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Jewish sports update, January 10, 2018

Posted on: January 10th, 2018 by Ron Kaplan

NHL

Only two MOT games last night. Michael Cammalleri took one shot on goal in 12:32 as the Edmonton Oilers (18-23-3) couldn’t overcome a 2-0 deficit in the first period, losing to the host Nashville Predators, 2-1.

Jason Zucker took three SOG in 19:20 in the Minnesota Wild’s 3-2 overtime loss to the visiting Calgary Flames. The Wild are (is?) 22-17-4.

On tonight’s docket: Zucker and the Wild move on to Chicago to face the Blackhawks. Zach Hyman and the Toronto Maple Leafs host the Ottawa Senators.

NBA

Omri Casspi and the Golden State Warriors were off yesterday. They host the LA Clippers tonight.

MLB

This could be a make-or-break season for LA Dodgers outfielder Joc Pederson.

There’s been chatter that Baltimore orioles pitcher Richard Bleier could wind up in the starting rotation, but according to this piece, maybe he’ll be the closer?

NFL

There are all sorts of metrics the scouts use to see if an athlete  is “worthy” of playing in the NFL, such as the Wonderlic Test. But how much does character count? Is the young man a good team guy? And how easily can rumors quash a career? Josh Rosen might be the target of negative assessments. We know he doesn’t want to play for the Cleveland Browns, but what are the chances the NY Jets claim him?

Only a Game, the public radio sports show, offered this segment on quarterback Bennie Friedman in their series on the history of the forward pass. You can hear the story — “The Son Of Jewish Immigrants Who Became Football’s First Passing Specialist” — here. Thanks to the very informative SportsBiblio.com for the link.

MISC

I don’t know how much Jewish content there is in This Book Has Balls: Sports Rants from the MVP of Talking Trash, by the actor Michael Rapaport, but I’m including it just on the basis of the cover:

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Jewish sports update, Weekend Edition (Jan. 5-7, 2018)

Posted on: January 8th, 2018 by Ron Kaplan

Already mentioned the JFL news on Saturday so no need to rehash that

NBA

Omri Casspi scored eight points in 16 minutes off the bench for the Golden State Warriors (32-8) on Saturday in their 121-105 win over the host LA Clippers, going 2-6 in field goal attempts and 4-for-4 at the free throw line. He also had three rebounds, one assist, and three turnovers, “leading” the team with a +/- rating of -13.. Casspi had missed the previous game with a rib injury. The Warrior host the Denver Nuggets tonight.

NHL

Jason Demers 10th assist of the year tied the game between the Arizona Coyotes (10-27-6, last in the Western Conference) and visiting Nashville Predators at 2-2 in the third period on Friday. The Coyotes won in OT, 3-2. Demers had two shots on goal in 21:26 of ice time.

Zach Hyman contributed his 15th goal of the season Toronto Maple Leafs (25-16-2) beat the visiting Vancouver Canucks in a shootout, 3-2, on Saturday. That one put the Leafs on the board, trailing 2-0 in the third period. Hyman took one shot on goal in 18:51.

Brandon Leipsic took one shot on goal in 13:13 as the Vegas Golden Knights (29-10-2) won their ninth game in their last 10 games, 5-4, over the visiting Chicago Blackhawks on Friday.  He had 9;19 time on ice in Sunday’s 2-1 win over the visiting NY Rangers.

Jason Zucker assisted on both goals for the Minnesota Wild (22-17-3) in their 7-2 loss to the host Colorado Avalanche on Saturday. That gave him 15 on the season to match his 15 goals. He took one SOG in 15:57.

Michael Cammalleri took three SOG in 13:52 as the Edmonton Oilers (18-20-3) fell 5-1 to the host Dallas Stars on Saturday. He added his 10th assist on Sunday in a 4-1 loss to the host Blackhawks. Cams took two SOG in 14:27. The Oilers are 18-22-3.

MLB

Nothing new under the sun.

 

 

Well, that got ugly in a hurry

Posted on: January 7th, 2018 by Ron Kaplan

So now I have no horse in the race. The NFL season is officially over for the Jewish players. Mitchell Schwartz and the Kansas City Chiefs coughed up a 21-3 lead in the third quarter to lose to the visiting Tennessee Titans, 22-21.

Schwartz once again played every offensive down (58 plus four more on special teams), but their only so much a lineman can do. On the other hand, Titans QB Marcus Mariota caught his own pass to score a touchdown.

Of course, there’s always Bob Kraft‘s New England Patriots. And, no, Julian Edelman is still not Jewish according to the sources who make these determinations.

Jewish sports update, January 6, 2018

Posted on: January 6th, 2018 by Ron Kaplan

Including events of Jan. 5…

In the only major pro action that featured a Jewish athlete, Brandon Leipsic took one shot on goal in 13:13 as the Vegas Golden Knights (28-10-2) won their ninth game in their last 10 games, 5-4, over the visiting Chicago Blackhawks. Tonight, Michael Cammalleri and the Edmonton Oilers visit the Dallas Stars; Zach Hyman and the Toronto Maple Leafs host the Vancouver Canucks; Jason Demers and the Arizona Coyotes host the NY Rangers; and Jason Zucker and the Minnesota Wild visit the Colorado Avalanche.

