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Jice update, Games of February 5, 2019

Posted on: February 6th, 2019 by Ron Kaplan

Not much left to write about until baseball season starts. Football is over and Omri Casspi — the lone MOT in the NBA — is out with his meniscus tear. I might have to result to reporting about — gasp — college sports.

Brandon Leipsic contributed his 10th assist of the year to help the LA Kings beat the host NJ Devils, 5-1. He was on the rink for 12:20 while teammate Nate Thompson had 14:46 of TOI.

Jason Zucker posted his 14th assist in a 5-4 shootout loss for the Minnesota Wild (26-22-5) to the host Buffalo Sabres.

Andre Burakovsky was on the ice for just 8:53 as the Washington Capitols (29-18-6) beat the visiting Vancouver Canucks, 3-2. The more he slumps, the louder the chatter about a possible trade.

Related imageJakob Chychrun, who is suffering with a”lower body injury,” did not travel with the Arizona Coyotes (23-25-5) who lost, 5-2, to the host Nashville Predators. His team placed him on the injured reserve list which means he will also miss the Coyotes’ against the Columbus Blue Jackets on Thursday and the Dallas Stars on Saturday. According to the CBS sports fantasy site, Chychrun will be eligible to come off injured reserve in time to play next Tuesday in Vegas, though the Coyotes have yet to provide an official timeline for his return.

 

 

JFL update, Sleeper Bowl Edition

Posted on: February 5th, 2019 by Ron Kaplan

Sorry. It’s taken me this long to wake up from that snoozer. Granted, I probably wouldn’t have watched the whole thing anyway because I had to get up at 3 a.m. for work, but I did managed to see the final field goal through the end.

Obviously the only reason I’m writing this is the Jewish participation factor in the New England Patriots’ 13-3 win over the Los Angeles Rams.

We begin with Nate Ebner, the free safety who appeared on 23 special teams plays (85 percent). It was his third Super Bowl appearance.

Image result for julian edelman relentlessNow we come to the issue of Julian Edelman.

Those of you who have been following the Korner for any length of time know that I have never “considered” him as a MOT, abiding by the decision of the Jewish Sports Review.

I’m still waiting for something definitive. I’m going to be reading his 2017 book, Relentless: A Memoir, to see if there’s any religious reference. Certainly there’s no shortage of Jewish media ready to claim him, given the paucity of Jews in sports in general and the NFL in particular. Especially since Edelman was named this year’s MVP. And this JTA story on his being the first Jewish player to earn such an honor is making the rounds. Edelman even refers to it in this story. Along with this one about his perhaps being the best Jewish football player ever. Well, obviously that’s a question for denate.

From the Jerusalem Post:

Edelman’s father is of Jewish descent and Edelman is openly Jewish. During a holiday season NFL Network interview in 2014, when the broadcaster asked Edelman if he was ready to give some good “Christmas answers,” Edelman responded, “Well, I’m Jewish, but I’ll try to keep it to Hanukkah presents, even though Hanukkah’s over.”

I wonder how they define “openly Jewish”?

I know there have been stories and videos of Edelman visiting Israel, wearing a kipa at the Western Wall, etc. and I don’t know what’s in his heart and soul. But I can’t help be reminded about the episode of Seinfield in which he accuses his dentists of converting to Judaism “for the jokes.” The skeptic in me thinks this has at least a chance of being some way to capitalize on that lack of the chosen people in pro sports.

Terrible, I know.

And I also know that the JSR‘s policy is somewhat questionable as well. After all, there are several Jewish athletes whose mothers are not Jewish (there goes the halachic definition), who have never had a bar mitzvah ceremony or even formal Jewish education and they’re included. A very touch subject. I’m thinking Edelman may be Jew-ish as opposed to Jewish.

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JFL Update, AFC Championship

Posted on: January 21st, 2019 by Ron Kaplan

Either way it came out, you knew there would be one Jewish player going to Super Bowl XLIII. As it happens, that MOT will be free safety Nate Ebner, whose New England Patriots needed overtime to beat Mitchell Schwartz‘s Kansas City Chief, 37-31.

Ebner appeared on 26 special teams plays (84 percent), making one tackle. Schwartz completed a “perfect” season, appear on 100 percent (52) of his team’s offensive downs, plus another five (16 percent) on special teams.

This will be the third Super Bowl for Ebner; Mitchell has yet to appear. The last time the Chiefs were in the championship game was in SB IV way back in 1970 when they beat the Minnesota Vikings, 23-7.

