The guys give their initial reaction to Zdeno Chara hurting his knees and how scared the Patriots should be after watching the Broncos dominate the Chargers.

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Matt Forte, Jay Cutler, and the disease of losing.
Rodney discussed Russell Wilson and the Seahawks.
The top stories of the day as recounted by Kirk Minihane.

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The guys discussed Freeman's story on Russell Wilson.
The guys opened the show discussing Chara's injury.

Here are the highlights from Friday’€™s Headlines on Dennis & Callahan with Kirk Minihane, John Dennis and Gerry Callahan. To hear the segment, go to the Dennis & Callahan audio on demand page.

– A New York City doctor who treated on Ebola patients in West Africa returned to the United States and tested positive for the virus. Dr. Craig Spencer is the fourth person in the U.S. to be diagnosed with Ebola. Once doctors realized Spencer had Ebola, he was quarantined at Bellevue Hospital.

“It’s frightening,” said Callahan. “You don’€™t agree that this is frightening? This idiot comes back from Africa when he was treating Ebola patients, and instead of just laying low for a while, decides to take the subway to the bowling alley.”

Continued Callahan: “First of all, what self-respecting physician bowls?”

Replied Minihane: “I wouldn’t mind bowling a little bit more — it’€™s fun.”

“Would you be happy if your doctor was giving you a checkup, looking at his watch saying, ‘I’m going to leave,’?” said Callahan. ‘€œShouldn’t this doctor be arrested? Quarantined, arrested and charged.”

Said Minihane: “I think if you go West Africa, that’€™s great. You want to treat these people, that’€™s wonderful. If you do come back, you can’€™t come out for like two months.”

– Former Boston mayor Thomas Menino stopped his chemotherapy treatment and suspended his book tour during his battle with cancer. Menino said he wants to spend time with his family during the difficult time.

Said Dennis: “It doesn’t sound good. Good luck to him.”

Replied Callahan: “He wants to spend more time with his family, and God bless him, I’€™m sure he will, do you think he wishes he did that earlier? Because he worked 20 years, seven days a week, 24/7. Do you think there’€™s that regret saying, ‘Why didn’t I do this?’ ”

“I think he enjoyed what he did,” said Dennis. “I think he enjoyed running the city.”

– Zach Galifianakis for the past few years has hosted a parody talk show called “Between Two Ferns,” interviewing people ranging from President Barack Obama to actress Jennifer Lawrence. On his newest episode, he held an awkward interview with actor Brad Pitt.

Minihane ran a sound clip of the odd interview and while he enjoyed it, the other hosts did not think it was as funny.

“I guess Brad Pitt didn’t really have much to say, but he played along and he got annoyed,” said Callahan.

“You play like you’€™re annoyed,” replied Minihane. “Some people thought it was real.”

Asked Callahan: “Is that the trick for this show? Some people think it’€™s real?”

“Sounds like Brad wasn’t buying it,” Callahan said.

Blog Author: 
Andrew Battifarano

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World Series: Royals at Giants, 8 p.m. (Fox, WEEI-FM)
College football: South Florida at Cincinnati, 7 p.m. (ESPN2)
College football: Troy at South Alabama, 7:30 p.m. (ESPNU)
College football: BYU at Boise State, 9 p.m. (ESPN)
College football: Oregon at California, 10 p.m. (FS1)
MLS: Dynamo at Fire, 8 p.m. (NBCSN)
Soccer: Women’s CONCACAF semifinal (FS1)


– According to reports out of Syracuse, the school will address accusations of major rules violations in a hearing with the NCAA next week.

There have been reports for almost two years that the men’s basketball team was under investigation, with part of that centering on the academic record of Fab Melo, who was suspended in 2012. Newer reports indicate there are concerns surrounding the football team as well.

That’s news to coach Doug Marrone, who coached the Orange from 2009-12 and now is in his second season in the NFL as coach of the Bills.