Omri Casspi is listed as probable for tonight’s game between his Golden State Warriors and the host LA Clippers. He missed the last game with bruised ribs.

Today, Mitchell Schwartz and the Kansas City Chiefs hosts the Tennessee Titans in a wild card NFL playoff. Schwartz was named to the AP All-Pro team as the right tackle. This is second straight year being so honored for the 28-year-old Schwartz. His brother, Geoff — now an NFL analyst — offers this piece on what each team needs to do to win in the first round.

A Jewish quarterback in the New York area would be nifty, but would the Giants, who get a high pick, go for UCLA’s Josh Rosen? Maybe not, according to this article on NJ.com. “…as new Giants general manager Dave Gentleman attempts to rebuild the locker room, Rosen’s personality could be a big story in New York over the next few months. Already, scouts have begun to question Rosen’s motivation for playing the game and personality.” Ruh-ro.

UCLA quarterback Josh Rosen passes during the first half of an NCAA college football game against Southern California in Los Angeles. UCLA quarterback Josh Rosen is skipping his senior season to enter the NFL draft.

Hard to believe — as I sit in NJ where the “real feel” factor is -12 — that spring training is just a few weeks away. The Baltimore Orioles are hosting a minicamp. Richard Bleier is on hand. Could he move from the bullpen into the starting rotation? The World Champion Houston Astros are embarking on one of those caravans. Alex Bregman will be one of the participants. Some people in the Milwaukee Brewer universe are complaining that they can’t move forward with outfield plans because Ryan Braun‘s contract (and no trade clause) are hog-tying them. Braun is set to make $20 million this year. Hey, no one forced them to give him that kind of money, so don’t blame him.

Moving to the Israeli figure skating scene (!)… Let’s kill all the lawyers. (Don’t blame me; that’s Shakespeare’s line.)

 

 

Jewish sports update, January 5, 2018

Posted on: January 5th, 2018 by Ron Kaplan

NHL

Jason Demers’ 10th assist of the year tied the game between the Arizona Coyotes (10-27-5) and visiting Nashville Predators at 2-2 in the third period. The Coyotes won in OT, 3-2. Demers had two shots on goal in 21:26 of ice time.

Zach Hyman took two shots on goal in 17:57 as the Toronto Maple Leafs (24-16-2) beat the visiting San Jose Sharks, 3-2, in a shoot-out.

Brandon Leipsic and the Vegas Golden Knights (27-10-2) fell to the host the St. Louis Blues, 2-1. Leipsic took one SOG in 12:43. The Knights visit the Chicago Blackhawks tonight.

Jason Zucker took two SOG in 16:43 as the Minnesota Wild (22-16-3) beat the visiting Buffalo Sabres, 6-2.

Michael Cammalleri took two SOG in 18:15 as the Edmonton Oilers (18-20-3) beat the visiting Anaheim Ducks, 2-1, ending their three-game winning streak.

MLB

A belated Happy Birthday to Kevin Pillar, who turned 29 yesterday. What do the Toronto Blue Jays have in store for him in 2018?

Alex Bregman, Spanish teacher?

 

 

Jice update, January 1, 2018

Posted on: January 1st, 2018 by Ron Kaplan

Just a quick recap up til now…

 

  • Michael Cammalleri, Edmonton Oilers, has five goals and nine assists in a total of 33 games (15 for the LA Kings). Edmonton is 17-19-3, sixth in the Pacific Division/13th in the Western Conference.
  • Jason Demers, Arizona Coyotes (9-27-5, eighth/15th, last in both the Pacific Division and Western Conference with the worst record in the league): 31 games, three goals, nine assists. More on Demers.
  • Josh Ho-Sang, NY Islanders, was “loaned” to their AHL affiliate in Bridgeport. He has two goals and 10 assists in 22 NHL games. The Islanders are 20-15-4, fifth in the Metropolitan Division/eighth in the Eastern Conference).
  • Zach Hyman, Toronto Maple Leafs (23-15-2, third in the Metropolitan, Division/fifth in the East): 40 games, seven goals, 14 assists.
  • Brendan Leipsic, Vegas Golden Knights (26-9-2, first in the Pacific Division and the Western Conference): 29 games, one goal, 11 assists.
  • Jason Zucker, Minnesota Wild (20-16-3, fifth in the Central Division/ninth in Western Conference) 39 games, 15 goals, 12 assists. Luke Kunin  was sent back to the minors on Nov. 21. He appeared in 17 games for the Wild with two goals and two assists.

And today is the Hockey Classic, which means two poor teams — the NY Rangers and Buffalo Sabres — have the “privilege” of playing outdoors at Citifield in Queens where the temperature is in the minus factor. Zei gezunt.

Jewps update, January 1, 2018

Posted on: January 1st, 2018 by Ron Kaplan

Image result for omri casspiWell, actually it’s just an Omri Casspi update.

