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