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Jewish sports update, January 24, 2018

Posted on: January 24th, 2018 by Ron Kaplan

Missed the last couple of days, but rather than backtrack, we’re just going to pretend I’m current.

Just a quick congrats to the Robert Kraft-owned New England Patriots and Jeff Lurie-owned Philadelphia Eagles, who will face each other in Super Bowl LII on February 4.

In other football news:

As for the games played on Jan. 23:


Omri Casspi played just two minutes in last night’s 123-112 win for the Golden State Warriors (38-10) over the visiting NY Knicks.


Brandon Leipsic played 13:47 without taking a shot on goal for the Vegas Blue Knights in their 6-3 win over the visiting Columbus Blue Jackets.

Michael Cammalleri was a scratch for the Edmonton Oilers in their 5-0 loss to the visiting Buffalo Sabres.

David Warsofsky was a scratch for the Colorado Avalanche in their 4-2 loss to the host Montreal Canadiens.

And the “latest” on…

And lest we forget, Red Fisher, widely considered one of the best hockey writers in the game, who died last Friday at the age of 91.


The Pittsburgh Pirates signed catcher Ryan Lavarnway to a minor league contract. Lavarnway, 30, appeared in six games for the Oakland As in 2017. He made his debut with the Boston Red Sox in 2011. According to MLBTradeRumors.com, “The Pirates announced a slate of non-roster invitees to Spring Training today, including catcher Ryan Lavarnway, whose minor league deals had not been previously reported. Lavarnway, 30, has appeared in parts of six big league seasons with the Red Sox, Orioles, Braves and Athletics. He spent the 2017 campaign in the Oakland organization, though he appeared in just six games at the Major League level. Lavarnway is a career .201/.262/.318 hitter through 420 MLB plate appearances, but he’s logged a much more palatable .274/.365/.421 slash in parts of seven seasons at the Triple-A level.” HT to Bob Wechsler and Jeff F. for the news.

More on…

I have to get a screener of this film about the Israeli National Team at the 2017 World Baseball Classic.

Remaining Jewish free agents: Craig Breslow, Scott Feldman, Danny Valencia


Long story short, no Jewish players are still active at the Australian Open.





Jewish sports update, January 16, 2018

Posted on: January 16th, 2018 by Ron Kaplan

Featuring games from Jan. 15…


Omri Casspi missed his third straight game after his recent back issues due to as the Golden State Warriors (36-9) beat the host Cleveland Cavaliers, 118-108. Although he had been cleared to play, he was kept out of action as a “healthy scratch.” His next opportunity will be tomorrow night when the Warriors visit the Chicago Bulls.


David Warsofsky is back! Who knew? He’s on the Colorado Avalanche now but he missed last night’s 3-1 win over the visiting Anaheim Ducks as a scratch. He was recently recalled from the San Antonio Rampage in the AHL. Warsofsky made his debut in 2013 with the Boston Bruins. he has also played for the NJ Devils and Pittsburgh Penguins. The 5’9″, 170-pound defenseman has two goals and four assists in 39 career games.

The professional life-span of an athlete is usually pretty brief; hockey players last five-and-a-half years, slightly less than a Major Leaguer which tops the sports world with 5.6 seasons. So it’s never too early to think about your next career, as Andre Burakovsky is doing. #Flipper.

Although the Arizona Coyotes didn’t play last night, you can still read about Jakob Chychrun.

Tonight’s schedule shows Chychrun, Jason Demers, and the rest of the Coyotes hosting the San Jose Sharks; Zach Hyman and the Toronto Maple Leafs hosting the St. Louis Blues; and Brandon Leipsic and the Vegas Golden Knights visiting the Nashville Predators


Israel’s Dudi Sela was knocked out of the Australian Open in the first round. Camila Giorgi (Italy) bested Anna Kalinskaya of Russia, 6-4, 6-3. Denis Shapovalov (Canada) beat Stefanos Tsitsipas (Greece), 6-1, 6-3, 7-6,


Josh Rosen is becoming the subject of a lot of chatter for the upcoming draft. Could he be a good fit for the Denver Broncos?

