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  • Israeli football team takes on Americans

    May 18, 2012 | 10:39 am

    Israel’s national American football team took the field this week for the first time against an American opponent—falling 49-6 to the Maranatha Baptist Bible College Crusaders, an NCAA Division III team from Watertown, Wis., reported the Associated Press.

    The 10-team league’s...

  • Browns sign Jewish offensive lineman Mitchell Schwartz

    May 15, 2012 | 11:09 am

    Offensive lineman Mitchell Schwartz, a second-round draft pick of the Cleveland Browns, signed a four-year, $5.17 million contract with the team.

    Schwartz, a tackle from the University of California, Berkeley, was selected 37th overall in April’s draft. The Jewish player was...

  • Browns pick Schwartz in NFL draft

    May 2, 2012 | 12:06 pm

    The second round of the NFL draft was not 30 minutes old when the phone rang in the Schwartz home on the afternoon of April 27.

    The family recognized the Cleveland area code. Mitchell Schwartz, the Cal offensive lineman who was expecting to be drafted, picked up the phone. Then he...

  • Roman Abramovich & Roberto Di Matteo & Chelsea FC

    By Ilana Angel

    April 26, 2012 | 9:11 am

    I have learned that in order to date an Englishman you need to embrace soccer.  Not only do you need to sit through countless conversations and games of “football”, you need to embrace the team that your man loves.  My delicious English boyfriend is a diehard Chelsea fan and so...

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  • Nothing trivial about these Jews on the gridiron

    By  Lee Barnathan

    April 25, 2012 | 10:53 am

    Trivia question: What family soon will represent 20 percent of the Jews in the National Football League?

    Answer: The one with Geoff and Mitchell Schwartz. Older son Geoff has played two seasons with the Carolina Panthers and now is under contract with the Minnesota Vikings. Younger...

  • Chelsea Football: A Sea of Sexy Men

    By Ilana Angel

    April 17, 2012 | 12:06 am

    I am not a soccer fan.  My son played for years and I sat through countless games supporting him.  He became an All Star player and truly loved it. I would cheer him on and wait for something to happen. Anything to happen. Running back and forth across a field for an hour was just...

  • Palestinian soccer player injured in Israeli post-game brawl

    April 1, 2012 | 11:58 pm

    A Palestinian member of an Israeli soccer team was knocked out during a brawl at the end of a game.

    Ali Khatib of Hapoel Haifa, who also plays for the Palestinian national team, was hit in the face and kicked while he was on the ground, allegedly by members of the Maccabi Petach...

  • Messi the Greatest Ever? Sorry, wrong Argentine

    By Mark Paredes

    March 26, 2012 | 6:10 pm

    I’ve decided to write today on another of my passions, soccer. I figure that if a serious writer like George Will can dedicate one or two columns a year to a boring sport like baseball, I can post an essay on the world’s most beautiful game. If you’re not a soccer fan, read no...

  • How a Jewish doctor turned a Santa Monica pub into New York Giants territory

    By Jonah Lowenfeld

    February 2, 2012 | 10:57 pm

    This Sunday, with millions watching around the world, it won’t be tough to find a TV tuned to the Super Bowl between the New York Giants and the New England Patriots. But for Giants fans in Los Angeles looking for a raucous and supportive crowd, O’Briens Irish Pub in Santa Monica...

  • Bob Kraft: New England Patriots’ Jewish owner

    January 23, 2012 | 3:49 pm

    When the National Football League lockout ended this past August, Indianapolis Colts center Jeff Saturday praised Robert Kraft, owner of the New England Patriots stating, “Without him, this deal does not get done, he is a man who helped us save football.” Now just six short months...

  • Opinion: Tim Tebow Is Jewish

    By Marty Kaplan

    January 16, 2012 | 4:38 pm

    “Should The Times Be a Truth Vigilante?”

    That was the headline last week on a blog posted by New York Times public editor Arthur Brisbane.

    Brisbane is The Times’ ombudsman; his job is to hold the paper accountable to journalistic standards and to act as its readers’...

  • Alabama’s secret Jewish weapon celebrates grid title

    January 10, 2012 | 3:57 pm

    After the University of Alabama won the Bowl Championship Series football crown by dominating top-ranked Louisiana State University, much of the attention and credit has gone to Crimson Tide coach Nick Saban.

    But what about Robert Levin?

    Pediatrician by day, Levin has been...

  • Tim Tebow Infiltrates the Secular Cathedral of Sport

    By Rabbi Shmuley Boteach

    January 10, 2012 | 11:29 am

    On CNN a few weeks ago I was asked whether I agree with the sentiment that Tim Tebow’s religious displays in football games are overdone and out-of-place. “Oh yes,” I replied, “it certainly is. Faith should have no place in sport. Indeed, I believe that the only thing that...

  • QB’s signature pose has Jews and gentiles ‘Tebowing’

    December 13, 2011 | 5:23 pm

    The biggest story in the NFL this season is Tim Tebow, a devout Christian quarterback who doesn’t throw very well but has helped the Denver Broncos pull off a string of last-second victories.

    But the rugged Tebow’s signature move comes when play has stopped—taking a knee in...

  • Faltering Maccabi Tel Aviv sack coach Iwanir

    December 5, 2011 | 2:50 pm

    Maccabi Tel Aviv sacked coach Motti Iwanir on Monday after he failed to improve the fortunes of Israel’s biggest club having been in the job for almost a year.

    “In view of the run of recent bad results (owner) Mitch Goldhar has informed coach Iwanir that his contract with the club...

