Josh Gordon

Josh Gordon

Browns receiver Josh Gordon hired attorney Maurice Suh to represent him at a hearing with the NFL as he faces an indefinite suspension for marijuana use, according to multiple reports.

Suh previously helped Seahawks cornerback Richard Sherman win an appeal for a suspension in 2012 for a substance abuse violation on the grounds of a faulty test.

ESPN reported that Gordon’s legal team will argue Friday that the receiver’s positive test results were caused from secondhand marijuana smoke. They reportedly also will argue that the positive tests are marginal enough to question whether the results were truly positive.

Gordon failed at least three drug tests in college for marijuana and was suspended for two games last season for what he said was prescribed cough medicine.

Blog Author: 
Nick Canelas

Here are the highlights from Wednesday’s Headlines on Dennis & Callahan with John DennisGerry Callahan and guest host Steve Buckley. To hear the interview, go to the Dennis & Callahan audio on demand page.

New Hampshire teen faces alleged kidnapper in court

Abby Hernandez sat in the front row of the courtroom to watch as her alleged kidnapper was arraigned on kidnapping charges on Tuesday.

Police have charged Nathaniel E. Kibby, 34, with one count of felony kidnapping of Hernandez. The 15-year-old disappeared on her way home from school nine months ago.

“You’ve known 15-year-old girls before, would you subject them to that?” Callahan asked.

Said Dennis: “I would not allow either of my daughters to go through that.”

“All I know is her mother is nuts if she thinks it was a good idea to have Abby sit there and stare at him in court,” Callahan said.

New York Times investigates plagiarism charge

The New York Times is reviewing plagiarism accusations against reporter Carol Vogel.

Vogel was charged with using a paragraph from a Wikipedia article for a story about Italian Renaissance painter Piero di Cosimo. The paragraph is nearly identical to the Wikipedia passage on di Cosimo, aside from some minor word changes.

FishbowlNY first discovered the similarities Monday.

“Forget the plagiarism investigation, fire this woman for just being an idiot,” Callahan said. “You actually think you can steal something from Wikipedia and get away with it?”

Another politician calls Redskins name ‘insensitive’

Include Hillary Clinton among those who are against the Washington Redskins nickname.

Speaking in an interview with Fusion TV’s Jorge Ramos, Clinton said she thinks the name is “insensitive” and “there’s no reason for it to continue as the name of a team in our nation’s capital.”

Clinton is just one of numerous top Democrats to speak out against the controversial name, given that 50 U.S. Senators signed a letter earlier this summer pushing for a name change.

“Why are you so against the Redskins’ name change?” Buckley asked Callahan.

Said Callahan: “I’m just against the people who are for it. If I were to sit with an American Indian and he said, ‘That offends me,’ I would respect him, I would support his objections. It’s Peter KingBill Simmons, CBS, those phonies like Harry Reid and Hillary Clinton who stuck their finger in the wind, who used the term for 30 years.”

Red Robin’s ‘Monster’ considered unhealthiest meal

In a survey of more than 200 chain restaurants by the Center for Science in the Public Interest, Red Robin’s “Monster” burger, served with its “bottomless” fries and a “Monster” milkshake was named the single most unhealthiest meal at 3,540 calories.

The Cheesecake factory may not have had the unhealthiest, but it had the most unhealthy meals with three of them exceeding 1,500 calories.

The center says that one would have to do 12 hours of brisk walking to burn off the Monster burger meal.

“After the Pan-Mass Challenge every year I’d get a Big Mac,” Callahan said. “My reward is a Big Mac because I’d have them as a kid and when I was young and stupid I’d eat those all the time. I love them.

“But they just look, taste, smell so unhealthy. But once in a while they’re worth it.”

Buckley was asked what the unhealthiest thing he used to eat was. He said it was an entire bag of Doritos and a quart of milk.

“That is weird,” Dennis said.

Buckley said: “It doesn’t get much more unhealthy than that.”

