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.
With Brent Sobleski's NFL power rankings being released, the Browns check in at #31,with only the San Francisco 49ers behind them.
Sobleski joined me in the Average Sports Show as I filled in for Brad Russell.
He says that before going into the concussion protocol, Browns signal-caller Johnny Manziel had a disappointing outing throwing the ball against the Kansas City Chiefs last Sunday in Arrowhead Stadium.
"Had there been more consistency in the passing game, they could have won the game," said Sobleski.
"He did keep them in the game with his feet." No word yet on if Johnny will play Sunday against the Steelers, but coach Mike Pettine says Austin Davis will be ready if called upon.
With the ever-changing landscape of the National Football League, Sam Bourquin spoke with Zac Jackson from ProFootballTalk.com to talk about Johnny Manziel being placed in the league's concussion protocol, amongst other items.
With Johnny possibly being ruled out for the season finale against the Steelers, the Browns will likely turn to Austin Davis to quarterback the team.
Jackson says moving forward, the Browns will have a decision to make as far as keeping Johnny or letting him loose.
"It's just disappointing in a season full of disappointments for him (Manziel) and the organization," Jackson explained.
Head coach Mike Pettine says Johnny came into the building complaining of concussion-like symptoms.
Zac also discussed Memphis quarterback Paxton Lynch and his lackluster performance in the Birmingham Bowl against Auburn, as well as the whole stigma surrounding "system quarterbacks.
The Wine and Gold will be squaring off against NBA Champion Golden State in Oakland for Christmas Day, and the Cavaliers will have a little extra motivation to go against the team that defeated them in the NBA Finals last June.
Greg Swartz from the Bleacher Report joined the Sam Bourquin Show to talk about the contest.
He thinks LeBron will have a little extra juice himself for the Warriors, given their history and how they fought hard against each other in the Finals.
"You're not going to forget that (as a player), especially when you take winning so seriously as LeBron does," Swartz says.
"These guys were celebrating on your home floor, spraying champagne bottles just down the hall from you."
Aside from the Christmas Day game, one of the key elements for the Cavs is the depth at point guard with Kyrie Irving, Matthew Dellavedova, and Mo Williams.
"He (Dellavedova) has been that good, he's earned it, and he's been more agressive," Swartz says.
As the presents are being unwrapped and the family gathers for the Christmas holiday, there will be a real gift for basketball fans on Friday.
One of the five Christmas Day matchups will feature a rematch of the NBA Finals between the Golden State Warriors and the Cleveland Cavaliers. Vern Glenn from KIPX-TV in the Bay Area joined Brad Russell in the Average Sports Show to talk about the game and what LeBron James and Stephen Curry will bring to the court at the Oracle Arena.
Glenn says he most looks forward to the matchup between the point guards, Kyrie Irving and Steph Curry. Glenn says he's more anxious to see how Kyrie's knee holds up going against one of the league's premier players.
After the Browns lost to the Seattle Seahawks yesterday in the Great Northwest, many things were to blame for the 30-13 defeat, but the quarterback was not one of them.
Steve King from BrownsDailyDose.com joined the Sam Bourquin Show Monday to talk about the game and what led to the lopsided loss.
"The tackling was terrible," King said. "At some point these guys are going to have to learn to tackle, and if they don't, you will see more games like you did yesterday."
Overall, King gave Johnny Manziel a 'B' grade, saying he made some plays, did somet things moving the pocket, but ultimately, quarterbacks are judged by wins and losses.
"His receivers had some drops, which didn't help," King explained.
The Mount Union Purple Raiders have done it again on the gridiron, defeating St. Thomas (Minn) 49-35 for the Division III National Title Friday on a cold night in Salem, VA.
Coach Vince Kehres joined the Sam Bourquin Show Monday to talk about the 12th football title in school history, as well as the key players and elements that got them another championship trophy.
"Poise was the key (in the second quarter), and once we had the win at our backs, we knew we could get things turned around defensively," Kehres said.
The Purple Raiders were down 14 in the second half, but coach Kehres said that by settling in and hitting some key throws by senior quarterback Taurice Scott as well as some big defensive stops made the difference in the win.
The Cleveland Cavaliers defeated the Oklahoma City Thunder on Thursday in a national televised game on TNT by a score of 104-100. LeBron James nearly had a triple double, putting up big numbers with a 33 pt, 11 reb, and 9 ast performance. Bleacher Report Cavs beat writer Greg Swartz joined the Sam Bourquin Show to talk about some of the highlights of the game, as Brad Russell of the Average Sports Show filled in for Sam. Swartz also talked about James crashing into pro golfer Jason Day's wife, Elle Day, on a loose ball, where she had to be taken to the hospital, leaving the game on a stretcher.
As the Browns prepare to take on the Seattle Seahawks this Sunday, Medina Gazette reporter Brian Dulik gives his take on what the Cleveland Browns have to do to defeat the Seahawks in a tough match up on the road. Dull talks with Brad about his expectations for quarterback Johnny Manziel and head coach Mike Pettine's comments on whether or not Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson is an elite quarterback in the NFL.