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JFL Update, AFC Championship

Posted on: January 21st, 2019 by Ron Kaplan No Comments

Either way it came out, you knew there would be one Jewish player going to Super Bowl XLIII. As it happens, that MOT will be free safety Nate Ebner, whose New England Patriots needed overtime to beat Mitchell Schwartz‘s Kansas City Chief, 37-31.

Ebner appeared on 26 special teams plays (84 percent), making one tackle. Schwartz completed a “perfect” season, appear on 100 percent (52) of his team’s offensive downs, plus another five (16 percent) on special teams.

This will be the third Super Bowl for Ebner; Mitchell has yet to appear. The last time the Chiefs were in the championship game was in SB IV way back in 1970 when they beat the Minnesota Vikings, 23-7.

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The Patriots — who will be making their ninth Super Bowl appearance since 2002 — take on the Los Angeles Rams, who also won in overtime over the New Orleans Saints, 26-23, on Feb. 3 at Mercedes-Benz Stadium, Atlanta. According to the ESPN.com, as of right now there are still more than 1,000 tickets available for as low as $3,123.

Jice Update, Jan. 18, 2019 (Games of Jan. 17)

Posted on: January 18th, 2019 by Ron Kaplan No Comments

Zach Hyman, Toronto Maple Leafs (29-15-2, 2nd Atlantic Division, 2nd Eastern Conference): Notched the final goal with 51 seconds left to play in a 4-2 win over the host Tampa Bay Lightning. It was one of three shots on goal (SOG) he took in 17:55 playing time (Time on Ice/TOI). For those of you who subscribe to The Athletic, here’s a story on Hyman’s philanthropic interests.

Brendan Leipsic, LA Kings (19-25-4, 8th in Pacific Division, 14th) Western Conference): Took two SOG in 12:21 in a 2-1 win over the host Dallas Stars. Nate Thompson took one SOG in  13:19.

Jason Zucker, Minnesota Wild (23-21-3, 5th Central Division, 8th Western Division): One SOG in 17:11 in a 3-0 loss to the visiting Anaheim Ducks. Luke Kunin had 13:51 TOI.

 

 

Jice update, January 16, 2019

Posted on: January 16th, 2019 by Ron Kaplan No Comments

Andre Burakovsky, Washington Capitals (27-14-5, T-1st Metropolitan Division, 3rd Eastern Conference): No points or goals in two games — a 4-1 loss to the St. Louis Blues on 1/14 (10:46 time on ice) and a 7-2 loss to the host Nashville Predators yesterday (10:49 TOI) He was a healthy scratch — the fourth straight game with such status — against the Boston Bruins on 1/10.

Jakob Chychrun, Arizona Coyotes (20-22-3, 7th in Pacific Division, 13th Western Conference) Had an assist on the game-winning overtime goal against the host Vancouver Canucks on 1/10, one of two assists he had in the 4-3 victory (19:32 TOI). No goals or assists in his other two games — a 3-2 win over the host Edmonton Oilers (17:19 TOI) on 1/12 and a a 7-1 loss to the host Calgary Flames on 1/14 (19:45 TOI).

Jason Demers, Coyotes: Has not played since sustaining what has turned out to be a season-ending “lower body” injury on Nov. 15. Not to make light of the situation, but I always found it funny how non-specific the NHL is when discussing injuries, as if teams would deliberately target a player’s weak spot.

Josh Ho-Sang, New York Islanders (26-15-4, 3rd Metropolitan Division, 7th Eastern Conference): The Islanders sent Ho-Sang back to their AHL affiliate, the Bridgeport Sound Tigers, on Jan. 8.

