The regular season ended yesterday. On to the playoffs.
Nate Ebner will be there. His New England Patriots finished off the year with a 35-14 win over the host Miami Dolphins. Ebner appeared on 19 special team plays (73 percent), making another tackle and giving him a hand in 19 (13 unassisted, six assisted). he also forced two fumbles. The Patriot wind up 14-2 tops in the AFC and will enjoy home field advantage throughout the post-season (not including the Super Bowl should they get that far).
Mitchell Schwartz and the Kansas City Chiefs will also have their season continue. They beat the host San Diego Chargers, 37-27, to finish at 12-4, the same record as the Oakland Raiders. But by virtue of beat the Raiders twice, KC gets the top spot in the AFC West. Schwartz played on all 61 offensive snaps are right tackle. Like New England, they have a first round bye.
Ali Marpet played on all 63 offensive played as the starting right guard for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers (plus another 5/19 percent on special teams but their 17-16 win over the Carolina Panthers wasn’t quite enough to give them a post season berth. They finished at 9-7, second in the NFC South.
Wide receiver Daniel Braverman was not activated by the Chicago Bears for their last game. They couldn’t have done much worse had they kept him on, losing to the host Minnesota Vikings 38-10. Chicago finished with a 3-13 record, last in the NFC North.
Omri Casspi played just six minutes off the bench on Saturday in the Sacramento Kings’ 112-98 loss to the visiting Memphis Grizzlies. He scored two points with one rebound. Casspi and his wife, Shani, also hosted a Hanukka event at the local Chabad house.
Sam Singer started as a guard for California on Friday in their 67-62 loss to visiting #18 Arizona. He scored four points in 29 minutes with two rebounds and four assists which tied him for team-high. On Sunday, Singer played 26 minutes off the bench, dropping in 10 points with six rebounds, two assists, and one steal in a 81-65 win over visiting Arizona State.
Roman Sorkin made the most of his three minutes off the bench for #21 Oregon in their 84-61 win over #22 USC on Friday. He hit on his only field goal attempt — a three-point shot — and pulled down two rebounds.
Substitute guard Jordan Cohen did a little bit of everything in his team-high 29 bench minutes for Lehigh on Friday in a 66-59 win over host Army. He scored two with two rebounds, an assist, a steal, and a blocked shot.
Spencer Weisz once again played a major role in a Princeton victory. He started at forward, playing 29 minutes with nine points and led his team in both rebounds (eight) and assists (seven) in an 81-52 win over visiting Cal Poly on Saturday.
Egor Koulechov was another leader, playing all but two minutes as a starting guard for Rice, topping the team with 14 points and nine rebounds in a 62-56 loss to host Old Dominion on Saturday.
Hunter Sabety played 16 minutes off the bench, scoring two points and pulling down three boards as Hofstra held off host Delaware, 58-56 on Saturday.
Jeremy Lieberman started at a guard spot, scoring nine points in31 minutes as Wyoming lost to host UNLV on Saturday, 81-75. He also had three rebounds, four assists, and three steals.
Ally Rosenblum played two minutes as a sub for #10 UCLA in Friday’s 67-56 win over Utah, just enough time to pick up a personal foul. She fared just about the same two days later, playing three minutes in an 87-74 win over visiting #20 Colorado.
Sara Hattis followed Rosenblum’s lead: she played one minute off the bench on Sunday for #18 Arizona State, picking up a personal, in a 72-62 win over visiting #21 California on Sunday.
By the way, there are several other female hoopsters in the NCAA. It’s just that the “powers that be” don’t file box scores for most of those games for whatever reason. Just so you know.
Jason Zucker scored a goal (#6) in 16:04 but his Minnesota Wild saw their 12-game wining streak come to an end on Saturday at the blades of the visiting Columbus Blue Jackets, who won their 15th in a row. Minny is 23-9-4, second in the Central Division.
Jason Demers played 21:40 — third-most minutes on the team — in the Florida Panthers’ 3-1 win over the host Dallas Stars on Saturday. He had no SOG. Florida is 16-14-8, sixth in the Atlantic.
Michael Cammalleri took three SOG in 20:02 in Saturday’s 6-2 loss to the visiting Washington Capitals. The devils are 14-16-7, last in the Metropolitan Division.
The Cleveland Monsters of the AHL signed NHL veteran Mike Brown to a 25-game professional tryout agreement last week.
