Thursday, December 20, 2012

Stoudemire Got Married...Jewishly?

Photo from Amare Stoudemire's (Jewish) wedding on 12/12/12.


Read more HERE.

Hoffman-Ellis Getting a 2nd Chance

The San Fransisco 49ers have added Alex Hoffman-Ellis to their practice squad. Click HERE for more.

Houston Rockets Get in the Spirit

Thank you to Mark Divine for sending this in:

Wednesday, December 12, 2012

Youkilis to the Dark Side

Kevin Youkilis has signed a 1 year $12 million dollar deal with the New York Yankees. Wonder how Red Sox fans feel? Click HERE for more.

Sunday, December 9, 2012

Jewish WWE Wrestlers looks at Jewish wrestlers. Click HERE to read.

No mention of Kane, Tensai, Kevin Nash, Matt Striker, Kelly Kelly, Dean Malenko, Billy Kidman, Mark Mero or Kurt Angle. Probably for image reasons (some of these are not confirmed).

Friday, December 7, 2012

Jewish Ball Players on the Move

The 2012 Rule 5 draft concluded at the winter meetings. Two Jewish minor leaguers are on the move.

The Padres Nate Freiman who was the star of the WBC Israeli team is headed to Houston to join the Astros.

The Nationals lost Danny Rosenbaum a AA pitcher to the Rockies.

For more click HERE.

Wednesday, December 5, 2012

TV Spots

A recent article was posted on my Facebook page by a friend of mine which featured former Bear and current 49er coach Jum Harbaugh and Saved By the Bell (growing up most people would have guessed I'd have a SBTB blog over a sports blog). Anyway HERE is the link. Harbaugh (not Jewish) playing the cousin of Samuel "Screech" Powers, aka Dustin Diamond (Jewish).

It got me thinking about possible Jewish athletes with TV or film spots. Check them out below.

Antonio Garay - Commercial

Kevin Youkilis - Milk Money

Ryan Braun Commercial

Bill Goldberg - Law and Order SVU

Tuesday, December 4, 2012

Marquis Back with Padres


Jason Marquis has re-signed with the San Diego Padres, where he saw much more success last year than he did with the Minnesota Twins. The deal is for one year worth $3 Million. Marquis should fit nicely into the Padres rotation. If Nate Freiman, which is expected soon, gets called up the Padres will have two MOTs on the team. To read more click HERE.

Thursday, November 29, 2012

I Hate When This Happens


One of the most agonizing situations for me is when the Cubs have a Jewish ball player. And thanks to Scott Feldman it looks like I will be annoyed for at least one season. Feldman signed a $6 Million 1 year contract with up to another million in incentives. Feldman figures to fit into a rebuilding rotation. Looks like Theo hated having Passover Seder by himself. Click HERE for more.



Wednesday, November 28, 2012

Green, Bonds, and Clemens on the HoF Ballot

This year's Hall of Fame ballot has been released and its headlined by Barry Bonds and Roger Clemens. Both will be a true test to the steroid era as Bonds and Clemens are arguably the best hitter and pitcher who ever lived (please note that I wrote arguably).

But we here at TGR are less concerned about Bonds and Clemens and more concerned about first time ballot nominee Shawn Green! In all honesty, Green does not have much of a chance of making the HoF but its nice to see his name on the list. Other first time nods include a handful of former White Sox (Royce Clayton, Sandy Alomar Jr., Roberto Hernandez, David Wells, Sammy Sosa, Kenny Lofton, and Julio Franco) for more click HERE.

So lets look at where Green stacks up and does he at least have a chance of getting on the ballot more than once.

Shawn Green - .283BA, 328HR, 162SB, 1070RBI, 2003H

NEW TO BALLOT (some of the players)
Barry Bonds - .298BA, 762HR, 1996RBI, 514SB, .607SLG, 7MVPs
Mike Piazza - .308BA, 427HR, 1335RBI, .545SLG, RoY
Craig Biggio - .281BA, 291HR, 414SB, 1844R
Sandy Alomar Jr. - .273BA, 112HR, 588RBI, RoY
Julio Franco - .298BA, 173HR, 2586H, 1194RBI, 917W
Rondell White - .284, 198HR, 1519H, 768RBI
Steve Finley - .271BA, 304HR, 1167RBI, 320SB

