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Omri Casspi Update

Posted on: December 12th, 2018 by Ron Kaplan No Comments

OKC ThunderHere’s the rundown:

  • Wed, Dec 5, a 96-86 win over the visiting LA Clippers: Casspi scored seven points with four rebounds and a steal in 20 minutes off the bench,
  • Fri, Dec 7, a 107-103 win over the host New Orleans Pelicans: four points, three rebounds, one steal, one blocked shot in 11 minutes.
  • Sat, Dec. 8, a 111-88 loss to the visiting LA Lakers: two points, one rebound, one assist, two steals, one blocked shot in 13 minutes.
  • Mon, Dec. 10, a 105-99 loss top the host Denver Nuggets: a season-high 12 points, six rebounds, two assists in 19 minutes.

Could Casspi — who has played for seven teams (including just one game for the Pelicans in 2017 before getting hurt) in his 10 NBA seasons — be on the trading block once again?

JFL Update, Week 14

Posted on: December 12th, 2018 by Ron Kaplan No Comments

What a cool ending to the game between the host Miami Dolphins and New England Patriots (9-4, first in AFC East) on Sunday. In case you missed “The Miracle in Miami,” here it is:

Almost an afterthought, but Nate Ebner appeared in 25 plays (78 percent) on special teams and had an assist on a tackle.

Mazel tov to Mitchell Schwartz and the 11-2 Kansas City Chiefs. They clinched a playoff berth with their 27-24 overtime win over the visiting Baltimore Ravens. Schwartz once again appeared on every offensive down (86) plus another seven (24 percent) on special teams.

No miracle for Josh Rosen and the Arizona Cardinals (3-10, T-third, NFC West) in this Hanukkah week. They were crushed — relatively speaking — by the visiting Detroit Lions, 17-3. Rosen completed 26 of 41 passes for 240 yards (tied for second for season-high) with no touchdowns and one interception. He also ran twice for three yards.

Ali Marpet also appeared on every offensive play for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers (5-8, third, NFC South) plus another 4/15% on special teams) as the visiting New Orleans Saints scored 17 fourth-quarter points to take the contest, 28-14.

Greg Joseph‘s two field goals proved to be the difference in the game, giving the Cleveland Browns (5-7-1, third, AFC North) a 26-20 win over the visiting Carolina Panthers. Joseph connected from 49 yards with less than a minute left in the second quarter to tie the game at 17-17 and 41 in the fourth to seal the deal.

Safety Jordan Dangerfield appeared on 16 special team plays (64 percent) as the Pittsburgh Steelers (7-5-1, first, AFC North) lost a tough one to the host Oakland Raiders, 24-17.

Omri Casspi Update, Dec. 4, 2018

Posted on: December 4th, 2018 by Ron Kaplan No Comments

Image result for omri casspi, grizzliesSince the last entry about the Israeli import, Omri Casspi has appeared both of the Memphis Grizzlies contests: a 131-125 double-overtime win over the host Brooklyn Nets on Nov. 30 and a 103-95 loss to the host Philadelphia 76ers on Dec. 2.

Casspi played 15 minutes off the bench against Brooklyn, scoring just one point with three rebounds and one assist as the Grizzlies broke a three-game losing streak in the former.

The next game, Casspi again played 15 minutes but this time with eight rebounds and zero points.

Memphis is 13-9, sixth in the Western Conference and tops in the Southwest Division, 1.5 games ahead of Mark Cuban’s Dallas Mavericks.

On a more serious note, Casspi was quoted in this Associated Press story about Jewish athletes following the anti-Semitic at a Pittsburgh synagogue.

“There’s crazy people out there, and it is what it is,” Casspi said. “The notion is that anti-Semitism is dead — it’s always going to be (around). Some people are just like that. There’s going to be racist people, there’s going to be anti-Semites.”

