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JFL Update, Week 6

Posted on: October 16th, 2017 by Ron Kaplan No Comments

Ali Marpet played all 70 plays at center as the Tampa Bay Buccaneers fell to 2-3 (Last in the NCF South) following their 38-33 loss to the host St. Louis Cardinals. The Bucs scored 27 points in a valiant comeback attempt, but they couldn’t overcome a 24-0 halftime deficit. Marpet made one tackle after his quarterback threw an interception. He had been listed as questionable for the game because of “illness,” which seems like a real catch-all category.

Nate Ebner appeared in 20 plays (80 percent) for special teams as the New England Patriots won a controversial game against the host NY Jets, 24-17, to take sole possession of first place in the AFC East. Tom Brady set the NFL record for regular-season victories by a quarterback (187). From the ESPN story:

After Stephen Gostkowski’s 28-yard field goal made it 24-14 50 seconds into the fourth quarter, New York appeared to make it a one-score game again on its next possession as Austin Seferian-Jenkins took a short pass from McCown and reached over the goal line for a 4-yard touchdown .

But officials reviewed the score and said the video replay showed that Seferian-Jenkins slightly lost control of the ball when Malcolm Butler nudged it loose as the tight end was crossing the plane of the goal line. Seferian-Jenkins didn’t regain control until after he had stepped out of bounds, resulting in a touchback — despite the ball never hitting the ground. That gave the Patriots back the ball, with the Jets’ sideline irate.

Mitchell Schwartz and the KC Chiefs blew a 23-7 halftime lead and took lost their first game of the season, 42-34 to the host Houston Texans. Schwartz played all 77 offensive plays and another eight (25 percent) on special teams.

In the college ranks, QB Josh Rosen and the UCLA Bruins (3-3) lost to host Arizona 47-30. From the ESPN story:

Rosen, the nation’s leader in passing yards and total offense entering the game, threw for 219 yards but was held without a TD pass for the first time since the 2015 season. His three interceptions hurt the Bruins, the first was picked off by Jace Whittaker in the end zone early in the second quarter and the second was returned 42 yards for a touchdown by Whittaker, also in the second.

The Wildcats sacked Rosen five times in the second half, four for freshman Kylan Wilborn.

“I just didn’t play well at all,” Rosen said.

Suffice it to say, this game did not do Rosen’s Heisman Trophy chances much good.

JFL Update: End of Week 5

Posted on: October 10th, 2017 by Ron Kaplan No Comments

Mitchell Schwartz and the KC Chiefs improved to 5-0 (first place, AFC  West) after beating the host Houston Texas in a 42-34 barn-burner. Schwartz, starting at center, was on the field for all 77 offensive plays plus another eight (25 percent) on special teams.

Nate Ebner combined on two tackles as the New England Patriots (3-2, tied for first in the AFC East with the Buffalo Bills and NY Jets) beat Ali Marpet and the host Tampa Bay Buccaneers (2-2, tied for third in the NFC South), 19-14. Sorry, I don’t have the play breakdown for this one so can’t report how much time each spent on the field.

Adam Bisnowaty is technically not on the NY Giants roster — he’s on the practice squad — but he was one of three members of the team

According to an AP story:

A group of New York Giants football players who have protested during the national anthem have visited with Newark police officers and high school students.

Damon Harrison, Mark Herzlich and Adam Bisnowaty met with police officers and students on Monday to discuss systemic racism and make donations.

Members of the Bronze Shields, the Newark Police Department’s African American officer’s association, showed support for the protests. Bronze Shields president Sgt. Levi Holmes says the group understands players are “taking a knee to object to the different injustices that happen in the country.”

The players and police officers visited football teams at Central High School and Weequahic High School. The players donated $10,000 to each school for new equipment.

On the college scene, Josh Rosen threw for 372 yards and one touchdown as UCLA beat visiting Colorado on Saturday, 27-23. UCLA is 3-2, second in the Pac 12 – South. Could he really be in the running for the Heisman Trophy??? Either way, where does he stand for an upcoming NFL draft?

PASADENA, CA - SEPTEMBER 30: UCLA (3) Josh Rosen (QB) throws a pass during a college football game between the Colorado Buffaloes and the UCLA Bruins on September 30, 2017 at the Rose Bowl in Pasadena, CA.(Photo by Brian Rothmuller/Icon Sportswire)

JFL Update, Week 4

Posted on: October 3rd, 2017 by Ron Kaplan

https://kckingdom.com/wp-content/blogs.dir/220/files/2013/12/7694520.jpgThe Kansas City Chiefs remain unbeaten (4-0) after field goal with four seconds left on the clock sealed the deal in a 23-20 win over the visiting Washington Redskins. Mitchell Schwartz was the starting right tackle and played on all 76 offensive downs plus another six on special teams. The Chiefs have the highest score differential with +43 and a large part of the credit has to go to the offensive line.

Ali Marpet was the starting center for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers and appeared on all 64 offensive downs as the Bucs (2-1) beat the struggling and visiting NY Giants, 23-20 in overtime. With the Giants at 0-4, largely in part to a sluggish offense, why not promote Adam Bisnowaty from the practice squad? What could it hurt?