An Algemeiner Journal headline: “New York Times Places Patriots’ Jewish Owner in Christian ‘Holy Trinity’.” Hmm.


His post-season may have bought him some time, but how much more patience will the LA Dodgers show for Joc Pederson?

How will the acquisition of Curtis Granderson (one of the class guys in the game and a favorite of mine) impact Kevin Pillar?

ThatBallsOutaHere — a Phillies-centric blog — tells fans why they should be excited about their new manager, Gabe Kapler.


Goldberg, the wrestler, will be inducted into the WWE Hall of Fame.






Jewish Sports Update, Weekend Edition (Jan. 12-14, 2018)

Posted on: January 15th, 2018 by Ron Kaplan


Omri Casspi missed Friday’s game for the Golden State Warriors because of a bad back as his mates beat the host Milwaukee Bucks, 108-94. He also missed Saturday’s closer 127-125 win against the host Toronto Raptors. The Warriors are 35-9, with an amazing 19-3 mark on the road.


Andre Burakovsky missed the Friday game with his Washington Capitols due to illness. The Caps beat the Carolina Hurricanes, 4-3.

Michael Cammalleri took took shots on goal in 14:16 as the Edmonton Oilers beat the Arizona Coyotes, 4-2 on Friday. The next night, he took four SOG in 13:40 as the Oilers topped the Vegas Golden Knights, 3-2, in overtime. Brandon Leipsic took one SOG in a game-low 7:13 TOI.

Jakob Chychrun‘s sixth assist of the season gave the Coyotes a 1-0 lead in the first period. He took two SOG in his team-leading 22:45 of ice time. Jason Demers took a shot in 19:14 Friday’s game. He added his seventh the next night, but the result was the same: a loss, this time 6-5 in overtime to the host San Jose Sharks. Chychrun didn’t take any shots in 21:18. Demers took one SOG in 18:58.

Image result for jason zuckerJason Zucker‘s 16th goal gave the Minnesota Wild a 2-0 lead over the visiting Winnipeg Jets on Saturday. He took five SOG in 16:26. The Wild would go on to win that one, 4-2. They lost on Sunday in OT to the despite Zucker’s 17 net-finder which started the scoring in the first period on a a power play.

Zach Hyman and the Toronto Maple Leafs did not play over the weekend, as part of their bye week, a new item in the NHL this year.

The New York Islanders were supposed to count on Josh Ho-Sang as a contributor this year. So far, it hasn’t worked out well. He’s having a tough time of it in the AHL.


Back in the early 1980s, when free agents didn’t get picked up, there was talk of collusion among the owners to keep salaries down. How does that compares to the situation now, where numerous FA’s are still available? Interesting piece in the New York Times on it.

Speaking of free agents, could Scott Feldman be joining the San Francisco Giants?

Joc Pederson avoided arbitration, signing a one-year deal worth a reported $2.6 million with the LA Dodgers. According to the fantasy baseball section  of CBSSports, “Last season was a trying one for Pederson, as he missed time due to injury and struggled at the plate, even earning a demotion to Triple-A for a while in the second half. He finished on a high note with two homers in the World Series, but Pederson will likely be platooned heavily again to begin 2018, and he could lose out on playing time against righties to Alex Verdugo if he gets off to a slow start.”

Kevin Pillar also avoided arbitration, signing with the Toronto Blue Jays for a nice raise of $2.7 mil, giving him him $3.25, which seems a bit ow to me, comparatively speaking.

Ryan Braun, first baseman?

Read all about Ian Kinsler in his interview with The Athletic (subscription site, ugh.)