Mitchell Schwartz played all 76 offensive plays for the KC Chiefs at right tackle in their 33-10 win over the visiting Denver Broncos. The Chiefs, at 11-4, have clinched a playoff spot. They are in second place in the AFC West but since they’ve beaten the first-place Oakland Raiders, twice, they would win the division in case of a tie at season’s end.
Nate Ebner was a substitute defensive back, appearing in two plays (four percent) plus another 21 (75 percent) on special teams where he made another two tackles. Even his teammate thinks he should go to the Pro Bowl instead of him. New England won an ugly game against the visiting NY Jets, 41-3, and clinched the AFC East with a 13-2 record.
Ali Marpet played all 61 offensive plays at right guard for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, plus another four (15 percent) on special teams. He was also flagged for three penalties: two for offensive holding, and one for a false start. Tampa Bay lost to the host New Orleans Saints, 31-24, to fall to 8-7, second in the NFC South.
Daniel Braverman was not activated for the Chicago Bears’ 41-21 loss to the visiting Washington Redskins. Chicago is 3-12, last in the NFC North.
The league shut down for the holiday weekend from Saturday through today.
Jason Zucker had one goal (#8) and two assists (#14, and 15) as the Minnesota Wild won their 10th straight with a 7-4 thrashing of the host NY Rangers. Zucker took two shots on goal in 17:29. The team is 21-8-4, in second place in the Central Division behind the Chicago Blackhawks.
Jason Demers notched goal #6 and assist #9 in 18:56 TOI but his Florida Marlin (15-14-6, fifth in the Atlantic Division) lost to the visiting Detroit Red Wings in a 4-3 shootout.
Michael Cammalleri took one SOG in 18:47 as the NJ Devils continue to struggle. The lost to the host Pittsburgh Penguins 4-1 and are 2-7-1 over the last 10 games to fall to seventh place in the Metropolitan Division with a record of 13-14-7.
Zach Hyman picked up his seventh assist in 18:16 to help the Toronto Maple Leafs beat the host Phoenix Coyotes, 4-1. The Leafs are 14-12-7, sixth in the Atlantic.
Omri Casspi missed Friday’s game — a 109-105 win over the host Minnesota Timberwolves –making it five in a row he’s lost due to illness.
Jojo Fallis started as a guard and played 26 minutes scoring six points with two rebounds, a team-leading five assists and one steal while Jack Gordon played four minutes off the bench as a guard with no points to help Cornell beat host Southeast Missouri State 78-62.
Ido Flaisher had a team-high five rebounds in 14 minutes off the bench at center for Hawaii in their 66-52 loss to Utah in the Hawaiian Airlines Diamond Head Classic. He also contributed four points.
Jeremy Lieberman started at one of the guard posts, playing a total of 22 minutes while scoring five points with two rebounds one assist, a steal, and a blocked shot as Wyoming lost to visiting USC in overtime, 94-92.
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Flaisher played nine minutes off the bench for Hawaii, scoring two points with two rebounds and one blocked shot as Hawaii beat visiting Southern Mississippi, 60-46, in a continuation of the Diamond Head Classic.
Omri Casspi missed both games for the Sacramento Kings over the weekend due to illness. Without him, his mates beat the host Memphis Grizzles on Friday, 96-92, and lost on Sunday to host host Dallas Mavericks, 99-79. The Kings have lost seven of their last 10 and are 10-17, 10th in the Western Conference.
Roman Sorkin played 16 minutes off the bench for #22 Oregon on Saturday in their 83-63 route of UNLV. He scored four points and pulled down three rebounds and blocked a shot.
Jojo Fallis played 20 minutes as a starting guard without scoring a point and guard Jack Gordon scored two in six minutes off the bench as Cornell lost to host Wyoming, 97-76, on Saturday. Fallis also had two rebounds, two assists, and one steal.
Egor Koulechov played 32 minutes as a starting guard, scoring 13 points with four rebounds and four assists as Rice lost to hist Pittsburgh, 83-73, on Saturday.
Sam Singer was a starting guard for California, scoring seven points in 25 minutes with two rebounds, two assists, and a steal in an 81-55 win over Cal Poly on Saturday.
Sydney Zambrotta played 16 minutes off the bench for #8 Louisville in their 86-58 win over Charleston on Friday. She scored eight points with one rebound and an assist. In Sunday’s 89-47 win over visiting Evansville, Zambrotta played 14 minutes off the bench without scoring.
