Friday, September 30, 2016

Team Israel: Basketball Edition

In our third and final series of TeamS Israel we look at Basketball. This was probably the most difficult as there are several players in Israel who are now Israeli citizens by definition of their basketball status but not Jewish or Israeli. Read about Hockey and Football.

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Guards
Jordan Farmar (Kings)
Gal Mekel (Former NBA/ Current Maccabi TA)
Sam Singer (Cal)
Yaniv Solomon (Israel)
Sylvan Landesberg (Maccabi TA)

Forwards
Omri Casspi (Kings)
Shawn Dawson (Pelicans)
Lior Eliyahu (Former NBA draft pick / Israel)
TJ Kline (Richmond)
Alex Rosenberg (Israel /Columbia)

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Center
TJ Leaf (UCLA)
Joe Alexander (Former NBA / Maccabi TA)

Coaching Staff
David Blatt (Former Cavs Coach)
Larry Brown (NBA Hall of Fame)
Lawrence Frank (Clippers)
Jon Scheyer (Duke)

Thursday, September 29, 2016

Team Israel: Hockey Edition

After Team Israel's Success in Baseball's WBC we are continuing to look at other sports for Team(s) Israel. Read about Football HERE.

Today we check in on Hockey.
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Centers
Trevor Smith (NHL)
Andrew Calof (SHL)

Forwards
Michael Cammalleri (NHL)
Jason Zucker (NHL)
Eric Nystrom (NHL)
Mike Brown (NHL)
Carter Camper (Former NHL)
Nick Sorkin (ECHL)

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Defense
David Warofsky (NHL)
Jason Demers (NHL)
Dylan Reese (Former NHL)
Steve Weinstein (ECHL)
Zach Sternberg (ECHL)
David Levin (Israel)

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Goalies
Cory Schneider (NHL)
Daniel Altshuller (NHL)

Coaching Staff
Jeff Halpern (Former NHL)
Greg Gardner (Current USA Maccabi Coach)

Wednesday, September 28, 2016

Team Israel: Football Edition

With Team Israel Baseball qualifying for the World Baseball Classic we decided to look at the other 3 major sports and make our own Team Israel. Today we begin with Football.

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Quarterbacks
Mike Bercovici (Starter) - Just missed out on a spot with the Chargers this year. His athleticism allows him to be our starter.
Josh Rosen - A shining star but not polished enough to win the starting job.
Sage Rosenfels (Team Captain) - Retired but would be a good mentor to the young slingers on the team. I bet he could still go if a team came calling.

Running Backs 
Mark Weisman - Standout at Iowa just a few years ago but was cut by the Bengals in camp.
Erik Lorig - Former NFLer who could play both sides of the ball. Also could line up at TE.
Zach Boren - Former RB at Ohio State rounds out running backs.
Johnny Martisius - Israel League's all-time leader in yards and TDs.


Wide Receivers
Julian Edelman (Team Captain) - No doubt he would see the bulk of our offense. Yalla.
Daniel Braverman - Currently on the Bears practice squad.
Gabe Marks - Senior at Washington State who has had trouble staying healthy.
Greg Camarillo - Former NFL would lace them up one more time for Israel.

Tight End
Jake Levin - Colorado State Graduate in '13. Played TE but will be helped by Lorig.

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Offensive Line 
Mitchell Schwartz - NFL Pro-bowler leads our most elite group.
Ali Marpet - Bucs starting lineman
Geoff Schwartz - Might be out of the NFL but he'd be ready for the call.
Jake Bernstein - Just got cut in camp but young and versatile.
Brian De La Puente - Starting center and only out of football a short while.
Gabe Carimi - Carimi is a passionate Jew and see the former NFLer representing us well.
Brandon Kublanow - Georgia Senior
Adam Bisnowaty - Former Pitt OL

Punter
Adam Podlesh - We assume Podlesh could still punt further than most Jews.

Kicker
Morgan Ellman - Jewish Sports Review 2015 Kicker of the Year. Currently kicking for New Hampshire.


Defensive Line
Antonio Garay (Team Captain) - Former NFLer would be the spark for the Defense.
Henry Schlossberg -  6'4 280lbs at Princeton.
Igor Olshansky - Former NFLer would help fill in a modest D-Line.
Drew Ferris - Team NFL invites at Long Snapper but played D-Line in College.
Yoni Cooper - Israel League's all time leader in sacks, tackles for a loss, and forced fumbles.


Linebackers
Alex Hoffman-Ellis - Invited to NFL camps but wound up in the CFL.
Todd Golper - Former UCLA LB.
Sean Goldstein - Former Miami LB.
Asaf Katz - Israel League's all-time leader in tackles and 3rd in sacks. 

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Cornerbacks
Aaron Mandell - Senior at Redlands. Jewish Sports Review All American.
Samuel Harlib - Current Illini DB
Dani Eastman - Israel League's all-time leader in INTs and 2-time League MVP.

Safeties
Taylor Mays - Suspended NFL Safety. Hard hitting and solid position with Ebner.
Nate Ebner - NFL and rugby star adds to a quality position.

Coaching Staff
Marc Trestman - Head Coach (Current Ravens OC)
Jay Fiedler - Offensive Coordinator (Former NFL QB)
Tony Levine - Defensive Coordinator (Former Houston Cougars Head Coach)
David Binn -Special Teams (Former Pro Bowl Long Snapper)