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Monday’s Three for All roundup: Light crashes down on Lou Merloni on TV show; WNBA players on opposing teams engaged

08.18.14 at 1:37 pm ET
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Here are the highlights from Monday’s Three for All on Middays with MFB with Lou MerloniChristian Fauria and Tim Benz. To hear the segment, go to the MFB audio on demand page.

– During Sunday’s edition of CSNNE’s “The Baseball Show,” filmed on the deck of Jerry Remy‘s restaurant around the corner from Fenway Park, a TV light fell and nearly hit Merloni.

“We were down at Jerry Remy’s, it’s always great being down there,” Merloni said. “And then all of a sudden, mid-sentence, I think while Bob Neumeier was speaking — we get the lights out there because we go until 8 o’clock — all of a sudden it just fell right on the set. It just fell right in front of my lap, while on TV, live TV. ‘€¦ This light fixture just came smashing down right in front of me, Neumy and Steve Buckley. We didn’t know where to go with it. It was kind of freaky. But the show went on. We didn’t skip a beat. We just kept talking like it didn’t happen.”

Added Merloni: “It’s always fun. There’s never a dull moment on ‘The Baseball Show’ right there on Comcast. Smashes right in front of me, right in my lap.”

– A 24-year-old man in Portsmouth, England, was arrested and fined after throwing himself backwards and making ghost noises in a cemetery while mourners visiting graves stood nearby. Anthony Stallard also allegedly kicked a soccer ball at graves with a friend, although charges of causing damage to gravestones were dismissed after witnesses did not show up to court.

“This is flat-out a knucklehead,” Fauria said, adding: “As this family was mourning the death of a loved one, this guy acts like the scene from ‘Ghost.’ ‘€¦ He’s basically mocking the mourners.”

In his defense, Stallard’s lawyer said (via the Daily Mail), “He has accepted that his behavior, if it had been outside of a cemetery, would not have been inappropriate. But inside a cemetery, while people are grieving for their loved ones, it might be.”

Said Fauria: “No crap. Are you kidding me? You have to release a statement saying that?”

– WNBA players Brittney Griner and Glory Johnson announced late last week that they are engaged. Griner, a 6-foot-8 center, plays for the Phoenix Mercury, while Johnson is a 6-foot-3 forward for the Tulsa Shock.

Said Benz: “I’m fine with gay marriage. I’m thinking of it from the standpoint of playing against your spouse, playing against your significant other. ‘€¦ I don’t care about the gender/sexuality of it whatsoever. It’s just, can you imagine an athletic competition where you would have to foul your spouse, try to strip the ball, block the ball, I don’t know, drive the lane and go around your spouse like Cory Johnson is going to have do. There’s a complete conflict of interest here, isn’t there?”

The hosts debated what the players will do when competing against each other and how much information they would share about each other’s weakness or injuries with their teammates.

“The goal is to win, right?” Fauria said. “What are you going to do?”

“Weak-ass layup, Brittney Griner doesn’t rotate over and swat it into the 32nd row if she can because it’s her spouse?” Benz wondered. “There’s something weird about this, isn’t there?”

Said Fauria: “I guess you really have to make a quick decision. Do you want to be happy when you go home? It’s going to be taken out on somebody. ‘€¦ It can be a delicate situation. There might be a lot of apologies, a lot of foot rubs. Who knows what else?”

Monday’s Headlines recap: National Guard called in to help control Ferguson rioting; skydiver dies in accident in Pepperell

08.18.14 at 10:03 am ET
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Here are the highlights from Monday’€™s Headlines on Dennis & Callahan with Kirk Minihane, John Dennis and Gerry Callahan. To listen to the segment, go to the Dennis & Callahan audio on demand page.

– The situation continues to get worse in Ferguson, Missouri, more than a week after African-American teen Michael Brown was shot to death by a white Ferguson police officer.

“œWhat’€™s going on in Ferguson?” Callahan asked.

Joked Dennis: “A Market Basket is closing down in Ferguson, I think.”

In an effort to quell the rioting and unrest in the St. Louis suburb, Missouri governor Jay Nixon ordered in the National Guard on Sunday night. Protestors have shot at and thrown Molotov cocktails at police during the many riots and standoffs in the aftermath of Brown’€™s death.

Said Dennis: “I threw a snowball at a cop car once, that’€™s as bad as I got.”

– An experienced€ skydiver died Sunday morning in an accident at the Skydive Pepperell Center.

Daniel Pelrine, 37, an ironworker from Mattapan, was pronounced dead at the scene by responding paramedics.

“€œWhy don’€™t people listen to me? That’€™s suicide, going there to skydive,” said Callahan, who recounted a bad experience he had with the company.

“€œIt is something that’€™s never had an ounce of appeal to me. … What’€™s the upside?,”€ Minihane asked.

“€œThe upside is that it’€™s exciting,” Callahan responded.

“What’€™s the downside?”€ Minihane added.

“You can die,”€ Callahan said.