Sara Hattis scored four points and pulled in two rebounds in seven bench minutes at the center position as #23 Arizona State defeated Oral Roberts on Saturday, 79-52.
Jason Demers took games honors on Friday as he contributed a goal and an assist to help the Florida Panthers beat the host Colorado Avalanche, 3-1. The goal (#5) came in the second period to tie the game and the assist (#7) gave the Panthers the lead. Demers took two shots on goal in 19:12 of ice time. The Panthers are 14-13-5, fifth in the Atlantic Division.
Jason Zucker took four SOG in 15:26 on Saturday as the Minnesota Wild beat the visiting Arizona Coyotes, 4-1. The Wild are 18-8-4, second in the Central Division.
Zach Hyman took five SOG in 19:51 as the Toronto Maple Leafs beat the visiting Pittsburgh Penguins in overtime, 2-1, on Saturday. The Leafs are seventh in the Atlantic with a mark of 12-11-7.
Michael Cammalleri had a hand in the NJ Devils’ only goal in Saturday’s 3-1 loss to the host Ottawa Senators. It was the ninth assist of the year for Cams, who played 22:07 and took one SOG. He had two SOG on Sunday in 21:37 against the host NY Rangers and scored a goal in the shootout, but the Rangers prevailed with a 3-2 win. That six losses in a row for the Devils who fall to 12-12-7, seventh in the Metropolitan Division.
Ali Marpet started at right tackle for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers but appeared in just nine offensive plays (27 percent) and one (6 percent) on special teams. The Bucs lost to the host Dallas Cowboys, 26-20. He wasn’t hurt (as far as I know), but was just a part of a poor offensive line. The team is 806, second in he NFC South.
Nate Ebner appeared in 21 special teams plays (81 percent) and made one tackle as the New England Patriots continue to roll, beating the host Denver Broncos, 16-3. The win put the Pats at 12-2 and clinched the AFC East Division and earned a first-round bye.
Daniel Braverman appeared in just one play as a substitute wide receiver for the Chicago Bears. Although he was targeted on that one shot, the pass was intercepted. The Bears scored 17 points in the fourth quarter but still lost t the visiting Green Bay Packers, 30-27. Da Bers are 3-11, last in the NFC North and possess the third-worst record in the NFL.
Mitchell Schwartz appeared in all 58 offensive plays for the Kansas City Chiefs who gave up 12 fourth-quarter points to visiting Tennessee Titans for a 19-17 loss. The game was played with a wind-chill temperature of -9 F. The Chiefs are 10-4, second in the AFC West.
They can’t take that away from me. Actually they can. Chicago Bears wide receiver Daniel Braverman caught a 23-yard pass in his second NFL game only to have it nullified because of a penalty. It was they only time he was targeted in the whole game in the Bears’ 20-17 loss to the host Detroit Lions. Braverman appeared in 10 plays (18 percent) on offense. The Bears are 3-10, last in the NFC North.
Mitchell Schwartz played all 55 plays at right tackle for the Kansas City Chiefs as they beat their arch-rivals, the visiting Oakland Raiders, 20-13. Schwartz made a tackle on a lost fumble recovery. The two teams are tied for first in the AFC West, but the Chiefs have the advantage, having won both of their games against Oakland.
Ali Marpet was the starting right guard fpor the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, appearing in all 66 offensive plays plus another four (17 percent) on special teams in a 16-11 win over the visiting New Orleans Saints. The Bucs share an 8-5 record and the top spot in the NFC South with the Atlanta Falcons.
Finally, last night Nate Ebner served as free safety on 30 special teams plays (88 percent) for the New England Patriots in their 30-23 win over the visiting Baltimore Ravens. The Pats are 11-2, atop the AFC East.
Since there are so many sports going on over any give weekend, I thought I’d combine them all rather than have Jewps, and Jice, and JFLers, et al. So…
Omri Casspi, I mean WTF? He didn’t play for the Sacramento Kings in their 121-115 home loss to the LA Clippers on Friday or in their 102-99 win over the visiting Toronto Raptors yesterday, both because of the designation “Did Not Play-Coaches Decision.” That means he’s missed six of the last seven contests, during which time the Kings were 2-4. Coincidence? Trade rumors abound, as does the notion that he’s not getting along with coach Dave Joeger. Just wondering: Joeger strikes me as a German name. Coincidence? Just saying.
Michael Cammalleri has also missed the past several games with the NJ Devils, but that was justified for “personal reasons” and he’ll be back on the ice as soon as he’s able.
