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Monday’s Three For All recap: “Game of Thrones” class offered at University of Virginia; Easiest classes in college; Christian Fauria’s early film aspirations

07.28.14 at 2:33 pm ET
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On Monday’€™s edition of Three for All on Middays with MFB, Lou Merloni, Christian Fauria and Tim Benz discussed the University of Virginia’€™s new “Game of Thrones” class, the easiest courses that the trio took while in college and Fauria’€™s surprising major while at the University of Colorado. To listen to the segment, go to the MFB audio on demand page.

HBO’€™s “Game of Thrones”€ has made the jump from the TV screen to the classroom. The University of Virginia offered a four-week course revolving around the popular fantasy series this summer.

“€œActually, when you read what the course description is, it actually looks a little harder than I want it to be,” Fauria said. “They really dig deep into the symbolism and everything else.”

- Fauria used the news of the “Game of Thrones” course to ask Merloni and Benz about the easiest class that they took in college. Benz went with a film class at Syracuse that was based on the work of famed director Steven Spielberg.

“It’€™s all of Spielberg’€™s careers and you just got to find the threads that weave together through all of Spielberg’€™s movies. … It wasn’€™t that hard, it was a pretty easy course.”

“Why would you, if you’€™re a school,  have those classes?” Merloni asked.

After thinking about it, Merloni brought up a military science class that he enrolled in at Providence College – a class that was popular with many student-athletes at the school.

“œIt would be like ROTC,”€ Merloni said. “You go in there and it would be like a class and you’€™d look around and sit down, and I’€™d look in the first and second line, the hockey team were to my right. I looked back here, and I’€™d see the power forwards on the hoop team over there to my left, the lacrosse team was back there and the soccer team was back there.”

- Fauria also discussed majors in college, revealing to both Benz and Merloni that his original major at the University of Colorado was film studies, a field that Fauria said he excelled in -€“ with minimum effort.

“€œI thought I was going to be Steven Spielberg,” Fauria said. “I was actually shooting movies. I had to rent this camera and we were supposed to do this whole dramatic, artsy piece, and I took my camera and I just ran it through some weeds and some bush and I tacked some crazy title at the end of it ‘€“ I got an ‘€œA’€ on that. At that point, I was like, ‘€˜OK, this is where I belong’ “€œ

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Monday’s Headlines recap: Box containing body found on Duxbury front lawn; Joe Torre’s forgets about George Steinbrenner in HOF speech; Rockies botch Troy Tulowitzki shirt giveaway promotion

07.28.14 at 8:46 am ET
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Here are the highlights from Monday’€™s Headlines on Dennis & Callahan with John Dennis and guest hosts Jon Meterparel and Steve Buckley. To listen to the segment, go to the Dennis & Callahan audio on demand page.

Human remains found in box on Duxbury front lawn

Chandler and Hector Rodriguez got quite the surprise Sunday morning at their Duxbury home, as they discovered a partially opened box on their front lawn that was emitting a strong odor.

Massachusetts State Police quickly arrived on the scene and determined through x-ray analysis that the box contained human remains.

“By late Sunday night, Duxbury police confirmed that the body has been handed over to the medical examiner, which is a job I wouldn’€™t take no matter what they paid me, you’€™ve got to deal with that. You have no idea who it is, how he got there, what happened,” Dennis said.

Joe Torre fails to mention George Steinbrenner in Cooperstown speech

Former Yankees manager Joe Torre spoke for almost 28 minutes Sunday during his induction to the National Baseball Hall of Fame, but immediately had a look on regret on his face after finishing his address.

While Torre talked at length about the Yankees during his speech, he failed to mention George Steinbrenner and the leap of faith that the former Yankee owner offered Torre when he gave him the job of New York manager in 1996.

“€œAs soon as I turned around, I said, ‘€˜I forgot George.’€™ Not only George, but Hal [Steinbrenner] and the family and the whole thing,”€ Torre said after his speech.

“Don’€™t you spend some time compiling your speech, making a list of all the people you want to thank?” Dennis asked.

Joe Torre is a really smart guy,”€ Buckley said. “€œHe was a broadcaster with the Angels for several years, so he’€™s worked in media, he’€™s done a lot of stuff over the years. … But still, when you get up there with what is really, inarguably, the biggest day of your life, I have complete sympathy for him because there’€™s so many things going on that you’€™ve never dealt with in your life.”

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Friday’s Three for All recap: Tara Reid thinks Sharknado ‘can actually happen;’ Lou Merloni revelas Tim Benz’s eating habits; Benz receives spam message on Facebook

07.25.14 at 2:11 pm ET
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In Friday’€™s edition of Three For All on Middays with MFB, Lou MerloniChristian Fauria and Tim Benz discussed Tara Reid‘s take on “Sharknado,” Benz’s sloppy eating habits and an unusual spam message he received on Facebook. To listen to the segment, go to the MFB audio on demand page.

