie Iyer from the Sporting News was in Houston for the game, and he came on with Sam and Brad Monday to talk about his thoughts on the Falcons and Pats.


For the full interview, click here.


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Pro Football Hall of Fame announcing some changes to the Hall of Fame Game and weekend, most notably moving the game to Thursday night.

This year it'll be Thursday, August 3rd. Gold Jacket Enshrinement happening Friday the 4th, and Saturday, August 5th, will be the parade and concert.

An enshrinement ceremony for the newly-renovated Tom Benson Hall of Fame Stadium will also take place Saturday night. 

Read the full press release below: 

The Canton Regional Chamber of Commerce and Pro Football Hall of Fame have worked in a spirit of collaboration for the past 53 years as our community celebrates the induction of football players, coaches, and contributors into the Pro Football Hall of Fame.  This year is no exception, with several schedule changes that will be instituted as part of the continuous effort to maximize the guest and visitor experience.
Notable changes this year include that the Hall of Fame Game will be played for the first time ever on a Thursday night, August 3rd.  Friday, August 4th will feature the annual Fashion Show Luncheon, and the Enshrinees’ Gold Jacket Dinner where the Class of 2017 will receive their Gold Jackets during the nationally televised event.
Saturday, August 5th, will kick off with The Canton Repository Grand Parade and conclude with the Enshrinement Ceremony at newly renovated Tom Benson Hall of Fame Stadium. Fans are in store for another big day on Sunday, August 6th starting with the Enshrinees’ Roundtable and concluding with the third annual Concert for Legends.
The full schedule is below (subject to change as details are confirmed).  Some of the events are ticketed, many are free, and all are guaranteed to be fun.


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NFL reporter Jason Cole from the Bleacher Report joined Sam and Brad to talk about the winners of the AFC and NFC Championship games (Atlanta and New England respectively).

 He also talked about who had the best chance to win the big one in two weeks in Houston.

For the full interview, click here.

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Thursday, 19 January 2017 15:23

AUDIO Steve Doerschuk: Williams Won Presser

Browns beat writer Steve Doerschuk spoke with Sam and Brad Thursday to discuss Gregg Williams' introductory press conference and what he brings to the Cleveland organization.


For the full interview, click here. 



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Zac Jackson from Pro Football Talk.com joined the Sam and Brad Show Monday to talk about the AFC Championship between the Steelers and Patriots and the NFC Championship between the Falcons and Packers.


For the full interview, click here.

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Matt Williamson, former NFL and college scout, and current writer for The Score and Today's Pigskin spoke with Sam Bourquin and Brad Russell ahead of the NFL Divisional Playoffs.


For the full interview, click here. 

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Brad Russell and Sam Bourquin spoke with veteran broadcaster Lee "Hacksaw" Hamilton about the Chargers' move to Los Angeles to give the NFL two teams moving forward.


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Tuesday, 13 December 2016 18:00

AUDIO Zac Jackson Discusses NFL, Browns

Zac Jackson from ProFootballTalk.com spoke with Sam Bourquin Tuesday to discuss some of the NFL's best teams including the New England Patriots, who won a classic Monday Night Football game against the Baltimore Ravens.

He also discussed the rest of the AFC, including the winless Cleveland Browns, who have to get things settled on all levels before becoming competitive.


For the complete interview, click here.

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Thursday, 08 December 2016 17:18

AUDIO Scotty D in Vegas Picking NFL Matchups

Scotty D in Vegas picked some NFL games against the spread in pro football this week, for entertainment purposes only.

Scotty joined Sam Bourquin for the Thursday edition of the Sam Bourquin Show.


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Wednesday, 30 November 2016 18:48

AUDIO Zac Jackson Talks Browns, NFL

Zac Jackson from ProFootballTalk.com joined the Sam Bourquin Show Wednesday to talk about the Browns as they head into the bye week at 0-12.


Zac discussed the NFL as a whole, talking about the run of dominance by the Dallas Cowboys in the NFC and some of the contenders and pretenders in pro football.

For the full interview, click here. 





