Sunday, October 31, 2010

Bumgarner

Madison Bumgarner is NOT Jewish (not according to any of my sources).

Interview: Former Cornell Star Jon Jaques

One could argue that last year's Jewish story of the year was Cornell's run in the NCAA tournament. What a run they had to the Sweet 16. Not only were they fun to watch and a shock to the world, but the team had 3 Jewish ball players. Finally we were able to get a hold of one. Thank you to Jon Jaques for spending some time with us. Really nice guy and we hope to hear from him again around tournament time.
Interview:
1) Tell us a little bit about yourself?
I’m 22 years old, a recent graduate of Cornell, and playing basketball professionally in Israel this season for Ironi Ashkelon. I was born and raised in Los Angeles, where I grew up in a Jewish household (went to Hebrew school, was bar-mitzvahd…the whole deal). Aside from playing basketball, I’m a huge sports nut in general. Love basketball, baseball, football, but I’ll watch/get into pretty much anything (except NASCAR). I’m interested in a career in sports journalism after I’m done playing, so I’m doing my best to continue writing while I’m overseas. I’m contributing a college basketball blog for Slamonline.com and writing my own diary-type blog about my experience in Israel

2) Was basketball always your best sport? 
I think basketball has always been my favorite sport, but for a while I’d say I was a better baseball player. When I was maybe 10-15 years old, I was huge for my age and, as a pitcher, could throw the ball harder than anyone and hit pretty decently too. In California, baseball is almost a year-round sport, so every year I’d end up dropping baseball for a handful of months to focus on basketball (which I enjoyed more anyway). Eventually in my junior year of high school, it became clear that I couldn’t excel in one sport without dropping the other, so I figured I might as well focus on the one I enjoyed more.   

3) When did you know you could play in college?
I probably knew I could play college basketball right before my junior season in high school. I had spent my sophomore year on the varsity basketball team, and even though I didn’t play much, I was able to land on a decent club team for the summer. I played pretty well the summer between my sophomore and junior seasons, and when I came back to school, my high school coach told me my play had caught the attention of some college coaches and, if I improved and kept working hard during the upcoming season, I would have a legitimate chance to play college basketball. My goal was always to become a Division I basketball player, and hearing my coach say that motivated me even more to make that dream a reality. 

4) What was it like during Cornell's run last year?
Obviously last year’s run to the Sweet 16 was an experience I’ll never forget. It will probably end up being one of the greatest times of my life, not just because I was part of Cornell’s historic achievements on the court, but because I did it with my best friends. I know the camaraderie and chemistry on our team was more of a reason for our success than anything else, and that’s what will make last March extremely memorable. The atmosphere on campus was electric during our run to the Sweet 16 as well…we turned Cornell into a basketball school, which was fun to see. 

5) What was the coolest part about the tournament that people might not know about?
  Definitely the police-escorts the NCAA provided our team bus during our weekend in Jacksonville. We would be staying a half hour drive away from the arena or practice gym, but with 4 motor cops flanking our bus, we would arrive at our destination in 10 minutes max. Our whole team really got a kick out of that. 

6) Did you feel that Cornell reached its potential last year?
Yes and no. Before the season began, as a veteran team that had been to the tournament the previous two seasons and not won a game yet, we decided our goal should be to make the Sweet 16. We honestly felt we had the talent to do something special and historic. Obviously we peeked at the perfect time of year, won our first two tournament games, accomplished our pre-season goal, and entered our game v Kentucky as an unbelievably confident team. Then we had our worst shooting game of the season. Now, 99% of the credit belongs to Kentucky for playing the most smothering defense I had ever seen in person, but weeks later after our disappointment went away, our entire team was frustrated by what could have been. So I think we had an unbelievably successful season, but with the way we were playing in March, we all thought there was the potential for more. 

7) How are you enjoying your Israeli experience?
Israel has been really fun so far. I’m still getting adjusted to how different the culture and the people are here from home. For example, everything is closed on Friday afternoons through Saturday nights for Shabbat, so I have to plan around that. But as a Jewish-American, it definitely feels special, and I feel honored, to be able to live here. It’s kind of allowed me to reconnect with Judaism. I’ve enjoyed site-seeing as well (already been the Western Wall twice, once in the week preceding Yom Kippur). I still have plenty more to see though.  

