Thursday, December 29, 2011

The NBA Has Begun

So how are our guys doing you ask?

Omri Casspi - Casspi has started both games. He is averaging 4.5 points, 2.5 rebounds, And 1.5 assists. The new look Cavs are 1-1 with a win over The Pistons but a loss to begin the season vs. the Pacers.

Jordan Farmar - Farmar has backed up Deron Williams. He has added 1.5 pts, an assist and a steal. the Nets are also 1-1.

Lawrence Frank - Frank has returned to coaching. His Pistons have had a rough start losing to both the Pacers and the Cavs.

Some former Israel players have also appeared. Anthony Parker has also started both games for the Cavs adding 4 ass, 1.5 rbs, and 5.5 pts. The Piston's Will Bynum has played in one game and added 6 points. The Warrior's rookie Jeremy Tyler Has appeared in both games albeit playing very limited minutes. He has chipped in 1 point. The Wizard's Roger Mason Jr. Has played in 2 games and is averaging 4 pts.

Hopefully some of these players can turn it up.
And Let Us Say...Amen.
- Jeremy Fine

Thursday, December 22, 2011

NCAA Jews Playing Big Time Schools

This week a few Jewish college ballers at smaller programs went up against a few ranked teams.

Monday night, Cornell's Chris Wroblewski and Eitan Chemerinski lost to #24 ranked Illinois in a close one 64-60. Wroblewski started and scored 10 points, grabbed 6 rebounds, and dished out 4 assists. While Chemerinski came off the bench to add 4 points and grab 4 rebounds.

Also, on Monday Jake Cohen and Davidson upset #12 Kansas 80-74, giving Kansas its third loss of the season. Junior Jake Cohen, dropped 12 points on the Jayhawks to help lead Davidson to their biggest win since its Steph Curry days.

Mean while on Tuesday Bryan Cohen faced #1 Syracuse, but couldn't keep up with the Orangemen. Cohen started but was scoreless. He did have three assists and two boards in twenty minutes of play. Brandon Reese for the Orangemen played 2 minutes and grabbed a rebound.

In other action, Vermont beat Fairleigh Dickinson and Josh Elbaum played 10 minutes and added 2 points.

Looking forward to March Madness!

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

Wednesday, December 21, 2011

Marquis Headed to Twins

It looks like Jason Marquis might be headed to the Twins. It is a solid move for the Twinkies who could use a middle of the rotation arm with experience. Click HERE to read more.

Tuesday, December 20, 2011

Carimi and Hanukkah

Great Gabe Carimi video on ABC News. Click HERE to watch.

Monday, December 19, 2011

Grabow to Dodgers

John Grabow as left the Cubs (I can finally start rooting for him) for the warmer climate of LA. Grabow inked a minor league deal (not sure why) with the Dodgers. To read more, click HERE.

Thursday, December 15, 2011

Breslow Heads to Zona

Craig Breslow has been traded to the Arizona Diamondbacks. Breslow has been a solid middle reliever for the As and this will truly give the D-Backs a bullpen boost. Vists this link to lean more HERE

Jewish HS Hoops Has Begun - Check Out the Rankings

Previous Rank
1YULA - Los Angeles, CA (9)9-02731
2SAR - Bronx, NY (2)10-02662
3Frisch - Paramus, NJ15-32503
4Ramaz - New York, NY14-22424
5Shalhevet, Los Angeles, CA6-42215
6Ida Crown - Chicago, IL6-42156
7Magen David - Brooklyn, NY8-42097
8MTA - New York, NY10-31978
9North Shore HA - Great Neck, NY7-418610
10Beren Academy - Houston, TX9-21759
11Milken - Los Angeles, CA4-116514
12JEC - Elizabeth, NJ6-415012
13Yavneh Academy - Dallas, TX12-514613
14DRS - Woodmere, NY5-412811
15Cooper Yeshiva - Memphis, TN9-211115
16Jewish Comm. HS - San Fransciso, CA4-110416
17Shaare Torah - Brooklyn, NY5-410217
18Hebrew Academy - Montreal8-27719
19Jewish Day School - Rockland, MD0-27018
20Hillel - Deal, NJ4-75920
21San Diego JA - San Diego, CA2-05425
22Golda Och - West Orange, NJ0-04022
23TABC - Teaneck, NJ2-43721
24New Community Jewish - Los Angeles, CA5-32423
25Fasman Yeshiva - Skokie, IL4-51824
 Others Receiving Votes:
Valley Torah, 16; Schechter-Westchester, 11; Emery/Weiner, 8; HAFTR, 7; HANC, 4; Chicagoland Jewish 3; Donna Klein Jewish Academy, 2.

Monday, December 12, 2011

Will the Real #18 Please Stand Up

Great news. Anthony Parker who help put Israeli basketball back on the map has re-signed with the Cleveland Cavs. What does that mean? He will be teaming up with Israeli born star Omri Casspi. Both bring hustle, defense, and a nice outside touch. But one question needs to be asked; Who will wear #18? Click HERE for more.

Have You Been Tebowed Lately?

While it would be easy to ignore the craze, Tim Tebow-mania is everywhere. As I like to say, he is the "best, worst player I have ever seen." While he throws a horrible deep ball, he misses receivers like no one else ever has, and his reckless style will eventually get him hurt, the kid is a winner. Tebow wins. And last time I check winning is what pro football is all about.

