The top stories of the day as recounted by Kirk Minihane.
The guys opened the show by talking about the Jets and the Pats.

Here are the highlights from Wednesday’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 34-year-old homeless man was arrested Tuesday night after he stabbed two park rangers on the Boston Common. Bodio Hutchinson ran from the scene and told cops chasing him to shoot him. Instead, the cops tackled the suspect to the ground and took him to jail. The officers he stabbed were listed in stable condition.

Said Dennis: “All right, three options here: deranged, suicide by cop or he wanted to become a martyr and be the next famous guy who gets shot by a cop without a gun in his hand — demented.”

“Park rangers have guns?” asked a surprised Callahan.

“It’s just in case Yogi and Boo-Boo go nuts,” replied Dennis.

Said Callahan: “I don’t think they have guns. Why would you let a guy stab you multiple times?”

– An animal activist gave an impassioned speech at a San Francisco restaurant in late September, urging diners not to eat meat. Kelly Atlas described how she saved an abused “little girl,” which was in fact her pet chicken named Snow. Atlas doesn’t like how chickens are treated and eventually killed by the food industry.

“She’s more deranged than the guy at the Common,” Dennis exclaimed.

Said Minihane: “You know what’s the greatest thing in the world? Biting into a Chick-fil-A grilled chicken sandwich.”

Replied Dennis: “If I’m going to protest the corporal punishment of chickens, I’m not going to a brasserie. Aren’t you going to Chick-fil-A?”

– Five teenagers from Ohio will face criminal charges after they tricked an autistic boy into doing a fake ALS ice bucket challenge. Instead of dumping ice water on the 15-year-old, the teenagers poured a bucket filled with feces, cigarette butts and urine.

“I hope they do time,” Callahan said. “I don’t want them to just get a little fine, a little community service.”

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Andrew Battifarano

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NHL: Bruins at Red Wings, 8 p.m. (NBCSN)
NBA preseason: Raptors vs. Celtics, 7:30 p.m. (CSNNE)
NBA preseason: Kings vs. Nets, 7:30 a.m. (NBA TV)
NBA preseason: Pacers vs. Cavaliers, 7 p.m. (NBA TV)
MLB playoffs: Orioles at Royals, 4:07 p.m. (TBS; WEEI-AM)
MLB playoffs: Cardinals at Giants, 8:07 p.m. (FS1; WEEI-AM)


– According to a Harris Poll conducted last month, the Broncos have replaced the Cowboys as the most popular team in the NFL. The Patriots rank eighth.

Although the Cowboys are surging, improving to 5-1 with Sunday’s victory over the Seahawks in Seattle, they dropped from the top spot — which they held for six straight years — to No. 4. The Cowboys had finished first or second in 12 of the previous 13 annual polls.

The Broncos are the reigning AFC champions and have the league’s second-longest home sellout streak (behind Washington), having sold out every home game since the start of the 1970 season.

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The Giants are No. 2, followed by the Packers. After the Cowboys are the Steelers, Seahawks (jumping from 12th last year), 49ers, Patriots, Bears and Saints.

The company polled 2,543 adults (1,275 who identified themselves as people who followed pro football) from Sept. 10-17.

– Tuesday’s European Championship qualifying soccer match between Albania and host Serbia was testy from the start, due to ethnic and political tensions between the two nations.

Albanian fans were banned from the stadium, but apparently one Albanian found a way to stir up trouble, sending in a drone carrying a “Greater Albania” flag — with images that are offensive to Serbs — that flew low over the field, delaying the game in the 41st minute. When Serbian player Stefan Mitrovic grabbed the flag, Albanian players responded angrily and took the flag from him, That ignited a brawl as fans ran onto the field and attacked the Albanian players.

The scoreless game was called off just before halftime, as Albanian players raced off the field while fans threw objects at them.

According to reports out of Serbia, the brother of Albanian Prime Minister Edie Rama was detained at the stadium due to suspicion that he orchestrated the stunt, although he later was released and sent home.

– The NCAA is allowing Cincinnati’s Mount St. Joseph University to reschedule its season-opening women’s basketball game to the early date of Nov. 2 so that freshman Lauren Hill, who is suffering from an inoperable brain tumor, can play.

Hill was diagnosed last November with diffused intrinsic pentane gleoma while a senior at a high school in Greendale, Illinois. She was able to play basketball following chemotherapy and radiation treatments, but her prognosis is not good, as the brain cancer has a zero percent survival rate.

The university moved up its opener against Hiram College in hopes that Hill would have the strength to play in one college game, as per her request.

“Why stop?” Hill said. “Why give up on life? Why not keep going?”

Said Mount St. Joseph’s coach Dan Benjamin: “She’s a special person. This girl is so strong, she’s dealing with death and all she’s thinking about is everyone else. Her team first, her family first, and just to give her that one last wish would be incredible for our program and our players.”

ON THIS DAY TRIVIA (answer below): On Oct. 15, 1986, the Red Sox beat the Angels, 8-1, in Game 7 of the ALCS, completing a comeback from a 3-1 series deficit. Who was the game’s winning pitcher?

QUOTE OF THE DAY: “This [Jets] team, they’re 1-5, they’re not very good. Geno Smith, he stinks, Michael Vick doesn’t want to play, they haven’t practiced well. This team has lost a lot of players, young guys in the secondary. Tom [Brady] can really eat up this defense. But just knowing Rex [Ryan], and just knowing how much he dislikes the Patriots, I think this game will be a lot more competitive than what people think.” – NBC Sports NFL analyst Rodney Harrison, during his weekly Tuesday appearance on Middays with MFB, previewing Thursday’s Patriots-Jets game

STAT OF THE DAY: 44 – Minutes of the preseason game the Celtics and Nets will play Sunday, an experiment by the NBA to try shaving four minutes off the game

‘NET RESULTS (mobile users, check the website to see the videos): The Giants beat the Cardinals as Brandon Crawford scores the winning run in the 10th inning on Randy Choate’s throwing error.

Royals third baseman Mike Moustakas clubs over the railing to catch a foul popup against the Orioles.

The Dude Perfect trick-shot crew takes to the ice with help from Stars forward (and former Bruin) Tyler Seguin.

Blake Griffin and other NBA players discuss Nicholas Sparks’ “The Best of Me” in Jimmy Kimmel’s Basketball Book Club.

TRIVIA ANSWER: Roger Clemens

SOOTHING SOUNDS: Barry McGuire was born on this day in 1935.

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Jerry Spar

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Mikey, Mut and Lenny are talking about the Patriots and how they have stacked up through the years and what got them to the three championships and five Super Bowl appearances in the Brady-Belichick era.
Mikey and Mut take a call from someone who wants to criticize Belichick the GM and his history of drafting players and making moves in the draft.
We check in with Peter King from MMQB/SI and get his take on Patriots-Jets in a short turnaround week, with the game coming up on Thursday night.
We check in with Peter King from MMQB/SI and get his take on Patriots-Jets in a short turnaround week, with the game coming up on Thursday night.

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