Wednesday, 18 May 2016 17:52

AUDIO Hackenberg Takes GlenOak Basketball Job

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After coaching the boys' basketball team at St. Thomas Aquinas the past few seasons, Matt Hackenberg has decided to take a new challenge with the GlenOak Golden Eagles. 

Matt Hackenberg joined Sam Bourquin on Wednesday afternoon to talk about the Federal League, the jump to Division I, and the new move he made in his career.

"I'm really excited about the Federal League, it's something that certainly jumped out to me, the chance to compete against great coaches, great players, great programs," he said.

"I want to see how we stack up, and I want to build something that can get to the level of some of those top programs with a little bit of time and effort."

Matt said he enjoyed his time at St. Thomas and he appreciates the support he had from that community, but he felt it was time for a change, and he's looking to put his imprint on the GlenOak basketball team and the school and community as as a whole.

 "This was a big picture type of move and I want to see how I can build this program," he said

Wednesday, 18 May 2016 17:39

AUDIO Cavs Rip Raptors, Await Game 2

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After last night's 31-point beatdown of the Toronto Raptors, the Cleveland Cavaliers just keep on rolling, and it doesn't appear to end very soon.

Josh Weir from the Canton Repository took in Game 1, and he joined Sammy B to talk about the game and if the Raptors have enough firepower to make it a series.

Weir says that LeBron James at 31 years of age is looking quite good and with these short series and blowout wins, it helps him rest and aids his basketball future.

"This is how they have to play to really maximize his career," he says. "With the balance they're playing with right now it's beautiful for the Cavs and really, really good long-term for LeBron."

The Cavaliers and Raptors will play Thursday night at the Q at 8:30pm. You can catch the action on 1590 WAKR.

The Wine and Gold only made 7 threes in Game 1, but there's something to be said of how those big dunks can swing momentum for the Cavs.

"You just can't do what they did last night, the Cavs will just eat them alive, you can't guard LeBron one-on-one."

 

Wednesday, 18 May 2016 17:27

AUDIO CCC Baseball Moving Ahead In Tourney

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The Canton Central Catholic Crusaders won in walk-off fashion yesterday, and they're looking to make even more noise in the state baseball tournament in Division III.

They got it done yesterday over Youngstown Cardinal Mooney 3-2, and head coach Doug Miller was certainly proud of his group, although the job is not finished in 2016.

Miller caught up with Sam Bourquin Wednesday to talk about the contest and how the Crusaders are off to the regionals.

"Our senior right-hander Jake Vance, boy what a game," Miller said. "Mooney's a great team, they scored 17 runs the night before against Crestview in the district semis, and he held them to three hits, and it's enough to move on."

CCC won on a walk-off by senior Clay Davies in the bottom of the 7th.

The Crusaders will move on to the Massillon regionals after winning their 12th district title since 1988.

 

Tuesday, 17 May 2016 09:08

AUDIO Cavs/Raptors Ready For Game 1

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After days of waiting, it's finally here. The Eastern Conference Finals between the Cleveland Cavaliers and the Toronto Raptors will take place tonight at the Q.

Rick Noland from the Medina Gazette joined the Sam Bourquin Show to talk about the matchup.

"The only way I can see the Raptors winning this series and even this might not be enough is Kyle Lowry and DeMar DeRosan have to play out of their minds four times," Noland said.

"If those guys don't play 25-point, 30-point games a night, Toronto just doesn't have enough firepower to contend with Cleveland."

 

The Raptors took out the Miami Heat Sunday in Game 7 to set up their matchup with the Cavaliers, and they are confident heading into this series.

Josh Lewenberg from TSN-Radio in Toronto also joined the Sam Bourquin Show to talk about the team's versatility and how they are playing their best basketball at the right time.

 

One of Ohio's biggest rivialry football games between two of Stark County's most well-known teams is going to be brought to life in the form of a documentary to showcase just how intense the rivalry is.

Ted Bowersox, the Executive Producer of the documentary'Timeless Rivals' joined Sammy B to talk about the Massillon/McKinley rivalry and how he gathered the interviews and footage from past games to make one of the most talked about games of the year into something special for many generations of Bulldogs and Tigers.

"This will be like E:60, 30 for 30, something along those lines where we'll have B-roll of games and interviews with coaches like Earle Bruce and Thom McDaniels," said Bowersox. "It's foing to be really special."

