Friday, July 30, 2010

Shabbat Shalom from Miami

Hey Everyone nice week here at TGR. We interviewed Jake Cohen. Thank you to Jake for taking out time in his hectic summer schedule to answers some questions.

We will have Steve Dubinsky and Ron Blomberg's interviews up soon.

POLL:
New poll up. Thank you for voting.


TGR NEWS:
We have revamped our website. Feel free to send me some input. The Tabs and Twitter Newsreel will hopefully make the site better.

We are now on Twitter, so follow TGR.

We are trying to speak with Bloguin to help with graphics, ads, and getting the word out there.

Shabbat Shalom.
And Let Us Say...Amen.
Jeremy Fine


Thursday, July 29, 2010

TGR Revamped

TheGreatRabbino.com has been under construction over the last month or so and will continue to see some changes.  Below is an explanation of the changes.

1) Instead of the lists on the side that TGR displayed before, now there are tabs at the top of the page. Now you can search the site by sport. For example, if you want to know all the NBA players, coaches, owners, news, etc just click on the NBA Tab under the TGR Headline picture.

2) TGR will no longer blog sporting news. Instead the blog will be devoted to TGR stories/news, opinions, confirming Jewish athletes, interviews, announcements, videos, and Friday recaps.

3) We have officially joined TWITTER. So feel free to follow TheGreatRabbino on Twitter. The Twitter account will be linked to the website and will stream Jewish sporting news. TGR has already begun this. There will be 5 news stories at a time.

4) The Jewish Sporting resources that used to be on the side will also have its own tab.

I hope this makes the site more accessible. I would love to hear feedback. Please email me at info@thegreatrabbino.com.

Keep Reading.
Jeremy Fine

Wednesday, July 28, 2010

More on Amare

The number of Jewish players in the NBA has increased from two to three with the confirmation of Amare Stoudemire being Jewish. According to his verified twitter account on July 21st, the 100 million dollar worth player has replied to a question of a fan if he is Jewish. Amare wrote: "Is indeed!!". Amare recently found out his mother is Jewish which like we know makes him officaly Jewish. The fan's question came after several of Amare's tweets including Hebrew. Stoudemire who worked with Israeli based, personal trainer, Idan Ravin, tweeted on July17th "Boker Tov! it's time to work". Apparently working with Ravin and the fascinating discovery of his roots triggered the Knicks players to discover more about Judaism and his past as he is currently visiting Israel. His tweet yesterday announced: "on the flight to Israel. This is going to be a great trip. The holy land. Learn about it. This ze ha'halom sheli. Shalom." Very impressing if you ask me. And earlier today Stoudemire kept surprising us with:" Jerusalem is a beautiful city, I'm at a cafe eating a late lunch. I'm learning Hebrew by the min. Keep up !! Shalom." If Amare will keep up his good work learning Hebrew, at the meeting between Sacramento Kings and Omri Casspi against the Knicks, both players can trash talk in Hebrew for the first time in NBA history. Casspi also spends the last days in Israel but unlike the Knicks player, Casspi isn't on vacation. He is playing for the Israeli national team as the team prepares for the European tournament qualification. I guess we all now have some sympathy to Amare's success at the big apple . 
 
-Yuval Klein

Amare's Twitter Account

Today we caught word of the fact that Amare Stoudemire is Jewish! Below are various posts from his Twitter account about his trip to Israel.
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I'm the new Reggie White. (RIP) I'm going 2 Israel 2 study Hebrew. It's time 2 get a better understanding on who we R. Follow me !! Shalom

On the flight to Israel. This is going to be a great trip. The holy land. Learn about it. This ze ha'halom sheli. Shalom. 

Jerusalem is a beautiful city, I'm at a cafe eating a late lunch. I learning Hebrew by the min. Keep up !! 

HOLY AMARE!!!!

Um....you NEED to read this to believe it. Add one more to the team!!! Click on the Link below!