Zach Hyman, Center, Toronto Maple Leafs (28-15-2, 2nd Atlantic Division, 4th Eastern Conference): Had an assist in a 4-2 win over the host NJ Devils on 1/10, (16:44 TOI), his first game back after missing eight games with an injury (his last game before that was also against the Devils back on 12/18). Hyman also played 17:58 on 1/12 in a 3-2 loss to the Bruins and 16:08 in a 6-3 loss to the Colorado Avalanche on 1/14

Brendan Leipsic, LA Kings (18-25-4, 8th in Pacific Division, 15th (last) Western Conference): Scored a goal in a 5-2 win against the Pittsburgh Penguins on 1/12 (10:39 TOI). That was sandwiched between two other games — both of them losses — without a point: 4-1 to the Ottawa Senators on 1/10 and a 3-2 shootout to the host Minnesota Wild on 1/15.

Jason Zucker, Minnesota Wild (23-20-3, 5th Central Division, 8th Western Division): Scored the game-winner in yesterday’s shootout over Leipsic’s Kings. It’s been a good stretch for Zucker, who has 13 goals and 11 assists to lead the Jice men.:

  • 1/10: Two goals in a 3-2 win over the Winnipeg Jets
  • 1/12: An assist in a 5-2 loss to the Detroit Red Wings
  • 1/14: Another goal in a 7-4 loss to the host Philadelphia Flyers

Oops: In the previous update, I omitted Zucker’s teammate, Luke Kunin. Apologies. The 21-year-old center also contributed a goal in that loss to Detroit. Kunin, now in his second NHL season, has one goal and four assists in 17 games. He was promoted from the team’s AHL affiliate in Iowa on 12/9.

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Finally, we have a new addition to the fold in 34-year-old Nate Thompson, a 34-year-old center now in his 12th NHL season. According to the latest issue of the Jewish Sports Review, Thompson — currently with the Kings — is a convert. Shalom, landsman. He has also played for the Bruins (for whom he made his NHL debut in the 2006-07 season), Tampa Bay Lightning, Anaheim Ducks, NY Islanders, and Ottawa Senators for a total, as of right now, of 666 games.

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Omri Casspi update, Jan. 16, 2019

Posted on: January 16th, 2019 by Ron Kaplan No Comments

In our last episode, Omri Casspi is making his way back after missing several games between injury/illness and “DNP (Did Not Play) Coach’s Decision.” But in his last three games:

  • Four points and five rebounds in 17 minutes in a 96-86 win over the visiting San Antonio Spurs on Jan. 9.
  • Four points and six rebounds in 19 minutes in a 112-108 loss to the host Miami Heat on Jan. 12.
  • Twelve points with three rebounds, two steals, and a blocked shot in a season-high 25 minutes a 112-94 loss to the host Houston Rockets. James Harden scored 57 points in 35 minutes for Houston on Jan. 14. Casspi had originally been listed as a starter in that one, but no. As in every other game this year, this one came off the bench. In 583 carer games, Casspi has started 145.

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The Grizzlies have lost eight of their last 10 and are 19-24, fourteenth in the Western Conference.

JFL, Playoff Edition, Divisional Title Games

Posted on: January 14th, 2019 by Ron Kaplan No Comments

It will be Jew vs. Jew in the AFC Conference Finals next week.

It should come as no surprise that Mitchell Schwartz played on every offensive down (87) for the #1 seed Kansas City Chiefs in their 31-13 win over the visiting Indianapolis Colts, plus another five (17%) on special teams.

The Chiefs will face the #2 seed New England Patriots, making their eighth straight Conference final after outscoring the Los Angeles Chargers 35-7 in the first half en route to the 41-28 win. Nate Ebner made one tackle in 27 special teams plays (79 percent).

Of course, you realize what this means (barring any unforeseen circumstances): There will be a Jewish player in Super Bowl LIII.

In other football news… well, there isn’t much. The only thing of note is the post-season analysis of Arizona Cardinals QB Josh Rosen.

Omri Casspi update, Jan. 9, 2019

Posted on: January 9th, 2019 by Ron Kaplan No Comments

It’s just about the halfway point for both the NBA and NHL so I thought this would be an appropriate time to slide back into regular entries about both.