8) Are you making Aliyah? Do you plan on playing basketball in Israel for a while?
Yes, I’m making Aliyah. I’m kind of taking my career over here in Israel one year at a time. I don’t see this as a long-term career though…I want to do this as long as I’m still having fun or until I have some other non-basketball opportunities back home. When I was given the chance to come to Israel through basketball, it seemed like a once-in-a-lifetime experience that I’d be crazy to pass up. But I don’t see myself as a guy who plays basketball in Europe for years and years. 

9) Are there any other young Jewish basketball players to watch out for?
There are two more Jewish players still at Cornell. Chris Wroblewski is a Junior and the only remaining starter from the Sweet 16 team and he’s got my vote for preseason Ivy League POY. And sophomore Eitan Chemerinski is a young but extremely talented/versatile post player. Those are probably the two best young Jewish basketball players I know. 

10) Whats your favorite restaurant in Israel so far?
I like any restaurant that serves Shawarma. It’s not a very healthy option, but I can’t get enough of the stuff. Aroma CafĂ© is very nice also. It’s the Israeli equivalent of Starbucks… I know they have a few in New York City, but I wouldn’t be surprised if it eventually caught on even more in the States. 

Thanks again to Jon.
And Let Us Say...Amen.
-Jeremy Fine

Wednesday, October 27, 2010

Opening Night

NBA fans welcome to opening night.


Omri Casspi had 10pts and 6 boards off the bench for Sacramento in a one point win over Minnesota.

Jordan Farmar sporting a new jersey (pun intended) had 10 points and 4 assists as the Nets topped the Pistons.

Larry Brown's Bobcats lost their first game to Mark Cuban's Mavericks.

Finally, Lawrence Frank who was seen roaming the bench for the Celtics as an assistant coach lost tonight to Lebron James' old Cavs but saw with beat his new team last night.

Enjoy the season.
And Let Us Say...Amen.
-Jeremy Fine

Sunday, October 24, 2010

Non-Jews Who We Wish Were Jewish

Obviously I read about sports that are not Jewish themed as well. And while I get much nachas from our Jewish sports heroes, there are always those moments that I say "I wish he was Jewish." Maybe it would bring me more pride. Not sure why I actually do it, probably so I had more to write about. So I decided to come up with a list of athletes who are NOT Jewish, but I wish for the Jewish people they were.
10) Landon Donovan - Israelis love soccer almost as much a hummus. This soccer star would mean a lot to the Jewish people, especially Israelis. Donovan's excitement and skills would be a nice addition to the Jewish people.
9) Anthony Parker - Parker, who now plays for the Cleveland Caveliers, gained his fame in Israel while playing for Maccabi Tel Aviv. He but Israeli basketball back on the map and now sports the number 18 for Chai. There are plenty of days that go by that I just wish Parker was a Jew.

8) Prince Fielder - If Fielder leaves the Brew Crew he might not make this list. But could you imagine the pride and attention Braun and Fielder would get if they were batting back to back. What a Jewish duo they could have been.
7) Serena and Venus Williams - I am placing these two together, if one was Jewish the other would have to be...goes with being sisters. The reason is simple, they are the best women athletes probably in the world. And with few female Jewish sports stars, these two would bring plenty of pride for young Jewish females. Right now they really only rely on Sue Bird (father Jewish), Nancy Lieberman (people question), and Sha'ar Peer.
6) Josh Hamilton - The reason Hamilton is on here is because of his come back. Sure it would be great to have one of the best players in baseball. But I think his recovery story is a great one and very teachable in the Jewish world.
5) Rod Carew and Frank Thomas - This one is simple. They both married Jewish women. It would have been nice to have had those two convert and join the tribe. Their kids will be Jewish, but it would've been nice to have these two on our all time list.
4) Brock Lesnar - The man is just a beast. As the UFC Champion I think it would be awesome to have the toughest guy out there on our side. We have a lot of love for Yuri Foreman, but Lesnar would represent a whole other form of domination.
3) Roger Goodell - The would complete the series. We have Stern (NBA), Selig (MLB), and Bettman (NHL). The addition of the NFL commissioner would be nice.

2) Derek Jeter - It would only make sense that NY Yankees have a great Jewish ball player. Jeter fits the bill. Active. Captain. Great. Jeter is almost the perfect choice.

1) Amare Stoudemire - With all the hype this summer, don't we all wish it was true. Amare cares about Judaism, moved to New York and visited Israel. Perfect scenario. So this Jew at heart becomes really Jewish and we have a dominate tribesman in the NBA. Even I would root for the Knicks (not over the Bulls).