Nate Ebner made another tackle as part of the New England Patriots’ special teams unit, but it didn’t prevent them from losing 33-30 to the visiting Carolina Panthers. Ebner was on the field for 22 plays, 79 percent of the Pats’ defensive time.

As mentioned in previous entries, I don’t really follow the college gridiron but I make an exception for the exceptional QB Josh Rosen, who beat visiting Colorado on Yom Kippur, 27-23. Rosen threw for 372 yards and one touchdown as UCLA broke a two-game losing streak to move to a 3-2 record. Did Rosen fast, as some other Jewish college players have in the past? Don’t know. But Noah Seligman post this piece about former Wisconsin Badger fullback Matt Bernstein, who had a career day while recovering from his fast in 2004. Gabe Carimi did that, too

Of course, it’s probably harder for football players to take off for the Day of Atonement than any other sport. I can’t do the math, but between the college and pro ranks, most games take place Friday, Saturday, or Sunday (yes, I know about Monday Night Football — which are played on both Mondays and Thursdays now), so there’s only a few days it could actually be a conflict. On the other hand, since there are much fewer games than other sports, each one can have a major impact on the outcome of the season. Where you play on the field can make a difference, too. I did a story for the NJ Jewish News several years ago about a Jewish punter who said he felt pressure to play on Yom Kippur because there were no real substitutes for his position.

Not a football issue, but Omri Casspi choose to sit out of the pre-season opener for his new NBA team, the Golden State Warriors, because it fell on the holy day. Not exactly taking as dramatic a stand like Koufax (first game of 1965 World Series) and Greenberg (during a tight pennant race in 1934), but it’s better than all the Jewish Major Leaguers did as their season wound to a close.

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.

Anyway…

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.

COLLEGE

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 Report: Week 1

Posted on: September 12th, 2017 by Ron Kaplan

Are you ready for some football? I’m not. Every year I tell myself I’m really going to pay attention and bone up on the teams and players, and every year I just get older. Maybe this is finally the time. Some people complain that the football season is too long, opening the door for more injuries. Here’s an idea: Don’t start it until after the World Series. That way there’s no inter-sport competition. Of course, I also think the baseball season is too long and that post-season should never go past mid-October.

Schwartz and Alex Smith celebrate a touchdown against the New England Patriots during the fourth quarter. Photo by Christopher Evans/Boston Herald

The New England Patriots began their season on an uncharacteristic note: with a loss. They fell to the visiting KC Chiefs in a runaway on Thursday, Sept. 7, by a score of 42-27. Mitchell Schwartz played every down on offense (69) plus another six (16 percent) on special teams for the victors. Some football wonks believe the Chiefs are Super Bowl contendersNate Ebner was not active for New England due to a shoulder injury; he had been listed as questionable prior to the game. Team owner Robert Kraft announced the Kraft family will match up to $1 million in funds donated to the American Red Cross in support of the Hurricane Harvey Disaster Relief Fund.

Ali Marpet and the Tampa Bay Buccaneers had the mis-timing of being scheduled against the Dolphins in Miami. That game was postponed.

The new guys — Gabe Marks of the NY Jets and Adam Bisnowaty of the NY Giants — did not make the final cut for their respective teams. On the bright side, they were signed to each club’s practice squads. See here for an explanation of just what that can mean. Bisnowaty had originally been waived but the Giants apparently change their mind. Not so lucky: quarterback Michael Bercovici, who was cut by the Los Angeles Chargers.

And no, Tarik Cohen of the Chicago Bears is not Jewish. Then again, neither is Julian Edelman (at least not according to the Jewish Sports Review), but some of us keep “claiming” him as such.

So that’s it, as far as Jewish NFLers go to this point. No Taylor Mays, no Erik Lorig, and, of course, no Geoff Schwartz. A shande. Especially since all the active MOTs are not in the marquee positions, so they won’t have much written about them unless something fantastic or tragic happens. Maybe Marks and Bisnowaty will get the call at some point.

Catching up

Posted on: July 5th, 2017 by Ron Kaplan

As you no doubt know, there has been a marked drop-off in posts here in the past few months as I looked for a job. Finally got one, which also impacted the time I have for blogging. I won’t go into details now, but suffice it to say it’s not a normal nine-to-five, Monday-to-Friday schedule. I could be working 6 a.m. to 2 p.m. on day and 4 to midnight the next. Basically all I have time for is the Jewish Major Leaguer updates but I hope to get a handle on all this soon.

Actually let’s start now with a bit of catching up.

Probably the biggest news of the off-seasons is that the NJ Devils parted ways with Michael Cammalleri, who holds the record among Jewish NHLers in terms of points scored. The 35-year old left-winger made his debut in 2002 with the Los Angeles Kings so it’s fitting that he has rejoined them for what might be his last hurrah, signing a one year-$1 million contract. In between, Cams has played for the Calgary Flames, Montreal Canadiens, Flames again, and Devils. In 890 regular season contests, he has 287 goals and 326 assists for 613 total points, so that 600 plus a bar mitzvah.