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The Patriots — who will be making their ninth Super Bowl appearance since 2002 — take on the Los Angeles Rams, who also won in overtime over the New Orleans Saints, 26-23, on Feb. 3 at Mercedes-Benz Stadium, Atlanta. According to the ESPN.com, as of right now there are still more than 1,000 tickets available for as low as $3,123.

JFL, Playoff Edition, Divisional Title Games

Posted on: January 14th, 2019 by Ron Kaplan

It will be Jew vs. Jew in the AFC Conference Finals next week.

It should come as no surprise that Mitchell Schwartz played on every offensive down (87) for the #1 seed Kansas City Chiefs in their 31-13 win over the visiting Indianapolis Colts, plus another five (17%) on special teams.

The Chiefs will face the #2 seed New England Patriots, making their eighth straight Conference final after outscoring the Los Angeles Chargers 35-7 in the first half en route to the 41-28 win. Nate Ebner made one tackle in 27 special teams plays (79 percent).

Of course, you realize what this means (barring any unforeseen circumstances): There will be a Jewish player in Super Bowl LIII.

In other football news… well, there isn’t much. The only thing of note is the post-season analysis of Arizona Cardinals QB Josh Rosen.

JFL, end of- and post-season

Posted on: January 7th, 2019 by Ron Kaplan

Another football season has come — and mostly gone — for the JFLers, .

Mitchell Schwartz completed another complete season, appearing on every offensive play for the Kansas City Chiefs who will host the Indianapolis Colts next Saturday as the #1 seed. Schwartz was named to the 1st-Team All-Pro Team for the first time; he had been selected for 2nd team twice. The Chiefs finished tied with the LA Chargers for the best record in the AFC.

Not a great rookie season for Arizona Cardinals’ signal-caller Josh Rosen. There were a lot of growing pains — literally and figuratively– in his freshman campaign. The Cardinals finished with the worst record in the NFL (3-13). I wish I could say there were more flashes of brilliance, but no. Here’s hoping he has a better supporting cast next year.

Nate Ebner had another strong season for the New England Patriots (11-5, first in the AFC East). After missing seven games in 2017 due to injury, he appeared in all but one this year. He had a career high 13 tackles (4 solo, 9 assisted) and was awarded the team’s 2018 Ed Block Courage Award, given to the player who “best exemplifies the principles of courage and sportsmanship while also serving as a source of inspiration.” The Pats host the Chargers on Sunday.

Ali Marpet also appeared on every for his team, the Tampa Bay Buccaneers (5-11, fpoirth, NFC South). he received a goodly amount of praise for his work. Maybe someday he’ll vie for All-Pro honors with Schwartz? From SB Nation: “Marpet grew into his own this season. He’s physical and violent at the point of attack. There are countless plays a game where he dominates his opponent. If he played on a better team he’d get more notice.”

“Newly-discovered” JFLer Jordan Dangerfield appeared in every game for the Pittsburgh Steelers. (9-6-1, 2nd, AFC North). The safety made six tackles (5 combined, one solo).

Another addition to the tribe: kicker Greg Joseph of the Cleveland Browns. He got the call a couple of weeks into the season when the team’s kicker was unable to get the job done. Joseph, who was born in Johannesburg, South Africa, connected on 17 of 20 field goal attempts, the longest coming in at 51 yards, and 25 of 29 extra point conversions. he also had one tackle.  The Brown at 7-8-1 (third AFC North) had their best season since (2014 when they went 7-9. They were 1-31 over the last two seasons. The last time they were over .500 was over a decade ago when they were 10-6 in 2007.

Photo of Mitchell Schwartz  Photo of Josh Rosen  Photo of Nate Ebner  Photo of Ali Marpet  Photo of Jordan Dangerfield

From left, Mitchell Schwartz, Josh Rosen, Nate Ebner, Ali Marpet, and Jordan Dangerfield. Sorry, no “official” head shot of Joseph.

JFL Update, Week 16

Posted on: December 25th, 2018 by Ron Kaplan

Josh Rosen completed 12 of 23 pass attempts for just 87 yards as the Arizona Cardinals (3-12, fourth in NFC West and worst in the league) were crushed by the visiting Los Angeles Rams, 31-9. On the bright side, he did lead the team in rushing with 49 yards on four attempts. The Cardinals’ only touchdown pass came from Larry Fitzgerald, the first of his career. Although Rosen has obviously been having his problems, Fitzgerald believes he has the goods to make it with the team.

Free safety Nate Ebner appeared in 25 special team plays (86 percent) as the New England Patriots (10-5, first in AFC East and clinched the division) beat the host Buffalo Bills, 24-12. He made an assist on one tackle.

Strong safety Jordan Dangerfield appeared on three defensive plays (3 percent) and another 19 (66 percent) on special teams as the Pittsburgh Steelers lost on a late fourth-quarter touchdown by Drew Brees and the host New Orleans Saints, 31-28. According to ESPN, the Steelers, at 8-6-1, “have almost no chance to be a wild-card team. Their best path to the playoffs is with a Week 17 victory against Cincinnati, combined with a Ravens loss. They could theoretically be a wild-card team if they win, and the Colts and Titans tie.”

Mitchell Schwartz and the host Kansas City Chiefs (11-4, T-first AFC West) dropped their second straight, losing to host Seattle Seahawks, 38-31. Schwartz once again appeared on every offensive down (61) plus another five (15 percent) on special teams, even though he had missed practice sessions due to a knee injury. Brother (and former JFLer) Geoff contributed this piece to SB Nation, suggesting on ways the system needs to improve when it comes to picking offensive linemen for the Pro Bowl. I wonder if he would have done so had not Mitchell been snubbed?

Ali Marpet also appeared on every offensive play (80) for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers (5-10, fourth, NFC South) plus another 5/19% on special teams in a 27-20 loss to the host Dallas Cowboys.

Greg Joseph connected on two field goals to help the Cleveland Browns beat the visiting Cincinnati Bengals, 26-18. With their 7-7-1 record (third, AFC North), the Browns have their best mark since they were 10-6 in 2007.

JFL Update, Week 15

Posted on: December 19th, 2018 by Ron Kaplan

Free safety Nate Ebner appeared in 18 special team plays (90 percent) as the New England Patriots continued their less-than-usually-dominating season with a 17-10 loss to the host Pittsburgh Steelers. The Pats are still atop the AFC East with their 9-5 record. String safety Jordan Dangerfield was in on 13 plays (65 percent) for the Steelers, who lead the AFC North with a record of 8-5-1.

Not a great day for Josh Rosen and the Arizona Cardinals, pummeled by the host Atlanta Falcons, 40-14. Once again, Rosen was without a touchdown, hitting on 13 of 22 passing attempts with two interceptions (one of which was brought back for a touchdown, the fourth time he has done that in his rookie year) and a rating of just 38.4. He ran twice for eiight yards, was sacked six times, and lost a fumble. The loss dropped the Cardinals’ record to 3-11, last in the AFC West.

Mitchell Schwartz and the host Kansas City Chiefs. The teams are tied for first in the AFC West with 11-3 records. Schwartz once again appeared on every offensive down (60) plus another four (17 percent) on special teams. Some fans are upset that he was not selected for the 2019 Pro Bowl.

Ali Marpet also appeared on every offensive play (50) for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers (5-9, T-third, NFC South) plus another 3/13% on special teams in a 20-12 loss to the host Baltimore Ravens.

If one were being generous, one might say that Greg Joseph‘s only field goal of the day — 40 yards in the second quarter — was the difference in the Cleveland Browns’ 17-16 win over the host Denver Broncos. At 6-7-1, the browns still have a shot at a post-season slot.

JFL Update, Week 14

Posted on: December 12th, 2018 by Ron Kaplan

What a cool ending to the game between the host Miami Dolphins and New England Patriots (9-4, first in AFC East) on Sunday. In case you missed “The Miracle in Miami,” here it is:

Almost an afterthought, but Nate Ebner appeared in 25 plays (78 percent) on special teams and had an assist on a tackle.

Mazel tov to Mitchell Schwartz and the 11-2 Kansas City Chiefs. They clinched a playoff berth with their 27-24 overtime win over the visiting Baltimore Ravens. Schwartz once again appeared on every offensive down (86) plus another seven (24 percent) on special teams.

No miracle for Josh Rosen and the Arizona Cardinals (3-10, T-third, NFC West) in this Hanukkah week. They were crushed — relatively speaking — by the visiting Detroit Lions, 17-3. Rosen completed 26 of 41 passes for 240 yards (tied for second for season-high) with no touchdowns and one interception. He also ran twice for three yards.

Ali Marpet also appeared on every offensive play for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers (5-8, third, NFC South) plus another 4/15% on special teams) as the visiting New Orleans Saints scored 17 fourth-quarter points to take the contest, 28-14.

Greg Joseph‘s two field goals proved to be the difference in the game, giving the Cleveland Browns (5-7-1, third, AFC North) a 26-20 win over the visiting Carolina Panthers. Joseph connected from 49 yards with less than a minute left in the second quarter to tie the game at 17-17 and 41 in the fourth to seal the deal.

Safety Jordan Dangerfield appeared on 16 special team plays (64 percent) as the Pittsburgh Steelers (7-5-1, first, AFC North) lost a tough one to the host Oakland Raiders, 24-17.

JFL Update, Week 13

Posted on: December 4th, 2018 by Ron Kaplan

Josh Rosen led the Arizona Cardinals (3-9, third in NFC West) to an improbable 20-17 win over the host Green Bay Packers. Rosen was 11-26 for 149 passing yards with no TDs or interceptions. He rushed for 33 yards on one play, but also had a -1 on anther for a total of 32 yards. Depending on whose stats you go by Rosen is either 30th out of 31 qualifying quarterbacks in Total QBR (ESPN) or 30th among all QBS (NFL). Either way, it’s not very good, but given his rookie status, you hope he’s learning and that the Cardinals will provide him with a better supporting cast in years to come.

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Mitchell Schwartz played all 71 offensive downs for the KC Chiefs and another seven (22 percent) as the KC Chiefs (10-2, first in AFC West) held off a late charge by the host Oakland Raiders for a 40-33 win.

Nate Ebner returned to action after missing last week’s game for the New England Patriots. He appeared on 20 special teams plays (80 percent) as the Pats (9-3, first in AFC East)  beat the visiting Minnesota Vikings, 24-10.

Ali Marpet appeared on all 65 offensive plays for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers (5-7. third in NFC South) plus another four (17 percent) as his crew beat the visiting Carolina Panthers, 24-17.

Safety Jordan Dangerfield appeared in 19 special teams plays (63 percent) and recovered one of the team’s own fumbles as the Pittsburgh Steelers (7-4-1, first in AFC North) gave up 18 fourth quarter points to the visiting LA Chargers to lose, 33-30, the winning score coming on a field goal with 4:10 left to play.

Greg Joseph did not attempt a field goal for the Cleveland Browns (4-7-1, fourth in AFC North) in their 29-13 loss to the host Houston Texans. he made one PAT, the browns failing on a two point conversion following their second TD.

It was pointed out to me during the NY-Chicago game that the Bears have two players with apparently Jewish surnames (Tarik Cohen and Eddie Goldman), neither of whom are MOT. “A rose by any other name…”

JFL Update, Week 12

Posted on: November 27th, 2018 by Ron Kaplan

It looked good for a little while at least: Arizona Cardinals (2-9, T-third, NFC West) quarterback Josh Rosen threw a 25-yard touchdown pass to Larry Fitzgerald four minutes into the first quarter. That was followed by a field goal a little bit later for a 10-0 lead. But that was it for the Cardinals’ scoring and it all went downhill from there as the host LA Chargers roared back for a 45-10 win. Rosen ended the day completing 12 of 19 passes for 105 yards with that TD plus an interception and was sacked for an 11-yard loss. He also rushed twice for negative one yard. And, to add insult to non-injury, there was this.

Kicker Greg Joseph did not attempt any field goals but hit on five PATs as the Cleveland Browns (4-6-1, fourth, AFC North) beat the host Cincinnati Bengals, 35-20.

Safety Jordan Dangerfield appeared on three defensive plays (5 percent) and another 18 on special teams (67 percent) as the Pittsburgh Steelers (7-3-1, first AFC North) fell to the host Denver Broncos on a fourth quarter touchdown, 24-17.

Ali Marpet appeared on all 73 offensive plays plus another five (18 percent) on special teams for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers (4-7, T-third NFC South) in a 27-9 win over the visiting San Francisco 49ers.

Nate Ebner was not active for the New England Patriots (8-3, first, AFC East) in their 27-13 win over the host NY Jets. From CBSSports.com on Nov. 23, “Ebner was a surprise addition to Friday’s injury report, logging a limited participation in practice after having been unlisted to begin the week. The veteran safety appears to have suffered a knee injury of undisclosed severity during practice.” But at least he won his bet with Tom Brady over the Michigan-Ohio State game.

Mitchell Schwartz and the KC Chiefs (9-2, first AFC West) were in their bye week.

 

   
 

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