Tuesday, August 30, 2011

Non-Jewish Music

My best bud, Henry Bernstein, just sent me this amazing music video of a remix of Bart Scott's rant. I also posted one of TO and Ochocinco. There is no Jewish connection here (unless DJ Steve Porter happens to be Jewish), just flat out amazing-ness. It'll be a good distraction from work. Enjoy!

Bartt Scott

Ochocinco and TO

Saturday, August 27, 2011

Thursday, August 25, 2011

Mardy Fish Not a Jew

We have recently found out that while Mardy Fish looks and sounds Jewish, and while his wife is Jewish, Mordy himself is not. Unfortunate for Jewish Tennis fans.

Wednesday, August 24, 2011

Pearl and Pals Get Hit

Bruce Pearl suffered a big hit after all the infractions by losing his coach job at Tennessee. Unfortunately, for Pearl that was the least of his problems. The NCAA is expected to announce today that Pearl will have a 3-Year ban from coaching in the NCAA.

His assistants, Tony Jones, Steve Forbes and Jason Shay, will all receive a 1-year sentence. All three have moved on. Jones is coaching High School in Knoxville and Forbes and Shay working at a junior college in Florida. Pearl has yet to be hired, but his name was floating around for an NDBL head coaching position.

This completely stinks for Pearl, but I can't say I am surprised. I know Pearl will coach again and work his way up the ranks. Since the incident Pearl has been who he always is, a man. He has taken his punishment and understood his wrong doing. I believe he will be back on top one day.

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

In Total A-Mays-ement

About a year and a half ago Taylor Mays was all the craze. TGR followed his story closely. Mays fell past the firs round into the 2nd. But we felt that going to the 49ers was a great opportunity. The hard hitting safety could play for one of the hardest hitting linebackers of all-time in Mike "Samurai" Singletary. While Mays showed flashes of greatness, he never truly made an impact.

Enter Jim Harbaugh, another ex-Bear, who knows the feel of a hard hitter but Mays again could not find his spot. He has apparently bulked up and came into camp in great shape. But it was not enough. So the 49ers shipped Mays off to Cincinnati, where Mays will get a shot with the Bengals. Hopefully, this wakes up Mays and lets him become the star we always believed he could be. Click HERE to read more about the trade.

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

Monday, August 22, 2011

Dear I Say, Irsay Looking for Favre?

The rumors, like every summer, are swirling around Brett Favre once again. This time because Colts' Jewish (Father) owner Jim Irsay tweeted "Brad, I'm in Hattiesburg ... is it right or left at the Firechief?" Hattiesburg is Favre's residential city, where he has been "hibernating."

This scenario is not so outrageous for two reasons. The first is the obvious. Favre has trouble staying away. This situation would be perfect. A solid team. Great receiver around him. The second reason is because the Colts seem to need a backup/on-loan quarterback. With Peyton Manning's neck injury still being an issue, the Colts need someone to come in, lead, and be a veteran. Favre is the perfect fit. Yes, he is old. But they don't need a full season. Just a few games to hold over until the best quarterback in the game is ready to go.

Favre might also put a little life back into the Colts who have not been as dominate recently. Favre's presence might drive the team and Manning to get back to Championship form.

The only negative is that the Colts don't see the Packers...unless its in the Super Bowl....I'd for sure watch that.

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

Walton to Coach Not Play for Pastner

While most players are searching for the best for an international team to latch onto, Luke Walton has decided to stay in the country. Walton will be an assistant for Josh Pastner at Memphis. Pastner is probably the most recognizable NCAA Jewish coach with Bruce Pearl leaving Tennessee. Pastner and Walton played together at Arizona for Lute Olsen back in '99-'00.

This is a great move for both. For Walton it gives him something productive to do during the lockout. He can stay in shape by running with the team. Also, it begins to carve out his life after his playing days. For Pastner he gets a solid NBA role model for his players. Now recruits know they will have some NBA spotlight and eyes on them when they come to Memphis. It will also bring some fresh knowledge to Pastner's young coaching career as Walton has learned from Phil Jackson.

Pastner thinking outside the box. Love it.

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

Friday, August 19, 2011

Jewish Baseball News of All Sorts

This story has been all over the place. But in case your haven't read it, its about Lipman Pike, who was the first Jewish Home Run King. Click HERE to read more.

The Bleacher Report posted this story about Ryan Braun as the NL MVP. Click HERE. Braun would be the first Jewish MVP since Hank Greenberg did it in 1935 and 1940. Shawn Green was 6th in voting in 2002.

The D-Backs just made a big trade for Jason Marquis. Unfortunately, Marquis is probably done for the season. Click HERE for more.

Ike Davis has been struggling to get back on the field. Click HERE to read more.

Thursday, August 18, 2011

Another New Jew on the Block

A day after Michael Schwimer got the call up by the Phillies, the Boston Red Sox call up Ryan Lavarnway. Lavarnway, was swinging a hot bat in AAA. This season he has 30 homers between Double-A Portland and Triple-A Pawtucket while hitting .293. He's hit .301 in 55 games with the PawSox. Click HERE to read more about Lavarnway's call up.