Love to hear your thoughts. 
And Let Us Say...Amen
-Jeremy Fine


Friday, October 22, 2010

Greg Camarillo Come On Down

Thank you to Chaim Marcus for bring this to our attention.

It seems Greg Camarillon slipped through the cracks. He is a JEW. Now Minnesota has a Jewish Twinkie and Viking.

Check out ESPN's article HERE.

Thursday, October 21, 2010

Video of the Week - BBall in Israel

Thanks to Steven Freeman for sending this in. Interesting video, check it out.


Tuesday, October 19, 2010

Scheyer Cut By Clippers

I tweeted this already, but I thought it was worth posting as well. Check out this LINK. Hopefully we will see Scheyer soon.

Monday, October 18, 2010

Jewish Players Drafted

Thank you to Yale Asbell for sending in this list of Jews drafted in this year's MLB draft. Much appreciated.

List compiled by Suzy Iarusso for the Jewish Ledger.

1. Jake Lemmerman, SS
(Los Angeles Dodgers: 5th round, 172th overall pick). Background: Duke University.

2. Zach Weiss, P (Pittsburgh Pirates: 10th round, 297th overall pick). Background: Northwood High School, Irvine, Calif.

3. Jason Markovitz, RP (Seattle Mariners: 13th round, 402nd overall pick): Background: Long Beach State.

4. Andrew Pevsner, P (Los Angeles Dodgers: 16th round, 502nd overall pick). Background: Johns Hopkins University.
 
5. Mike Schwartz, 1B (Chicago White Sox: 17th round, 518th overall pick). Background: University of Tampa.

6. Eric Jaffe, 1B/P (Boston Red Sox: 19th round, 593rd overall pick). Background: Bishop O'Dowd High School, Oakland, Calif.

7. Jeremy Gould, P (New York Mets: 28th round, 842nd overall pick). Background: Duke University.

8. Jeff Urlaub, P (Oakland A's: 30th round, 905th pick). Background: Grand Canyon University.

9. Zach Kapstein, C (Boston Red Sox: 44th round, 1343th pick). Backgound: Tiverton High School, Little Compton, R.I.

10. Michael Fagan, SP (San Diego Padres: 45th round, 1354th pick).

11. Harris Fanaroff, P (Washington Nationals: 50th round, 1496th pick).

Thursday, October 14, 2010

Non-Jewish Stories We Should Applaud

I have only done this once before and really do not plan on doing it that often, but I wanted to make note of two events that took place during the baseball playoffs. Often we see our athletes act in ways we would never wish for our children. We hear about drugs, greed, infidelity, and sometimes even worse. And just as we note the bad decisions our heroes make, we need to applaud the great ones.
The first took place immediately after the San Francisco Giants defeated, for the last time, Bobby Cox and the Atlanta Braves. Cox has been the manager of the Braves for as long as I can remember. In a game where teams go through managers every two years and teams even more frequently, Cox was a mainstay in Atlanta and in baseball. Appropriately so, the Giants (and Braves) gave Cox a standing ovation after the game. Recognizing one the baseball's all time great managers. In Judaism we call that Kavod HaRav (respect for the Rabbi). The gesture, especially from the opposing team in a moment that was theirs to celebrate, was a great one. The Giants are a class act. To read more about it click HERE.
The second took place right after Ian Kinsler (Jewish) and the Texas Rangers defeated the Tampa Bay Rays to clinch a second round match up against the Yankees. To is customary for the players, managers, and others in the organization to celebrate advancement in the playoffs by spraying beer and champagne on each other. Players get drenched in the suds and often wear goggles while going nuts. It is well documented that star outfielder, possible AL MVP, Josh Hamilton has had a battle with alcohol and drugs. Hamilton made an impressive decision to sit out the festivities that involved alcohol. But his teammates expressed his importance to the team by surprising him with bottles of ginger ale. Hamilton in fact got to join the party. To read more click HERE. The respect his fellow teammates and the organization had for Hamilton and his situation.


As Jews, we should really take note of such wonderful displays of respect. We should remember that when we treat our family, neighbors, and teachers.


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

Tuesday, October 12, 2010

Kinsler's 3rd Jack

Ian Kinsler has just hit his 3rd home run of the postseason of Rafael Soriano in the top of the 9th to give the Rangers a 5-1 lead. If the Rangers win this no doubt that Kinsler is the biggest reason why.

