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Jice update, November 15, 2017

Posted on: November 15th, 2017 by Ron Kaplan No Comments

An all-too-infrequent update about what the Chosen Frozen are up to:

  • Michael Cammalleri, So much for that homecoming. The LA Kings traded Cammalleri to the Edmonton Oilers yesterday for Jussi Jokinen. The deal was made on the same day this article came out.  He goes from a team in first place in the Pacific Division of the Western Conference to one in seventh (7-9-2). Cams had three goals and four assists in 15 games for the Kings, averaging 12:38 minutes of time on ice.
  • Jason Demers, Arizona Coyotes (2-15-3, eighth/last in the Pacific Division with the worst record in the league): 20 games, two goals, six assists.
  • Josh Ho-Sang, NY Islanders (9-6-2, fifth in Metropolitan Division of Eastern Conference) was recalled from the Bridgeport Sound Tigers on Veterans Day and provided immediate results, scoring a goal to help the team beat the visiting St. Louis Blues, 5-2. Unfortunately, he’s questionable for tomorrow night’s game after missing practice yesterday due to an illness (the NHL is so sketchy with its injury reports). Let’s hope he can stick around awhile this time. Ho-Sang has appeared in seven games with the lone goal and four assists.
  • Zach Hyman, Toronto Maple Leafs (12-7-0, second place in the Atlantic Division of the Eastern Conference): 19 games, four goals, six assists.
  • Luke Kunin, Minnesota Wild (8-7-2, fifth in the Central Division of the Western Conference): 14 games, two goals, two assists.
  • Brendan Leipsic, Vegas Golden Knights (10-6-1, second in the Pacific Division): eight games, no goals, four assists.
  • Jason Zucker, Wild, is on a tear, having scored seven goals in his last four games including a hat trick to provide all the scoring in a 3-0 win over the host Montreal Canadiens last Thursday. He also scored the only goal in Saturday’s 1-0 win over the host Philadelphia Flyers. All that scoring netted him NHL First Star honors for the week. And as if all this wasn’t enough reason to celebrate, Zucker and his wife Carly just became first-time parents on Oct. 27. Mazel tov. Overall, Zucker has 10 goals and five assists in 17 games.

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Jewps update, Nov. 14, 2017

Posted on: November 14th, 2017 by Ron Kaplan No Comments

RachelKaplan-3179.jpgWas watching the Knicks-Cavs game last night with my daughter, who knew more about the players than I seem to these days. She occasionally takes photos for the Nets games in Brooklyn and has terrific retention, so she remembers names. Her favorite player is Jarrett Jack, who used to be on the Nets, and she recognized him immediately. Nice that we can share some things still.

Oh, yeah, Jews.

Golden State Warriors' Omri Casspi (18) takes a shot against the Minnesota Timberwolves in the second quarter at Oracle Arena in Oakland, Calif. on Wednesday, Nov. 8, 2017. (Nhat V. Meyer/Bay Area News Group)Omri Casspi had his best game of the season for the Golden State Warriors on Nov. 8, scoring 13 points in 20 minutes off the bench in a 125-101 win over the host Minnesota Timberwolves. He was 5-for-7 from the field and pulled down three rebounds, with one assists, two steals, and three blocked shots. Overall, Casspi, 29, has appeared in 11 of the Warriors’ 14 games, averaging 10.7 minutes on the floor and continuing to receive accolades on his preparedness and being a great teammate.

Golden State is 11-3, tops in the Western Conference’s Pacific Division. They have won seven straight games.

Received the new issue of Jewish Sports Review, with its college basketball preview. All dues respect to all the athletes, but since I barely cover college sports at all, I usually confine myself to DI schools. So bearing that in mind, here’s what we’ve got for the men:

  • Ben Carter (GR) Michigan State
  • Jordan Cohen (Soph) Lehigh
  • Ido Flaisher (Soph) Hawaii
  • Egor Koulechov (Gr) Florida
  • Gabe Levin (Sr) Long Beach State
  • Jerry Lieberman (Sr) Cal Baptist
  • Hunter Sabety (Sr) Hofstra

And for the women:

  • Jen Berkowitz (Sr) Yale
  • Drew Edelman (Sr) UC Santa Barbara
  • Paige Fecske (Jr) Pepperdine
  • Rachel Levy (Fr) Harvard
  • Abby Meyers (Fr) Princeton
  • Leah Purvis (Jr) Miami, OH
  • Mira Shulman (FR) UC Santa Barbara

I will try to keep up with the goings on, but I’m guessing there will be more to report for the guys than for the ladies. Last year the scores and stats as provided by ESPN were somewhat lacking for the latter.