Unfortunately for us Jews his call up is due to Kevin Youkilis' back injury. Youk was placed on the 15 Day DL. Bad news for the Red Sox in the midst of a playoff race. Click HERE for more on Youk's injury.

Lavarnway is batting 7th tonight against the Royals while playing DH. He is currently 0-3.

Good luck to Lavarnway. I wish a Jewish player got called up every day. Can tomorrow make it 3 for 3.

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

Wednesday, August 17, 2011

New Jew on The Block

With the Phillies' Joe Blanton headed to the 60 day DL and Placido Polanco going to the 15 day DL they call up Michael Schwimer (no relationship to David or so we think). Schwimer was 9-1 in AAA with 10 Saves and a 1.88 ERA. He had 86 strikeouts in 67 innings. 

This is great news for the Jews, since we were very let down by the Kipnis story. Schwimer should finish the season with the Phillies because even when Blanton returns they will soon be going to the expanded rosters.

Schwimer joins a ridiculously loaded pitching staff. What his role will be is yet to be known. For more click HERE or HERE.

Watch out for more call ups soon.
And Let Us Say...Amen.
-Jeremy Fine

Tuesday, August 16, 2011

Urlacher Takes on MJ and My Jewish Friends

Any chance I can get MJ on this site I will. This time a few of my friends teamed up with MJ to take on Brian Urlacher. Jewish luck was not on the pitcher's side when facing Urlacher (4:59 minute mark).

Click HERE,

The Ten Jewish NFL Stories of 2011

Before the NFL Season Starts, TGR wants to look at the most compelling Jewish NFL stories for TGR fans to follow over the season.

10) Will Sage Rosenfels See Playing Time - Rosenfels is Eli Manning's backup, which means he probably won't see the field barring injury. But if that does happen, is Rosenfels truly the Giants QB2?

9) Binn Back - Former Pro Bowler Charger's Long Snapper David Binn was out almost all of last season. Hopefully, this ageless wonder can come back to pro bowl form.

8) Pro Bowl Punting - Adam Podlesh was last year's pro bowl alternate. This year he is in a new league on a team that shines on Special Teams. Will Podlesh finally bring some Jewish representation to the Pro Bowl?

7) L.A. Raiders - Oakland or LA? Make up your mind. Several Los Angeles groups want a football team in LA. Rumors have the Raider going back there. What does this mean for Al Davis?

6) New and Improved Redskins - Like every year the Redskins and Daniel Synder made a ton of moves, maybe the biggest my moving huge man and contract Albert Haynesworth. Will this pay off? Rex Grossman sure seems to think so by claiming they would beat out the Eagles, Giants, and Cowboys for the division title. Good luck.

5) Can Antonio Garay Keep It Up - Garay has been a journeyman most of his career. But last year he performed and performed well. Is San Diego finally the place Garay remains consistent.

4) Will Julian Edelman See The Field - Two years ago TGR blew up in part because of Julian Edelman. Edelman, from Kent State, stepped in for the injured Wes Welker and performed at a high level. Last year, he was a virtually irrelevant. This one time up and coming receiver needs to bounce back and ask Brady for the ball.

3) Can the Bear Jew Protect Cutler - The Bears selected Gabe Carimi in the first round for one reason; keep Jay Cutler off the ground. If Carimi is to prove that he was worth a #1 pick, he needs to do just that.

2) Which Taylor Mays Will Show Up - We hear he is in ridiculous shape and we have seen sparks of greatness from Taylor Mays. We have also seen him disappear. With new coach Jim Harbaugh, how will Mays perform?

1) Super Team - There is a lot of hype surrounding Jeffrey Lurie's Philadelphia Eagles. Are they a Super-Team? Are they Super Bowl Bound? Eagle fans are praying for a championship, but are they praying hard enough? A lot rest on the shoulders of Michael Vick and all the off-season moves Lurie's Eagles made.

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

Ralph Branca Jewish

The New York Times has reported that Ralph Branca, the pitcher that gave up the Bobby Thompson Home Run, is Jewish. Click HERE to read more.

Sunday, August 14, 2011

Scheyer Needs to Shine

Recently, there has been a good amount of press covering Jon Scheyer's inevitable decision to head to Israel, play for Maccabi Tel Aviv and try to get another NBA tryout. Scheyer was a tremendous college player, that stood up to every challenge. Having followed Scheyer since his Glenbrook North High School days, I knew he was something special. He proved that at Duke, by leading the Blue Devils to a National Championship. He showed leadership, poise, and the ability to do everything on the court that a guard should do. But it wasn't enough to get drafted. After his horrible injury during a Miami Heat summer league game, Scheyer struggled to show scouts that he deserved a roster spot. He joined the Clippers summer team for a short amount of time, but that failed as well. This year he had a short stint in the NDBL.

Scheyer spent most of the year training and getting ready to play again. And a little while back announced his move to Tel Aviv. Great move for him. European basketball will get Scheyer in great shape. Allow for him to shoot the ball from long range, something he excels at. The game will be fast paced and he has a great chance at making a nice name for himself and giving him another shot at the NBA dream. Maccabi will play the very best in the world and Scheyer will be showcased. Scheyer could have been that missing element alongside Jeremy Pargo to help Maccabi win the championship that they were so close to capturing last year.