Amare Stoudemire is Jewish!!!

FORMER BASEBALL STAR ELLIOTT MADDOX BAR MITZVAH

GROUND-BREAKING AFRICAN-AMERICAN JEWISH PLAYER
SHARING SPECIAL CEREMONY WITH 300 YOUTHS

            Former Major Leaguer Elliott Maddox will be called to the Torah on Monday, August 9, 2010 at 4:30 p.m. at the NJY Camps in Milford, Pennsylvania, fulfilling his dream of becoming a Bar Mitzvah.  Maddox, who converted to Judaism in 1975, played 11 seasons in the majors, including stints with both the New York Yankees and the New York Mets.
            For the past six years Maddox has been an integral part of TSC (Total Specialty Camp) Baseball at the NJY Camps, running special baseball clinics in a program directed by his former Yankees teammate Ron Blomberg.  Blomberg will also speak at the Bar Mitzvah.
            This event is not open to the public.  Elliott Maddox will meet with members of the press before the ceremony.

WHAT:           Bar Mitzvah of Elliott Maddox
WHERE:         NJY Camps, 570 Sawkill Road, Milford, Pennsylvania  18337
WHEN:           MONDAY, AUG. 9
2:30 p.m. – 3:30 p.m. - Elliott Maddox available to the press
                        3:45 p.m. – 4:15 p.m. – Tour of NJY Camps facility
                        4:30 p.m. – 5:30 p.m. – Bar Mitzvah
VISUALS:      Ceremony at outdoor, lakeside amphitheater (weather permitting)
                        300+ campers in attendance
                        Elliott Maddox
                        Ron Blomberg

Tuesday, July 27, 2010

Tour de France was Jew-less

While Tour de France participants Andy Schleck (#2 finish), Denis Menchov (#3 finish), and Levi Leipheimer(#13 finish) might have Jewish sounding names none of them seem to be part of the Tribe.

Monday, July 26, 2010

Interview: Jake Cohen Takes Over For Stephen Curry

Many people wonder what happens to a team or program when a legendary player leaves. Some programs continue to dominate. But others can struggle. For example,  Larry Bird left Indiana State and since it has not been to pretty. So when Stephen Curry left Davidson many wondered what would happen to their basketball program. Well never fear, they are in the hands of Jake Cohen. Cohen is the spark that Davidson needed once Curry took his game to the NBA. This summer Cohen took his game to Israel and Europe and has been showcasing his game on an international stage. Oh yeah, he was first team TGR All American as well. We caught up with Cohen during his busy schedule to talk basketball, replacing Curry, and Israel.
Interview:

1) Tell the TGR fans a little bit about yourself?
My name is Jake Cohen, born and raised in Berwyn, Pennsylvania. I attended Conestoga High School, and now Davidson College. I have one older brother, Josh, who played football at Dartmouth, and my father was also a basketball player at Haverford College (division 3).

2) What are you doing this summer to stay in shape?

This summer I’ve been playing with the under-20 Israeli National Team. I started out training in Tel Aviv on June 10th, then at the end of the month we scrimmaged against Romania and Bulgaria, in their respective countries, and then it was on to Austria in July for the European Championships. We finished 5th in the competition, out of 17 teams. I was the tournaments leading scorer and was named to the all-tournament team.

3) How has your Israel experience been?
It’s been a truly amazing experience for me. I got to see some of the world, I explored more of my Jewish heritage, experienced a high level of European basketball, and became great friends with my teammates. I had an amazing time, and mostly the people of the national team are to thank for that, for including me so well right away, and never making me feel like an outsider.

4) After Stephen Curry left Davidson, you stepped in as really the go-to-guy, have those been big shoes to fill?
Well to be honest I’m not sure anyone can fill Steph’s shoes, so I haven’t tried. I’ve just tried to help Davidson out as best I can, and get us as many wins as possible.

