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Tuesday’s Three for All roundup: Remembering Robin Williams

08.12.14 at 1:59 pm ET
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Here are the highlights from Tuesday’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.

The guys dedicated their segment Tuesday to celebrating legendary actor and comedian Robin Williams, who died of an apparent suicide Monday at the age of 63. They started by discussing Williams’ part in the movie “Good Will Hunting,” in which Williams plays a more serious and constrained role compared to many of his others.

“For a guy that was that manic — all over the place when it comes to his performance in a lot of his other movies and on stage in his stand-up — he was so reserved and so laid back for large portions of that role,” Benz said. “It was striking he could be that way on film. I think that’s why it resonated with people the way it did.”

– Soon after the news of Williams’ death was made public, fans of the Oscar winner and “Good Will Hunting” spontaneously set up a memorial at the Boston Public Garden bench that Williams and Matt Damon sat on during one of the film’s most memorable scenes.

Nicholas Rabchenuk and his girlfriend brought flowers and chalk to the bench. The couple and two others teamed up to write lines from the movie, including “Sorry guys, I went to see about a girl” and “Your move, chief.”

“A lot of people are now paying tribute to that bench in Boston Public Garden,” Merloni said.

– Fauria took some time to reflect on his favorite Williams movie, “The Best of Times.” Read the rest of this entry »

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Tuesday’s Headlines recap: CBS Sports to debut first all-female sports talk show; Newton native writes scholarly journal on Bruce Springsteen

08.12.14 at 11:03 am ET
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Here are the highlights from Tuesday’s Headlines with Kirk Minihane and guest hosts Rob Bradford and Jon Meterparel. To hear the segment, go to the Dennis & Callahan audio on demand page.

CBS Sports confirmed to The Big Lead that the network will debut the first all-female sports talk show in September that will include former NESN sideline reporter Jenny Dell as co-host.

The weekly show, which will air on CBS Sports Network, will feature an all-female cast with Dell, Lesley VisserDana JacobsonAmy TraskAllie LaForce and Tracy Wolfson. The show will be produced and directed by women as well.

“I think that’s got potential,” Meterparel said.

Minihane and Bradford disagreed.

“I would just say that it is not going to work,” Minihane said. [Dell] is a nice person, I don’t think she’s shown any personality yet on television. How about Lesley Visser at this point, is she like the Barbara Walters of that show?”

Said Bradford: “Haven’t we learned our lesson? It’s the same thing newspapers do when they say, ‘We’ve got to do X Games coverage because we’ve got to get that crowd.’ You can’t go off the script. You can’t go away from what people go to you for.

“Let me ask you this: in this show, who are they hoping is going to watch this?”

“Guys who like Alli LaForce,” Meterparel responded.

Said Minihane: “My problem is if they’re smart and funny and talk about stuff, I’m in. If they don’t — if they talk about how great athletes are and this and that — after a day or two people aren’t going to watch because Jenny Dell and Allie LaForce are good-looking.”

“That’s my point,” Bradford said. “If they want to have all women on it, great. But do it because they’re good. Do it because they’re entertaining and they’re good at what they’re doing.”

– Newton native Jonathan Cohen launched an academic journal, titled BOSS: The Biannual Online-journal of Springsteen Studies, focusing on Bruce Springsteen for his master’s thesis.

The 23-year-old Cohen is a PhD candidate at the University of Virginia. His thesis examines “deindustrialization and working-class memory” in Freehold, New Jersey, the hometown of Springsteen.

“I would read that” said Meterparel.

“I wouldn’t read that,” Bradford said, “because I don’t read. I only write.”

Said Minihane: “Springsteen is weird as a subject because his life is not that interesting. There’s no crazy drama, there’s no drugs. He’s kept it quiet. He’s been the same for like 25 years.”

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Monday’s Three for All highlights: Kate Upton banned hat at Yankee Stadium; Fighting off hangovers; Max Kellerman reportedly suspended by ESPN

08.11.14 at 3:32 pm ET
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Here are the highlights from Monday’€™s Three For All on Middays with MFB with Lou Merloni, Christian Fauria and Tim Benz. To listen to the segment, go to the MFB audio on demand page.

– Supermodel Kate Upton was given an odd order during her last visit to Yankee Stadium. Even though she is dating Tigers pitcher Justin Verlander, Upton could not wear a Tigers hat to the game.

“€œWho are they to tell her what hat she can or can’€™t wear?” Benz said.

“Did they give her the tickets? That’€™s the question,”€ Fauria said.

Benz said: “It’€™s her boyfriend pitching, for crying out loud.”

“€œIf I’€™m the Yankees, I’€™m thinking big business, I’€™m thinking promotional opportunity: ‘€˜You wear a Tiger hat, but nothing else, and then you can sit wherever you want,’ ” Benz added.

– One of the attendees of a massive 2,000 person rave in Michigan last week is speaking out in defense of his partying prowess after a TV interview showed 27-year-old Ray Hulin passed out on the floor in the aftermath of the event.

Hulin, who goes by the rap name, “Ratchet the Amateur Rapper,” admitted that he passed out, but stated that he immediately started drinking again once he woke up.

“He calls himself an amateur rapper,”€ Fauria said. “€œYou’€™re not going to get any business if you call yourself an amateur in your name.”

Fauria then asked Merloni and Benz if they ever took part in the “hair of the dog” strategy of drinking more alcohol to fight off a hangover.

“€œBack in the college days, I woke up and got back after it again,” Merloni said.