Image result for diego schwartzmanTime for the Australian Open again, this being the first day. Jewish players participating this year include Israeli perennials Dudi Sela and Jonathan Ehrlich. According to the Australian Jewish News, “Players who have secured their spots in the first Grand Slam tournament for the year include Sela (ranked 78 in the world), Argentinian Diego Schwartzman (26) and Canadian Denis Shapovalov (50) in the men’s singles, and Italian Camila Giorgi (100) and American Madison Brengle (92) in the women’s singles.” Schwartzman, right, won his first match, beating Dusan Lajovic of Serbia in five sets. Stay tuned.

Jewish sports update, January 11, 2018

Posted on: January 11th, 2018 by Ron Kaplan

In last night’s action…


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.


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.


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.”


Legendary sports writer Irwin Cohen contributed this piece on Jews and baseball to the Brooklyn-based Jewish Press.


Sports sandals, anyone? These come from the Israeli firm, Naot.

Source by Naot sandals



First Buddy Myer and now this…

Posted on: May 3rd, 2016 by Ron Kaplan

(Actually, where’s Andre? As in Burakovsky, the Washington Capitals left-winger.)

http://www.jewishsports.net/BioImages/bookA_Page_016_Image_0002.jpgBuddy Myer was a major leaguer for almost 20 years, mostly with the Washington Senators. People assumed he was Jewish because of his name (and you know what happens when you ass-u-me). Sportswriters identified him thus. He’s included in several books about Jews and the national pastime and was even inducted in the International Jewish Sports Hall of Fame.

Myer, who is interred in a Christian cemetery, never thought to deny it, thinking it would make him look bad or some such thing. In fact, at one point the family did have Jewish roots, but they converted out of the faith either before he was born or when he was just a lad.

Over the last few weeks, I’ve received several emails suggesting I remove Andre Burakovsky from the Jice roles because of his emphatic Tweets in which he claims he’s not now or has he or his parents ever been Jewish.

http://www.russianmachineneverbreaks.com/wp-content/uploads/2014/10/andre-burakovsky-first-nhl-goal-smile.jpegBurakovsky had been identified by JSR as a MOT. They pitch a wide tent, as we say in the office, meaning there’s a more liberal POV when it comes to inclusion than what you might expect from other sources (not the least of which is halachic tradition of matrilineal descent). In fact, they make no bones about it when they state “The Jewish Sports Review is NOT a religious journal.”

According to their mission statement, JSR “[V]erifies and ‘fact checks’ the Jewish background of every athlete listed…” Further explanation of their methods:

When an athlete’s name appears in all capital letters, it means that he/she has been identified to us as a Jew. For JSR‘s purposes, an athlete is Jewish if they have at least one Jewish parent [my emphasis], do not practice another faith and identify ethnically as a Jew. An athlete with at least one Jewish parent is excluded only if they were raised in or converted to another faith or express a disinclination to be included in JSR.

That’s always been good enough for me.

But somewhere along the way there was miscommunication. In several email exchanges, the editors of JSR and others whom I consider my “sports rabbis” on such issues have maintained their opinio in the face of these new revelations.

So what do we do about this? All the research that might point to the contrary notwithstanding, do we continue to hold Burakovsky “hostage,” regardless of his importunings? After all, it’s his life. Shouldn’t he be free to make that determination? Or, as gruesome history has claimed, does one drop of Jewish blood makes one a Jew, regardless of level of observation?

Are Jewish sports fans so desperate that we can’t conceive of giving up “one of our own?”

Thoughts? Please feel free to leave a comment on the site.

Jewps/Jice update, April 12, 2016

Posted on: April 12th, 2016 by Ron Kaplan


http://thumbs.ebaystatic.com/images/g/wAgAAOSwHPlWdkAI/s-l225.jpgAs predicted, Omri Casspi will not appear in the Sacramento Kings’ final two games. Casspi injured his hamstring back on April Fool’s day (no fooling) and hasn’t been on the hardwood since.h e finishes a pretty solid career as first man off the bench, with the occasional start. He appeared in 69 games, 21 as a starter, averaging a career-high 11.8 PPG. Depending on how the Kings needed to use him , Casspi was alternately good  at pulling down rebounds (5.9/game, fourth-highest on the Kings) or dishing out assists, although the 1.4/game state doesn’t really indicate. He also connected on almost 40 percent of his three-point attempts (112-274), third-highest on the team.


