Tuesday, 05 January 2016 19:49

AUDIO Brian Dulik Discusses Browns Moving Parts

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Lots of moving pieces and parts are going in and out of Berea, Ohio, and with the NFL Draft coming up in a few short months, the Browns have no GM, head coach, or quarterback.

Browns beat writer Brian Dulik joined the Average Sports Show Tuesday to talk about the different things going on and Johnny Manziel going incognito in Las Vegas.

 "This has been such a brazen, idiotic move and is trying to force the Browns' hand into releasing him," Dulik said.

Dulik also talked about the Browns hiring Paul DePodesta from the New York Mets organization, and with his knowledge of numbers and analytics, many are calling it an interesting hire.

"It's an unprecedented move by Jimmy Haslam in how front offices in the NFL are structured," Dulik explained.

Tuesday, 05 January 2016 19:10

AUDIO Who Is Paul DePodesta?

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The Cleveland Browns have hired Paul DePodesta from the New York Mets as their Chief Strategy Officer. The main question is: Can he help the Browns?

Tony Williams from Metro New York joined the Sam Bourquin Show to talk about the Browns' new man in the front office and if the analytics approach, the "moneyball" strategy is the elixir that will turn around their luck as a franchise.

"He (DePodesta) is a new-age guy, he's a numbers guy," Williams said.

"I don't want to sound like a grumpy old man, but I'm really not big on analytics, I like eyeball tests," he continued. "Paul is an intellegent guy, he played football at Harvard, so there's hope."

Williams also discussed the legacy of former New York Giants head coach Tom Coughlin and what he meant to that organization.


Tuesday, 05 January 2016 18:56

AUDIO Nate Ulrich Talking Browns Moves

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The Cleveland Browns are making lots of moves, and with so many things in play, you want to know what's next.

Browns beat reporter Nate Ulrich from the Akron Beacon Journal joined the Sam Bourquin Show Tuesday to talk about the firing of Mike Pettine and Ray Farmer and if owner Jimmy Haslam will ever get it right.

"I think it was a good move to turn the page as far as the GM, but I'm not sure about Mike Pettine, he made tough decisions, but the defense was bad and losing 18 out of 21 was bad as well."


Fast forward to the moves made yesterday and today with Sashi Brown and Paul DePodesta joining the organization, it leaves a lot of people with a lot of questions.

"It's out of the box thinking," Ulrich said. "Can the Harvard guys work with the football guys and make this thing work?" "It'll be interesting to watch," he added.


The city of Green is one of the few communities in the area where the mayors have term limits, and a new administration is in place for 2016.

Gerard Neugebauer, the new mayor, joined the Ray Horner Morning Show to gloss over what is on his plate for 2016. Specifically, Neugebauer discussed the housing and economic growth, traffic patterns in the downtown, and the controversial Nexus pipeline.

Monday, 04 January 2016 19:06

AUDIO: Trying To Make Sense Of Browns Moves

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What is Jimmy Haslam thinking?

That's the question on the minds of Browns fans today in the wake of the expected firings of Browns head coach Mike Pettine and general manager Ray Farmer and the unexpected promotion of general counsel Sashi Brown to Executive Vice President of Football Operations with final say over the 53-man roster.

Jeff Schudel of The News-Herald and The Morning Journal and Ty Schalter of Bleacher Report both joined The Jasen Sokol Show to try to explain the promotion and the decision to hire a head coach before a general manager.

Monday, 04 January 2016 17:59

AUDIO Pettine & Farmer Gone: Now What?

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The circus continues in Berea, and the Cleveland Browns are looking for a new General Manager and Head Coach.

The "Voice of the Browns" WKYC's Jim Donovan joined the Sam Bourquin Show on a "Black Monday" to talk about the feeling heading into FirstEnergy Stadium Sunday and what the feelings were from not only Donovan's perspective, but the fans' perspective as the Browns played another meaningless game in the month of January against the Steelers.

"It was an eerie feeling," Donovan said.

"Going into the stadium it was like going into Heinz Field, because everybody was wearing a black and gold Steelers shirt and waving their Terrible Towels."

 "Those are the fruits of being 3-13, that happens when you lose a lot, you lose control of the stadium."

Steve King from BrownsDailyDose.com said he expected the firings of Farmer and Pettine to happen, but he says applauds owner Jimmy Haslam for doing what had to be done.

"You can't move forward until you clear the path and that's what he did."


Monday, 04 January 2016 17:39

AUDIO Another Year, Another Browns Rebuild

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The Cleveland Browns are rebuilding...Again. The Browns have fired another GM and head coach...Again. When will it stop you ask?

Our own Sam Bourquin has his take on the Browns' misfourtunes.

 "We have a seven-layer Browns burrito (of dysfunction) in Berea," says Bourquin. "We still don't have a quarterback, we have a left tackle (in Joe Thomas that doesn't know if he wants to be a part of this mess, and I don't blame him."

He also discussed the addition of Sashi Brown to the organization, saying that he does not understand why he would have control over the 53-man roster and other football decisions.




Monday, 04 January 2016 08:26

AUDIO: Mayor Horrigan Talks Sewers, City Services

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Before his first day on the job as mayor of Akron, Dan Horrigan stopped by the WAKR studios to discuss a slew of topics.

Among those topics, Horrigan spoke to Ray Horner about the sewer system and the corresponding water rates. The new mayor also discussed other city services (including the salt trucks on this particular snowy morning), potential economic and house development, and his first weekend in the big chair.

Thursday, 31 December 2015 16:30

Who Wins: Ohio State or Notre Dame?

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It's New Year's Eve and that means it's the start of the College Football playoff and other big bowl games. The Ohio State Buckeyes will take on the Notre Dame Fighting Irish in the Fiesta Bowl Saturday. Bleacher Report's Adam Kramer talked to Sam about who will win the game against the Buckeyes and the Fighting Irish. Kramer talked about his concern with J.T Barrett and Cardale Jones as they continue to be swapped as the starting quarterback for the team. He says if the Barrett and Elliot combination can get going the Buckeyes should be able to win this matchup.

The Cleveland Browns will faceoff against rival Pittsburgh Steelers this coming Sunday without starting quarterback Johnny Manziel, in a game that has a lot riding on it for both teams. The Steelers with a win could be on their way to the playoffs, but they need the New York Jets to lose. The Browns are battling for the number one overall pick in the 2016 NFL Draft with the Tennessee Titans. Chris Trapasso, of CBSSports and NFL.com, joined the Sam Bourquin Show to discuss who the Browns may select if they indeed do get the first overall pick. Trapasso talked about the Browns might not want to bring general manager Ray Farmer back due to his lack of success in the draft in year's past.

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