Friday night at the Canton Memorial Fieldhouse, the Canton McKinley Bulldogs and the Jackson Polar Bears will get together for part two of their basketball series.
Rick Hairston joined the Sam Bourquin Show Thursday to talk about the matchup, and the atmosphere surrounding the game.
"We didn't take care of the ball in the first game," Hairston said. "We remember Jackson is a good basketball team, and they have more than just Kyle Young and Logan Hill."
Jackson won the first matchup by ten points in the early part of the season.
"You really have to play well to beat this team because they play with a certain amount of swagger and confidence."
The Polar Bears on the other hand are looking forward to getting on the road and playing a solid team. Tim Debevec joined the Sam Bourquin Show as well.
"It should be an exciting night, and you'll see something good from both teams."
He says his team is going to have to play better than they did in their first meeting in order to beat the Bulldogs.
"They have a lot of talent, it's going to be a big game for us.
Many people remember the tragic events surrounding November 14, 1970, in which Southern Airways flight 932 crashed en route to the Marshall University campus in Huntington, WV.
The crash killed all 75 members on board, including the team, coaches, support staff, and boosters for the football program.
Former Marshall football assistant coach Red Dawson was one of a handful of members from the staff not on the plane that day. Dawson joined the Sam Bourquin Show Wednesday to talk about his book, "A Coach in Progress: A Story of Survival and Revival."
"It was hard times, for a long, long time," Dawson said. "It didn't leave for a while, we tried to go forward, and that's what we've tried to do."
The story was depicted in the 2006 film We Are Marshall. The Thundering Herd have bounced back on and off the football field, and the community of Huntington has embraced them fully.
Dawson will be at the Dover Public Library in Dover, OH Friday January 15 at 7 p.m.
The Browns coaching search has come to a close as Hue Jackson becomes the team's 8th head coach since their rebirth in 1999.
Steve King from BrownsDailyDose.com joined the Sam Bourquin Show Wednesday to talk about the move and the fact that the new braintrust of Jimmy Haslam, Sashi Brown, and Paul DePodesta found their guy, the man they believe will get the Browns franchise where it needs to go.
"They felt that if he went to New York, he was gone," King said. "Hue had an interview in New York for the Giants job, he had a good conversation with Jimmy Haslam, and how he's the coach, so it was a good move that the Browns got the guy they wanted."
The Browns have made Hue Jackson their new head coach, and now it's time to hit the ground running.
Scott Petrak from the Elyria Chronicle-Telegram joined the Sam Bourquin Show to talk about the Browns' new head man and what he plans to do in order for the team to be competitive in the NFL.
Petrak says one of the things he wants to establish early is who the next General Manager is going to be. The next move is to establish who will quarterback the team.
"The question is if not Johnny (Manziel) then who?" Petrak asks. "You have to establish that position with who you want to draft."
Jackson comes from Cincinnati as the offensive coordinator for the Bengals.
With 83 days until Opening Day and just 18 short days until Tribe Fest, baseball season is on a lot of people's minds.
Cleveland Indians Communications Coordinator Joel Hammond joined the Average Sports Show Tuesday to talk about the event and some of the key elements that will take place on January 30.
Hammond says it's a great way for fans to interact with players in a relaxed setting.
"That's one of the biggest things we've heard from fans is how accessible the players are during Tribe Fest, and it's a great experience for them, (players and fans alike."
Some of the players who will be at Tribe Fest include Jason Kipnis, Michael Brantley, Danny Salazar, and more.
The event will be held at Aloft Cleveland Downtown from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m.
You can get General Admisson tickets for just $5 at Indians.com/TribeFest.
The Akron Rubberducks baseball team has brought back Dave Wallace for his third year as the manager of the team, and Wally says he's excited for a third season with the club.
Wallace joined Brad Russell in the Average Sports Show to talk about some of the new staff that will be joining him in Akron and what he's learned in his three years as the skipper of the Rubberducks.
Both pitching coach Tony Arnold and hitting coach Tim Laker will be on the staff in 2016 and Wallace says he's ready to work with some solid baseball men.
"The way I look at it, I'm probably going to learn a lot more from those guys, then they're going to learn from me," Wallace said.
As far as expectations for the upcoming season at Canal Park, Wallace said it's all about getting better and getting them one step closer to their ultimate goal of being in the big leagues.
The high school basketball season is in the middle of January, and there's just a little bit of time left before the postseason starts.
Tim Cole, the head coach of the Springfield Spartans boys' basketball team joined the Sam Bourquin Show and talked about how his first season is going with the Spartans.
"The kids have bought in, they're having a lot of fun, the parents have bought in, and every day they (the players) are coming in , ready to work hard, and they're enjoying it."