Israeli Hockey Announcement

5th annual recreational tournament coming this February,
2011 and would love to have a team from Chicago.

Check out http://www.israelhockeyassociation.org/site/node/3 (the
website is being updated over the next few weeks).

Here are a couple of links to see how our 2010 tournament went:
CBC story about 2010 tournament :
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BIsE6KdKejA

Rod Black TSN video
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=C78R6uz1Zsc&feature=related

Monday, October 11, 2010

Tomorrow TGR on Israeli Sports Radio

Read more about the New Israeli Sports Radio Station:

It’s set to officially debut Monday, October 4th at 4pm. Called Israel Sports Radio, they’ll be combining niche sports in the country—American football, hiking, soccer, basketball, baseball, fitness and others—with coverage of sports in America, the predominately Endlish-language station will fill several gaps in Israel media, all at the same time. Until now, no Israeli broadcaster has consistently devoted more than one hour per day to sports coverage and little of it has been local or community sports throughout Israel, with absolutely nothing in English.

It’s the brainchild of Ari Louis and Andy Gershmna, the former co-hosts of American Sports Talk on Rusty Mike Radio, and Josh Halickman, founder of the sports blog “The Sports Rabbi,” will provide eight hours of continuous original programming, five days a week. From 4pm-midnight Israel time, each Sunday through Thursday (except Jewish holidays), Israel Sports Radio will provide its listeners with a steady diet of dedicated shows about all manner of Israel sports and fitness – from professional to the most amateur kidball – and with live talk and sports news hosted by personalities like former Jerusalem Post sports editor Jeremy Last and Tal Ben-Ezra, author of a forthcoming book in Hebrew about the NBA.  Ben-Ezra will also host “Nothing but Net,” the only show in Hebrew on the station. Other personalities will include David Dubi Pick from Eurobasket and Sportline and hosts from the US, Israel, Great Britain, and South Africa.

Listeners from all over the world can tune in to www.israelsportsradio.com <http://www.israelsportsradio.com/>  to listen live, chat live and to easily call-in from anywhere in Israel and all of North America.  Its audience is widely expected to made up primarily of Anglos in Israel and English speakers around the world, all with some kind of sports connection to Israel.  

They’ve already interviewed Omri Caspri and Jason Thompson of the Sacramento Kings and other Jewish professional athletes and will continue to follow Jewish sports celebrities all over the world.

Now that there’s finally a sports outlet for Americans in the Holy Land, as Ari Louis told us, “We are eliminating yet another excuse for people not to make Aliya.”

Saturday, October 9, 2010

In Game Update: Kinsler Hits 2nd Homer of Playoffs

In the bottom of the 7th inning, Texas Rangers 2nd baseman hit a solo shot to give the Rangers a 2-1 lead. This is Kinsler's 2nd home run of the series/postseason. Kinsler and the Rangers are 6 outs away from the American League Championship Series.

Lets go Kinsler!

Friday, October 8, 2010

Jewish MLB Playoff Update

We here at TGR want to announce and congratulate Ryan Braun as the TGR Hank Greenberg award winner given to the 2010 Jewish MLB Hitter of the Year.

Although Braun did not make the playoffs (and might not for a while if Prince Fielder leaves) several Jewish baseball players did.

Both Scott Feldman and Gabe Kapler played this season for playoff teams but neither is on the playoff roster. Feldman was kept off due to a down year, while Kapler is not 100% healthy.
The good news is Danny Valencia and Ian Kinsler have both been playing. Currently, Valencia is 1-5 with 2 RBIS and a walk. Kinsler is 3-8 with a HR, 2 RBIs, and 2 Runs. The major difference between the two is that Valencia and the Twins are a loss away from elimination. On the flip side Kinsler and the Rangers are on the verge of upsetting Kapler's Rays.

To see Kinsler home run click HERE. Also, congrats to Valencia who received 1 vote (finishing third) in the TGR Hank Greenberg Award Poll.

Hopefully, the Twins can turn it around and the Rangers keep winning to guarantee one Jewish ball player in the World Series.

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

More On TGR Radio Interview

Once again TGR will be featured on Israeli sports radio. Tuesday at 12pm EST. Here is more info below:

The show is a college sports show called "Jumpshots with Jasmine" every Tuesday from 5-7pm Israel time or 11am-1pm Eastern time. Jasmine talks about a variety of college sports and interview Jewish college athletes as well as college sports experts. It airs on Israel Sports Radio, a new radio station and the only sports talk station in Israel, that airs in English on Israelsportsradio.com.