Not trying to makes excuses, but maintaining the blog was a hell of a lot easier when I was at the NJ Jewish News and it was part of my daily tasks. I could justify spending half my time working on the Korner because, hey, they were the ones who came up with the idea of the site in the first place.

Things are different now that I’m no longer in the world of journalism and actually have to work for a living (joke).

Having cleared the air, let us continue.

Image result for omri casspi, grizzliesOmri Casspi and the Memphis Grizzlies have fallen on hard times since my last update. On Dec. 14, the team was 15-11 and among the top eight teams in the Western Conference. Since then, they have won three of their last 14 contests for an 18-22 mark, tied for second-worst in the conference.

Casspi enjoyed a season-best game on Dec. 17 in a 123-110 loss to his former team, the host Golden State Warriors. He scored 20 points in 21 minutes off the bench, along with six rebounds, two steals, and a blocked shot. Unfortunately, he missed the next five games due to illness.

He returned to action on New Year’s Eve, scoring eight points in 16 minutes in a 113-110 loss to the host Houston Rockets. He’s appeared in three of the team’s four games — all losses — in January. He was on the floor for just five minutes on Jan. 2, four on Jan. 4, and did not play (coach’s decision) at all on Jan. 5. The frustration must be mounting. He had nine points in 19 minutes in his return Monday against another of his former teams, the New Orleans Pelicans.

 

JFL, end of- and post-season

Posted on: January 7th, 2019 by Ron Kaplan

Another football season has come — and mostly gone — for the JFLers, .

Mitchell Schwartz completed another complete season, appearing on every offensive play for the Kansas City Chiefs who will host the Indianapolis Colts next Saturday as the #1 seed. Schwartz was named to the 1st-Team All-Pro Team for the first time; he had been selected for 2nd team twice. The Chiefs finished tied with the LA Chargers for the best record in the AFC.

Not a great rookie season for Arizona Cardinals’ signal-caller Josh Rosen. There were a lot of growing pains — literally and figuratively– in his freshman campaign. The Cardinals finished with the worst record in the NFL (3-13). I wish I could say there were more flashes of brilliance, but no. Here’s hoping he has a better supporting cast next year.

Nate Ebner had another strong season for the New England Patriots (11-5, first in the AFC East). After missing seven games in 2017 due to injury, he appeared in all but one this year. He had a career high 13 tackles (4 solo, 9 assisted) and was awarded the team’s 2018 Ed Block Courage Award, given to the player who “best exemplifies the principles of courage and sportsmanship while also serving as a source of inspiration.” The Pats host the Chargers on Sunday.

Ali Marpet also appeared on every for his team, the Tampa Bay Buccaneers (5-11, fpoirth, NFC South). he received a goodly amount of praise for his work. Maybe someday he’ll vie for All-Pro honors with Schwartz? From SB Nation: “Marpet grew into his own this season. He’s physical and violent at the point of attack. There are countless plays a game where he dominates his opponent. If he played on a better team he’d get more notice.”

“Newly-discovered” JFLer Jordan Dangerfield appeared in every game for the Pittsburgh Steelers. (9-6-1, 2nd, AFC North). The safety made six tackles (5 combined, one solo).

Another addition to the tribe: kicker Greg Joseph of the Cleveland Browns. He got the call a couple of weeks into the season when the team’s kicker was unable to get the job done. Joseph, who was born in Johannesburg, South Africa, connected on 17 of 20 field goal attempts, the longest coming in at 51 yards, and 25 of 29 extra point conversions. he also had one tackle.  The Brown at 7-8-1 (third AFC North) had their best season since (2014 when they went 7-9. They were 1-31 over the last two seasons. The last time they were over .500 was over a decade ago when they were 10-6 in 2007.

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From left, Mitchell Schwartz, Josh Rosen, Nate Ebner, Ali Marpet, and Jordan Dangerfield. Sorry, no “official” head shot of Joseph.

