The Cleveland Indians and Washington Nationals will be squaring off at the corner of Carniege and Ontario tonight in what is going to be an exceptional pitching matchup between Danny Salazar and Gio Gonzalez.
Tribe broadcaster Jim Rosenhaus joined the Sam Bourquin Show to talk about the two clubs and what the offense needs to do to get back on track.
"We need to see what we can do against quality starting pitching," Rosenahaus said.
The Tribe was swept by the Orioles over the weekend, and after the off day, they are ready to roll with some home cooking.
Tomorrow's matchup pits Carlos Carrasco against Steven Strasburg Wednesday afternoon. First Pitch tonight at 7:10pm with a 6:37 first pitch on 1590 WAKR.
For Jim's full interview with Sam, click here.
Today on the College Football Preview, we head to South Bend as Brad talks a little Notre Dame Fighting Irish.
Mike Frank from IrishSportsDaily joined the show Monday to talk about the Fighting Irish and what Brian Kelly is looking to do in his seventh year with the program.
Frank said that the quarterback battle between DeShone Kizer and Malik Zaire will be a key one, but Kizer could have the upper hand due to his big frame and dual-threat ability.
He said that replacing the skill postion players on offense is going to be tough, including former Golden Domer, Will Fuller, who is now in the NFL.
"You can't replace a Will Fuller," Frank said. "You'll have to figure out a way to divide up his production, and it'll have to come from a bunch of players."
Notre Dame lost to Ohio State in the Fiesta Bowl in January and are coming off a 10-3 season in 2015.
One of the local athletes who will be competing in the 2016 Rio Olympics is former Jackson Polar Bear Carlin Isles, the fastest man in rugby.
Isles joined Brad Russell to talk about transitioning into rugby, his background in football iand track, and how he learned the sport and what's on his agenda as he heads to Brazil.
He says it's been a learning process as far as rugby, reading the pitchers and learning the tackling techniques.
"I was so driven and dedicated to make it, and I'm still learning, and you're always learning when it comes to rugby," he says.
He says rugby gives him a platform to inspire people and tell his story.
The team will head to Florida tomorrow to get some preliminary matches in before they head to Rio to compete in the Olympics.
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.
The Indians have been swept by the Baltimore Orioles over the weekend, and with Aroldis Chapman now off the table, the Indians could be in the market for a reliever.
Matt Loede from NEOSportsInsiders.com joined Brad Russell Monday to talk about the possibilities that the Indians could be bringing in some new talent in the pitching department and possibly in other areas as well.
"There's still players out there," Loede said. "Andrew Miller is still a viable option, and I don't think this is over by a longshot."
The Tribe may also be looking for a catcher as well, with the struggling Yan Gomes being out with a shoulder injury and some decent contributions from Chris Jiminez and Roberto Perez.
After the Indians got swept in Baltimore this past weekend, and with Aroldis Chapman going to the Chicago Cubs, could the Indians make a play for Yankee reliever Andrew Miller?
Medina Gazette/Elyria Chronicle Telegram Sports Columnist Jim Ingraham joined the Sam Bourquin Show to talk about the Tribe and their possible thoughts heading into the trade deadline.
"I think Miller is the next obvious guy to bring in and I wouldn't hesitate to put (Bradley) Zimmer or (Clint) Frazier on the table," he said.
"Anytime you have a chance to win a World Series, you take it because those opportunities don't come around very often."
The Indians will be playing a two-game set with the Washington Nationals starting Tuesday after an off-day today.
For the full interview with Jim, click here.
Embattled Browns wide reciever Josh Gordon has been given another shot at trying to turn his NFL career around, and some say it could be his last shot.
Steve King from BrownsDailyDose.com joined the Sam Bourquin Show Monday to talk about Gordon's meeting with NFL Commisioner Roger Goodell, and what that reinstatement means for not only Gordon himself, but the Browns organization.
Gordon is suspended for the first 4 games of the 2016 season. He's spent a limited of time on the field due to repeat violations of the league's drug policy during his time in the NFL. He is eligible to participate in the Browns' preseason games and in training camp.
For the full interview with Steve King, click here.
Two of the Indians' best and brightest prospects are one step closer to their dream of becoming big-league ballplayers.
Clint Frazier and Bradley Zimmer were called up to AAA Columbus Sunday night, and Akron RubberDucks Manager Dave Wallace was the one to give the two young men the good news.
Wallace joined the Sam Bourquin Show Monday afternoon to talk about the guys being called up. He said that moment was gratifying for him as a manager and seeing young men being able to realize their goals.
