Posts Tagged ‘Nate Ebner’


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.




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.



‘Super Bowl’ memories past and future

Posted on: February 3rd, 2017 by Ron Kaplan

As this Sunday is “the Big Game,” I thought I’d do a flashback Friday kind of thing. Here are some stories I wrote over the years for the NJ Jewish News on the Super Bowl:

Alan Veingrad

And to round out this Sunday’s event, here are a few more items.




Mish-Mash: a new collection of Jewish sports items

Posted on: January 26th, 2017 by Ron Kaplan

A few things that I didn’t know what to do with but didn’t want to let get away:


Jewper Bowl!

Posted on: January 23rd, 2017 by Ron Kaplan

(HT to FB friend Robert Toback for the entry title.)

So here’s something for the alt-right to complain about: A couple of rich Jewish owners involved in the great American game. Robert Kraft‘s New England Patriots beat the visiting Pittsburgh Steelers, 36-17 while Arthur Blank‘s Atlanta Falcons polished off the visiting Green Bay Packers, 44-21. In both cases, the game wasn’t as close as the score might indicate.

I wonder if there will be some friendly bet. Food is usually involved, but neither place is known for fine kosher cuisine more in line with New England clam chowder versus Atlanta pulled pork?

Robert Kraft with Patriots QB Tom Brady.

Arthur Blank with Falcons' QB Matt Ryan.

In the Patriots’ game, Nate Ebner appeared as a free safety on special teams in just nine plays, an indication that he wasn’t used all that much. Of course there was also that head injury (not to make light of it) that occurred in the third period.

They keep talking about baseball as a game of numbers, but football has plenty, too. Because it’s a game of field position, I think there are a lot more “geographical” maps and charts, as evidenced by this preview from ESPN.com.

Super Bowl LI is scheduled for Sunday, Feb. 5.


And then there was one (Nate Ebner)

Posted on: January 16th, 2017 by Ron Kaplan

Looks like there won’t be any MOT-on-MOT action in the AFC Championships Game next week. Nate Ebner and the New England Patriots beat up on the Houston Texans, 34-16, on Saturday. The game was close at the end of the first half with the Pats up by just one point. But they outscored Texas 17-3 over the final to quarters for the easy win. Ebner appeared in 26 plays (72 percent) for special teams, making one solo tackle and assisting on another.

Meanwhile Mitchell Schwartz and the Kansas City Chiefs lost a heart-breaker (if you’re a Schwartz or Chiefs fan), falling to the Pittsburgh Steelers, 18-16. They had a chance to tie the game late in the fourth quarter but their two-point conversion was negated by a holding penalty. Schwartz played at 58 offensive downs.

Nate EbnerMitchell Schwartz


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.



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