The Cavaliers have completed their sweep of the Atlanta Hawks on Sunday, and it seems as though the Wine and Gold are really coming together.
Brian Dulik from the Medina Gazette joined the Sam Bourquin Show to talk about what they've been doing as of late and how their long-distance shooting has propelled them to new heights.
"This team has that special feeling to it," Dulik said. "It's been so much fun to watch, and I'm excited even though we have a week in between games to see what happens next."
The Cavs have swept both the Detroit Pistons and the Atlanta Hawks and will await the winner of the Toronto Raptors and Miami Heat series.
Head Coach Tyronn Lue, who took the helm in the middle of the season has been pressing all the right buttons it seems during the playoffs. Brian says he's been impressed with how he's been able to make adjustments on the fly and get the players in the best position to make plays and win games.
"It's all Tyronn Lue's schemes, relying on his assistant coaches, and it's all about them playing great defense."
The Kentucky Derby will be taking place tomorrow, and many people have their prognostications as to who will take home the win in 2016.
Ed DeRosa from TwinSpires.com joined the Sam Bourquin Show to talk about the Derby this year and how American Pharoah's Triple Crown has sparked interest in horse racing across the country.
DeRosa says American Pharoah's win was a big boost for the sport.
"It's been good to see the uptick, but let's turn it into a long term win instead of a short term gain," he said.
He says the tracks at the regional level can help with that by providing an entertaining product and making it comfortable for guests.
As far as the Derby itself, Nyquist is the favorite, but Ed says there are other horses that could take it home.
Exaggerator is Ed's top pick to win the Derby, and he likes his odds at 5 to 1.
The Cleveland Cavaliers are in the ATL and are looking to put the Hawks in a 3-0 hole in the Eastern Conference Semifinals.
Joe Vardon from Cleveland.com joined Sammy B on a "Feel Good Friday" to talk about the matchup, if the Cavs will continue to shoot at their blistering pace, and if Atlanta will play dirty.
Vardon says he expects this contest to be a little tighter than in Game 2, where the Wine & Gold connected on a record 25 three-pointers.
"It's hard to find a matchup right now that the Hawks can exploit," said Vardon.
As far as the comments addressed by NBA analyst Charles Barkley, Joe says he doesn't expect any tom-foolery from Atlanta here tonight, or throughout the series.
"I think they're a more cerebral team, they respect the game, they will play more agressive defense on the perimeter," he explained.
The Cavs and the Hawks tip it off tonight at 7 p.m. on 1590 WAKR.
The Perry Panthers have a new boys basketball coach in the fold.
Chad Spurgeon was named the coach and he plans on putting his stamp on this program and teach his players the value of hard work and teamwork.
He says he's excited to return to his alma mater and hit the ground running.
"It is fun to take on something like this obviously," Spurgeon said. "The Federal League is a very good public school league, there's a great sense of pride amongst Perry people, I've heard from a lot of the alumni and the people in the town, so I'm excited."
Spurgeon previously coached at New Philadelphia high school for the past six seasons.
Akron Rubberducks baseball is in full swing down at Canal Park, and the young team has been hitting their stride as of late in the Eastern League.
Dave Wallace, the manager of the Rubberducks joined Sam Bourquin and Brad Russell during their live broadcast from Canal Park Tuesday to talk about the team's first month of the season and how they're developing.
"It's been an interesting first month of the season," Wallace says. "I say that in a positive manner, because it's been cool to see some of the guys I've been hearing about for a long time, but haven't had a chance to see."
Wallace pointed to youngsters Clint Frazier and pitcher Ben Heller just to name a couple of the players who came in highly touted, but have worked very hard to get to this level of baseball.
He also said big-leaguers Michael Brantley and Lonnie Chisenhall have been instrumental to the development of the Ducks' players during their rehab stints as well.
The Cleveland Cavaliers had a good showing at Quicken Loans Arena Monday night against the Atlanta Hawks 104-93, and after an eight day layoff, they looked just as crisp as they did when they swept Detroit in the first round.
Sam Amico from AmicoHoops.net joined Sam Bourquin and Brad Russell during their live broadcast from Canal Park Tuesday to talk about the win, the Cavs' energy on the offensive and defensive ends of the floor, and their mentality heading into Game 2 in Cleveland Wednesday night.
Amico said that he liked how the Cavaliers came out with a lot of energy early on.
"They really played with passion right away, they did the right things early, they got Kyrie going early," Amico said. The Wine and Gold did give up an 18 point lead during one stretch, but Sam said he wasn't worried that the Cavaliers would lose.
He (Amico) says the Cavaliers have to get out and play their game early so the Big 3 can get a rest.
"You want to play your Timofey Mozgovs, your Dahntay Jones'," he says. "I just need to think you need to start resting your regulars."
The Cavaliers and Hawks play Game 2 at 8 p.m. on 1590 WAKR. The Average Sports Show will broadcast live from the Q from 5 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. prior to tip-off.
It's time to tee it up in 2016 as Brad Russell from the Average Sports Show takes a look at Arrowhead Golf Course in North Canton, Ohio.
Rob Purcell, General Manager of Arrowhead said that the course has had a rich history on and off the greens.
"We've been doing a great food business, the golf course is getting better every year, it's a small green type of golf course, and it's just a great place to play," Purcell said.
Purcell along with business partner Scott DeMusey say they pride themselves on providing a fun, friendly atmosphere at Arrowhead and he says that the first-time golfer will have a great experience.