"That's part of the job, that's the most rewarding the most gratifying," he said. " It was a very cool moment last night, two really special kids not because of their talent, but their character and who they are, and I couldn't be more proud of either one of them."
For the full interview with Manager Dave Wallace and Sam Bourquin, click here.
The city of Charlotte has lost the 2017 NBA All-Star Game due to a state law affecting the LGBT community.
Erik Spanberg from Charlotte Business Journal joined the Sam Bourquin Show to talk about the fact the city lost the game and the chance that they might have another opportunity to host the annual NBA showcase.
He talked about the immediate reaction from the city and folks surrounding the news when it came down earlier this week.
"It's not suprising, but it's a disappointment for everyone here in Charlotte."
The game could possibly be relocated to New Orleans for the 2016-17 basketball season.
For the full interview with Erik, click here.
The Norton Panthers have a new athletic director in the fold, and with the changes going on with the district and some new facilities going in place, he knows he'll have an exciting challenge on his hands.
Don Shimek, the new Athletic Director joined Sam Bourquin Friday to talk about the new job. With the renovations and things taking place, he knows that there's a lot of moving pieces and parts there.
"There's quite a bit that's going on there," Shimek said. "They're going to to be moving to a new high school in December, and there's a lot of construction going on to meet those needs."
Shimek comes to Norton from the North Canton school district. The Panthers compete in the Portage Trail Conference. He says that it's a competitive conference with a lot of tradition.
"There's a lot of great coaches, super kids, and great community support to provide the best kind of facilities and the best kind of opportunities for kids in the Norton district."
For the full interview, click here.
Brad's college football preview takes a trip down to Waco, Texas as we preview the Baylor Bears ahead of the 2016 season.
Suzanne Halliburton from the Austin American Statesman joined Brad Thursday to talk about the Bears, who have had a offseason they'd like to forget with Art Briles being dismissed and the program coming under scrutiny for off the field issues.
Halliburton says with Jim Grobe at the helm, they still have a shot at being one of the Big 12's better teams.
"They're just very, very talented across the board on offense," she said. "Offensive line is going to be an issue, but it will be like it was a few years ago when they outscored people 50-40."
The Bears return Seth Russell at quarterback and Shock Linwood at running back, and are coming off a 10-3 season.
Tommorow, Brad will head up to Ann Arbor and preview the Michigan Wolverines.
One local fighter has hit the big time as he has signed a deal to fight in the UFC.
Medina native Joe Gigliotti joined Brad Russell on Thursday to talk about this latest step in his career.
When asked about how he got to this point in the sport of mixed martial arts, Joe said people get to notice you once you get your name out there.
"You kind of just build your brand and work your way up," he said. "It's crazy and it still hasn't hit me yet."
Gigliotti lives and trains in Gilbert, Arizona and grauated from Medina in 2011.
Joe adds his name to that list of Ohio fighters that are making a statement like Stipe Miocic, who won the heavyweight championship, Jessica "Evil" Eye, among others. He says Ohio is starting to build their UFC brand, but Arizona is one of those states that is more established in the MMA world.
Doubt him if you will, but the newest (and smallest) Cleveland Cavalier is out to prove some people wrong.
Kay Felder, the Cavs 2nd round pick out of Oakland University joined Brad Thursday to talk about his venture and recap his impressive summer league performance in Las Vegas.
One of the biggest takeaways he took from the Vegas Summer League is the day-to-day grind of the NBA and the work it takes to keep your body in shape.
"The rest you need to get, the treatment you need to do to your body," Felder said. "I just have to stay agressive at all times, not necessarily just scoring, but staying agressive."
Kay was drafted 54th overall out of Oakland, and his head coach with the Golden Grizzlies Greg Kampe called Felder a "5'9 Dominique Wilkins" due to his explosive leaping ability.
One of the topics that many Akron residents have been thinking about for the last few years is what will be the next use for the former Rolling Acres Mall site on the city's west side.
Akron Beacon Journal writer Rick Armon joined the Sam Bourquin Show to talk about the possibility of the former mall being used as a sports complex to add the city of Akron to the ever-growing youth sports tournament industry.
Armon said that the decision regarding the land is one of the biggest that city leaders will be facing in the months to come, but it certainly won't be an easy one.
"I don't know that I see it going forward," Armon said. "There would be a lot of hoops to jump through."
According to Armon, developers came to Akron City Council with plans of developing the land for a multi-sport complex at the former mall site, which has been vacant since 2008.
For the full interview with Rick Armon and Sam Bourquin, click here.