The playoff pairings are set.

Andre Burakovsky and the Eastern Conference leading Washington Capitals will host the first two games of their series against the #8 seed face the Philadelphia Flyers beginning Thursday night.

The Dallas Stars, #1 seed in the West, host the #8 Minnesota Wild and Jason Zucker beginning Saturday. The Stars will be without the services of their own jason: Demers.

Eric Nystrom and the #7 Nashville Predators visit the #4 Anaheim Ducks.

Jice update, end of regular season

Posted on: April 11th, 2016 by Ron Kaplan

All in all, I would say this wasn’t the greatest season for Jews in ice. So many injuries, so little production (caused in most part by the injuries).

On the bright side we had a couple of new fellas added to the roles, so there as that. And out of eight teams with Jews, four have advanced to the post season.

Mike Brown was a scratch for the Montreal Canadiens’ last game of the year, a 5-2 win over the visiting Tampa Bay Lightning that evened their record at 38-38-6, so moral victory.

Brown started the year with the San Jose Sharks, coming over to Montreal in late February. He was an immediate hit with teammates and the local media because of his tenacious reputation. After a disappointing 20-14-15 campaign in which he appeared in just eight games, Brown had much better success staying on the ice. Overall he played in 58 games, scoring two goals and contributing three assists. He led the Jice in penalties, of course, with 90 minutes.

Andre Burakovsky enjoyed a solid sophomore season for the Washington Capitals who won the President’s Trophy for best record of the year. He took two shots on goal in their last game a 2-0 loss to the visiting Anaheim Ducks yesterday, to finish at 56-18-8, Burakovsky appeared in 79 games, scoring 17 goals and adding 21 assists.


Michael Cammalleri was a disappointment to the NJ Devils, but not for lack of trying. He was a major scoring force for the team (14 goals, 24 assists in 42 games), which finished missed the last two months because of a hand injury, finishing with 38-36-8, well out of playoff contention.


Jason Demers will not be around to help the Dallas Stars in their post-season efforts. He went down with a shoulder injury on March third and never returned to action. In 62 games, Demers had seven goals and 16 assists. The Stars finished on top of the Western Conference with a mark of 50-23-9.


Zach Hyman and Brendan Leipsic made their debuts with the Toronto Maple Leafs, appearing in 16 and six games respectively. Both dazzled in their limited time with the big club, Hyman scored four goals and added two assist while Leipsic scored in his very first game and kicked in a couple more assists. The Leafs had the worst record in the league at 29-42-11.


Eric Nystrom also missed beaucoup games for the Nashville Predators, mostly with a broken foot. He made it into just 46 games, scoring seven goals with no assists. He had one shot on goal in the Predators’ 3-2 loss to the Stars on Saturday. Nashville  finished seventh in the West.


David Warsofsky began the season with the Pittsburgh Penguins before the Devils brought him over in early March after he had missed more than a month between a head injury and minor league rehabbing. Warsofsky appeared in a total of 22 games, scoring one goal with one assist.


Jason Zucker was another disappointment for the Minnesota Wild with injuries and being sent back down to the minors for a time as a “teaching moment.” He appeared in 71 games, missing a couple of weeks as he recovered from an “upper body” injury sustained in one of those games held outdoors, scoring 13 goals with 12 assists. The Wild nabbed the final playoff spot in the West with a record of 38-33-11.


Jewps/Jice update, April 8, 2016

Posted on: April 8th, 2016 by Ron Kaplan


As expected, Omri Casspi did not play in last night’s game for the Sacramento Kings, a 105-97 loss to the visiting Minnesota Timberwolves. So do you shut him down for the final three games or do you let him try to et back on the floor and possibly risk further injury in a season that means nothing at this point?


