Wednesday, 09 December 2015 19:40

AUDIO Russell,Sobleski Talk NFL Power Rankings

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With his latest edition of the NFL Power Rankings on Bleacher Report, it's no surprise that out of 32 NFL teams, the Cleveland Browns came in 32nd. The situation is a mess and it seems as though there's no light at the end of the tunnel.

Brent Sobleski from the Bleacher Report joined Brad Russell in the Average Sports Show Wednesday to talk about the rankings and the frustrations surrounding the Browns, especially their lack of finding quality talent in the first round of the draft.

"The issues with the rookies are almost identical,  when you are talking technique and lack of functional football strength," Sobleski said, referring to Danny Shelton and Cameron Erving 

 

For the rest of the AFC,  Brent says the Kansas City Chiefs and the Pittsburgh Steelers are propelling themselves into playoff contention, despite injuries to key players.

Wednesday, 09 December 2015 18:46

AUDIO Jim Rosenhaus Discusses MLB Winter Meetings

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The Major League Baseball Winter Meetings are in full swing and some teams are wheeling and dealing, and the Cleveland Indians might be in the process of making some deals themselves.

Tribe broadcaster Jim Rosenhaus joined the Sam Bourquin Show to talk about the annual meetings in Nashville and some of the goings-on there.

One of the major pieces for the Indians when it comes to any sort of deal is what it's going to cost them and what quality starting pitcher they might need to give up in order to get a quality bat in the lineup.

Some of those rumors include the Cincinnati Reds unloading third baseman Todd Frazier, whom both Sam and Jim think would be a key addition if that were to happen.

 

Wednesday, 09 December 2015 18:22

AUDIO Brian Pedersen Talking College Football

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With the college football season set to go to the bowl season here soon, Brian Pedersen of Bleacher Report is getting ready for one of the most enjoyable times of the year for college football fans.

He took time out of his day to join the Sam Bourquin Show Wednesday to talk about the bowl schedule, are there too many bowls, and who is walking away with the Heisman.

When asked about 6-6 teams and 5-7 teams being in the bowl season, Pedersen said there are teams who haven't been to bowls in years and need to be rewarded at the end of the year for working hard.

 

He also weighed in on the Big 12 making some moves schedule-wise to ensure when you are setting up your out of conference schedule, you have competitive matchups worth seeing.

 "They (the Big 12 Conference) are essentially trying to make sure they don't schedule like Baylor with to FCS opponents and two of the worst teams in D-I within their state," he said.

Wednesday, 09 December 2015 09:56

AUDIO: Jim Renacci On Visa Bill, National Security

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Each month, Congressman Jim Renacci joins the Ray Horner Morning Show to discuss a variety of topics, both local and national.

In the wake of the Paris and San Bernardino shootings, Renacci gave his thoughts on immigration and national security.

Wednesday, 09 December 2015 08:28

AUDIO: Mayor-Elect Horrigan Rounds Out Cabinet

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The new year is fast approaching, and that means a new mayor will take office.

Mayor-elect Dan Horrigan has spent the last couple rounding out his cabinet, even before the election. Horrigan called into the Ray Horner Morning Show to showcase the names in his cabinet, including planning director Marco Sommerville.

Tuesday, 08 December 2015 21:34

AUDIO Sean Merriman Breaks Down Big 10 Bowls

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The Big 10 will be well represented this bowl season, and with Michigan State being in the College Football Playoff,  2015-16 was a solid year for the conference.

Sean Merriman from BTN.com joined Brad Russell in the Average Sports Show to talk about the Spartans being in the Big 10 Championship, their win over Iowa, and their chances in the playoff coming up this bowl season.

"They(the committee) puts a big emphasis on the conference championship game, and while it wasn't a dominating performance by Michigan State over Iowa, it was a win," Merriman said.

Michigan State, Oklahoma, Clemson, and Alabama will be the four teams in the playoff this season.

Moving ahead to the Fiesta Bowl, Merriman likes the Ohio State/Notre Dame matchup on Jan 1. "These are two strong programs, such rich history and tradition, I'm very excited for this game."

 

Tuesday, 08 December 2015 18:08

AUDIO Embick, Zips Back In College Cup

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The University of Akron will be competing in the College Cup after their defeat of Creighton 3-2 at the Infocision Stadium-Cub Cadet Field.

UA Coach Jared Embick joined the Sam Bourquin Show Tuesday to talk about being in the College Cup once again and the feeling of emotion and adrenaline after their win over Creighton.

The Zips draw Stanford in the semifinals and coach Embick said his team will be in for a fight. 

"They have the guy Jordan Morris who is on the U.S National team, he's got good size and speed, we're going to have to try and contain him," Embick said. "They do have other good players and they won the Pac-12, so it should be a good, attacking game."

 

Tuesday, 08 December 2015 17:36

AUDIO Mt. Union Ready For Semifinal Showdown

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The Mount Union Purple Raiders will meet up with an old foe for the right to go to Salem, VA in the Division III National Championship Game.

Head football coach Vince Kehres joined the Sam Bourquin Show Tuesday to talk about the win over Wesley last weekend and their semifinal matchup with Wisconsin-Whitewater in Alliance this Saturday.

Coach Kehres said his team will be prepared defensively to stop the run from the Warhawks, which is their bread and butter offensively.

For the Raiders themselves, they know that in the special teams department, teams will try to kick it away from Tim Kennedy.

"We will try to win the field position battle other ways and try to get the ball in Tim's hands other ways," he says.

 

Coach said the atmosphere in Alliance for gameday is going to be electric, but the coaching staff and the players will be focused on the task at hand.

"If you're a fan of football, I encourage you to come out and see two pretty good teams slugging it out on Saturday," Kehres said.

If they win, the Purple Raiders will play in the Amos Alonzo Stagg Bowl against either Linfield or St.Thomas next Friday at 7 p.m.

Tuesday, 08 December 2015 08:30

AUDIO: Puppy Bowl Ref Shares Pet Tips For The Holidays

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Everybody loves a puppy. So why not give the love of your life an adorable fur baby?

Dan Schachner, a personality on the Animal Planet, joined the Ray Horner Morning Show to talk about some unique gift ideas involving pets for the holidays, whether it's adopting a pet or finding ways of pampering it.

If you recognize Dan, he's the referee from the acclaimed Puppy Bowl, which is aired opposite the Super Bowl for the animal lovers and football skeptics.

Monday, 07 December 2015 19:01

AUDIO "Bone Lady" Discusses New Book

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The Browns are known for their loyal fans throughout the sporting world, and one of those fans has written a book detailing her journey as an ultimate fan and inspiring others to find their passion in life.

Debra Darnall, AKA "The Bone Lady" joined Sam Bourquin in the studio to talk about the book, her costumed journey with the Browns, and how she found her self-worth through the "Bone Lady" persona.

Fans identify with the Bone Lady and others because of their passion and love for the Browns.

"There is this persona of ultimate fandom and people like seeing you at games and being part of their experience," she says.  Darnall says she boycotted the NFL from the time they left until 1999 when they returned. She entered a 4th of July parade as "The Bone Lady" with full costume and her car painted orange with a bone on top.

 She's been frustrated with the Browns, as we all have, but she says she'll always be a fan no matter what.  You can find the book on Amazon.com or whereever books are sold.

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