5) Have you ever played with Curry? What was that like?

Yes I’ve played with Steph a good amount, he was my host on my official visit to Davidson, and he comes and works out with us in the spring and summers. He is unbelievable to play against, and incredible to play with. But he brings a whole other level of play, and that will only make our team better.

6) What are some team goals for next year? How is the team looking?
I think one of our team goals this year is to win the Southern Conference and get back to the tournament. We need to get our confidence level up to where we expect to dominate every conference team, the way Davidson is used to playing.

7) After your college days, where do you see yourself?
It has always been my dream to play professional basketball in the NBA, and it still is my dream. So once I’ve graduated from College, hopefully I can make that dream come true.

8) Who is the best player you ever had to guard?

The best player I ever had to guard….I would have to say my older brother. Even though he decided to play football, he can flat out hoop. I’ve covered him a lot, and I mean a lot, and he has this nasty habit of making every shot he takes when I cover him. It must be a big brother thing, I don’t know.

9) Any other Jewish college players we should look out for?

My man Bryan Cohen and I played AAU ball together for Team Philly, and now he’s having himself a great career at Bucknell.

Thank you to Jake Cohen for answering our questions. Good luck and we will be keeping an eye on the Wildcats this season.
And Let Us Say...Amen.
-Jeremy Fine

Friday, July 23, 2010

Shabbat Shalom Tweets

A little slow this week on our end, but lots of Jews making news. Cuban, Kahn, and fencing?

POLL:
New Poll will be up soon. Stay tuned.

TGR NEWS:
We continue to revamp the site, slowly but surely.

We should have an interview with Davidson's top player Jake Cohen soon.
Also, stay tuned for the Ron Blomberg and Steve Dubinksy interviews.

Lastly, I will make a few mentions about this in a more formal way but TGR has joined twitter. As the site makes some changes to stay  fresh, this will be a big step to the new layout.

Off to the sister-in-laws wedding.
Shabbat Shalom.
-Jeremy Fine

Thursday, July 22, 2010

Wednesday, July 21, 2010

Cubs Stink. Levy Sings.

Not sure how many people caught it but for some odd reason Marv Levy sang the 7th inning stretch at Wrigley Field today.

Also from this game the Cubs brought in a relief pitcher named Justin Berg. According to Ron Kaplan he is NOT Jewish.

Tuesday, July 20, 2010

Whats in a Name?

Thank you to Ari Lucas for sending this in. Yes, the Brown Bear. Hope everyone is having an easy fast.


Ike Davis's Real First Name Has a History of It's Own

Sunday, July 18, 2010

Weekly Fencing Update (and by weekly I mean Only)

Thank you to Howie Labow for sending this in.

European Fencing Championships

Israeli fencer Noam Mills reached the highest point yet of her career yesterday as she captured the bronze medal in the European Fencing Championships in Leipzig, Germany

By Haaretz Sports Staff
Israeli fencer Noam Mills reached the highest point yet of her career yesterday as she captured the bronze medal in the European Fencing Championships in Leipzig, Germany. 

Mills, who was competing in the epee category, recovered nicely in the tournament after losing two straight fencing bouts to begin the competition. She also improved upon her seventh place finish from last year's championships and maintained her position as one of Europe's top competitors, an encouraging sign for her 2012 Summer Olympics prospects. 

Her most impressive result came in her Round of 32 duel against Anna Sivkova, the Russian gold medalist from the 2004 Olympics in Athens. After a close battle, Mills edged out Sivkova in the end, defeating her 12-10. 

Mills was even more efficient against her next opponent in the Round of 16, Hungary's Dorina Budai. The Israeli won the bout 15-10. 

In the quarterfinals, Mills was pitted against Italian fencer Francesca Quondamcarlo, who was no match for the Kfar Sava native. Mills routed Quondamcarlo by a score of 15-8. Awaiting Mills in the semifinal, however, was Germany's Imke Duplitzer, who would eventually go on to capture the gold medal. 

