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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 30, 2018

Posted on: January 30th, 2018 by Ron Kaplan

NBA

Omri Casspi and the Golden State Warriors visit the Utah Jazz tonight.

NHL

After the All-Star break, action resumes tonight with Jason Zucker and the Minnesota Wild visiting the Columbus Blue Jackets; Brandon Leipsic and the Vegas Golden Knights visiting the Calgary Flames; and David Warshofsky and the Colorado Avalanche visiting the Vancouver Canucks.

Jason Demers is listed as day-to-day with an upper body injury as the Arizona Coyotes prepare for their Thursday game against the Dallas Stars.

MLB

Kevin Pillar, aka “Superman” to his Toronto Blue Jay fans, “wants to fly higher than ever before.”

Ryan Braun will indeed start working out at first base for the Milwaukee Brewers to help with their overcrowded outfield situation.

Alex Bregman served as the keynote speaker for LSU’s First Pitch Banquet this past Sunday.

I guess you get stories like this one regarding Gabe Kapler during the off-season.

The Cleveland Jewish News weighs in on the local team’s decision to retire the Chief Wahoo logo. Next year.

Misc.

Quarterback Josh Rosen, who decided not to return to UCLA so he can go into the next NFL Draft, will participate in the 2018 State Farm All-Star Football Challenge this week. The competition will feature 24 players from the ACC, Big Ten, Big 12, Pac-12 and SEC. The athletes will be divided into six teams based on their college conference. Each team will consist of four players from the same conference who will compete for conference supremacy in a series of skills competitions. The event will be televised on Friday, Feb. 2, at 9 p.m. ET on ESPN2.

Former NFLer Geoff Schwartz on “Why everyone loves the underdog Eagles, especially the Eagles”

Soccer clubs across Germany pay tribute to Holocaust victims

Kenyan soccer kids receive Maccabi kits from the Australian contingent

Mish-Mashing (Trying to catch up)

Posted on: May 15th, 2017 by Ron Kaplan

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.

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

Posted on: February 23rd, 2017 by Ron Kaplan 2 Comments

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.

 

Mish-Mash: a new collection of Jewish sports items

Posted on: January 26th, 2017 by Ron Kaplan

A few things that I didn’t know what to do with but didn’t want to let get away:

 

Soccer anti-Semitism, take 827

Posted on: January 25th, 2017 by Ron Kaplan

There’s nothing new under the sun:

Antisemitic chants caught on film before Manchester City’s match against Spurs

Tottenham Hotspur and Manchester City teams walk out prior to the Premier League match at the Etihad Stadium last Saturday.

Jewish Sports Review review

Posted on: January 18th, 2017 by Ron Kaplan

The Jewish sports fan’s best friend arrived recently: The January/February issue of the Jewish Sports Review.

Among the topics covered:

  • http://jewishsportsreview.com/images/jsr.jpgA hockey preview, including the NHL, minor, Canadian and European League, as well as men’s and women’s hockey. It’s interesting to note that the editors continue to list Washington Capitals’ left-winger Andre Burakovsky. Your might remember from previous entries on the Korner that there’s been a bit of “identity crisis” over his inclusion.
  • JSR‘s women’s and men’s college All-America soccer teams for Di and D2 and 3 schools.
  • Jews in professional basketball for 2016-17, including Jews playing international basketball professionally and foreign Jews playing in Israel.
  • Sports shorts, a hodge-podge of snippets of Jewish sports news.
  • A list of Jewish athletes enshrined in American sports Halls of Fame.
  • A Jews in Sports quiz by Neil Keller

I can’t think of a better gift for the hard core sports enthusiasts. So why not get them a subscription? Six bi-monthly issues full of information you won’t find anywhere else for $36. For more, visit Jewishsportsreview.com.

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Shabbat mish-mosh: Shalom, Jedd Fisch

Posted on: January 6th, 2017 by Ron Kaplan

Jedd Fisch takes over as offensive coordinator for UCLA football, one of  a few things that slipped under the radar during the week:

Jewish sports scoreboard, December 28, 2016

Posted on: December 29th, 2016 by Ron Kaplan

NBA

  • Make that two in a row for Omri Casspi. He played 14 minutes off the bench in the Sacramento Kings’ 102-89 loss to the host Portland Trailblazers, scoring six points and leading his team’s subs with five rebounds.

NCAAM

  • Spencer Weisz

    Spencer Weisz

    Spencer Weisz led Princeton with 17 points and five steals in a 77-49 win over visiting Hampton. Weisz started at a forward slot, playing 32 minutes and pulling down seven rebounds while dishing out three assists.

  • Conversely, Jeremy Lieberman, who started at one of the guard positions for Wyoming, led his team in fewest points — zero — in an 88-74 win over visiting Air Force. Lieberman played 16 minutes two rebounds and one assist.

NCAAW

  • Jen Berkowitz (forward) and Lena Munzer (guard) were both in the starting five for Yale, which was obliterated by host Stanford (the 13th ranked team), 102-44. Berkowitz scored two points in 22 minutes with a rebound, an assist, and a blocked shot. Munzer led the team with 37 minutes and eight rebounds, scoring eight points with one assist.

NHL

  • Zach Hyman picked up his eighth assist of the year in the first period to give the Toronto Maple Leafs a 1-0 lead over Jason Demers and the host Florida Panthers. Hyman played 20:17, taking four shots on goal. Demers played 19:30 with two SOG as the Leafs won in overtime, 3-2.

FIFA follies

Posted on: November 24th, 2016 by Ron Kaplan

In a way, it’s kind of nice (for lack of abetter word), that things are calm enough right now that this is a concern. According to an article from PostBulletin.com,

FIFA says Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas have met with its envoy trying to broker better relations between the two sides’ soccer federations.

Sounds like there should be a feature film here, about how the kids from both countries meet in a match but instead of animosity, they understand that everyone has to get along in order to survive.

I doubt even Disney would want to take that on.

   
 

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