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

Posted on: January 15th, 2018 by Ron Kaplan

NBA

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.

NHL

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.

MLB

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.)

Tennis

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 10, 2018

Posted on: January 10th, 2018 by Ron Kaplan

NHL

Only two MOT games last night. Michael Cammalleri took one shot on goal in 12:32 as the Edmonton Oilers (18-23-3) couldn’t overcome a 2-0 deficit in the first period, losing to the host Nashville Predators, 2-1.

Jason Zucker took three SOG in 19:20 in the Minnesota Wild’s 3-2 overtime loss to the visiting Calgary Flames. The Wild are (is?) 22-17-4.

On tonight’s docket: Zucker and the Wild move on to Chicago to face the Blackhawks. Zach Hyman and the Toronto Maple Leafs host the Ottawa Senators.

NBA

Omri Casspi and the Golden State Warriors were off yesterday. They host the LA Clippers tonight.

MLB

This could be a make-or-break season for LA Dodgers outfielder Joc Pederson.

There’s been chatter that Baltimore orioles pitcher Richard Bleier could wind up in the starting rotation, but according to this piece, maybe he’ll be the closer?

NFL

There are all sorts of metrics the scouts use to see if an athlete  is “worthy” of playing in the NFL, such as the Wonderlic Test. But how much does character count? Is the young man a good team guy? And how easily can rumors quash a career? Josh Rosen might be the target of negative assessments. We know he doesn’t want to play for the Cleveland Browns, but what are the chances the NY Jets claim him?

Only a Game, the public radio sports show, offered this segment on quarterback Bennie Friedman in their series on the history of the forward pass. You can hear the story — “The Son Of Jewish Immigrants Who Became Football’s First Passing Specialist” — here. Thanks to the very informative SportsBiblio.com for the link.

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I don’t know how much Jewish content there is in This Book Has Balls: Sports Rants from the MVP of Talking Trash, by the actor Michael Rapaport, but I’m including it just on the basis of the cover:

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Jewish sports update, Weekend Edition (Jan. 5-7, 2018)

Posted on: January 8th, 2018 by Ron Kaplan

Already mentioned the JFL news on Saturday so no need to rehash that

NBA

Omri Casspi scored eight points in 16 minutes off the bench for the Golden State Warriors (32-8) on Saturday in their 121-105 win over the host LA Clippers, going 2-6 in field goal attempts and 4-for-4 at the free throw line. He also had three rebounds, one assist, and three turnovers, “leading” the team with a +/- rating of -13.. Casspi had missed the previous game with a rib injury. The Warrior host the Denver Nuggets tonight.

NHL

Jason Demers 10th assist of the year tied the game between the Arizona Coyotes (10-27-6, last in the Western Conference) and visiting Nashville Predators at 2-2 in the third period on Friday. The Coyotes won in OT, 3-2. Demers had two shots on goal in 21:26 of ice time.

Zach Hyman contributed his 15th goal of the season Toronto Maple Leafs (25-16-2) beat the visiting Vancouver Canucks in a shootout, 3-2, on Saturday. That one put the Leafs on the board, trailing 2-0 in the third period. Hyman took one shot on goal in 18:51.

Brandon Leipsic took one shot on goal in 13:13 as the Vegas Golden Knights (29-10-2) won their ninth game in their last 10 games, 5-4, over the visiting Chicago Blackhawks on Friday.  He had 9;19 time on ice in Sunday’s 2-1 win over the visiting NY Rangers.

Jason Zucker assisted on both goals for the Minnesota Wild (22-17-3) in their 7-2 loss to the host Colorado Avalanche on Saturday. That gave him 15 on the season to match his 15 goals. He took one SOG in 15:57.

Michael Cammalleri took three SOG in 13:52 as the Edmonton Oilers (18-20-3) fell 5-1 to the host Dallas Stars on Saturday. He added his 10th assist on Sunday in a 4-1 loss to the host Blackhawks. Cams took two SOG in 14:27. The Oilers are 18-22-3.

MLB

Nothing new under the sun.

 

 

Jewish sports update, January 5, 2018

Posted on: January 5th, 2018 by Ron Kaplan

NHL

Jason Demers’ 10th assist of the year tied the game between the Arizona Coyotes (10-27-5) and visiting Nashville Predators at 2-2 in the third period. The Coyotes won in OT, 3-2. Demers had two shots on goal in 21:26 of ice time.

Zach Hyman took two shots on goal in 17:57 as the Toronto Maple Leafs (24-16-2) beat the visiting San Jose Sharks, 3-2, in a shoot-out.

