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Friday’s Three for All recap: MLB host predicts walkoff home run, hosts forget to his ‘send’ on texts, ‘Saved By the Bell’ expose to air Monday

08.29.14 at 1:22 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.

– Greg Amsinger of the MLB Network made an impressive prediction Wednesday night, calling Buster Posey‘s walkoff home run that gave the Giants a 4-2 victory over the Rockies.

“Not only does he call what’s going to happen with Buster Posey at the plate, but he’s also going to call what the play-by-play guy is going to call,” Benz explained.

“It was the next pitch ‘€¦ It was literally like seconds,” Merloni marveled.

– Merloni said he recently typed a text message to his wife but forgot to hit “send,” making the message moot.

“Do you guys ever do that?” Merloni asked. “I find myself doing that like all the time. I answer the text and once I’m done typing it, boom, I’m done. And then I go back like two hours later and I realize I never his send, that it’s still sitting there. Am I the only one who does that?”

Said Benz: “Invariably it’s the wife, and invariably it’s something in her world that’s important.”

Added Fauria: “That happened to me this morning. This very morning.”

– Fauria called attention to the fact that Lifetime network’s behind-the-scenes look at “Saved By the Bell” is set to air Monday night.

“All the hookups, all the fights, all the jockeying for position on camera,” Fauria said.

Fauria noted that the show will air repeatedly on Monday night: “In case you miss it, you have lots of opportunities to watch it.”

Said Merloni: “Make sure you text me. Hit send.”

Friday’s Headlines recap: Joan Rivers rushed to hospital, USC RB calls coach ‘racist,’ youth dance coach fired for scaring kids

08.29.14 at 9:02 am ET
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Here are the highlights from Friday’s Headlines on Dennis & Callahan with guest hosts Steve Buckley, Jerry Thornton and Fred Smerlas. To hear the segment, go to the Dennis & Callahan audio on demand page.

– Comedian Joan Rivers was rushed to Mount Sinai Hospital in New York City on Thursday after going into cardiac arrest while having surgery on her vocal chords at a nearby clinic, according to reports.

Rivers, 81, has been hosting a show on E! and continuing to perform stand-up comedy.

“She is 81 years old,” Thornton said. “Her face is 12, apparently.”

Added Thornton: “You know who’s really going to suffer out of this is [Rivers' daughter] Melissa, because what skill does she bring to the table? Melissa is literally going to have to climb into the hospital bed and die with her, because she’ll have no life.”

– USC running back Anthony Brown, who quit the team last week, accused coach Steve Sarkisian of being a racist, an accusation Sarkisian strongly denied. Brown said Sarkisian swore at him repeatedly in a meeting.

Thornton, who admits to being “a Notre Dame suck-up and thus “a big hater of USC,” nonetheless questioned if athletes nowadays are too soft.

“Do you get the feeling that this is the manifestation of that participation trophy generation — that like, nobody’s been talked to in a negative way before? No one’s ever been yelled at: ‘Shut up, make your bed and get on the school bus.’ ”

Smerlas recalled a number on times coaches swore at him, and he said he sees a difference in how coaches interact now. “College sports and high school sports is totally — I call them the pastry and Pop-Tart kids out in the suburbs,” he said.

– A youth dance team coach in Cannon Falls, Minnesota, was fired after an annual “lock-in” at the school gym in which she tries to scare younger members. Madi Salisbury shut off the lights with the intention of having a group of people scare the kids, something she compared to a haunted house. People jumped out and shot off pop guns, and parents complained that their girls were upset because they did not know if the guns were fake.

“It’s not like they hit them with a board, or threw ice water,” Smerlas said.

Said Thornton: “I’m going to guess that grief counselors are available for the girls on the Cannon Falls, Minnesota, dance team.”

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Thursday’s Headlines recap: Dzokhar Tsarnaev’s sister arrested for alleged bomb threat; ‘Cops’ crew member killed in shootout

08.28.14 at 9:46 am ET
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Here are the highlights from Thursday’s Headlines with John Dennis, Gerry Callahan and guest host Jerry Thornton. To hear the segment, go to the Dennis & Callahan audio on demand page.

