Wednesday, December 31, 2014

Blatt Facing Criticism

Like the Cavs need more distractions. This time the scapegoat could be first year head coach David Blatt. Read more HERE.

Trestman Out

Reporting the unfortunate news about the only Jewish coach in the NFL. This week the Bears let go of Marc Trestman who failed to make the playoffs in both years with the Bears. Even worse his locker room was a mess all season long. Click HERE for more.

But on the bright side someone is coming to Trestman's aid. Guess who? Click HERE.

Saturday, December 20, 2014

Baseball Updates

The Cubs have claimed former Red Sox, Ryan Lavarnway off waivers. Love Lavarnway, still hating the Cubs.


In better news Craig Breslow has resigned with the Red Sox where he has enjoyed so much success.


In other news, in the Justin Upton trade from Atlanta to San Diego, a key piece was Jewish prospect and phenom Max Fried. Good luck to Max on his journey to the Bigs.

Thursday, December 18, 2014

NCAA BBALL

Below are the players we found for this year's Jewish NCAA Basketball. Anyone have someone to add?

NCAA 2013/2014 Men's Basketball Players:
Patrick Ackerman - C - Detroit - Junior*
Ben Carter - F - UNLV - Junior
TJ Cline - F - Richmond - Sophomore
Evan Conti - G - Quinnipiac - Senior
JoJo Fallas - G - Cornell - Sophomore
Jeremiah Kreisberg - F - Northwestern - Senior
Noam Laish - G - Maine - Junior (Israeli)
George Langberg - G - American - Freshman*
Aaron Liberman - C - Tulane - Sophomore
Jeremy Lieberman - G - Wyoming - Freshman*
Cameron Liss - F - Illinois - Freshman
Alex Rosenberg - F - Columbia - Junior
John Schurman - G - Binghamton - Freshman
Sam Singer - G - Cal - Freshman
Noah Springwater - G - Columbia - Senior
Jacob Susskind - F - Maryland - Senior
Hen Tamir - F - Jackson State (Israeli)- Sophomore*


NCAA 2013/2014 Women's Basketball Players:
Alyssa Baron - G - Penn - Senior
Jen Berkowitz - Fr (F) Yale
Sophie Bikofsky - G - Brown - Senior
Alex Cohen - Northwestern - Senior
Avigliel Cohen - Cal
Marissa Grossfeld - Soph (G) UI Chicago 
Jamie Kaplan - G - Tulane - Senior
Nof Kedem - G - Northwestern - Freshman
Paige Kriftscher - Jr (G) Colgate
Thea Lemberger - G - UCLA - Junior
Camille Mahlnecht - C - Cal State Northridge- Senior
Carli Rosenthal - F - Saint Marys -  Sophomore
Jude Schimmel - G - Louisville - Senior
Annette Snow - G - Lafayette - Sophomore
Haley Unger - Fr (F) Navy
Arron Zimmerman - F - American - Senior

MLS Players

 

Listing of current MLS Players:

Benny Feilhaber (Sporting KC) 

Andy Gruenebaum (Sporting KC)

Andrew Jacobson (FC Dallas) 

Zac MacMath (Philadelphia Union)

Zach Pfeffer (Philadelphia Union)

Kalish to the Blue Jays

 
Ryan Kalish, former minor league standout in Boston, is headed to the Toronto Blue Jays. Kalish will join MOTs Kevin Pillar and Danny Valencia. Read more HERE.

Monday, December 8, 2014

Mekel To N.O,

After weeks of confusion regarding Gal Mekel's status he is finally found a home with the Pelicans. Read more HERE.

Saturday, December 6, 2014

Lavarnway to Dodgers

After going up and down from the bigs to the minors, hopefully Ryan Lavarnway has found a home in Los Angeles. Lavarnway will join Joc Pederson in the Dodgers organization. Good luck Ryan! Click HERE for more.

Sunday, November 23, 2014

JMLB Offseason Movement

The baseball season might be over but the excitement is just beginning. As the White Sox and Cubs have made some really solid moves in Zack Duke and Adam LaRoche to the South Side and Manager Joe Madden to the Cubs, the Jewish ballplayers have been on the move as well.

Kevin Youkilis - After a year in Japan, Youkilis has finally announced his retirement. While he probably will not see the Hall of Fame, Youkilis had a very productive career mainly for the Red Sox. It will be nice seeing him on the ballot in 5 years.

Josh Zeid - After showing promise with the Astros and then struggling through an injury, Zeid is on his way to join Manager Brad Ausmus and 2nd Baseman Ian Kinsler in Detroit. This is a very solid move for the Tigers who need some young pitching in their bullpen.

Ike Davis - After breaking out of the Minors as a solid player, Davis has hit some bumps in the road over the last few years. The Pirates sent him to the minors, then quickly traded him to the A's.

Gabe Kapler -The former MLBer will take over the Dodgers farm system. Tapped by fellow MOT Andrew Friedman who is the news President of Baseball Operations.

