Friday, 22 March 2019 17:54

Sam and Brad Show Podcast 3.22.19

Brad Russell and Ben Thomas got into the Feel Good Friday edition of the Sam and Brad Show:

 

ESPN's Buster Olney talked MLB and Indians (20 seconds in) 

Brad and Ben talked about the morale amongst fans and players for the Cleveland Indians if they were to make a trade with one of their ace pitchers (14:47) 

Ben Braun former NCAA College basketball coach chimed in on the NCAA Basketball Tournament. (17:18)

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This week our 1590 WAKR G&G Fitness Coach of the Week is Dru Joyce II  the longtime  boy's basketball coach at STVM. 

The STVM Fighting Irish will be playing in the state semifinals tonight.

Coach Dru said that he wasn't worried about the naysayers who said that they couldn't make it to Columbus again in Division I 

"People in the basketball community, you hear it," Joyce said, "It's not about me, it's about the kids and they understand it's not about getting there ,it's about winning and that's the mindset."

Stay tuned for next week's G&G Fitness Coach of the Week!

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Former Jackson Polar Bear and current Ohio State Buckeye Kyle Young caught up with the Sam and Brad Show to talk about the Buckeyes' upcoming run in the NCAA Tournament.

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Wednesday, 20 March 2019 19:55

Sam and Brad Show Podcast 03/20/19

On this Wednesday edition of the Sam and Brad Show, the guys question if LeBron James will make it all four years in Los Angeles, as well as his value compared to Duke phenom Zion Williamson (00:21). Charles Davis of Fox Sports chats with the guys about the Browns and the NFL (20:04), and Clark Kellogg of CBS Sports gives his take on the upcoming NCAA Tournament (34:38).

 

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Monday, 18 March 2019 17:43

Sam and Brad Show Podcast 3.18.19

For Monday on the Sam and Brad Show:

Dru Joyce II on the STVM Fighting Irish heading back to Columbus for a chance at another state title. (19 seconds) 

Paul Hoynes Cleveland Plain Dealer and Cleveland.com on the Tribe (11:05) 
 
Tom in Salem weighs in on the NCAA Tournament and Ohio State (20:19) 
 
 Michael DeCourcy Sporting News College Basketball Writer and Studio Analyst Big 10 Network on the State Tournament.(26:18) 
 

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Wednesday, 13 March 2019 18:40

Sam and Brad Show Podcast 03/13/19

On this Wednesday edition of the Sam and Brad Show, the guys discuss the Browns acquisition of star wide receiver Odell Beckham Jr. and the hype for next season with WKYC's Bud Shaw (00:21) and Bleacher Report's Brent Sobleski (14:49). University of Akron basketball coach John Groce also stopped by to talk about the Zips' upcoming showdown with Buffalo in the MAC Tournament (27:40).

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Monday, 11 March 2019 19:00

Sam and Brad Show Podcast 03/11/19

On this Monday edition of the Sam and Brad Show, the guys debate the NBA's greatest of all time with USA Today's Jeff Zillgitt (00:21), and Chip Patterson of the CBS Sports Network breaks down the college basketball landscape as we get closer to the NCAA Tournament (14:54).

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This week our G&G Fitness Coach of the Week is none other than Fred Thomas, the former coach at Malone University. He is now a volunteer assistant at the University of Mount Union, helping with the offensive line.

 Coach Thomas said it's been an interesting road to get to Alliance and coach alongside Vince Kehres, but he says he's been fortunate to land with such a prestigious program.

 "It's been a blessing," Coach Thomas said. "The players have been great to me, the coaches have been great to me."

 The Purple Raiders start spring football in a week and a half. 

 For the video of Coach Thomas in the studio, click here. https://www.facebook.com/1590WAKRAkron/videos/1007896886086642/

 

 

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Wednesday, 06 March 2019 18:41

Sam and Brad Show Podcast 03/06/19

On this Wednesday edition of the Sam and Brad Show, the guys catch up with head basketball coaches Dru Joyce II (STVSM, 00:21) and Mark Fisher (Ellet, 06:40) as their two teams prepare to square off. Former NFL scout Matt Manocherian chats with the guys about some of the top prospects from the NFL Combine and what implications the combine has on this year's draft (13:01).

 

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This week our G&G Fitness Coach of the Week is Gene Schindewolf of Manchester. 

He coaches the boys' team there and has amassed over 500 wins as a coach.

 Coach says that this is a hard working and fun group of young men to lead in 2018-19.

"This is a fun group, they bust their tail and work hard," he said.