Clearly Tebow is not Jewish, in fact he is a firm believer in Christianity. But what Tebow has done has brought religion, prayer, and deep faith onto the 50 yard line. Do his prayers help the Broncos win? Is God watching down on them and protecting Tebow and his teammates? I am not sure, but it certainly hasn't hurt. If anything, it seems to have centered Tebow and kept him focus. No one has been more watched and scrutinized. Yet, Tebow remained confident and poised. He remained centered. His faith was a big part of that.

If God and religion certainly have a place on the field, Tebow has used it to help himself. Now he has a football and religious following. Tebow has helped draw attention to faith and hopefully to a better world (even the football world). A world with less players that stomp on people's heads and instead play with a healthy competitive edge. He has helped players find an outward connection to their faith. And maybe, just maybe, this will rub off on the Jewish athletes.

While I hate what he did to the Bears this weekend and while I think there are so many problems with his game, he wins, he is fun to watch, and ultimately he is a role model. So yes I have been Tebowed and I am on board to watch the Broncos play and pray their way into the playoffs.

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

Halpern Article in B'nai B'rith

In the recent addition of the B'nai B'rith magazine there is a great article on Jeff Halpern, his Judaism, and decision to sit out on Yom Kippur. There is no link to the exact page, but here is the link to the online magazine. If you scroll through you can find it. hockey fans will love it.

Poreda Ruled 5'd

Aaron Poreda was taken by the Pirates in the rule 5 draft. Since being traded by the White Sox as part of the Jake Peavy trade to San Diego, Poreda has struggled to find his way back to the Majors. Maybe a change in scenery will help him out. To read more click HERE.

Wednesday, December 7, 2011

Mets Shopping Ike?

There are rumors the New York Mets are shopping power hitting first baseman Ike Davis. Davis missed much of last year with a foot injury but has a big bat and upside. To read more click HERE.

Recent Headlines

Amare Wants to Open Up a Hebrew School

Knicks Targeting Former Maccabi Star Parker

Kraft Interested in Casino

Farmar Highlight Video from Israel

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Monday, December 5, 2011

Interview: Japan Wrestling, Hamburger Eating, Jewish Blogger - Brad Garoon

Last year I sat across the table from this guy and we got to talking. Turns out we both appreciate wrestling and Jewish education. Not to mention we run blogs. Below is an interview with wrestling blogger Brad Garoon. Check out his site and of course Dragon Gate wrestling.

1) Tell TGR a little bit about yourself?
My name is Brad Garoon. I run Open the Garoon Gate which you can find at It's the most comprehensive Dragon Gate and Dragon Gate USA blog there is. I also record English commentary on Dragon Gate's Japanese PPVs, which can be found at You can also hear me talk about Dragon Gate on the Cool Kids' Table podcast on I also have my MA in Jewish Education, but that's besides the point.

2) What got you interested in writing a wrestling blog?

When I was in college I lived with independent wrestler Jimmy Jacobs and got a gig writing Ring of Honor DVD reviews for I ran an indy wrestling website and podcast called The Cool Kids' Table for a while. After a while my wrestling interests became pretty solely focused on Dragon Gate, so I started Open the Garoon Gate as a place where I could keep all my Dragon Gate stuff archived.

3) Whats the coolest thing about your blog? What should readers know?

My blog is the link to everything you need to know about the history of Dragon Gate. I've reviewed every single Dragon Gate show ever, so for those who have trouble watching shows in Japanese because they don't know what's happening, it's a good companion piece. Recently I've started recording English commentary over Dragon Gate's Japanese PPVs, making them more accessible to American fans. There is Dragon Gate USA coverage on there too, giving you more information about shows featuring Dragon Gate wrestlers that you can see live in the United States.

4) Who are the top Dragon Gate wrestlers? How do they compare to the US wrestlers?

My favorite Dragon Gate wrestlers are CIMA, Shingo Takagi, YAMATO, Akira Tozawa and Masaaki Mochizuki. Those guys make Rey Mysterio and look like the big show. The things they can do in the ring really have to be seen to be believed. There's also a fella named Cyber Kong there who has a gimmick similar to Kane's, but wrestles a lot more like Brock Lesnar. All are well worth checking out. You can easily see a lot of their matches by going to and buying some of their DVDs.

5) Favorite wrestler of all time?
My favorite wrestler ever is probably Randy Savage, but I've always been a massive fan of Shawn Michaels, Steve Austin, Ric Flair and although I'm always embarrassed to admit it, Sid. My favorite non-Dragon Gate wrestler today is Daniel Bryan. As a matter of fact, when he got fired from WWE for that whole necktie nonsense he did a short run through Dragon Gate USA and had one of the best matches of the last few years against Shingo Takagi there.

6) Best match you have ever seen?

Asking me the best match I've ever seen is like asking me to pic amongst my children. But I've watched Flair vs. Savage from WrestleMania VIII dozens of times and it never gets old. I also love Austin vs. HHH from No Way Out 2001 and Austin vs. Rock from WrestleMania X-7. I think those are the two best modern matches, and it kind of blows my mind that they happened over a decade ago.

7) Over the top Battle Royal. Who wins? Goldberg, Macho Man (alive of course), Colt Cabana, The Genius, Kane, Kurt Angel, The Genuis, or Barry Horowitz?
Since Yokozuna isn't on that list I'm going with Randy Savage. You're not a real wrestling fan unless you know to what I'm referring.

8) Ever use wrestling and Jewish education together?
I used professional wrestling as an example of suspension of disbelief a lot throughout graduate school and while teaching Hebrew school. I think the logical leaps we take with wrestling in order to feel entertained and overjoyed by it are similar to those we take as spiritual seekers.

Thanks to Brad for the time. We will keep an eye out for more Dragon Gate news.

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