Monday, 21 March 2016 17:51

AUDIO Browns Rebuild, Who Will QB?

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As the Browns continue their full-scale rebuild, there's a lot of stuff to talk about including whether or not the Browns should sign Robert Griffin III or Colin Kaepernick, let Joe Thomas go play for a winner, and just who is going to line up at offensive line in Week 1.

Steve King from BrownsDailyDose joined the Sam Bourquin Show to talk about all those topics and more, saying that coach Hue Jackson is going to have a lot of work ahead of him here moving forward.

 One of the key news from the offseason thus far is the ankle surgery for Pro Bowl CB Joe Haden. He is expected to miss some significant time with the recovery.

"This team can't afford to lose any of their key players and expect to be competitive, much less win," King said. 

 Sam and Steve said maintaining cohesion on the offensive line is a major concern, and regardless of who will be the quarterback for the Browns this upcoming season, they're going to have to protect the signal-caller and keep him upright.

 "That line right now is pretty shaky, and if they let Joe Thomas go, it will be even worse." 

Monday, 21 March 2016 17:35

AUDIO Rick Noland Breaks Down Wine & Gold

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The Cleveland Cavaliers had two completely different games in Florida this past weekend, winning over Orlando and losing to Miami. The Cavs still have some unanswered questions as they head down the home stretch of the regular season.

Rick Noland from the Medina Gazette joined the Sam Bourquin Show Monday to talk about the inconsistency the Cavaliers have displayed up to this point, and what they need to do to develop that consistency.

He says LeBron James is correct on the Cavs' approach game in and game out is important to their success.

"LeBron is correct in that individual wins and losses aren't drastically important to the postseason, but I think the approach that you develop from the beginning of the season to the end of the season is very, very important, and I don't think the Cavs have developed that approach," Noland said.


The Cavs play Denver tonight, with a tip time of  7p.m. on 1590 WAKR. 

Noland said that they don't have a reason to be bored with their regular season because they haven't hit their peak yet.

"I don't think there's a switch you can flip to be mentally tough," he says.


Thursday, 17 March 2016 09:36

AUDIO Ken Thomson, Sammy B Talk NCAA Tournament

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The madness starts today, and there's plenty of teams that will be looking to make their mark and cut down the nets in April for the NCAA men's basketball championship.

Ken Thomson from and Sports X Radio in Las Vegas talked with Sammy B about the teams that stand out with the number before it starts moving around too much.

"Providence is one of those teams, right now it's a two-man team with Dunn and Benil, but right now you don't have to give the ball to a lot of guys, I like the confidence of Providence, I like their toughness, and I expect them to take care of business in Raleigh," he said.

 As far as the Final Four, Ken's going chalk somewhat with Kansas, Kentucky, Oregon, and Michigan State, and has Kentucky winning it all.

"There's not that pressure on coach Cal's team this year, like there was in years past," he said.

Tuesday, 15 March 2016 18:08

AUDIO: Know Your Prospect: Braxton Miller

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As we get to know some of the more notable names getting closer to the NFL Draft, one of the more notable offensive skill players fans and scouts have an eye on is former OSU quarterback-turned receiver Braxton Miller.

His former high school coach Jay Minton from Huber Heights Wayne talked with Brad on the Average Sports Show to talk about Braxton as an athlete and as a person, saying he was just as good of a young man as he is as a football player.

"He's one of the most coachable young men we've ever been around," Minton said. "Very respectful, always wanted to be challenged, and he always wanted to get better."

Miller was the two-time Big 10 Offensive Player of the Year at OSU, and made the switch to wideout as a senior.


Minton said it's going to continue to be a smooth process to make a full transition to wide receiver because of his athletic ability and maturity.

"He can make some dynamic plays, and he's a young man that wants the ball in his hands, and he wants to make an impact regardless of what position he plays," he said. 

Tuesday, 15 March 2016 17:48

AUDIO Rick Noland Talking Wine & Gold

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After their loss to the Utah Jazz Monday night, the Cleveland Cavaliers are ready to taste a little home cooking against the Dallas Mavericks on Wednesday at the Q.

Rick Noland, who covers the Wine and Gold for the Medina Gazette joined the Sam Bourquin Show Tuesday to talk about the Cavs sluggish loss to the Jazz to close out their extended West Coast road trip, and what they need to do better moving through this next stretch of games.

 "It's kind of been their M.O. this whole season, they'll go out and play great one night, and then go out and lose against a team, who might be without their best player, as Gordon Hayward didn't play last night," Noland said.

Tuesday, 15 March 2016 17:31

AUDIO Irish Looking For Another State Title

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The St. Vincent-St Mary Fighting Irish are coming off a big win over Benedictine on Saturday, and will be heading to Columbus looking to capture another state boy's basketball championship.

Head coach of the Irish Dru Joyce II joined the Sam Bourquin Show Tuesday to talk about his team's mentality heading to the state semifinals and what they've been doing to keep improving all season long.

