Here are the highlights from Thursday’s Three for All on Middays with MFB, with Lou Merloni, Christian Fauria and Tim Benz. To hear the segment, go to the MFB audio on demand page.
– Soccer star Ronaldo appears in a Japanese commercial for a device that exercises the muscles around the mouth in an attempt to give people a better smile.
“If you put this thing in your mouth and you kind of nod your head up and down — it’s got wings on it, it’s almost like a propeller, and it’s supposed to strengthen your smile muscles so you have a dazzling smile just like Ronaldo,” Benz explained. “And I think we can all admit that Ronaldo is one heck of an attractive man. I know I’m comfortable enough in my sexuality to admit that.”
Ronaldo doesn’t actually demonstrate the device in the commercial, which features him juggling a soccer ball and other people using the product.
“Things are always offbeat and a little kooky based on our American perspective in Japan, be it TV shows, be it games shows. Are the ads like this, too?” Benz wondered. “Ronaldo in the first ad flat-out looks uncomfortable watching this when he sees it on a game show. But now he’s signed on for big bucks to plug it.”
Merloni said he was never approached to promote a product during his time playing baseball in Japan.
“I wasn’t there long enough,” Merloni said. “You’ve got to be good over there.”
Said Fauria: “It’s funny because most stars, like, big-time, A-list stars, they won’t do commercials here, but they’ll go out to Japan and do the cheesiest commercials for sodas, for all different sorts of things that they would never do here, like car commercials. They don’t want their rep being destroyed in the States, so they go out to Japan and get paid a bunch of money.”
– University of Kentucky football player Cory Johnson, in a recent interview, said his weight fluctuates between 280-300 pounds daily, and he explained there’s an interesting factor contributing to that.
“I guess because I poop so much,” Johnson said. “I try to poop like five times a day, three times a day. It’s hard to keep weight when you’ve got so much going out.”
“I think sometimes we all feel a little bit better after a nice ‘¦ poop,” Merloni said. “But are we really supposed to believe that he’s losing like three pounds of poop each time?”
Added Merloni: “Go on Cory Johnson’s diet. Just poop more.”
– There is an online movement to get Weird Al Yankovic to perform at halftime of the Super Bowl, with more than 50,000 people signing up to support the parody legend, whose new album, “Mandatory Fun,” debuted at No. 1 on the Billboard 200 chart last month.
“Awful idea,” Merloni said.
Countered Fauria: “I’m on board with this. I thought it would be a great idea. Let’s hear some Weird Al.”
Said Merloni: “I hear you, Weird Al’s done his thing. But for the halftime show? No, I don’t want him performing. Think about it: You go to the Super Bowl and it’s like, oh, who do you get? Justin Timberlake? No, Weird Al. Really?”
Benz, who admitted attending a Weird Al concert in New Haven, got in the last word, saying: “I can’t see it being any worse than Madonna and LFMAO.”
Andy Hart of Patriots Football Weekly joined the show to help preview the Pats and Redskins.
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“It is one of these late-career albums that’s as good as anything he’s ever done,” Minihane said. “I’m stunned at how good it is. Petty’s not [Bruce] Springsteen, but it’s close. And this is his first ever No. 1 album, which surprised me.”
Added Minihane: “I was thinking about this driving in: I think Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers have more good songs than the Beatles.”
On Wednesday’s Three For All on Middays with MFB, Lou Merloni, Christian Fauria and Tim Benz discussed Syracuse’s new honor, a new method for finding the perfect wife and taking stock of the supernatural. To listen to the segment, go to the MFB audio on demand page.
Despite the announcement, Benz — a Syracuse alum — was unimpressed.
“Now I’ve got to say this first and foremost, it was a much bigger party school when I was there,” Benz said. “Now I’ve gone back on a couple of occasions, bars are kind of empty on Friday nights, a lot more kids are staying in.”
Said Merloni: “I have a tough time believing that. … My stepdaughter just graduated from Arizona State, I went down there and it’s like 2 o’clock in the afternoon, everyone’s out by the pool, everyone’s drinking, it’s just absolute chaos.”
Fauria was disappointed that his alma mater, Colorado, was not even ranked in the top 20.
“They legalized marijuana out there, I’m not sure what the issue could be,” Fauria said. “They should have made it even better for them to party hard. It’s not like they were hiding it when I was there anyways.”
– Dana C. McLendon III claims to have it all figured out when it comes finding the perfect wife. McLendon created a hot/crazy matrix that he uses to plot different zones and rankings of women, creating groups such as the “fun zone,” “danger zone” and “unicorns.”
“I’m going to add to that: Dental assistants, nurses and teachers,” Benz said in regards to the matrix’s “danger zone.”
“Am I missing something here? This sounds like experience,” Merloni said.
“You can fill in the blanks, but they all qualify, how about that?” Benz responded.
“I feel like every girl that he’s talking about in that ‘danger zone’ is on ‘The Bachelor,’ ” Fauria said.
“You ever have a nice little chill that came through your house and you wondered, ‘Oh, maybe that’s Grandma,’ ” Fauria asked.
“I don’t discount it. I think there’s something, but I’ve never felt the cold air coming in,” Merloni said.
“I don’t, but it’s funny what you can make yourself believe if given the right situation. You go in some of these homes and you just sit there and you just go, ‘Hmm, something bad happened here,’ or somebody tells you a story,” Fauria said.
Bob Nightengale of USA Today joined the show to discuss who will replace Bud Selig.
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