On Tuesday’s Three for All segment on Middays with MFB, Tim BenzLou Merloni and Christian Fauria discussed the annual Anthrocon event, Rob Gronkowski‘s alleged method for scoring first-class plane tickets and the dangers of drinking swimming pool water. To hear the segment, go to the MFB audio on demand page.

– Having spent time in Pittsburgh, Benz is well aware of the annual Anthrocon event that takes place in the area during Independence Day weekend.

“These are people who enjoy their own lifestyle being about dressing up as animals,” Benz said. “Dressing up almost like mascots or wearing a fox head or walking around with a wolf tail or something like that.

“They meet together every year and it’s a big deal in Pittsburgh.”

Apparently, Pittsburgh isn’t the only place where these so-called furries convene.

“Lo and behold I’m driving home the other day and I see three people walking around with furry heads on, like a panda head and a teddy bear head,” Benz said. “I’m thinking to myself, ‘It’s too much of a coincidence.’ ”

Benz denied ever dressing up as a furry. Merloni and Fauria weren’t buying it.

“He’s lying,” Merloni said. “Look at his face.”

Fauria added: ”Were you Crash Bandicoot? I could see you as Crash Bandicoot.”

– Merloni found a post on Barstool Sports in which a female reader submitted an email claiming she gave Gronkowski her first-class plane ticket in exchange for an autograph on her boarding pass, a pair of his boxer shorts and a chance to touch his private area.

“That’s the beauty of being Gronk,” Fauria said. “Who’s got it better than him?”

Merloni said: ”I’ll let you grab me. Give me your seat.”

– Fauria recently was made aware of the danger of drinking water straight out of a hose in an HGTV Magazine article, but what he didn’t realize was just how filthy swimming pool water is.

“Swallowing pool water — it happens, guys, and it happens a lot,” said Fauria, who admitted to closing down a public pool by allowing his young daughter in without a swim diaper, and she proceeded to defecate. “Even some of the most well-maintained pools can have small bits of fecal matter that carry bacteria floating in them.”

Blog Author: 
Nick Canelas
The top stories of the day as recounted by Kirk Minihane.
Suffolk Construction CEO John Fish discussed his desire to bring the Olympics to Boston.
Chris Russo joined the show to discuss David Ortiz's comments on the MLB Network.
Kirk, Meter and Bradford discussed Ortiz's latest tirade.

Here are the highlights from Tuesday’s Headlines segment on Dennis & Callahan, led by Kirk Minihane with Rob Bradford and Jon Meterparel as guest co-hosts.

What started out as a mention of the sleeping Yankees fan suing ESPN and Major League Baseball turned into a discussion of the quality, or lack thereof, of national baseball announcers.

Andrew Rector is seeking $10 million in damages, alleging defamation and intentional infliction of emotional distress on the part of announcers John Kruk and Dan Shulman as well as MLB.com. He accused the announcers for an “avalanche of disparaging words.”

“He had a nap and potentially made some money,” Bradford said. “He’s a big winner.”

After playing audio of part of the exchange between Kruk and Shulman from that April 13 game against the Red Sox, Minihane started to question why ESPN has Kruk in the booth to begin with.

“Is John Kruk really the best color analyst you can get for that job?” Minihane asked. “Kruk is awful.”

Minihane isn’t too fond of the Fox broadcast booth, either.

Harold Reynolds is brutal to me,” he said. “When has he ever said something where you’re like, ‘Wow, this is interesting?’”

Said Meterparel: “That’s a bad booth.”

“Kruk is awful, Reynolds is awful. Those are the two biggest jobs in the country for that,” Minihane continued.

The discussion then segued into a debate on the quality of the Red Sox broadcast booth, particularly play-by-play man Don Orsillo.

Meterparel was especially critical of Orsillo, saying, “Watching a game, you want to hear something you don’t know. You want to be informed. … On a nightly basis, it’s tough, I get it, but on a nightly basis you’ve got to give me a little something.”

Bradford countered: “That’s more [Jerry Remy's] job.”

Minihane gave Orsillo a “solid B-minus,” giving him the benefit of the doubt because he’s had to work with numerous color commentators over the past two seasons.

“I enjoy working with him, because I saw the people go in and out of there and he managed to manage the personalities,” Bradford said. “But also, the big part of that whole thing, and he points this out, is entertainment.”