Reid, who starred in the original “Sharknado” movie, told GQ Magazine that the chances of a shark attack on New York, where the sequel will take place, thanks to a furious tornado is not a far-fetched as one may believe.

“You know, it actually can happen,” Reid said. “I mean, the chances of it happening are very rare, but it can happen actually.”

Fauria read the quote through his own impersonation of Reid, sending Merloni and Benz into hysterical laughter.

“That’s a hard sell right there,” Benz said.

Said Fauria: “So be careful. If you’re by any body of water and there’s a pool, maybe there’s a small little pond, if you see a little spin or a little twister, be careful. This could really happen.”

– The guys broadcasted their show from Patriots training camp at Gillette Stadium on Friday. The team provided food for the media that included chicken fajitas and refried beans.  Read the rest of this entry »

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Friday’s Headlines recap: NASA reveals solar flare nearly destroyed Earth 2 years ago; Jacqueline Bisset on older women and sex; ‘Seinfeld’ might be coming to Netflix

07.25.14 at 8:40 am ET
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Here are the highlights from Friday’€™s Headlines on Dennis & Callahan with Kirk MinihaneJohn Dennis and guest host Jon Meterparel. To hear to the segment, go to the Dennis & Callahan audio on demand page.

NASA: Solar flare nearly destroyed Earth 2 years ago

A recent revelation by NASA explains how Earth had a near miss with a solar flare on July 23, 2012, from the most powerful solar storm on the sun in over 150 years.

Daniel Baker of the University of Colorado said that Earth and its inhabitants were lucky the eruption happened when it did because it would have struck Earth had it occurred one week earlier.

“So a bunch of people knew this and didn’t tell us?” Dennis asked. “Should we not have been warned?”

The report suggests the power of this eruption would have blacked out the Earth completely, with an economic impact exceeding $2 trillion.

“If the world’s over, why would you even measure the impact?” said Minihane.

Said Meterparel: “Who’s the last man standing? Who is Will Smith in ‘I am Legend?’ ”

“The president. He’s in a bunker underneath,” Dennis responded.

Jacqueline Bisset: ‘Older women continue to want sex but men don’t want to sleep with them’

Actress Jacqueline Bisset has a new film, “Welcome to New York,” that she stars in about men and women and their hormones, and she plays a woman who is married to an adulterous financier.

When discussing her new film and her own opinions on sex, Bisset, 69, was unhappy with the way older women were viewed by men sexually, saying, “Older women continue to want sex but men don’t want to sleep with them.”

“You know me, I like the older ladies,” Minihane said.

Said Meterparel: “I don’t know why you wouldn’t, especially Jacqueline Bisset.”

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Thursday’s Headlines recap: Air Algerie flight missing; Around-the-world flight ends tragically; ‘Weird Al’ stands at top of Billboard charts

07.24.14 at 8:53 am ET
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Here are the highlights from Thursday’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.

Air Algerie flight disappears

Just a week after Malaysia Airlines Flight 17 crashed near the Russia-Ukraine border, another tragedy could be in the making. An Air Algerie flight to Algiers from Burkina Faso with 116 passengers aboard, including 50 French citizens, disappeared from radar early Thursday morning after flying over the Sahara Desert.

“I’m running out of airlines to fly,” Callahan said. “Malaysia’s out, Algeria’s [out.]”

“I’m thinking Fung Wah is the option here. That’s probably a safer thing,” Dennis said.

“Maybe it went to Middle Earth, maybe it will show up on “Game of Thrones” next year,”Callahan said.

“That would be a good season premier for that show, If they had that,” Minihane added.

Indiana teen pilot dies while attempting around-the-world flight

An Indiana teen pilot’s ambitious attempt to set a new record for an around-the-world journey reached a tragic conclusion Wednesday.

Harris Suleman, 17, and his father, Babar Suleman, were killed when Harris’ plane crashed shortly after departing from Pago Pago in American Samoa.

Father and son began their journey on June 19 in an effort to raise money for a nonprofit that builds homes in Pakistan.

“Let’s say it together, Dino: ‘They died doing what they loved,’ ” Callahan said.

Weird Al” album earns top top spot in Billboard charts

The top album in the United States does not belong to Beyonce, Justin Timberlake or any of the usual suspects. That honor goes to parody artist “Weird Al” Yankovic, whose “Mandatory Fun” album is the first comedy album to top the Billboard charts since 1963.

“How does he have the No. 1 record in the country? Who buys albums anymore anyway?” Minihane asked.

“Weird Al has had like a renaissance. People know like him. … They’ve embraced him,” Minihane added.

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