Andre Burakovsky had a goal (#17) and an assist (#21) to help the Washington Capitals… stay close in a 4-3 loss to the visiting Pittsburgh Penguins. Burakovsky connected on his only shot in 9:38 of ice time. Used to be you know you really made as a pro athlete it when you got your own trading card. Like everything else, that’s become old school, replaced by millennial substitute: the bobblehead doll. Welcome to the club, Andre.


Mike Brown played 11:14 for the Montreal Canadiens in their 4-2 win over the host Carolina Hurricanes.

Scratch city: David Warsofsky, NJ Devils, in a 4-2 loss to the visiting Tampa Bay Lightning. Eric Nystrom, Nashville Predators in a 3-2 overtime win over the Arizona Coyotes. Jason Demers, Dallas Star, in a 4-2 win over the vising Colorado Avalanche.



Jewps/Jice update, April 6, 2016

Posted on: April 6th, 2016 by Ron Kaplan


As expected, Omri Casspi missed last night’s game in which the Sacramento Kings lost to the visiting Portland Trailblazers, 115-107. Casspi injured a hamstring last Friday.


Andre Burakovsky took one shot on goal in 15:36 as the Washington Capitals lost in overtime to the visiting NY Islanders, 4-3.

Eric Nystrom took two SOG in 11:38 in the Nashville Predators’ 4-3 win over the visiting Colorado Avalanche.

Jason Zucker had one SOG in 15:39 as the Minnesota Wild were shut out by the visiting San Jose Sharks, 3-0.

David Warsofsky was a scratch for the NJ Devils in their 3-1 loss to the visiting Buffalo Sabres.

Mike Brown was a scratch for the Montreal Canadiens in their 4-1 loss to the visiting Florida Panthers.

And how about a big shout out to Villanova and Connecticut for their NCAA victories? The Villanova-North Carolina game was indeed one for the ages. Pardon the Interruption discussed it yesterday and it was the only time I had any tolerance for sub-host Dan LeBetard, basically because he agreed with what I was thinking.

Jewps/Jice update, weekend edition

Posted on: April 4th, 2016 by Ron Kaplan


When did Omri Casspi join the NHL? Add him to the list of the lame and halt. He pulled a hamstring (is there some less treif way of identifying that situation?) on Friday as the Sacramento Kings lost to the visiting Miami Heat, 112-106. Casspi played just eight minutes, scoring two points and pulling down a rebound, before the injury. He did not appear in the Kings’ 115-106 win over the host Denver Nuggets on Saturday. With jut five games left and the team out of the playoff picture (31-46), he might sit the rest of the season. He appeared in 67 games, 21 as a starter and averaged 11.8 PPG, fourth highest on the team. He was also fourth in rebounds per game. He also led in three-point goals, for what it’s worth, with 1.6 per game.


They’re dropping like flies:

Michael Cammalleri and Jason Demers are both done for the season for their teams, the NJ Devils and Dallas Stars, respectively. Difference is, Demers’ guys are going to the playoffs; Cammalleri’s…not so much.

Andre Burakovsky (Washington Capitals) and Jason Zucker (Minnesota Wild) are the only two Jicemen upright at this point. Burakovsky took a season-high seven shots on goal in 15:52 in the Caps’ 3-0 loss to the host Arizona Coyotes on Saturday. He took a mere two the night before (13:38) in a 4-2 win over the Avalanche in Colorado.

Zucker took one SOG in 10:43 for the Wild in their 3-2 loss to the host Detroit Red Wings on Friday and anotehr two in 12:34 against the host Winnipeg Jets, a 5-1 loss.

Mike Brown (Montreal Canadiens); David Warsofsky (Devils), and Eric Nystrom (Nashville Predators) were also scratched on Saturday.



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