The Spartans have been relying on senior post player Jordan McLane to provide not only hustle and muscle, but also be a leader for his teammates on the floor.
He's really learned how to make his teammates better," said Cole of McLane.
The Spartans have games coming up against Streetsboro at home on Friday as well as Ravenna and Cloverleaf next week.
The Cleveland Browns are still searching for a head coach and there are a few solid candidates out there from Sean McDermott from the Carolina Panthers, to Hue Jackson from the Cincinnati Bengals, Whoever it is, it will be a unique and challenging experience, due to the new front office structure and the implementation of analytics in choosing a roster and making football decisions.
Steve King from BrownsDailyDose.com joined the Sam Bourquin Show on Monday to talk about the ongoing search.
"I think its going to be one of the guys everyone is talking about, (Matt) Patricia, (Teryl) Austin, and Hue Jackson," King said. "There might be some coordinators for teams who are still in the playoffs, but those guys are the ones most people are talking about."
The Malone University Pioneers have a new head football coach.
Fred Thomas is the new man in charged of the football team after former coach Eric Hehman took a job at Olivet Nazarene University in Illinois.
Thomas joined the Sam Bourquin Show Monday to talk about the new position and how he plans to put his stamp on the program.
"It's been pretty busy," Thomas said. "We had our first team meeting yesterday, we start weight training soon, and we will hit the ground in recruiting."
Fred plans on recruiting the Canton area along with some of the other area Ohio athletes and some speedy kids out of Florida. He also said the revamping of Tom Benson Hall of Fame Stadium will be a selling point for recruits.
"With effort and toughness, I think that will breed success," Thomas explained.
The rebuilding continues in Berea, and one of the former Browns coaches offered his take on what it's going to take to get it right in Cleveland.
Former Browns coach Sam Rutigliano joined Brad Russell and Sam Bourquin from the I-X Center to talk about the rebuilding process and the fans who are seeking a winner.
"It's going to take three years," Rutigliano said. "Somehow someway we're going to get out of this nightmare."
Coach Sam says it's all about having the right quarterback under center, as well as having the right playmakers in place to make things happen.
He also says having a guy in the front office who knows football is key for success.
"We need Bill Polian in here (former GM of Buffalo and Indianapolis) who knows how to evaulate talent."
Rutligliano says he's tired of the revolving door in Cleveland, saying Jimmy Haslam needs to follow a model of consistency and it does no good to keep firing coaches year after year.
The Kardiac Kids will always hold memories for Browns fans for a long, long time and one of their former players wrote a book about how they captured the hearts of sports fans in Northeast Ohio during that time.
Former Browns punter and kicker Don Cockroft made an appearance at the40th annual RV Supershow at the I-X Center in Cleveland to talk about the book and the frustrations that he and former Browns alumni and fans have been experiencing as it relates to the team.
"I'm very proud of the book," Cockroft said. "It took about four years to put the book together, put together all the interviews, and so forth." The name of the book is the 1980 Kardiac Kids: Our Untold Stories.
The book is over 600 pages and can be seen here.
As a former player, Cockroft feels the same frustration as Browns fans all over the country and in Ohio.
"I just hope and pray Jimmy (Browns owner Jimmy Haslam) makes the right decisions," he said."
The National Championship game is just days away, and Alabama and Clemson are looking to hit the gridiron and claim college football's biggest prize.
Adam Kramer, college football analyst from the Bleacher Report joined the Sam Bourquin Show Thursday to break down the game, key matchups, and size up the coaching matchup between Nick Saban of the Crimson Tide, and Dabo Swinney of Clemson.
"It'll be fun," Kramer said. "You'll have this year's Heisman winner (Derrick Henry) against next year's probable Heisman winner in Deshaun Watson, so it should be a good game."
There isn't a whole lot of buzz excluding Alabama and South Carolina for this matchup, but Adam said the story lines are aplenty.
"The question we all want to know is Alabama going to put Clemson in that vice and squeeze the life out of them," he said.
With Alabama's big, physical defense, Clemson will have to match that physicality.
After the Blue Streaks' 18-point win over the Green Bulldogs recently, Tom McBride and the Lake boys' basketball team is playing loose and having fun.
Tommy Mac joined the Sam Bourquin Show Thursday to talk about how his young men have responded to adversity and how they plan on making some noise in the Federal League.
"We grind it out," McBride said. "I like the fact we bought into the program and execute, Green was trying different things and we grinded it out for an 18-point win."
The Blue Streaks are preaching player accountability, toughness and picking up your teammate, things that each team, including Lake, will be executing from this part of the season, on.
"I think that's been a big growth in our program, more of the things off the floor more so than on the floor."
The Blue Streaks will play the Massillon Tigers Friday and the GlenOak Golden Eagles on Tuesday.
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.