 

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JFL, Week 10

Posted on: November 13th, 2017 by Ron Kaplan No Comments

Nate Ebner played 22 downs on special teams (76 percent) for the New England Patriots in their 41-16 win over the host Denver Broncos. He made one tackle. He had been nursing a sore shoulder. The Pats are 7-2, first in the AFC East.

Marpet_Cleats for a Cause.pngAli Marpet played at 71 snaps at center for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in their 15-10 win over the visiting NY Jets. The Bucs improve to 3-6 but are still last in the NFC South. Here’s an example of Marpet as mensch.

Mitchell Schwartz and the KC Chiefs (6-3, first in the AFC West) had their bye week.

Given the woeful performance of the NY Giants, would it be that far flung a notion to give offensive lineman Adam Bisnowaty a chance to play in a regular game, as opposed to burying him on the practice squad?

Josh Rosen update: The UCLA QB has come under fire for his mental and physical toughness. Of course, his team rushes to defend him so I don’t know — not following college football — how much of the whispers are true or false. but things are looking up: in his latest game, Rosen led the Bruins to a 44-37 win over the visiting Arizona State Sun Devils, throwing for 381 yards, one touchdown, and one interception. He also scored on a one-yard run. Is there a bowl game in Rosen’s future? And what, if anything, would that do for his chances in the NFL draft?

We have a winner!

Posted on: November 2nd, 2017 by Ron Kaplan

Congrats to Alex Bregman and the Houston Astros, baseball’s 2017 world champions after they beat the host LA Dodgers, 5-1.

Both Bregman and Dodgers’ outfielder Joc Pederson figured prominently in their team’s offense.

George Springer led off the game for Houston with a double and Bregman did the proper thing, hitting behind the runner to advance him to third. But Springer scored on a wild throw to first and Bregman wound up on second. He then stole third and crossed the plate on an infield out to give the Astros a 2-0 lead. That was all they would need, so in a way Bregman was responsible for the win from an offensive point of view. He also struck out three times and was in the on-deck circle when the last out was made in the top of the ninth. Bregman finished the Series with two homers, five RBIs, and a .233 batting average.

It was his glove as much as his bat that made Bregman a standout in the series

Pederson — who established the new “Jewish record” for  most home runs in a single fall classic with three — had the chance to be the hero in the bottom of the first, coming up with the bases loaded and two outs; he grounded out to second to stem any rally. Pederson led off the sixth with a single to center and scored the Dodgers’ only run. He also struck out twice.

Pederson was the offensive spark plug for his team, leading the Dodgers in hits (six), doubles (tied with two), home runs (three), RBIs (five), batting average (.333), slugging (.944), and OPS (1.344). Fun fact: Pederson hit 11 home runs in 273 at-bats during the regular season; he had three in 18 during the World Series.

Prior to the game, Sandy Koufax, 81, shared ceremonial first-pitch honors with former Brooklyn Dodgers’ teammate Don Newcombe, 91, as a commemoration of the franchise’s first World Championship in 1955.

It was the 39th time the Series went to a seventh game, but from my point of view, it was a relatively dull affair.

The Dodgers may have lost, but Pederson and Jewish baseball fans will always have this great memory:

Mazel tov to the winners, and rachmones for the losers.

JML Update, World Series Game Six

Posted on: November 1st, 2017 by Ron Kaplan

We have a record!

With his third home run of the Series, Joc Pederson becomes #1 in that category, taking over the top spot from Hank Greenberg, who slugged two in the 1934 fall classic. Hammerin’ Hank still holds the mark for RBIs in one Series — at least for now — with seven; Pederson has five.