"We have a background in the private club business, we expect our staff to be professional, and we want you to enjoy your golf time here."
He says hole #9 is one of the more challenging and scenic holes on the course, with a view of the pro shop and a pond as well.
Arrowhead Golf Club is one of the courses on the 2016 Players Golf Card.
For more information on Arrowhead, click here.
The Browns drafted wide receiver Corey Coleman with the #15th overall pick out of Baylor University. Coleman's former college coach offered his take on how he progressed down at Waco, and what he worked on to get to his dream.
Baylor head football coach Art Briles joined the Sam Bourquin Show to talk about the former Belitnikoff award winner and the winning attitude he will bring to the Browns this upcoming fall.
He said Coleman is a guy that brings a lot of intangibles to the table including speed, toughness, and a willingness to work.
"He's a can't miss guy, and you're going to love him in Cleveland, I'll guarantee you that," Briles said.
Coleman was the first wideout off the board for the Browns in Thursday night's first round in Chicago. Coach Briles says Corey was a serious and diligent worker in his four years at Baylor.
He's a guy that certainly never had an issue with us on or off the football field," Briles said. "He's a pro and pros have certain parameters to stay within, and he's not going to have a problem staying within that."
After many years as the head coach of the Canton Central Catholic boys' baseball team, a familiar face will no longer be seen at the field that bears his name after the school year ends.
Doug Miller will be leaving CCC after 34 years of coaching and 37 years at the school at the end of the school year after signing a buyout.
Joe Scalzo from the Canton Repository joined the Sam Bourquin Show on a Friday to talk about the situation and where Miller and the school go from here.
Scalzo said that when he spoke to Miller for his story in the Rep , there was a somber tone in his voice.
"Obviously Doug isn't a fire breathing Central Catholic guy, he just wants to coach baseball, and he's very upset by this."
He also pointed out that the beloved coach was one of the most popular figures not only in the school, but in the Canton community as well.
The Crusaders won a state championship in baseball last season, and he won his 700th career game earlier this week.
CCC and Jackson will play this Saturday.
The NFL Draft is just a little over an hour away and the million dollar question is: Will the Browns stay at 8?
Nate Davis, NFL Writer and Editor for USA Today Sports joined Brad Russell in the Average Sports Show on Draft Night to talk about that and more, saying there ought to be a quality player for them to pick at #8 if they stay put.
"Certainly there ought to be a good guy at 8, there's about 8 or 9 probably really good players in this draft, labelled as can't miss guys," Davis says.
There is speculation that the Browns will trade down and there might be some additional movement going on as well the next three nights in Chicago.
The day is finally here and the NFL Draft will be ushering in some new blood into the rankings of the league, where many childhood dreams will be realized.
Steve Doerschuk from the Canton Repository joined Sammy B to talk a little draft, and he anticipates the Browns will take a chance on former Ohio State star Ezekiel Elliott with the 8th overall selection.
Doerschuk says he's talked to many people about Zeke, and a lot of folks in and around the league say that he's a complete back who can not only run the football, but catch it out of the backfield, and pass protect, which is something that not every running back has mastered by the time they get to the NFL level.
You can catch the Browns radio network draft coverage on 1590 WAKR beginning at 7 p.m.
One of the most well-known and successful baseball coaches in Ohio and Stark County history picked up his #700th career win yesterday against Lake Center Christian 1-0.
Canton Central Catholic's Doug Miller joined the Sam Bourquin Show to talk about the milestone, what it means to him, and the multitude of alumni and former players who called, texted, and congratulated him on this tremendous accomplishment.
Miller said it was a good feeling to get win number 700 in his 35-year coaching career. But he says its all about the young men out there on the diamond that make that win and all the ones before that truly magical.
"It's been a pretty good run, lots of good players, and I heard from a lot of guys from different eras and that makes it special."
The Crusaders play the Jackson Polar Bears at noon on Saturday in what should be a fantastic contest. CCC is 16-1 on the campaign this season.
One of the fastest-rising names in the NFL draft ranks is Jack Conklin, the big offensive lineman from Michigan State, and it could be possible he'll be wearing brown and orange after Thursday's draft in Chicago.
Jack's father and high school coach Darren Conklin joined Brad Russell in the Average Sports Show to talk about Jack's path to the draft coming out of Plainwell, Michigan.
When asked about how he grew to love the game and hone his craft, the elder Conklin said it was from an early age.
"He loved the physical nature, he loved running around and hitting people, he was aggressive and bigger than most kids, even in youth football, he said.
The Conklin family is in Chicago for the draft, and Darren describes the events and TV production surrounding the draft as "first class" and says it's been a great experience for Jack and the rest of the family.
The big day is just one day away, it's the Super Bowl in Northeast Ohio, yes we are talking about Draft Day.
Steve King from BrownsDailyDose.com spoke with Sam Bourquin Wednesday and he seems to think that the Browns will not be staying with the #8 overall selection tomorrow night in Chicago, and they might get their quarterback later in the first round.
He says Hue Jackson and former Memphis signal-caller Paxton Lynch crossed paths, and Hue was very impressed with Lynch's size and potential.
"I think maybe when it's all said and done that that's who he's talking about when he says he can mold a quarterback he can draft later," King explained.
Hue worked with Bengals QB's Andy Dalton and AJ McCarron in Cincy most recently before being hired by Cleveland. Lynch is projected as a 1st or 2nd round pick.