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.”