Roger Goodell

Roger Goodell

The NFL sent many people into a public outrage last week when it slapped Ravens running back Ray Rice with a meager two-game suspension for allegedly knocking his then-fiancee Janay Palmer unconscious in the elevator of a New Jersey casino.

Commissioner Roger Goodell, however, stood by the league’s decision decision when he met with the media for the first time since the ruling, calling the length of the ban “consistent” with other punishments handed out by the league.

“We have a very firm policy that domestic violence is not acceptable in the NFL, and there are consequences for that,” Goodell said Friday at the Pro Football Hall of Fame in Canton, Ohio. “Obviously, when we are going through the process of evaluating an issue and whether there will be discipline, you look at all of the facts that are available to us.”

Added Goodell: “We have to remain consistent. We can’t just make up the discipline. It has be consistent with other cases, and it was in this matter.”

Rice was arrested on Feb. 15 for the alleged incident. He pleaded not guilty to a third-degree charge of aggravated assault and avoided trial by being accepted into a pretrial intervention program in May.

“I take into account all of the information before I make a decision on what the discipline will be,” Goodell said. “In this case, there was no discipline by the criminal justice system.

“They put him in that diversionary program, and I had seen Ray after that. I had the opportunity to hear from him, hear from his wife and hear from other people that he had brought into the hearing process, and I put all of that together to make a decision.”

Blog Author: 
Nick Canelas
Our own Tim Benz does play-by-play for the Pittsburg Power, of the Arena League. A play in that game was featured on Sportscenter's NOT top 10, so we wanted to hear the call. Also, NFL players are getting micro-chipped on Thursday night games this year. Also, a Florida man gets creative when trying to avoid an arrest.

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On Friday’s edition of Three for All on Middays with MFB, Lou MerloniChristian Fauria and Tim Benz discussed a play from an Arena Football League game that Benz called, the newest NFL technology and a man who called 911 to try to get out of a speeding ticket. To hear the segment, go to the MFB audio on demand page.

On ESPN’s top 10 worst sports moments this week, one of the plays that appeared was from a Pittsburgh Power AFL game against the Philadelphia Soul.

“Two-point conversion, Philadelphia is going for it, and they botch it,” Benz said. “So the Philadelphia team blows it on the two-point conversion and the ball rattles around 50 yards down the field the other way for a Pittsburgh Power two-point conversion of their own.”

The guys then played the audio of Benz’s call of the play.

“I like it,” Fauria said.

ESPN, however, did not play the audio on its segment.

“Courtesy of Tim Benz, they couldn’t go there?” Merloni said.

Said Benz: “That sucks. Now I’m pissed.”

– The NFL announced Thursday that it is installing a real-time tracking system by Zebra Technologies in 17 stadiums this season.

Players will have quarter-sized chips on their uniforms that will sync with radio receivers in the stadium to provide statistical information such as a player’s position, speed, acceleration and total distance run. 

“So what it’s going to do is for 15 Thursday night games, they’re going to be able to track the distance and speed to enhance the fan experience,” Fauria said. “Not every stadium is going to have this, but every team will be part of this process.

“So if I catch a ball and start running, automatically you’re going to know where I caught the ball, how many yards I ran after I caught it. It even goes so far to say how many yards back an offensive lineman pushes a defensive lineman.”

Gillette Stadium is one of the fields that will have this technology this season.

Fauria said he hates it because there would be too many stats thrown on screen at once.

“I don’t want lines all over the screen either, but if you use that at some point during the game and just sort of post the information you get in the background, that’s a different story,” Merloni said.

– Florida police said a man made a phony 911 call to report a possible murder in progress as he was being pulled over in an attempt to get out of a traffic ticket.

Every officer available went out to respond to the situation except for the officer giving him the ticket. The man who made the call, named Julius Lupowitz, had his name read aloud by the dispatcher over the police radio. The officer writing the ticket realized what was happening and caught him.

