Tuesday, 02 February 2016 18:58

AUDIO Tim Shoemaker Breaks Down Bucks' Class

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With National Signing Day just a short time away, Urban Meyer is pulling in another impressive haul down in Columbus.

Tim Shoemaker from 11 Warriors joined Brad Russell in the Average Sports Show to talk about the 25-man class who will be gracing the field down in the Horseshoe for the future.

"Signing Day is the day people can make things officially official, but some kids have already signed their national letters of intent," Shoemaker said.

"The only player Ohio State might be waiting on tomorrow will be Malik Harrison, who is from the Columbus area, but he's pretty much a done deal as far as going to OSU," he said.

 

You can catch all of the Ohio State National Signing Day coverage on 1590 WAKR.

Tuesday, 02 February 2016 18:32

AUDIO Firestone's Falcons Flying High In Hoops

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The Firestone Falcons are 12-5 overall and are 5-1 in the City Series heading into their big matchup with the Buchtel Griffins tonight. 

Head coach of the boys basketball team at Firestone Dave Milo joined the Sam Bourquin Show Tuesday to talk about his team's chemistry and their strengths heading into the home stretch of the regular season.

Milo said outside of chemistry athleticism and unselfishness are two things that make his team a solid contender for the City Series title.

 "This is just a good group of kids," Milo explained.

Led by seniors Raybon Lewis, Jaylin Moore, Kylan Richburg,  Israel Spear, and junior Tre'Maine Gray, the Falcons head into their game with Buchtel with a lot of momentum, coming off a big win the the city against Ellet.

Tuesday, 02 February 2016 18:12

AUDIO Scott Petrak Discusses Manziel Situation

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After just two years with the organization, it appears as though the Cleveland Browns will part ways with Johnny Manziel after his latest incident in Dallas.

Scott Petrak, who covers the Browns for the Elyria Chronicle Telegram joined the Sam Bourquin Show to talk about the 

"If you expect a guy to be your franchise quarterback, you (as a player) have to be 100 percent committed to the job, and Johnny obviously wasn't, and it took a lot of incidents for that to get into the Browns' heads," Petrak said.

Speculation around the league has the Browns cutting Manziel when the new season starts in March.

 

Owner Jimmy Haslam said it's disappointing any time a first-round pick doesn't pan out, but Scott says it's a little deeper than that.

"A lot of people had given up on him (in the organization), but Jimmy stood by him, liked him, and wanted to give him as many chances as he could."

Friday, 29 January 2016 18:42

AUDIO Eric Galko Talking Senior Bowl Prospects

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The Senior Bowl is coming up in Mobile, Alabama this Saturday, and many different draft prospects are ready to show their wares in the upcoming NFL Draft.

Eric Galko from Optimum Scouting joined the Average Sports Show to speak with Brad Russell about the top college football seniors and their process down in Alabama.

One of the big names surfacing in the quarterback rankings is Carson Wentz from North Dakota State, who many think will project well at the NFL level due to his size and arm strength. Some scouts project him to go all the way to #2 overall to the Cleveland Browns.

 "One of the big things washow he can adjust to the talent level at the Senior Bowl,"  Galko said. "He's earned a lot of the praise he's recieved, but he hasn't shown enough to warrant a Top-5 pick, but the measurables are there."

He also seems to think that former quarterback-turned receiver Braxton Miller has really shown an ability to attack the ball as a wideout and could project to go to the late first round.

 

Friday, 29 January 2016 18:05

AUDIO Ron Stokes Talking Buckeye Hoops

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The Ohio State Buckeyes men's basketball team is coming off a win Illinois in Champaign 68-63 in overtime. With that win, OSU moves to 14-8 overall and 6-3 in the Big Ten.

Former Canton McKinley Bulldog and Ohio State guard  and current Buckeye radio analyst Ron Stokes joined the Sam Bourquin Show on a "Feel Good Friday" to talk about the win and what it means for Thad Matta's squad.

 Stokes said the Buckeyes got a big win on the road, which hasn't come easy for them.

"They need to continue to make a strong case for the NCAA Tournament with their resume," Ronnie said. "They have some work to do, but you picked up a great win against Kentucky, and hopefully they can have a strong showing this weekend against Maryland."

 

The Buckeyes will take on Maryland Sunday afternoon. Tip-off is at 1 p.m. on 1590 WAKR.

 

Many different issues are going on in and around high school athletics, and one of the issues that has been much talked about is competitive balance.