His latest blast came as an insurance run in the LA Dodgers’ 3-1 win over the visiting Houston Astros for force Game Seven. It was Pederson’s only hit in three at bats (after the 13-12 slugfest the previous game, both teams combined for just 11 hits.)

In this clip, Pederson shares his thoughts with his brother, Champ. Sweet.

Alex Bregman was 1-for-4 for the Astros and made another sparkling play in the field.

JFL Update: Week Eight

Posted on: October 31st, 2017 by Ron Kaplan

Defensive back Nate Ebner appeared in 21 special teams plays for the New England Patriots in their 21-13 win over the visiting Los Angeles Chargers. The Pats are 6-2, first place in the AFC East.

Ali Marpet took all 67 snaps at center for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. who lost to the visiting Carolina Panthers, 17-3 to fall to 2-5, fourth (last) in the NFC South)

Mitchell Schwartz was on the field at right tackle for all 62 of the KC Chiefs’ offense and played another six downs (22 percent) on special teams. The Chiefs beat the visiting Denver Broncos last night, 29-19 to improve to 6-2, first in the AFC West.

Image result for mike bercoviciFinally, the St. Louis Cardinals signed quarterback Mike Bercovici (right)  to their practice squad, the team announced Tuesday. Bercovici played at ASU from 2011-15 and was the team’s starter throughout his senior season. He was a member of the Chargers’ practice squad in 2016 and ’17, and he had a stellar preseason performance against the Cardinals in 2016.

In the college ranks, UCLA Bruin Josh Rosen was forced out of a 44-23 loss to the #12 Washington Huskies on Saturday. According to the LA Times,

The severity of Rosen’s injuries was not immediately known and he was scheduled to be re-evaluated Sunday. An absence of any duration would be crushing. Rosen missed the Bruins’ final six games last season with a shoulder injury and his team went 1-5.

Rosen entered the game leading the Pac-12 Conference in passing yards and total offense. He finished the game against the Huskies having completed 12 of 21 passes for 93 yards and a touchdown.

For what it’s worth, Rosen was listed as the best quarterback on Mel Kiper’s Big Board.

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Jice Update, October 30, 2017

Posted on: October 30th, 2017 by Ron Kaplan

An all-too-infrequent update about what the Chosen Frozen are up to:

  • Image result for luke kuninMichael Cammalleri, LA Kings (9-1-1, first place in the Pacific Division): nine games, two goals, three assists.
  • Jason Demers, Arizona Coyotes (0-10-1, eighth/last in the Pacific Division of the Western Conference): 11 games, one goal, three assists.
  • Josh Ho-Sang, NY Islanders (6-4-1, fourth in Metropolitan Division of Eastern Conference): six games, no goals, four assists. He was sent down to the Bridgeport Sound Tigers (what a name) of the AHL on Oct. 24.
  • Zach Hyman, Toronto Maple Leafs (7-4-0, third place in the Atlantic Division of the Eastern Conference): 11 games, four goals, two assists.
  • Luke Kunin, Minnesota Wild, debuted on Oct. 16  against the Columbus Blue Jackets and was promptly sent back down to the minors. The highly-touted 19-year-old returned for the Oct. 21 game against the Winnipeg Jets. He scored his first NHL goal on Oct. 26 against the Islanders. The Wild are 4-3-2, seventh/last in the Central Division of the Western Conference. That’s him — No. 19 — celebrating with his teammates in the 6-4 win.
  • Brendan Leipsic, Vegas Golden Knights (8-1-0, second in the Pacific Division): eight games, no goals, four assists.
  • Jason Zucker, Minnesota Wild, nine games, three goals, four assists.

Jewps report, Oct. 30, 2017

Posted on: October 30th, 2017 by Ron Kaplan

Way behind here. But since there’s only one Jewish player in the NBA at this point, it’s easy to catch up.

Image result for Omri casspi, warriorsOmri Casspi has already had a repeat of some of the health issues that have kept him down in the past few years. The 29-year-old Israeli import has missed three of the seven games played by his newest team, the Golden State Warriors, last year’s NBA Champions who are now just 4-3, sixth place in the Western Conference.