Casspi has continued his reputation as a super sub, doing well when given the opportunity. He missed the 12/29, 111-100 loss to the Charlotte Hornet because of a sprained ankle sustained on 12/27 against the Utah Jazz.

Casspi has also had a few chances as a starter, but mostly when one of the regulars was injured. He has appeared in 32 of the team’s 37 games, averaging seven points and 1.2 assists in 16.3 minutes. Golden State is 29-8, best in the NBA.

 

JFL Report, End of Regular Season

Posted on: January 1st, 2018 by Ron Kaplan

Hasn’t been much to glow about when it comes to Jews in the NFL.

Adam BisnowatyMazel tov to Adam Bisnowaty! The NY Giants promoted him from the practice squad to the 53-man roster, allowing him to make his NFL debut in the final game of the season, an 18-10 over the visiting Washington Redskins (yes, they still have that name despite all the hubbub). Bisnowaty, the starting right tackle, appeared on all 78 offensive plays. He was called for two holding penalties, but we’ll chalk that up to inexperience. Maybe he’ll have more of a place on the roster next season. The Giants finished 3-13.

Nate Ebner (New England Patriots) and Ari Marpet (Tampa Bay Buccaneers) ended the season on injury reserve. The Patriots won the AFC East with a record of 13-3, tied for best in the league. Marpet’s Bucs, on the other hand, were 5-11 and last in the NFC South. Only four teams, including the 0-16 Cleveland Browns, finished with a worse mark. Marpet is a free agent in 2019; will Tampa Bay keep him? Ebner has a $500,000 bonus in his contract for making the Pro Bowl, but that is a very iffy proposition, even though he did have another great season.

Mitchell Schwartz played well as his Kansas City Chiefs won the AFC West with a 10-6 record, despite faltering midyear. The 28-year-old OT was once again an iron man, playing on all of the Chiefs’ offensive snaps. There was some question about that prior to the game. The Chiefs will host the Tennessee Titans in a wild card game on Saturday.

Gabe Marks (NY Jets) was signed after the NFL draft but never made it into a regular season game. He decided he would call it a (non) career early on, announcing his retirement in November.

Josh Rosen alert: There’s been a lot of talk about the UCLA quarterback’s future. Will he leave college to enter the Draft, especially with new coach Chip Kelley at the helm? Or, since he doesn’t seem interested in joining with the Browns — who would have the first pick — stay in school another year, potentially risking even more injury? As it was he had to sit out the Cactus Bowl because he didn’t clear concussion protocol, watching helplessly while his teammates lost the game to Kansas State, 35-17. And since he has been injured a fair amount, how will that affect how NFL teams approach him?

Jewish Sports Roundup: Games of Nov. 28, 2017

Posted on: November 29th, 2017 by Ron Kaplan

NHL

Josh Ho-Sang contributed his eighth assist in 14 games to help the NY Islanders (15-7-2) beat the visiting Vancouver Canucks, 5-2. The pass led to Calvin de Haan’s first goal of the season and gave the Isles a 2-1 lead in the first period. Ho-Sang didn’t take any shots on goal in 16:51 of ice time.

Zach Hyman notched his ninth assist as the Toronto Maple Leafs (16-9-1) beat the host Calgary Flames, 4-1. Hyman had five shots on goal in 19:05.

Michael Cammalleri took one SOG in 14:15 as the Edmonton Oilers (10-13-2) fell to the visiting Arizona Coyotes in overtime, 3-2.

Brendan Leipsic took one SOG in 16:22 as the Vegas Golden Knights were shut out by the visiting Dallas Stars, 3-0.

No MOT-involved games schedule for tonight.

NBA

Omri Casspi and the Golden State Warriors were off yesterday. They visit the LA Lakers tonight.

 

Jewish Sports Roundup: Games of Nov. 27, 2017

Posted on: November 28th, 2017 by Ron Kaplan

Once again, Omri Casspi was the starting string forward for the Golden State Warriors (15-6), playing a season-high 30 minutes. Unfortunately, the team suffered their first loss with him in that role, dropping a 110-107 affair to his former team, the visiting Sacramento Kings. Casspi scored nine points with four rebounds and one assist.

In the only NHL game involving a MOT, Jason Zucker gave the Minnesota Wild a 1-0 lead over the host Winnipeg Jets, but it didn’t hold up; the Jets buzzed Minny, 7-2. It was Zucker’s 13th goal of the year. He had 15:39 of time on ice.

Sad news: Nate Ebner, who surprised everyone by making a 14-yard run out of punt formation in New England’s win over the Miami Dolphins on Sunday, will miss the rest of the season due to an injury he sustained on that play. Ebner, 28, has regularly received accolades for his selfless play on special teams. Here’s hoping he can make a full recovery.

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Former NFL OL Geoff Schwartz is now a commentator. Here he weighs in on the problems with  brother Mitchell‘s KC Chiefs

Staying with football, what should UCLA QB Josh Rosen do: jump into the NFL Draft or wait one more year? Rosen has been taking his lumps lately, both physically and in comments by those who question his toughness.

   
 

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