Check it out HERE.

Thursday, October 7, 2010

Radio Interview

The Great Rabbino will be speaking on http://israelsportsradio.com/ this coming Tuesday at 12am EST. Check us out. Talking Jewish American Football.

Interview with Arizona Wildcat Jake Baratz

Now this is a Wildcats team Lute Olsen would be proud of. Unfortunately for basketball fans it is the Arizona football that is excelling. Is Arizona becoming a football school? Maybe. We found Jake Baratz a Red Shirt Freshman (with a Jewish father) and asked him all about the team and his football career. Jake is a nice guy with a bright future. And of course has those all important Illinois roots.
1) Tell the TGR world about yourself?
- My name is Jake Baratz, I'm a 20 year old RS freshman at the University of Arizona. Originally from Naperville, IL. My major is pre-business, and as of right now i'm just taking every day as it comes, trying to live life to the fullest.

2) You said your father is Jewish and from Aurora, what is Jewish life like in Aurora?
-I think that pretty much everywhere in the western suburbs as well as the north shore of Chicago has a pretty big jewish community, with very outspoken and supportive people. Growing up I had a lot of friends of different religion as well as ethnicity and it was never really a big factor.

3) Speaking of Aurora, do you love the Wayne's World movies.
-When I was younger I was pretty much obsessed with them, just because I knew they were based and filmed so close to home.

4) You are from Illinois and I assume you have spent some time in Chicago. What is your favorite Chicago pizza?
-There's no questions about it... Lou Malnati's is the only way to go with pizza in the city. I've heard a lot of opinions, but as far as credibility goes I'd trust the 285 lb offensive lineman about food before anyone else. I actually have the Pizza Wars: New York vs. Chicago on travel channel dvr'd because it airs during practice. TOTAL dedication.

5) Back to football. Arizona is ranked 14th in about every poll. What is it like playing for such a highly ranked team?
-This is the highest ranking we've been since the '90's I think so it's a new feeling for everyone in the locker room from 5th years to freshman. It's definitely a gratifying feeling to know that all your hard work is definitely paying off, but the coaches do a good job of keeping us in perspective and making sure it doesn't get to our head too much. We all know that all the hard work everyone's put in over their time spent here to earn that ranking can be negated in one game.

6) Do you think Arizona has a legit shot at a BCS game?

-I fully believe that we have a more than legitimate shot at a BCS bowl. Every time we break a huddle its real simple: "Rose Bowl". It's not just something we say, but everyone on the team is fully on board in truly believing in our shot at the Rose bowl. In order to get into a position to even play you have to be a pretty competitive person, and we have a REAL competitive locker room, and I think that leads to everyones strong feelings.

7) Arizona has always been known as a basketball school. How has the fan support been now that there seems to have been a shift in attention?
-Even since i've been here for recruiting up until now, i've seen a dramatic change in attention for our program. Everyone's always known about the ZonaZoo, which is one of the best student sections i've ever seen, but it's the rest of the stadium that has improved as well. We've either sold out or been near sell-out every game this season, which is definitely something new for us. Another big change is the intensity of the fans. This year it's been a whole new feeling, running out from the locker room after halftime and still seeing a full stadium of people ready to go for the second half. Tucson has great wildcat fans, and I think that the entire city is finally starting to buy into our program just like we are.

8) Who is the best player you have gotten a chance to play with during your career?
- The best player that i've ever played against is definitely big Earl (Earl Mitchell). He was a third round draft pick this year for Houston. He was playing D-tackle for the starting defense when I was in my redshirt year and on scout team. The difference between playing high school defensive players and then jumping in and getting mauled by Earl everyday was terrifying. Earl's one of the best, and smartest guys I know as well, it's safe to say that i'd probably have gotten in a lot more trouble if it weren't for Earl essentially being the voice of reason to cancel out the freshman in college on my opposite shoulder. As far as playing WITH guys, I would say that Colin Baxter is that guy. Colin is pretty much the standard "old guy" that I go to whenever I need something. He's been around a while and has taught me the way that stuff works on and off the field, and in the making has become one of my good friends on the team.

