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Cleaning out my inbox

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

So I have a bunch of Google alerts set up to bring me the latest news on what the MOTs are up to in various sports. Unfortunately, I’ve been letting time slip away and it’s been building up. So in an effort to get clean again, here goes…

NFL

Hard to believe training camps are close to opening again. Should be an interesting season, if for no other reason than to see what the players and teams will do about the whole National Anthem business. It’s not within the purview of this blog to get deep into politics; if you want to know my feelings you can find them on Facebook, where I probably spend too much time.

Suffice it to say the biggest news on the field as far as we’re concerned will center around new Arizona Cardinals quarterback Josh Rosen. Maybe we’re just being overly sensitive, but there already seems to be a lot of attention — relatively speaking, of course — paid to his religion, in a way that other players do not have to face, even the Jewish ones who are already in the league. Stay tuned.

In the meantime, here are a few items on Rosen to chew on:

Of course, Rosen is not the only MOT in the NFL. There’s Nate Ebner, a special teams specialist for the New England Patriots who’s coming off a season-ending injury sustained in the ninth game last season. There’s Ali Marpet, an offensive lineman for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, now entering his fourth season (“Bucs union rep Ali Marpet questions legality of the NFL’s new anthem policy“). There Adam Bisnowaty, who signed with but never played for the NY Giants last season. They placed him on waivers and the Detroit Lions picked him up last month. And, arguably the best of the bunch, Mitchell Schwartz, another O-Man for the Kansas City Chiefs.

David Tepper became the ninth current Jewish NFL owner when he bought the Carolina Panthers in May, joining Arthur Blank (Atlanta Falcons), Malcolm Glazer (Tampa Bay Buccaneers), Robert Kraft (New England Patriots), Jeffrey Laurie (Philadelphia Eagles), Stephen Ross (Miami Dolphins), Daniel Snyder ( Washington Redskins), Steven Tisch (NY Giants), and Zygi Wilf (Minnesota Vikings). Last month, Blank was named Sports Executive of the Year by The Sports Business Journal.

By the way, in case you were wondering, former Chicago Bears head coach Marc Trestman returned to the Canadian Football League where he led the Toronto Argonauts to the Grey Cup, Canada’s equivalent to the Super Bowl.

NHL

If you consider Andre Burakovsky to be Jewish, then fine, there was a Jew on the Stanley Cup-winning Washington Capitols.

Other Jews in the League during the 2017-18 season included

  • Jason Zucker (Minnesota Wild) who enjoyed career highs in goals (33) and points (64)
  • Josh Ho-Sang (NY Islanders) who had more than his share of issues with his team
  • Brendan Leipsic, (Vancouver Canucks), who missed his chance to appear in the Cup finals when the Vegas Golden Knights traded him away
  • Jacob Chychrun (Arizona Coyotes), who missed time due to injuries.
  • Jason Demers (Arizona Coyotes)
  • Michael Cammalleri (Edmonton Oilers, the dean of Jewish hockey players with more than 900 games in the NHL
  • Zach Hyman (Toronto Maple Leafs), who may have a career in children’s literature waiting for him when he retires

And mazel tov to NHL Commissioner Gary Bettman, who celebrated his 25th anniversary in that office.

NBA

I think we can all agree that the Golden State Warriors really screwed Omri Casspi when they released him with just two games remaining in the regular season. Yeah, yeah, I know: it’s a business. Here’s hoping the first Israeli to play in the NBA will find a new home. For awhile it looked as though that would be in Portland with the Trailblazers, but now I’m not so sure.

The other football

Sigh. Soccer.

In the MSL, we have

  • Steve Birnbaum, Defender, DC United (2-6-3, 11th — last — in Eastern Conference)
  • Benny Feilhaber, Midfielder, Los Angeles Football Club (7-4-3, third in Western Conference)
  • Zac McMath, Goalkeeper, Colorado Rapids (2-9-2, 12th — last — in West)
  • Daniel Steres, Defender, LA Galaxy (6-7-2, eighth in West)

Sadly, most of the international soccer news seems to be anti-Semitic and/or anti-Zionist in nature.

