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JFL Update (and more)

Posted on: August 9th, 2017 by Ron Kaplan No Comments

NFL training camps are in full swing with exhibition games on the horizon. Adam Bisnowaty, the NY Giants’ rookie OL, is looking forward to his first unofficial NFL contest, which may come Friday against the Pittsburgh Steelers, his favorite team as a kid. The Giants think enough of him to list him on the second team in an unofficial depth chart. And needles to say, with so few JFLers, the Jewish media is picking up on him, like this piece on the BreakingIsraelNews site. And this from the JTA.

The other NY rookie — Gabe Marks of the NY Jets — is also getting some attention, though not as much for the Jewish angle.

Ali Marpet of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers is dealing with a “minor” ankle injury.

Over on the college scene, UCLA QB Josh Rosen is getting some attention for comments he made about NCAA football in this BleacherReport Q&A. Among his observations that’s got some sports pundits talking…

CORONADO, CA - MAY 27: Josh Rosen of UCLA attends Steve Clarkson's 13th Annual Quarterback Retreat on May 27, 2017 in Coronado, California. (Photo by Joe Scarnici/Getty Images)B/R: Look at the bright side: You got a chance to heal, maybe catch up on school.

Rosen: Don’t get me started. I love school, but it’s hard. It’s cool because we’re learning more applicable stuff in my major (Economics)—not just the prerequisite stuff that’s designed to filter out people. But football really dents my ability to take some classes that I need. There are a bunch of classes that are only offered one time. There was a class this spring I had to take, but there was a conflict with spring football, so…

B/R: So football wins out?

Rosen: Well, you can say that.

B/R: So that’s reality for student-athletes playing at a major university?

Rosen: I didn’t say that, you did. (Laughs.) Look, football and school don’t go together. They just don’t. Trying to do both is like trying to do two full-time jobs. There are guys who have no business being in school, but they’re here because this is the path to the NFL. There’s no other way. Then there’s the other side that says raise the SAT eligibility requirements. OK, raise the SAT requirement at Alabama and see what kind of team they have. You lose athletes and then the product on the field suffers.

Look, football and school don’t go together. They just don’t. Trying to do both is like trying to do two full-time jobs. — Josh Rosen

B/R: Wait, some players shouldn’t be in school?

Rosen: It’s not that they shouldn’t be in school. Human beings don’t belong in school with our schedules. No one in their right mind should have a football player’s schedule, and go to school. It’s not that some players shouldn’t be in school; it’s just that universities should help them more—instead of just finding ways to keep them eligible.

Any time any player puts into school will take away from the time they could put into football. They don’t realize that they’re getting screwed until it’s too late. You have a bunch of people at the universities who are supposed to help you out, and they’re more interested in helping you stay eligible. At some point, universities have to do more to prepare players for university life and help them succeed beyond football. There’s so much money being made in this sport. It’s a crime to not do everything you can to help the people who are making it for those who are spending it.

B/R: But those same players go make money in the NFL after being prepared by their college programs.

Rosen: Some do, absolutely. What about those who don’t? What did they get for laying their body on the line play after play while universities make millions upon millions? People criticize when guys leave early for the NFL draft, and then rip them when some guys who leave early don’t get drafted. [They say,] “Why did you leave school if you weren’t going to get drafted?” I’ll tell you why: Because for a lot of guys, there is no other option. They were either leaving early (for the NFL) or flunking out. To me, that’s a problem within the system and the way we’re preparing student-athletes for the future away from football. Everyone has to be part of the process.

Needless to say, there are those who disagree with Rosen, including Stanford coach David Shaw. I wonder if there will be any repercussions when it comes time to consider Rosen in the NFL draft.

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Well, that was quick: The Maccabiahs come to a close

Posted on: July 18th, 2017 by Ron Kaplan

And I basically missed it. So here are some more links for your enjoyment, amusement, consternation, etc. Sorry if this comes across as haphazard, but I’m basically cutting and pasting.

