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Wednesday’s Three for All recap: Christian Fauria talks lesbians

07.09.14 at 2:26 pm ET
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On Wednesday’s Three for All segment on Middays with MFB, Tim Benz, Lou Merloni and Christian Fauria focused their discussion on attractive lesbian women. To hear the segment, go to the MFB audio on demand page.

When Fauria heard rumors that Ellen DeGeneres and Portia De Rossi may be splitting up, it had him reflecting on just how attracted he’d always been to De Rossi despite the fact that she was a lesbian.

“Portia De Rossi was one of my top five,” Fauria said. “I have a top-five girl list that I have that I know I’m never going to get with obviously because I’m in a relationship. I have a wish list.”

Fauria asked Benz and Merloni if there are girls they had crushes on who are lesbian.

“During the break Tim and I went to, and honestly I couldn’t find one because every time a name popped up it was, ‘Well she’s not a lesbian, she’s bisexual,’ ” Merloni said.

Merloni said he was first introduced to lesbians by hearing about former tennis player Martina Navratilova before he even knew what the term meant. But he couldn’t find any that made the cut.

“I was going through it and the names, Rosie O’Donnell? Ellen?,” he said.

Benz’s lesbian crush was a player on the Pittsburgh Passion women’s football team.

“She was a wide receiver and I had a total crush on her,” Benz recalled, “and I had a friend who played for the team and I said, ‘What do you think? Set me up?’ She said, ‘No. You’re barking up the wrong tree. She plays for the other team.’ “

Wednesday’s Headlines recap: Roller coaster derails at park; man chokes to death at hot dog eating contest; Fox 25 makes changes in leadership

07.09.14 at 9:39 am ET
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Here are the highlights from Wednesday’s Headlines segment on Dennis & Callahan with Kirk Minihane, Rob Bradford and Jon Meterparel. To hear the audio, go to the Dennis & Callahan audio on demand page.

Four injured as roller coaster derails at Six Flags Magic Mountain

A roller coaster hit a tree branch at the Six Flags Magic Mountain outside Los Angeles on Monday, dislodging the front car and leaving four injured. Nearly two dozen people were left hanging in the air for about three hours.

“I’d be like Larry David when he gets caught in a chair lift,” Minihane said.

Meterparel said: “I think I would snap. I’d just lose my mind.”

Man chokes to death at South Dakota hot dog eating contest

A 47-year-old South Dakota man choked to death at a Fourth of July hot dog eating contest last Thursday after attempts to save him failed at the scene.

“He goes out doing what he loves, though,” Minihane said. “He was a serious competitive eater.”

Bradford said: “Is there a line in the story that says he died doing what he loved?”

“No but I believe that,” Minihane responded.

The Custer Chamber of Commerce, which sponsored the event, canceled the pie-eating contest scheduled for the next day.

Fox 25 makes shake-up in leadership

Fox Television Stations recently announced a deal to send Fox 25 general manager Gregg Kelley from Boston to San Francisco. In exchange, KTVU’s Tom Raponi will head to the Hub.

KTVU is best known nationally for its infamous on-air gaffe when it fell victim to a racist prank following the fatal Asiana Flight 124 plane crash last year.

“That is an unbelievable clip,” Minihane said.

Bradford joked: “I’m looking forward to the new Fox 25.”

Tuesday’s Three for All recap: Meeting of the furries; Rob Gronkowski’s alleged airplane encounter; dangers of drinking pool water

07.08.14 at 1:44 pm ET
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On Tuesday’s Three for All segment on Middays with MFB, Tim BenzLou Merloni and Christian Fauria discussed the annual Anthrocon event, Rob Gronkowski‘s alleged method for scoring first-class plane tickets and the dangers of drinking swimming pool water. To hear the segment, go to the MFB audio on demand page.

– Having spent time in Pittsburgh, Benz is well aware of the annual Anthrocon event that takes place in the area during Independence Day weekend.

“These are people who enjoy their own lifestyle being about dressing up as animals,” Benz said. “Dressing up almost like mascots or wearing a fox head or walking around with a wolf tail or something like that.

“They meet together every year and it’s a big deal in Pittsburgh.”

Apparently, Pittsburgh isn’t the only place where these so-called furries convene.

“Lo and behold I’m driving home the other day and I see three people walking around with furry heads on, like a panda head and a teddy bear head,” Benz said. “I’m thinking to myself, ‘It’s too much of a coincidence.’ ”

Benz denied ever dressing up as a furry. Merloni and Fauria weren’t buying it.

“He’s lying,” Merloni said. “Look at his face.”

Fauria added: “Were you Crash Bandicoot? I could see you as Crash Bandicoot.”

– Merloni found a post on Barstool Sports in which a female reader submitted an email claiming she gave Gronkowski her first-class plane ticket in exchange for an autograph on her boarding pass, a pair of his boxer shorts and a chance to touch his private area.

