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Mish-Mashing (Trying to catch up)

Posted on: May 15th, 2017 by Ron Kaplan No Comments

Things have been a bit hectic of late, what with looking for a new job and dealing with the release of the new book. So here’s a quick look back and what we (meaning I) have missed over the last several days.

Want a little Jice in that?

Posted on: May 5th, 2017 by Ron Kaplan

The hockey season maybe be over for our boys, but there’s still news to be found.

Say a mishaberach for Jason Zucker. The Minnesota Wild right-winger underwent surgery for a sports hernia yesterday. The recovery time for that is two to three months, which would put him in training camp territory.


Jice Update, Playoff Edition

Posted on: April 24th, 2017 by Ron Kaplan

Well, that’s all she wrote for Zach Hyman and Jason Zucker for the year. Their seasons came to an end following their team’s ousters from the playoffs over the weekend. And, sadly, both series ended in front of the players’ hometown fans.

Zach HymanHyman contributed an assist on the Toronto Maple Leafs’ only goal on Friday in a 2-1 overtime loss  to the host Washington Capitals in Game Five. He repeated the feat on Sunday in an identical outcome: a 2-1 overtime loss. Interestingly, each game between the Leafs and Caps was decided by one goal, with five of the six requiring overtime. Hyman finished with one goal and three assists.

Jason ZuckerMeanwhile, Zucker and the Minnesota Wild succumbed in five games to the St. Louis Blues. He scored the game tying-goal at 14:59 in the third period on Saturday, but the Blues won in OT, 4-3. It was his only point in the series. Two of those five games went into an extra period.


Jice update, Playoff edition: Games of April 19, 2017

Posted on: April 20th, 2017 by Ron Kaplan

Zach Hyman scored his first playoff goal, one of three attempts in 17:11 of play, but the Toronto Maple Leafs lost to the visiting Washington Capitals, 5-4, to even their Eastern Conference series at 2 and 2. Hyman’s goal, coming at 5:16 in the first period put the Leafs on the board after the Caps had already put two between the pipes. The two teams meet again on Friday.

Zach Hyman (11) celebrates his goal with teammates William Nylander (29) and Auston Matthews (34). (Nathan Denette/The Canadian Press via AP)


Over in the West, Jason Zucker and the Minnesota Wild get to play another game. They shut out the host St. Louis Blues, 2-0. Zucker took a team-high six shots on goal in 18:21 but didn’t connect on any of them. The Wild will try to keep their mojo going on Saturday, trailing three games to one.

Jice playoff update, April 17, 2017

Posted on: April 17th, 2017 by Ron Kaplan

The Minnesota Wild find themselves in an oh-and-three hole in the opening round of the Western Conference playoffs following two more losses to the St. Louis Blues over the weekend. The first came before the Minnesota fans on Friday with a 2-1 loss. Jason Zucker took a team-high four shots on goal in 16:45 of ice time. The scene changed to St. Louis yesterday but the result was the same, this time by a score of 3-1. Zucker took two SOG in 13:15. The Wild try to avoid the sweep on Wednesday, again in St. Louis.

Over in the Eastern Conference, Zach Hyman took four shots in 25:52 for the Toronto Maple Leafs in Saturday’s 4-3 overtime win over the Capitals in Washington to tie that series at 1-1. The Ontario team gets to play host, beginning tonight.

Jice update, Playoff Edition, April 14, 2017

Posted on: April 14th, 2017 by Ron Kaplan

Zach Hyman took one shot on goal in 17:06 as the Toronto Maple Leafs dropped the first game of their Eastern Conference opening round to the host Washington Capitals, 3-2 in overtime. Game two takes place tomorrow in our nation’s capital.

Jason Zucker and the Minnesota Wild play their second game against the visiting St. Louis Blues tonight. They fell in their Western Conference opener, 2-1, also in overtime.

Jewps/Jice update, Games of April 12, 2017

Posted on: April 13th, 2017 by Ron Kaplan


Jason Zucker and the Minnesota Wild find themselves down a game in the first round of the Western Conference playoffs following their 2-1 overtime loss to the visiting St. Louis Blues. Zucker took six shots on goal in 19:47. Game two is scheduled for tomorrow night.

Zach Hyman and the Toronto Maple Leafs play their Eastern Conference opener against the host Washington Capitals tonight.


Omri CasspiIt ended not with a bang but with a whimper for Omri Casspi and the Minnesota Timberwolves, who finish their season with a 31-51 record following their 123-118 loss to the host Houston Rockets. Casspi played 19 minutes off the bench, scoring seven points with three rebounds and two assists; he was the only sub for the Wolves to finish with a minus-rating (-7).

Between injuries and coaches’ decisions, Casspi appeared in just 36 games: 22 for the Sacramento Kings, one for the New Orleans Pelicans, and 14 for the Timberwolves. His per game averages: 17.1 minutes, 3.5 points, 3.1 rebounds, and one assist. Here’s wishing him better luck next year.