Jason Demers contributed his sixth assist of the season for the Florida Panthers in a 4-1 win over the host Ottawa Senators on Saturday in 19:28. The following day, he took two shots on goal in 20:19 in a 3-2 shootout win over the visiting NY Rangers.
Zach Hyman played 15:04 for the Toronto Maple Leafs in their 2-1 loss to the host Montreal Canadiens on Saturday.
Jason Zucker played 13:58 in a 3-2 loss to the visiting Colorado Avalanche on Saturday with one SOG.
NCAA men’s basketball
Ky Feldman and Jon Radner each played one minute as #18 Syracuse beat visiting Monmouth State on Friday, 71-50.
Gabe Levin started and scored eight points in 30 minutes and led Long Beach State in rebounds in a 114-77 blowout to host UCLA (#16) on Sunday. Alex Rifkin made one steal in three minutes off the bench.
NCAA women’s basketball
Ally Rosenblum scored three points in twelve bench minutes in # UCLA’s 95-47 win over the visiting Southern Lady Jaguars on Friday and scored five points in 14 minutes on Sunday in a 80-64 win over visiting Cal Poly.
Sydney Zambrotta played four minutes off the bench in #5 Louisville’s 83-58 win over visiting Bowling Green on Saturday. She scored three points in 10 minutes in Sunday’s 92-48 win over visiting Lafeyette.
Mitchell Schwartz appeared in all 53 offensive plays at right tackle in the KC Chiefs’ 19-17 loss to Ali Marpet and the visiting Tampa Bay Buccaneers. Schwartz also appeared on one special teams play. Marpet, the starting right guard for the Bucs, appeared on all 77 offensive plays plus another five (22 percent) on special teams.
Nate Ebner assisted on one tackle in the New England Patriots’ 30-17 win over the host San Francisco 49ers. He appeared on 26 plays (84 percent) on special teams.
Someone at NFL Communications dropped the ball, as it were. They usually post “Game Books,” a PDF of all the games for the week. I use that to report of which MOT played, for how long, and what, if anything special, did they do. Somehow, the final week’s worth hasn’t made it yet. Holiday weekend? Come on, folks, get it together.
So for now I’ll have to rely on other sources. Wish me luck.
The New England Patriots lost for the second week in a row, falling to the host Miami Dolphins, 20-10. Future Hall of Famer Tom Brady was injured and eyebrows have been raised over whether coach Bill Belichick did the right thing in having his start quarterback in for so long in such a relatively meaningless game. Free safety Nate Ebner appeared on 27 special teams plays (90 percent), making one tackle. The Patriots — 12-4, tops in the AFC East — have a first-round bye in the playoffs, so they’ll have to wait and see who they’ll face.
Of course, the NY Jets couldn’t count on the Cleveland Browns to defeat the visiting Pittsburgh Steelers. But you can count on Mitchell Schwartz to start at right tackle. He appeared on offense for all 83 snaps plus another four plays (16 percent) on special teams. He also made a tackle on a fumble recovery by the Steelers, who won the game 28-12 to clinch an AFC wild card spot. The Browns, at 3-13, finished last in the AFC North.
Brother Geoff Schwartz missed the NY Giants’ final loss of the year (and coach Tom Coughlin’s career with the team) as they fell to the visiting Philadelphia Eagles, 35-30. The Giants were up 27-21 but the Eagles went ahead in the third quarter on a fumble recovery/interception hybrid that went for a touchdown. They finish third in the NFC East with a record of 6-10.
Taylor Mays and the Oakland Raiders finished their season at 7-9, third in the AFC West, with a 23-17 loss to the host Kansas City Chiefs. Mays was a starting safety, appearing in 35 plays on defense (54 percent) with an even dozen (41 percent) on special teams. He made two solo tackles and assisted on another.
Ali Marpet finished up his rookie campaign as the starting right guard for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers (6-10) in their 38-10 loss to the 15-1 Carolina Panthers. Marpet appeared on all 74 offensive plays plus another two (8 percent) on special teams.
Dallas Cowboys linebacker Sean Lee may not be Jewish, but he’s still a mensch. He sat out Sunday’s 34-23 loss to the visiting Washington Redskins because of a hamstring strain. That might cost him $2 million. He had to appear in 80 percent of the team’s snaps to qualify for the bump, but came up short. He might have tried to make a go of it, but said he didn’t feel he could help them team. Wonder if Dallas will pay him anyway or pull a Charles Comiskey: