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.
The Wine and Gold will be squaring off against NBA Champion Golden State in Oakland for Christmas Day, and the Cavaliers will have a little extra motivation to go against the team that defeated them in the NBA Finals last June.
Greg Swartz from the Bleacher Report joined the Sam Bourquin Show to talk about the contest.
He thinks LeBron will have a little extra juice himself for the Warriors, given their history and how they fought hard against each other in the Finals.
"You're not going to forget that (as a player), especially when you take winning so seriously as LeBron does," Swartz says.
"These guys were celebrating on your home floor, spraying champagne bottles just down the hall from you."
Aside from the Christmas Day game, one of the key elements for the Cavs is the depth at point guard with Kyrie Irving, Matthew Dellavedova, and Mo Williams.
"He (Dellavedova) has been that good, he's earned it, and he's been more agressive," Swartz says.
As the presents are being unwrapped and the family gathers for the Christmas holiday, there will be a real gift for basketball fans on Friday.
One of the five Christmas Day matchups will feature a rematch of the NBA Finals between the Golden State Warriors and the Cleveland Cavaliers. Vern Glenn from KIPX-TV in the Bay Area joined Brad Russell in the Average Sports Show to talk about the game and what LeBron James and Stephen Curry will bring to the court at the Oracle Arena.
Glenn says he most looks forward to the matchup between the point guards, Kyrie Irving and Steph Curry. Glenn says he's more anxious to see how Kyrie's knee holds up going against one of the league's premier players.
After the Browns lost to the Seattle Seahawks yesterday in the Great Northwest, many things were to blame for the 30-13 defeat, but the quarterback was not one of them.
Steve King from BrownsDailyDose.com joined the Sam Bourquin Show Monday to talk about the game and what led to the lopsided loss.
"The tackling was terrible," King said. "At some point these guys are going to have to learn to tackle, and if they don't, you will see more games like you did yesterday."
Overall, King gave Johnny Manziel a 'B' grade, saying he made some plays, did somet things moving the pocket, but ultimately, quarterbacks are judged by wins and losses.
"His receivers had some drops, which didn't help," King explained.
The Mount Union Purple Raiders have done it again on the gridiron, defeating St. Thomas (Minn) 49-35 for the Division III National Title Friday on a cold night in Salem, VA.
Coach Vince Kehres joined the Sam Bourquin Show Monday to talk about the 12th football title in school history, as well as the key players and elements that got them another championship trophy.
"Poise was the key (in the second quarter), and once we had the win at our backs, we knew we could get things turned around defensively," Kehres said.
The Purple Raiders were down 14 in the second half, but coach Kehres said that by settling in and hitting some key throws by senior quarterback Taurice Scott as well as some big defensive stops made the difference in the win.
The Cleveland Cavaliers defeated the Oklahoma City Thunder on Thursday in a national televised game on TNT by a score of 104-100. LeBron James nearly had a triple double, putting up big numbers with a 33 pt, 11 reb, and 9 ast performance. Bleacher Report Cavs beat writer Greg Swartz joined the Sam Bourquin Show to talk about some of the highlights of the game, as Brad Russell of the Average Sports Show filled in for Sam. Swartz also talked about James crashing into pro golfer Jason Day's wife, Elle Day, on a loose ball, where she had to be taken to the hospital, leaving the game on a stretcher.
As the Browns prepare to take on the Seattle Seahawks this Sunday, Medina Gazette reporter Brian Dulik gives his take on what the Cleveland Browns have to do to defeat the Seahawks in a tough match up on the road. Dull talks with Brad about his expectations for quarterback Johnny Manziel and head coach Mike Pettine's comments on whether or not Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson is an elite quarterback in the NFL.
Chris Assenheimer from the Elyria Chronicle Telegram joined the Sam Bourquin Show Thursday to talk about the Indians picking up Mike Napoli and Rajai Davis in hopes of injecting some more power into the lineup for the Tribe during the 2016 campaign.
Chris said the move has driven up the Indians stock.
"Those are two guys that are Major League proven," Assenheimer said.
As the Mt. Union Purple Raiders look to win a 12th Division III championship, the Purple Raiders are playing well and looking strong.