Stay tuned for next week's edition of the Coach of the Week!

 

 

 

 

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Wednesday, 27 February 2019 18:58

Sam and Brad Show Podcast 02/27/19

On this Wednesday edition of the Sam and Brad Show, the guys catch up with the Akron RubberDucks' Adam Liberman to discuss the team's "signing" of Bryce Harper to a 330 million duck bills contract(00:20). Brian Dulik of the Medina Gazette and Associated Press stops by to talk with the guys about all things in area sports (05:42), and Paul Keels of the IMG Sports Network talks with the guys about the Ohio State Buckeyes following their big win over #22 Iowa(16:41).

 

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Tuesday, 26 February 2019 19:45

Sam and Brad Show Podcast 02/26/19

On this Tuesday edition of the Sam and Brad Show, the guys catch up with CBS Sports college basketball analyst Pete Gillen (00:21), talk Browns with Scott Petrak of the Elyria Chronicle Telegram and BrownsZone.com (9:37), and take a look at some new, unique snacks and drinks (18:09).

 

 

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Monday, 25 February 2019 17:42

Sam and Brad Show Podcast 2.25.19

On the Monday edition of the Sam and Brad Show Podcast:

Sam spoke with Kurt Helin, national NBA Writer from NBC.Sports.com on the One and Done rule in the NBA and if that could change in the next couple of years. (19 seconds in) 

Jeff from Akron weighed in on the television aspect of high school sports and why the NBA ratings are down. (15:52) 

Dr. Cash also called in to chop it up with Sammy B  (20:43) 

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Friday, 22 February 2019 20:15

Sam and Brad Show Podcast 02/22/19

On this Feel Good Friday edition of the Sam and Brad Show, the guys discuss the charges facing New England Patriots owner Robert Kraft (00:21), catch up with Canton McKinley boys basketball coach Andy Vlajkovich (Coach V) (8:54), and talk with Mount Union basketball coach Mike Fuline as his team prepares to compete for the OAC Championship (18:32).

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Wednesday, 20 February 2019 19:28

Sam and Brad Show Podcast 02/20/19

On this Wednesday edition of the Sam and Brad Show, the guys discuss the scandal involving former NBA official Tim Donaghy (00:21) and talk with ESPN The Magazine's Scott Eden about his article on the scandal (14:48). Later in the show, Phil Mickelson's calves were also discussed (26:22).

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Tuesday, 19 February 2019 17:55

Sam and Brad Show Podcast 2.19.19

Sam and Brad on the Tuesday edition of the podcast:

Spoke with Buchtel coach Matt Futch (19 seconds) and Hoban coach TK Griffith (9:20) on their matchup tonight 

They also spoke with MLB.com reporter Anthony Castrovince.(19:52) to talk Manny Machado signing with the Padres and the Indians as they continue Spring Training. 

 

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Friday, 15 February 2019 15:53

G&G Fitness Coach of the Week Yontami Jones

This week our 1590 WAKR G&G Fitness Coach of the Week is Yontami Jones, the girls' basketball coach of Kenmore Garfield Golden Rams.

 The Lady Rams won the 2018-19 City Series title.

She says that her team fought through some adversity earlier in the season, but perservered and came through. 

Stay tuned for next week's Coach of the Week! 

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Thursday, 14 February 2019 18:07

Sam and Brad Show Podcast 2.14.18

The Thursday edition of the Sam and Brad Show Podcast:

OHSAA Executive Director Jerry Snodgrass (20.6 seconds) 

FOX MLB Analyst AJ Pierzynski on the start of the spring (18:09)

Former Indians great Kenny Lofton on baseball and his new movie "Chokehold" (33:26) 

 

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OHSAA Executive Director Jerry Snodgrass joined the Sam and Brad Show to talk about the state championships in High School football are staying in Canton in 2019.

Also, the state baseball championships are coming to Akron's Canal Park in 2019 as well.

 Snodgrass said that the folks with Canal Park and the City were very gracious and blew them away with their presentation.

"We were blown away about how they wanted to make the experience good for the players coming to Akron," he said. 

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Akron native and IFBB Pro fitness competitor and fitness model Ashley Kaltwasser joined the Sam and Brad Show to talk about competiing in the Arnold in March.

 

Kaltwasser attended Coventry High School and the University of Akron, where she competed in the indoor pentathalon. 

She turned pro as a fitness and figure (bikini division) competitor in 2012. 

