Thursday, October 31, 2013

World Series Winners

Mazel Tov to Craig Breslow, Ryan Lavarnway, Ryan Kalish and the Boston Red Sox for winning the World Series. Only Breslow was on the World Series roster but I believe Lavarnway will receive a ring as well for his time during the season. Kalish, did not appear this season for the BoSox. Breslow was the 24th Jewish ball player to play in the World Series.

Sunday, October 20, 2013

10 Jewish NBA Stories Going into the Season

Last year, honestly, we struggled to find Jewish stories as Omri Casspi declined and Jordan Farmar left for Turkey. Not this year! With both players back, one literally and the other mentally, its time to look at the top 10 stories going into this (Jewish) NBA season:

10) Raptor Drake
Rapper Drake has become the Toronto Raptors new ambassador. Will this bring Mo' Money or Mo' Problems?

9) 2 Former Israel League Players with a Shot
Two former Israel league players have new homes and could be crucial to championships. Roger Mason Jr. finds himself in Miami, where he hopes to solidify a confusing bench for the Heat. While Alan Anderson is in Brooklyn where he gives the Nets a solid threat off the bench at both guard slots. Either one could be wearing a ring at the end of the season.

8) Which Owner Gets the Ring?
This year there are several Jewish owners in the mix for a NBA Championship. Jerry Reinsdorf (Bulls) Micky Arison (Heat), Bruce Ratner (Nets), Leslie Alexandr (Rockets), and Donald Sterling (Clippers). Will one of these men be getting a new ring soon?

7) Bye-Bye Stern
David Stern is leaving. Besides turning the NBA into a cash cow, he developed both the NDBL and WNBA during his tenure and brought the NBA to Canada. His basketball legacy will forever to be great. What is next for Stern?

6) ShtarkTank
Mark Cuban...what will he do next? He has had trouble finding the star to replace Dirk, but is trying. We can all expect something from Cuban this year, the question is what?

5) Frank Back with Nets

Lawrence Frank is back on the Nets' bench, although with Jason Kidd ahead of him. Kidd will look to Frank for guidance, but its a perfect opportunity for Frank if Kidd falters (and yes we assume Kidd knows that). Frank has very successful at the beginning of his head coaching career in New Jersey. He will be the mastermind behind their defensive schemes.

4) Hello Silver

On February 1st 2014 Adam Silver will take over as NBA commissioner, a job that has been held by David Stern since 1984. Silver has his work cut out for him, as Stern took a lot of negative even though the NBA grew into a money making machine during his tenure. What does Silver's reign have in store? We will soon find out.

3) Farmer Where He Belongs
Jordan Farmar is back and back where he belongs in a Los Angeles Lakers jersey (I am really happy I bought that jersey 2 years ago). He was solid in Turkey, but now in a familar place and health, Farmar finds himself ready to contribute. The Lakers will be without Kobe Bryant for a while and Dwight Howard is gone, but Farmar's main role is to relieve Steve Nash and help keep the Lakers in the thick of things.

2) Casspi Fully Back
Omri Casspi has been at the bottom of the barrel over the last few seasons, both in a Kings and Cavs jersey. This year he joins the Houston Rockets and if preseason is any indication, Casspi fits right in. He has thus far had an out pour of scoring and his length, defense, and outside shooting will play perfectly with the drive and dish of James Harden and post-attention-double-teams of Dwight Howard. Casspi could cash in big time.

1) Welcome Gal Mekel
Gal Mekel is this year's number one story. Last year's Israeli standout for Maccabi Haifa is now in the NBA and trying to make the transition smoothly. He is the new Jew on the block and fans everywhere are just waiting to see how he develops. He is not a foreigner of the USA, as he played his college ball at Wichita State. Will Mekel make the Mavs? Will he play an important role? Will he develop into a star? We will be watching.

Wednesday, October 9, 2013

Hanukkah Comes Early for BoSox

Craig Breslow was dominate in the Boston Red Sox closeout game vs. the Tampa Bay Rays. The Washington Post labeled the 2013 TGR Sandy Koufax Award Winner "the unsung hero" of game 4. Read more HERE. Breslow faced 6 batters, allowed 1 hit and struck out 4. Congrats of Craig Breslow for reaching the ALCS.

Friday, October 4, 2013


Freiman Off Playoff Roster

Nate Freiman who played a large role in the A's success all season has been left off their playoff roster due to continuing issues with an abdominal strain. Freiman could be back for the World Series if he progresses and the A's get that far. Refuah Shelaymah. Click HERE to read more.