The Major League Baseball Winter Meetings are in full swing and some teams are wheeling and dealing, and the Cleveland Indians might be in the process of making some deals themselves.
Tribe broadcaster Jim Rosenhaus joined the Sam Bourquin Show to talk about the annual meetings in Nashville and some of the goings-on there.
One of the major pieces for the Indians when it comes to any sort of deal is what it's going to cost them and what quality starting pitcher they might need to give up in order to get a quality bat in the lineup.
Some of those rumors include the Cincinnati Reds unloading third baseman Todd Frazier, whom both Sam and Jim think would be a key addition if that were to happen.
With the college football season set to go to the bowl season here soon, Brian Pedersen of Bleacher Report is getting ready for one of the most enjoyable times of the year for college football fans.
He took time out of his day to join the Sam Bourquin Show Wednesday to talk about the bowl schedule, are there too many bowls, and who is walking away with the Heisman.
When asked about 6-6 teams and 5-7 teams being in the bowl season, Pedersen said there are teams who haven't been to bowls in years and need to be rewarded at the end of the year for working hard.
He also weighed in on the Big 12 making some moves schedule-wise to ensure when you are setting up your out of conference schedule, you have competitive matchups worth seeing.
"They (the Big 12 Conference) are essentially trying to make sure they don't schedule like Baylor with to FCS opponents and two of the worst teams in D-I within their state," he said.
The Big 10 will be well represented this bowl season, and with Michigan State being in the College Football Playoff, 2015-16 was a solid year for the conference.
Sean Merriman from BTN.com joined Brad Russell in the Average Sports Show to talk about the Spartans being in the Big 10 Championship, their win over Iowa, and their chances in the playoff coming up this bowl season.
"They(the committee) puts a big emphasis on the conference championship game, and while it wasn't a dominating performance by Michigan State over Iowa, it was a win," Merriman said.
Michigan State, Oklahoma, Clemson, and Alabama will be the four teams in the playoff this season.
Moving ahead to the Fiesta Bowl, Merriman likes the Ohio State/Notre Dame matchup on Jan 1. "These are two strong programs, such rich history and tradition, I'm very excited for this game."
The University of Akron will be competing in the College Cup after their defeat of Creighton 3-2 at the Infocision Stadium-Cub Cadet Field.
UA Coach Jared Embick joined the Sam Bourquin Show Tuesday to talk about being in the College Cup once again and the feeling of emotion and adrenaline after their win over Creighton.
The Zips draw Stanford in the semifinals and coach Embick said his team will be in for a fight.
"They have the guy Jordan Morris who is on the U.S National team, he's got good size and speed, we're going to have to try and contain him," Embick said. "They do have other good players and they won the Pac-12, so it should be a good, attacking game."
The Mount Union Purple Raiders will meet up with an old foe for the right to go to Salem, VA in the Division III National Championship Game.
Head football coach Vince Kehres joined the Sam Bourquin Show Tuesday to talk about the win over Wesley last weekend and their semifinal matchup with Wisconsin-Whitewater in Alliance this Saturday.
Coach Kehres said his team will be prepared defensively to stop the run from the Warhawks, which is their bread and butter offensively.
For the Raiders themselves, they know that in the special teams department, teams will try to kick it away from Tim Kennedy.
"We will try to win the field position battle other ways and try to get the ball in Tim's hands other ways," he says.
Coach said the atmosphere in Alliance for gameday is going to be electric, but the coaching staff and the players will be focused on the task at hand.
"If you're a fan of football, I encourage you to come out and see two pretty good teams slugging it out on Saturday," Kehres said.
If they win, the Purple Raiders will play in the Amos Alonzo Stagg Bowl against either Linfield or St.Thomas next Friday at 7 p.m.
The Browns are known for their loyal fans throughout the sporting world, and one of those fans has written a book detailing her journey as an ultimate fan and inspiring others to find their passion in life.
Debra Darnall, AKA "The Bone Lady" joined Sam Bourquin in the studio to talk about the book, her costumed journey with the Browns, and how she found her self-worth through the "Bone Lady" persona.
Fans identify with the Bone Lady and others because of their passion and love for the Browns.
"There is this persona of ultimate fandom and people like seeing you at games and being part of their experience," she says. Darnall says she boycotted the NFL from the time they left until 1999 when they returned. She entered a 4th of July parade as "The Bone Lady" with full costume and her car painted orange with a bone on top.
She's been frustrated with the Browns, as we all have, but she says she'll always be a fan no matter what. You can find the book on Amazon.com or whereever books are sold.
As Championship Saturday in college football kicks off tomorrow, there's plenty of exciting matchups that will determine who will be in the College Football Playoff and in the New Year's Six Bowls.
Bill Connelly from SB Nation joined Aaron Coleman as he filled in for Sam during the Sam Bourquin Show to break down matchups in the American, the Pac-12, the ACC, the SEC, and the Big 10.
