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.



JFL Update, Week 10

Posted on: November 14th, 2018 by Ron Kaplan

In a meeting of the MOTs, Mitchell Schwartz and the host KC Chiefs came out on top, beat Josh26-14. Schwartz  appeared on all 59 offensive plays plus 4 (16 percent) on special teams. Rosen was 22 of 39 on passing with one TD and two interceptions. The Chiefs are on top of the AFC West with a 9-1 mark, tied with the LA Rams for best in the NFL. The Cardinals, on the other hand, are 2-7, third in the NFC West.

A November 9 article in the KC Star took note of Schwartz’s durability:

Image result for mitchell schwartzSchwartz, now in his seventh NFL season and third as starting right tackle for the Chiefs, has the longest current streak of consecutive snaps (6,934) of any player in the NFL, and his 102 consecutive games started ranks first among offensive tackles. He could reach the 7,000-consecutive snaps milestone at Arrowhead Stadium on Sunday.

“That doesn’t happen very often,” Chiefs coach Andy Reid said. “You saw the other guy (Joe Thomas) there Sunday (in Cleveland), he was doing a show or something on the sidelines. It is quite a feat. You go back to the Denver game (last year) where I sat a bunch of the guys and he wanted to be out there. If sat (Schwartz) down, he would have done that too, but he wanted to be out there.”

The 59 plays puts Schwartz just short of the mark.Finger crossed for next Monday’s meeting with the Rams, which is also in the news. The two teams were scheduled to play in Mexico City. Not gonna happen. According to a press release from the NFL:

The NFL announced today that it will move the Monday, November 19, Kansas City Chiefs-Los Angeles Rams game originally scheduled for Estadio Azteca in Mexico City to the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum in Los Angeles.

The decision is based on the determination – in consultation with the NFLPA and following a meeting and field inspection this afternoon by NFL and club field experts as well as local and independent outside experts – that the playing field at Estadio Azteca does not meet NFL standards for playability and consistency and will not meet those standards by next Monday.

Safety Jordan Dangerfield appeared on four defensive plays (7 percent) and another 19 on special teams (61 percent) as the Pittsburgh Steelers (6-2-1, first AFC North) crushed the visiting Carolina Panthers, 52-21. Dangerfield made one tackle and was also credited with a “combination” tackle.

Kicker Greg Joseph did not attempt any field goals but hit on four PATs as the Cleveland Browns (3-6-1, fourth, AFC North) beat the visiting Atlanta Falcons, 28-16.

Nate Ebner appeared on 27 special teams plays (90 percent) with two tackle assists as the New England Patriots (7-3, first, AFC East) were beat up by the host Tennessee Titans, 34-10.

Ali Marpet appeared on all 69 offensive plays plus another three (15 percent) on special teams for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers (3-6, fourth NFC South) in a 16-3 loss to the visiting Washington Redskins.



If he can make it there (Ryan Lavarnway)

Posted on: November 9th, 2018 by Ron Kaplan

Welcome to the Big Apple, Ryan Lavarnway.

The 31-year-old catcher signed with the NY Yankees today. He is expected to serve as “insurance” for Gary Sanchez, who underwent surgery on his non-throwing arm yesterday.

Lavarnway made his debut with the Boston Red Sox in 2011 (Kevin Youkilis was a teammate). He has also played for the Baltimore Orioles, Atlanta Braves, Oakland A’s, and the Pittsburgh Pirates where he went 4-for-6 with a double. On Sept. 18, Lavarnway drove in the winning run with a pinch-hit single in the 11th inning, giving Pittsburgh a 2-1 victory over the Kansas City Royals.

Over seven years, Lavarnway has a .208 batting average with seven home runs and 43 runs batted in. He was a member of the Israel National Team at the 2017 World Baseball Classic where he was named the Pool MVP for the group that included Israel, Korea, Chinese Taipei, and the Netherlands.

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Sanchez is expected to be all right for opening day 2019, so don’t get all excited about Lavarnway getting the starting assignment.


Omri Casspi update, Nov. 7, 2018

Posted on: November 7th, 2018 by Ron Kaplan

Might as well start labeling these entries with his name since he’s the only M-O-T in the N-B-A.