HOLDOVER ON THE BALLOT (some of the players)
Jeff Bagwell - .297BA, 449HR, 1529RBI, 202SB, RoY, 1MVP
Tim Raines - .294BA, 808SB, 2605H, 170HR, 980RBI
Larry Walker -  .313BA, 383HR, 1311RBI, 230SB, 2160H, 1MVP
Mark McGwire - .263BA, 583HR, 1414RBI, 1626H, RoY
Bernie Williams - .297BA, 287HR, 1257RBI, 147SB, 2336H

It looks like Bonds, Piazza, and Biggio will stay on the ballot. Alomar Jr. has chance. Green....well....with enough Jewish voters maybe he could stay on for one or two more tries. This year should see Jack Morris and Piazza into the HoF and possibly Bonds and Clemens if voters overlook the steroids. Biggio will come close but I bet he just misses it.

Should be interesting. Lets hope Green stays on!

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

Monday, November 26, 2012

Podlesh 2 Point Conversion

Watching the Bears beat the Vikings was great, but the icing on the cake was seeing Adam Podlesh run in a 2 point conversion.

I got a text from my sister asking if that was the first ever 2 point conversion by a Jewish player. I thought to myself possibly, since the 2 point conversion has only been around in the NFL since 1994. I began searching, apparently there were several attempts but only one Jewish 2 point conversion..

10/21/07 - Texans vs. Titans - Sage Rosenfels to Andre Davis 

But at least Podlesh is the 1st Jewish punter with a 2 point conversion.

Tuesday, November 20, 2012

College BBall News


Last night, Todd Grisham (former WWE announcer and not Jewish to my knowledge) hosted ESPN2's Feast Week and was joined by two former Jewish NCAA coaches, Bruce Pearl and Seth Greenberg. Greenberg was let go by Virginia last season. Pearl was away from everything basketball for an entire year after a scandal at Tennessee. It was nice to see him resurface on camera.

So far into the season here are your highlights

Jake Cohen is averging 10 ppg for the 1-2 Davidson Wildcats.

Georgetown's Nate Lubick has poured in 10.3 ppg, 6.7 rpg, and 2.7 apg.

Jeremiah Kreisberg of Yale has 3.4 ppg and 2.4 rpg.

We hope to have more in the near future.

And Let Us Say...Amen.

Can't Believe We Missed This


Apparently in the off-season, former Maccabi Tel Aviv player Anthony Parker retired. I guess having a child during that span made me miss this. Much gratitude to Parker for his time in Israel, his support, and the recognition he brought back to Israeli basketball. HERE is more on the story.

Friday, November 9, 2012

Pro and College BBall Stories to Watch

Normally we tackle the top 10 college and 10 pro basketball stories to watch this season. Due to time and numbers we have decided to combine them. Ball is back and TGR is excited.

10) Day School to the College Game
 With two former Jewish day school players in the NCAA; Aaron Liberman (Northwestern) and Jacob Susskind (Maryland) has JewBall become a legitimate thing? TGR will keep a close eye on both prospects.

9) Farmar Far Away
Will we ever see Jordan Farmar back in the NBA? Does some team need a point guard or is this move to the international scene long term?

8) Pastner's #17 Memphis Tigers
How good can Memphis be? Pastner is finally out of Callapari's shadow, now what does he do with his own recruits.

7) Can Jake Cohen Make a Statement
Last year Jake Cohen led Davidson to the Tournament. They lost a tough game in the opening round, but Jake became a star. Can he create even more buzz and eventually win in the tournament and get some NBA team to notice him.

6) Short man, Big Task
The Detroit Pistons are bad. Can Lawrence Frank make them good? Seriously, if he does he has to be coach of the year. 

5) From Mark Cuban to Micky Arison to ?
The last two NBA champions have been teams owned by Jews. Can we make it 3 in a row?

4) Larry Brown is Back
Can the new SMU coach bring the Mustang's some wins? Can he take another team and turn them around?

3) Influx of Israeli's into the College Game Gone Bad
Over the last 3 years the NCAA basketball has seen 3 (that we know) Israelis come over to the states; Nimrod Tishman (Florida), Hen Tamir (Jackson State), and Noam Laish (Maine). All three are gone. Will any other Israeli's bring their talents to the States after these 3 failed experiments?

2) How will David Stern's eventual departure affect the NBA?
With Stern announcing his retirement in 2014 will he have one last final imprint to make and will it make a difference on the NBA's future.

1) Omri Casspi's NBA Future
Casspi came into the league and capture not only Jews attention but the attention of the league. Since his rookie season Casspi has been slipping. Will he be able to bounce back?

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

Thursday, November 8, 2012

5 Times Silver

Congrats to Ryan Braun on his 5th Silver Slugger Award. MVP next?

Wednesday, November 7, 2012

True Chesed from Sam Fuld

Sam Fuld will be hosting a sports camp for children with diabetes. An amazing act of kindness. Click HERE to read more.

NFL Football Articles

Erik Lorig, one week removed from his first NFL touchdown. HERE is a nice article about the surprising Buc.
Greg Camarillo is back. Read HERE.

Anontio Garay reppin for Movember HERE and finally active. Read more HERE.

Will Ponder's struggles force the Vikes to look at Rosenfels? Click HERE.

Alex Hoffman-Ellis didn't make the NFL but has found a home in Sacramento playing for the UFL's Mountain Lions. Picture above.

Jewish HS BBall Rankings Out

1.Chicagoland Jewish/Deerfield,IL
2.Shalhevet/Los Angeles, CA
3.MTA/New York,NY
5.North Shore HA/Great Neck,NY
6.RASG Hebrew Academy/Miami Beach,FL
7.Magen David/Brooklyn,NY
9.Ramaz/New York,NY.
11.Cooper Yeshiva/Memphis,TN
12.YULA/Los Angeles,CA
13.Beren Academy/Houston,TX
14.Weinbaum Yeshiva/Boca Raton,FL
16.New Community Jewish/Los Angeles,CA
18.Valley Torah/Valley Village,CA
20.JCHS of the Bay/San Francisco,CA
21.Milken/Los Angeles,CA
22.Yavneh Academy/Dallas,TX
23.Ida Crown/Chicago,IL
24.Hillel/Deal NJ
25.Jewish Day School/Denver,CO

Friday, October 26, 2012

David Stern to Retire After 2014


In many ways David Stern transformed the game of basketball. But his era will end in 2014. He has had many critics, but regardless he has seen basketball grow into an international phenomenon and created a woman's league and men's developmental league. His legacy, to me, has been solidified. To read more click HERE.

TGR will have more on Stern in the future.

High School Sports in Full Swing

Jewish High School sports is in full swing.

Congrats to MTA for winning the Magen David Preseason Tournament. had the coverage. Read more HERE.

Chicagoland Jewish High School won their Volleyball regional. Thanks to Athletic Director Josh Gleicher for writing in. HERE is some coverage on the victory.

The Cooper Invitational is underway. Follow the tournament HERE.

Thursday, October 18, 2012

Too Soon for Offseason Baseball Rumors?

Rumor mill is already stirring, and yes because there are no compelling stories left in the playoffs.

Kevin Youkilis will be a sought after free agent especially because he is a clubhouse guy. look for the White Sox to possibly go after him once they buyout this large contract.  Click HERE for more.

While Brad Ausmus wasn't tagged as the next head manager of the Boston Red Sox, apparently the organization was very impressed by him. Read more HERE.

Ian Kinsler on the move?

Monday, October 15, 2012

Temple of Aaron Passes the Pulpit to Coach Greenberg - Via

On Saturday morning around 10:45AM congregants at the Temple of Aaron in St. Paul might have noticed something a little different about their pulpit. Their rabbis passed the sermon this week to Maccabi Haifa head basketball coach Brad Greenberg.

Maccabi Haifa is in town to play the Minnesota Timberwolves this Tuesday night, October 16th, at 7:00PM. They came from the West Coast having just lost an exhibition game to the Golden State Warriors 108-100. Leading up to the game Coach Greenberg and the Maccabi Haifa team will be participating in community wide events, promoting Israel and their charity Haifa Hoops for Kids (helping underprivileged children in Israel access basketball and athletics).

Greenberg’s sermon was a big success. He got everyone talking and excited about the upcoming game. Greenberg himself has an interesting story on both the professional and collegiate basketball levels. Most recently Coach Greenberg was leading the Radford University Highlanders. Before that he was the General Manager of the Philadelphia 76ers and was responsible for drafting Allen Iverson.

Greenberg shared a moving story about when he got let go by the 76ers and how it was a tough time in his life. As a member of Har Zion synagogue in Philadelphia, he deeply regretted not reaching out to then Rabbi Gerald Wolpe. He had fond memories of Rabbi Wolpe, specifically a sermon he gave about Kobe Bryant’s decision to forgo college and head to the NBA. Greenberg also talked his time in Israel, and his decision to move there in the first place. He has been grateful for the opportunity and the eye opening experience. He spoke about Israel’s tremendous strength and resilience day-to-day, and how his American friends are learning, through him, the incredible pride and happiness Israelis display for their country.

Temple of Aaron thanked Coach Greenberg with some parting gifts and told the coach that they would be bringing a nice constituency to the game Tuesday night. Good luck to Maccabi Haifa and Coach Greenberg this week and throughout the Israeli League Season! And Let Us Say…Amen.

Saturday, October 13, 2012

Tyler Comments on Time with Haifa


Warriors Top Maccabi Haifa 108-100

Maccabi Haifa stayed with the Golden State Warriors the entire game but came up short. Carl Landry and Harrison Barnes led the Warriors with 24 and 20 points respectively. Haifa's Donta Smith, former Atlanta Hawk, led all scorers with 28 points.

Haifa takes on the Timberwolves on Tuesday with another chance to upset a NBA team. It is believed that Ricky Rubio will sit out.

TGR Baseball Awards Handed Out

Normally, we open up the voting for our end of the year baseball awards. This year there were two no brainers.

Hank Greenberg Award - Ryan Braun

Braun, who has a great chance at back to back MVPs, had another stellar year even without Prince Fielder hitting behind him. Braun hit .319 BA with 41 HR and 112 RBIs.

Others considered included Ike Davis for his 32 HRs and Ian Kinsler.

Sandy Koufax Award - Craig Breslow

Breslow had a solid year out of the pen for both the Diamondbacks and Red Sox. He posted a 2.70 ERA and had a 61 to 22 strikeout to walk ratio.

Jason Marquis was also considered for his run with the Padres.

Braun is a 3 time winner of this award and Breslow is a 2 time winner.

Raisman Takes Home Top TGR Award

 In a TGR Fan poll 2012 Gold Medal Olympian Aly Raisman was voted 2012 Sportsman/Athlete of the Year. Raisman is the first female to when our biggest award. Congrats to her and thank you to everyone for voting.

Friday, October 5, 2012

End of the Year Baseball Stats: By

Position Player Team B.A. HR RBI OBP SLG
1 Ryan Braun (LF) Brewers .319 41 112 .391 .595
2 Ike Davis (1B) Mets .227 32 90 .308 .462
3 Sam Fuld (CF) Rays .255 0 5 .318 .327
4 Adam Greenberg (CF) Marlins .000 0 0 .000 .000
5 Ryan Kalish (CF) Red Sox .229 0 5 .272 .260
6 Ian Kinsler (2B) Rangers .256 19 72 .326 .423
7 Ryan Lavarnway (C) Red Sox .157 2 12 .211 .248
8 Joshua Satin (3B) Mets .000 0 0 .000 .000
9 Daniel Valencia (3B) Twins .198 2 17 .212 .310
10 Daniel Valencia (3B) Red Sox .188 3 21 .199 .299
11 Kevin Youkilis (3B) Red Sox .233 4 14 .315 .377
12 Kevin Youkilis (3B) White Sox .235 19 60 .336 .409

All Jews*
.248 122 408 N/A .431

Total MLB*
.258 4967 20008 N/A .412
*Excluding pitchers
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Pitcher Team W L ERA SV SO BB
13 Craig Breslow (P) Diamondbacks 2 0 2.70 0 42 13
14 Craig Breslow (P) Red Sox 1 0 2.70 0 19 9
15 Scott Feldman (P) Rangers 6 11 5.09 0 96 32
16 Jason Marquis (P) Twins 2 4 8.47 0 12 14
17 Jason Marquis (P) Padres 6 7 4.04 0 79 28
18 Michael Schwimer (P) Phillies 2 1 4.46 0 36 16

All Jews
19 23 4.64 0 284 112

Total MLB
2511 2525 4.00 1295 37929 15316

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Iverson NOT Playing For Maccabi Haifa

Rumors leaked through the JTA website are false. What once sounded like a great move to bring in attention (and talent), apparently Iverson will not be joining Brad Greenberg (who drafted him as a 76er) to Israel. Click HERE for more.

