Wednesday, 03 August 2016 18:03

MULTIMEDIA Camp Days: Highland High School

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The Highland Hornets are coming off a strong 2015 season, and are ready to go in 2016.

Mike Gibbons, the head coach of the Hornets spoke with us at Suburban League Media Day and what it's like to be in such a tough, competitive league.

"You have to be ready to go," Gibbons said.

"Any time we tell our kids we can beat anybody, but if we're not prepared, anybody can beat us," Gibbons explained.

The Hornets will lean on a strong senior class, many of whom played during the 2015 campaign, when they went 6-4 in 2015.

 

Wednesday, 03 August 2016 17:46

AUDIO James Brown Discusses Receving Rozelle Award

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Another famous name in broadcasting is this year's recipient of the 2016 Pete Rozelle Radio and TV Award.

CBS Sportscaster James Brown is this year's award winner, with his distinguished work on the NFL Today on CBS Sports amongst other programs.

Brown joined Brad Russell to talk about the honor, this year's induction class, and some of his memorable moments during his 30-plus year career in broadcasting.

 He even reflected on his time when the power went out in the Superdome during the Super Bowl between the Ravens and the 49ers, calling it "an experience of a lifetime."

Brown will receive the Pete Rozelle Award at the Hall of Fame enshrinement ceremony on Saturday.

This weekend one of the NFL's best quarterbacks will be enshrined in the Pro Football Hall of Fame and one of his former receivers reflected on this special moment in Canton.

Brett Favre, one of the best in Packer history will have his bust amongst the greats in Canton Saturday night after a 20-year NFL career.

Former NFL veteran, Green Bay Packer wide receiver Greg Jennings joined Sam Bourquin and Brad Russell live on site from Sluggers and Putters in Canal Fulton Wednesday to talk about his time as a teammate with Favre and his life goals post-football.

Greg says he's excited for his friend and former teammate making one of the most important speeches of his life.

"He's probably going to think about all he's experienced not only in his career, but in that span of life," Jennings said.

"I'm looking forward to it, I'm sure he'll do great."

Jennings recently retired from the NFL after a 10-year career, including a Super Bowl championship.  He's currently active with the Greg Jennings Foundation and spending time with his family.

 

For Greg's full interview, click here.

Wednesday, 03 August 2016 16:53

AUDIO Nate Ulrich Talking Browns Training Camp

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The Browns are fully immersed in training camp up in Berea, and with Hue Jackson putting his imprint on the team, you can see a change in the attitude and the intensity on the practice field.

Nate Ulrich from the Akron Beacon Journal spoke with Sam Bourquin and Brad Russell live from Sluggers and Putters in Canal Fulton.

Nate said that Coach Jackson will name a starter at quarterback in relatively short time, and Robert Griffin III has become more consistent with time.

"He  to continue to rise to the level of competition," Ulrich said. "He's been up and down, but he's made some plays and gotten a little bit better, but there's a lot that remains to be seen in terms of whether or not he's going to revive his career."

For the full interview of Nate and the guys, click here.

Wednesday, 03 August 2016 16:17

AUDIO Pete Fierle Talking HOF Weekend

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It's almost here, and the football world once again will be converging on Canton, Ohio.

Pro Football Hall of Fame Chief of Staff and VP of Communications Pete Fierle joined Sam Bourquin and Brad Russell to talk about the festivities including the enshrinement and the Hall of Fame Game on Sunday.

 The inductees for the Class of 2016 include former Packer great Brett Favre, Tony Dungy, and Eddie DeBartolo Jr.

Pete also talked about the new additions and changes made to Tom Benson Hall of Fame Stadium, and how the folks who will be coming to Canton will be impressed with all the changes surrounding the campus.

For more with Sam, Brad and Pete, click right here.

Wednesday, 03 August 2016 14:10

MULTIMEDIA Camp Days: Copley High School

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For Wednesday's edition of Camp Days, we're looking at the 2016 edition of the Copley Indians under head coach Scott Chouinard.

Chouinard joined us at Surburban League Media Days in Cuyahoga Falls last week, and he said that his team is excited to put on the pads and get after it on the football field.

 "One of our top goals is making sure we're healthy all the way through the season,  win one game at a time, an our ultimate goal is to win the Suburban League."

 The Indians won 9 games in 2015, and are looking to make a solid run not only in the league, put in the postseason as well.

 Chouinard also pointed to the tough Suburban League slate and how each week is a tough matchup between well-coached teams with talented and hard-working players.

 

Tuesday, 02 August 2016 18:27

AUDIO Tee it Up Tuesday: Valleaire Golf Club

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On this week's edition of Tee it Up Tuesday, Brad Russell decided to head over to Hinckley and check out the Valleaire Golf Club.

Cindy Cole, GM of the golf club joined Brad Russell to talk about the course, how it is not only pleasing to the eye, but also challenging as a public course.

One of the signature holes on the course is 18, complete with the pond to add to its aesthetics.

"The scenic view that you get with the pond and the clubhouse in view, it's quite a beautiful hole," she said. 

The course was founded by the Knights of Columbus in the 60's.

You can find out more about Valleaire on their website.  It is part of this year's Player's Golf Card. 

 

Tuesday, 02 August 2016 18:05

MULTIMEDIA Camp Days: Wadsworth High School

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The Wadsworth Grizzlies are determined to get back to the top of the Suburban League standings and first-year head coach Justin Todd will look to get them there.

Todd spoke during the Suburban League Media Day to discuss how his team is gearing up for the 2016 season.

 

 "When you see 6 of the 15 teams here were in the playoffs last year, it says it all," Todd said.  "You have to be ready to play each and every week or you'll be disappointed."

As a first-year head coach, Tood says he's looking forward to the challenge of leading the Grizzlies and helping the young men get better each and every day on the practice field and on game night.

 

Tuesday, 02 August 2016 16:48

AUDIO Ben Axelrod Breaks Down Big 10/OSU

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Another fall is approaching, and the Ohio State Buckeyes under the direction of head coach Urban Meyer are ready to to make another run in the Big 10 and another National Championship.

Ben Axelrod from the Bleacher Report joined Sam Bourquin to talk about the Buckeyes and how they stack up this season.

He says heading into Week 3 in Norman to take on Oklahoma and what it would mean for OSU.

"I think it would be a confidence boost moving forward," Axelrod said. "Since it's such a young team it would do a lot for a team to beat one of the teams that was in the College Football Playoff last year on the road in a hostile environment."

The Buckeyes will have a young team, but junior quarterback J.T. Barrett will be back under center for OSU this year, and a win over Oklahoma would not only be beneficial to him, but to the psyche of the whole team as the season goes on. 

Tuesday, 02 August 2016 15:19

MULTIMEDIA Camp Days: Nordonia High School

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The Nordonia Knights are ready for another season of football in 2016, and he knows that week in and week out, it's going to be a grind.

Jeff Fox, the head coach of the Knights, caught up with Sam Bourquin to talk about his squad and what they're looking to do on the gridiron.

"We put all this time in June and July, and we need to see what we have and correct our mistakes early."

The Knights were 7-3 in 2015 under Coach Fox, and they know the Suburban League schedule readies them for the postseason.

 "We have the Mayfield Wildcats coming up in week 1 and we want to get better each week so we're prepared for Hudson in week 4."

Nordonia HS Preview Video with Sam Bourquin and Jeff Fox from Aaron Coleman on Vimeo.

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