JFL Update, Week 16

Posted on: December 25th, 2018 by Ron Kaplan

Josh Rosen completed 12 of 23 pass attempts for just 87 yards as the Arizona Cardinals (3-12, fourth in NFC West and worst in the league) were crushed by the visiting Los Angeles Rams, 31-9. On the bright side, he did lead the team in rushing with 49 yards on four attempts. The Cardinals’ only touchdown pass came from Larry Fitzgerald, the first of his career. Although Rosen has obviously been having his problems, Fitzgerald believes he has the goods to make it with the team.

Free safety Nate Ebner appeared in 25 special team plays (86 percent) as the New England Patriots (10-5, first in AFC East and clinched the division) beat the host Buffalo Bills, 24-12. He made an assist on one tackle.

Strong safety Jordan Dangerfield appeared on three defensive plays (3 percent) and another 19 (66 percent) on special teams as the Pittsburgh Steelers lost on a late fourth-quarter touchdown by Drew Brees and the host New Orleans Saints, 31-28. According to ESPN, the Steelers, at 8-6-1, “have almost no chance to be a wild-card team. Their best path to the playoffs is with a Week 17 victory against Cincinnati, combined with a Ravens loss. They could theoretically be a wild-card team if they win, and the Colts and Titans tie.”

Mitchell Schwartz and the host Kansas City Chiefs (11-4, T-first AFC West) dropped their second straight, losing to host Seattle Seahawks, 38-31. Schwartz once again appeared on every offensive down (61) plus another five (15 percent) on special teams, even though he had missed practice sessions due to a knee injury. Brother (and former JFLer) Geoff contributed this piece to SB Nation, suggesting on ways the system needs to improve when it comes to picking offensive linemen for the Pro Bowl. I wonder if he would have done so had not Mitchell been snubbed?

Ali Marpet also appeared on every offensive play (80) for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers (5-10, fourth, NFC South) plus another 5/19% on special teams in a 27-20 loss to the host Dallas Cowboys.

Greg Joseph connected on two field goals to help the Cleveland Browns beat the visiting Cincinnati Bengals, 26-18. With their 7-7-1 record (third, AFC North), the Browns have their best mark since they were 10-6 in 2007.

JFL Update, Week 15

Posted on: December 19th, 2018 by Ron Kaplan

Free safety Nate Ebner appeared in 18 special team plays (90 percent) as the New England Patriots continued their less-than-usually-dominating season with a 17-10 loss to the host Pittsburgh Steelers. The Pats are still atop the AFC East with their 9-5 record. String safety Jordan Dangerfield was in on 13 plays (65 percent) for the Steelers, who lead the AFC North with a record of 8-5-1.

Not a great day for Josh Rosen and the Arizona Cardinals, pummeled by the host Atlanta Falcons, 40-14. Once again, Rosen was without a touchdown, hitting on 13 of 22 passing attempts with two interceptions (one of which was brought back for a touchdown, the fourth time he has done that in his rookie year) and a rating of just 38.4. He ran twice for eiight yards, was sacked six times, and lost a fumble. The loss dropped the Cardinals’ record to 3-11, last in the AFC West.

Mitchell Schwartz and the host Kansas City Chiefs. The teams are tied for first in the AFC West with 11-3 records. Schwartz once again appeared on every offensive down (60) plus another four (17 percent) on special teams. Some fans are upset that he was not selected for the 2019 Pro Bowl.

Ali Marpet also appeared on every offensive play (50) for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers (5-9, T-third, NFC South) plus another 3/13% on special teams in a 20-12 loss to the host Baltimore Ravens.

If one were being generous, one might say that Greg Joseph‘s only field goal of the day — 40 yards in the second quarter — was the difference in the Cleveland Browns’ 17-16 win over the host Denver Broncos. At 6-7-1, the browns still have a shot at a post-season slot.

Omri Casspi Update

Posted on: December 12th, 2018 by Ron Kaplan

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?

   
 

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