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.

Wednesday, 30 December 2015 22:19

AUDIO Sobleski On Browns: Stability Is Key

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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.

Wednesday, 30 December 2015 21:32

AUDIO Zac Jackson Talking NFL With Sammy B

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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.

 

Tuesday, 29 December 2015 09:23

AUDIO: Jeff Fusco Recaps His Tenure As Mayor

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It’s been a whirlwind year in Akron politics, from near-fisticuffs in the council chambers to three mayors keeping the chair warm.

Jeff Fusco was thrown into the mix following the sudden resignation of Garry Moneypenny, and has had to hold down the fort since late May. Fusco joined the Ray Horner Morning Show with Jasen Sokol to recap his short tenure as mayor, which will end on January 1st.

Fusco shared his thoughts on mayor-elect Dan Horrigan. "Dan and I have been friends for a number of years,” said Fusco. "Dan is extremely sharp, he’s on top of it, and I believe he’s going to be a great mayor."

Monday, 28 December 2015 09:17

AUDIO: Rock Mill Climbs Into 2016

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The Akron area has plenty of gorgeous peaks to climb, but some may not be safe for the average person to scale. That's where Rock Mill Climbing comes in.

Starting in early 2016, a state-of-the-art facility will be open for rock climbing enthusiasts or those curious to try it over on Carroll St. in Akron, just east of Route 8. Liz Yokum, the owner, joined George McFly in studio to discuss what's ahead for the organization going into the new year.

Thursday, 24 December 2015 18:39

AUDIO Greg Swartz Talking Cavaliers and Warriors

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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.

 

 

 

 

 

Thursday, 24 December 2015 18:07

AUDIO Warriors, Cavs Ready For Christmas Showdown

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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.

 

Monday, 21 December 2015 19:21

AUDIO Steve King Breaks Down The Browns

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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. 

 

Monday, 21 December 2015 18:36

AUDIO: Mt Union Celebrates National Title

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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.

 

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