The world's biggest Canadiens fan Tony Marinaro joins MFB after the Bruins and Tuukka Rask suffered another loss in Montreal.
After Jerod Mayo's injury, Patriots Pro Bowl safety Devin McCourty is the next man up on Patriots Friday. He breaks down the Patriots win over the Jets.

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[0:01:27] ... -- the way things went against the jets last year -- -- blocked field goal. You -- personally I think even -- hoopla it. And they're not yet I think more today you unrealized. You know Chris ...
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Former NFL official and head of referee's Jim Daopoulos discusses the controversial ending to Jets-Patriots game. He described the actions of the referee as "preventative officiating"

[0:00:39] ... two point if. So we get the block on the fifty yard field goal attempts. From nick pulled the kicker for the year jets who does have a 56 yarder to his Chris good kicker so who ...
[0:05:09] ... moving a little bit wanted it can't control them all he's got exceptional leader and is water. There is something -- the debate with a little bit and here it is because of all the movie goes to solely be yet our control. Jim how do you think when you look at at the -- that the holding. Defense of pass an appearance. Do you think the refs are on the right track as far as what they're calling holding what they're calling it appeared that seems. And other social lighten up on it at the point of emphasis during the during the during the pre season. But is -- -- other light up at any point because there are some calls last night where I'm just shake my ...

Rodney Harrison on the Pats close win over the Jets.
The top stories of the day as recounted by Kirk Minihane.
The guys opened the show discussing the Pats win last night.

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 friend of Boston Marathon bombing suspect Dzhokhar Tsarnaev is on trial for lying to FBI investigators about his presence in a University of Massachusetts-Dartmouth dorm when two other friends removed potential evidence from the room. Robel Phillipos claimed that he was too high on marijuana to understand what was going on in the dorm.

To help Phillipos’€™ case, former governor Michael Dukakis came to his defense as a witness. Dukakis said he is a family friend of the Phillipos.

Said Callahan: “A kid, who’€™s claiming that he was too stoned to know what was going on. … How could you testify for the character of a guy who’€™s claiming he was too stoned to know what was going on?”

“Even if I thought the kid was OK I wouldn’t testify for him,” replied Dennis. “I guess they subpoenaed [Dukakis], though, right? He had no choice.”

Dukakis said he took a young Phillipos to the Democratic National Convention in 2004.

“If you’€™re a young boy, and you have the chance to hang out with Michael Dukakis, and go to the Democratic National Convention, how do you turn that down?” asked Minihane.

“More than ever, I want this kid to get 20 years,” said Callahan. “Dukakis will visit him, right? Sit down and have long conversations with him. … [Phillipos] has to get convicted.”

– Hunter Biden, son of Vice President Joe Biden, was discharged from the Navy after he tested positive for cocaine in a drug test from last year, according to a report crediting a source close to the situation. Biden joined the Navy Reserves two years ago as a public affairs officer.

“It’€™s not his fault they named him Hunter,” said Dennis. “Doesn’t it go bad generally when you’€™re named Hunter?”

“I think he’€™s got a good defense here, he was too high on coke to know that he was doing coke,” Callahan said sarcastically.  “It could work.”

– An Arizona radio show argued earlier this week about the Oakland Raiders‘ brand. Ron Wolfley, one of the hosts on the Doug & Wolf Show, argued that the Raiders still are a highly valued franchise. Doug Franz, one the other hand, said he felt Oakland is not relevant to the younger generation.

The argument was so heated that it nearly led to a full-out brawl between the two hosts.

The hosts ran a clip of the shouting match and were surprised by the argument.

Asked Dennis: “Is he suggesting that the Oakland Raiders are one of the great remains, one of the great brands in the world? … Oh my God, this guy’€™s out of his mind.”

– The movie “Fury” starring Brad Pitt in a World War II tank brigade opens in theaters Friday. It will be Pitt’€™s second war movie in the last decade, as he also had a major role in “Inglorious Bastards.”

“I hope it’€™s half as good as the trailers,” said Callahan.

“The reviews are pretty good, so it’€™s encouraging,” replied Minihane. “It’€™s looks like it’€™s actually pretty good.”

Blog Author: 
Andrew Battifarano

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College football: Fresno State at Boise State, 8 p.m. (ESPN)
College football: Temple at Houston, 9 p.m. (ESPNU)
NBA preseason: Mavericks at Cavaliers, 7:30 p.m. (NBA TV)
NBA preseason: Jazz at Clippers, 10:30 p.m. (NBA TV)
MLS: Real Salt Lake at Timbers, 10 p.m. (NBCSN)
Soccer: Women’s CONCACAF final, United States vs. Guatemala, 9 p.m. (FS1)


NY Daily News 10-17-14– Many people will look at Thursday night’s game and say the underdog Jets put up a valiant effort before coming up short on the final play — a blocked field goal that allowed the Patriots to escape with a 27-25 victory.

In New York, it’s another loss in a miserable season, and the calls for Rex Ryan‘s job are growing louder.

In the New York Daily News, beat write Manish Mehta (who discussed Ryan’s future on Dennis & Callahan on Wednesday), wrote a faux obituary in his column.

Wrote Mehta: Rex Ryan‘€™s Jets, 6, of New York/New Jersey passed away Thursday night after more than a month-long battle with shaky quarterback play, embarrassing secondary issues and inferior talent.