Miscellaneous

Finally, here are a few items that fall under the general heading of “Jewish sports”:

There, all caught up. Now that there’s only baseball to worry about, things should be a little easier.

Jewish sports update, January 11, 2018

Posted on: January 11th, 2018 by Ron Kaplan

In last night’s action…

NBA

Omri Casspi played 24 minutes of the bench, scoring six points with three rebounds, three assists, and two steals, but the Golden State Warriors (33-9) dropped this one to the visiting LA Clippers, 125-106.

NHL

Just two games last night, both involving MOTs. No such similar circumstances tonight.

Jason Zucker had an assist on the Minnesota Wild’s first goal in their 2-1 win over the host Chicago Blackhawks. It was the 16th on the year for Zucker, who took three shots on goal in 13:33. The Wild improve to 23-17-4. Nice to see he’s making a difference off the ice as wellZucker of the Wild and his wife Carly are partnering with University of Minnesota Masonic Children’s Hospital to build a family suite and broadcast studio. That’s Zucker on the left with Michael  E. Jordan and Alex Fenner of the sports apparel firm UNRL.

Former Bear goalie’s firm donates to hospital project planned by Wild player

Zach Hyman took one shot in 19:11 as the Toronto Maple Leafs (25-17-3) lost to the visiting Ottawa Senators, 3-2.

Breaking (?) Jice news: There’s evidently still some dispute over the Jewish identity of Andre Burakovsky of the Washington Capitols. You may recall there was a bit of discrepancy a couple of years ago as to whether he denied being Jewish. But he’s still listed as such in the latest edition of the Jewish Sports Review and that’s good enough for me. To recap his season, Burakovsky has three goals and five assists in just 21 games due to a combination of injury and healthy scratches. The Caps are first in the Metropolitan Division/ second in the Eastern Conference with a record of 27-13-3.

Image result for jakob chychrunA “new” Jice-man, according to JSR, is Jakob Chychrun, a 19-year-old, 6-2, 200 pound defenseman for the Arizona Coyotes. He has appeared in 16 games this season with one goal and five assists. According to Bob Wechsler, author of Day by Day in Jewish Sports History and The Jewish Baseball Card Book, “His mother must be Jewish, because his father [Jeff] played in the NHL.” Chychrun the younger actually made his NHL debut last year.

NFL

Fair or not, one ESPN contributor picked Adam Bisnowaty as the most disappointing rookie for the NY Giants: “This is probably nitpicking a bit. Bisnowaty was a sixth-round pick out of Pittsburgh. He wasn’t supposed to make an immediate impact. He was, however, supposed to make the roster. Instead, he sat on the practice squad for the first 16 weeks of the season and looked overmatched in pass protection during his one appearance in the finale against the Redskins.”

MLB

Legendary sports writer Irwin Cohen contributed this piece on Jews and baseball to the Brooklyn-based Jewish Press.

MISC.

Sports sandals, anyone? These come from the Israeli firm, Naot.

Source by Naot sandals

 

 

Jice/Jewps update, Oct. 10, 2017

Posted on: October 10th, 2017 by Ron Kaplan

NHL

Josh Ho-Sang took one shot on goal in 13:41 of ice time as the NY Islanders (1-1-1) fell to the visiting St. Louis Blues, 3-2, in a shootout.

Zach Hyman took one SOG in 14:20 as the Toronto Maple Leafs (30-0-0) beat the visiting Chicago Blackhawks, 4-2, in overtime. Hyman served a two-minute penalty for holding.

NBA

In a game played in China on Oct. 8, Omri Casspi and the Golden State Warriors beat the “visiting” Minnesota Timberwolves, 142-110. Omri Casspi scored four points in 12 minutes of the bench along with four assists (one offensive, three defensive), four assists, two steals, two blocked shots, three turnovers but four personal fouls.