– The sister of Boston Marathon bombing suspect Dzokhar Tsarnaev was arrested Wednesday after allegedly making a bomb threat to another woman in a domestic dispute.

Ailina Tsarnaev, who lived in North Bergen, New Jersey, was charged with aggravated harassment. She stands accused of calling a Harlem woman who shares a child with Ailina’s boyfriend and telling her, “I have people that can go over there and put a bomb on you.”

“She speaks the truth,” Callahan said. “I mean, they’re not available. One’s in jail.”

Said Thornton: “The real question here, guys, I think is, what did we as a society do to push her to that point?”

“We did not love them enough,” Dennis responded.

“Is there any doubt that this leech, that this little maggot is still on the dole?” asked Callahan, adding: “Do you think there’s anyone in this worthless clan that’s ever worked a day. They came here to fleece our system. They have done a wonderful job of it.”

– A crew filming for the television show “Cops” in Omaha, Nebraska, apparently got a little too close to a shootout, and it cost one of the crew members his life.

Haverhill’s Bryce Dion, an audio supervisor for the show, was killed by a stray bullet from a policemen’s gun during an exchange with a robbery suspect at a Wendy’s restaurant. The suspect, who it turned out was using a pellet gun, was killed as well.

“It is kind of a front-row seat to the fall of civilization,” Thornton said of the show. “Which, by the way, it reminds you that the collapse of Western society is way ahead of schedule.”

“It is the same reason that people all over the world love soap operas,” Dennis said. “Because they watch this stuff and they see the dysfunction and the acrimony, and they say, ‘I feel good about my life.’ That’s what ‘Cops’ is.”

Added Thornton: “It will put you on the side of police, when you realize what sober men on the job trying to feed their families are dealing with.”

– David Chase, creator of the HBO series “The Sopranos,” addressed the show’s controversial final episode and reportedly indicated that lead character Tony Soprano did not die just after the famous final scene in a diner, as many people assumed — although Chase later released a statement saying his response to the reporter’s question was misconstrued.

“The ending, as we all know, sucked,” Callahan said. “One of the worst finales ever. It just went black. They’re in the diner, Tony’s with his family, there’s some mystery man in there, and it goes black. If you’re an artsy type — like Minihane you call things ‘films,’ you talk about directors — then you say it was genius. [But] it sucked. It was awful. Almost as bad as the ‘Seinfeld’ finale. But he did leave you wondering, did Tony die?”

Thornton called the show “pretentious” at times.

Added Callahan: “When ‘Sopranos’ was good, there was nothing better. When it was bad, there was nothing worse. It was awful.”

Read More: Boston Marathon bombing, Cops, Dzokhar Tsarnaev, The Sopranos

Wednesday’s Headlines recap: Aaron Hernandez, Boston Marathon wedding, Robin Williams

08.27.14 at 8:21 am ET
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In Wednesday’€™s edition of Headlines€ on Dennis & Callahan, Steve Buckley brought three stories to the table as he filled in for Kirk Minihane.

– The first story related to the Aaron Hernandez case, with a Boston Herald report noting that some evidence — including multiple cell phones and iPads –€” cannot be used because the police overstepped their search warrant’€™s boundaries.

“An iPhone 5, a BlackBerry Bold cellphone, and three iPads with GPS tracking capability were taken from Hernandez’€™s North Attleboro home June 18, 2013, by police investigating the slaying of Odin L. Lloyd the day before,” wrote the Boston Herald. “€œJudge E. Susan Garsh said the warrant let police look for one cellphone with Hernandez’€™s Connecticut number and did not apply to the five devices, or make any mention of GPS devices.”

Despite the apparent break for Hernandez, all three hosts remained confident that the remaining admissible evidence — including video of Hernandez walking into his home with a gun after Lloyd’€™s death — would be enough to get him convicted.

