Friday, April 29, 2011

The Newest Monster of the Midway

As promised we will be covering the Gabe Carimi story extra closely since he is now a Chicago Bear. Here is the press thus far surrounding the O-Lineman. Apparently he is the guy the Bears wanted all along.

Bears and Raven Deal Fell Through

Strong Start to Draft for Bears

Bears Get Their Guy

Yom Kippur Not a Problem for 15 Years

Thursday, April 28, 2011

Mazel Tov Gabe Carimi

Mazel Tov to the newest Chicago Bears Gabe Carimi who was drafted 29th in the NFL Draft. Looks like TGR will be all over the Carimi coverage. And I think Chris Berman made a Jewish joke "Looks like the Bears didn't Pass-Over Carimi." Welcome to the Windy City.

Jewish Stars Shining

These past few weeks the professional Jewish Athletes have been shining. Take a look:

Sam Fuld - Besides being a daily web gem Fuld has been great at the plate as well. As of today he is 3rd in the AL in batting with a .350 average (solid pace to be Jewish MLBer of the Year).

Ryan Braun - Braun leads the majors in Home Runs with 9. He is also second in RBIs behind fellow teammate Prince Fielder. His hitting has gotten him a 5 year contract extension.

Mike Cammalleri - While the Canadians just got eliminated, Cammalleri got his final punch in during game six scoring once and adding two assists.

Gabe Carimi - He hasn't done much this week, but this weekend look for his name to be called in the first round of the NFL draft (maybe early second).

Jordan Farmar - Farmar has been out of action since the playoffs began but ended the season on a high with 13 assists and 23 points in a start for the Nets.

Jason Marquis - Picked up his second win making him 2-0 in 4 starts. Much better than last season.

Dmitriy Salita - Salita fought for the third time in 8 months beating Ronnie Warrior Jr.

Colt Cabana - Colt continues to tour the USA defending his NWA title. His next match is Saturday night (and Sunday) in East Rutherford NJ.

Kane - With partner Big Show, Kane captured the WWE Tag Team Titles.

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

Sunday, April 24, 2011

Braun Gets Extension

Congrats to Ryan Braun on his contract extension. Read More HERE.

Friday, April 22, 2011

EuroLeague Awards

Congrats to Maccabi Tel Aviv Guard Jeremy Pargo (former Gonzaga guard) and Big Man Sofoklis Schortsanitis who were named nominees for  the all EuroLeague teams both representing Maccabi Tel Aviv. The awards will be announced at EFES Pilsener Euroleague Awards Ceremony on May 7 at the Final Four in Barcelona.

Thursday, April 21, 2011

Kareem to Visit Israel

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

Monday, April 18, 2011

Leading The Way: Building Community Through Sports

Israel is leading the way in start up companies, alternative energy technologies, and medicine advancement. Now Israel is on the forefront of sports based youth development and sports philanthropy. Netanya Hoops For Kids, a program supported by The Netanya Foundation, uses sports to teach children life skills and build community. The Netanya Hoops For Kids program serves all of the children in the coastal city of Netanya. The program utilizes partnerships with professional sports teams, after school programs, youth sports leagues, orphanages, and the Netanya municipality to run sports education and community building activities.

Netanya Hoops For Kids partners with the Israeli men's professional basketball team Barak Netanya, utilizing the status of the players as influencers and role models to work with children throughout Netanya. Activities range from school visits to life skills clinics with local youth sports leagues and after school programs for underserved youth. On national "Good Deeds Day" Barak Netanya gurad Eran Asente - Asara visited schools throughout Netanya and talked to 4rth and 5th graders about the importance of giving back to the community and looking out for one another. Barak Netanya players regularly visit Netanya after school programs to play basketball with the children and show them first hand the values in sports such as respect, teamwork, communication, and goal setting.

Netanya Hoops For Kids and the Netanya Foundation donate shirts, sports equipment, and help build and refurbish after school centers. According to Netanya Hoops For Kids Program Director David Lasday, "The idea is to utilize sports to build community and create a feeling of team and community responsibility, while also focusing on the the life skills that can be gained by playing sports. The sports for good field is experiencing a period of tremendous growth, we look to learn from organizations such as Athletes for Hope, Beyond Sport, and The Laureus Sports for Good Foundation."

Lasday, who is active in sports development organizations such as PeacePlayers International, Global Game Changers, and United For DC, understands that the key to success is good partners. Netanya Hoops For Kids works with sports education programs throughout Netanya such as the Maccabi Netanya Tennis Academy, and Ironi Netanya Basketball youth leagues. Another program, Bring It In - Israel, a sports service and coaches training program for young North American's visiting Israel, partners with Netanya Hoops For Kids to run sports education days for children in Netanya.