Craig Breslow - The Red Sox have allowed Breslow to test free agency. We fully expect him to sign with a team soon.

Aaron Poreda - Poreda's major league resurgence landed him with the Texas Rangers. But he is taking his talents overseas and joining the Yomiuri Giants.

Josh Satin - Satin is staying in the National League signing with the Cincinnati Reds.

Stay tuned for more possible moves. With the signing by the A's of Billy Butler, what will that mean for Nate Freiman? Will Matt Kemp get traded to make room for phenom Joc Pederson? Can Jason Marquis continue his comeback?


Thursday, November 20, 2014

Mekel to the Lakers

The Lakers are taking a look at PG Gal Mekel. They are in need of a spark and Mekel has not been given a full chance to show his ability. Could be a nice fit. He looks nice in Yellow!

Coaching Headlines




100 Best Matches

 
Here is a link to the WWE's Top 10 Matches. Many Jewish Superstars on are the list including Dean Malenko, Randy Savage, and Goldberg. Click HERE to read.

Monday, November 10, 2014

Mekel Joins Pacers...Oh Wait!

 



Second Israeli born player Gal Mekel, formerly of the Dallas Mavericks, we thought had caught on with the Indiana Pacers. Click HERE to read more. But here are some issues. 

Friday, November 7, 2014

Edelman for Israel


Not only does he feel Jewish he is a proud supporter of Israel...and on my fantasy football team!

Thursday, November 6, 2014

Bizarre Break for Columbia's Star Alex Rosenberg

 




Because of Ivy League rules, Columbia's star players NCAA career may be over. Click HERE to read more. HERE is an interview we conducted with Rosenberg a while back.

Monday, November 3, 2014

Interview: IFL Commisioner Betzalel Friedman

Its not fantasy football but it is a football fantasy made real. Israel is going to the gridiron. Meet Betzalel Friedman, the commissioner of the Israeli Football League. Many of you, and myself, played flag football while studying in Israel on the beautiful Kraft Field in Jerusalem. Well things are taking off. We sat down with the IFL Commish to talk about the kickoff of Israeli Football.

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1) Please tell TGR a little bit about yourself?
I grew up in Indianapolis, and (was) moved to Israel when I was 10. I learned in the Gush and served as an officer in the paratroopers. Married plus 3.

2) What is the IFL and how did it form?
The IFL was formed 8 years ago by a bunch of football enthusiasts, who teamed up with Patriots' owner Robert (and Myra z"l) Kraft to start the league. Kraft is still the main sponsor.

3) Where are the players coming from and how do you recruit?
Most players (over 70 percent) are actually Sabras. Recruiting is mostly by word of mouth, but the teams also go out to universities/ city centers/malls etc.

4) Is football growing in Israel? What cities are represented?
 Football is growing all over the country. We have teams in the Galilee, Haifa, Ramat HaSharon, Tel Aviv, Petah Tikva, mazkeret Batya, Jerusalem (3 teams) and Beersheva. We also have 8 youth teams, plus flag football for men, women and children. 
5) Is football big amongst Israeli youth? Is it mostly American born interest or are native Israelis picking it up as well?

As I said we're over 70 percent Sabra, and that's the goal. The sport will not grow if it's only a niche sport for Anglos.

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6) Could you ever imagine a season like the IBL had with former NFLers?
We pride ourselves on being a grassroots organization and growing the sport from the bottom up, in stark contrast to the IBL which tried to start big and fizzled out quickly. I'd much rather see an ex-NFLer come to coach our guys than come to play.

7) What's next for the IFL?
We are trying to promote the sport in Israel and at the same time raise support abroad to help our efforts. We believe that football could and should be the 3rd largest team sport in Israel behind soccer and basketball.

8) Where can people follow the IFL? Social media? TV? Online?
9) Any last thoughts?
We've just started the Israeli National Team which will be quarterbacked by Alex Swieca and plan to compete in the 2016 Level C European Tournament.

Thank you to Betzalel for spending time with TGR. Look out for the documentry called Touchdown Israel at Jewish Film Festivals soon!

Photo Credits - Rick Blumsack and Stas Ivanov

Sunday, November 2, 2014

BBall Begins



Congrats to Cavs head coach David Blatt who secured his first NBA victory on friend as the Cavs edged out the Bulls in overtime. LeBron James celebrated with Blatt on the court. Click HERE for more.

Omri Casspi (2 games) - 7 PPG and 3 RPG
Jordan Farmer (2 games) - 3PPG and 1 APG

Unfortunately, the Mavs added JJ Barea and have waived Gal Mekel. Read more HERE.

Clippers Assistant Coach Lawrence Frank has remained out of the news.

Friday, October 31, 2014

Jewish Baseball Great Retires

 
Today one of baseball's greatest Jewish players has retired. Kevin Youkilis is hanging up his jersey after a year in Japan. Youkilis was best known for his role with the Red Sox. He is probably not a Hall of Famer but will rank in the top 10 greatest Jewish baseball players of all time. Congrats to Youkilis on a tremendous career. Click HERE for more.