MARVIN MILLER never stepped into a Major League Baseball batter’s box, threw a two-seam fastball or fielded a groundball in the bigs. But when he died last Tuesday at age 95, it marked the passing of one of the absolute giants of the game.
As the first month of the MLB season has almost reached its conclusion, Bagels & Jocks reviews the early season numbers of Ryan Braun and other star players—even if we don’t jump to any of our own conclusions. And, we also examine a disturbing (alleged) incident involving a Detroit Tigers player who acted more like Mel Gibson than Kirk Gibson.
This morning, Bagels and Jocks examines the Jewish NBA and the wild, wacky ride of the New York Knicks. Major League Baseball is heading into its third week and one of the best second basemen in the game just inked a huge new contract. Mazel tov, Ian!
Hoops Hysteria/ March Meshugas? We are in the midst of March Madness, and 52 teams have already been eliminated from the college basketball championship hunt. Bagels & Jocks will update the NCAA tourney, examine the other college basketball draws and shine a very brief spotlight on other sports.
The NBA and NHL seasons are now at the midpoint or later, March Madness is approaching and pitchers and catchers are starting to report to Spring Training. So, this all means that today’s Bagels and Jocks will open with..a story about a terrific all-Jewish champion high school wrestling team from Chicago.
No, he’s not Jewish, but Jeremy Lin is young, bright, talented and taking New York City and the basketball world by storm. As always, Bagels & Jocks monitors the Jewish sports world but can’t ignore the instant legend that is Harvard’s own Jeremy Lin. We also ask: what if he were Jewish?
The NFL counts down 13 days until Super Bowl XLVI, the Australian Open is in full swing and NL MVP Ryan Braun accepts his MVP award as he awaits his fate for the start of the 2012 season.
The NFL is now down to four teams, with one of this past weekend’s results a big surprise. Bagels & Jocks will examine the NFL playoffs, the return of a Jewish all-pro player and also hold court down under as tennis’ first major event gets going in Australia.
As the Denver Broncos and Tim Tebow figure to dominate the headlines after bouncing the Pittsburgh Steelers in overtime with a dramatic victory yesterday, this is a day to reflect on the convergence of religion and sports. Not really, but Bagels and Jocks does salute Mr. Tebow, while again looking at some prominent Jewish sports personalities in a variety of sports. Well, we do throw in a little Theology.
In the beginning of 2012, the NFL owned New Year’s Day while college football waited one more week to grab the big headlines. The NBA took early shape, even if a rare matchup of Jewish NBA players was hardly Wilt versus Russell or Magic versus Bird.