IN PICTURES: Maccabiah ends with spectacular ceremony
The Jerusalem Post After a speech by Natan Sheransky, chairman of the executive of the Jewish Agency, who passionately told the audience, “We all will build our home …

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Maccabiah Games yield ‘positive connections’ to Israel for athletes worldwide
JNS.org The Jewish athletes from overseas had arrived in Israel in early July, joining 2,500 Israeli contestants in the world’s third-largest sporting event, which …

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Maccabiah Games live blog Day 11
Jewish Chronicle Our sports editor Danny Caro is on his way back to Tel Aviv, but has been watching the final and says: “It’s all over with Team GB crashing to a 3-0 …

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Maccabiah Games yield ‘positive connections’ to Israel for athletes worldwide
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Some 7,000 Jewish athletes from 80 countries prepared to head back to their home countries this week following the 20th Maccabiah Games, …

Triumphant Team GB wave goodbye to the 20th Maccabiah Games.Jewish Chronicle

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American swimmer makes a splash with 60 years of Maccabiah Games competitions
The Times of Israel Last week, Katz, 74, celebrated 60 years since her first Maccabiah Games. She marked the occasion by competing and medaling in eight Masters …

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Maccabiah Games live blog Day 11
Jewish Chronicle It’s the final day of action but there’s no better way to sign off – with the Men’s Open Football Final. Keep an eye here on the latest updates of the big …

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Triumphant Team GB wave goodbye to the 20th Maccabiah Games.
Jewish Chronicle Joel Nathan has spoken of his pride as Team GB prepare to wave goodbye to the 20th Maccabiah Games. Team GB’s final haul included six golds, …

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Paye’s Undisputed into final 4 at AAU nationals
San Mateo Daily Journal Also referred to as the Jewish Olympics, as the Games are exclusive to Jewish athletes, the Maccabiah Games have been held every four years dating …

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WATCH OPEN MEN’S FOOTBALL FINAL LIVE
Maccabi GB Team Maccabi GB take on USA in the 20th Maccabiah Games Open Men’s Football Final tonight and you can watch it LIVE exclusively on our …

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VIDEO: Safeguarding Maccabiah Athletes By Land And By Sea

This week saw the 20th Maccabiah Games bring thousands of athletes and tourists from all over the Jewish world to Israel to achieve feats of …
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Regional Digest: Friday Night Ritual: Stafford Rained Out

… is coming back to the Yale field hockey team with a silver medal, earned as part of the U.S. team at the 20th World Maccabiah Games in Israel.
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Rebecca Weissbard, LIer who died in riding event, honored

But Eric and Lynne Weissbard were in for a surprise when they were invited to return to the Maccabiah Games in Tel Aviv to help present a gold medal …
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Former Mt. Zion wrestler Schlosser wins medals in Israel

BEERSHEVA, ISRAEL — Former Mt. Zion wrestler Bo Schlosser took home two medals at the 20th World Maccabiah Games, his first competing for …
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Scheyer Earns Silver with US at Maccabiah Games

The U.S., which finished third at the previous Maccabiah Games (in 2013), opened play this year with a 7-0 win vs. Israel July 5 — with Scheyer scoring …
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More Maccabiah

Posted on: July 13th, 2017 by Ron Kaplan

As mentioned yesterday, sadly I don’t have the three-to-four hours a day I used to to blog about Jews and sports as part of my former job at the NJ Jewish News, so this is the best I can do for the Maccabiah Games with the limited time now. After all, it’s not like the Olympics or a major tennis event where there are usually a manageable number of Jews to follow. Here everyone is Jewish (or pert near). This catches you up with most of the information over the past few days.

100 Free Gold Ke Sath Anthony Ervin Ne Ki Maccabiah Games Ki Shuruwat

2017 MACCABIAH GAMES July 9-12, 2017 Wingate Institute, Netanya, Israel Male Results Female Results Netanya, israel me shuru hue Maccabiah.
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Records fall as Olympians shine at Maccabiah Games

Four more Maccabiah records were broken in the pool, but the special 4×50-meters relay race between Israeli and American all-star teams stole the …
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Maccabiah shines rare light on wheelchair basketball, thriving despite lack of support

The 20th Maccabiah Games, being held this month in Jerusalem, feature … Israel’s wheelchair basketball team warms up before a game against a …
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COC’s Howard Fisher, USA sweep pool play in Israel

COC men’s basketball coach Howard Fisher is currently leading the Youth Men’s Basketball team at the 20th World Maccabiah Games. Photo courtesy …
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Simsbury High Graduate’s Short Stay In Connecticut A Valuable One

Kaplan, who just graduated from Simsbury High School, is off to Israel to compete in the Maccabiah Games as captain of Poland’s junior fencing team.
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Baltimore Wrestler Wins Gold At International Games In Israel

Owings Mills native Jack Mutchnik won a gold medal in Greco-Roman wrestling yesterday, July 10, at the 20th World Maccabiah Games in Israel.
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Maccabiah success

Maccabiah veteran Craig Kramer continues to live up to his reputation as the party animal of Tel Aviv. The South African batsman is always good for a …
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Life-changing diagnosis doesn’t stop Mercer Island man

Just a year later, Mike Schiller is competing for Team USA in the World Maccabiah Games in Israel – essentially, the Jewish Olympics. Some 10,000 …
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The ‘Olympics’ of Jewish Innovation

