The Patriots defense is ranked high in the points allowed category, but is that stat deceiving based on who they've played? Glenn, Lou and Christian caution callers about what the real deal may be for this Patriots defense.
We talk baseball as Rick Porcello wins the Comeback Player of the Year. The guys debate whether he actually deserves it since he was never hurt, he just sucked the year before.
Tom E. Curran of CSNNE joins Glenn, Lou and Christian to talk about whether the Patriots defense is as good as their points-allowed stats show, and to recap Bill Belichick's bizarre love for the Rams punter.
Gerry loves Harry Chapin.
Bart Scott says that Gronk's days are numbered in New England.
Gerry and Kirk need to talk some sports.
Meter, Gerry and Kirk talked about Shaughnessy's HOF ballot and Felger's take on Al Horford.

Finally. #IronChefGauntlet

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Variety — Food Network is heading back to Kitchen Stadium. The cabler plans to reboot its “Iron Chef America” franchise with a fresh incarnation dubbed “Iron Chef Gauntlet.”

The cooking competition will be hosted once again by Food Network regular Alton Brown, who gained fame through his “color commentary” reporting on “Iron Chef.” “Gauntlet” is expected to begin production early next year for a second-quarter premiere. Details of the new format are thin other than it promises to offer some new twists on the cooking-showdown format.

The original “Iron Chef” aired for 12 seasons on Food Network and helped burnish the credentials of such foodie TV stars as Bobby Flay, Masaharu Morimoto, Michael Symon, Marc Forgione, Geoffrey Zakarian and Alex Guarnaschelli. The competition pits one notable chef each season to face a series of challengers in a bid earn or retain the title of “Iron Chef.”

This is excellent news.

This show, in its “Iron Chef America” format, has everything. It has food, incredible drama, sweating chefs, INSTANT REPLAY, an area called Kitchen Stadium, a chairman who does a karate chop and says “In the words of my uncle, ‘allez cuisine!'” to start the competition, and of course, Alton Brown doing running commentary.

Not only does Brown do color commentary during the competitions, he talks to the chefs while they’re cooking under extreme conditions. He asks them questions and sometimes they yell at him to stop bothering them.

It is near-perfect television.

This is why I love “Iron Chef.” Here is the Battle of the Melon:

Blog Author: 
Lucy Burdge

Good morning, here is your Wednesday Morning Mashup. For the latest news, start at our WEEI.com home page or click here for the top stories and scores from our news wire.

Good morning, here is your Wednesday Morning Mashup. For the latest news, start at our WEEI.com home page or click here for the top stories and scores from our news wire.

WEDNESDAY’S BROADCAST HIGHLIGHTS:
NBA: Detroit at Boston, 7:30 p.m. (CSN; NBATV)
NBA: Indiana at Portland, 10 p.m. (NBATV)
NHL: Pittsburgh at NY Islanders, 8 p.m. (NBCSN)
NHL: San Jose at Los Angeles, 10:30 p.m. (NBCSN)
College basketball: UNH at Providence, 6:30 p.m. (FS2)
College basketball: Purdue at Louisville, 7 p.m. (ESPN)
College basketball: Rutgers at Miami, 7 p.m. (ESPNU)
College basketball: Temple at Saint Joseph’s, 7 p.m. (CBSSN)
College basketball: Virginia Tech at Michigan, 7 p.m. (ESPN2)
College basketball: Western Carolina at Marquette, 8:30 p.m. (FS2)
College basketball: Nebraska at Clemson, 9 p.m. (ESPNU)
College basketball: North Carolina at Indiana, 9 p.m. (ESPN)
College basketball: Ohio State at Virginia, 9 p.m. (ESPN2)
Women’s college basketball: Butler at TCU, 1 p.m. (FSN)

AROUND THE WEB:

Tiger Woods finally is ready to return to golf. (John David Mercer/USA Today Sports)

Tiger Woods finally is ready to return to golf. (John David Mercer/USA Today Sports)

— After more than a year away from golf, Tiger Woods is making his return to the game at the Hero World Challenge in the Bahamas on Thursday.

Woods spoke with reporters on Tuesday and opened up about his feelings heading into the tournament. He said he struggled with the future of his career and whether or not he would ever play again while recovering from back surgeries.

“Yeah, there was a lot of trepidation and times where I did think of that, because it was realistic,” Woods said. “Not being able to get out of bed, not being able to move, how can I expect to come out here and swing a golf club at 120 miles an hour and be ballistic when I can’t even get out of bed?”

Woods said recovering from this back injury was different than recovering from past knee problems.

“When I had my knee redone and it was completely blown, I knew it was nine months [of recovery], but I knew I could come back from it. It’s not nerve damage,” Woods said. “When you’re dealing with a spine, when you’re dealing with nerves, it’s a totally different deal. There’s a lot of guys who have had injuries like that and have come back and done well and have won golf tournaments, but each individual spinal injury is different and has its own little personality.”

Woods also spoke about his sudden withdrawal from the Safeway Classic in October, saying “a few things happened” surrounding that decision.

“One, the Ryder Cup [for which he served as a vice captain] helped a lot in the sense that I got a chance to be out there with the guys and see it and feel it and experience it,” Woods said. “Two, it hurt me by not being able to practice for a week. I knew that I could play Safeway with a few shots, and I’ve played with less and I’ve won golf tournaments hitting with less shots, but I had to have everything come together.”

Woods also said he didn’t know the course well enough and “didn’t feel right about it.”

Woods will tee off at noon on Thursday in the opening round of the World Challenge.

— The Bills announced Tuesday that the league has suspended offensive tackle Seantrel Henderson for the next 10 games for violating the NFL substance abuse policy.

Henderson also was suspended for four games at the beginning of this season for a similar violation.

NFL.com’s Ian Rapoport reported Tuesday Henderson uses marijuana to cope with the pain that comes with Crohn’s disease. Henderson has also had two intestinal surgeries.

After Henderson’s first suspension, Henderson’s agent Brian Fettner said, “There is zero allowable medical exemption for this per the NFL; however, there clearly should be.”

Rapoport reports Henderson is not ruling out legal action to return to the field.

— Scottsdale Scorpions outfielder Tim Tebow said on Tuesday he is improving as a baseball player in the Mets organization but is not sure if he will be present at Mets spring training.

“I’m taking it day-by-day,” Tebow said when asked at an NYPD event if he anticipates being at spring training.

Tebow played in the Arizona Fall League and went 12-for-62 with 20 strikeouts and eight walks.

QUOTE OF THE DAY: “Everybody has their opinion. I respect anything that anybody has to say. I care a lot about the group and our guys. For my family’s sake, it was important for me to be there for them. Just with our transition and everything. So that’s that. Now I can put that behind me and get focused again on [Wednesday] night.” — Celtics center Al Horford, on missing Monday’s game to be with his wife for the birth of their daughter 

HAPPY BIRTHDAY: Shane Victorino (35)

Blog Author: 
Lucy Burdge