“There’s nothing that I know about that we did that wasn’t either punished or put forth,” Marrone told “One thing I did, if we made a mistake, an incidental contact or something, I just always reported it. It’s not worth it. This way I can sleep at night.”

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Since the investigation began, Syracuse restructured the athletic department’s academic services department, which included at least three employees changing jobs.

According to an ESPN story, the issues with Jim Boeheim’s basketball team include extra benefits, and the allegations date back about 10 years and are as current as 2013.

“There were things going on consistently [with the men's basketball program] for a long time,” a source told ESPN.

– Lakers president Jeanie Buss came to the defense of Kobe Bryant, saying she did not agree with the ESPN The Magazine feature that indicated top free agents do not want to play alongside the aging star.

“Any free agent that would be afraid to play with Kobe Bryant is probably a loser, and I’m glad they wouldn’t come to the team,” Buss said Thursday.

Added Buss: “I read the story. I don’t agree with any of it. If there is somebody that’s on our payroll who is saying things like that, I’ll soon get to the bottom of it, and they won’t be working for us anymore.”

Bryant, 36, played in just six games last season due to injuries, after signing a two-year extension worth $48.5 million.

The Lakers have missed out on a number of high-profile free agents in the past few years, including Dwight Howard, Chris Bosh and Carmelo Anthony, whom the Lakers made a strong push to land.

“We made a very good case for [Anthony] coming to Los Angeles,” Buss said. “But he’s from New York, he sees a mission. I understand why he chose to stay with New York. I don’t think any of that has to do with Kobe Bryant.”

Added Buss: “I have no doubt that Kobe will make people regret ever saying [critical comments].”

– One player who was happy to switch teams and play alongside Bryant is Steve Nash, but he won’t be taking the court alongside anyone this season. The Lakers announced Thursday that Nash will miss the entire season due to a back problem.

The 40-year-old point guard played in just 15 games last season but was working toward his return when he strained his back carrying luggage a few days ago. He previously had felt some back pain after his second preseason game.

“Being on the court this season has been my top priority, and it is disappointing to not be able to do that right now,” Nash said. “I work very hard to stay healthy, and unfortunately my recent setback makes performing at full capacity difficult. I will continue to support my team during this period of rest, and will focus on my long-term health.”

Nash is in the final season of a three-year deal he signed after being acquired from the Suns. He is due to make over $9 million this season.

“As disappointed as we are for ourselves and our fans, we’re even more disappointed for Steve,” Lakers general manager Mitch Kupchak stated. “We know how hard he’s worked the last two years to try to get his body right for the rigors of the NBA, and how badly he wants to play, but unfortunately he simply hasn’t been able to get there up to this point in time. Steve has been a consummate professional, and we greatly appreciate his efforts.”

ON THIS DAY TRIVIA (answer below): On Oct. 24, 1990, the Red Sox exercised a buyout of Dwight Evans. The right fielder would go on to play one more season in the majors, with which team?

QUOTE OF THE DAY: “He’s a presence in all aspects of the game. He’s a captain for a reason. He’s played in 1,000 games. We’re going to miss him.” – Bruins forward Chris Kelly, on Zdeno Chara after the defenseman was injured in Thursday’s loss to the Islanders

STAT OF THE DAY: 3 – Touchdown receptions for Emmanuel Sanders in the Broncos35-21 victory over the Chargers on Thursday night, giving him four in two games after no TD catches the first five games of the season

‘NET RESULTS (mobile users, check the website to see the videos): Lakers guard Jeremy Lin poses as an adidas store employee in Taiwan. (Click on cc to get English subtitles.)

Fresno State’s Cezar Guerrero makes five consecutive halfcourt shots during the team’s Red and White Hoops Night.


SOOTHING SOUNDS: J.P. Richardson, aka The Big Bopper, was born on this day in 1930. He died in the 1959 plane crash that also killed Buddy Holly and Ritchie Valens.

Blog Author: 
Jerry Spar
We talk to Ben Volin of the Boston Globe, who broke the Darrelle Revis late-gate story.