"The kids are pretty focused, the practices have been good, they understand there's still a lot of work to do and the job's not done," Joyce said.


STVM will play Aiken out of Cincinnati in the state semis in Division II Thursday at 5:15pm.  Coach Dru says he sees some similarites between his team and the Aiken squad.

"They're similar in size to us, and they play at a fast pace."


Monday, 14 March 2016 18:35

AUDIO "Battle of Ohio" Kickstarts NIT

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Two Ohio teams will square off in the first round of the NIT Tournament Tuesday, and there might be an upset brewing down in Columbus.

The Ohio State Buckeyes and the Akron Zips will square off on the hardwood tomorrow, and the excitement level might not be at a fever pitch for Buckeye fans, but it is expected to be a solid matchup.

Blake Williams from the Buckeye Sports Bulletin joined the Sam Bourquin Show to talk about the matchup and his overall thoughts on the season.

"I don't think Ohio State fans are all that excited to be playing in the NIT Tournament for the first time in eight years," Williams said. "The NIT committee did do the team (OSU) a favor by giving them an in-state opponent which hopefully would draw a better crowd."

Akron comes into this game at 26-8 after losing to Buffalo in the MAC Championship game, and Ohio State is coming off a 20-13 season for Thad Matta's group, who some say underachieved this season.

 "The expectation in Columbus is to make the NCAA Tournament, which they didn't do, so it's fair to say the season was a disappointment," Williams said.

Blake also touched on the Ohio State women's basketball team, who is looking to find out their seeding for the women's tournament. He says that despite some key injuries, the Lady Buckeyes should be in good shape for the tournament slate with their athleticism and big-game mentality.

Friday, 11 March 2016 17:29

AUDIO Bruno Gunn Visits From Hollywood

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On a "Feel Good Friday edition of the Sam Bourquin Show, a friend of the show came to the studios to pay a visit to Sammy B to talk a little Cleveland Sports and to talk about a great cause as well.

Canton native and actor Bruno Gunn joined the show and weighed in on a variety of topics, from the release of Johnny Manziel, to his lastest movie roles, including one coming out later this year.

"I've got this film coming out this year called Officer Downe, and it's a graphic novel they adapted into a moving picture," he said. "It was directed by Shawn Crahan, who is the frontman for the band Slipknot, so it's a smash-mouth, intense kind of film."

Gunn is perhaps best known for his role as Brutus in the film The Hunger Games: Catching Fire and has appeared in various other roles in movies and TV shows. 

When he's not busy acting, Bruno catches a lot of the Browns, Indians, and Cavaliers games whenever he can. Bruno had a lot to say about the Browns, including the release of Johnny Manziel and former GM Ray Farmer.

"That guy (Farmer) set this organization back," Gunn said. "I'd love to have been in that draft room to see who picked Manziel."  He does say the hire of new coach Hue Jackson is a step in the right direction they just have to be able to have a plan and have sustained success.


 Early next week, Bruno will be teaming up with Atlantic Foods for the Tri-County Restaurant Association's  24th annual Celebrity Cuisine event at the Canton Memorial Civic Center Tuesday.


Thursday, 10 March 2016 17:50

AUDIO Brad Gagnon Discusses Free Agent Exodus

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After the first day of NFL free agency, the Browns have let four players go and have not added any new names to the roster, which has a lot of fans scratching their collective heads.

Brad Gagnon from the Bleacher Report joined Brad Russell in the Average Sports Show to talk about the action..or lack thereof from the Browns and how this reactive approach has put a sour taste in the mouths of many fans, who would like to see the team become more proactive in their mindset in trying to pick up some quality free agents.

 "They let four players walk yesterday, and I understand they're not from this regime,  I understand they are rebulding, but a rebuild in the NFL is not getting rid of all 53 players and starting from scratch," Gagnon says.

"You don't throw out the baby with the bath water."

Four free agants left including Alex Mack, who went to Atlanta, Tashaun Gipson went to Jacksonville, Mitchell Schwartz bolted for Kansas City, and Travis Benjamin departed for San Diego.

Thursday, 10 March 2016 17:10

AUDIO Lady Grizzlies Ready For Reynoldsburg

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The Wadsworth Lady Grizzlies are making their march to Columbus in hopes of winning a state title this weekend, and it all starts with Reynoldsburg on Friday.

Andy Booth, the head coach of the Lady Grizzlies joined Sam Bourquin to talk about how the young ladies have grown game by game and are focused on one common goal: coming home with a state championship.

"Our kids have been extremely focused, the focus has been there every day in practice, and its translated to the games, so they're not just happy to be there, they want to take it all the way," he said.

He says they'll have a tough task on their hands in the state semifinals against Reynoldsburg.

"They're very athletic and they're very talented, just because you're young doesn't mean your're not a good player, and we have to be prepared Friday night."

Reynoldsburg is a young team with no seniors and a lot of their scoring coming from their sophomores, which Booth says is their main ingredient to success.


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