To keep updated on all the latest news from Netanya Hoops For Kids you can follow their facebook page.       

Thursday, April 14, 2011

NBA Regular Season Comes to End

Last night in a rare start Jordan Farmar showed that he can play with the best. He dropped 21 points and handed out 12 assists. Farmar ended the season averaging 9.6ppg while shooting 39.2% from the field.  He dished out 5.0 apg and pulled down 2.4rpg.

Omri Casspi only played 4 minutes in the team's final game that resulted in an overtime loss to the Lakers. He averaged 8.6ppg, with 1 apg, and 4.3rpg.

Rough year for the Jewish basketball players even though Farmar showed signs of life near the end.

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

Tuesday, April 12, 2011

Full Time Fuld Keeps on Impressing

Earlier in the week Fuld made headlines with his ridiculous catch robbing Juan Pierre of extra bases and 3 RBIs. This time he did it with his bat against the BoSox. Fuld was a large part of the 16-5 slobber-knocker. Read more HERE.

Pastner Wins Red Auerbach Award

Congrats to Memphis Tigers Head Basketball coach for winning the 2011 Red Auerbach award for the best Jewish coach in the country. Click HERE to read more.

Monday, April 11, 2011

Bulls in Hebrew

Thanks to TGR fan Josh Gleicher for sending this in. It is for Hebrew readers who love the Bulls (yes I fall into that category). Go Bulls. Read HERE.

Sunday, April 10, 2011

Jewish Play of the Year Already?

Look what the Cubs gave up.

Yes, it happened against my White Sox (Sox won by the way) but this play is ridiculous.

Pistons Finally Sold

 It has been a while since the sad passing of Piston's owner William Davidson. Since then his wife Karen, has been trying to sell his beloved Pistons. Davidson was a major Jewish philanthropist and a huge sports enthusiast.

Los Angeles Billionaire Tom Gores has finally taken the team off Karen's hands. To read more click HERE.

Tuesday, April 5, 2011

Sorry Taffs Casspi Wants Out

Just like the Kings,  Casspi (read HERE) wants out of Sacramento. I can't blame him after his unfair reduced playing time. He would be a great hustle player for any team in the league. TGR will keep our eye out for more information.

Sunday, April 3, 2011

Shafir's 40 Wins WNIT

Thanks to TGR fan R.D. Lerner for sending us this news.
Naomi Shafir scored 40 points to help Toledo win the Women's NIT. Shafir is a junior and considers herself an Orthodox Jew. To read more about the win click HERE.

Congrats to Shafir and her team. We hope to follow Shafir through her senior season and hopefully to the WNBA.

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

Saturday, April 2, 2011

Opening Days

Here is how our Jewish Major Leaguers did on Opening Day (Text taken from Jews in Baseball).

Batting 3rd, Ryan Braun was 2-3 with 2 BBs, 1 HR (his 1st), 1 RBI, and 3 runs scored against the Reds.

Batting leadoff, Ian Kinsler was 1-5 with 1 HR (his 1st), 1 RBI, and 1 run scored against the Red Sox.

Batting cleanup, Kevin Youkilis was 1-3 with 1 BB, 1 double (his 1st), 1 RBI, and 1 run scored against the Rangers.

Batting 6th, Ike Davis was 0-3 with 1 BB and 1 RBI against the Marlins.

Batting 8th, Danny Valencia was 0-4 with 1 RBI and 1 run scored against the Blue Jays.

John Grabow pitched 1 scoreless inning on 1 BB and 1 K against the Pirates.

Craig Breslow picked up his 1st loss of the season. He pitched 2/3 of an inning and gave up 3 runs (2 earned) on 3 hits, 1 BB, and 1 K against the Mariners.

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

Friday, April 1, 2011

Shyatt Gets A Shot

Bruce Pearl might be gone but the NCAA now has a new Men's Basketball Head Coach in Larry Shyatt.
This will be Shyatt's second stint as head coach of the Wyoming Cowboys. He led the school to a 19-9 record in the 1997-98 season, then took the Clemson job when Rick Barnes left the ACC for Texas. Shyatt was the head coach at Clemson from 1998 to 2003. He had been on Billy Donovan's staff since 2004 and was instrumental in Florida's back-to-back national championships in 2006 and 2007.

Great news to go into Shabbat with.

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