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Jewish sports update, January 11, 2018

Posted on: January 11th, 2018 by Ron Kaplan

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

 

 

Jewish sports update, January 10, 2018

Posted on: January 10th, 2018 by Ron Kaplan

NHL

Only two MOT games last night. Michael Cammalleri took one shot on goal in 12:32 as the Edmonton Oilers (18-23-3) couldn’t overcome a 2-0 deficit in the first period, losing to the host Nashville Predators, 2-1.

Jason Zucker took three SOG in 19:20 in the Minnesota Wild’s 3-2 overtime loss to the visiting Calgary Flames. The Wild are (is?) 22-17-4.

On tonight’s docket: Zucker and the Wild move on to Chicago to face the Blackhawks. Zach Hyman and the Toronto Maple Leafs host the Ottawa Senators.

NBA

Omri Casspi and the Golden State Warriors were off yesterday. They host the LA Clippers tonight.

MLB

This could be a make-or-break season for LA Dodgers outfielder Joc Pederson.

There’s been chatter that Baltimore orioles pitcher Richard Bleier could wind up in the starting rotation, but according to this piece, maybe he’ll be the closer?

NFL

There are all sorts of metrics the scouts use to see if an athlete  is “worthy” of playing in the NFL, such as the Wonderlic Test. But how much does character count? Is the young man a good team guy? And how easily can rumors quash a career? Josh Rosen might be the target of negative assessments. We know he doesn’t want to play for the Cleveland Browns, but what are the chances the NY Jets claim him?

Only a Game, the public radio sports show, offered this segment on quarterback Bennie Friedman in their series on the history of the forward pass. You can hear the story — “The Son Of Jewish Immigrants Who Became Football’s First Passing Specialist” — here. Thanks to the very informative SportsBiblio.com for the link.

MISC

I don’t know how much Jewish content there is in This Book Has Balls: Sports Rants from the MVP of Talking Trash, by the actor Michael Rapaport, but I’m including it just on the basis of the cover:

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Well, that got ugly in a hurry

Posted on: January 7th, 2018 by Ron Kaplan

So now I have no horse in the race. The NFL season is officially over for the Jewish players. Mitchell Schwartz and the Kansas City Chiefs coughed up a 21-3 lead in the third quarter to lose to the visiting Tennessee Titans, 22-21.

Schwartz once again played every offensive down (58 plus four more on special teams), but their only so much a lineman can do. On the other hand, Titans QB Marcus Mariota caught his own pass to score a touchdown.

Of course, there’s always Bob Kraft‘s New England Patriots. And, no, Julian Edelman is still not Jewish according to the sources who make these determinations.

Jewish sports update, January 6, 2018

Posted on: January 6th, 2018 by Ron Kaplan

Including events of Jan. 5…

In the only major pro action that featured a Jewish athlete, Brandon Leipsic took one shot on goal in 13:13 as the Vegas Golden Knights (28-10-2) won their ninth game in their last 10 games, 5-4, over the visiting Chicago Blackhawks. Tonight, Michael Cammalleri and the Edmonton Oilers visit the Dallas Stars; Zach Hyman and the Toronto Maple Leafs host the Vancouver Canucks; Jason Demers and the Arizona Coyotes host the NY Rangers; and Jason Zucker and the Minnesota Wild visit the Colorado Avalanche.

Omri Casspi is listed as probable for tonight’s game between his Golden State Warriors and the host LA Clippers. He missed the last game with bruised ribs.

Today, Mitchell Schwartz and the Kansas City Chiefs hosts the Tennessee Titans in a wild card NFL playoff. Schwartz was named to the AP All-Pro team as the right tackle. This is second straight year being so honored for the 28-year-old Schwartz. His brother, Geoff — now an NFL analyst — offers this piece on what each team needs to do to win in the first round.

A Jewish quarterback in the New York area would be nifty, but would the Giants, who get a high pick, go for UCLA’s Josh Rosen? Maybe not, according to this article on NJ.com. “…as new Giants general manager Dave Gentleman attempts to rebuild the locker room, Rosen’s personality could be a big story in New York over the next few months. Already, scouts have begun to question Rosen’s motivation for playing the game and personality.” Ruh-ro.

UCLA quarterback Josh Rosen passes during the first half of an NCAA college football game against Southern California in Los Angeles. UCLA quarterback Josh Rosen is skipping his senior season to enter the NFL draft.

Hard to believe — as I sit in NJ where the “real feel” factor is -12 — that spring training is just a few weeks away. The Baltimore Orioles are hosting a minicamp. Richard Bleier is on hand. Could he move from the bullpen into the starting rotation? The World Champion Houston Astros are embarking on one of those caravans. Alex Bregman will be one of the participants. Some people in the Milwaukee Brewer universe are complaining that they can’t move forward with outfield plans because Ryan Braun‘s contract (and no trade clause) are hog-tying them. Braun is set to make $20 million this year. Hey, no one forced them to give him that kind of money, so don’t blame him.

Moving to the Israeli figure skating scene (!)… Let’s kill all the lawyers. (Don’t blame me; that’s Shakespeare’s line.)

 

 

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?

   
 

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