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Bill Hillgrove, the radio play-by-play voice of the Pittsburgh Steelers and Pittsburgh Panthers joined Sam Bourquin Tuesday to talk about the Steelers upcoming meeting with the Browns this Sunday, as well as the thrilling finish between the Clemson Tigers and the Pittsburgh Panthers last week in Death Valley.

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Former NFL quarterback Jake Plummer joined the Brad Russell Show Monday to talk about some of the alternative solutions for helping current and former players dealing with the mental and physical ailments associated with playing football.

The former 10-year pro is a proponent of cannabidiol, or CBD oil, which is the non-psychoactive element of the hemp plant, which could be used to counteract some of the effects of long-term brain and physical injuries from playing the game.

He spoke about that with Brad on Monday.


For the full interview, click here. For more on Jake's venture, click here.

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Tuesday, 01 November 2016 09:27

AUDIO Chris Trapasso Talks NFL

Chris Trapasso, homepage editor for NFL.com, spoke with Brad Russell to talk about the NFL, the winless Browns, and Hue Jackson's state of mind going into Sunday's game with the Cowboys.


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Despite being winless, the Cleveland Browns have been playing hard and developing their talent.

For the Win columnist and USA Today NFL writer Chris Korman discussed the Browns and the AFC North with our own Sam Bourquin on Tuesday.


For the complete interview with Chris and Sam, click here.

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Monday, 12 September 2016 17:41

AUDIO Steve King Discusses Browns Loss, RG3

The Browns opened up the season with a loss to the Carson Wentz-led Philadelphia Eagles 29-10 in Philly and the Baltimore Ravens are up next on the docket.

Steve King from BrownsDailyDose.com spoke with Sam Bourquin on Monday to talk about the team as well as the injury to Robert Griffin III.


For the full interview with Steve, click here.

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With the NFL season starting up very soon, many people will be setting up their fantasy football lineups and looking to make some hay.

Fantasy football expert Zack Zander, the Original Football Nerd, joined Brad to break down the wide receivers and there's a lot of depth there, including the top of the list, which includes Pittsburgh's Antonio Brown, New York's Odell Beckham Jr, and Atlanta's Julio Jones.


Zack also mentioned some sleepers that could garner you some points in your fantasy league and if you draft them late, they could pay some big dividends down the line.


For next Thursday, Zack will preview the running backs.

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Training camp is set to roll from Berea, Ohio tomorrow, and the Hue Jackson era will officially get started.

Brent Sobleski from the Bleacher Report joined the Sam Bourquin Show. Thursday to talk about how the Browns will get their camp started, some of the injury news and notes, and how Hue plans on putting his imprint on the franchise.

"The reality is that this team, this office, and this organization is handling things well," Sobleski said. "All of that old baggage is gone."

When asked about the prospects of RGIII and what he's looking to do with his new team, Sobleski said that Jackson's support and knowledge of quarterbacks gives him confidence, which is a boost for any player, especially one who played scout team safety at one point for Washington.

For the full interview with Brent, click here.

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The long, winding road for reinstatement to the NFL has taken a positive turn for Josh Gordon as he is now back with the Cleveland Browns for the 2016 season.

Scott Petrak from the Elyria Chronicle Telegram joined Brad Russell on his show Monday to talk about Gordon's reinstatement and if coach Hue Jackson will keep him in the fold.

 "I'm pretty sure they're going to bring him back after the four-game suspension," he says.  "I think from the start, he's it's always about the guys he's hanging around with and it's been all about his decision making."

Gordon is allowed to play in the preseason and participate in training camp.

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Thursday, 25 February 2016 22:21

AUDIO NFL Prospect Breakdown: Wentz & Cook

The Browns are in a position to draft a top-notch quarterback in the upcoming NFL Draft, and there are a couple of guys on the team's radar.

Longtime Walsh Jesuit head football coach Gerry Rardin (now retired) spokewith Brad about the exlpoits of former Warrior signal caller and Michigan State quarterback Connor Cook  and how his resilency and mental fortitude will serve him well moving forward to the NFL.