But enter Jordan Farmar. Farmar has signed with Maccabi Tel Aviv if the NBA season continues its lockout. Farmar does two things to Scheyer's career. One, it takes the attention away from Scheyer. That might sound petty, but its really a big deal. If the idea is to get to the NBA then having a bigger name than you on the team will place a shadow over Scheyer's game and ability to shine. But secondly, it takes the ball out of Scheyer's hands. Farmar will certainly handle the point guard duties 95% of the time. Scheyer now becomes a role player. The shooter like a Mike Miller or J.J. Reddick. Most people expect Scheyer to fill that type of role NBA. But playing in Europe was supposed to help build his skills in other ways. We know the kid can shoot. But to play in the NBA, he needed to show more and I am afraid he won't get that chance with Farmar running the team.

For Jews this means Scheyer might be in Israel for more than 2 years. Scheyer needs to get better, faster, and stronger. Similar to what Anthony Parker needed. Maybe having to guard Farmar in practice will aid that cause, but scouts don't watch practice. They want to see in game results. Only time will tell. Its an interesting story to watch. We are excited for Scheyer regardless and of course proud of both him and Farmar for going to Israel and representing their Jewish heritage.

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

Friday, August 12, 2011

Casspi News

Casspi Hurt click HERE.

Casspi Back to Maccabi?

Tuesday, August 9, 2011

News from Bears Camp

Mike Tice, the Offensive Line coach of the Chicago Bears, has said his O-Line is in place and Gabe Carimi will be the starting Right Tackle. To read more click HERE.

Also, Adam Podlesh has had good things to say. Click HERE.

Monday, August 8, 2011

How They Doin'

Here is the update on the current Jewish MLBers seasons. Thanks to JewishBaseballNews.com for the stats!

Position Players

1) Ryan Braun (LF) Brewers-- .326BA, 21HR, 74RBI, .395OBP, .576SLG

2) Ike Davis (1B) Mets-- .302BA, 7HR, 25RBI, .383OBP, .543SLG (DL since 5/11)

3) Sam Fuld (CF) Rays-- .238BA, 3HR, 25RBI, .298OBP, .357SLG

4) Ian Kinsler (2B) Rangers-- .237BA, 16HR, 45RBI, .346OBP, .423SLG

5) Daniel Valencia (3B) Twins-- .244BA, 12HR, 58RBI, .290OBP, .384SLG

6) Kevin Youkilis (3B) Red Sox-- .270BA, 16HR, 76RBI, .383OBP, .487SLG

7) Craig Breslow (P) Athletics-- 0-2 W-L, 3.72ERA, 0 Saves, 34 Strikeouts, 15 Walks

8) Scott Feldman (P) Rangers-- 0-0 W-L, 2.84ERA, 0 Saves, 4 Strikeouts, 1 Walks, (off DL 7/22)

9) John Grabow (P) Cubs-- 2-0 W-L, 5.13ERA, 0 Saves, 29 Strikeouts, 24 Walks

10) Jason Marquis (P) Diamondbacks-- 0-1 W-L, 15.75ERA, 0 Saves, 1 Strikeouts, 1 Walks

Thursday, August 4, 2011

Odesnik in the News

I was checking some of my top read stories of the day and for some reason and article I wrote a while back about Wayne Odesnik's ban from Tennis in 2010 appeared. Apparently, one of the most hated men in tennis is back in the news. And he has been humbled by his mistake.

Click HERE or HERE to read.

TGR and The Sports Rabbi

TGR was recently featured on the Sports Rabbi's Radio show. Below is the link to the interview.


Wednesday, August 3, 2011

NBA News: Farmer to Israel, Pearl to NDBL, and more

Thank you to the Sports Rabbi for having me on his show today. Great times. Check out more at www.rustymikeradio.com.

Josh, the Sports Rabbi, pointed out some big news. Jordan Farmar has signed with Maccabi Tel Aviv and will apply for Israel citizenship. To read more click HERE.

Bruce Pearl has been in talks with the NDBL. He is excited about the possibility. To read more click HERE.

And as the NBA continues to be a mess, David Stern continues to be in the news. Read articles HERE about his salary and HERE about players going over seas.

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

Tuesday, August 2, 2011

Kipnis Has Left Us

Well, Jason Kipnis is still in the majors and in fact has a permanent roster spot with the trade of Orlando Cabrera. But.....and a BIG BUT. According to Jewish sports outlets everywhere Kipnis has abandoned his father's heritage and is now a practicing Roman Catholic. Like the other bloggers and writers I will stop following Kipnis for now (maybe if there is something relevant or if I can get a hold of him directly). He did once agree to do an interview with me but never responded with answers, so I am not 100% certain he is completely off the derekh. He will remain on our list (unlike others) we just won't dedicate time to him.

More info when I get some.

Colt to WWE?

After all the hype with CM Punk, it seems WWE has taken notice that Colt Cabana might have some potential. According to AllWrestling.com (my favorite Wrestling News site) Colt had a dark match at Smackdown Tapings in Lexington Kentucky.