Brandon Leipsic and the Vegas Golden Knights (27-10-2) fell to the host the St. Louis Blues, 2-1. Leipsic took one SOG in 12:43. The Knights visit the Chicago Blackhawks tonight.

Jason Zucker took two SOG in 16:43 as the Minnesota Wild (22-16-3) beat the visiting Buffalo Sabres, 6-2.

Michael Cammalleri took two SOG in 18:15 as the Edmonton Oilers (18-20-3) beat the visiting Anaheim Ducks, 2-1, ending their three-game winning streak.

MLB

A belated Happy Birthday to Kevin Pillar, who turned 29 yesterday. What do the Toronto Blue Jays have in store for him in 2018?

Alex Bregman, Spanish teacher?

 

 

Jewish sports news, January 3, 2018

Posted on: January 3rd, 2018 by Ron Kaplan

NHL (games of Jan. 2):

Jason Zucker notched his 13th assist to help the Minnesota Wild 21-16-3) beat the visiting Florida Panthers, 5-1. He took five shots on goal in 14:10.

Zach Hyman took one shot on goal in 19:46, but the Toronto Maple Leafs (23-16-2) were shut out by the visiting Tampa Bay Lightning, 2-0.

Michael Cammalleri took three SOG in 14: as his new team, the Edmonton Oilers (17-20-3_, fell to his old team, the visiting LA Kings, 5-0.

Brandon Leipsic took three SOG in 13:12 as the Vegas Golden Knights (27-9-2) shut out the visiting Nashville Predators, 3-0.

Jason Demers and the Arizona Coyotes had the night off.

NBA

Omri Casspi and the Golden State Warriors were off yesterday. He has a bruised rib but is listed as probable as they host Mark Cuban’s Dallas Mavericks tonight.

In other news…

Is Josh Rosen’s stock falling in the NFL Draft? Maybe he shouldn’t be so quick to leave UCLA? On the other hand, you never know what impact another season might have.

 

 

Jicemen and Jewps

Posted on: November 27th, 2017 by Ron Kaplan

Omri Casspi has started three of the last four games for the Golden State Warrior (all as a strong forward and all resulting in wins, it’s worth pointing out). Here’s the breakdown:

  • Nov. 19: 118-110 over the host Brooklyn Nets — 12 points in 23 minutes with eight rebounds, one assist, and two blocked shots.
  • Nov. 24: 143-94 blowout against the visiting Chicago Bulls — six points in 25 minutes with four rebounds, four assists, one blocked shot and two steals.
  • Nov. 25: 110-95 over visiting New Orleans — nine points in 25 minutes with four rebounds, two assist, and two blocked shots.

Playing in the NBA has it drawbacks, however. Casspi is unable to play for Israel in the qualifiers for the 2019 Basketball World Cup.

The Warriors are 15-5, second in the Western Conference.

Over on the ice…

  • Michael Cammalleri, Edmonton Oilers, has two assists in six games since coming over in a trade from the LA Kings. Edmonton is 9-14-2, seventh in the Pacific Division of the Western Conference to one in seventh
  • Jason Demers, Arizona Coyotes (6-17-3, 15th/last in the Western Conference with the worst record in the league): 26 games, two goals, eight assists.
  • Josh Ho-Sang, NY Islanders (14-7-2, fifth Eastern Conference): 13 games, two goals, six assists. Slowly making a name for himself.
  • Zach Hyman, Toronto Maple Leafs (15-9-1, fourth in Eastern Conference): 25 games, five goals, seven assists.
  • Brendan Leipsic, Vegas Golden Knights (15-6-1, second in the Western Conference): 14 games, no goals, seven assists.
  • Jason Zucker, Wild (11-9-3, 11th in Western Conference) 23 games, 12 goals, seven assists. Luke Kunin  was sent back to the minors on Nov. 21. He appeared in 14 games for the Wild with two goals and two assists.

Jice update, November 15, 2017

Posted on: November 15th, 2017 by Ron Kaplan

An all-too-infrequent update about what the Chosen Frozen are up to:

