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John Dennis Live Chat – Thurday at 10:15 a.m.

10.01.14 at 9:59 pm ET
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Have questions for John Dennis of the Dennis & Callahan show? Fire away. Check in for the John Dennis live chat on Thursday, October 2, at 10:15 a.m.

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Wednesday’s Three for All recap: California bans plastic bags; CFL player trash talks during interview; FCC considers banning use of ‘Redskins’ name

10.01.14 at 1:45 pm ET
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Here are the highlights from Wednesday’s Three for All on Middays with MFB with Lou Merloni, Christian Fauria and Tim Benz. To hear the segment, go to the MFB audio on demand page.

– California became the first state to ban single-use plastic bags from grocery and convenience stores, as Gov. Jerry Brown signed the bill to make it a law Tuesday.

Said Merloni: “When I go buy shoes do I have to bring my own box? Are they just going to throw me the shoes, I put them in the box and carry them out?”

“It’s only grocery stores,” Fauria said. “It should be for any store — department stores. You go to a Foot Locker, Sports Authority, anything like that, they’re going to put your box of shoes or whatever it is you buy in a plastic bag.”

“So you’re going to bring bags everywhere,” Merloni said. “You go shopping you’ll carry like six bags.”

Said Fauria: “Bring a backpack. I’ve got a backpack, I’ve got lots of zippers.”

“I will never bring my own bag to go shopping,” Benz said. “What about when my dog goes to the bathroom? What do I use?”

– Solomon Elimimian, a linebacker for the Canadian Football League‘s British Columbia Lions, made a TSN reporter wait for a halftime interview while he talked trash with a Calgary Stampeders opponent. He then calmly addressed the reporter.

Fauria was impressed with how Elimimian was able to transition from aggressively trash talking to being ready to be interviewed so quickly, although he was disappointed that the player didn’t have a Canadian accent.

– The Federal Communications Commission is considering whether to ban use of the word “Redskins” from the airwaves.

“I’m guessing that if the FCC bans the word ‘Redskins’ then wouldn’t that be radio, too?” Merloni said. “Can they really do this? They’re just appeasing people, right? … Will I get fined? Do they bleep that out?”

Wednesday’s Headlines recap: George Clooney wedding cost $13 million; Dallas man contracts Ebola; reporter refused access to crowd by White House staff

10.01.14 at 12:49 pm ET
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Here are the highlights from Wednesday’€™s Headlines on Dennis & Callahan with Kirk Minihane, John Dennis and Gerry Callahan. To hear the segment, go to the Dennis & Callahan audio on demand page.

– Actor George Clooney got married to 36-year-old human rights lawyer Amal Alamuddin this past weekend in Venice, Italy. The three-day wedding weekend, which included bachelor and bachelorette parties and a 10-minute wedding ceremony, cost an estimated $13 million.

Said an incredulous Dennis: “There are people starving in Mumbai. … They’€™re drinking out of sewage troughs.”

“That’€™s the most expensive place I’ve ever been, Venice,” Callahan said. “I’ve never been to Tokyo, but that’€™s more expensive than New York City or Toronto.”

With such an expensive wedding, the hosts wondered what gifts were given to the new couple.

“What do you give them?” Minihane asked.

“Candlesticks,” replied a sarcastic Callahan.

“They had a flotilla of boats,” said Dennis.

– Federal Health officials confirmed the first person inside the United States with the Ebola virus. The man traveled to Liberia in late September and returned to the United States without any symptoms. But the man started getting sick a few days later and was admitted to a Dallas hospital on Sept. 28.

“We should ground all flights, no flights to Liberia,” Callahan said.

Callahan wondered why officials have told people to stay calm and wash their hands.

“Does that mean that if you wash your hands, you don’€™t get Ebola?” asked Callahan. “Is that true? What about Purell? Does that keep it away?”

Said Dennis: “This is like that thing where the computers were all going to go nuts at the end of 1999. Y2K. And nothing happened. Same thing here.”

– A Milwaukee journalist said she felt “creeped out” when the White House staff said she could not ask people questions about an event. Meg Kissinger could not believe the staff told her she couldn’t have access to with the crowd at the Wisconsin gubernatorial campaign event where Michelle Obama spoke.

