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After aheated debate during the intermission of NBC coverage of the Bruins-Red Wings game, the guys debate the merits of fighting in hockey. Then, they discuss Bengals recent comments about concussions in the NFL.
Dr. Thomas Frieden, head of the CDC, insists people should not worry about sitting next to an infected individual, although he said that anyone who thinks they might have the disease should stay away from the public. Such inconsistencies have led to some calling for him to resign.
“When you hear from the guy in charge of this whole thing — and I’m not talking about the president, because he’s busy playing golf — the guy from the CDC, you just can’t have any faith in the federal government,” Callahan said.
Dennis said the Ebola scare is an overreaction.
“This is so much ado about nothing, it makes me sick,” Dennis said. “This is well beyond the idiocy of Y2K. This is well beyond the idiocy of Legionnaire’s disease. This is well beyond the idiocy of global warming.
“One person has died of Ebola. Three people have it. The economy is tanking, not completely because of Ebola, but because airline stocks are plummeting because nobody wants to fly. Vacation, car rentals, hotels, all that part of the economy is tanking because nobody wants to leave their house because they’ve all scared the crap out of us. This is the ultimate Chicken Little story.”
Added Dennis: “Fifty-two thousand people in this country died from the damn flu last year. We have one from Ebola, and this place has sho’ gone crazy.”
Callahan questioned his co-host’s assertion, noting that there is no known cure for Ebola.
“[The flu] goes away. I don’t think Ebola is going away,” he said.
Callahan is upset that the people in charge won’t stop flights from Liberia to the United States allegedly because they want to support the African nation’s economy.
Said a sarcastic Callahan: “We should share the suffering. You think you’re above them? The poor folks in Liberia? You think they’re not as good as us? . . . That is literally the mentality: We’re no better than they are.”
Grisham said he had a friend with a drinking problem who “would never touch a child” but who “pushed the wrong buttons, went too far and got into child porn,” and he ended up in prison for years.
Said Dennis: “Well, then, Mr. Grisham, if you had a 5-year-old daughter, would you be comfortable with this guy who ‘only presses a wrong button when he has too much to drink’ living next door to you? I guess not.”
Responded Callahan: “I do see his point. Even if you look at it, you’re not acting on it. You see guys who look at it — and I know they’re facilitating the whole process — looking at it will get you 20 years.”
THURSDAY’S BROADCAST HIGHLIGHTS:
NFL: Jets at Patriots, 8:25 p.m. (CBS, NFL Network)
College football: Virginia Tech at Pittsburgh, 7:30 p.m. (ESPN)
College football: Utah at Oregon State, 10 p.m. (FS1) NHL: Bruins at Canadiens, 7:30 p.m. (NESN, NHL Network)
NBA preseason: Celtics at 76ers, 7 p.m. (CSNNE, NBA TV)
NBA preseason: Jazz at Lakers, 10 p.m. (NBA TV)
MLB playoffs: Cardinals at Giants, 8:07 p.m. (FS1; WEEI-AM)
MLS: Revolution at Dynamo, 8 p.m. (ESPN2)
“I’ve always said I’ve felt the role of a steward here and that you learn from your mistakes,” Irsay said at a Wednesday press conference. “You move on, think you can be a better person and be better at everything you do.”
Irsay had been banned from having any contact on football matters with the team, and he said that hit home — despite criticism from some who felt that the league was harder on its players.
“I missed being there. It was tough not being with the guys before the game and praying with the guys before games. That was tough,” he said, although he added: “I really made up my mind to be positive about it.”
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Irsay has had substance-abuse issues in the past, and the team said he voluntarily re-entered a treatment center after his March incident, when he was pulled over and various prescriptions drugs and more than $29,000 in cash were found in his vehicle.
Now he’s focused on guiding the team the rest of the season. The Colts, who lost their first two games, are 4-2 and host the AFC North-leading Bengals on Sunday.
“I really am motivated to show up and do well every day,” he said. “There’s no question great things are to be grabbed from the difficulties you go through.”
Randle, who stands accused of taking $123 worth of cologne and underwear from a Dillard’s department store at a suburban Dallas mall Monday, addressed his teammates before Wednesday’s practice and expressed appreciation for their support.
“They know people mess up,” Randle said. “I’m just trying to take full responsibility and really just move on from it.”
Added Randle: “Well, I really just made a huge mistake. I disappointed a lot of people who really care about me, like my brothers on the team, coaches, this whole organization. I let a lot of people down. I’m just going to try my best to make it up to them.”
Quarterback Tony Romo voiced support for his teammate.
“He obviously wants to make better decisions in the future and I think that the way that he sounds, he will,” Romo said. “We’re his pseudo-family here, so we’ve got his back.”
Bo Jackson, who hails from the same hometown of Bessemer, Alabama, said Winston has not taken his advice, despite Winston saying he looked up to the two-sport legend. Jackson said Winston needs to grow up, but he won’t be the one guiding him.
“I really don’t know who is giving this young man guidance. I have communicated with him and I just talked to him like I was his dad. The things that you need to do. And this was before the incident where he was [suspended] from the baseball team [for stealing crab legs],” Jackson said during an appearance on The Jim Rome Show. ‘I’m the type of person, I will go out of my way to help anybody.
“Normally, I don’t like giving people advice if I haven’t been down that road myself. But if I give you advice on something that I know more about than you by just falling out of bed in the morning, if you can’t take that advice and learn from it, then I’ve got nothing else to do with the situation. You’re on your own.”
Added Jackson: “I will lend you a hand. And if you take that hand for granted, I will yank it back and go about my business, go on about my life. That’s how it is. Jameis Winston needs to make some changes in his life. Because it’s affecting him now and it’s definitely going to affect him down the road.”
ON THIS DAY TRIVIA (answer below): On Oct. 16, 2004, the Red Sox lost Game 3 of the ALCS to the Yankees, 19-8, before embarking on their historic comeback. Bronson Arroyo started for the Red Sox and managed to avoid being saddled with the loss despite allowing six earned runs in two-plus innings, as the Sox tied the score after three innings. Which former Yankee relieved Arroyo and took the loss despite allowing the fewest runs of any of the six Sox pitchers that night (one run in one-plus inning)?