Duplitzer crushed Mills by a 15-8 count, ending the Israeli's dream of a European title. 

Other Israeli fencers struggle during the competition. Alona Komarov finished 41st and Dalia Strelnikov registered a 51st-place finish. A total of 74 fencers competed in the tournament. On the men's side, Tomer Or and Maor Hatuel reached the Round of 16 in the foil competition before bowing out. 

"In the previous two years I was within one step of where I got to this year," an emotional Mills told the Israeli news portal Walla! after the medal ceremony. "I felt that this achievement was coming. I feel great, and I believe that this is something that can really push Israeli fencing forward." 

Mills blamed a lack of concentration and her German opponent's home-crowd advantage for her semifinal fall, even after initially taking the lead. 

"Duplitzer is an experienced fencer and there is no margin for error when facing her, but I'll learn from the loss and I hope to win the gold medal next time," she said. 

Mills, 24, is entering her junior year at Harvard University. As a sophomore, she was captain of the women's fencing team. She has collected numerous awards throughout her collegiate career, including All-America first team, first-team All-Ivy League, and an Academic All-Ivy League. 

In the 2008 Olympics in Beijing, Mills advanced to the round of 32 in the women's individual epee. She is one of only two Harvard female fencers to ever qualify for the Olympics.

Jewish Minor League Baseball Update

Below are minor league stats of some of the up and coming Jewish Baseball Players. The stats were taken from jewsinbaseball.blogspot.com (Great site. Check it out).

Dylan Axelrod (RHP, 24, White Sox, A+/AA):
4-2, 53 1/3 innings, 2.36 ERA, 1.069 WHIP, 8.1 H/9, 0.0 HR/9, 1.5 BB/9, 7.9 K/9, 5.22 K/BB

Nathan Freiman (1B, 23, Padres, A):
.304/.369/.452 (.822 OPS) through 379 PAs, 7 HRs, 29 doubles, 51 RBIs, 55 runs scored

Casey Haerther (1B, 22, Angels, A):
.314/.348/.416 (.765 OPS) through 315 PAs, 4 HRs, 14 doubles, 2 triples, 54 RBIs, 35 runs scored, 9 SBs

Jason Hirsh (RHP, 28, Yankees, AAA):
5-6, 84 2/3 innings, 4.15 ERA, 1.157 WHIP, 7.7 H/9, 1.2 HR/9, 2.8 BB/9, 6.4 K/9, 2.31 K/BB

Jason Kipnis (2B, 23, Indians, A+/AA):
.293/.380/.468 (.848 OPS) through 363 PAs, 10 HRs, 19 doubles, 3 triples, 42 RBIs, 54 runs scored

Ryan Lavarnway (C/DH, 22, Red Sox, A+):
.291/.390/.490 (.881 OPS) through 356 PAs, 14 HRs, 18 doubles, 63 RBIs, 65 runs scored

Daniel Rosenbaum (LHP, 22, Nationals, A):
1-5, 95 innings, 2.27 ERA, 1.221 WHIP, 8.5 H/9, 0.5 HR/9, 2.5 BB/9, 7.3 K/9, 2.96 K/BB

David Rubinstein (RF, 23, Pirates, A):
.310/.367/.424 (.791 OPS) through 284 PAs, 1 HR, 22 doubles, 2 triples, 32 RBIs, 29 runs scored, 13 SBs

Joshua Satin (2B, 25, Mets, A+/AA):
.315/.403/.446 (.849 OPS) through 366 PAs, 5 HRs, 24 doubles, 1 triple, 48 RBIs, 45 runs scored

Scott Schneider (RHP, 22, Cardinals, A/A+):
7-4, 2 saves, 88 2/3 innings, 3.15 ERA, 0.947 WHIP, 6.0 H/9, 0.4 HR/9, 2.5 BB/9, 7.9 K/9, 3.12 K/BB