JFL Update, Week 13

Posted on: December 4th, 2018 by Ron Kaplan No Comments

Josh Rosen led the Arizona Cardinals (3-9, third in NFC West) to an improbable 20-17 win over the host Green Bay Packers. Rosen was 11-26 for 149 passing yards with no TDs or interceptions. He rushed for 33 yards on one play, but also had a -1 on anther for a total of 32 yards. Depending on whose stats you go by Rosen is either 30th out of 31 qualifying quarterbacks in Total QBR (ESPN) or 30th among all QBS (NFL). Either way, it’s not very good, but given his rookie status, you hope he’s learning and that the Cardinals will provide him with a better supporting cast in years to come.

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Mitchell Schwartz played all 71 offensive downs for the KC Chiefs and another seven (22 percent) as the KC Chiefs (10-2, first in AFC West) held off a late charge by the host Oakland Raiders for a 40-33 win.

Nate Ebner returned to action after missing last week’s game for the New England Patriots. He appeared on 20 special teams plays (80 percent) as the Pats (9-3, first in AFC East)  beat the visiting Minnesota Vikings, 24-10.

Ali Marpet appeared on all 65 offensive plays for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers (5-7. third in NFC South) plus another four (17 percent) as his crew beat the visiting Carolina Panthers, 24-17.

Safety Jordan Dangerfield appeared in 19 special teams plays (63 percent) and recovered one of the team’s own fumbles as the Pittsburgh Steelers (7-4-1, first in AFC North) gave up 18 fourth quarter points to the visiting LA Chargers to lose, 33-30, the winning score coming on a field goal with 4:10 left to play.

Greg Joseph did not attempt a field goal for the Cleveland Browns (4-7-1, fourth in AFC North) in their 29-13 loss to the host Houston Texans. he made one PAT, the browns failing on a two point conversion following their second TD.

It was pointed out to me during the NY-Chicago game that the Bears have two players with apparently Jewish surnames (Tarik Cohen and Eddie Goldman), neither of whom are MOT. “A rose by any other name…”

JFL Update, Week 12

Posted on: November 27th, 2018 by Ron Kaplan

It looked good for a little while at least: Arizona Cardinals (2-9, T-third, NFC West) quarterback Josh Rosen threw a 25-yard touchdown pass to Larry Fitzgerald four minutes into the first quarter. That was followed by a field goal a little bit later for a 10-0 lead. But that was it for the Cardinals’ scoring and it all went downhill from there as the host LA Chargers roared back for a 45-10 win. Rosen ended the day completing 12 of 19 passes for 105 yards with that TD plus an interception and was sacked for an 11-yard loss. He also rushed twice for negative one yard. And, to add insult to non-injury, there was this.

Kicker Greg Joseph did not attempt any field goals but hit on five PATs as the Cleveland Browns (4-6-1, fourth, AFC North) beat the host Cincinnati Bengals, 35-20.

Safety Jordan Dangerfield appeared on three defensive plays (5 percent) and another 18 on special teams (67 percent) as the Pittsburgh Steelers (7-3-1, first AFC North) fell to the host Denver Broncos on a fourth quarter touchdown, 24-17.

Ali Marpet appeared on all 73 offensive plays plus another five (18 percent) on special teams for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers (4-7, T-third NFC South) in a 27-9 win over the visiting San Francisco 49ers.

Nate Ebner was not active for the New England Patriots (8-3, first, AFC East) in their 27-13 win over the host NY Jets. From CBSSports.com on Nov. 23, “Ebner was a surprise addition to Friday’s injury report, logging a limited participation in practice after having been unlisted to begin the week. The veteran safety appears to have suffered a knee injury of undisclosed severity during practice.” But at least he won his bet with Tom Brady over the Michigan-Ohio State game.

Mitchell Schwartz and the KC Chiefs (9-2, first AFC West) were in their bye week.

 

JFL Update, Week 10

Posted on: November 14th, 2018 by Ron Kaplan

In a meeting of the MOTs, Mitchell Schwartz and the host KC Chiefs came out on top, beat Josh26-14. Schwartz  appeared on all 59 offensive plays plus 4 (16 percent) on special teams. Rosen was 22 of 39 on passing with one TD and two interceptions. The Chiefs are on top of the AFC West with a 9-1 mark, tied with the LA Rams for best in the NFL. The Cardinals, on the other hand, are 2-7, third in the NFC West.