 "He just worked on every possible area of his game," said Rardin. "His best trait is that he never let the last play bother him."

During his career at Michigan State, he bested current Washington Redskins' quarterback Kirk Cousins' mark for most wins by a QB in Spartan history.


 The other big name that people have been talking about is former North Dakota State quarterback Carson Wentz, whose stock rose after a solid week of practice at the Senior Bowl.

 Ron Wingenback, the head coach of Century High School in North Dakota also joined Brad to talk about his former quarterback and what he brings to the football field.

"Carson's a very good learner," Ron said. "He wanted to know everything he needed to know about the opponent, and that made him a very good quarterback in high school and in college."


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The NFL Draft is getting closer and closer and the Browns are looking at various prospects, including quarterbacks to lead the team out of the dumps.

Neal Driscoll from Phinmaniacs.com joined Brad Russell in the Average Sports Show to talk about the quarterback position, and what Cal's Jared Goff and North Dakota State's Carson Wentz bring to the table.

Driscoll says that Carson Wentz would be a good fit for the Browns in the rough-and-tumble AFC North.

"He's bigger (than Goff), he's mobile, he's got a cannon for an arm, and I think if you put a good offensive line in front of him, he'll be solid." 

Wentz came from the Football Championship Subdivision (FCS or I-AA) which has some teams thinking the level of competition wasn't as good, but Driscoll thinks he can succeed at the NFL level.

"They're getting a good guy, and I don't see how the Browns don't take a quarterback at #2."

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Wednesday, 17 February 2016 19:15

AUDIO Brent Sobleski Talks Manning, NFL

In the NFL, there is no offseason, and one of the NFL's biggest names is in the news.

Peyton Manning, two-time Super Bowl winner and Denver Bronocs quarterback was accused of sexual assault by a former trainer while playing at the University of Tennessee in the late 1990's.

Sobleski explains his stance on the issue, saying that nothing being reported here is new.

"We have one writer who basically stumbled upon this case for the first time in his life, and reported it from a first person perspective and it really wasn't," Sobleski said.

Manning has denied any wrongdoing in the matter. The university has been recently named in a Title IX lawsuit regarding sexual assault cases.

 Brent also touched on NFL free agency, saying that there's some things the Browns need to look at including Alex Mack possibly bolting or addressing wide reciever in free agency.

"One of the guys you might look at is Bengals WR Marvin Jones," Hue (Jackson) likes him, and he would be a good #2 opposite Josh Gordon," he explained.


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The NFL Playoffs have moved to the divisional round and looking to get one step closer to the championship game.

Sean Tomlinson, an NFL writer for the Bleacher Report joined the Sam Bourquin Show on a "Feel Good Friday" to break down the games as well as discuss other headlines in the National Football League, including the Rams' move from St. Louis to Los Angeles.

Starting with the Saturday games, Tomlinson says the Kansas City/New England matchup on Saturday is not a good matchup for the Patriots, considering their offensive line problems coupled with the Kansas City defense.

"Justin Houston (KC Defensive End) is a scary man coming off the edge," Sean explained. "It helps New England has some pieces back, but it'll be the proverbial nailbiter."

Sean says the Green Bay/Arizona game should work in favor of the Cardinals, who terrorized Aaron Rodgers in the regular season with multiple sacks.

For the Panthers and Seahawks Sunday, along with the Steelers and Broncos, Tomlinson said both matchups will be exciting.

"You can never underestimate (Steelers quarterback) Ben Roethlisberger's ability to come back from injuries and lead an injured team," he said.


 January has been a  crazy time in the NFL, with the Rams moving to L.A, and the possibility of the San Diego Chargers moving to La-La Land as well.

"I highly doubt San Diego will stay put, Tomlinson said.


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Thursday, 14 January 2016 18:45

AUDIO Brent Sobleski Talks Hue Hire

The Browns have hired Hue Jackson as head coach, and many people have a renewed sense of optimism surrounding the team and the direction that they are heading.