When Fauria asked what is the best drink to have in the morning to cope after a rough night of partying, Merloni and Benz had very different replies.

“Coconut water,” Benz said.

“Bud Light,”€ Merloni joked.

Yet another ESPN personality has gotten into trouble, as Max Kellerman was reportedly suspended after discussing an experience he had between himself and his now-wife back in college during which they hit each other. Kellerman, who made the comments while discussing the Ray Rice case on the “Mason & Ireland” ESPN Radio show, was reportedly suspended for not following ESPN’€™s guidelines in terms of handling the coverage of the Rice case.

“So no one is allowed to talk about domestic violence, like it’€™s just taboo?” Merloni said. “œWe can’€™t talk about it? If you talk about it, we’€™re going to suspend you?”

“That’€™s thought policing and content policing, and that’€™s why I have a big problem with it. … It’€™s gone off the deep end,” Benz said.

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Monday’s Headlines recap: Michael Jackson’s filthy living conditions; Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles takes top box-office spot; Is it clichéd to like The Beatles?

08.11.14 at 11:33 am ET
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Here are the highlights from Monday’s Headlines on Dennis & Callahan with Kirk Minihane and guest hosts Steve Buckley and Jon Meterparel. To hear the segment, go to the Dennis & Callahan audio on demand page.

– Five of singer Michael Jackson‘€™s former maids told the New York Post that the King of Pop often lived in filth at his Neverland Ranch home.

“Michael sometimes ran around where the animals were, and he’€™d track … poop throughout the house and think nothing of it,”€ one of the maids – who remained anonymous -€“ told the Post. “€œThen, if you said something, he’€™d threaten to make doo-doo snowballs and throw it at you.”

Other accusations from the maids include times in which Jackson would simply urinate on the floor, while his bedroom would constantly be filled with half-eaten chicken, empty whiskey bottles and bedbugs.

“How do five maids get together to write a book,”€ Buckley said. “Does one maid say to the next one at a coffee shop, ‘€˜Hey, do we have a book here?’€™ ”

“€œIs this the worst example of a child star gone wrong?” Minihane asked.

“I actually saw him and shook his hand in Las Vegas,”€ Meterparel said.

“€œHow do you feel about that, having read this story?” Buckley asked.

“€œNot good,” Meterparel responded.

– Talking about Jackson led Minihane to ask Buckley who his favorite musician or group was. When Buckley revealed that it was The Beatles, Minihane immediately labeled his pick as “cliche.”€

“Why is that cliche? How dare you,”€ Buckley responded.

“€œIt’€™s the ultimate cliche,” Minihane said.

Said Buckley: “€œI’€™m sorry I like the Beatles, does that hurt you in some way? … Do you want me to go with blood rock?”

“€œI said last week, Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers have more truly great songs than the Beatles,”€ Minihane said.

“€œThat’€™s just silly. That’€™s you being, ‘€˜Look at me.’€™ That’€™s exactly what it is,”€ Buckley said.

– One of the most beloved cartoons of the last 25 years ruled at the top of the box office this weekend, as “Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles”€ drew the fourth-largest opening ever for an August film with $65 million over the weekend.

“It’€™s a little more 2014, and that’€™s brilliant casting, because what they do is they to try to drag the father into it – the father taking the son or the daughter – they want to see Megan Fox, the kids want to see the turtles.”

“€œYou ever see the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles?”€ Meterparel asked Buckley.

“Not one second,”€ Buckley responded.

Marvel’€™s “Guardians of the Galaxy” finished second in the box office with $41.5 million while the tornado thriller “Into the Storm” placed third with $18 million.

“You know what I did see, ‘€˜Guardians of the Galaxy,’€ and it was good,” Meterparel said.

“Everybody says it’€™s good,”€ Minihane said. “€œIt’€™s made $313 million worldwide.”

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Friday’s Three for All roundup: Chris Rainey possibly cut for messing with fire extinguisher; Bengals’ Matt Scott throws up, completes touchdown pass in preseason game

08.08.14 at 2:01 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.

– Former Colts running back Chris Rainey was waived by the team July 28 for “violating a team rule.” The reason for the decision was never made public.

Rainey may have provided that answer on Twitter Thursday night.

While watching the Colts-Jets game, Rainey congratulated fellow running back Dan Herron, who Rainey refers to as “Boom,” while also revealing that he may have actually been cut for horsing around with a fire extinguisher.

Rainey deleted tweets shortly after, but not before Deadspin got a hold of them and posted them online.

“Let’s keep in mind, Chris has a little bit of a checkered past up to and including sending threatening text messages to his girlfriend while at the University of Florida and having a confrontation with his girlfriend in Pittsburgh, which was part of the reason why he was let go from there as well,” Benz said. “But fire extinguishers in the dorm doesn’t seem like a big enough reason to get somebody cut.”

Merloni said: “That tells you how good he is.”

“There’s just some things you don’t mess with,” Fauria said. “Fire alarms, you don’t mess with, not even as a joke you don’t pull that thing. The fire extinguisher, you’re just asking for a whole new level of trouble when you start messing with those types of things.”

– Bengals backup quarterback Matt Scott threw up on the field in the fourth quarter of Cincinnati’s preseason game against the Chiefs Thursday night. But shortly after doing that, he threw a 12-yard touchdown pass to Conner Vernon.

After describing the incident, Fauria asked the guys if they remember the moment which they were most nervous. Read the rest of this entry »

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