A November 9 article in the KC Star took note of Schwartz’s durability:

Image result for mitchell schwartzSchwartz, now in his seventh NFL season and third as starting right tackle for the Chiefs, has the longest current streak of consecutive snaps (6,934) of any player in the NFL, and his 102 consecutive games started ranks first among offensive tackles. He could reach the 7,000-consecutive snaps milestone at Arrowhead Stadium on Sunday.

“That doesn’t happen very often,” Chiefs coach Andy Reid said. “You saw the other guy (Joe Thomas) there Sunday (in Cleveland), he was doing a show or something on the sidelines. It is quite a feat. You go back to the Denver game (last year) where I sat a bunch of the guys and he wanted to be out there. If sat (Schwartz) down, he would have done that too, but he wanted to be out there.”

The 59 plays puts Schwartz just short of the mark.Finger crossed for next Monday’s meeting with the Rams, which is also in the news. The two teams were scheduled to play in Mexico City. Not gonna happen. According to a press release from the NFL:

The NFL announced today that it will move the Monday, November 19, Kansas City Chiefs-Los Angeles Rams game originally scheduled for Estadio Azteca in Mexico City to the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum in Los Angeles.

The decision is based on the determination – in consultation with the NFLPA and following a meeting and field inspection this afternoon by NFL and club field experts as well as local and independent outside experts – that the playing field at Estadio Azteca does not meet NFL standards for playability and consistency and will not meet those standards by next Monday.

Safety Jordan Dangerfield appeared on four defensive plays (7 percent) and another 19 on special teams (61 percent) as the Pittsburgh Steelers (6-2-1, first AFC North) crushed the visiting Carolina Panthers, 52-21. Dangerfield made one tackle and was also credited with a “combination” tackle.

Kicker Greg Joseph did not attempt any field goals but hit on four PATs as the Cleveland Browns (3-6-1, fourth, AFC North) beat the visiting Atlanta Falcons, 28-16.

Nate Ebner appeared on 27 special teams plays (90 percent) with two tackle assists as the New England Patriots (7-3, first, AFC East) were beat up by the host Tennessee Titans, 34-10.

Ali Marpet appeared on all 69 offensive plays plus another three (15 percent) on special teams for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers (3-6, fourth NFC South) in a 16-3 loss to the visiting Washington Redskins.

 

Omri Casspi update, Nov. 7, 2018

Posted on: November 7th, 2018 by Ron Kaplan

Might as well start labeling these entries with his name since he’s the only M-O-T in the N-B-A.

The Memphis Grizzlies forward came out of Friday’s game — a 110-100 win over the host Utah Jazz —  with thigh soreness. Casspi played seven minutes, scoring four points with three rebounds and an assist. he played just for minutes in their 102-100 loss to the host Phoenix Suns on Sunday but he scored a pair and had two assists and a steal. So he may not play much, but he’s active when he is on the court. Unfortunately, he missed last night’s 112-101 loss to the host Golden State Warriors with thigh tightness. Next game is tonight as Memphis (5-4, eighth in the Western conference and second in the Southwest Division) hosts the Denver Nuggets.

There was a nice write-up about him in the local paper, but I question the left-handed compliment-type headline. Maybe I’m just overly sensitive.

Omri Casspi interacts with his family during the Grizzlies open practice and scrimmage for fans at the FedExForum on Saturday, Sept. 29, 2018.

College basketball begins tonight. If I feel ambitious, I’ll look into the Jewish component in the NCAA.

JFL Update, Week 9

Posted on: November 6th, 2018 by Ron Kaplan

Mitchell Schwartz appeared on all of the KC Chiefs’ 63 offensive plays plus another six (26 percent) on special teams in a 37-21 win over the host Cleveland Browns. The Chiefs are 8-1 to lead the AFC West. Kicker Greg Joseph hit on a 51-yard field goal, his only points on the day since the Browns (2-6-1, fourth, AFC North) tried and failed to convert three two-point PAT attempts.