Right to PlayIn other hockey news, Zach Hyman kept himself busy with author appearances for his kids’ books, The Bambino and Me and Hockey Hero. The center is entering his third season with the Toronto Maple Leafs; perhaps, as he is a restricted free agent.

Jason Zucker, the Minnesota Wild’s star forward, co-hosted the ninth annual Champions for Children Celebrity Golf Classic with Vikings’ tight end Kyle Rudolph late last month.

Let’s just keep going, shall we?

In the NFL, Nate Ebner got this season review on the New England Patriots website. he’s still getting mileage for his rugby performance at the last Olympics. The Pats Pulpit portion of the SB Nation family deemed him the best tackle on special teams last year (although they might be a wee bit biased). A similar portion of SBN that focuses on the Arizona Sun Devils posted this article about former QB Mike Bercovici, now a member of the LA Chargers (wow, does that sound strange). The Tampa Bay Buccaneers are expecting a bigger role from newly-designated center Ari Marpet, but Adam Bisnowaty isn’t getting that kind of love from the NY Giants as he prepares for his first camp.

Over on the hard court, Omri Casspi gets his big break? He signed with the world championship Golden State Warriors for what Ha’aretz, one of the leading newspapers in Israel, described as “only a modest $2.1 million.” Wish I could be so modest. Casspi split time between three teams last year, so four clubs in two seasons has to be some kind of record, at least for Jewish players.

According to the Jerusalem Post, Gal Mekel‘s “career has been on a downward spiral since he was cut by the Dallas Mavericks.” He was recently dismissed by Maccabi Tel Aviv.

I think that about gets us caught up on the recent older news. I’ll be posting about the Maccabiah Games, of course, and whatever is going on in Wimbledon in the days ahead. Stay tuned.
 

Are you ready for some football? (I’m not)

Posted on: March 20th, 2017 by Ron Kaplan

When did football become a 365-day-a-year thing? Seems like they’re really pushing to keep it in the limelight just as the NHL and NBA are heading into their post-season and baseball is about to begin. Attention hogs.

Now that Geoff Schwartz is no longer playing, look for a lot more analysis and commentary, like this one in which he opines that his brother Mitchell’s team, the Kansas City Chiefs, should acquire Tony Romo, the quixotic QB for the Dallas Cowboys. Mitchell’s thoughts are closer to home.

He wasn’t picked for the Pro Bowl, but New England Patriots special teams star Nate Ebner picked up honors as “International Rugby Player of the Year” by the Samurai International RFC.

How long before Gabe Marks, formerly a star at Washington State University, joins the pro ranks? Seems like he’s got the interview thing down, although he might have to tone things down a bit as a rookie.

Marks may have some company in the NFL in Adam Bisnowaty, an offensive lineman previously with Pitt.

 

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Nate Ebner: “Natural” Man

Posted on: February 8th, 2017 by Ron Kaplan

Don’t know what kind of message this sends to the kiddies out there that New England Patriots defensive back and Olympic (and Maccabiah) athlete Nate Ebner was caught imbibing during the team’s victory parade yesterday.

Nate Ebner drinks Natural Light.

In other football news:

  • Questionable Jew Julian Edelman is making the rounds, talking about his amazing catch.
  • Former JFLer Geoff Schwartz thinks it might come down to a question of “what have you done for me lately” as the Pats figure out what to do with fan favorite but oft-injured Rob Gronkowski.
  • Didn’t the NCAA season just end a few weeks ago? This preview for UCLA — which is looking forward to the return of quarterback Josh Rosen after the injury which cost him most of the season — just goes to show there’s no off-season anymore.

I have to admit, this is a tough time for me now that football is over. Baseball hasn’t started yet and basketball and hockey are a little past the halfway mark, so nothing very exciting his happening there. Makes blogging a bit difficult.

Nate Ebner returns in SB win

Posted on: February 6th, 2017 by Ron Kaplan

Nate Ebner, right, congratulates Tom Brady after Super Bowl win.

Well that was exciting:

Congrats to Robert Kraft‘s New England Patriots, winners up Super Bowl XI over Arthur Block‘s Atlanta Falcons in the most exciting fashion. It was their fifth World Championship, a new record.

Trailing 28-3 as the third quarter opened, they came back to force the first overtime game (which lasted just eight plays) in Super Bowl history and then go on for the win.

Nate Ebner was recovered sufficiently from his concussion in the AFC Championship Game to appear in 28 special team plays (90 percent). He made the tackle on the kickoff that started the second half. He’s had a dream year, between appearing in the Olympics and now this. Speaking very selfishly, I will miss him during thre off-season; a mention of Ebner on the JTA sports Facebook page was usually good for a great boost in traffic because that entry would usually be shared a lot.

For personal reason, I was hoping for an opposite outcome, but there’s no denying the Patriots proved they were the better team, while you have to feel a bit sorry for the way Atlanta collapsed.

And for those of you who are interested in such things, here’s the annual USA TodayAd Meter” which rates Super Bowl commercials.

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