JNS.org – As the so-called “Jewish Olympics” (the Maccabiah Games) kicked off last week in Israel, another Olympic-style Jewish event sought to …
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Finesilvers Bring Home Gold at Maccabiah Games

DURHAM, N.C.—The brother duo of Mitch Finesilver and Matt Finesilver kicked off the 2017 Maccabiah Games for the Duke contingent competing in …
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Maccabiah Games live blog Day 5

Maccabiah Games live blog Day 5. Read what happened on the fifth day of the games. Today’s highlights include GB’s first medal – for Jonah Alfert in …
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Maccabiah Games live blog Day 6

Jonah Alfert had the honour of winning Team GB’s first medal of this year’s Maccabiah on Sunday. Alfert picked up bronze in the Junior Judo Under …
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Ervin captures gold in 100-meter freestyle

“I’ve been to the Olympic Games and this is a little different. Lighting the Maccabiah flame in the opening ceremony is something I will never forget.”

Family of cyclist from 1935 Maccabiah Games donates hat to Yad Vashem

Just before the Maccabiah games kicked off on Thursday, the family of Polish-born cyclist Moshe Cukierman, who participated in the Jewish sporting …
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Police finish preparations for Maccabiah half marathon tonight

The Israel Police have completed their security preparations for the Maccabiah games half marathon event, set to take place tonight in Jerusalem.
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Howard Fisher: Sightseeing before tipoff

… basketball head coach Howard Fisher is currently in Israel coaching the USA Youth Men’s Basketball team during the 20th World Maccabiah Games …
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Olympic gold medalist Ervin headlines Maccabiah swimming competition

The swimming events at the 20th Maccabiah will get under way at the … and is hoping to pick up his first gold medal of the Games in the evening final.
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Maccabiah 2017: Day Four Live

GB made it two wins from three games as they recorded a comfortable win over the table’s bottom side. Jonathan Novak, Eli Miller, Ethan Kaye and …
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7 Blue Devils Set for Maccabiah Games

DURHAM, N.C.—A collection of seven Duke University student-athletes will take to the mat, pool and strip this coming week at the 20th World …
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Maccabiah Games live blog, Day 3

Perhaps the best story to come out of the games so far isn’t even a sport story at all. Canadian ice hockey player Avi Steinberg proposed to and then …
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Larry Summers and Stuart Weitzman Are Playing Ping-Pong in the Jewish Olympics This Week

Held every four years, the Maccabiah Games attract 10,000 athletes from all over the world. “There are literally thousands of athletes, all Jewish, from …
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First Read For July 7

At the opening ceremony yesterday for the 20th Maccabiah Games, Canadian ice hockey player Avi Steinberg proposed to his girlfriend Rachel and …
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We lost 17-0 to Argentina, and next up it’s Ronaldo’s son

The tiny British overseas territory of Gibraltar has dispatched two futsal teams to the 2017 Maccabiah Games, held in Israel. Futsal, a fast-paced indoor …
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Israeli Leaders, Jewish Groups Enraged by ‘Delusional’ UNESCO Decision Declaring Hebron’s …

JNS.org – Israel kicked off the 20th Maccabiah Games Thursday night with a record 10,000 athletes. “Welcome to Jerusalem and welcome to.
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The Olympics of Jewish innovators

As the so-called “Jewish Olympics” (the Maccabiah Games) kicked off this week in Israel, another Olympic-style Jewish event sought to ignite global …
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The JC Leader, July 7 2017: The lure of false allies

With 10,000 competitors from 80 countries, the Maccabiah Games is one of the largest sporting contests on earth. The British delegation of 385 …
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Brilliancies at the 20th Maccabiah

In the current edition of the Maccabiah games six different tournaments are being held with players from 16 different countries: Two GM groups, two IM …
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Zimmerman on Maccabiah Games: ‘Atmosphere is electric’

Cayman’s Doran Zimmerman says it was an electric atmosphere at yesterday’s opening ceremonies of the 20th Maccabiah Games. “It was vibrant and …
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Blogging with Ben: A Look at the Maccabiah Games

Rising sophomore Ben Sharf is competing with Maccabi USA Hockey at the 20th World Maccabiah Games in Jersusalem, Israel. Follow along over the …
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U SPORTS athletes and coaches to compete in 20th Maccabiah Games

Fourty athletes and coaches with ties to U SPORTS athletic programs are heading to Israel this week to compete in the 20th Maccabiah Games.
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Macie Tendrich to Represent United States at 20th Maccabiah Games University of South Carolina …