  • Michael Cammalleri, So much for that homecoming. The LA Kings traded Cammalleri to the Edmonton Oilers yesterday for Jussi Jokinen. The deal was made on the same day this article came out.  He goes from a team in first place in the Pacific Division of the Western Conference to one in seventh (7-9-2). Cams had three goals and four assists in 15 games for the Kings, averaging 12:38 minutes of time on ice.
  • Jason Demers, Arizona Coyotes (2-15-3, eighth/last in the Pacific Division with the worst record in the league): 20 games, two goals, six assists.
  • Josh Ho-Sang, NY Islanders (9-6-2, fifth in Metropolitan Division of Eastern Conference) was recalled from the Bridgeport Sound Tigers on Veterans Day and provided immediate results, scoring a goal to help the team beat the visiting St. Louis Blues, 5-2. Unfortunately, he’s questionable for tomorrow night’s game after missing practice yesterday due to an illness (the NHL is so sketchy with its injury reports). Let’s hope he can stick around awhile this time. Ho-Sang has appeared in seven games with the lone goal and four assists.
  • Zach Hyman, Toronto Maple Leafs (12-7-0, second place in the Atlantic Division of the Eastern Conference): 19 games, four goals, six assists.
  • Luke Kunin, Minnesota Wild (8-7-2, fifth in the Central Division of the Western Conference): 14 games, two goals, two assists.
  • Brendan Leipsic, Vegas Golden Knights (10-6-1, second in the Pacific Division): eight games, no goals, four assists.
  • Jason Zucker, Wild, is on a tear, having scored seven goals in his last four games including a hat trick to provide all the scoring in a 3-0 win over the host Montreal Canadiens last Thursday. He also scored the only goal in Saturday’s 1-0 win over the host Philadelphia Flyers. All that scoring netted him NHL First Star honors for the week. And as if all this wasn’t enough reason to celebrate, Zucker and his wife Carly just became first-time parents on Oct. 27. Mazel tov. Overall, Zucker has 10 goals and five assists in 17 games.

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Shalom, Luke Kunin

Posted on: October 20th, 2017 by Ron Kaplan

Image resultSince “shalom” means both hello and goodbye…

Welcome the newest MOT to the NHL: Luke Kunin, who briefly joined Jason Zucker on the Minnesota Wild.

Kunin, 19, was the Wild’s first-round pick in 2016. He was called up due to injuries to several of the team’s forwards. He made his debut on Oct. 14 in the Wild’s 5-4 home opener overtime loss to the Columbus Blue Jackets. He played 13:53 in that one. He was reassigned to the American Hockey League right after the game, but he’ll be back.

Some stories on Kunin:

  • Minnesota Wild Prospect Camp 2017: Green Offense — Luke Kunin leads the charge on a team that features current Gopher Leon Bristedt and High School phenom Sam Huff
  • What Luke Kunin brings to the Minnesota Wild
  • Luke Kunin’s versatility excites Wild: Forward prospect ‘can play 200-foot game,’ had 19 goals for Wisconsin last season
  • From the September/October issue of the Jewish Sports Review: “After two seasons at Wisconsin, Luke Kunin, 191, 1 wing from Chesterfield, MO, signed with the Minnesota Wild and was assigned to the Iowa Wild (AHL) where he rifled in 5 goals with three assists for 8 points, endured 16 PMs [penalty minutes] and was assigned a +2 rating in 12 games.”

HT to Korner chaver Ken Cutler for the news about Kunin.

And just a quick catch-up on the rest of the Jice-men…

Jason Demers, Arizona Coyotes (0-6-1, eighth/last in the Pacific Division of the Western Conference): seven games, one goal two assists

Jason Zucker, Minnesota Wild (1-1-2, last in the Central Division of the Western Conference): four games, two goals, two assists

Zach Hyman, Toronto Maple Leafs (6-0-1, second in the Atlantic Division of the Eastern Conference): seven games, three goals, two assists

Michael Cammalleri, LA Kings (5-0-1, first in the Pacific Division): four games, two goals, two assists

Brendan Leipsic, Vegas Golden Knights (5-1-0, second in the Pacific Division): six games, no goals, four assists

Josh Ho-Sang, NY Islanders (3-3-1, seventh in Metropolitan Division of Eastern Conference): six games, no goals, four assists

 

Jice Report: Jews of the NHL

Posted on: October 9th, 2017 by Ron Kaplan

(“Jews” + “ice” = Jice, in case you were wondering. Game info prior to games of October 9.)

How in heck did the NHL season begin already? Always thought basketball and hockey started at the same time. The NBA season doesn’t get under way for another week. So, let’s catch up.

By my count, there are six MOTs in the NHL.

Image result for michael cammalleri kingsMichael Cammalleri returns to the Los Angeles Kings — where he made his league debut in 2002 — signing a one-year deal worth a reported $1 million. “Cams” who missed a good chunk of last season with the NJ Devils due to injury, may seem like a little guy for a pro athlete, standing 5’9″ and weighing in at 180 pounds, but the 35-year-old left-winger (not a political description) is the all-time scorer among Jewish skaters with 287 goals and 326 assists for a total of 613 points in his 16 seasons (613: the same number of commandments/mitzvot; is that a coincidence or what?). So far this year he’s appeared in both games for the Kings, who are 2-0-0 in the Pacific Division of the Western Conference. He hasn’t scored or assisted yet but you know ESPN’s projections are wrong when they say he won’t have any this season based on those two games so far.