Tim Stried from the OHSAA joined the Sam Bourquin Show to talk about it and what it means for high school athletics moving forward for coaches, players, and school districts alike. 

"The release was prompted by the fact we needed to announce the timing of it," he said. "We initially planned on collecting roster data this year (2015-16) and having it apply to the rosters and school enrollments for next year (2016-17."

In 2014, the member schools of the OHSAA passed the competitive balance plan to address the balance in team sports and how schools are grouped in certain divisions for the tournament. 

Schools will submit their rosters and could move up a division, depending on a series of factors.

"From our public schools, they've said all along there's a fundamental difference between public and non-public schools, and we agree with that, but we want everyone to stay together," Stried said.

 There will be a new enrollment cycle in 2017-18.

Thursday, 28 January 2016 20:04

AUDIO What Will Sports Look Like In 25 Years?

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One of the more fascinating topics people are talking about is what will sports look like in 25 years?  What will the stadiums look like, what about the fan experience, and what will the athletes look like?

Erik Brady from USA Today Sports talked about all those topics and more on the Sam Bourquin Show.

One of the major pieces of Brady's article included what the stadiums will be looking like and if the average fan will be able to go.

"We don't know for sure what's ahead, but we know team owners are looking to make money," he said.

One of the bullet points said there might be over 250,000 people at sporting events in the future, not just watching the live action, but enjoying all the amenites surrounding the game.

You can check out Brady's article here to get more insight into what sports might look like in the next quarter-century.

Tuesday, 26 January 2016 17:26

AUDIO Cavaliers' Odyssey Continues On

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The Cavaliers have had an interesting couple of weeks, with the firing of David Blatt, Tyronn Lue stepping into the head coach role, a poor performance in Chicago last weekend, and a win over the Minnesota Timberwolves last night. After all of that, the Wine and Gold must regroup and look to fire on all cylinders in preparation for a title run.

Greg Swartz from Bleacher Report joined the Sam Bourquin Show Tuesday to talk about the new look on the court under Lue.

 "Ever since the news came out on Blatt's firing, it's been a whirlwind," says Greg. "Under Ty Lue, you're going to see an adjustment period, because he likes to play a different style than Blatt does."

While Blatt perferred the halfcourt game, Lue likes to get up and down the court and score baskets in transition. One thing that one can take away from Coach Lue's first win against the Wolves last night was the 30 assists and getting other people involved.

 "Come playoff time, I think it's going to be a good move for them, and they're heading into the right direction with Lue."

 

Monday, 25 January 2016 18:11

AUDIO Jackson Hoops Keeps Rolling

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The Jackson Polar Bears are coming off a win against Green on Friday and will have a couple of solid Federal League matchups against Hoover and Lake.

Tim Debevec, the head coach of the Polar Bears' boys basketball team joined the Sam Bourquin Show Monday to talk about his squad and the grind that is the Federal League.

"We're playing well right now ,we have to play better defense, you can't give up 60 like we did against Green, but we scored 81, so we're doing well offensively."

On Tuesday, the Polar Bears will take on the Hoover Vikings, led by coach Todd Blackledge. Debevec says he knows his team will have its hands full with Hoover.

"They have Eli (Blackledge,coach's son), and they have a good group of shooters to go along with him."

The tip between Jackson and Hoover is 7:30 p.m. Tuesday.

Coach Tim says you have to be ready to battle in the Federal League week in and week out.

"It's kind of bunched up there at the top, it's a great league, and we'll be ready to go tomorrow night."

Monday, 25 January 2016 17:49

AUDIO Lue In Charge, Now What?

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Now that David Blatt is out and Tyronn Lue is in, the Cavaliers are at a crossroads.

Brendan Bowers who covers the Cavaliers for SLAM Magazine joined the Sam Bourquin Show Monday to talk about the road ahead for the Wine and Gold.

"I think they're very much in flux," Bowers said. "The tranisitions on the court will be very difficult to make, and the fact that Lue said the Cavs were out of shape, they're just not in shape to play an uptempo brand of basketball."

The Cavaliers sustained a humbling loss to the Chicago Bulls over the weekend, and will face the Minnesota Timberwolves tonight on 1590 WAKR.

 

There have been rumors circulating that the Cavaliers aren't done making moves and that one of the Big Three will be traded.

Brendan says that one of those players, Kevin Love, just hasn't found his stride in Cleveland.

 

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