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JFL Update, Week 3

Posted on: September 26th, 2017 by Ron Kaplan

More news off the field than on, thanks to Trump’s recent screeds about lack of respect in sports, particularly, the NFL. Maybe this was an elaborate collaboration between the President and the NFL to boost sagging ratings, since so many would supposedly tune in to see what would happen? Yes? No?

It’s not the purview of this blog to deal with politics, but when they intrude on sports, that’s my opening. I think that 95 percent (at least) of the stuff that comes out of Trump’s whatever (to use one of his phrases) is BS designed to garner him the attention he evidently needs like plants need sunshine. Okay, that’s it for me…for now.


The Kansas City Chiefs improved to 3-0 following their 24-10 win over the host LA Chargers. Mitchell Schwartz was the starting right tackle and appeared on all 53 offensive plays plus another five (19 percent) on special teams. According to at least one source, however, Schwartz’s play was one of the disappointing factors in this one. On the other hand, there’s praise as well.

Image result for geoff schwartz espn radioAs for his brother, Geoff, who retired after last season, he the co-host of a football related talk show in Sirius Radio’s NFL Channel, #88, which can be heard every Saturday from 4-8 pm PST.  Geoff (photo at right) is also one of a group of co-hosts who rotate on ESPN Radio (espnradio.com), wrapping up the day’s NFL activities. And no, that doesn’t mean the spin in their chairs.

Ali Marpet played every snap (53) behind QB as the new center for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers (1-1) in their 34-17 loss to the host Minnesota Vikings. He was flagged for a five-yard, false start penalty.

Nate Ebner made his first appearance of the new season, contributing to a tackle for the New England Patriots (2-1) in their 36-31 win over the visiting Houston Texans.


Not really a big college football guy. I went to a D-III school and unless you have some relationship with a school, why bother? But Josh Rosen, a junior QB for UCLA, seems to be something special, although there’s some controversy over just how good he is. UCLA is 2-2, with home wins over Texas A&M and Hawaii followed by consecutive road losses to Memphis (by just three points) and Stanford. Rosen ranks 29th in the country in Quarterback Ratings and is garnering at least some attention from NFL scouts.

According to the latest issue of Jewish Sports Review, in addition to Rosen, these are among the D-I players to watch:

  • QB Neven Sussman (Junior, Albany)
  • Offensive tackle Jordan Lewinsky (Senior, Drake)
  • Receiver Joe Fine (Senior, Bryant)
  • OT Zach Novoslesky, (Junior, West Michigan)
  • OL Kyle Ritz (Junior, Akron)
  • Center Jack Singer (Junior, UNLV)
  • Placekicker Morgan Ellman (Senior, New Hampshire)
  • Placekicker Oren Millstein (Sophomore, Columbia)
  • Placekicker Josh Pollack (Red shirt Junior, Arizona)
  • Placekicker Jack Soslow (Junior, Pennsylvania) So-slow? Not a great name for an athlete.
  • Punter Jordan Dascalo (Senior, Eastern Washington)
  • Punter Max Pedinoff (Senior, New Hampshire)

Good lucks, boys. Make us proud.

JFL Report, Week 2

Posted on: September 18th, 2017 by Ron Kaplan

Mitchell Schwartz played all 53 offensive downs plus another five (17 percent) on special teams as the KC Chiefs improved to 2-0 after beating the visiting Philadelphia Eagles, 27-20.

Ali Marpet lined up for all 71 offensive plays for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers who beat the visiting Chicago Bears, 29-7, to gain their first victory.

Nate Ebner was not active for the New England Patriots (1-1) , who beat the host New Orleans Saints, 36-20.

And no, Tarik Cohen of the Bears is not Jewish. Just as the Chicago Tribune, who asked me.


JFL Update (and more)

Posted on: August 9th, 2017 by Ron Kaplan

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.


There’s a draft: Jews and the NFL

Posted on: April 26th, 2017 by Ron Kaplan

The NFL draft begins tomorrow. It’s amazing how much of a media event it’s become over the past few years, worthy of prime time/daylong coverage by ESPN and the NFL network.

I’ve been holding back on a lot of the football Google alerts I’ve been getting lately because, well, frankly, I think the NFL gets too much coverage when it doesn’t deserve it. But bowing to the inevitable, here we go.

Adam Bisnowaty

Adam Bisnowaty

Wither Pitt offensive tackle Adam Bisnowaty? According to CardiacHill.com, “NFL.com has him as a fifth rounder.”

Gabe Marks

Gabe Marks

And what about Gabe Marks, late of Washington State? How will his shtick play in the big leagues?

UCLA QB Josh Rosen isn’t ready for the draft…yet. Now a junior, he missed most of last season with an injury, but he still garners a lot of attention.

As far as established JFLers go, Ali Marpet is slated to move over to the very responsible center position, which football pundits think is a good idea and which he is greatly looking forward to. And Mitchell Schwartz looks forward to a great year with the Kansas City Chiefs.

Because there’s no real off-season for football…

Posted on: February 16th, 2017 by Ron Kaplan


Shabbat mish-mosh: Shalom, Jedd Fisch

Posted on: January 6th, 2017 by Ron Kaplan

Jedd Fisch takes over as offensive coordinator for UCLA football, one of  a few things that slipped under the radar during the week:

Jewish sports scoreboard, weekend edition

Posted on: January 2nd, 2017 by Ron Kaplan


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.

Gallery: Omri Casspi Hanukkah Event at 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.


  • Zach Hyman stretched his consecutive points streak to four with two assists in yesterday’s annual New Year’s Centennial Classic outdoor contest. The Toronto Maple Leafs beat the visiting Detroit Red Wings in overtime, 5-4. The Leafs are a surprising 17-12-7, fifth in the Atlantic Division.
  • 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.



Jewish sports scoreboard, December 26, 2016

Posted on: December 26th, 2016 by Ron Kaplan

NFL — Week 16

  • 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.


  • No games scheduled


  • 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.


  • No games scheduled over the weekend.


Jewish sports scoreboard, weekend edition

Posted on: December 19th, 2016 by Ron Kaplan


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.

JFL update, Week 14

Posted on: December 13th, 2016 by Ron Kaplan

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.


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