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Jewish sports update, January 4, 2018

Posted on: January 4th, 2018 by Ron Kaplan

NBA

Omri Casspi missed last’s game with a “mid-back strain,” as the Golden State Warriors (30-8) eked out a 125-122 win over the host Dallas Mavericks.

NHL

No games involving Jewish players last night. This evening features the full compliment of Jice-men, including, Zach Hyman and the Toronto Maple Leafs host the San Jose Sharks; Branden Leipsic and the Vegas Golden Knights visit the St. Louis Blues; Jason Zucker and the Minnesota Wild host the Buffalo Sabres; Michael Cammalleri and the Edmonton Oilers host the Anaheim Ducks; and Jason Demers and the Arizona Coyotes host the Nashville Predators.

NFL

Josh Rosen has announced he will leave UCLA and declared for the NFL draft. He was featured in the opening question on today’s Pardon the Interruption. The Cleveland Jewish News notes that the home-town Browns — who finished 0-16 — have the first pick and might go for Rosen. (Here’s the paper’s outlook for the city’s pro sports teams for the new year.)

MLB

The St. Louis Cardinals are showcasing pitcher Ryan Sherriff in the “winter cavalcade.” This is one way teams keep the fans interested during the dreary winter months. Ian Kinsler ranks fifth on the list of all-time  Detroit Tigers second basemen, following Charlie Gehringer, Lou Whitaker, Dick McAuliffe, and Placido Polanco. How much money do you think streaky LA Dodgers outfielder Joc Pederson will make in arbitration? And will Alex Bregman join his Houston Astros teammates when the world champions visit the White House? After all, according to this piece in U.S. News and World Report, Bregman, “who called Trump a ‘joke’ before the 2016 presidential election, was recently asked whether he would accept an invitation. ‘I don’t know. I’m gonna do whatever Carlos Beltran and Carlos Correa do,’ Bregman said, referring to two of the team’s players from Puerto Rico.”

Jewish Sports Roundup: Games of Nov. 27, 2017

Posted on: November 28th, 2017 by Ron Kaplan

Once again, Omri Casspi was the starting string forward for the Golden State Warriors (15-6), playing a season-high 30 minutes. Unfortunately, the team suffered their first loss with him in that role, dropping a 110-107 affair to his former team, the visiting Sacramento Kings. Casspi scored nine points with four rebounds and one assist.

In the only NHL game involving a MOT, Jason Zucker gave the Minnesota Wild a 1-0 lead over the host Winnipeg Jets, but it didn’t hold up; the Jets buzzed Minny, 7-2. It was Zucker’s 13th goal of the year. He had 15:39 of time on ice.

Sad news: Nate Ebner, who surprised everyone by making a 14-yard run out of punt formation in New England’s win over the Miami Dolphins on Sunday, will miss the rest of the season due to an injury he sustained on that play. Ebner, 28, has regularly received accolades for his selfless play on special teams. Here’s hoping he can make a full recovery.

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Former NFL OL Geoff Schwartz is now a commentator. Here he weighs in on the problems with  brother Mitchell‘s KC Chiefs

Staying with football, what should UCLA QB Josh Rosen do: jump into the NFL Draft or wait one more year? Rosen has been taking his lumps lately, both physically and in comments by those who question his toughness.

JFL, Week 12

Posted on: November 27th, 2017 by Ron Kaplan

Catching up with myriad topics including Week 12 in the NFL:

Nate Ebner and the New England Patriots improve to 9-2 (first in the AFC Eastern Division) by almost doubling up on the visiting Miami Dolphins, 35-17.  Ebner appeared on just two special teams play (7 percent), but caught a pass for 14 yards lining up in a punt formation. He picked up the first down but unfortunately was hurt on the play and might be done for the year.

Center Ali Marpet was also injured in the game between his Tampa Bay Buccaneers (4-7) and the host Atlanta Falcons, who emerged victorious, 34-20. Marpet sustained a knee injury in the second quarter and came out of the game but returned in the second half.

Mitchell Schwartz appeared on all of his team’s offensive plays plus two more (7 percent) on special teams. The KC Chiefs’ woes continue as they lost to the visiting Buffalo Bills, 16-10. KC is now 6-5 but still leads the AFC West.

Apparently, Gabe Marks –signed by the NY Jets as a free agent but limited to the practice squad — is calling it quits, giving up on an NFL career. Marks, a standout at Washington State University, doesn’t even get to join this group.

A bad day for the Jews with the pigskin all around: Josh Rosen was also hurt as UCLA beat California 30-27. Rosen came out of the game late in the second quarter after taking another hard hit, the last of three sacks he received. I wonder what, if any, effect this will have on the NFL scouts?

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JFL, Week 11

Posted on: November 23rd, 2017 by Ron Kaplan

Just wanted to get this out of the way because I didn’t have a chance to post earlier this week and the new week starts today.

Mitchell Schwartz once again played every down on offense (75, plus another 3/12 percent on special teams) as the Kansas City Chiefs continued to have troubles, falling to the lowly NY Giants in overtime, 12-9. Despite the loss, the Chiefs remain in first place in the AFC West (6-4) only because evr4yone else in the division is stinko. Even though he’s not on the active roster, Adam Bisnowaty participated in the Giants’ food drive recently.

Nate Ebner appeared on 15 plays (68 percent) for the New England Patriots, who beat the “home” Oakland Raiders in Mexico City, 33-8. The Patriots are 8-2, tops in the AFC East.

Ali Marpet and the Tampa Bay Buccaneers beat the host Miami Dolphins in an intrastate battle, 30-20. Marpet appeared on all 66 plays at center and another three (10 percent). The Bucs are 4-6, last in the NFC South. Like, Bisnowaty, Marpet took part in his team’s food drive.

Josh Rosen got a lot of attention as UCLA took on USC last week, as a predictor of where he might end up in the draft. Unfortunately, the Bruins lost to the Trojans, 28-23. Rosen hit on 32 of 52 pass attempts for 421 yards with three touchdowns and one interception for a surprisingly low quarterback rating of 58.7. Have to admit, I’m not conversant on how that stat is composed, but I know it’s not very good. Still, there are those who think he did better than his opposite number. Unfortunately, coach Jim Mora was fired after the loss, much to the disappointment of Rosen and his teammates.

 

JFL, Week 10

Posted on: November 13th, 2017 by Ron Kaplan

Nate Ebner played 22 downs on special teams (76 percent) for the New England Patriots in their 41-16 win over the host Denver Broncos. He made one tackle. He had been nursing a sore shoulder. The Pats are 7-2, first in the AFC East.

Marpet_Cleats for a Cause.pngAli Marpet played at 71 snaps at center for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in their 15-10 win over the visiting NY Jets. The Bucs improve to 3-6 but are still last in the NFC South. Here’s an example of Marpet as mensch.

Mitchell Schwartz and the KC Chiefs (6-3, first in the AFC West) had their bye week.

Given the woeful performance of the NY Giants, would it be that far flung a notion to give offensive lineman Adam Bisnowaty a chance to play in a regular game, as opposed to burying him on the practice squad?

Josh Rosen update: The UCLA QB has come under fire for his mental and physical toughness. Of course, his team rushes to defend him so I don’t know — not following college football — how much of the whispers are true or false. but things are looking up: in his latest game, Rosen led the Bruins to a 44-37 win over the visiting Arizona State Sun Devils, throwing for 381 yards, one touchdown, and one interception. He also scored on a one-yard run. Is there a bowl game in Rosen’s future? And what, if anything, would that do for his chances in the NFL draft?

Move over, Robert Downey Jr. There’s a new Iron Man

Posted on: October 31st, 2017 by Ron Kaplan

Image result for mitchell schwartz chiefsImage result for iron manAccording to this UPI.com story, when Cleveland Browns tackle Joe Thomas had to come out of a loss to the Tennessee Titans last week, that made Mitchell Schwartz of the KC Chiefs the “Iron Man”at that position. Thomas, an 11-year veteran for former Teammate of Schwartz’s,  left the game with a torn triceps. Thomas played every offensive snap of his NFL career before the injury, spanning 10,363 snaps over 167 games since 2007.

Schwartz has played every snap of the first 87 games of his career for the Browns and Chiefs. His streak of 5,891 snaps puts him a little more than halfway toward Thomas’ mark. That pace puts Schwartz about 66 games away from matching the streak, or about four-plus seasons. Here’s hoping he stays healthy in general (unfortunately his brother Geoff suffered several injuries that eventually ended his career), but the record would be nice, too.

There is something of a resemblance, don’t you think?

JFL Update: Week Eight

Posted on: October 31st, 2017 by Ron Kaplan

Defensive back Nate Ebner appeared in 21 special teams plays for the New England Patriots in their 21-13 win over the visiting Los Angeles Chargers. The Pats are 6-2, first place in the AFC East.

Ali Marpet took all 67 snaps at center for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. who lost to the visiting Carolina Panthers, 17-3 to fall to 2-5, fourth (last) in the NFC South)

Mitchell Schwartz was on the field at right tackle for all 62 of the KC Chiefs’ offense and played another six downs (22 percent) on special teams. The Chiefs beat the visiting Denver Broncos last night, 29-19 to improve to 6-2, first in the AFC West.

Image result for mike bercoviciFinally, the St. Louis Cardinals signed quarterback Mike Bercovici (right)  to their practice squad, the team announced Tuesday. Bercovici played at ASU from 2011-15 and was the team’s starter throughout his senior season. He was a member of the Chargers’ practice squad in 2016 and ’17, and he had a stellar preseason performance against the Cardinals in 2016.

In the college ranks, UCLA Bruin Josh Rosen was forced out of a 44-23 loss to the #12 Washington Huskies on Saturday. According to the LA Times,

The severity of Rosen’s injuries was not immediately known and he was scheduled to be re-evaluated Sunday. An absence of any duration would be crushing. Rosen missed the Bruins’ final six games last season with a shoulder injury and his team went 1-5.

Rosen entered the game leading the Pac-12 Conference in passing yards and total offense. He finished the game against the Huskies having completed 12 of 21 passes for 93 yards and a touchdown.

For what it’s worth, Rosen was listed as the best quarterback on Mel Kiper’s Big Board.

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JFL Update, Week 7

Posted on: October 23rd, 2017 by Ron Kaplan

Nate Ebner appeared on 15 special teams plays (75 percent), assisting on one tackle as the New England Patriots (5-2, first in AFC East) beat the visiting Atlanta Falcons, 23-7. The two teams faced each other in the last Super Bowl, won by the Pats, 34-28, in overtime.

Mitchell Schwartz was in on all 62 offensive snaps at tackle plus another 6 (19 percent) on special teams as the KC Chiefs (5-2, first in the AFC West) lost a controversial one to the host Oakland Raiders, 31-30.

Ali Marpet was on the field for all 72 offensive plays at center for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers (2-4, fourth (last) in the NFC South) in their 30-27 loss to the host Buffalo Bills.

UCLA QB Josh Rosen had a good game, piloting his team to a 31-14 win over the Oregon Ducks on Saturday. Rosen was 12-36, 266 yards, and two touchdowns. UCLA is 4-3, 2-2 in conference.

JFL Update, Week 6

Posted on: October 16th, 2017 by Ron Kaplan

Ali Marpet played all 70 plays at center as the Tampa Bay Buccaneers fell to 2-3 (Last in the NCF South) following their 38-33 loss to the host St. Louis Cardinals. The Bucs scored 27 points in a valiant comeback attempt, but they couldn’t overcome a 24-0 halftime deficit. Marpet made one tackle after his quarterback threw an interception. He had been listed as questionable for the game because of “illness,” which seems like a real catch-all category.

Nate Ebner appeared in 20 plays (80 percent) for special teams as the New England Patriots won a controversial game against the host NY Jets, 24-17, to take sole possession of first place in the AFC East. Tom Brady set the NFL record for regular-season victories by a quarterback (187). From the ESPN story:

After Stephen Gostkowski’s 28-yard field goal made it 24-14 50 seconds into the fourth quarter, New York appeared to make it a one-score game again on its next possession as Austin Seferian-Jenkins took a short pass from McCown and reached over the goal line for a 4-yard touchdown .

But officials reviewed the score and said the video replay showed that Seferian-Jenkins slightly lost control of the ball when Malcolm Butler nudged it loose as the tight end was crossing the plane of the goal line. Seferian-Jenkins didn’t regain control until after he had stepped out of bounds, resulting in a touchback — despite the ball never hitting the ground. That gave the Patriots back the ball, with the Jets’ sideline irate.

Mitchell Schwartz and the KC Chiefs blew a 23-7 halftime lead and took lost their first game of the season, 42-34 to the host Houston Texans. Schwartz played all 77 offensive plays and another eight (25 percent) on special teams.

In the college ranks, QB Josh Rosen and the UCLA Bruins (3-3) lost to host Arizona 47-30. From the ESPN story:

Rosen, the nation’s leader in passing yards and total offense entering the game, threw for 219 yards but was held without a TD pass for the first time since the 2015 season. His three interceptions hurt the Bruins, the first was picked off by Jace Whittaker in the end zone early in the second quarter and the second was returned 42 yards for a touchdown by Whittaker, also in the second.

The Wildcats sacked Rosen five times in the second half, four for freshman Kylan Wilborn.

“I just didn’t play well at all,” Rosen said.

Suffice it to say, this game did not do Rosen’s Heisman Trophy chances much good.

JFL Update: End of Week 5

Posted on: October 10th, 2017 by Ron Kaplan

Mitchell Schwartz and the KC Chiefs improved to 5-0 (first place, AFC  West) after beating the host Houston Texas in a 42-34 barn-burner. Schwartz, starting at center, was on the field for all 77 offensive plays plus another eight (25 percent) on special teams.

Nate Ebner combined on two tackles as the New England Patriots (3-2, tied for first in the AFC East with the Buffalo Bills and NY Jets) beat Ali Marpet and the host Tampa Bay Buccaneers (2-2, tied for third in the NFC South), 19-14. Sorry, I don’t have the play breakdown for this one so can’t report how much time each spent on the field.

Adam Bisnowaty is technically not on the NY Giants roster — he’s on the practice squad — but he was one of three members of the team

According to an AP story:

A group of New York Giants football players who have protested during the national anthem have visited with Newark police officers and high school students.

Damon Harrison, Mark Herzlich and Adam Bisnowaty met with police officers and students on Monday to discuss systemic racism and make donations.

Members of the Bronze Shields, the Newark Police Department’s African American officer’s association, showed support for the protests. Bronze Shields president Sgt. Levi Holmes says the group understands players are “taking a knee to object to the different injustices that happen in the country.”

The players and police officers visited football teams at Central High School and Weequahic High School. The players donated $10,000 to each school for new equipment.

On the college scene, Josh Rosen threw for 372 yards and one touchdown as UCLA beat visiting Colorado on Saturday, 27-23. UCLA is 3-2, second in the Pac 12 – South. Could he really be in the running for the Heisman Trophy??? Either way, where does he stand for an upcoming NFL draft?

PASADENA, CA - SEPTEMBER 30: UCLA (3) Josh Rosen (QB) throws a pass during a college football game between the Colorado Buffaloes and the UCLA Bruins on September 30, 2017 at the Rose Bowl in Pasadena, CA.(Photo by Brian Rothmuller/Icon Sportswire)

   
 

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