Brent Sobleski from the Bleacher Report joined Brad Russell to talk about the move and what it means for the Browns.

"This feels completely different," says Sobleski. "This isn't the same old Browns, this is going out there and selling your vision, and not settling."

Jackson is a proven commodityin the pro football world, having been the head coach at Oakland and was recently the offensive coordinator of the Cincinnati Bengals.

 He was named the coach after Mike Pettine posted a 3-13 record in his second season as the Browns head coach.

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Wednesday, 06 January 2016 18:17

AUDIO Brad and Brent Talk Analytics, Browns

With all the news going on with the Cleveland Browns, there's many different schools of thought on the analytics and the sad state of affairs up in Berea.

Brent Sobleski from the Bleacher Report joined the Average Sports Show on Wednesday to talk about Sashi Brown and Paul DePodesta being hired by Jimmy Haslam to try and get this thing turned around.

"These hires were so far out of the box, it even caught me off guard," Sobleski said.

"My issue is the context of these hires and we don't know what exactly their roles will be."

The Browns finished #32 out of 32 teams at the end of the regular season power rankings put together by Brent and the folks at Bleacher Report.

The coaching search is also a hot topic of discussion and Brent seems to believe that the new head coach needs to not be a "yes" man for Jimmy Haslam and buy into the philosophy and believe in the current structure.


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Wednesday, 30 December 2015 21:32

AUDIO Zac Jackson Talking NFL With Sammy B

With the ever-changing landscape of the National Football League, Sam Bourquin spoke with Zac Jackson from ProFootballTalk.com to talk about Johnny Manziel being placed in the league's concussion protocol, amongst other items.

With Johnny possibly being ruled out for the season finale against the Steelers, the Browns will likely turn to Austin Davis to quarterback the team.

Jackson says moving forward, the Browns will have a decision to make as far as keeping Johnny or letting him loose.

 "It's just disappointing in a season full of disappointments for him (Manziel) and the organization," Jackson explained.

Head coach Mike Pettine says Johnny came into the building complaining of concussion-like symptoms.


 Zac also discussed Memphis quarterback Paxton Lynch and his lackluster performance in the Birmingham Bowl against Auburn, as well as the whole stigma surrounding "system quarterbacks.


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Wednesday, 09 December 2015 19:40

AUDIO Russell,Sobleski Talk NFL Power Rankings

With his latest edition of the NFL Power Rankings on Bleacher Report, it's no surprise that out of 32 NFL teams, the Cleveland Browns came in 32nd. The situation is a mess and it seems as though there's no light at the end of the tunnel.

Brent Sobleski from the Bleacher Report joined Brad Russell in the Average Sports Show Wednesday to talk about the rankings and the frustrations surrounding the Browns, especially their lack of finding quality talent in the first round of the draft.

"The issues with the rookies are almost identical,  when you are talking technique and lack of functional football strength," Sobleski said, referring to Danny Shelton and Cameron Erving 


For the rest of the AFC,  Brent says the Kansas City Chiefs and the Pittsburgh Steelers are propelling themselves into playoff contention, despite injuries to key players.

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With the Browns in the bye week after the loss to the Steelers, the team already knows who will be behind center when they finish the season.

The 2 and 8 Browns have tapped quarterback Johnny Manziel to play the last six games of the 2015 season.

The move came just before the NFL announced that it won't discipline Manziel for an October incident with his girlfriend in Avon.

Head coach Mike Pettine says that not only has Manziel's play improved through the loss to the Steelers.

"We understand where our season is at this point," Pettine told reporters in Berea on Tuesday, "and this is a kid that we've invested a lot in...and this will give us an opportunity to see how far he's come, and what he's capable of."

Manziel says he's excited to start, and says he's told coach Pettine that he'll be on his best behavior.

"I let him now that I'm not going to do anything that's going to be a distraction to this team, or be an embarrassment to the organization," Manziel says, "and that was the thing that he stressed to me as well, so he kind of stressed that back."

The Browns play next a week from Monday night at FirstEnergy Stadium against the Baltimore Ravens.

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