Jason Demers also traded jerseys, moving from the Florida Panthers to the Arizona Coyotes in a trade back in . Demers, 29, made his debut in 2009 with the San Jose Sharks. He’s appeared in 506 games, with 37 goals and 134 assists. This year, he’s “pointless” in two games for the Coyotes (0-1-1).

Jason Zucker, 25, begins his seventh season with the Minnesota Wild (250 games, 65 goals/45 assists). He has one goal and one assist in two games for the Wild (0-1-1).

Zach Hyman, also 25, begins season #3 with the improving Toronto Maple Leafs (again, why are they not “Leaves?”). The center already has two goals for Toronto (2-0-0) and so is projected for 82 for the season. But since he hasn’t contributed an assist yet, they have him down for zero. Of course, both scenarios are highly unlikely. Lifetime, Hyman has 16 goals and 20 assists in 100 games.

Josh Ho-Sang is a character the NHL needs, and the Islanders have him.Josh Ho-Sang, right, is the baby of the bunch at 21, having made his NHL debut with the NY Islanders last year. He has appeared in one of the team’s three games so far (1-1-1) with one point in their loss to the St. Louis Blues last night. As you can imagine, his is not your routine story.

Brendan Leipsic, 23, is playing for the expansion Las Vegas Golden Knights, who are tied for the Pacific lead with a record of 2-0-0. He made his NHL debut with the Leafs in 2015, appearing in six games with one goal and two assists. He’s been in two games for the Knights without a point.

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Jewish sports update, Weekend Edition

Posted on: April 10th, 2017 by Ron Kaplan

NHL

The regular season came to an end yesterday (some call it the “first season” since the playoff seem to last just as long). Mazel tov to Jason Zucker and the Minnesota Wild and Zach Hyman and the Toronto Maple Leafs; they get to play on. Not so fortunate: Josh Ho-Sang, the rookie whose NY Islanders just missed the cut at the very end. Their record of 41-29-12 put them one point behind the Leafs. Ho-Sang, who made his debut on March 2nd, scoring four goals to go along with six assists in 21 games.

The Isles beat the woeful NJ Devils on Saturday, 4-2, The Devils also lost the next day to the Detroit Red Wings, 4-1. Michael Cammalleri had an assist in that one (#21) but closed out his season by not scoring over his last 28 games. He ended the season with 10 goals and 21 assists in 61 games. The Devils finished with the worst record in the Eastern Conference and second-worst overall: 28-40-14.

The Leafs clinched a playoff spot in their next-to-last game with a 5-3 win over the visiting Pittsburgh Penguins (they lost their finale to the Columbus Blue Jackets on Sunday, 3-2). Hyman appeared in all 82 regular season games, scoring 10 goals with 18 assists. Their mark of 40-27-15 — eighth in the East — was their best showing in several seasons.

The Wild had time to relax, sewing up their playoff spot relatively early. They finished second in the Western Conference to the Chicago Blackhawks with a record of 49-25-8. Zucker had the best season of all the Jice-men with 22 goals and 25 assists in 79 games.

Last, but not least, the other Jason, Jason Demers, who had nine goals and 19 assists in 81 games for the Florida Panthers. The Panthers finished 35-36-11, 13th in the East.

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From left: Jason Zucker, Zach Hyman, Josh Ho-Sang, Michael Cammalleri, Jason Demers

NBA

Omri CasspiOmri Casspi season was … interesting. He began with the Sacramento Kings and seemed, at least to me, to have issues with his coach, who kept the Israeli import on the bench a lot more than one would think a player with that talent would warrant. Casspi was frequently the subject of trade rumors to better teams who could use someone with his skills as a valuable bench player. Instead he ended up on teams just as bad as the Kings, who, with two games remaining in their schedule, are 31-49. He went to the New Orleans Pelicans (33-47) in a major trade, played one game for them in which he performed quite well, except for breaking his thumb in said game, and was released. The Minnesota Timberwolves (31-49) picked him up at the tail end of the season and he hasn’t done much for them. In his most recent game — a 110-109 loss to the host LA Lakers — he scored two points with one assist and two steals in 17 minutes off the bench. To be fair, though, it has to be difficult to learn three different systems and mesh with three sets of teammates in a short amount of time. Wait ’til next year.

PGA

David Berger improved in each round of the 2017 Masters Tournament with a 77 on Thursday, 73 on Friday, 72 on Saturday, and 69 yesterday.

 

 

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