9) Mid season will be a major test as the Wilcats are @ UCLA, @ Stanford, home for USC, and @ Oregon. What will that stretch be like and how do you think you will fair?

-Those are definitely all really great teams and the Rose Bowl, and Autzen are obviously some of the most renowned stadiums in the country, and with the resurgence of Stanford's programs people are jumping on board in NorCal, so those are definitely all really tough road games. It doesn't help that two of them are in the top 10 right now either. I really like the SC matchup at home, The colliseum is a another place that's typically hard to play at, so it's good we have them at home. I think if we can play like we think we can in the first two games, getting SC at home will really energize Tucson, especially with the implications that will be on that game if we are where we want to be in that point in the season. Practice is definitely going to be extra focused and crisp during that stretch.

10) When you have a schedule like that, how do you remain focused week after week?

-I think the easiest way is focusing all week to do what you need to do in the game, and then after it happens, it's over. The coaches do a good job of making sure that we don't dwell on a game (win or loss) into the next week. We're always busy and we know that keeping good focus on the next game, and preparing both mentally and physically is the key to victory. We're a good team, but we can never just walk into a game and assume we're going to win, and that the other team is going to give us the game, regardless of opponent. At this level everyone has the athletes, and coaches to win any game, so being better prepared than the other team is what's going to get it done.

11) What are your future goals? Is the NFL a possibility?

-Right now I'm kind of just trying to figure out what I want to do. I have to apply for the business school pretty soon, so maybe then I'll figure out what specific major I want to go into. I've always been known as a little high maintenance, and even our landlord calls my roommates and I "princesses", I just hope that whatever I do I am able to support my "princess" lifestyle. The NFL is always a possibility, it's a great opportunity, and if it presents itself I would love to embrace it. As of now, that's a little to far down the line, I'm usually the one who just enjoys every day, and tries to turn every situation into something fun and make sure the people around me are smiling, so I'm not too concerned about that right now.

Thanks again to Jake.
And Let Us Say...Amen.
-Jeremy Fine

Sunday, October 3, 2010

Video of the Week - Mays TD

Interview with Bring It In

Thanks to TGR fan Amiel Hersh (yes former Hartford Student Body President) for bringing this organization to our attention. Check out our interview with Bring It In.

 Interview:

1) Can you tell The Great Rabbino fans a little bit about yourself?
I am a sports based youth development professional. The last three years I have worked as a Program Director for PeacePlayers International - Middle East using the game of basketball to educate and unite Arab and Jewish children in Israel. Prior to that I spent a year as the Assistant General Manager for a minor league basketball team. 
2) What exactly does your organization do?
Bring It In - Israel uses hands on sports volunteering in Israel to train young Israel sports educators. These educators return to their Jewish communities and use sports to engage and connect Jewish children to Israel.  
3) Why is basketball so important to these kids?
Basketball is my favorite sport. However, basketball is just one of many sports that teaches life skills and builds community. The real key is "play." It is vital that we get our children out there playing and running around together. 
4) What role do you think sports plays in Jewish education?
I think sports can teach young Jewish children life skills like listening, communication, goal setting, discipline, problem solving, and teamwork. These are also Jewish values. Sports strengthen the Jewish community by creating a feeling of team. Rather than seeing the kid next to them in Hebrew school as a classmate, children see them as a teammate. Sports keeps Jewish boys involved in Jewish youth activities. In the age of childhood obesity, combining sports and Jewish education teaches Jewish children the value of healthy mind and healthy body. Lastly, there has been research that movement during studies opens the mind and allows for greater learning.  
5) What are the main goals of your organization?
Bring It In - Israel wants to engage and connect young Jews to Israel by reaching them where they are at. We want to create a new type of Israel educator that can serve as an engaging role model.  
6) Who would you rather have on your team Omri Casspi or Jordan Farmar?
Hard choice. Farmar is a great guy. He came out to Israel and ran some clinics for PeacePlayers International - Middle East a couple summers back. However, if I'm putting together a basketball team I would have to pick Casspi. Both players are very skilled. Casspi has the edge because of his will to win and because he fights for every inch. Whenever he is on the court he is giving 110%. 

I just want to thank The iCenter (http://theicenter.org/) and PresenTense ( http://presentense.org/)  for all of their support.

Become a fan of Bring It In - Israel on Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/BringItInIsrael?ref=search
Thank you to David Lasday for the interview. Good luck in the future.
And Let Us Say...Amen.
-Jeremy Fine