Kind of adorable how the Jerusalem Post kvelled about his “best game,” since that one was kind of default: on Friday, Casspi played 13 minutes, scoring eight points with three rebounds, one assist, one steal, and one blocked shot in a 120-117 win over the visiting Washington Wizards. He’s played just 19 minutes in the other tree games combined. The Post also noted that Casspi received “great praise” from his boss:

After the successful game, coach Steve Kerr referred to Casspi’s performance and complimented him on his hard work. “I can’t say enough about Omri, staying ready, hardly played him all year,” Kerr said. “I told him after the game, it’s just karma. You know you work that hard, you put that kind of effort in…he was the story of the game.”

That’s kind of like proud parents bragging to the neighbors about how well little Omri is doing in school. Cute. Then again, the Golden State of Mind blog on SB Nation also had nice things to say about him. Let’s hope he can stay healthy and make us all proud in the season ahead.

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JML Update: World Series wows

Posted on: October 30th, 2017 by Ron Kaplan

Who would have though that it would be two Jews among the leading hitters in the World Series in home runs?

That was the outcome by the end of Game Four in which Joc Pederson‘s three-run shot in the ninth put the icing on the cake in the LA Dodgers’ 6-2 win over the host Houston Astros. This was followed in the bottom of the inning by Alex Bregman‘s blast for his team’s final score. Both batters have two home runs, which is all the more remarkable when you think that it was a long shot that Pederson would even be on the roster.

Pederson’s three-run bomb gave the Dodgers the 6-1 lead.

Bregman answered with one of his own, but too little, too late. And it was one of only two hits his team could muster.

And for the piece de resistance, Bregman notched the first walk-off hit by a Jewish player in the World Series when his RBI single drove home Derek Fisher with the winner in a 13-12 extra inning wild one last night with the Dodgers scoring three runs in the first and holding a 4-0 lead going into the bottom of the fourth. The Astros tied it, then fell behind, 7-4. Then tied it again, 7-7. Then fell behind , 8-7. Then took the lead, 11-8. Then lost it when the the game was tied 12-12 after nine innings before Bregman’s heroics. He also singled and walked in six plate appearances, scoring twice. That walk — which too 10 pitchers — knocked Dodgers’ starter Clayton Kershaw out of the game.

The Astros lead three games to two as they head back to California.

Lots of clips…

Pederson walked as a pinch-hitter in the sixth last night and hit a towering one-out double in the eighth. He took a little heat for it for watching the shot to see if it would be another home run. He’s batting .364 with two doubles, two homers, and four RBIs. Bregman is now at .273 with a double and two home runs. He’s driven in one run in each of the five games so far.

Both of “our boys” are making us proud. Mazel tov. I wonder how they’ll do on the rubber chicken circuit (kids, ask your parents) in the off-season.

JML Update, Game Three scouting report

Posted on: October 27th, 2017 by Ron Kaplan

Joc Pederson will start Game Three for the LA Dodgers, as the venue moves to Houston Astros’ home. Now that he homered, how many will jump on the Jewish geography bandwagon?

Robert Wechsler, author of the new release, The Jewish Baseball Card Book, sent me an email noting the accomplishments of Peterson and the Astros’ Alex Bregman:

This was the first time two Jewish players drove in runs in a World Series game.

It’s rare that two Jewish players even appeared in the World Series together — the last time was 2011 when Ian Kinsler and Scott Feldman both got into a game for Texas. Kinsler drove in two runs in Game 6, but Feldman did not bat.

Teammates Sandy Koufax and Larry Sherry both pitched for the Dodgers in 1959. Another pitcher, Barry Latman, was on the White Sox roster, but did not to appear in the Series.

Jason Marquis of St. Louis and Gabe Kapler of Boston played in the 2004 Series, but neither one had an RBI. (Kapler only had two at-bats.)

Hank Greenberg‘s Tigers faced Cy Block‘s Cubs in 1945 and Morrie Arnovich‘s Reds in 1940. Both Block and Arnovich only appeared as pinch runners in games in which Greenberg had RBIs.

Joc Pederson smashes a solo home run in the fifth inning to tie the game at 1–1.

Kevin Youkilis had two doubles in nine at-bats for the Red Sox in the 2007 WS, too.

   
 

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