Here are the highlights from Wednesday’s Three for All on Middays with MFB with Lou Merloni, Christian Fauriaand 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.
“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?”
A bill in California has been signed into law, banning stores from using plastic bags. A Canadian football player talks trash into a hot microphone shortly before an in-game interview. The FCC is looking to ban the word "Redskins" from television and radio.
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The fallout from Monday night continues as former Tedy Bruschi criticized Tom Brady's play over the first 4 games. The show re-visits Rodney Harrison's comments from yesterday, specifically, that Brady is "scared to death" in the pocket.
– 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.”
The guys open the show re-visiting the comments made by a couple former quarterbacks in Trent Dilfer and Steve Young. Lou, Christian and Tim also talk about Brady's comments on Dennis and Callahan regarding Danny Amendola, Logan Mankins, and the slow start to the season.
The top stories of the day as recounted by Kirk Minihane.
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WEDNESDAY’S BROADCAST HIGHLIGHTS:
MLB playoffs: Giants at Pirates, 8 p.m. (ESPN) NHL preseason: Penguins at Red Wings, 7:30 p.m. (NHL Network)
Soccer: UEFA Champions, Galatasaray at Arsenal, 2:30 p.m. (FS1)
AROUND THE WEB:
– Hundreds of students at the University of Michigan rallied Tuesday outside the president’s campus residence and called for changes in the athletic department after coach Brady Hoke sent quarterback Shane Morris back on the field during Saturday’s 30-14 home loss to Minnesota despite Morris showing signs of a concussion after being hit in the head.
“In my judgment, there was a serious lack of communication that led to confusion on the sideline,” said Brandon, who already was the target of Wolverines fans for unpopular new football ticket policies and his alleged lack of respect for the team’s tradition. “Unfortunately, this confusion created a circumstance that was not in the best interest of one of our student-athletes. I sincerely apologize for the mistakes that were made. We have to learn from this situation, and moving forward, we will make important changes so we can fully live up to our shared goal of putting student-athlete safety first.”
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Thousands more have signed an online petition calling for Brandon’s firing. School president Mark Schlissel said he is looking into the situation.
“We did not get this right and for this I apologize to Shane, his family, his teammates and the entire Michigan family,” Schlissel said. “It is a critical lesson to us about how vigilant and disciplined we must always be to ensure student-athlete safety.”
“I understand the severity of my actions and take full responsibility,” Phelps said in a statement. “I know these words may not mean much right now, but I am deeply sorry to everyone I have let down.”
Phelps, 29, was charged with DUI, excessive speed (84 mph in a 45 mph zone) and crossing double lane lines on Interstate 95 in the Fort McHenry Tunnel.
Phelps also was arrested for DUI in 2004 and was suspended by USA Swimming for three months in 2008 after being photographed using a marijuana pipe. The 29-year-old is attempting to return to competitive swimming after a two-year retirement, with his eye on the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio.
Wheeler did not say when he expected to make a ruling, but he indicated the FCC “will be dealing with that issue on the merits, and we’ll be responding accordingly.”
Wheeler has said in the past that he believes the name is “offensive and derogatory” and he hoped team owner Daniel Snyder would stop using it, but Snyder has remained adamantly opposed to making any change.
ON THIS DAY TRIVIA (answer below): On Oct. 1, 1991, in an 8-5 loss to the Tigers at Fenway Park, which Red Sox outfielder tied a major league record by striking out five times in a nine-inning game?
QUOTE OF THE DAY: “I’m trying to be mellow, but it really hurt me. I’m not used to seeing a [Patriots] team go out that was so unprepared, a team that was flat-out embarrassed. You expect your best players to step up and be able to make plays, and you put on that tape and you just see quarterbacks not afraid to go at [Darrelle] Revis, Vince Wilfork, he missed a tackle that could have stopped that touchdown, [Jerod] Mayo gets burned on a touchdown, [Tom] Brady just looks like he’s scared to death back there.” – NBC Sports analyst Rodney Harrison, during an appearance on Tuesday’s Middays with MFB, on his former team’s embarrassing loss Monday night in Kansas City
‘NET RESULTS (mobile users, check the website to see the videos): Salvador Perez reaches out and delivers a walkoff single with two outs in the 12th inning to lift the Royals over the Athletics to open the MLB postseason.
TRIVIA ANSWER: Phil Plantier
SOOTHING SOUNDS: Herb Fame of Peaches & Herb was born on this day in 1942.