“Rather than getting a $200 traffic ticket, he’s now facing a felony charge with a five-year maximum prison term,” Merloni said.

Said Benz: “We couldn’t have found out he had meth or something in the car?”

Blog Author: 
Nick Canelas
Former Red Sox player and current MLB analyst, Kevin Millar, joined MFB to talk about the controversial play in Miami where Manager Mike Redmond was ejected after a play at the plate was overturned. He also thinks the Sox did a great job acquiring real players that can impact the team in 2015.

[0:00:54] ... are -- a jar the ball loose and not think last night. Mike Redmond -- -- with everything they had ever all of comments that are are at the comparable wallop your your spot but that. ...
[0:01:52] ... -- At protector. You're a little bit more maverick here you know Adam Dunn coming around third base. In the third inning probably accurate idea to stay America actually Mac. -- a little -- become around ...
[0:11:51] ... because at their five starter got a -- well where. Reports -- Anibal Sanchez report. No doubt about the tigers who brought. The open nature of solidify -- matchup now with any. Kevin thanks a bunch ...

8 players were traded away from the Red Sox (starting with Jake Peavy) and the team has a completely different look. MFB look at the acquisitions and fight over whether Cherington and the Sox front office improved the team.
Mike Hazen joined the show to discuss how all the Sox deals came together.
The top stories of the day as recounted by John Dennis.
Chris Russo joined the show and discussed the crazy MLB trade deadline.
John, Gerry and Meter opened the show discussing an all time deadline day for the Red Sox.

Here are the highlights from Friday’s Headlines on Dennis & Callahan with John DennisGerry Callahan and guest host Jon Meterparel. To hear the segment, go to the Dennis & Callahan audio on demand page.

City Council President pushing for South Boston library to be named after William Bulger

City Council President Bill Linehan reportedly has submitted paperwork to the Boston Public Facilities Commission to rename the South Boston branch of the Boston Public Library after former Senate President William Bulger.

Linehan said in a statement that Bulger’s “commitment to service” is “well documented and heralded.”

Bulger, who served South Boston in the State House before moving onto the Senate, is the brother of infamous South Boston gangster James “Whitey” Bulger.

“Real life heroes, they’re out there,” Callahan said. “Why would we ever name a school, a branch, a library for a guy who got elected?”

Said Meterparel: “Don’t forget that Bulger was the trustee of the library in South Boston for 25 years.”

“What does that mean?” Dennis asked.

Meterparel responded: “It means he goes to a meeting once a year.”

Former President Bill Clinton says he passed on chance to kill Osama bin Laden

An Australian media outlet revealed that former President Bill Clinton told a group of Australian businessmen just hours before the 9/11 terrorist attacks that he passed on a chance to kill Osama bin Laden.

Clinton explained at a conference in Melbourne just 10 hours before the first plane hit the World Trade Center that when he was President, he opted out of killing bin Laden because the necessary operation would have also killed hundreds of innocent civilians in Afghanistan.

“That’s an insult to Navy Seals,” Callahan said.

“Does that qualify as narcissistic?” Dennis asked.

Said Callahan: “He is the definition of narcissism.”

New book claims Vice President Joe Biden swims naked, upsets female Secret Service agents

Author Robert Kessler‘s new book, “The First Family Detail,” claims that Vice President Joe Biden upsets female Secret Service agents with his habit of swimming naked.

“He swims naked in front of female Secret Service agents?” Callahan asked.

Said Meterparel: “Yes. It’s highly offensive to them.”

Tara Reid says sharknados could actually happen

“Sharknado 2: The Second One” star Tara Reid said in an interview with GQ that a sharknado could actually occur.

“You know, it actually can happen,’€ Redi told GQ. “I mean, the chances of it happening are very rare, but it can happen actually.”

“I’m not editing this,” Meterparel said as he was reading the quote.

Said Callahan: “She doesn’t sounds dumb, just unsophisticated.”

Blog Author: 
Nick Canelas