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:

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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)

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Lucy Burdge
Analyst Trent Dilfer joins the guys to discuss some of his favorite QBs from the past.

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Analyst Trent Dilfer joins the guys to discuss some of his favorite QBs from the past.

[0:00:00] ... I'm for our weekly visit with Trent Dilfer NFL analyst on ESPN Trent has brought to you by north and Subaru Mazda. And by Elizabeth Grady dot com he joins us on the AT&T hotline eight Trenton area. Don't hurt our great thanks. You know yesterday. We we get into a philosophical discussion with Bill Belichick about all time great quarterbacks. Any drop the Bert Jones bomb on us. He said when healthy he thought Bert Jones was ...
[0:04:53] ... great. That there are situations in gains when it's very clear that Kansas City Chiefs have an advantage. For. Did New England Patriots yet Tom Brady rice's op against all odds offered right so we got caught so converts Viktor Bout. Were still scores a touchdown or wherever ...
[0:06:21] ... to a manuals standards but the player of dollars of football asked Tom Brady about a way to. Just dollars a big long touchdown because. Got what I exploited according to Siegel blitz to Egypt has ...





Closing out the show with the best audio of the day.

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Closing out the show with the best audio of the day.

[0:01:52] ... when a loved considered a blackjack table with Barkley. MJ is the Antoine Walker but he's probably got about probably an audience one billion dollars to little whatever and sit there and to have them. Have ...
[0:03:38] ... yourself because and I was true was really. Just connect was a Mike Williams wide receiver was that is worse pick as in the top in what you're an arsonist Charles Charles are I don't aren't right now Matt go to Carlos that Charles Robert de Carlo. And what it was a corner one of the receiver I think but there's a Rogers and Charles row while look at these made their Mark Williams and but it they did throughout Boss Bailey. That's right Jolie air big guy drafted Calvin all right if you are often. I don't know. And I've got talent it. ...
[0:10:39] ... and probably a couple of weeks but Hewitt Tom Karen hosting yes. Drew Bledsoe wells Shaquille O'Neal Shaq who. We've guys actually get her check bill Lee who space in move it movie coming out at ...





Dale and Holley look at some of the baddest defensive players around. Guys you want on your team. Guys you should probably fear.

[0:08:58] ... and they played them here. And abetted didn't play in the game Michael Bennett and play them and played him in the Super Bowl I didn't feel like that and the pass rush. Was really anything ...
[0:10:10] ... points yet. And those three teams. Are the New England Patriots. The Seattle Seahawks in Minnesota vikings'. Cozy a three team so when I tell you the numbers you say yes something doesn't feel quite right ...
[0:13:08] ... And so. They the the really Smart guys out here. You know Matt Chatham can probably tell you it. What Chris Long is a unique drug to be five the match and keep your dissertation like ...
[0:21:32] ... With Belichick as it just we just. Are complete what is it Trent Dilfer coming up next Sports Radio WEEI. ...






Dale and Holley look at some of the baddest defensive players around. Guys you want on your team. Guys you should probably fear.

[0:08:58] ... and they played them here. And abetted didn't play in the game Michael Bennett and play them and played him in the Super Bowl I didn't feel like that and the pass rush. Was really anything ...
[0:10:10] ... points yet. And those three teams. Are the New England Patriots. The Seattle Seahawks in Minnesota vikings'. Cozy a three team so when I tell you the numbers you say yes something doesn't feel quite right ...
[0:13:08] ... And so. They the the really Smart guys out here. You know Matt Chatham can probably tell you it. What Chris Long is a unique drug to be five the match and keep your dissertation like ...
[0:21:32] ... With Belichick as it just we just. Are complete what is it Trent Dilfer coming up next Sports Radio WEEI. ...






 

TIMEIn what might be the best idea of 2016, Japan has announced plans to open a spa amusement park in Beppu, which is famous for its hot springs.

Thanks to a now-viral video that depicts a hypothetical “spamusement” park complete with bubble bath roller coasters and steam room trolley rides, a spa amusement park is now actually in the works. In addition to showing many potential relaxing activities, the clip also featured Beppu’s mayor Yasuhiro Nagano saying that he’ll work to make this fantastical idea a reality if the video hit one million views.

Now, nearly a week later, the video has garnered almost two million views. Furthermore, it looks like Mayor Nagano will be making good on his promise — according to RocketNews24, the mayor’s office issued a press release that confirmed that plans for the amusement park are underway.

This is a good idea in theory but I can already see some problems with it in this video. Actually, it has disaster written all over it.

There are people walking around in only towels. There are rides where people sit in a tub of water in only towels. How often will they change that water?

PEOPLE ARE RIDING A CAROUSEL WEARING NOTHING BUT TOWELS.

The only thing I was thinking during that entire video: germs.

This spamusement park looks way more stressful than relaxing.

People there aren’t going to wear shoes. It looks like the bare feet and the towels and the water are the only things that make this different from a regular amusement park.

So, no thank you, this looks like a nightmare.

Blog Author: 
Lucy Burdge