Brad Faxon joined the show to preview the Masters.
The guys opened the show by discussing the Celtics tankathon and another big clutch hit by Ortiz.

PGA golfer and analyst Brad Faxon joined Dennis & Callahan on Thursday to discuss the Masters. To hear the interview, go to the Dennis & Callahan audio on demand page.

A record 24 rookies will participate in the Masters this weekend.

PGA golfer and analyst Brad Faxon joined Dennis & Callahan on Thursday to discuss the Masters. To hear the interview, go to the Dennis & Callahan audio on demand page.

A record 24 rookies will participate in the Masters this weekend.

“I made a foolish bet with Brandel Chamblee, and I took the first-timers against the field — that one first-timer will win — and I know that’€™s aggressive, but I also figure it’€™s the best crop of young players,” Faxon said. “Everyone talks about the experience and the knowledge that you have to have to play at Augusta National … but I think we’ve seen the history of golf since Tiger [Woods] burst on the scene in ‘€™97 at 21 years old to win that all of a sudden there are a lot of great young players.

“I think that the maturity level of the younger guys is noteworthy, and I think that some of these guys are definitely going to have a chance to win Sunday afternoon. … I don’€™t think the young guys are as intimidated as they used to be.”

While Fuzzy Zoeller, who won the Masters in 1979, is the only rookie to have won the tournament since its second edition, Faxon pointed out that a first-timer could once again come away with the win.

“There’€™s a good young player that went to school at the University of Georgia,” Faxon said when asked of his pick for the tournament. “He’€™s won a couple of times in this overlapping season. His name is Harris English. He has got one of the best-looking golf swings I have ever seen.”

Following are more highlights from the interview.

On last year’€™s winner, Adam Scott: “Adam did a remarkable interview yesterday or two days ago where he talked about how much this event has meant to him in his career. He got to play this weekend — as defending champion you get to play with a guest. He brought his father, who is a golf professional and had never played here before and most of us know that Sunday there was the Drive Chip & Putt event for all the kids across the country. Adam Scott was handing out trophies, and I just don’€™t see many defending champions doing that stuff. He’€™s said he’€™s going to learn more from watching these kids playing the game than they’€™re going to learn from him.”

On a non-favorite winning: “This has been a really difficult but really fun Masters to try to figure out because all of those players — the favorites — could also miss the cut. It’€™s not like any of them dominated the game the last four or five months or is breaking through other than you look at Patrick Reed and say this kid has really got it going, but you’€™re not going to pick him because he’€™s a first-timer. It’€™s hard for me to believe that Adam Scott and Rory McIlroy aren’t going to be there Sunday afternoon.”

Blog Author: 
Meredith Perri

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MLB: Red Sox at Yankees, 7:05 p.m. (NESN, MLB Network; WEEI-FM)
MLB: Athletics at Twins, 1 p.m. (MLB Network)
MLB: Pirates at Cubs, 2:15 p.m. (WGN)
MLB: Brewers at Phillies, 7:05 p.m. (MLB Network)
NHL: Bruins at Jets, 8 p.m. (NESNPlu)
NHL: Blues at Wild, 8 p.m. (NBCSN)
College hockey: NCAA semifinals, Boston College vs. Union, 5 p.m. (ESPN2; WEEI-AM)
College hockey: NCAA semifinals, North Dakota vs. Minnesota, 8:30 p.m. (ESPN2)
NBA: Spurs at Mavericks, 8 p.m. (TNT)
NBA: Nuggets at Warriors, 10:30 p.m. (TNT)
Golf: The Masters, 3 p.m. (ESPN)
Soccer: UEFA Europa, Juventus vs. Lyon, 3 p.m. (FS1)
Soccer: Women’s exhibition, United States vs. China, 11 p.m. (NBCSN)


Derrick Gordon

Derrick Gordon

– UMass sophomore Derrick Gordon is getting widespread support after becoming the first openly gay Division 1 basketball player.

Gordon and members of the UMass team conducted interviews Wednesday afternoon after national stories detailed Gordon’s decision to come out.

“It’s crazy that I’m the first,” Gordon told The Associated Press. “I didn’t know that it would be this long, but if I’m the first, then I’ll start it all off.”

Added Gordon: “I’ve been getting tons and tons of support. I’m barely getting anything negative.”

The 22-year-old from New Jersey said he withdrew socially at the start of last season as rumors started to leak about his homosexuality, which he denied to teammates. Now he says he’s happy and “free just to live my life.”

Said teammate Tyler Bergantino: “The fact that he’s gay doesn’t change anything. We didn’t know he was gay before. We know he’s gay now. But he’s the exact same person.”

Gordon said he was inspired in part by Nets center Jason Collins, the NBA’s first openly gay player. Collins said he spoke to Gordon before the announcement, and he later tweeted: I’m so proud of @flash2gordon. Another brave young man who is going to make it easier for so many others to live an authentic life. #courage

NFL prospect Michael Sam, who came out in February, also tweeted his support, writing: Many congratulations to you Derrick Gordon @flash2gordon – you have so many in your corner and we’re all proud and rooting for you #courage

Said Cavaliers star Kyrie Irving, who played with Gordon in high school: “I thought it was a great day for him and his family. I’m proud of him. It’s a big step, not only in his life but in his career to get the weight of the world off his shoulders.” — Lacey Holsworth, the 9-year-old girl who had become a friend and inspiration to the Michigan State basketball team, lost her battle with neuroblastoma late Tuesday, devastating the campus. The girl known as “Princess Lacey” had an especially close bond with senior Adreian Payne, who carried her in his arms on Senior Night and helped her cut down the net after the Spartans won the Big Ten championship. “Words can’t express how much I already miss Lacey,” Payne said in a statement from the school. “She is my sister, and will always be a part of my life. She taught me how to fight through everything with a smile on my face even when things were going wrong. I’m a better man because of her.” A rock on campus was painted white with the words “MSU loves Princess Lacey. Love Like Lacey.” Coach Tom Izzo and several of his players signed the rock, along with other members of the Michigan State community.