Michael Schwimer (RHP, 24, Phillies, AA/AAA):
5-3, 11 saves, 42 innings, 3.43 ERA, 1.167 WHIP, 7.5 H/9, 1.1 HR/9, 3.0 BB/9, 12.6 K/9, 4.21 K/BB

Joshua Zeid (RHP, 23, Phillies, A):
5-3, 7 saves, 53 1/3 innings, 3.21 ERA, 1.181 WHIP, 7.9 H/9, 0.7 HR/9, 2.7 BB/9, 8.9 K/9, 3.31 K/BB
And Let Us Say...Amen.
-Jeremy Fine

Friday, July 16, 2010

Double Shabbat Shalom

I wrote Double Shabbat Shalom because I missed last week. It was my first week as a pulpit rabbi in Amsterdam New York. It was great but did not have time to write.

Lots covered over the last two weeks, especially in basketball. Farmar to the Nets and Frank to the Celtics. Also, Scheyer got hurt but hopefully can recover quickly and Cuban making noise about the big three in Miami.

It was also our 1 year anniversary. Thank you to everyone who reads the blog. Its been a lot of fun. Also, interviewing Dolph Schayes was an experience. Thank you to Rabbi Erez Sherman for helping me out.

Poll:
The Ike Davis story seemed to be the biggest hit of the year. I will do my best to reach out to him and get an interview. Meanwhile we have "I Wanna Be Like Ike" TShirts for sale on the side. I know for a fact his family loves them.


TGR News:
 I will be honest it has been kind of slow over here because I have been so busy.

The one big thing is that we are going to our new format by adding labels at the top so that now you can search the blog by sport. I think it will add another dimension to the blog. It is still in the works, but if you click on MLB or NBA you will get a good sense of what I mean.

Also, I received an email from a family with the last name Rabbino. Big shout out to them.

Have a great Shabbat.
And Let Us Say...Amen.
-Jeremy Fine

Thursday, July 15, 2010

Frank Lands a Job with Celtics

Lawrence Frank, after last year's firing from the Nets Head Coaching position, inked a deal to be an assistant under Doc Rivers in Boston.

Read More HERE.

Welcome to the Bigs Mr. Valencia

He might not have a last name like Braun or Feldman, but Minnesota's new rookie third baseman Danny Valencia is a member of the Tribe. On June 3rd the Twins brought up Valencia from their farm system where he was a 3 time all-star. Valencia is 25 years old and is from Boca Raton (that is one tell of his yiddishkite).

He began his college ball at the University of North Carolina in Greensboro. "After being named Southern Conference Freshman of the Year, he transferred to the University of Miami, where he competed in the College World Series." - jewishbaseballnews.com

He was selected in the 19th round. Valencia’s hit 14 home runs, 70 RBIs and a .466 slugging percentage in 2009. He went without a homer run in 185 at-bats with the AAA Rochester Red Wings this season.

Thus far with the Twins, in 58 ABs he is hitting .310, with 3 RBIs and 4 Runs. He also has 1 stolen base to his credit.

Keep an eye on the second Jewish Major League rookie this season. Ike Davis begin the other.
And Let Us Say...Amen.
-Jeremy Fine


Wednesday, July 14, 2010

Scheyer Hurt in Summer League

Jon Scheyer took a hit to the eye and was rushed to the hospital. To read more click HERE.

Tuesday, July 13, 2010

All Star Game

Ryan Braun went 0-2

Ian Kinsler also went 0-2 and flew out to end the game.

Yikes.

NL won the game. Wow that stinks. I guess they should've just let the White Sox played for the AL. We love NL pitching.