 

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Friday, 08 February 2019 16:38

Sam and Brad Show Podcast 2.8.19

On the Friday edition of the Sam and Brad Show Podcast the guys spoke with:

The fellas themselves got into their thoughts on the NBA and tampering

Michael Buffer, sports announcer who will be inducted into the Arnold Sports HOF later this month

Bill Polian, Pro Football Hall of Famer and co-founder of the Alliance of American Football joined in to talk about the new league starting tomorrow. 

and Matt Thomas from Parmalee, who will be playing at the Hard Rock Rocksino on Saturday

 

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Friday, 08 February 2019 15:56

G&G Fitness Coach of the Week Jake Parsons

Jake Parsons, the new head coach of the Copley Indians is this week's G&G Fitness Coach of the Week.

He says Copley is one of the premier jobs in Summit County.

"They have great facilities, and great kids, it's a great area,  and I'm just excited to be a part of it," he said. 

Stay tuned for next week's Coach of the Week during the Sam and Brad Show! 

 

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Thursday, 07 February 2019 20:04

Sam and Brad Show Podcast 02/07/19

On this Three Question Thursday edition of the Sam and Brad Show, two local callers take the Three Question Thursday Quiz (00:21, 06:59), Kent State head basketball coach Rob Senderoff (11:18) and Akron head basketball coach John Groce (23:32) dish on the first of two Wagon Wheel showdowns between the two rival schools, and Kurt Helin of NBCSports.com joins the guys to discuss the NBA Trade Deadline (32:20).

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Monday, 04 February 2019 17:26

Sam and Brad Show Podcast 2.4.19

On the Monday edition of the Sam and Brad Show Podcast, the fellas spoke with Steve Doerschuk of the Canton Repository who was at the Big Game down in Atlanta (around 20 seconds in) and former Kent State Athletic Director Laing Kennedy to talk about former KSU Golden Flash Julian Edelman winning MVP honors last night. (17:34).

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Our  G&G Fitness Coach of the Week this week is Scott Callaghan of the Hoban Girls Basketball team.

Scott's team is undefeated at 17-0 and they have a lot of goals ahead of them.

 

"There's a lot of season ahead, we're very pleased with where we are right now, but we're excited for the stretch run and certainly tournament basketball," he said. 

The team will play tonight against St. Joseph Academy. 

 

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Monday, 28 January 2019 18:20

Sam and Brad Show Podcast 1.28.19

The Sam and Brad Show Podcast featured a host of solid guests including Pro Football Hall of Famer from the Rams Jack Youngblood,(20 seconds in)  Sandy Alomar Jr, who will be honored at the Greater Cleveland Sports Awards in February,(8:14) and Steve Doerschuk who is covering the Big Game in Atlanta for the Canton Repository. (20:39)

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Friday, 25 January 2019 17:56

Sam and Brad Show Podcast 1.25.19

On the Sam and Brad Show Friday Podcast, the guys spoke with comedian Rob Schneider (21 seconds in)  and Buchtel Head Coach Matt Futch who was this week's G&G Fitness Coach of the Week (13:57).

 

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Friday, 18 January 2019 17:31

Sam and Brad Show Podcast 1.18.19

Sam and Brad caught up with former Tallmadge Head football coach Alan Vanderink to talk about his departure from Tallmadge High School and his arrival to Kent Roosevelt.

They also got into their NFL Picks ahead of the AFC and NFC Championship games.

 

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For the first G&G Fitness Equipment Coach of the Week, Sam and Brad caught up with Jeff Twiddy, the new head football coach of the Louisville Leopards.

Twiddy said that the timing was right for him to take that job and work in a community that loves football.

"I'm pumped because it reminds me of Mogadore, and football is the most important thing there, and as a football coach you can't ask for anything more than that."

 

 Coach Twiddy graduated from Mogadore High School and was previously coaching at Byesville before taking the job with the Leopards.

Stay tuned next Friday for next week's Coach of the Week! 

 

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Thursday, 17 January 2019 17:34

Sam and Brad Show Podcast 1.17.19

On the Thursday edition of the Sam and Brad Show Podcast, the guys spoke with a variety of guests on a Three Question Thursday

Sam and Brad talk about the apology by Kyrie Irving to LeBron James (17 seconds in) 
Ross Benjamin on the AFC and NFC Championship Games (9:58)
Rob Senderoff Kent State Basketball Coach to talk about the big road win against Ohio University earlier in the week. (25:54)

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Tuesday, 15 January 2019 17:18

Sam and Brad Show Podcast 1.15.19

Sam and Brad got into the Tuesday edition of the Sam and Brad Show podcast 

Here is the interview with Joe Vassalotti, APS AD to talk about the fight that occured last weekend at Firestone and what measures are being taken to prevent those incidents from happening in the future.