“There’€™s still a lot of evidence,” Gerry Callahan said. “€œHe’€™s not walking.”€

– The second story was about the recent marriage of Boston Marathon bombing surviver James Costello marrying Krista D’€™Agostino, his nurse who helped him recover through surgery and rehabilitation.

“It’€™s a classic 1940s movie,”€ Buckley said. “€œHe was banged up, he went to the hospital, he met the nurse. His eyes met her, her eyes met his, something clicked and they got storied.”€

“That’€™s a nice story,” John Dennis responded.

– The final story focused on the reaction to Monday’€™s tribute to Robin Williams at the Emmys. One of the videos shown saw Williams borrow a woman’€™s scarf, wrap it over her face and act like a woman from Iran, which led some on Twitter to call the video offensive.

They then played the video, with all three finding the video harmless.

“That sounds awfully offensive,”€ Callahan said sarcastically. “I can’€™t believe they let that through the censors.”

Tuesday’s Three for All recap: MFB hosts recount scary arirplane flight, stressful trip to amusement park, birthday surprise

08.26.14 at 1:47 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.

– Benz recounted an experience he had flying from Boston to Pittsburgh over the weekend. One of the other passengers on the plane was Sean O’Malley, the Archbishop of Boston, giving Benz confidence that he arrive safely.

“I was texting with a friend of mine, I said, hey, this plane’s not going down, I’m on board with a guy who was almost pope. Nothing’s going wrong with this plane, right?” Benz said.

However, as the plane started to descend it dropped quickly and there were some indicators that something might not be right.

“Everybody’s looking at the pope guy,” said Benz, who was seated directly behind O’Malley. “Now I don’t think too many people realized who he was. They just knew it was some guy in religious garb. ‘€¦ So everybody’s looking at him and he’s just reading — reading the Bible it whatever he was reading.”

After a second drop and a hard landing, Benz addressed O’Malley.

“I get up and I put my hands on the guy’s shoulder and I say, ‘I’m glad your here.’ And he looks at me and he says, ‘I was in South Africa taking seaplanes that were about five- or six-seaters for 10 years. This was nothing.’ He gives me like this Vince Lombardi, grizzled, flying veteran speech, and I felt so small, so insignificant.”

– Merloni took a trip over the weekend to Storyland in New Hampshire with his wife and son and a few other families, and he’s still recovering from the stress and anxiety.

“Every one of the couples, they’re fighting with their wives, everybody hated the kids, yelling at the kids, they’re tired, running around all day long, they go to sleep late, they’re running around all day at the park, your kid’s a little wise-ass. The next thing you know that carries over to you and your wife, you’re yelling at each other, the other guy’s wife, she’s yelling at my wife ‘€¦ everybody was on edge.

“It’s great for the kids. Everybody is on edge. You go up there and it’s fun but you’re pulling your hair out. And you just want to say, ‘Whatever happens up here, let’s leave it up here.’ ‘€¦ We’ll let it all go and just relax. Because it is chaos for like 24 hours.”

Fauria said it’s a similar experience at Disneyland.

“They are selling such a crock to families — the happiest place,” Fauria said. “If you really want to get a good laugh, if you don’t want to ever have children, sit at the exit of Disneyland at around 5:30, 6, 7, 8 o’clock at night, when it’s starting to close. You’ll see kids crying, melting down over balloons, a churro, you name it. ‘I want a shirt, daddy.’ Moms yelling at daughters, husbands yelling at wives, grandparents just pissed off being pushed in wheelchairs. It is the most terrible experience in your life.”

– Fauria’s weekend was highlighted by an early birthday present from his girlfriend, who presented him with a black labrador retriever that he named Lola.

Fauria played the audio from the moment his girlfriend surprised him, when he repeatedly asked her, “What the hell are you doing?”

“Do you think I was a little too rough?” Fauria said. “Initially I was like, whoa, what are we going to do with the dog?”

Said Merloni: “Keep the dog and your kids out of Storyland. I don’t think there’s any pets allowed in there anyways.”