The top stories of the day as recounted by Kirk Minihane.
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Here are the highlights from Friday’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.
– Former Colts running back Chris Rainey was waived by the team July 28 for “violating a team rule.” The reason for the decision was never made public.
Rainey may have provided that answer on Twitter Thursday night.
While watching the Colts-Jets game, Rainey congratulated fellow running back Dan Herron, who Rainey refers to as “Boom,” while also revealing that he may have actually been cut for horsing around with a fire extinguisher.
“Let’s keep in mind, Chris has a little bit of a checkered past up to and including sending threatening text messages to his girlfriend while at the University of Florida and having a confrontation with his girlfriend in Pittsburgh, which was part of the reason why he was let go from there as well,” Benz said. “But fire extinguishers in the dorm doesn’t seem like a big enough reason to get somebody cut.”
Merloni said: “That tells you how good he is.”
“There’s just some things you don’t mess with,” Fauria said. “Fire alarms, you don’t mess with, not even as a joke you don’t pull that thing. The fire extinguisher, you’re just asking for a whole new level of trouble when you start messing with those types of things.”
– Bengals backup quarterback Matt Scott threw up on the field in the fourth quarter of Cincinnati’s preseason game against the Chiefs Thursday night. But shortly after doing that, he threw a 12-yard touchdown pass to Conner Vernon.
After describing the incident, Fauria asked the guys if they remember the moment which they were most nervous.
“Probably my first time on the air. … The first time ever when I was 18,” Benz said.
Asked Fauria: “But what would make you throw up?”
“Too much alcohol the night before in 100 degrees in Oklahoma,” Benz said.
Said Merloni: “Never threw up. But first big league game in Kansas City; first game at Fenway Park; first game at Yankee Stadium and then 1999 Game 3 of the playoffs I started at shortstop down 0-2 at Fenway. Before those games, yeah I’ve got a lot of things going on, but I never felt like I was going to throw up.”
– ESPN suspended Dan Le Batard for two days after the television and radio host paid for billboards in Akron, Ohio, that read, ‘You’re Welcome, LeBron. Love, Miami’ and featured the two championship rings LeBron Jameswon with the Heat.
The billboards appeared to be mocking James’ first-person essay in Sports Illustrated announcing his return to the Cavaliers.
“So basically he did something against LeBron James,” Merloni said.
Said Benz: “After he screwed them and went to SI with the story.”
“But they know better,” Fauria said. “All the good soundbites will be coming soon. … They know better. They need to protect him.”
Said Merloni: “God forbid you offend LeBron James.”
Brad Faxon joined the show to discuss round one of the PGA Championship.
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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.”