For Bowersox, who grew up in Canton and whose father was a McKinley football historian, it was truly a labor of love.

"All the coaches and people we interviewed did a great job and they were really professional, he explained.

Bowersox along with filmmaking partner for 'Timeless Rivals' Dave Jingo have been looking to do this documentary for several years now and started filming on April 28.   They are looking to have it released in 2017.

 

Friday, 13 May 2016 19:41

AUDIO Black College HOF Coming To Canton

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The Black College Football Hall of Fame  is coming to Canton and one former HBCU and NFL star is excited to see it be a part of the new-look Hall of Fame in the future.

Former Grambling State and Super Bowl MVP Doug Williams joined Sammy B on a "Feel Good Friday" to talk about what it's like to have a significant part of African-American history and college football history come to the Hall of Fame City.

"For this to happen, it's a blessing," Williams said. "I take my hat off to Dave Baker and Joe Horrigan for allowing us an opportunity to be a part of this."

 The Black College Hall of Fame was based in Atlanta and was spearheaded by Williams and former NFL player James Harris.

Many former coaches and players are honored in this Hall of Fame, and Williams, along with many other former black college greats are grateful for the opportunity to have their history told and preserved for generations down the road.

You can check out the Pro Football HOF's release on this exciting collaboration below.

The Cleveland Cavaliers are preparing for the Eastern Conference Finals and they're looking to bring their first ever title to Northeast Ohio and the first title for any sports team since 1964.

Dan Shaughnessy, a sports columnist for the Boston Globe joined the Sam Bourquin Show to talk about the column he wrote in the Globe about the Wine and Gold and how the public needs to root on this talented collection of players to win it all.

Dan says because the NBA's best player, LeBron James is playing at his usual high level, and the team is healthy, it's a recipie for success.

"You need two or three really good players to win an championship, and when you have a healthy Kyrie and a healthy Love, you have a chance to win it," he said.

The Big three dynamic sets the table for everything, and the team is jelling on and off the court.

"I just don't think there's anyone that's infallable and you have the best player, so you have a chance to win any series."

 You can rean Dan's story here.

Thursday, 12 May 2016 19:59

AUDIO Should Bernie's #19 Be Retired?

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One of the most popular Browns in team history was known for wearing #19 and that begs the question: Should his number be retired?

Mark Podolski who writes for the News-Herald and the Morning Journal joined the Sam Bourquin show to offer his thoughts on the matter and what Bernie meant to Cleveland and the Browns organization.

To Podolski, he says it's an open and shut case.

"To me it's a no-brainer," he said.  "I just think there's an argument that can be made that he's the most beloved players in franchise history, he certainly wasn't the best player in team history, but to me that says a lot about a player's association with a team and what the fans think about him."

Mark's column can be read here.

As a Cleveland sports fan, you've seen it all and heard about it all: The Shot. The Drive. The Fumble. We can go on and on. One film captures all of it and will run you through the gamut of emotions.

'Believeland' will debut Saturday May 14 at 9:30pm as part of the ESPN 30 for 30 series and will document all of those Cleveland Sports moments and talk to some of the key people that were a part of those moments in one way or another.

Branson Wright from the Cleveland Plain Dealer co-produced the film and he joined the Sam Bourquin Show Thursday to talk about the film and what it means for all of the fans of Cleveland sports who have memories of these events and what place they have in our own personal history.

He says it was a thrill for him to co-produce the film, and as a Cincinnatti native and having worked in Cleveland for quite some time, he knows about what Cleveland sports fans have felt for their teams their whole lives.

"It's that passion that makes it second to none," Wright said. 

 

You can see the trailer for the documetary 'Believeland' here:

 

 

In the world of college football, realignment of conferences has been one of the hot topics, and the divide between the Power 5 and the Group of 5 conference schools will grow even wider.

Ryan McGee, senior writer for ESPN joined the Sam Bourquin Show to talk about some of the rumors and what conferences and college football will look like moving forward.

He says the Big 12 will be one of the conferences that will look to expand first.

"The movement is coming and I think it's going to start in the Big 12, and the dominoes are going to fall, like they did a couple of years ago," he said.  "Expansion means more money."

 Texas and Oklahoma, the mainstays in the Big 12 would have teams like SMU, Tulane and others in a 16-team conference, and he projects Notre Dame would be in a 16-team Big Ten. You can look at Ryan's article here.

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