Tonight, Maccabi Haifa is making their semi-regular visit to the U.S., taking on the Pacers in Indiana. Maccabi lost to the Utah Jazz on Oct. 4, 117-78.

 

Maccabiah mentions: An occasional look at who’s going to the Games

Posted on: June 2nd, 2017 by Ron Kaplan

An occasional look at who will be participating in the upcoming 20th Maccabiah Games in Israel…

And a shameless self-promotion of my book, The Jewish Olympics: The History of the Maccabiah Games, which was published in 2015 and is “complete” through the 19th Games.

You’ll forgive me for not attributing the articles that came from college newspapers and websites; just too lazy. I also want to clear up something that might not be apparent to non-competitors: “Master” does not mean that someone has achieved a higher level of proficiency in a sport (although they certainly might); it basically means they’re above a certain age. That said, Mazel tov to all.

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Maccabiah mentions: An occasional look at who’s going to the Games

Posted on: May 19th, 2017 by Ron Kaplan

An occasional look at who will be participating in the upcoming 20th Maccabiah Games in Israel…

And a shameless self promotion for my book, The Jewish Olympics: The History of the Maccabiah Games.

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Maccabiah mentions: An occasional look at who’s going to the Games

Posted on: April 21st, 2017 by Ron Kaplan

An occasional look at who will be participating in the upcoming 20th Maccabiah Games in Israel…

And a shameless self promotion for my book, The Jewish Olympics: The History of the Maccabiah Games.

Maccabiah mentions: An occasional look at who’s going to the Games

Posted on: April 7th, 2017 by Ron Kaplan

An occasional look at who will be participating in the upcoming 20th Maccabiah Games in Israel…

And a shameless self promotion for my book, The Jewish Olympics: The History of the Maccabiah Games.

I hope you want that on the rocks…

Posted on: March 28th, 2017 by Ron Kaplan

Admit it — you always do a double-take when you see “ice hockey” and “Israel” in the same sentence. So enjoy this story about visiting New Zealand to compete in the IIHF World Championships this April.

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Shalom, Israel

Posted on: March 16th, 2017 by Ron Kaplan

As you probably know by now, Israel was eliminated from the WBC by virtue of an 8-3 loss to Japan early yesterday. Hardly seems fair, considering Japan was undefeated and playing in front of their home-town fans. Still, it was heartwarming to see so many supporters in the stands.

Israel actually made it a bit exciting, scoring all their runs in the top of the ninth, but you knew it was just prolonging the inevitable.

It was a great ride and I’m looking forward to Heading Home, the documentary that is in the works chronicling the experience. Look for a conversation with the creative team behind the film in the days to come.

A few final links before heading off into the WBC sunset (unless Ian Kinsler or Alex Bregman supply some heroics for Team USA) Bear in mind, my laziness in posting these in a timely manner might make some of these stories a bit moot.

Team Israel

Cody Decker bids farewell to Mensch on a Bench, the team’s mascot.

Thus endeth the streak: Israel loses to the Netherlands at WBC

Posted on: March 13th, 2017 by Ron Kaplan

The Netherlands crushed Israel today, 12-2, exacting a bit of revenge for their loss in the first round. The Dutchmen scored two runs in the second and eighth innings and four each in the third and fourth. The only bright spot for Israel was Nate Freiman’s home run to break up the shut out. You can read the whole sad story here.

If Cuba beats Japan tomorrow, each team in the pool with have 1-1 records, setting up some interesting scenarios on Wednesday.

Look, no matter what they do, I doubt many realistic fans expected Team Israel to even get this far. So mazel tov for the past and good luck against Japan!

FYI:

  • The New York Times published this nice profile of the team yesterday.
  • Ian Kinsler was 0-2 but walked twice and scored a run as the U.S. dominated Canada, 8-0 yesterday. Alex Bregman struck out as a pinch hitter in the eighth and remained in the game at third base.
   
 

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