Macie Tendrich to Represent United States at 20th Maccabiah Games The program’s all-time wins leader will compete July 9-13 …
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Maccabiah Games to host athletes from 80 countries

Judoka Ori Sasson, rhythmic gymnast Neta Rivkin and judoka Arik Zeevi at Maccabiah Games 2017 press conference. Photo via maccabiah.com.
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Windsor Woman Heads to World Maccabiah Games

“When I first heard about the Maccabiah Games, I had just started fencing about three months before,” she said, referring to her decision to pick up the …
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Motosikiliztim and the making of the first Maccabiah

Could Maccabi in any country afford to send athletes? How would Jewish athletes even hear of the games Yekutieli called the Maccabiada?
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Pennridge’s Sophie Cweiber, Central Bucks West’s Julie Krieder ready to represent USA at World …

Central Bucks West’s Julia Kreider (left) and Pennridge’s Sophie Cweiber will be part of the USA team competing in the World Maccabiah Games in …
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British Maccabiah squad arrives in Israel

The British team for the 20th Maccabiah Games arrived in Israel today with the hope of improving on the 24 medals it won at the “Jewish Olympics” …
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Israeli teen can’t play on national cricket team because she is a girl, court rules

JERUSALEM (JTA) — An Israeli teen cannot play with the national cricket team in the Maccabiah Games, an Israeli court ruled. Naomi Eytan, 14, has …
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https://images-na.ssl-images-amazon.com/images/I/511UyHtRgVL._SX336_BO1,204,203,200_.jpgThat should keep you busy for a while. Carry on. And remember, if you want to learn more about the history of the event, with all due modesty, I literally wrote the book: The Jewish Olympics: The History of the Maccabiah Games.

Don’t forget to visit the ‘Hank Greenberg in 1938’ page: Update

Posted on: May 23rd, 2017 by Ron Kaplan

For occasional updates on author appearances, interviews, and book reviews.

Toda raba.

Jice update, playoff edition

Posted on: April 18th, 2017 by Ron Kaplan

Zach Hyman assisted on a second-period goal that tied the game between his Toronto Maple Leafs and the visiting Washington Capitals at 3-3. The Leafs went on to win in overtime, 4-2, to give them a 2-1 lead in the opening round of the Eastern Conference playoffs. Hyman, who played 14:31, also served a two-minute penalty in the third for roughing. It was the second OT win in a row for the Leafs, who beat the Caps by the same score on Saturday.

Jason Zucker and the Minnesota Wild try to stave off elimination tomorrow as they face the St. Louis Blues down three games to none in the West.

Nate Ebner: “Natural” Man

Posted on: February 8th, 2017 by Ron Kaplan

Don’t know what kind of message this sends to the kiddies out there that New England Patriots defensive back and Olympic (and Maccabiah) athlete Nate Ebner was caught imbibing during the team’s victory parade yesterday.

Nate Ebner drinks Natural Light.

In other football news:

  • Questionable Jew Julian Edelman is making the rounds, talking about his amazing catch.
  • Former JFLer Geoff Schwartz thinks it might come down to a question of “what have you done for me lately” as the Pats figure out what to do with fan favorite but oft-injured Rob Gronkowski.
  • Didn’t the NCAA season just end a few weeks ago? This preview for UCLA — which is looking forward to the return of quarterback Josh Rosen after the injury which cost him most of the season — just goes to show there’s no off-season anymore.

I have to admit, this is a tough time for me now that football is over. Baseball hasn’t started yet and basketball and hockey are a little past the halfway mark, so nothing very exciting his happening there. Makes blogging a bit difficult.

I have a few questions (Jewish Major Leaguers)

Posted on: November 18th, 2016 by Ron Kaplan

https://262downright.files.wordpress.com/2013/11/question-mark-team.jpgNever mind Tim Tebow; what about Bo Jackson? Is there a football career in Joc Pederson‘s future?

Ryan Braun turned 33 yesterday. How much longer will he be a Brewer? He even got a couple of votes for MVP honors.

And what about Ian Kinsler? Where will he be playing in 2017?

If Kinsler and some other big names do leave the Detroit Tigers, how will that impact the status of manager Brad Ausmus?

The Seattle Mariners are Danny Valencia‘s seventh team in eight seasons. Will he be the new Octavio Dotel, who played for 10 teams in his 15-year ML career?

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JML update, games of Aug. 22, 2016

Posted on: August 23rd, 2016 by Ron Kaplan

A typically light Monday:

After making a sweet defensive play in the eighth inning, Alex Bregman led off the ninth with his fourth home run to give the Houston Astros an insurance run in their 3-1 win over the host Pittsburgh Pirates. The solo shot was his only hit in four at-bats.