Dallas Mavericks’ owner Mark Cuban thought it would be a sweet idea to sign recently-retired Dallas Cowboys’ quarterback and uber hoops fan Tony Romo to a one-day contract but NBA Commissioner Adam Silver said no. As it was Romo participated in the Mav’s shoot-around before their final game and “suited up” for a pregame practice. The team finished the year at 33-49, so it’s not like anything was really on the line.

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Jewps/Jice update, April 12, 2017

Posted on: April 12th, 2017 by Ron Kaplan


The playoffs get underway tonight. Jason Zucker and the Minnesota Wild host the St. Louis Blues. Tomorrow, Zach Hyman and the Toronto Blue visit the Washington Capitals.


Omri Casspi scored seven points in 17 minutes off the bench for the Minnesota Timberwolves, who lost their penultimate game, 100-98, to the visiting Oklahoma City Thunder. Casspi also had three rebounds, an assist, and three steals. The season mercifully comes to a close tonight as the Wolves visit the Houston Rockets.

The Miami Herald added a fifth question to the Seder ritual: “Why is this night different for Jewish Heat season-ticket holders?

Heat fans attempt to distract Cleveland Cavaliers forward LeBron James as the Miami Heat host the Cleveland Cavaliers at the AmericanAirlines Arena in Decemeber 2014.

Jewish sports update, April 11, 2017 — UPDATE

Posted on: April 11th, 2017 by Ron Kaplan


No game last night for Omri Casspi and the Minnesota Timberwolves. They host the Oklahoma City Thunder tonight before wrapping things up tomorrow by visiting the Houston Rockets.


The playoffs get under way tomorrow. Jason Zucker and the Minnesota Wild host the St. Louis Blues. Zach Hyman and the Toronto Maple Leafs have to wait another day until the visit the Washington Capitols.

UPDATE: With their season over, the NY Islanders sent Josh Ho-Sang to the Bridgeport Sound Tigers in the American Hockey League. The hopea re that he can help somebody get into the playoffs.

Jewish sports update, Weekend Edition

Posted on: April 10th, 2017 by Ron Kaplan


The regular season came to an end yesterday (some call it the “first season” since the playoff seem to last just as long). Mazel tov to Jason Zucker and the Minnesota Wild and Zach Hyman and the Toronto Maple Leafs; they get to play on. Not so fortunate: Josh Ho-Sang, the rookie whose NY Islanders just missed the cut at the very end. Their record of 41-29-12 put them one point behind the Leafs. Ho-Sang, who made his debut on March 2nd, scoring four goals to go along with six assists in 21 games.

The Isles beat the woeful NJ Devils on Saturday, 4-2, The Devils also lost the next day to the Detroit Red Wings, 4-1. Michael Cammalleri had an assist in that one (#21) but closed out his season by not scoring over his last 28 games. He ended the season with 10 goals and 21 assists in 61 games. The Devils finished with the worst record in the Eastern Conference and second-worst overall: 28-40-14.

The Leafs clinched a playoff spot in their next-to-last game with a 5-3 win over the visiting Pittsburgh Penguins (they lost their finale to the Columbus Blue Jackets on Sunday, 3-2). Hyman appeared in all 82 regular season games, scoring 10 goals with 18 assists. Their mark of 40-27-15 — eighth in the East — was their best showing in several seasons.

The Wild had time to relax, sewing up their playoff spot relatively early. They finished second in the Western Conference to the Chicago Blackhawks with a record of 49-25-8. Zucker had the best season of all the Jice-men with 22 goals and 25 assists in 79 games.

Last, but not least, the other Jason, Jason Demers, who had nine goals and 19 assists in 81 games for the Florida Panthers. The Panthers finished 35-36-11, 13th in the East.

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From left: Jason Zucker, Zach Hyman, Josh Ho-Sang, Michael Cammalleri, Jason Demers


Omri CasspiOmri Casspi season was … interesting. He began with the Sacramento Kings and seemed, at least to me, to have issues with his coach, who kept the Israeli import on the bench a lot more than one would think a player with that talent would warrant. Casspi was frequently the subject of trade rumors to better teams who could use someone with his skills as a valuable bench player. Instead he ended up on teams just as bad as the Kings, who, with two games remaining in their schedule, are 31-49. He went to the New Orleans Pelicans (33-47) in a major trade, played one game for them in which he performed quite well, except for breaking his thumb in said game, and was released. The Minnesota Timberwolves (31-49) picked him up at the tail end of the season and he hasn’t done much for them. In his most recent game — a 110-109 loss to the host LA Lakers — he scored two points with one assist and two steals in 17 minutes off the bench. To be fair, though, it has to be difficult to learn three different systems and mesh with three sets of teammates in a short amount of time. Wait ’til next year.


David Berger improved in each round of the 2017 Masters Tournament with a 77 on Thursday, 73 on Friday, 72 on Saturday, and 69 yesterday.





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