Tuesday, October 2, 2012

Greenberg Gets His AB

In the feel good story of the year, Adam Greenberg finally got his Major League At Bat with the Florida Marlins. Greenberg struck out against RA Dickey, but finally made it back to the majors. Congrats to Greenberg and of course shout out to the Marlins.

To read and see more click HERE.

Monday, September 24, 2012

Mr. Repeat MVP, Ryan Braun?

Ryan Braun is putting together another MVP season, leading the NL in Home Runs and RBIs. He is also in the top 5 for BA although unlikely to catch Melky Cabrera or Andrew McCutchens.

Braun seems like the natural MVP with his team playing strong down the stretch. However his offseason speculated struggles might scare voters as it has for the Hall of Fame.

Regardless, TGR is backing (not that it matters) Braun as MVP. But the triple crown will have to wait another year (unless you are Miguel Cabrera).

Israel OUT of WBC

In a tough 9-7 extra inning loss, Israel was bounced from the WBC. The game was back and forth seeing Israel tied 7-7 with Spain in the 9th. With one out and a runner on second, Israel failed to get the go ahead/game winning run home.

Israel went 2-1 beating South Africa and Spain, but eventually losing to Spain in the finals. Heartbreaking for a team that showed so much promise to Spain was better for 1 inning and it cost them a chance to go any further.

We here at TGR are extremely proud of the Israel team and hope to see many of these guys back and in the majors. Special shout outs to coach Brad Ausmus and Gabe Kapler and Shawn Green who truly showed their colors.

Much Nachas for a great group. And who else is excited for Nate Freiman to get the call up to the bigs very soon!

And Let Us Say...Amen.

Saturday, September 22, 2012

Brad Greenberg to Speak at Temple of Aaron

Minnesota Jewish communities are proud to announce that Maccabi Haifa will be in town October 16th to play the Minnesota Timberwolves in an preseason exhibition.

I am happy to announce that Temple of Aaron (where I serve proudly as the Assistant Rabbi) will have Head Coach (former 76er GM and Radford Head Coach) Brad Greenberg giving the sermon on the Shabbat of October 13th. Hope to see Minnesota Jews from all over at shul!

The Rematch: Israel vs. Spain

Israel will face Spain tomorrow in Jupiter Florida. The game will take place at 5PM EST, winner advancing to the World Baseball Classic (which stinks since Israel already beat Spain). You can follow the game at 

Huge day in Israeli sports!

Thursday, September 20, 2012

New Year, New Athlete of the Year

Below is the list of players to vote for this year's TGR Sportsman/Athlete of the Year:


1) Ryan Braun - TGR Hank Greenberg Player of the Year

2) David Stern - Ended the lockout and was the TGR Sportsman of the Year.

3) Micky Arison - Owner of the NBA Champion Miami Heat

4) Adam Podlesh - TGR NFL Player of the Year.

5) Mitchell Schwartz -  He was the Offensive NCAA TGR Player of the Year and a second round draft pick by the Cleveland Browns.

6) Aly Raisman - Olympic Gold Medalist

Thank you for voting!

Israel's WBC Run Off To A Smashing Start

Congrats to team Israel who won it's first qualifying WBC game 7-3 by beating South Africa behind Nate Freiman's two home runs. Game 1 was crucial in this double elimination qualifying round. They will play the winner of Spain and France.

Game 1's starting lineup was:
  1. Ben Guez (CF)
  2. Joc Pederson (RF)
  3. Nate Freiman (1B)
  4. Cody Decker (LF)
  5. Shawn Green (DH)
  6. Josh Satin (3B)
  7. Jack Marder (2B)
  8. Charlie Cutler (C)
  9. Jake Lemmerman (SS)
Green took his first cuts since 2007.

Below is the entire Israel roster, although more MLB players could join.