Farmar Finds a Home in NJ

Jordan Farmar did what Lebron James didn't....sign with Jay-Z and the New Jersey Nets. Read about it below.

lakersblog.latimes.com/lakersblog/2010/07/jordan-farmars-move-to-new-jersey-seems-rather-head-scratching.html

Monday, July 12, 2010

Cuban Suspect of Big 3

Marc Cuban stirs the pot.

www.cbssports.com/nba/story/13630361/cuban-wants-nba-to-examine-heats-acquisition-of-big-3?tag=headlines;other

Lebron James Made the Right Choice...For Himself

I cannot tell you that I am not disappointed. I was all ready to go out and buy my #6 Bulls jersey. But the man who will probably be formerly known as “The King” decided to leave DRose, Noah, and Big Boozer to fend for themselves and form a super trio in South Beach. Forget about all the false reports, I felt in my gut he was coming to the Bulls. Every sports writer thought it was the smart play. The team is stacked and just missing that centerpiece that would’ve meant a dynasty. But James decided not to come to the Windy City. Maybe it was living in MJ’s shadow. Maybe it was because Chicago is and will always be a Bears town. Maybe it was because he never wanted to have to choose between Lou Malnatis or Barnaby’s pizza. I guess we may never know the real reason.

Since Thursday everyone has commented on “The Decision.” Sports bloggers, websites, and even non-sports writers have suggested every opinion possible. Most outside of Miami have been critical of James. And while I think people have the right to be disappointed, how can people be mad? Hundreds of players have left teams. Jordan played for the Wizards for heaven’s sake. People are just sitting there bashing James’s decision. They hated waiting for an answer, they ripped into “The Decision” on ESPN, and bashed his choice to join DWade and Bosh. I mean it is almost as if people are taking this personally, not just each city but individual people as well. Seriously, why would you burn his jersey? You do not know him. And even if you did the man is allowed to choose what he wants and for whatever reason he wants. Granted I am upset because I dreamed of DRose alleyoops to James for the next 5 years. But still what gives me the right to call him a jerk or decide what is best for a 25 year old basketball superstar?

For once the rabbi in me wants to give a Jewish thought on this topic. The Talmud teaches, “He is executed with strangulation, and then receives a portion in the world to come; however, one who shames his fellow in public has no portion in the world to come.” And the Rambam agrees stating, “better for one to hurl oneself into a fiery furnace rather than shame his fellow in public.” Embarrassing someone and speaking poorly about people you do not know are two things the Jewish text take issue with. Say what you will about his basketball decision, but Lebron James did not do anything to anyone personally. To Cleveland you might feel betrayed, but seriously it would have been a mistake for him to stay. He would not have won championship(s) there and it is a small market. He is not a bad guy. He is a man, just like any of us, who made the best decision for himself.

I firmly believe we are overlooking one aspect of his decision. James skipped college. He went straight into the spotlight, probably quicker and to a larger degree than any other athlete ever. He played in a smaller city. He probably missed the chance to be part of a fraternity like a college team. In 2008 he got a taste of that frat life with Team USA. James missed that feeling/experience. By joining DWade and Bosh in Miami, he gets to play with his friends. It does not seem to me it is just about winning for James, it is about being with the guys. It is about enjoying the game while he plays it. It is about the 21 hours a day he is not on the court. That is why I believe James chose South Beach, just so he can have the college experience he missed out on. I cannot fault him for that. I cannot be mad for him wanting what is best for him, even if that means he will be wearing a different black and red.

And Let Us Say...Amen.
-Jeremy Fine

Thursday, July 8, 2010

No Introduction Needed: The Greatest Jewish Basketball Player Who Ever Lived - Dolph Schayes

Today is our One Year Anniversary of The Great Rabbino. In our first year we have been picked up by Oy! Chicago and the Jewish Journal. We were published in Schmooze Magazine. And we had a feature article on the Chicago Jewish News. We have created Tshirts, sold advertising space, and had over 31,000 readers.