For the second consecutive week, Nate Ebner appeared on 22 special teams plays (81 percent this time) with an assist on a tackle as the New England Patriots (7-2, first, AFC East) beat the visiting Green Bay Packers, 31-17.

Ali Marpet appeared on all 67 offensive plays plus another four (12 percent) on special teams for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers (3-5, fourth NFC South) in an agonizing 42-28 loss to the host Carolina Panthers.

Pittsburgh Steelers (5-2-1, first AFC North) safety Jordan Dangerfield appeared on 17 special team plays (68 percent) in a 23-16 win over the host Baltimore ravens.

QB Josh Rosen and the Arizona Cardinals (2-6, 3rd NFC West) had their bye week.

 

Jewps update, November 1, 2018

Posted on: November 1st, 2018 by Ron Kaplan

(Jews + Hoops = Jewps)

As the sole representative of the Chosen People, all we have is Omri Casspi, of the Memphis Grizzlies (4-2, Fifth in Western Conference) so fingers crossed that he manages to remain healthy and productive over the NBA season. Otherwise, we have bupkis.

Here’s a quick recap of Omri’s accomplishments to date. He did not play in the Grizlies’ season opener, a 111-83 loss to the Indiana Pacers.

2018-19 Regular Season Table
G Date Opp GS MP FG FGA FG% 3P 3PA 3P% FT FTA FT% ORB DRB TRB AST STL BLK TOV PF PTS GmSc +/-
1 2018-10-19 ATL W (+14) 0 24:03 4 8 .500 0 2 .000 3 6 .500 1 3 4 2 0 0 0 2 11 8.0 +1
2 2018-10-22 @ UTA W (+8) 0 10:15 1 2 .500 0 1 .000 2 2 1.000 0 1 1 1 1 0 0 0 4 5.0 +7
3 2018-10-24 @ SAC L (-5) 0 10:16 2 4 .500 1 2 .500 0 0 1 2 3 1 1 0 1 0 5 5.0 +8
4 2018-10-27 PHO W (+21) 0 14:03 2 2 1.000 1 1 1.000 0 1 .000 0 3 3 3 0 0 1 0 5 6.0 +27
5 2018-10-30 WAS W (+12) 0 14:31 3 6 .500 1 1 1.000 1 2 .500 0 3 3 0 1 0 0 2 8 5.7 -6
Provided by Basketball-Reference.com: View Original Table
Generated 11/1/2018.

Not into any fantasy sports, so I don’t know exactly what this means.

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JFL Update, Week 8

Posted on: October 30th, 2018 by Ron Kaplan

QB Josh Rosen tossed two fourth-quarter touchdown passes to lead the Arizona Cardinals (2-6, third, NFC West) to an 18-15 win over the visiting San Francisco 49ers. The rookie QB had his best game to date, completing 23 of 40 passes for 252 yards (one interception). He also rushed for 12 yards in two attempts.

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Mitchell Schwartz appeared on all of the KC Chiefs’ 58 offensive plays plus another five (17 percent) on special teams in a 30-23 win over the visiting Denver Broncos. The Chiefs are 7-1 to lead the AFC West.

Ali Marpet appeared on all 88 offensive plays plus another five (15 percent) on ST for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers (3-4, T-3 NFC South) in an agonizing 37-34 loss to the host Cincinnati Bengals. The Bucs scored 18 points in the fourth quarter but could not overcome a 27-9 halftime deficit.

Kicker Greg Joseph hit on field goals of 34 and 45 yards (and missed one from 41) but it didn’t make much of a difference as his Cleveland Browns (2-5, fourth, AFC North) lost to the host Pittsburgh Steelers, 33-18. Safety Jordan Dangerfield appeared on four defensive plays (6 percent) and another 20 (67 percent) on ST for the Steelers (4-2-1, first AFC North).

In the Monday Night Football contest, Nate Ebner appeared on 22 special teams plays (79 percent) as the New England Patriots (6-2, first, AFC East) scored two touchdowns in the fourth to seal the deal, 25-6, over the host Buffalo Bills. Ebner appeared to recover  fumble on a kick-off but the play was reserved on review.

 

   
 

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