The Memphis Grizzlies forward came out of Friday’s game — a 110-100 win over the host Utah Jazz —  with thigh soreness. Casspi played seven minutes, scoring four points with three rebounds and an assist. he played just for minutes in their 102-100 loss to the host Phoenix Suns on Sunday but he scored a pair and had two assists and a steal. So he may not play much, but he’s active when he is on the court. Unfortunately, he missed last night’s 112-101 loss to the host Golden State Warriors with thigh tightness. Next game is tonight as Memphis (5-4, eighth in the Western conference and second in the Southwest Division) hosts the Denver Nuggets.

There was a nice write-up about him in the local paper, but I question the left-handed compliment-type headline. Maybe I’m just overly sensitive.

Omri Casspi interacts with his family during the Grizzlies open practice and scrimmage for fans at the FedExForum on Saturday, Sept. 29, 2018.

College basketball begins tonight. If I feel ambitious, I’ll look into the Jewish component in the NCAA.


JFL Update, Week 9

Posted on: November 6th, 2018 by Ron Kaplan

Mitchell Schwartz appeared on all of the KC Chiefs’ 63 offensive plays plus another six (26 percent) on special teams in a 37-21 win over the host Cleveland Browns. The Chiefs are 8-1 to lead the AFC West. Kicker Greg Joseph hit on a 51-yard field goal, his only points on the day since the Browns (2-6-1, fourth, AFC North) tried and failed to convert three two-point PAT attempts.

For the second consecutive week, Nate Ebner appeared on 22 special teams plays (81 percent this time) with an assist on a tackle as the New England Patriots (7-2, first, AFC East) beat the visiting Green Bay Packers, 31-17.

Ali Marpet appeared on all 67 offensive plays plus another four (12 percent) on special teams for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers (3-5, fourth NFC South) in an agonizing 42-28 loss to the host Carolina Panthers.

Pittsburgh Steelers (5-2-1, first AFC North) safety Jordan Dangerfield appeared on 17 special team plays (68 percent) in a 23-16 win over the host Baltimore ravens.

QB Josh Rosen and the Arizona Cardinals (2-6, 3rd NFC West) had their bye week.



Jewps update, November 1, 2018

Posted on: November 1st, 2018 by Ron Kaplan

(Jews + Hoops = Jewps)

As the sole representative of the Chosen People, all we have is Omri Casspi, of the Memphis Grizzlies (4-2, Fifth in Western Conference) so fingers crossed that he manages to remain healthy and productive over the NBA season. Otherwise, we have bupkis.

Here’s a quick recap of Omri’s accomplishments to date. He did not play in the Grizlies’ season opener, a 111-83 loss to the Indiana Pacers.

2018-19 Regular Season Table
1 2018-10-19 ATL W (+14) 0 24:03 4 8 .500 0 2 .000 3 6 .500 1 3 4 2 0 0 0 2 11 8.0 +1
2 2018-10-22 @ UTA W (+8) 0 10:15 1 2 .500 0 1 .000 2 2 1.000 0 1 1 1 1 0 0 0 4 5.0 +7
3 2018-10-24 @ SAC L (-5) 0 10:16 2 4 .500 1 2 .500 0 0 1 2 3 1 1 0 1 0 5 5.0 +8
4 2018-10-27 PHO W (+21) 0 14:03 2 2 1.000 1 1 1.000 0 1 .000 0 3 3 3 0 0 1 0 5 6.0 +27
5 2018-10-30 WAS W (+12) 0 14:31 3 6 .500 1 1 1.000 1 2 .500 0 3 3 0 1 0 0 2 8 5.7 -6
Provided by Basketball-Reference.com: View Original Table
Generated 11/1/2018.

Not into any fantasy sports, so I don’t know exactly what this means.

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JFL Update, Week 8

Posted on: October 30th, 2018 by Ron Kaplan

QB Josh Rosen tossed two fourth-quarter touchdown passes to lead the Arizona Cardinals (2-6, third, NFC West) to an 18-15 win over the visiting San Francisco 49ers. The rookie QB had his best game to date, completing 23 of 40 passes for 252 yards (one interception). He also rushed for 12 yards in two attempts.