– In an accident over the weekend, 27-year-old Corey Griffin died Saturday after diving off of a building and into the water at Straight Wharf in Nantucket.

Griffin, who was in Nantucket to raise money for ALS awareness and his close friend Pete Frates‘€™ fund, had raised $100,000 to fight the disease before his tragic death.

“€œHe was a fun-loving guy whose heart was in the right place,”€ Callahan said.

Callahan continued: “œI’ve done much dumber things than that, and he sounds like an awesome guy and it’€™s so friggin’ sad.”

Friday’s Three for All roundup: Atlanta sportscaster drops 22 Robin Williams references in news segment

08.15.14 at 1:27 pm ET
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Here are the highlights from Friday’s Three for All on Middays with MFB with Lou MerloniChristian Fauria and Tim Benz. To hear the segment, go to the MFB audio on demand page.

– Atlanta sportscaster Zach Klein made 22 references to the film and TV career of the late Robin Williams during a newscast on the local WSB-TV network this week.

Fauria played a portion of the segment on the air and challenged Merloni and Benz to pick out as many references as they could find.

Both Merloni and Benz guessed 20, which Fauria confirmed was correct.

“That was actually a little easier than I thought it would be,” Fauria said after the clip ended.

“He set it up a little easy when he emphasized the word,” Fauria added. “I didn’t think he was going to do it as easy as it was. You’ve got to slide it in there.”

Said Merloni: “It was creative.”

“The inflection sort of gave it away, Christian,” Benz said.

Said Fauria: “I’m sorry, it was an easy test. There’s no pass-fail. It’s really just show up and you get the grade.”

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Friday’s Headlines recap: Robin Williams’ widow says the actor was suffering from early stages of Parkinson’s; Chuck Todd to replace David Gregory on NBC News’ ‘Meet the Press’

08.15.14 at 8:32 am ET
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Here are the highlights from Friday’s Headlines on Dennis & Callahan with Kirk MinihaneGerry Callahan and guest host Jon Meterparel. To hear the segment, go to the Dennis & Callahan audio on demand page.

–Longtime actor and comedian Robin Williams was suffering from the early stages of Parkinson’s disease and was sober when he committed suicide on Monday, his widow, Susan Schneider, said in a statement Thursday.

“It makes sense that that could’ve pushed him over the edge,” Callahan said. “He was in financial distress, probably struggling with his career, doing a stupid sitcom with Sarah Michelle Gellar and probably felt in that very dark place.”

Said Meterparel: “Probably felt he had nothing else to live for.”

“You could sort of see that being a closer,” Minihane said. “Parkinson’s seems like a brutal disease to live with.”

– NBC News announced Thursday that David Gregory, who led the program “Meet the Press” for almost six years, is leaving the network after 20 years. Chuck Todd will take his place Sept. 7.

“So they dump one snobby liberal for another snobby liberal,” Callahan said.

Said Minihane: “If you’re the people at NBC, it’s almost like getting a new commissioner of baseball. Don’t you think, ‘Let’s change it up?’ Is anybody going to say, ‘Oh my God, Chuck Todd is on now?’” Read the rest of this entry »

Thursday’s Headlines recap: Robin Williams’ downward spiral on ‘The Crazy Ones,’ President Obama approaching 200 rounds of golf since 2009 election

08.14.14 at 10:09 am ET
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Here are the highlights from Thursday’€™s Headlines on Dennis & Callahan with Kirk Minihane, Gerry Callahan and guest host Jon Meterparel. To listen to the segment, go to the Dennis & Callahan audio on demand page.

New details are slowly emerging regarding Robin Williams‘€™ concerning behavior while on the set of his last TV show, “The Crazy Ones.”€

“So the truth is slowly leaking out,”€ Callahan said.

“€œDid you watch ‘€˜The Crazy Ones?’€™ “€œ Callahan asked.

“Once, because [Williams] was in it,”€ Meterparel responded.

“œI did the same thing, I watched the pilot. It’€™s the worst thing I ever saw. I didn’€™t make it through,”€ Minihane said.

Last May, Williams insisted on filming a scene for the CBS series while drinking actual alcohol, an action that seemed to “calm him down.”€

A source told Radar Online that Williams, reeling financially, would sleep for almost 20 hours a day in the weeks leading up to his tragic death.

“Do you think there was any saving Robin Williams?” Callahan asked.

Said Minihane: “I think if he was doing well financially right now, he would have committed suicide six years from now. … I just think when there are demons; there are demons for some guys. I think he might have been one of those guys.”

Barack Obama is coming up on his 200th round of golf since his election as President back in 2009. The Washington Times was quick to point out that golf star Tiger Woods has only played 269 rounds during that same time.

“The sad thing is that his handicap is lower than Tiger’€™s,”€ Callahan remarked.

“Would you play golf with Obama if you got an invitation?”€ Minihane asked Callahan.

‘€œNo. … I would be uncomfortable,”€ Callahan responded.

“Why, he’€™s the President of the United States. … What a jerk. Is that a jerk move?”€ Minihane said.

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