Maybe the best thing about being the creator of The Great Rabbino has been the opportunity to interview and speak with some amazing professional athletes and sport professionals. That list has included Yuri Foreman, Tal Brody, Colt Cabana, Craig Breslow, Sam Fuld, Bernie Fine, Paul Goldstein, Tamir Goodman Ron Blomberg, Steve Dubinsky, Nancy Lieberman, Brimestone, Chasyn Rance, Diamond Dallas Page (not actually Jewish I found out), Jason Horowitz, Dane Diliegro, Brett Harvey,  Yaniv Simpson, Maiya Chard-Yaron, Jason Bonder, Doron Kramer, Howard Megdal, Binnie Klein, Eliese Zukelman, Sean Wallis, Adam Carp, Tamar Katz, Tani Mintz, Drew Goldsmith, Steven Freeman, Josh Borenstein, Jeff Sugar, Jonathon Abramson, Dov Grumet-Morris, and Ari Lucas.

All of these sportsmen and women are great and have added to the Jewish sports world. But none of them are as great as today's special guest interviewee. Today, on our one year anniversary, we bring to you a special exclusive interview with the greatest Jewish basketball player of all time....Dolph Schayes.

Truly, Dolph Schayes needs no introduction. Schayes is an NBA Hall of Famer. He was a part of the 50 Greatest NBA Players list. Schayes was drafted in 1948 by the Philadelphia 76ers. He played until 1964. During his career he was a 12 time all star. When he finished playing the game he was the NBA's all time leading scorer (19,249) and had played in the most NBA games (1,059). He was also the 1966 NBA Coach of the Year.

Below is our interview with the greatest Jewish basketball player of all time. The one, the only, Dolph Schayes (yes...the father of Danny Schayes).

INTERVIEW:

1) Tell TGR a little bit about your playing days?
I loved the game in basketball. I played at NYU. He had good skills at it. Being tall definitely helped. I continued to develop. I got good and got some recognition. I received a scholarship to college. That was very helpful. I was the first in my family to go to college. And I made it into a professional career. My career lasted 15 years longer than I thought it would. And I coached a little bit.

2) What was it like seeing your son Danny play?
It was wonderful.  He played for a long time.  He played for 18 years which was two more than me. At the time it was more difficult position because he went up  against Jabbar, Shaq, and Olajuwon. It was credit to his team and himself. He lasted for so long which proved he was valuable.

3) Who was the greatest player you ever played against?
Oscar Robertson was the best player I ever played against. But I played with some great players like West, Cousy, Pettit, Chamberlin, and Russell.


4) Who is the greatest player who ever lived?
You cannot really say who the best player who ever lived was. Oscar is on that short list. Jordan, Russell, Wilt, Kobe, and Lebron are probably on there too.

5) What was it like being named to the top 50 greatest players list?
It was a wonderful pick from my point of view. To be in the same group as Magic and Bird meant a lot. I enjoyed watching it. It was certainly a proud day. When you realize that that team covered 5-6 decades and the pickers recognize the players from all those eras. I was lucky enough to be in the early days. I will tell my grandkids and they can be proud of it.

6) What does Dolph Schayes do today?
I own some property in Syracuse. I also own some toilets. It keeps me busy managing and owning these things. I am an avid basketball fan. I like the college game. Basketball is the greatest game in world with best athletes in the world. I also have a wonderful family that I spend my time with.

Thank you to Dolph Schayes on the great interview.
1 year down in the books. Thank you to everyone for reading.
And Let Us Say...Amen.
-Jeremy Fine

Wednesday, July 7, 2010

Youkilis in a Tight Race

The final spot on the AL All Star roster is a tight race between Kevin Youkilis and Nick Swisher. Paul Konerko is in third place. Read more HERE.

Updating the blog

Over the coming weeks TGR will be creating a new look. The hope is that it will provide an easier way to navigate and search the blog. For review visit the newly installed "MLB" tab under the Head Banner.

Thank you for your patience.