He says that the championship slate is pretty straightforward this year, as opposed to years past.
"It almost feels strange, we're used to knowing nothing when it comes to college football, but it seems unless there's an upset or two, we know how this is going to work, we'll see," Connelly said.
He sees the Big 10 title game between Michigan State and Iowa will be the most intriguing game of the evening, which will not only determine the champion of that conference, but perhaps a part of the playoff.
From the baseball diamond to the big screen, Kenny Lofton has always aimed to entertain. This latest venture will be sure to pull at the heart strings.
Lofton joined Brad Russell in the Average Sports Show to talk about the movie "My First Miracle" Lofton produced the film and once he received the script, he knew it was a story that would cross over well in the theatres.
The film is about a young girl who is looking for a bone marrow match due to being stricken with a rare kind of cancer and is looking for her miracle.
All proceeds from the film benefit the Metro Health Medical Centers. You can see the movie this Friday and Saturday at the Atlas Cinemas in Eucild, with a special screening being shown tonight.
Kenny also reflected on his time with the Indians, saying he enjoyed his time in Cleveland, especially when the Indians won the division for the first time in a long time.
The "U" has a new head coach and one former 'Cane is excited about what he could bring to the table.
Former Buchtel, University of Miami, and NFL linebacker Jay Brophy Sr. joined the Average Sports Show to discuss former Georgia Bulldogs head coach Mark Richt being named the new football coach of the Miami Hurricanes.
Brophy seems to think that the hire is a home run for a team that is looking to reclaim their glory days.
"It's a perfect fit because he is a quarterback guy, and he can help their young quarterback Brad Kaaya," Brophy said.
"He understands the area, the recruiting, and he offensively, is going to make a big difference."
Richt replaces Al Golden, who was fired in the middle of the season at Miami.
The Browns are heading into their game with the Bengals with a record of 2-9, Third-stringer Austin Davis gets the starting nod at quarterback, and they lost to a team without their starting quarterback, running back, and key wide reciever.
Brad Russell voiced his frustrations during the Browns' "Airing of Grievances" during the Average Sports Show.
"The quarterback play isn't even the biggest problem," Russell said. "Josh McCown played his heart out, we know he's a bridge quarterback, but he came in and did his job."
It all comes down to one concept though: finish the game, something the Browns haven't done a whole lot of since their return in 1999.
Casey Drottar from RantSports.com said he had no reaction when Travis Coons' field goal was blocked and returned for a touchdown by the Ravens' Will Hill.
He says many people feel the same way and if the Browns continue their ways, many people will feel the same way.
After the College Football playoff rankings came out Tuesday night, things pretty much went as expected. However, things can be shaken up after Championship Saturday December 5.
Brian Pedersen, college football analyst for Bleacher Report joined the Sam Bourquin Show to talk about the rankings and the outside chance that defending champion Ohio State could get in.
The chances for OSU to get in the four-team playoff is slim with their loss to Michigan State, explained Pedersen.
"I don't see them getting in over a conference champion even with one loss."
He sees Oklahoma being the lone representative from the Big XII in the playoff despite not having a conference title game.
The Mogadore Wildcats are back in familiar territory, competing for a state championship against Fort Recovery in Division VII.
Head coach of the 'Cats Matt Adorni joined Aaron Coleman to talk about his team's mindset heading into their game and to discuss the leadership on the field.
He says leaders like quarterback Zeddie Pollock and Austin Williams have kept the team going on the field and in the locker room, guiding the Wildcats to a 13-1 record this season.
Coach Adorni says that Fort Recovery will pose a stiff challenge in the state title game, but he thinks his group needs to stay within themselves in order for them to win their fourth state title in school history.
After the Browns' 33-27 loss at the hands of the shorthanded Baltimore Ravens, frustrations have boiled over with many fans and supporters.
Two teams from the "PTO" will be making their way down to Columbus to compete for a state championship, bring pride to their respective schools, and to Stark County.
The Perry Panthers led by Keith Wakefield and the Crusaders of Central Catholic coached by Jeff Lindesmith are focused and ready to compete for the final time this season, and both coaches know that they will need maximum effort from their kids if they are to bring it home.
Coach Wakefield joined Sam to talk about the win over Hudson, and as they prepare for Cincinnati LaSalle, who will be their opponent in the Division II State Championship Friday night at 8 p.m.
"We knew it would be a fight," Wakefield said, speaking of Hudson. "We knew we had to be physical, and limit big plays."
As far as LaSalle, Wakefield knows there's a lot of talent on that side of the ball, and it's going to come down to the trenches.
"It comes down to, can our guys block their guys," he said. "They're real big up front, and their kids defensively aren't as big, but their quick."
Canton Central Catholic, meanwhile will be taking on Coldwater in the Division V State Title contest, and Jeff Lindesmith says that it's a unique experience to play them once more this year after playing them in 2014.
"This group has been such an interesting group, and it's been great to see them get better each week," he said.