Former professional quarterback and Mt. Union signal-caller Jim Ballard joined the Sam Bourquin Show Thursday to talk about the team heading into Salem, VA and their chances against St. Thomas (Minn) on Friday night.
"We took away the run (against Wisconsin-Whitewater) and we have a dual-threat quarterback in Taurice Scott, so we're in good shape," Ballard said.
Ballard says the senior quarterback out of Alliance has truly learned the position and has taken command of his team.
"He's going through his progressions, he's making his reads, he's not looking to run right away if he sees nothing downfield," Jim explained.
As far as St Thomas, he knows they will look to establish the run early.
"They have a big offensive line, look for Mount to stack the box, so we have to stop them early and make some plays."
The Mt. Union Purple Raiders are heading back to Salem, VA in the Amos Alonzo Stagg Bowl to take on St. John's (Minn) in the Division III national championship.
Coach Vince Kehres joined the Sam Bourquin Show says his team is focused and prepared for the task at hand.
"I think we've had a couple good days of preparation," coach Kehres said. "The game plan is set, the hay is in the barn, so the bulk of the work has been done."
Finals are this week as well, so the players are not only focusing on their opponent, but making sure their classwork is taken care of as well.
The Purple Raiders defeated Wisconsin-Whitewater 36-6 in the national semifinals down in Alliance last week.
Coach says pretty much everyone is healthy heading into the title game, so they feel pretty good about where they're at as a team.
After the University of Akron Zips' tough loss to the Stanford Cardinal in the College Cup, the men's soccer season has come to a close, but their coach says the men have a lot to be proud of.
Jared Embick, the head coach of the Zips joined the Sam Bourquin Show Monday to talk about their matchup with the physical Cardinal team, and his assessment of the 2015 season.
"We didn't play our game," Embick said of his matchup with the Cardinal. "They were more physical, Stanford's pressure and physicality really got to us."
Stanford won on penalty kicks 8-7 in the College Cup out in Kansas City, Kansas.
Embick said that the future will be bright for the program moving forward, and he knows that things will be good for the Zips in the 2016 season.
"We have some kids deciding if they are staying or going, but we have one of the best recruiting classes in the country, so regardless of what happens here, we're going to have a talented team that will play Akron soccer and give us a chance to win."
Sam Bourquin sat down with The Archbishop Hoban Knights' head football coach Tim Tyrrell, and Athletic Director Joe Beyer about the Knights' Championship Season.
The Knights brought home the State Championship on December 3rd after defeating Toledo Central Catholic 33-20.
Sam talked with Coach Tyrrell and Joe Beyer about how the team worked to secure that title and the successes other sports teams within Hoban are having as well.
The Mt. Union Purple Raiders men's basketball team has grinded their way to victories in the first eight games of the season, and coming off a win last night against Ohio Northern, life is pretty good for the boys from Alliance.
Mike Fuline, the head coach of the men's hoop squad joined the Sam Bourquin Show to talk about his team and their scrappy style of play.
"We try to grind out wins and play as hard as we can," Fuline said.
Coach Fuline says his team doesn't have one superstar, but they have a collection of guys who come in with the right mindset and play the game with heart and hustle.
"This group is always trying to find a way," he said.
They are 6-2 overall and 3-0 in the OAC.
Jackson and McKinley will tip things off in boys' high school hoops tomorrow, in what is expected to be a very good matchup of two well-coached and disciplined teams.
Coach Rick Hairston of Canton McKinley joined the Sam Bourquin Show Thursday to talk about the game and how his team is doing so far this young season.
Hairston says senior star LePear Toles is expected to play against the Polar Bears despite sustaining a brusied knee in the game against Green at the Canton Memorial Fieldhouse.
"He's going to be fine," Hairston said. "He made a visit to the doctor, and he shoud be good to go."
Speaking about the Polar Bears, Coach Hairston says that they'll face a stiff challenge from Jackson.
"Tim Debevec does a beautiful job of getting his kids to play the way, the style he wants them to play," he said. "They play the way we do, they press, they have lots of talent."
For the Jackson Polar Bears themselves, Coach Debevec (who also joined the Sam Bourquin Show) said that his players will have to bring their best effort against the Bulldogs Friday night at home.
"We're excited for that, we've been practicing well,and we should be ready."
"They (McKinley) have a lot of depth, lot of skill, we just have to go execute and see what happens."