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Jewish sports update, January 11, 2018

Posted on: January 11th, 2018 by Ron Kaplan No Comments

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.

Dare to dream? Israel beats Cuba, 4-1, in World Baseball Classic

Posted on: March 13th, 2017 by Ron Kaplan

Jason MarquisEditor’s note: I knew I should have posted this yesterday…

Well, roll me in sugar and call me a doughnut. I never thought it could happen, but the host Israeli team beat Cuba in their Saturday/Sunday match-up in the WBC. Jason Marquis (right) got the start again and made a good case for someone signing him to a contract, tossing 5.2 innings in which he allowed just a solo home run in the second. Israel tied things up on a Ryan Lavarnway double in the fourth then scored two more in the sixth on an RBI single by Zach Borenstein and a run-scoring double by Blake Gailen, who also plated the final tally on a sacrifice hit in the eighth. Zack Thornton earned the win with Josh Zeid picking up the save. Each team managed only five hits, but Israel made theirs count.

The game was “broadcast” as a replay on the MLB network. I had DVR’ed it, but unfortunately the previous game ran into the scheduled start time for Israel-Cuba and I got cut off after the top of the sixth so I missed all the excitement. In fact, to be honest, I almost feel a bit cheated not to be in on things. I’ve been writing about baseball in Israel since before the ill-fated and short-lived professional league came and went in 2007. It would have been very cool to be a part of the festivities first-hand, but them’s the breaks.

The WBC squad — 7-0 since the qualifier round last September — is garnering more and more attention, a fish-out-of-water/Cinderella story. A number of articles are coming from the Jewish press. It reminds me of pieces from a couple of generations ago, when Hank Greenberg was emerging as the first Jewish superstar and such publications felt it necessary to explain the rudiments of the game to a readership that was uninformed on such trivial matters.

Here are a few links about the current situation:

This one especially grabbed my attention: “Israel soars at World Baseball Classic, and a nation shrugs” (FOX Sports). That’s all well and good for Israel. It’s not like the team is comprised of their own countrymen. In fact one of the things I’m seeing on social media is the “complaint” that the Israeli entry should actually be considered another team from the United States. Jerry Weinstein, Team Israel’s skipper, said “I don’t agree with that. We’re representing Israel. Our guys qualify under the heritage rules. I think if you ask anyone in our clubhouse, we’re representing Israel. We’re not a JV team for the U.S. We’re Team Israel. Make no mistake.” Good for him.

Maybe I’m being overly sensitive, but it seems like just one more anti-Zionist knock. But you know what? The rules allow a sort of tangential legacy system. Other teams are in the same boat. If you’re going to pick nits, that would limit participants only to those countries made up entirely of native-born athletes. And while that might work out great for the Dominican Republican, Puerto Rico, Japan, and others who send a healthy number to the Majors, it obviously wouldn’t work for other venues who appear in the WBC. You think Italy is made up entirely of native-borns?

Next up, a rematch with the Netherlands tomorrow at 6 a.m. Eastern. Israel won the previous game, 4-2.

In other MOT/WBC news, Ian Kinsler accounted for two of Team USA’s six hits and scored the game-tying run in the sixth inning of their 3-2 win over visiting Columbia on Friday. He was 1-5 with another run in Saturday’s 7-5 loss to the host Dominican Republic. Alex Bregman did not appear in either game.

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