Team Israel: Roster for the WBC qualifying tourney
No.PlayerPos.AgeHometownMinor-league teamParent club
27COLVIN, DavidRHP23Mill Valley, CAClinton LumberKings (A)Seattle Mariners
34KAPLAN, JeffRHP27Dana Point, CABinghamton Mets (AA)New York Mets
36KOPP, DavidRHP26Coral Springs, FLErie SeaWolves (AA)Detroit Tigers
16LEICHMAN, AlonRHP23Kibbutz Gezer, IsraelN.A.N.A.
22LIPETZ, ShlomoRHP33Tel Aviv, IsraelN.A.N.A.
10LORIN, BrettRHP25Laguna Niguel, CAMobile Bay Bears (AA)Arizona Diamondbacks
21PERLMAN, MaxRHP24Jupiter, FLStockton Ports (A+)Oakland A's
(-)ROTHEM, DanRHP35Tel Aviv, IsraelN.A.N.A.
26SCHUMER, JustinRHP24Houston, TXSan Jose Giants (A+)San Francisco Giants
28ZEID, JoshRHP25New Haven, CTCorpus Christi Hooks (AA)Houston Astros
14BERGER, EricLHP26Goldsboro, NCColumbus Clippers (AAA)Cleveland Indians
35BLEIER, RichardLHP25Davie, FLFrisco Roughriders (AA)Texas Rangers
17GOULD, JeremyLHP24Buffalo Grove, ILSavannah Sand Gnats (A)New York Mets
29URLAUB, JeffLHP25Scottsdale, AZStockton Ports (A+)Oakland A's
37CUTLER, CharlieC26San Fransico, CAAltoona Curve (AA)Pittsburgh Pirates
3MARDER, JackC/IF22Calabasas, CAHigh Desert Mavericks (A+)Seattle Mariners
19RICKLES, NickC22Ft. Lauderdale, FLBurlington Bees (A+)Oakland A's
6DECKER, Cody1B25Santa Monica, CASan Antonio Missions (AA)San Diego Padres
25FREIMAN, Nate1B25Wellesley, MASan Antonio Missions (AA)San Diego Padres
9ORLOFF, Ben2B25Simi Valley, CACorpus Christi Hooks (AA)Houston Astros
2SATIN, Josh2B27Hidden Hills, CABuffalo Bisons (AAA)New York Mets
33HAERTHER, Casey3B24West Hills, CAArkansas Travelers (AA)Los Angeles Angels
7LEMMERMAN, JakeSS23Coronoa del Mar, CAChattanooga Lookouts (AA)Los Angeles Dodgers
15GREEN, ShawnOF39Des Plaines, ILN.A.N.A.
24GUEZ, BenOF25Houston, TXToledo Mud Hens (AAA)Detroit Tigers
18KAPLER, GabeOF37Hollywood, CAN.A.N.A.
31PEDERSON, JocOF20Palo Ato, CARancho Cucamonga Quakes (A+)Los Angeles Dodgers
23WIDLANSKY, RobbieOF/3B27Plantation, FLBowie Baysox (AA)Baltimore Orioles

Sunday, September 16, 2012

Shana Tova from TGR

A Happy and Sweet New Year. We hope to have voting for the Sportsman of the Year after the holiday.

Shanah Tova

Wednesday, September 12, 2012

Social Media Gives Us the Inside Info

According to Adam Rubin of ESPN, Josh Satin will play for Israel in the WBC. HERE is a recent tweet. Satin joins Youkilis as two potential hitters to the Israeli team.


Shahar Peer has ended her season and let fans know through her Facebook page. Its in Hebrew, so just trust me on this. HERE is the link to her page.

Now if only Sandy Koufax could send me a Tout...that would be awesome.

Stories From Around the Sports World


Tuesday, September 11, 2012

Let's Go Go-Go White Sox

Yes they are my favorite team, in any sport, period. Yes, I was in love with the move to get Kevin Youkilis. But changing a game for Yom Kippur is a moment in Jewish Sports History I will talk about forever. Let's Go Go-Go White Sox! Proud of you Jerry.

Click HERE to read more

Thursday, September 6, 2012

Carimi: Pro Bowler or Bust?

There is a lot of worry surrounding Gabe Carimi's knee. Really good article talking about his potential and the nerves that his knee holds up. Click HERE to read more.

TGR are big fans of Carimi. Lots hope for the Pro Bowl potential shines through.

Wednesday, September 5, 2012

Heyman Backs CM Punk

I have note posted wrestling news in a while so here it goes. When Paul Heyman came back this year to the WWE I was underwhelmed by the crowd's reaction. I had chills loving how Heyman tells it like it is in a made for TV way. I feel he is always being honest and acting at the same time. But pairing him with Brock Lesner was anti-climatic for me. Heyman presents everything awesome about wrestling. Surprise endings, great story lines, and backing real talent.