Blog Author: 
Nick Canelas

Welcome to Wednesday’s Morning Mashup. For the latest news, start at our home page or click here for the top stories from our news wire.

Welcome to Wednesday’s Morning Mashup. For the latest news, start at our home page or click here for the top stories from our news wire.

MLB: Blue Jays at Red Sox, 7:10 p.m. (NESN; WEEI-FM)
MLB: Angels at Orioles, 7 p.m. (ESPN)
MLS: Colorado Rapids at New England Revolution, 7:30 p.m. (CSNNE)
MLS: New York Red Bulls at Real Salt Lake, 9 p.m. (ESPN2)
Soccer: Champions Cup, Manchester City vs. Liverpool 7 p.m. (FS1)


– A day after Stephen A. Smith made a videotaped apology for his comments about “provocation” by abused women as related to the Ray Rice domestic situation, ESPN announced Tuesday that Smith will not appear on “First Take” or ESPN Radio for the next week.

Smith insisted that he was not trying to imply that women had some responsibility in cases of abuse, but he did not clarify his remarks. He was discussing the case of Rice, the Ravens running back who was suspended two games by the league after being charged with assaulting his fiancee (who now is his wife).

Smith had been widely criticized, most notably by ESPN colleague Michelle Beadle, since his comments during Friday’s “First Take.”

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In a memo sent to ESPN employees Tuesday, network president John Skipper wrote that he engaged in “thoughtful discussion” with a group of men and women in the company before deciding how to proceed.

Wrote Skipper: “Stephen has called what took place ‘the most egregious mistake’ of his career. I believe his apology was sincere and that he and we have learned from what we’ve collectively experienced. I’m confident we will all move forward with a greater sense of enlightenment and perspective as the lasting impact of these last few days.”

– A Browns fan who posted a YouTube video of him urinating on the Baltimore grave of former team owner Art Modell will be charged with disorderly conduct, Maryland authorities announced.

The man, who was not identified, indicates in the video that he is angry at Modell for moving the club in 1996 to Baltimore, where the team became the Ravens.

“Everyone who has buried a loved one has the right to believe that their final resting place will be treated with respect,” Baltimore County State’s Attorney Scott Shellenberger said in a statement. “Bringing charges against this individual should act as a deterrent to others and assure the rest of us that no matter who you are, indecencies will not be committed against your final resting place.”

Said Modell’s son, former Ravens president and COO David Modell: “We also agree with the state’s attorney’s office that everyone who has buried a loved one has the right to know that the final resting place will not be defiled. We are a country of laws. Just because you’re angry, that doesn’t mean the laws no longer apply to you.”

– A major water pipe burst in Los Angeles and spewed eight million gallons of water onto the UCLA campus, flooding Pauley Pavilion less than two years after the storied basketball facility underwent a $132 million renovation and damaging other athletic facilities.

“Unfortunately, UCLA was the sink for this water source,” UCLA Chancellor Gene Block said, adding: “It’s painful. It’s painful. We just refurbished Pauley just a few years ago. And it’s a beautiful structure. It’s of course a symbolic structure for this entire campus.”

With the city enduring a historic drought, the 93-year-old pipe under Sunset Boulevard sent 35,000 gallons of water per minute for 3 1/2 hours.

ON THIS DAY TRIVIA (answer below): On July 30, 1996, the Red Sox acquired Darren Bragg from the Mariners in a trade for which player whose career ended in 2012 after 25 seasons?

QUOTE OF THE DAY: “I will say this, that it is important that we all continue to focus as a team. ‘€¦ The things that we established a year ago and the things that we continue to build, that can’€™€™t be sacrificed with a so-called distraction taking away from the way we play. That’€™€™s unacceptable, in my mind.” Red Sox manager John Farrell, speaking before Tuesday loss to the Blue Jays, on trade rumors involving his players

STAT OF THE DAY: 0-5 – The Red Sox‘ record against the Blue Jays at Fenway Park this season, following Tuesday’s 4-2 loss

‘NET RESULTS (mobile users, check the website to see the videos): Manny Machado hits a walkoff home run in the 12th inning to give the Orioles a win over the Angels.