  • FIFA says non-Israeli can play for Israel

    December 1, 2011 | 12:21 pm

    FIFA has given a Druze Arab from the Israeli-occupied Golan Heights permission to play for Israel even though he is not a citizen of the country, the Israel FA said.

    Maccabi Haifa’s Weaam Amasha is the leading Israeli league scorer this season with 12 goals from 13 matches and he...

  • Jews reeling in wake of Penn State scandal

    November 16, 2011 | 10:46 am

    Rabbi David Ostrich, who leads the lone congregation in State College, Pa., couldn’t bring himself to sermonize last Shabbat on the scandal that’s on everyone’s mind.

    For one thing, it’s all too raw and too much remains unknown, said the religious leader of Congregation...

  • Penn State: Where Football Trumps Rape - UPDATED

    By Ilana Angel

    November 11, 2011 | 12:39 am

    If my son were to win a full scholarship to Penn State, I would not want him to go.  I am so disgusted by what is happening there, that in reading all of the news stories, I find it hard to breathe.  How is it possible that a man was raping children, people knew, and yet nobody...

  • Youth Football and the big dilemma

    By Julia Bendis

    October 10, 2011 | 6:32 pm

    At a flag football game for my 1st grader, I couldn’t help but enjoy my son’s aggressiveness.  I know how wrong that sounds, however after trying soccer, baseball, basketball and tennis I’m happy to see that he finally at the old age of six, found his sport! Besides, its only flag...

  • Al Davis, maverick owner of Oakland Raiders, dies

    October 9, 2011 | 1:12 pm

    Al Davis, the maverick owner of the Oakland Raiders, has died.

    Davis, who served as coach and general manager of the NFL team and later became its principal owner, died at his home in Oakland, Calif., on Saturday—Yom Kippur—according to the team’s website. He was 82.

    Davis was...

  • ESPN pulls Hank Williams Jr. MNF intro over Hitler remark

    October 4, 2011 | 10:54 am

    ESPN pulled its “Monday Night Football” introduction by Hank Williams Jr. after the singer compared President Obama to Hitler.

    The song was pulled from the introduction to Monday night’s game between the Indianapolis Colts and Tampa Bay Buccaneers.

    ESPN said in a statement that it...

  • Israel soccer team playing in Turkey, despite tensions

    September 15, 2011 | 11:25 am

    An Israeli soccer team arrived in Istanbul to play a Turkish team, despite tensions between the two countries.

    The Maccabi Tel Aviv soccer team landed Wednesday night amid heavy security. Turkish protesters waved Palestinian flags and chanted anti-Israel slogans outside the hotel in...

  • The laws according to a Super Model, Gisele Bündchen!

    By Julia Bendis

    June 9, 2011 | 11:50 am

    Have you heard the breaking news?

    Gisele Bündchen, the Victoria’s Secret supermodel and a wife of pretty-boy NFL star Tom Brady has announced that she would like to pass a law mandating Mothers having to Breastfeed their babies for a minimum of six (6) months!  Yes, the skinny...

  • Thoughts on basketball and Israel

    May 27, 2011 | 3:28 pm

    Early Sunday morning on Mothers Day, as my brother and I prepared breakfast for our mom, I also prepared myself for the special day ahead. In addition to celebrating my mom, my family would also gather in our den to watch Maccabi Tel Aviv play Greece’s Panathinaikos for the...

  • Dutch soccer player rues anti-Semitic chants

    March 22, 2011 | 10:21 am

    A Dutch soccer player apologized for chanting anti-Semitic slogans caught on camera following a victory over a team with traditional Jewish support.

    Lex Immers of the Dutch ADO Den Haag team apologized Monday in a statement on the team’s website for the remarks made in a bar with...

  • Boycott marring Peace Team visit to Sydney

    March 17, 2011 | 10:23 am

    A joint Israeli-Palestinian Australian Rules football team due to visit Sydney is embroiled in a row over a local government council’s boycott of Israel.

    Marrickville Council, in inner Sydney, voted last December to support a Green Party-led ban on all commercial, academic,...

  • Ten-hut! Milken takes on tackle football

    By Jonah Lowenfeld

    March 1, 2011 | 6:05 pm

    Call it the Milken Community High School of Hard Knocks.

    Thanks to an organizing effort started by two very committed mothers, along with support from school administration and student enthusiasm, Milken is set to become the first local Jewish day school to field a tackle football...

  • Chai Lifeline to send 12-year-old to the Super Bowl

    By Ryan Torok

    February 4, 2011 | 2:44 pm

    Adam Wolf, a 12-year-old with cerebral palsy, was stunned when Randi Grossman, West Coast director of the Chai Lifeline, called to tell him that the organization would pay for him to go to the Super Bowl.

    “He said, ‘Are you kidding me? This is amazing,’” Wolf’s mother, Ali...

  • Pittsburgh Steelers on the ‘fringe’ of dynasty as fans embrace the ‘Terrible Tallis’

    February 4, 2011 | 12:06 pm

    This article has been reposted with permission from The Jewish Chronicle.

    If you’ve left your house or turned on the television in the last two weeks, you know: Pittsburgh’s going to the Super Bowl. But while huge portions of Pittsburghers — and, surely, much of the country...

  • Redskins’ owner suing paper for defamation, claims anti-Semitism

    February 3, 2011 | 1:11 pm

    Washington Redskins’ owner Daniel Snyder has filed a defamation lawsuit against an alternative D.C. newspaper, claiming in part that the paper’s depiction of him was anti-Semitic.

    Snyder, who has owned the National Football League’s Redskins since 1999 and also owns the Six Flags...

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