WWE wanted to turn CM Punk heel over the last month and a half and have failed miserably. He receives cheers everywhere he goes. So Punk is in Chicago, his hometown which he celebrates and that loves him (only negative is that he is a Cubs fan). Again with no one booing the "bad guy" WWE finally got it right and has Punk enter a car with Heyman.

The pairing of these two makes wrestling awesome. Its fresh and intriguing. I cannot wait to see these two work together. Heyman made so many stars and Punk already has headlining status, so I can only imagine what these two are planning.Thank you WWE for this treat. Now if Punk can only get Colt Cabana along side him. Cabana and it.

For more info click HERE.

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

Wednesday, August 29, 2012

Casspi Ready to Step Up

With rumors circulating about Casspi's departure from Cleveland and his summer success with Israel, Casspi is primed from a breakout year with the Cavs.  Click HERE to read more.

Gottlieb Still Hanging On; Hoffman Ellis Cut

TGR regretfully announces that the St. Louis Rams have cut Alex Hoffman Ellis.

The Detroit Lions have so far held onto Alex Gottlieb. We will keep an eye on his progress.

Israel's Greatest Team

On October 16th Maccabi Haifa will be coming to Minnesota to take on the Timberwolves. While my synagogue (Temple of Aaron) and many other Jewish organizations get ready for the big game, I thought I would make an all-time Israel team made up of some Israelis and some non-Israelis who were in the Holy Land to play ball.
 Starting 5

Center – Tom Chambers – Chambers was not only a legitmate NBA player. He averaged over 18 points and 6 rebounds during his NBA career. The 4 time NBA all-star spent the 95-96 season playing with Maccabi Tel Aviv.

Forward – Cedric Ceballos – Ceballos played in 1 NBA all-star game but was most famous for his blindfolded dunk to win the 1992 dunk contest. After more than 10 years in the NBA, Ceballos played for Maccabi TA in 2002.

Forward - Willie Anderson – After more than 10 seasons in the NBA Anderson played his final years in Greece and Israel. Anderson averaged over 12 points a game during his NBA career.

Guard – Anthony Parker – Parker is a Maccabi TA on the Euro map, well he re-placed them on the map. His legendary status in Israel and Europe remains and he is still currently a productive player in the NBA.

Guard - Will Bynum – Bynum didn’t play long for Maccabi TA but it propelled him into the NBA where he currently plays for the Detroit Pistons. He is one of a few natural point guards on the list and we chose him over Farmar and Arroyo.

The Bench
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Guard - Carlos Arroyo – Arroyo has bounced from the NBA to other various leagues. He is a consistent PG wherever he goes.

Center - Tal Brody – Brody skipped out on the NBA but was the reason Maccabi Tel Aviv and Israeli basketball in general ever became noteworthy.

Forward - Omri Casspi – The first Israeli ever to play in the NBA, Casspi is currently with the Cleveland Cavs.

Forward - Richard Dumas – While his NBA career was short he had a tremendous rookie campaign averaging 15.8 ppg and 4.6 rpg. He played briefly for Hapoel Holon.

Guard - Jordan Farmar – Farmar played with Maccabi TA during the NBA strike. He has been a solid backup in the NBA with the Lakers and Nets, however to looks to be headed to Turkey.

Guard - Šarūnas Jasikevičius – He only played in the NBA for a 3 seasons, but he continues to be a European star. He is currently in Barcelona after being a major player for Maccabi TA.

Guard - Roger Mason Jr. – Mason’s stay at Hapoel Jerusalem led him to the NBA where he recently signed with the New Orleans Hornets.

Forward - Ira Newble – Newable played 9 years in the NBA and in 2009 had a stint with Bnei Sharon.

Guard - Doron Sheffer – One of the greatest Israeli players ever. After his days at UConn he passed on the NBA and went to Israel. He played a short while before retiring.

Forward - Billy Thompson – After 6 years in the NBA he traveled Europe playing ball. He averaged 8.6 ppg and 5.4 rpg while playing for the Lakers, Heat, and Warriors. He is also a 2X NBA Champion abd BCAA Champion.

And Let Us Say…Amen.
- Jeremy Fine