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Mitchell Schwartz appeared on all of the KC Chiefs’ 58 offensive plays plus another five (17 percent) on special teams in a 30-23 win over the visiting Denver Broncos. The Chiefs are 7-1 to lead the AFC West.

Ali Marpet appeared on all 88 offensive plays plus another five (15 percent) on ST for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers (3-4, T-3 NFC South) in an agonizing 37-34 loss to the host Cincinnati Bengals. The Bucs scored 18 points in the fourth quarter but could not overcome a 27-9 halftime deficit.

Kicker Greg Joseph hit on field goals of 34 and 45 yards (and missed one from 41) but it didn’t make much of a difference as his Cleveland Browns (2-5, fourth, AFC North) lost to the host Pittsburgh Steelers, 33-18. Safety Jordan Dangerfield appeared on four defensive plays (6 percent) and another 20 (67 percent) on ST for the Steelers (4-2-1, first AFC North).

In the Monday Night Football contest, Nate Ebner appeared on 22 special teams plays (79 percent) as the New England Patriots (6-2, first, AFC East) scored two touchdowns in the fourth to seal the deal, 25-6, over the host Buffalo Bills. Ebner appeared to recover  fumble on a kick-off but the play was reserved on review.



JML Update, World Series Edition: That was quick.

Posted on: October 29th, 2018 by Ron Kaplan

Mazel tov to the Boston Red Sox, who took the Fall Classic, four games to one.

I must admit, my early work hours made it impractical to watch any game in its entirety. Even on my day off, I did not watch the 18-inning marathon. (Major props to my daughter, Rachel, however, who did.)

Sadly, neither of our boys had much to do with their team’s results. In fact, Ian Kinsler was the goat on Friday. He entered the game as a pinch-runner in the 10th and had a tough time of it, almost getting picked off at first base then oversliding third on a hit and just getting back in time before finally being thrown out at home trying to score on a fly ball. Then after the Red Sox had taken a 2-1 lead in the top of the 13th, he made a bad throw to first, allowing the host LA Dodgers to tie the game again. Looking at the replay, you could understand the cause of the errant toss as his footing gave way as he field the ball to his right. Still, it was an error and the Dodgers won in the record-setting 18th on a walk-off home run.

By the way, Joc Pederson homered in the third inning to give the Dodgers a 1-0 lead. It was his only hit in seven at-bats in the game.

Not only did Kinsler not start either of the final two games, he didn’t even appear in the final two games, won by the Sox 9-6 on Saturday and 5-1 yesterday. It kind of reminded me of the 1973 World Series when Mike Andrews — also a second baseman — made two errors for the Oakland A’s in a loss to the NY Mets. A’s owner Charley Finley tried to force Andrews to sign a document stating he was injured so he could be replaced on the roster. Andrews’ teammates threatened to boycott the next game and Finley changed his mind, Andrews became a folk hero, even earning a standing ovation from Mets fans. For a moment I took that attitude towards the Red Sox’s treatment of the veteran Kinsler. But, to be honest, he hadn’t done much the whole post-season. In the Series, he was just 1-for-10 with one RBI.

Ove on the other side, Pederson’s homer was his only hit in 12 trips to the plate.

So that’s all she wrote for baseball in 2018, chaverim. What do you think, Alex Bregman for MVP?

I’ll be working on a recap of the whole JML season over the next few days; stay tuned.




Jewps update, October 25, 2018

Posted on: October 25th, 2018 by Ron Kaplan

Omri CasspiOmri Casspi scored five points in 10 bench minutes as the Memphis Grizzlies (2-2) fell to the host Sacramento Kings, just one of the Israeli’s former teams, 97-92.

Casspi also was credited with three rebounds, one assist, and a steal (and one turnover).


JML Update, World Series Edition: Game Two

Posted on: October 25th, 2018 by Ron Kaplan

Ian Kinsler‘s two-out RBI single in the second inning put the Boston Red Sox on the board first en route to a 4-2 win over the visiting LA Dodgers, giving them a 2-0 lead in the Fall Classic.

Joc Pederson flied out as a pinch-hitter in the eighth. He remained in the game as the left-fielder and did not have another turn at bat.

The teams take a break tonight before resuming action tomorrow in Los Angeles.


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