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Here are the highlights from Tuesday’s Three for All on Middays with MFB with Lou Merloni, Christian Fauriaand Tim Benz. To hear the segment, go to the MFB audio on demand page.
Lions tight end Joseph Fauria — nephew of the MFB host — said he sprained his ankle rushing down the stairs to grab his 3-month-old puppy in an attempt to take it outside before it urinated on the floor. Fauria missed Sunday’s game against the Jets and is expected to be out another three weeks.
One day earlier, discussing Rajon Rondo‘s broken hand that he claims he suffered while slipping in the shower, Christian Fauria had questioned players’ offbeat stories about injuries. However, he stands by his nephew’s claim and said the second-year pro was not drunk at the time.
“I did some investigative research, called his mother, called his grandparents,” Fauria said. “When I first heard this I was like, this is BS. No. You’re a professional athlete, you don’t trip, you don’t fall, you don’t miss a final step, OK? But I’ve been told repeatedly that that is exactly what happened, 100 percent. And I told the story yesterday about my issues trying to hide some things. But I have received confirmation that it is 100 percent accurate.”
Said Merloni: “I don’t know if I believe the dog thing. I’m not going to lie to you. I don’t know, but I think it might have something to do with a female, maybe.”
– The NFL announced Tuesday that Chiefs safety Husain Abdullah should not have been penalized for unsportsmanlike conduct after his interception return for a touchdown against the Patriots in Monday night’s rout. Players are not allowed to slide in celebration, but Abdullah went to his knees in prayer, which is allowed.
Merloni joked that the ref threw the flag due to a “hatred for Muslims.”
Said Benz: “What I don’t understand about that is why would you put the rule in the books if it wasn’t to create the separation of God and football” Why else would you put the rule in the book that you don’t go to your knees?”
Fauria said a photo that has been circulating on the web makes Landry’s arms appear much bigger than they are.
“This is an exaggerated, manipulated picture,” Fauria said, adding: “His bicep is not that big.”
Said Benz: “The real LaRon Landry looks like the fake Hans and Franz from the Aaron Rodgers commercial. That’s how big he is. He’s almost inflated. I don’t know if that picture is doctored, I thought the same thing.”
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– Magic Johnson‘s son, EJ Johnson, reportedly had gastric sleeve surgery in an attempt to shed weight from his 6-foot-3 frame. The 22-year-old New York University student had revealed on a recent episode of “#RichKids of Beverly Hills” that he was considering the procedure that shrinks the stomach.
The openly gay Johnson said, “I’m ready to look really cute. The surgery is a huge deal for me. It will certainly be a positive change.”
None of the hosts had heard of the reality show in which Johnson appears.
“I think he’s sort of the breakout star,” Minihane surmised.
Johnson is known for his affinity for expensive purses.
“Which of the Teletubbies has the purse?” Callahan asked. “Remember, Pat Robertson was calling him out? He reminds me of that Teletubby.”
– The Boston Herald’s Andrew Blom reviewed actress Lena Dunham’s new book, “Not That Kind of Girl,” and gave it an A-plus.
“I have never seen any review get an A-plus in my life,” Minihane said.
Said Callahan: “What kind of guy would read Lena Dunham’s [auto]biography? Is this the story of her life? EJ Johnson gave it two thumbs-up, too.”
Here are the highlights from Monday’s Three for All on Middays with MFB with Lou Merloni, Christian Fauriaand Tim Benz. To hear the segment, go to the MFB audio on demand page.
– Rap legend Snoop Dogg, aka Snoop Lion, is a diehard Steelers fan, and he’s not happy with Sunday’s last-seconds loss to the Buccaneers. Snoop, who earlier this season complained that offensive coordinator Todd Haley should be fired, posted a profanity-laced video on Instagram again calling for Haley’s head and voicing his frustration with the team.
“Steelers [expletive] getting on my [expletive] nerves,” Snoop said. “[Expletive] weak-ass offensive coordinator couldn’t even get 10 yards, man. [Expletive].”
“This is the passion I thought you would instill,” Fauria said to Benz, a longtime Steelers fan who worked on Pittsburgh radio before coming to Boston. “This is what I thought you would say.”
“I’m on here in Boston. Nobody wants to hear me melt down like that,” Benz replied.
Fauria noted that Snoop was a “friend of the program,” but he now might have to be kept at a distance.
“Are you allowing this guy anywhere near the team anymore? He’s no longer really an ally, is he, if he’s going to just flat-out just dog-cuss your offensive coordinator,” Fauria said. “Even though he may be right, you don’t want your guy like that talking about your team.”
Said Benz: “The problem with Snoop is like every other Steeler fan he’s too stupid to realize it’s not just about the offensive coordinator. It’s the frickin’ defense.”
– During Sunday night’s NFL game on NBC, the network ran a public-service commercial featuring NBC actors encouraging people to put an end to domestic violence.
“Obviously this is a ploy by the National Football League and its television partners to say, ‘Hey, we’re on your side, we want to help any way we can,’ ” Benz said.
Benz noted that shortly after the commercial aired, some of the same actors appeared in another commercial for “Law & Order: Special Victims Unit,” teasing an episode that appears to be a dramatization of the Ray Rice situation.
“It just felt so dirty, it felt so seedy,” Benz said. “Here they are pandering to you to make themselves look better, and then like you forgot what happened 24 minutes ago. ‘¦ It was just so distasteful watching it.”
“Right now, man, nobody’s doing worse than the Ryan brothers,” Rob said. “We might say we are two of the best coaches, and I believe that, and I know that. We’re doing everything we can to do it, but we have to do more.”
Said Merloni: “You think Rex Ryan’s like, ‘Hey, Rob, zip it. I’ll deal with my own thing up here in New York. You don’t need to speak for me or my fans, saying I’m not doing a good job.’ “
– Actor and longtime bachelor George Clooney, who had vowed he would never get married again, married human rights lawyer Amal Alamuddin less than a year after they met. Fellow actors Bill Murray, Matt Damon and John Krasinski were among the guests.
“She’s not in his top-10 list of girlfriends,” Dennis said.
Replied Callahan: “Yeah, but she’s the marrying kind, that’s the difference.”
The wedding was held in Venice, Italy, a place that Callahan did not seem to be fond of.
“They had it in that filthy city of Venice,” Callahan said. “Just a disgusting, dirty place. It’s the ultimate tourist trap. … It’s dirty, the water’s filthy, it smells.”
– “Saturday Night Live” began its 40th season on NBC this weekend. The show was hosted by actor Chris Pratt and had an opening skit about the problems with domestic abuse in the NFL.
The hosts played a clip of the the football skit, and they were not amused by the attempted humor.
“It goes on for 3 1/2 minutes and there’s not a chuckle,” Callahan said. “It was so uncomfortably bad.”
“Chris Pratt was terrible as [Roger] Goodell,” Minihane said. “Not even terrible, he wasn’t funny. It was awful.”
Said Dennis: “Maybe [SNL] is finally like [Derek] Jeter. It stayed a year too long.”
– The National Science Foundation spent $300,000 on a study that dealt with human interaction with bicycles. A House committee calls the study a “waste.” The purpose of the project was to encourage more Americans to bike to lower their carbon footprint.
“I think most people know by the time they’re like 8 how to interact with a bicycle,” Callahan said.