 

Anthony Castrovince from MLB.com talked Indians (21 seconds in) 

Jeff Twiddy of the Louisville Leopards, new head coach joined in (13:19)

Paul Keels talked Ohio State Buckeyes and the basketball team's struggles. (23:24)

Athletic Director Joe Vassalotti of the Akron Public Schools joined to talk about the fight that happened during last week's Buchtel/Firestone basketball game. (34:13)

 

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Friday, 11 January 2019 17:31

Sam and Brad Show Podcast 1.11.19

Sam and Brad spoke with former Brown Kamerion Wimbley to talk Browns and the hiring of Freddie Kitchens (21 seconds in) 

Also they spoke with Ken Rector, the former Barberton HS basketball coach to talk boys' high school basketball in the area.(12:25) 

Dave Tuley out in Vegas spoke about the future (and present) of sports gambling. (28:43) 

 

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Thursday, 10 January 2019 15:02

1590 WAKR Student Athletes of the Week

This week our 1590 WAKR Male Student Athlete of the Week is junior basketball player Lukas Swartz of Mogadore High School. 

Lukas says the love of basketball came from his family growing up.
 
“My dad and my uncle played in college and I always grew up with a ball in my hands, and I've played ever since I was little," he said.
 
He says playing for his dad, Russ Swartz is a interesting and fun dynamic.
 
“I enjoy it a lot because he'll help me a lot, and at home, we talk basketball a lot."
   

 
The head coach had this to say about Lukas as a player and a person.
 
“Lukas is a hard worker both in the classroom and on the court,” Swartz said. “He wants to be the one best player and more importantly be the best person he can possibly be, and with that he is very team oriented and always puts the success of the team first.” 
 
In addition to being a member of the basketball team, Lukas plays baseball, and is a member of the National Honor Society.
 
Our next 1590 WAKR Female Student Athlete of the Week is Hope Murphy, a junior basketball player from Mogadore High School. 
 
She says that working with her coaches and teammates is a true joy as they get ready to compete on the hardwood.
 
“We have come a long way from where we started this year," Murphy said. "We're a young team."
 
 
 
   
Her head coach Jennifer Ritch said she is a true leader on and off the court.
 
“Hope is a fantastic student athlete that always gives 100% whether on the basketball court, cross country course or track,” she explains.
 
“She is a great leader and she brings tenacity and toughness to our team, always putting her teammates first and is a perfect representative of what a Mogadore Wildcat is all about.”
 
In addition to being a three sport athlete, Murphy is a member of the National Honor Society and Junior Akron Leadership.
 
“It's opened me up to a lot of different professions and situations that have been very eye-opening to me."
 
We wish Lukas and Hope the best in all of their future endeavors. 
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Tuesday, 08 January 2019 17:45

Sam and Brad Show Podcast 1.8.19

On the Tuesday edition of the Sam and Brad Show, the guys talked about the pros and cons of Freddie Kitchens possibly being the head coach of the Cleveland Browns ( 21 seconds in)

12:43 Bill Landis of the Athletic spoke about former OSU QB Dwayne Haskins Jr. declaring for the NFL Draft on Monday. 

24:01 Adam Kramer of Bleacher Report discussed the National Championship and the 2018 college football season with an early look at the 2019 season. 

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Friday, 04 January 2019 17:39

Sam and Brad Show Podcast 1.4.19

Sam and Brad caught up with Mike Fuline head coach of the Mt. Union Purple Raiders (7:52), Scott Petrak to talk Browns coaching search(17:56), and weighed in in the Pro Football Hall of Fame finalists (19.2 seconds in). 

 

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Thursday, 03 January 2019 17:29

Sam and Brad Show Podcast 1.3.19

Sam and Brad's Thursday podcast:

Eli Gold, Alabama radio play-by-play voice on the National Championship (21.4 seconds)

Sam and Brad talked about the discord in Pittsburgh (11:08)

Aditi Kinkhabala from the NFL Network talked about the National Football League and the Wild Card Weekend. (21;46)

Ross Benjamin picked against the spread in college and pro football (35:11)

Chris Spielman talked NFL and the Browns coaching search. (46:17)

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Wednesday, 02 January 2019 17:47

Sam and Brad Show Podcast 1.2.18

To start things off with the Sam and Brad Show Podcast, the fellas talked about the coaching search for the Browns and what candidates John Dorsey should speak with, 

at 11:15 we spoke with the Voice of the Browns Jim Donovan to talk Browns

at 26:55 we spoke with Ari Wasserman of The Athletic to talk Ohio State and the Rose Bowl. 