“That’s the beauty of being Gronk,” Fauria said. “Who’s got it better than him?”

Merloni said: “I’ll let you grab me. Give me your seat.”

– Fauria recently was made aware of the danger of drinking water straight out of a hose in an HGTV Magazine article, but what he didn’t realize was just how filthy swimming pool water is.

“Swallowing pool water — it happens, guys, and it happens a lot,” said Fauria, who admitted to closing down a public pool by allowing his young daughter in without a swim diaper, and she proceeded to defecate. “Even some of the most well-maintained pools can have small bits of fecal matter that carry bacteria floating in them.”

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Tuesday’s Headlines recap: Kirk Minihane wants better baseball announcers

07.08.14 at 8:40 am ET
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Here are the highlights from Tuesday’s Headlines segment on Dennis & Callahan, led by Kirk Minihane with Rob Bradford and Jon Meterparel as guest co-hosts.

What started out as a mention of the sleeping Yankees fan suing ESPN and Major League Baseball turned into a discussion of the quality, or lack thereof, of national baseball announcers.

Andrew Rector is seeking $10 million in damages, alleging defamation and intentional infliction of emotional distress on the part of announcers John Kruk and Dan Shulman as well as He accused the announcers for an “avalanche of disparaging words.”

“He had a nap and potentially made some money,” Bradford said. “He’s a big winner.”

After playing audio of part of the exchange between Kruk and Shulman from that April 13 game against the Red Sox, Minihane started to question why ESPN has Kruk in the booth to begin with.

“Is John Kruk really the best color analyst you can get for that job?” Minihane asked. “Kruk is awful.”

Minihane isn’t too fond of the Fox broadcast booth, either.

Harold Reynolds is brutal to me,” he said. “When has he ever said something where you’re like, ‘Wow, this is interesting?’”

Said Meterparel: “That’s a bad booth.”

“Kruk is awful, Reynolds is awful. Those are the two biggest jobs in the country for that,” Minihane continued.

The discussion then segued into a debate on the quality of the Red Sox broadcast booth, particularly play-by-play man Don Orsillo.

Meterparel was especially critical of Orsillo, saying, “Watching a game, you want to hear something you don’t know. You want to be informed. … On a nightly basis, it’s tough, I get it, but on a nightly basis you’ve got to give me a little something.”

Bradford countered: “That’s more [Jerry Remy's] job.”

Minihane gave Orsillo a “solid B-minus,” giving him the benefit of the doubt because he’s had to work with numerous color commentators over the past two seasons.

“I enjoy working with him, because I saw the people go in and out of there and he managed to manage the personalities,” Bradford said. “But also, the big part of that whole thing, and he points this out, is entertainment.”

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Monday’s three for all: Christian Fauria’s new favorite song; dangers of Twitter; self-serve beer stations at All-Star Game

07.07.14 at 2:34 pm ET
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On Monday’s Three For All on Middays with MFB, Christian Fauria, Lou Merloni and Tim Benz discussed an interesting audition on “America’s Got Talent,” shock jock Anthony Cumia‘s firing and Target Field’s new draw for beer lovers. To listen to the segment, go to the MFB audio on demand page.

– Fauria was watching “America’s Got Talent” with his kids Sunday and was surprised when 84-year-old performer Ray Jessel took the stage and put on quite the show with a politically incorrect, if not hilarious, tune about discovering that his date was really a man.

“He just jumps out there and comes out there with these real witty, comical lyrics and you’re just gut-busting laughing,” Fauria said. “The first thing I’m thinking was, ‘OK, is this a song that he wrote based on his own experience? Or is this a friend with the air quotes?

Fauria continued: “I guarantee you … when you’re driving home or anybody who is listening to the radio show right now, you will be humming this song as you go back to work and your boss will ask you, ‘What the heck are you talking about?’ ”

– While Twitter has been a helpful social media service for millions of people across the world, it can be a double-edged sword.

Look no further than radio shock jock Anthony Cumia of the “Opie & Anthony” show, who was fired by SiriusXM after going on a racist rant on Twitter, claiming that a black woman assaulted him in Times Square when he was taking pictures.

“There’s your message. If you’re listening, Twitter, although it’s good, is very bad. … I’ll tell you what, you should all have rules: No phones at the dinner table, no tweeting in bed,” Fauria said.

– Target Field, the home of the Minnesota Twins, will roll out an interesting new addition for the 2014 All-Star Game: self-serve beer stations.

The machines, called DraftServ, allow customers to load $10, $20 or $50 cards to use at the machine, which has four beers on tap. The machine will allow customers to pour 48 ounces of beer every 15 minutes.

“If I’m buying a pre-loaded card with cash, that means I already went through all the protocol to show that I am 21, I can drink legally. So how many kids who are 18, 19 can get in line to buy this card? How much money can I get by selling them this card?” Fauria wondered.

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