“It’€™s pretty scary,” Minihane said.

“That is frightening,” replied Callahan.

“Who’€™s going to stop her, the Secret Service?” asked Dennis.

“Typical Obama, though,” said Callahan. “They don’€™t feel like President and First Lady. They are King and Queen of America.”

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Tuesday’s Three for All recap: Lions TE Joseph Fauria has interesting story behind injury; NFL says no penalty for praying after TD

09.30.14 at 1:23 pm ET
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Here are the highlights from Tuesday’s Three for All on Middays with MFB with Lou Merloni, Christian Fauria and Tim Benz. To hear the segment, go to the MFB audio on demand page.

Lions tight end Joseph Fauria — nephew of the MFB host — said he sprained his ankle rushing down the stairs to grab his 3-month-old puppy in an attempt to take it outside before it urinated on the floor. Fauria missed Sunday’s game against the Jets and is expected to be out another three weeks.

One day earlier, discussing Rajon Rondo‘s broken hand that he claims he suffered while slipping in the shower, Christian Fauria had questioned players’ offbeat stories about injuries. However, he stands by his nephew’s claim and said the second-year pro was not drunk at the time.

“I did some investigative research, called his mother, called his grandparents,” Fauria said. “When I first heard this I was like, this is BS. No. You’re a professional athlete, you don’t trip, you don’t fall, you don’t miss a final step, OK? But I’ve been told repeatedly that that is exactly what happened, 100 percent. And I told the story yesterday about my issues trying to hide some things. But I have received confirmation that it is 100 percent accurate.”

Said Merloni: “I don’t know if I believe the dog thing. I’m not going to lie to you. I don’t know, but I think it might have something to do with a female, maybe.”

– The NFL announced Tuesday that Chiefs safety Husain Abdullah should not have been penalized for unsportsmanlike conduct after his interception return for a touchdown against the Patriots in Monday night’s rout. Players are not allowed to slide in celebration, but Abdullah went to his knees in prayer, which is allowed.

Merloni joked that the ref threw the flag due to a “hatred for Muslims.”

Said Benz: “What I don’t understand about that is why would you put the rule in the books if it wasn’t to create the separation of God and football” Why else would you put the rule in the book that you don’t go to your knees?”

– Colts safety LaRon Landry was suspended four games for violating the league’s policy on performance-enhancing drugs.

Fauria said a photo that has been circulating on the web makes Landry’s arms appear much bigger than they are.

“This is an exaggerated, manipulated picture,” Fauria said, adding: “His bicep is not that big.”

Said Benz: “The real LaRon Landry looks like the fake Hans and Franz from the Aaron Rodgers commercial. That’s how big he is. He’s almost inflated. I don’t know if that picture is doctored, I thought the same thing.”

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Tuesday’s Headlines recap: Magic Johnson’s son reportedly has gastric sleeve surgery; Lena Dunham’s book gets rave review

09.30.14 at 8:29 am ET
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Here are the highlights from Tuesday’s Headlines on Dennis & Callahan with Kirk Minihane, John Dennis and Gerry Callahan. To hear the segment, go to the Dennis & Callahan audio on demand page.

Magic Johnson‘s son, EJ Johnson, reportedly had gastric sleeve surgery in an attempt to shed weight from his 6-foot-3 frame. The 22-year-old New York University student had revealed on a recent episode of “#RichKids of Beverly Hills” that he was considering the procedure that shrinks the stomach.

The openly gay Johnson said, “I’m ready to look really cute. The surgery is a huge deal for me. It will certainly be a positive change.”

None of the hosts had heard of the reality show in which Johnson appears.

“I think he’s sort of the breakout star,” Minihane surmised.

Johnson is known for his affinity for expensive purses.

“Which of the Teletubbies has the purse?” Callahan asked. “Remember, Pat Robertson was calling him out? He reminds me of that Teletubby.”

– The Boston Herald’s Andrew Blom reviewed actress Lena Dunham’s new book, “Not That Kind of Girl,” and gave it an A-plus.

“I have never seen any review get an A-plus in my life,” Minihane said.

Said Callahan: “What kind of guy would read Lena Dunham’s [auto]biography? Is this the story of her life? EJ Johnson gave it two thumbs-up, too.”

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