Larry Bird‘s 22-year-old son, Connor Bird, pleaded guilty to criminal recklessness for an incident involving his girlfriend last year, according to a report at Bird allegedly threw his cell phone at the woman and then tried to drive his car into her in a parking lot on the campus of Indiana University.

Bird had faced other charges, including battery and possession of marijuana, but those charges reportedly were dropped as part of the plea deal.

Bird will participate in a sober-living program and must stay clear of trouble for the next year or else face jail time.

ON THIS DAY TRIVIA (answer below): On April 10, 1998, the Red Sox rallied from a 7-2 ninth-inning deficit against the Mariners, winning 9-7 on a walk-off grand slam by which player?

QUOTE OF THE DAY: “You can’t count the big boy out. You can’t count this ballclub out. Once again, you had the big man up in a big situation and he comes through.” — Red Sox starting pitcher Jake Peavy, after David Ortiz hit a three-run home run for a 4-2 victory over the Rangers on Wednesday

STAT OF THE DAY: 13 – Consecutive road losses for the Celtics, following Wednesday’s 105-97 loss to the Hawks, a franchise record

‘NET RESULTS (mobile users, check the website to see the videos): Braves shortstop Andrelton Simmons slips while fielding a grounder against the Mets but still throws out the runner from deep short while on his knees.

Energetic Western Michigan football coach P.J. Fleck awards scholarships to four walk-ons at a team meeting.


SOOTHING SOUNDS: Brian Setzer was born on this day in 1959.

Blog Author: 
Jerry Spar
Red Sox GM joined the show to discuss the Sox start to the season and the future of John Lackey.

[0:05:59] ... when there's a desire on both sides then there's no chance. Ben Jon Lester aside and this is a question we get all the time from fans baseball fans talk show callers. New general managers and baseball ownership look at the deals the the televised deals long term deals that take guys like. A broad and pool holes and CC sabathia. And to a lesser extent Cabrera concede certainly productive but he had two years ago and say what are -- what is ...
[0:07:17] ... lot of money do in the short term. Because they're performing like Miguel Cabrera for example. You've -- -- I mean he's he's produced that a little Ortiz. He's. He's he and Mattingly in the Detroit ...
[0:09:12] ... little bit. Then clearly this is a little premature on April 10 John Lackey is two and all with a 138 ERA. If we leap forward a bit and he's tenant two with a sub three ...

Brad Faxon joined the show to preview the Masters.

[0:00:07] ... at that and -- joining us on the AT&T hotline. Golfing pal Brad Faxon but it applauding Israeli late this morning Brad that would happen and Pilates class was the late. I haven't quite made it ...
[0:08:46] ... the top six favorites and I'll take the field. You can have Adam Scott Rory McIlroy Phil Mickelson Jason Day Sergio and -- couture. Think everybody from Dustin Johnson when he won two to all the ...
[0:13:08] ... The -- well last year he went to Sean Foley tigers pitcher Justin Rose the teacher. And it didn't work -- -- Lee Westwood had -- interest in looking please note that -- funny look at ...
[0:14:03] ... keep playing great. All right we end with this and what conversation Brad Faxon be without a Johnny Miller question. At bay hill are -- east tournament. Adam Scott on the seventeenth fairway but in the sixteenth fairway shooting to be number one in the world and Johnny Miller actually said. This is quite possibly the biggest swing the most important swing of Adam Scott's career not correct we have a wrong a guy named Adam Scott. Had a couple big swings last year this time to win the masters is being number one in the world even temporarily. That big of a deal when you won the masters by comparison Johnny said quite possibly this is the biggest swing of Adam Scott's career. But that's what makes everybody you -- -- -- Tony Miller you know but but -- that -- You know there's no way Adam Scott was taken about that -- he could match yeah absolutely no and they in this accident. That topic came up in his ...

The guys opened the show by discussing the Celtics tankathon and another big clutch hit by Ortiz.

[0:07:17] ... Passionate story of today. Is these spectacular. Down the wire stretch run. Boston Celtics are putting together that is making me proud and should be making Celtic fans happy. All over this great land I want ...
[0:14:04] ... you let this don't practice that I screwed up. I left -- Kevin Costner's -- It's this is in the office you can lose your voice is that helps the -- you know it's it's just ...
[0:16:17] ... Tunisia giant among Hollywood stars are supposed to play the role of Tom Brady in the NFL MVP. It worked -- -- the replacements hasn't worked for a -- -- yes the reports that cried at ...
[0:18:26] ... ordination I need to knows these people hate it the next tired patriot fans. Do they really think that Brandon Spikes. Was comparing being a patriot to being a slave do they really think would Brandon ...

Mut and Merloni listed to Adam Jones' comments regarding what should happen to fans that run onto the field during the game.

[0:00:05] ... great moves the Orioles have made recently was a trade that sent Erik Bedard to Seattle. That -- you outfielder Adam Jones good hitter good fielder. That a big part of what that team has done thus become very outspoken he's on that David Ortiz show wasn't that -- -- show. MLB at bat that show he -- in the MLB fan cable likes that have follows ...
[0:01:50] ... jump on that field. I want people to get what that that Matt Chatham treatment in Chatham the Super Bowl that -- just recently released video. Carolina patriots. Marry some guy just destroys them and once ...
[0:05:10] ... time. She's going up against that is when the -- -- -- Magdalena Maleeva. Cubic yeah which he has that those 93 during the match. I mean that's generally -- wow. The affair and jumped on ...