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Thursday, 20 December 2018 19:14

Sam and Brad Show Podcast 12.20.18

On this Three Question Thursday edition of The Sam and Brad Show, the guys break down the Browns season with Nate Ulrich (00:22). take their game picks with Ross Benjamin (10:10), and lay the groundwork for the highly anticipated Sam and Brad Three Point Shootout with Ben Thomas (23:16)

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Tuesday, 18 December 2018 14:41

Sam and Brad Show Podcast 12.18.18

On the Tuesday edition of the Sam and Brad Show Podcast, the fellas spoke with Ron Stokes, Zac Jackson, and new UA football coach Tom Arth. 

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Monday, 17 December 2018 17:29

Sam and Brad Show Podcast 12.17.18

Sam and Brad talked about the Browns coaching search, discussing who they would like to see coaching the Browns in 2019, and the possibility of them retaining Gregg Williams after their recent run of success.

At 13:20, the fellas spoke with Jim Donovan, the Play-by-play voice of the Browns as he talked about their win in Denver Saturday night.

 

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Monday, 17 December 2018 17:29

Sam and Brad Show Podcast 12.17.18

Sam and Brad talked about the Browns coaching search, discussing who they would like to see coaching the Browns in 2019, and the possibility of them retaining Gregg Williams after their recent run of success.

At 13:20, the fellas spoke with Jim Donovan, the Play-by-play voice of the Browns as he talked about their win in Denver Saturday night.

 

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Thursday, 13 December 2018 17:49

Sam and Brad Show Podcast 12.13.18

Sam and Brad spoke with STO's Jensen Lewis and Ross Benjamin from RBWins.com on the Thursday edition of the Sam and Brad Show Podcast! 

  

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Friday, 07 December 2018 17:34

Sam and Brad Show Podcast 12.7.18

On the Friday edition of the Sam and Brad Show Podcast, 

Sam and Brad spoke with TK Griffith of Hoban (around 32 minutes),  Dean Rahas of Revere (43:20),  Joe Noga of Cleveland.com on the Indians and previewing the Winter Meetings (starting off) , and Steve Doerschuk of the Canton Repository to preview the Browns and Panthers (around 11 minutes). 

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Tuesday, 04 December 2018 17:37

Sam and Brad Show Podcast 12.4.18

Sam and Brad spoke with Tim May of the Columbus Dispatch to talk about the retirment of Urban Meyer today and they spoke with former OSU linebacker Joshua Perry (14:25) to talk about playing for Coach Meyer. 

 

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Monday, 03 December 2018 17:29

Sam and Brad Show Podcast 12.3.18

Sam and Brad talked to George Thomas from the Akron Beacon Journal to talk about the firing of Terry Bowden right off the jump, At 12:51 they talked to Brian Bidlingmyer about this weekend's Greynolds Classic, and at 20 minutes they spoke with Rob Oller of the Columbus Dispatch.

 

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Friday, 30 November 2018 17:44

Sam and Brad Show Podcast 11.30.18

The Friday edition of the Sam and Brad Show Podcast featured Tim Tyrrell, Doug Lesmerises talking Buckeyes (around the 15 minute mark) and Scott Petrak to talk Browns (around 22 minutes in).

 

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Wednesday, 28 November 2018 18:35

Dan Coughlin Talking "One Last Story," Browns

Sam and Brad caught up with former Fox 8 TV personality and author Dan Coughlin about his new book on the Cleveland Browns, "Just Another Story" live in studio! 

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Tuesday, 27 November 2018 17:49

Sam and Brad Show Podcast 11.27.18

Sam and Brad caught up with Doug Dieken to start the Tuesday Podcast.

At 13:05, they caught up with Ryan McGee to talk college football and where Ohio State might end up prior to the Big 10 title game.

 

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Monday, 26 November 2018 17:38

Sam and Brad Show Podcast 11.26.18

Sam and Brad caught up with Ari Wasserman of the Athletic right off the bat to talk about the OSU beatdown of the University of Michigan over the weekend and they also caught up with Tim Stried of the OHSAA at 13:12 to talk about the state championships this week in high school football, including Thursday's game between Hoban and Massillon. At 25:11 they talked Browns with beat writer Steve Doerschuk to talk about their win over the Bengals in Cincy. 

 

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Sam and Brad caught up with Cavs' beat writer Joe Vardon to talk about his article in The Athletic chronicling the Cavaliers' demise.

 

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