Cubs catcher John Baker pitches a scoreless top half of the 16th and then scores the winning run in the bottom of the inning against the Rockies.

From the same game, Rockies center fielder Charlie Blackmon makes a diving catch in the 10th inning to extend the contest.

Marlins third baseman Casey McGehee makes an impressive run-saving stab on a line drive and nearly gets a double play by rolling onto the bag.

Royals left fielder Alex Gordon lays out to make a catch of a fly ball, and it withstands a challenge by the Twins despite video that appears to show part of the ball hit the ground as he caught it.


SOOTHING SOUNDS: Paul Anka was born on this day in 1941.

Blog Author: 
Jerry Spar
The tweet is a little ominous sounding. Dale, Buck and Greg Dickerson discuss what very well could be the end of the Jon Lester era with the Boston Red Sox.
The tweet is a little ominous sounding. Dale, Buck and Greg Dickerson discuss what very well could be the end of the Jon Lester era with the Boston Red Sox.
We tackle four topics all sparked by the Red Sox worst to first to worst run in 2012-2014.
We tackle four topics all sparked by the Red Sox worst to first to worst run in 2012-2014.

On Tuesday’s edition of Three for All on Middays with MFB, Lou MerloniChristian Fauria and Tim Benz discussed the “Family Guy”-”Simpsons” crossover episode, and Fauria’s girlfriend called in to criticize his birthday gift buying abilities. To hear the segment, go to the MFB audio on demand page.

A preview of a “Family Guy”-”Simpsons” crossover episode was released at Comic-con this past weekend. The episode, titled “The Simpsons Guy” is set to air in a one-hour “Family Guy” season premier Sept. 28.

Benz, a big “Family Guy” fan, was thrilled to hear the news.

“That’s one of my shows,” he said.

Benz also included a link on the MFB home page to a Mike Tyson cartoon.

“It looks pretty funny, actually,” Fauria said.

But stealing the show on Tuesday’s segment was Fauria and his girlfriend, Kim.

Fauria recently took Kim to New York City for dinner and to see the play “Jersey Boys” for her birthday. But it turns out it didn’t count as a gift in her eyes because he was there and both sides enjoyed the trip.

“I kind of felt like she thought I was biting on her birthday present,” Fauria said.

“My question is if you take your girlfriend or wife on a vacation, on a weekend trip for her birthday, should you get full credit for that gift regardless of the fact that you’re going with them, you’re enjoying the play, you’re enjoying the dinner?”

Said Merloni: “It depends. If you were taking her to New York City to see “Jersey Boys,” that’s not really much of a present.”

Benz added: “If I take my wife to Miami in the middle of winter because we want to go to Miami and get away that’s great and all. But if I’m going to Miami because I want to take her to an Iron Maiden concert, I don’t think that’s going to go over so well.”

Kim made a surprise call to the show to clarify the situation.

“You’re getting a really small snapshot of what happened,” she said. “He was very proactive because he was trying to make up for last year’s birthday.”

She said last year Fauria went to the mall the day before her birthday and got her sunglasses, then put candles with the wrong age on cupcakes he made her.

Kim then got back into the lead-up to this year’s birthday. She said Fauria asked her whether she wanted to see Lionel Richie or “Jersey Boys.”

“In all the years Christian and I have been together I challenge him to tell me one time he’s heard me listening to Lionel Richie,” she said.

Said Benz: “So he said, ‘Let me take you to something I want to do, or something I want to do more.’ “

Blog Author: 
Nick Canelas
Christian tells a story about taking his girlfriend to see "Jersey Boys" in NYC, but he leaves out some crucial details. Luckily, she was listening and called the show to clarify exactly what kind of shenanigans he was trying to pull.