JPost Article

Thank you to TGR fan Zeke Fraint for sending this in.

www.jpost.com/ArtsAndCulture/Entertainment/Article.aspx?id=180634

Tomorrow marks our 1 year anniversary and as promised our Dolph Schayes article will be posted. I will be away for a little while so I hope it holds you all over.

Tuesday, July 6, 2010

Video of the Week - Chabad and Soccer

I received this in a group email. It is kinda funny. Worth posting if you are interested in Judaism and are super into anything World Cup related.


Also, Happy birthday to my Mother.

Monday, July 5, 2010

Your 2 (3?) 2010 MLB All Stars

Congrats to Ian Kinsler and Ryan Braun who both made this year's MLB All Star game. Braun will start in the outfield for the National League. He is batting .295 with 11 home runs to go along with 51 RBIs, 50 runs, and 11 stolen bases. He is on pace for a fantastic season.

Kinsler who spent a solid portion of the season on the DL, got into the All Star game as a third second baseman for the American League. Since Kinsler has returned  he is batting. 299 with 3 homers, 26 RBIs, 44 runs, and 6 swiped bags. Solid numbers as well.

Braun led all NL outfielders in voting with 2,262,663 votes just edging out the Braves' rookie Jason Heyward. Kinsler was third for AL second baseman behind Robinson Cano and Dustin Pedroia. He received 1,302,245. This will be Kinsler's 2nd All Star game and Braun's 3rd game.

The 3? in the title is for Kevin Youkilis who is in the final vote. Fans can go on MLB.com and vote for Kevin Youkilis. Youkilis will be joined by Paul Konerko, Nick Swisher, Delmon Young, and Michael Young. TGR fans vote early and vote often. Here are the links (MLB and Voting).

And Let Us Say...Amen.
-Jeremy Fine

Friday, July 2, 2010

Shabbat Shalom

Its been crazy over here on this side. Not too much going on besides NBA free agency. I will be very busy over the next few weeks so stories will be shorter.

I am re-posting the Top 7 stories of the decade on the Jewish Journal.

Thank you to all the contributors this week.

This coming week we will be posting the Dolph Schayes story. Very excited for our one-year anniversary. We should be at 31,000 visitors.

POLL:
Keep voting because we currently have a tie.

Have a great Shabbat.
And Let Us Say...Amen.
Jeremy Fine

Thursday, July 1, 2010

NBA Free Agency Begins

NBA free agency has begun. Total excitement. And of course we are all in anticipation of where one man will sign. That man is the legend, the myth, two time NBA Champion Jordan Farmar. Yes, that is right. Farmar has two more rings than Lebron. Why shouldn't we be interested.

So far the Pacers have shown the most interest. It would be a great fit for Farmar because he would most likely get the chance to start. The Pacers would get a winner and leader at the PG position.

But in all seriousness, LeBron James fever is everywhere. Dabullseye.com posted the video below. If you weren't interested before you should be now...especially if you are a Bulls fan.


Syracuse Turns Grey and Blue

Every year Temple Adath Yeshurun honors a citizen of the year. The Rabbi there is Charles Sherman (father of TGR correspondent Rabbi Erez Sherman). Adath Yeshurun is located in Syracuse NY. You would assume some of the award winners would be former Orangemen, and they are. But this year they pulled off a big surprise and honored John Thompson (yes the former coach of the Georgetown Hoyas). Below is the article from Syracuse.com.Very cool read. Also, below the article is a link to Rabbi (Charles) Sherman's synagogue.

blog.syracuse.com/sports/2010/07/in_syracuse_yes_syracuse_john.html

www.adath.org/index.htm


#1 Female Golfer

We just got word from Ron Kaplan that the #1 lady golfer in the world, Cristie Kerr, has a Jewish father. Congrats to her. Check out more on Kerr HERE.

I guess this makes her the #1 Jewish golfer, male or female, in the world.

Although there is a rumor that Justin Rose is Jewish. No confirmation on that.