The guys discussed Boston 2024 with the Mayor of Boston.
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This year’s edition of the HBO documentary series “Hard Knocks” will follow the Texans through training camp.

As a rule, teams can refuse the show if they’ve been in the playoffs the last two seasons, if they have a new head coach or if they have been the show’s subject in the last 10 years. Since Houston fits none of this criteria, one of nine teams that doesn’t, the Texans are set to be featured for 2015.

The show was created in 2001 and since then the Ravens, Chiefs, Jets, Dolphins and Falcons have each been subjects once, while the Cowboys and Bengals have been so twice.

“We’ll use it as an opportunity to show the world what our team is about, the hard working guys we have, some of the great personalities that we have on our team,” J.J. Watt said via team’s website.

“I think it’s something that, as fans of the game, always love to watch, but as a player I don’t know if you ever really advocate for it for your own team because you know what it brings,” he added. “But I think that our team’s going to do a great job avoiding any distractions, and I think we’re going to use it to bring us together as a team. We’re going to use it to help showcase our team to the world and I think that when you’re put in a situation like this, you just have to try and use it your advantage.”

The Texans released a trailer Wednesday, serving as a bit of a sneak peek into what the show will focus on.

“I think it’s a wonderful opportunity for the rest of the country to see that we’ve got a first-class group of players and coaches,” Texans owner Bob McNair told ESPN, “and this is the way we would like to see the game presented and these are the type of participants in the game. I think it’s something that can be very positive, not just for us but for the league. I’m quite proud of our players and the way they do represent us.”

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The guys discussed the latest on the Boston Olympics.

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Boston Mayor Marty Walsh joined Dennis & Callahan Thursday morning to talk about Boston 2024, specifically taxpayers’ money when it relates to the Olympics potentially coming to Boston.

Martin Walsh

Martin Walsh

Boston Mayor Marty Walsh joined Dennis & Callahan Thursday morning to talk about Boston 2024, specifically taxpayers’ money when it relates to the Olympics potentially coming to Boston. To hear the interview, go to the Dennis & Callahan audio on demand page.

A report obtained by the Boston Business Journal highlights the need for public spending for the games to come to Boston. Walsh tried to clarify the report Thursday.

“What the report was based on the document that was submitted to the USOC for the Olympics to come to Boston, it’s based on a concept,” said Walsh. “The final bid that would be put in, which would be I think December or January, that is going to be the actual plan with what is going to be put forth. In that actual plan is going to have to spell out how you’re actually going to pay for the venues, and where the venues are going to be located and how the financing would work.”

Walsh then went on to explain his view on taxpayers’ money and how it will be used.

“I have zero tolerance for spending taxpayers’ money on building stadiums or building venues for the Olympics,” Walsh said. “Now as far as infrastructure, I view that differently. The reason why I view that differently is regardless of where the venues are in the City of Boston, if we improve the infrastructure whether it is the roads, a side walk, a crosswalk, lighting, whatever the case may be, that is something that is beneficial to residents of our city, or even if there is a venue outside of Boston. Let’s say there is a venue in another city in Massachusetts, and there is infrastructure there — those infrastructure improvements are beneficial short term and long term for the residents of that area. That is money that should have been spent.

“When I look at the MBTA, I see an opportunity here — let’s assume we get the Olympics, and [in] 2017 they announce Boston as the Olympic city and we’re going to move forward — now we have a date of 2024 that we need to make sure that the MBTA is running properly, is upgraded, is state of the art because of the volume of people that will want to be moving around the city and the Commonwealth. We need to have a reliable transportation system. That forces us, and that forces all of us to work together to improve the MBTA.

“If we don’t get the Olympics, what I am afraid of with the MBTA is [what we] are having [this winter] in 2024 — we’re having the same conversation we had this year [that] we had in 2010 when we did some legislation in the state house and in 1997. Two other times we were working to fix the MBTA. This gives us an end date that we need to make it move forward. The conversation of the Olympics over the next two years allows us, Boston, to go around the world and promote our city on a world stage. Whether or not we get the Olympics or not, there’s a benefit for us to be involved in the conversation.”

Walsh said there are people, including Steve Pagliuca and Larry Lucchino working on a plan, which will detail exactly how all the money is going to be spent. He also said he understands people wanting to know where all the money is coming from.

“The day after we got the bid, rightfully, expects to know exactly what the plans are, how everything is going to be paid for, where it is going to be, what the taxpayers’ role, what’s the public role, and it didn’t get out of the box accurately I didn’t think,” Walsh said. “Now, Steve’s [Pagliuca] involved, Larry Lucchino, a whole bunch of other folks — they are actually talking about it today. They are working on a plan — what the governor called for a couple of weeks ago, and what I have been asking for is actual plan.”

The Mayor also reiterated many times he will not use public money to build venues.

“What I’ve said consistently, through the whole process, is that I am not going using taxpayers’ money to build venues,” Walsh said. “What’s in this document is looking at tax incentives to build private development, which would support these different areas, but I am not using tax payers money. I can’t use taxpayers’ money. I’ve made it clear and plus taxpayers’ don’t want their money.”

