Ohio State Head Baseball Coach Greg Beals joined Sam on the Sam Bourquin Show and discussed the Buckeyes 2016 Big Ten Tournament Championship. Beals discussed how the Buckeyes had to win four games in 48 hours to win the championship. Coach Beals talked about the trials and tribulations that the Buckeyes had to battle to win the championship starting with overcoming a walk off loss to Iowa. "We got walked off in the ninth inning with a three run lead against Iowa in the second round, took a punch in the gut with that loss." Beals said. Beals credited the competitive toughness, mental toughness, and ability to stay locked in on why his team over came the loss to Iowa.
Hoban Knights head softball Coach Frank Voss joined the Sam Bourquin Show and talked with Sam about winning the Regional Championship, and moving forward to the State Championship Playoffs. Voss also talked about some of the players that have excelled on the Knights. Voss gave Sam some insight on how one particular pitcher on the Knights scares him saying Laney Jones refers to the pitching circle as her lair. " Usually when I go out to talk to her I ask if I can enter the lair." Voss said.
Bill Davis joins the Sam Bourquin Show to talk to Sam about the Warriors run thus far going into the state tournament. Davis talked to Sam about how the team has prepared to get to this point and how a tough schedule has helped in that preparation, "We were able to play a really tough schedule this year once again and that has a lot to do with getting us ready for this weekend." Davis said. Davis also discussed with Sam on how the win over North Canton Hoover has prepared the Warriors for the State Championship Playoffs.
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."
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.
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.
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.
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.
This week on a Tee it Up Tuesday, Brad decided to take a hack at the Raymond C. Firestone Public 9 and play a couple of holes.
Golf pro and General Manager Dan Dauk spoke with Brad about the course, it's history, and some of the amenities that make this course a winner for local golfers who want to try their luck.
With the weather being a challenge early on, Dauk says that maintaining the course has been a top priority.
"Our standards are very high, our greens are pefect, our rough is lush, and we're very fortunate to have the same crew that maintains Firestone Country Club working on our course."
He says the course is a challenge for everyone from the scratch golfer to the person who is just trying to get into golf, and with the course being as challenging as it is, with great views, as a par 35, it can make for a competitive round.
"It's a lot of fun, and if you haven't played, I certainly invite you to come on out here and play," he said.
The course is part of the 2016 Players Golf Card. The Firestone Public Course is located on 600 Swartz Road in Akron, just a stone's throw away from Firestone Country Club and the South Course, where they play the World Golf Championships-Bridgestone Invitational. For more information on the Firestone 9, visit here.