Blog Author: 
Nick Canelas

On Monday’s Three For All on Middays with MFB, Christian Fauria, Lou Merloni and Tim Benz discussed an interesting audition on “America’s Got Talent,” shock jock Anthony Cumia‘s firing and Target Field’s new draw for beer lovers. To listen to the segment, go to the MFB audio on demand page.

– Fauria was watching “America’s Got Talent” with his kids Sunday and was surprised when 84-year-old performer Ray Jessel took the stage and put on quite the show with a politically incorrect, if not hilarious, tune about discovering that his date was really a man.

“He just jumps out there and comes out there with these real witty, comical lyrics and you’re just gut-busting laughing,” Fauria said. “The first thing I’m thinking was, ‘OK, is this a song that he wrote based on his own experience? Or is this a friend with the air quotes?

Fauria continued: “I guarantee you … when you’re driving home or anybody who is listening to the radio show right now, you will be humming this song as you go back to work and your boss will ask you, ‘What the heck are you talking about?’ ”

– While Twitter has been a helpful social media service for millions of people across the world, it can be a double-edged sword.

Look no further than radio shock jock Anthony Cumia of the “Opie & Anthony” show, who was fired by SiriusXM after going on a racist rant on Twitter, claiming that a black woman assaulted him in Times Square when he was taking pictures.

“There’s your message. If you’re listening, Twitter, although it’s good, is very bad. … I’ll tell you what, you should all have rules: No phones at the dinner table, no tweeting in bed,” Fauria said.

– Target Field, the home of the Minnesota Twins, will roll out an interesting new addition for the 2014 All-Star Game: self-serve beer stations.

The machines, called DraftServ, allow customers to load $10, $20 or $50 cards to use at the machine, which has four beers on tap. The machine will allow customers to pour 48 ounces of beer every 15 minutes.

“If I’m buying a pre-loaded card with cash, that means I already went through all the protocol to show that I am 21, I can drink legally. So how many kids who are 18, 19 can get in line to buy this card? How much money can I get by selling them this card?” Fauria wondered.

Blog Author: 
Conor Ryan

Here are the highlights from Monday morning’s Headlines segment on Dennis & Callahan with Kirk Minihane and guest co-host Rob Bradford. To listen to the segment, go to the Dennis & Callahan audio on demand page.

Radio shock jock fired from SiriusXM show for racist Twitter rant

Anthony Cumia, co-host of the “Opie & Anthony” show on SiriusXM, was fired for a racist rant on Twitter after claiming that a black woman assaulted him in Times Square last week.

In a statement released by SiriusXM, spokesperson Patrick Reilly said that Cumia’s comments were “abhorrent” and “wholly inconsistent with what SiriusXM represents.”

“I don’t like anybody getting fired for anything they say or think, I think the jobs that we do generally go on the other side, because we all say dumb things,” Minihane said. “I’ve gotten in trouble, I’ve said things that some people think are dumb. … Then I read the tweets, and you can go look them up, they’re so dumb. They’re so trolling, they’re so begging for it that I’ve actually got to admit, I’m OK with firing this dope.”

“How can his defense be, ‘It wasn’t even the radio?’ ” Bradford added.

Joan Rivers storms out of an interview with CNN

Comedian Joan Rivers can dish it out, but apparently she can’t take it.

The “Fashion Police” personality walked off a CNN “Newsroom” interview with host Fredricka Whitfield after a series of questions Rivers felt were of a negative tone.

“You are not the one to interview a person who does humor, sorry,” Rivers said before walking off the set.

“I give Joan Rivers credit for this … she still tries,” Minihane said. “She’s in her 80s, I think. Her boobs are like 20. Her face is like 14. But she still tries. … It’s an odd life. [Don] Rickles is like it, too. I guess they just can’t give it up.”

Leonardo DiCaprio tabbed Hollywood’s biggest star

Vulture magazine polled a group of Hollywood executives on who they thought was the biggest star in cinema today, and the 39-year-old DiCaprio took the top spot.

“He’s actually been a roll here the last 4-5 years,” Minihane said, adding: “He’s had hit after hit.”

“You know who I definitely wouldn’t: Tom Cruise. … He’s a cliche now,” Bradford noted.

Added Minihane of Cruise: “Time has passed him by now. His movie bombed, this ‘Edge of Tomorrow,’ which people said was pretty good. You see him now, it’s like a parody.”

Blog Author: 
Conor Ryan
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