Official time of death: 11:59 p.m. EDT.

The team is survived by untold thousands, who have endured more than four decades without a championship and wandered down a painful path for too long. The death blow was delivered by a familiar nemesis in the most heartbreaking manner on a night when Ryan’€™s Jets deserved to live for another day.

Brian Costello of the New York Post also wrote about Ryan as the soon-to-be-former Jets coach, noting: Rex Ryan‘s time with the Jets will be defined by how close he came, but ultimately failed, to overtaking the Patriots.

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ESPN’s Stephen A. Smith told Middays with MFB on Thursday that Ryan has been “sabotaged” by general manager John Idzik, a theory that Mehta apparently supports but doesn’t believe will save the coach.

Wrote Mehta: Ryan weaved magic to win eight games last season with a dearth of talent to avoid the ax, but he’€™ll need divine intervention to escape what appears to be the end of a six-year road filled with spine-tingling highs and unfathomable lows.

– Clippers star Blake Griffin wrote a first-person article for The Players Tribune in which he shares his thoughts and some anecdotes about former owner Donald Sterling, comparing him to a “weird uncle” and indicating Sterling was way off the mark when he insisted his players “love” him.

Wrote Griffin: [Steve] Ballmer wants to win no matter the cost. Donald Sterling didn’€™t care if we won — at least if it meant he had to spend money. It wasn’€™t just about spending money on players. For years, our training staff wanted to buy this sophisticated computer software that would let them scan our bodies and keep track of our progress throughout the season. Sterling wouldn’€™t sign off on it.

When I walked into the training facility for the first time this summer, the entire vibe was different. People were smiling. From the security people to the game operations staff to the office staff, everybody seemed happy to be there. For the first time ever, they were on permanent contracts. Under Sterling, all the staff were on temporary contracts. Top to bottom, everybody just appreciates being appreciated now. When I walked into the trainer’€™s room, the staff was going crazy. They showed me the new body scanning software. Ballmer signed off on it Day 1.

It’€™s little bit ironic to me that the media has tried to turn Ballmer into a meme when they turned a blind eye to Sterling for years. Steve is a good dude. He’€™s like a cool dad who gives you candy. Donald was like a weird uncle.

Someone asked me the other day if I’€™m mad that he made out with $2 billion for selling the team. Maybe a little bit. But in the end, I’€™m just happy he’€™s gone. I think about him pulling me around the White Party in Malibu, and a saying comes to mind: “Some people are so poor, all they have is their money.”

– Former South Carolina quarterback Stephen Garcia, who was dismissed from the team in 2011, said plenty of college players are reaping financial gains in violation of NCAA rules.

With rumors swirling around Georgia running back Todd Gurley and Florida State quarterback Jameis Winston for their apparent ties to a sports memorabilia company, Garcia said he saw plenty such behavior during his time with the Gamecocks, including one player making $160,000 in one season. He also said boosters handed players money with regularity.

“I saw it all day, every day, to be honest with you,” Garcia said in an interview with Charlotte radio station WFNZ. “I wish they came to me, but they thought of me as some rich white kid, so I didn’t really get benefits from that. I’m just being honest with you. I saw it firsthand with a lot of players and talking with other guys. You know I’m friends with a lot of players from around the SEC, and talking with them, it makes the Todd Gurley thing seem insignificant by a long shot.”

Garcia said he thinks players should be able to benefit legally from signing items.

“Absolutely, I don’t see why that’s such a punishable offense,” Garcia said. “I think it’s absolutely ridiculous that these kids can’t profit from their name, their likeness, sign their name on their own jersey. I don’t understand that and I really hope that rule changes. It’s mind-boggling to me, to be honest with you.”

ON THIS DAY TRIVIA (answer below): On Oct. 17, 2004, the Red Sox began their comeback against the Yankees in the ALCS, winning Game 4 on David Ortiz‘ home run in the 12th inning. Which Yankees reliever — a former Sox hurler — surrendered Ortiz’ homer?

QUOTE OF THE DAY: “It was, I think, probably about the game we expected. With the Jets it’€™€™s always tough, definitely a grind-it-out game. [I'€™m] obviously really happy for Chris [Jones] at the end. After what happened last year, I thought it was so fitting that he made that play. That was awesome. It wasn’€™t our best. It was good enough, but it wasn’€™t our best. We have to do a better job in all three phases of the game, all the way around.” – Patriots coach Bill Belichick, after Thursday night’s 27-25 victory over the Jets

STAT OF THE DAY: 3-11-3 – Tuukka Rask‘s career record against the Canadiens, after Thursday’s 6-4 loss in which the goalie was pulled in the third period after allowing five goals on 23 shots

‘NET RESULTS (mobile users, check the website to see the videos): Travis Ishakawa drills a three-run walkoff home run with two outs in the the ninth inning to send the Giants to the World Series with a 6-3 victory over the Cardinals.

The Vikings have received some bad press recently, but quarterback Christian Ponder showed some class by buying clothes for two girls he met at a mall, after he learned that the girls’ mother had passed away in a car accident and they were there to buy something from her favorite store.

TRIVIA ANSWER: Paul Quantrill

SOOTHING SOUNDS: Gary Puckett was born on this day in 1942.

Blog Author: 
Jerry Spar
We check in with NESN's Jack Edwards for a Bruins-Canadiens preview, live from French-Quebec.