Steve King of Browns Daily Dose joined the Average Sports Show to break down the Browns off season and what to expect this up coming season. King talked about what the Browns coaching staff needs to do to build up the confidence of Browns quarterback Robert Griffin the 3rd.   King believes that Griffin can a bridge at the quarterback position saying that he has faith in Browns head coach Hue Jackson to build the former rookie of the year back up. King believes the Browns coaching staff is different in years past, "I was thrilled to death when they signed him, I was thrilled to death when they brought in Al Saunders and Pep Hamilton these guys know quarterbacks they know offence." King said.    

 

Sam continues talking to St. Ignatius head football coach Chuck Kyle on being named the Browns Youth Football Advisor. Kyle talked about some of his goals as the new youth advisor saying that repairing the fields is going to be important. Safety is also a concern on Kyle's list saying "We need to make sure kids start out young in flag football." Kyle believes that putting an emphasis on flag football will build the confidence of young players as they grow and move up to tackle football.

 

The legendary St. Ignatius head football coach joined the Sam Bourquin Show to disscuss his recent hire as the new Browns Youth Football Advisor. Kyle talked about how his meeting with Cleveland Browns owner Jimmy Haslam and his wife Dee helped him with his decision saying he took it as a great honor in being asked to be directly involved in helping the community and youth athletics. Coach Kyle said after the meeting that he was very excited about the idea, "I really got excited about the idea, in my small way contributing to the community and certainly for youth delopment."  

Friday, 27 May 2016 10:12

Don Plusquellic Tells All In New Book

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It’s been a full year since Don Plusquellic stepped down as the mayor of Akron. After 28 years in office, he left a very large pair of shoes that continue to be difficult to fill.

Now, in 2016, a new book about the former mayor in in stores now, penned by Steve Love from the Akron Beacon Journal. Love and Plusquellic joined the Ray Horner Morning Show to talk about the process of putting together this tell-all tome.

True to his nature, Plusquellic was quite candid about his life and political career, dating back to his football days at Kenmore High School. Plusquellic talked at length about his opposition over the years, his sports background, the loss of the Inventors Hall of Fame, the life of Ray Kapper, and bringing faith back to Akron.

The full one hour of the mayor and the author are posted in the Soundcloud link below. Love will be holding book signings around the region. The official book launch will be held at Quaker Station on June 22, starting at 6 PM.

 

Spencer Davies of Amico Hoops and FOXSports Ohio Joined the Sam Bourquin Show to talk about the Cavs 38 point win over the Raptors in game five of the Eastern Conference Finals. Sam and Spencer also discussed if we could expect a Raptors victory in game six, “ You could expect a Cavs win tomorrow but the difference is the Cavs are going to be completely focused on closing it out.” Davies said. Davies also believes that the learning experience of losing games three and four in Toronto could help Kyrie elevate the Cavs in Game six.   

 

Thursday, 26 May 2016 17:38

Highland Square Ribbons Mark Drug Overdoses

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There's a reason you might see 169 purple ribbons near Highland Square.

The ribbons represent drug overdose deaths since 2015...says Raynard Packard, who runs the Packard Institute, a counseling center on West Market Street.

He says the count is off by a few months, dating only until January of this year, since there is a backlog of victims.

"There are bodies lining our county corridor," Packard tells WAKR's Jasen Sokol, "and they are still in the process, there's a lag in processing the toxicology results, but there are many more coming."

Packard says the problem isn't just rooted in heroin abuse, and is nowhere near a peak.

He says new synthetic opiods, including fentanyl, have many times the potency of street level heroin.

A banner will continue to keep track of overdose deaths by number.

Thursday, 26 May 2016 10:09

AUDIO: Hopkins Airport Gearing Up For RNC

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As the Republican National Convention approaches, Northeast Ohio seems to be mentally and physically preparing itself for the hordes of out-of-towners coming through the area. But how exactly are they getting there?

Fred Szabo, the director at Hopkins International Airport, joined the Ray Horner Morning Show to talk about CLE’s preparations before the convention. Szabo says the airport will add extra TSA staff before the convention, and they have expanded the checkpoints for visitors, ensuing the crowds will pass through quicker.

Hopkins Airport has been under construction for well over a year, and Szabo believes the renovations will wrap up a month before the convention. Szabo admits the process of renovating the terminal has been “painful,” but he feels folks will be pleased with the updated signage and facades around the airport.

Wednesday, 25 May 2016 18:08

AUDIO Cavs/Raptors Ready To Roll In Cleveland

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The Cavaliers have returned home to Quicken Loans Arena for Game 5 in the Eastern Conference Finals, and in order to beat the Raptors, they have to get out to a fast start. 
 
Jeff Schudel from the Morning Journal and News Herald joined Brad Russell and Aaron Coleman from the Q before the game to talk about what made this series go 2-2, and what the Cavs need to do tonight in order to win. 
 
 "The question is where in the world is Tristan Thompson?" Schudel said. "He hasn't matched up with Biyombo at all, and he along with Kevin Love need to get it going."
 
 
 
Josh Lewenberg from TSN Radio in Toronto also joined the show to talk about what the Raptors need from their all-star tandem of DeMar DeRozan and Kyle Lowry in Game 5.
 
"What an amazing turnaround," Lewenberg said.  "They were being written off last time they were here, and they're playing like themselves now."
 
He also said the emergence of Bizmack Biyombo had spearheaded Toronto's success in the last two games. 
 
"It'll be interesting to see what version of both teams show up here in Game 5."
 
The Cavs and Raptors will tip at 8:30 on 1590 WAKR. 
 
 

 

The series is tied 2 apiece in the Eastern Conference Finals, and even though the Cleveland Cavaliers lost a pair of games on the road, they head back to Cleveland with a great deal of confidence.

Adi Joseph, NBA writer for the Sporting News joined Aaron Coleman on the Sam Bourquin Show Tuesday to talk about how the Raptors' combo of DeMar DeRozan and Kyle Lowry have been playing well as of late, as well as the emergence of big man Bismack Biyombo.

Joseph said while Biyombo has owned Cavaliers forward/center Tristan Thompson down low, coach Ty Lue has to look at all of his options to make sure Biyombo is less effecitve.

 "If they lose Game 5 and Biyombo dominates inside, you have to look at giving Timofey Mozgov some minutes."

Game 5 between the Cavs and the Raptors will tip off at 8:30 p.m. on 1590 WAKR with pregame starting at 8. 

Tuesday, 24 May 2016 19:00

AUDIO: Kay: Jason Day, Rory Golf's Future

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After Jason Day of Australia won the Players' Championship last weekend in Florida, may people are talking about him being one of the game's brightest stars, and for him to sustain that label, he's got to turn out some more performances like he did last week.

SB Nation golf writer Emily Kay joined Brad Russell on a Tee it Up Tuesday to talk about his performance and how he came through during the game's final round.

"He didn't have his 'A' game, it seems, but like Tiger in the past, he kind of overcame everybodyelse and hung in there, and he's not number one for nothing," she said. 

Forecasting his long-term success, Kay says there's no crystal ball in front of her, but Day as well as Irishman Rory McIlroy have separated themselves from the pack on the PGA Tour.

"He's (Day) certainly has the game, no one's ever going to do what Tiger did, but he's on his way."  Rory McIlroy had some success as well lately, winning the Irish Open.

McIlroy's also been in the news for speaking about the Olympics in Rio and his concern about the Zika virus and what that could mean for all competitors moving forward.

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