The LA Dodgers muscled up on the host Cincinnati Reds in their 18-9 win. Joc Pederson, however, was just a minor contributor, singling in five at bats, walking once, and scoring twice, including this play, which was upheld on challenge.

Ryan Braun contributed one of the Milwaukee Brewers’ four hits, but those were enough to beat the visiting Colorado Rockies, 4-2. Braun got credit for his 71st run of the year when he reached base on an error in the first.

Danny Valencia struck out as a pinch-hitter in the ninth as the Oakland A’s were shut out, 1-0, by the visiting Cleveland Indians. He’s come under a cloud following his altercation with teammate Billy Butler. The stories bring up a good point: what does it say about you when you move from team to team so often?

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The Detroit Tigers were off last night, but this article makes a fun suggestion for those games that go deep into extra innings: bring in the managers! Brad Ausmus looks in pretty good shape. There was a time when teams tried to save some money by using playing managers. Some examples include Mickey Cochrane, who led the Tigers to a world’s championship in 1935; Lou Boudreau (supposedly a MOT), with the Indians in the 40s (he led the team to a World Series win in 1948); and Bucky Harris (Washington Senators, 1920s; world champs in 1927).

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JML update, weekend edition (games of Aug. 19-21)

Posted on: August 22nd, 2016 by Ron Kaplan

Alex Bregman is coming into his own. In  the first two games of the Houston Astros’ weekend sweep of the host Baltimore Orioles, the rookie infielder was 6-11 with two doubles (seven), his third home run (which gave them a 2-0 lead on Saturday in what would be a 12-2 decision), and five RBI. He was 0-4 in yesterday’s game, but we’ll ignore that.

Danny Valencia also homered on Saturday, his 15th. It came in the ninth and broke up a shutout bid as the Oakland A’s 4-2 loss to the host Chicago White Sox. Valencia was 4-9 in the first two games and did not play yesterday.

No homers for Ryan Braun but two doubles and five RBI in the Milwaukee Brewers set against the host Seattle Mariners. They avoided a three game sweep by scoring four runs in the ninth inning yesterday for a 7-6 win.

Ian Kinsler‘s woes continued: he was 0-10 for the Detroit Tigers who dropped two of three to the visiting Boston Red Sox. His average has fallen from .317 on June 6 to .278 and he has just two home runs this month.

Joc Pederson was 1-8 for the weekend series against the host Cincinnati Reds (two losses), including strikeouts in each of his four at-bats on Saturday. I wonder if this piece was written before that one.

Scott Feldman did not pitch for the Toronto Blue Jays who dropped two of three to the host Cleveland Indians. Although he’s been striking out batters at a great rate since coming over from the Astros, his ERA is almost 10 in his eight-plus innings. All things being equal, Kevin Pillar is due to return tomorrow. He appeared in two rehab games for the Jay’s Class-A affiliate in Dunedin, Fla., where he went 6-for-7 with a double, three runs scored, and two RBI.

 

 

Olympic update, again

Posted on: August 17th, 2016 by Ron Kaplan

Just a few observations.

We know about the Egyptian who refused to shake the hand of the Israeli who beat him in a judo match. I asked on Facebook if sending him home was really a punishment. I would have assumed that, having lost, he was finished in the Olympics anyway. So sending him home a few days early was NBD. This was a few days after the Libyan team refused to ride on the same bus to the opening ceremonies with the Israeli delegation. So muh for the competition outweighing the political.

And sure, the ceremonies were impressive, but you don’t hear too much about all the impoverished locals who were displaced by this unnecessary spectacle.

Then there was sore loser Hope Solo who called the Swedish soccer team “a bunch of cowards” after they beat the US in a shootout.

Now there’s Irish boxer Michael Conlon who accused the sport’s governing body of cheating after his questionable loss to a Russian. (He might have a point. I don’t know. I didn’t see the fight and not an expert.)

It’s a shame that these get in the way of some wonderful accomplishments and stories.

I haven’t been watching a lot of the events, but I did happen to see South African 400 meter runner Wayde van Niekerk just after NBC ran a profile on him and his family and 74-year-old coach. And then he goes and wins, most improbably. How sweet was that?

Then there was Usain Bolt winning the 100. Again. And pausing an interview to be respectful as the U.S. national anthem was playing in the background.

But I’ll always roll my eyes when listening to some of the commentators who just can’t shut up especially during a judged event like gymnastics or diving, putting in there two sent s about flaws and deductions. That’s always struck me as picayune, like when the retired baseball player-turned-broadcaster starts complaining about today’s players.

 

It’s a shame

   
 

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