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Welcome to Thursday’s Morning Mashup. For the latest news, start at our WEEI.com home page or click here for the top stories from our news wire.

Welcome to Thursday’s Morning Mashup. For the latest news, start at our WEEI.com home page or click here for the top stories from our news wire.

THURSDAY’S BROADCAST HIGHLIGHTS:
MLB: Red Sox at Rangers, 8:05 p.m. (NESN; WEEI-FM)
College softball: World Series, Tennessee vs. Florida, noon (ESPN)
College softball: World Series, LSU vs. Auburn, 2:30 p.m. (ESPN)
College softball: World Series, Alabama vs. Michigan, 7 p.m. (ESPN2)
College softball: World Series, UCLA vs. Oregon, 9:30 p.m. (ESPN2)
Tennis: French Open, 5 a.m. (ESPN2)

AROUND THE WEB:

Ray McDonald

Ray McDonald

— Two days after being arrested for domestic violence and child endangerment and then being cut by the Bears, lineman Ray McDonald was arrested again, this time for violating a restraining order.

McDonald was issued the restraining order after Monday’s incident, in which he allegedly broke down a bedroom door to get to his ex-fiancee, who was with their infant child. His attorney denies that he or McDonald were notified of the restraining order, which barred him from returning to the home in Santa Clara, California.

McDonald went to the home to meet with a private investigator, his lawyer said, at a time when his ex-fiancee was not home. He was arrested at a fast-food restaurant Wednesday afternoon and booked on $5,000 bail.

Cut by the 49ers in December after what the team called a “pattern of poor decision-making,” McDonald signed a one-year deal with the Bears this offseason.

During a press conference Wednesday morning, Bears team chairman George McCaskey expressed concern for the alleged victim.

“The overriding emotion for me was sadness,” McCaskey said of his reaction to McDonald’s Monday arrest. “Sadness for the child, for the child’s mother and for the entire situation. Domestic violence is a vexing social problem. The NFL has had some high-profile cases including this one, and the NFL because it’s a leader in a society is called upon to take action, which we are doing. We’re not going to do it by ourselves, but I think we have an opportunity to make an impact.”

— Vikings coach Mike Zimmer made it clear that the Vikings have no intention of trading Adrian Peterson, despite the running back’s lack of cooperation since his return from his suspension last season.

Speaking to the media Wednesday during the second day of OTAs — which Peterson is skipping — Zimmer dismissed any suggestion that the team might move Peterson.

“He’s really got two choices. He can either play for us or he cannot play,” Zimmer said. “He’s not going to play for anybody else, and that’s just the way it’s going to be.”

Peterson, upset at a perceived lack of support during his legal troubles last season related to charges of child abuse, issued a statement later in the day denying he is skipping OTAs to force a trade.

“The reason I’m not attending OTAs has nothing to do with wanting to be traded,” he said. “It’s about securing my future with the Vikings. It’s business, not personal, and I understand that firsthand. Go Vikings.”

Broncos defense end Antonio Smith is skipping the team’s OTAs after meeting with management to discuss his legal issues.

Prosecutors in Texas are investigating a criminal sexual complaint against Smith, who signed with Denver as a free agent April 2 after playing for the Raiders. Smith did not inform the Broncos of the investigation before signing a one-year, $2 million contract.

Smith met with general manager John Elway, team president and CEO Joe Ellis and coach Gary Kubiak, and they agreed that Smith should avoid the workouts that began Wednesday.

ON THIS DAY TRIVIA (answer below): On May 28, 2000, in a memorable matchup at Yankee Stadium, Pedro Martinez outdueled Roger Clemens and led the Red Sox to a 2-0 victory over the Yankees. Which Red Sox player hit a two-run home run with two outs in the top of the ninth inning for the game’s only runs?

QUOTE OF THE DAY: “I haven’t played a lot of baseball in the last two years, but I feel like I’m in a good place. I’m happy. I’m having fun. I think for me in a weird way the time off was a blessing in disguise. I was able to get some rest, change my workout regimen a little bit. I just feel like I’m in a better place and more explosive than I’ve been.” – Yankees slugger Alex Rodriguez, after hitting a three-run home run and breaking Lou Gehrig‘s American League record for RBIs (based on Elias Sports Bureau statistics) during Wednesday’s 4-2 victory over the Royals

STAT OF THE DAY: 9 – Years since the Red Sox were last swept by the Twins, until Wednesday’s 6-4 loss capped a three-game sweep

‘NET RESULTS (mobile users, check the website to see the videos): The Cardinals walk off against the Diamondbacks on a throwing error in the bottom of the ninth inning.

With two outs in the ninth inning of a one-run game, Padres right fielder Matt Kemp throws out Angels baserunner Johnny Giavotella at second to secure San Diego’s win.

Padres center fielder Will Venable goes all out to make a diving catch.

Steph Curry’s daughter Riley again is the center of attention at the postgame press conference following the Warriors’ win over the Rockets.

TRIVIA ANSWER: Trot Nixon

SOOTHING SOUNDS: Gladys Knight was born on this day in 1944.

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