Dov & I opened up the show running down the Israel Soccer scores from this past weekend as Hapoel Kiryat Shmona was victorious again as they defeated Hapoel Akko 2-0 on their way to wrapping up the league title at such an early stage in the season.
Then Brahsheedah Eloheim (7:09) pro basketball player at Maccabi Ashdod came on board to talk about the situation in the Ashdod area with missiles being launched into the area by terrorists from the Gaza strip. We also discussed the women’s league here in Israel, the European competitions and the benefits of playing in the Holy Land, Israel!
Brahsheedah is also an entrepreneur as she and partner Anna Bock a professional snowboarder created A & B Pro Ion Elite power bracelets. So check out this fabulous line of amazing products!
Allon Sinai (20:03) from The Jerusalem Post & Jpost.com graced The Sports Rabbi Show as we talked about the latest happenings in the Israel Soccer League. From Hapoel Tel Aviv’s shocking 4-1 away victory at Maccabi Haifa to Hapoel Tel Aviv’s punishment which was handed down after last week’s extra curricular activities at the Tel Aviv derby.
We also looked at Kiryat Shmona’s coaching situation with the tension between Coach Ran Ben-Shimon and owner Izzy Sheratzky, and how that may effect the coaching carousel around the league. Allon has a great column entitled “Egos mar storybook season for Kiryat Shmona” in today’s Jerusalem Post, so check it out!
We also examined Beitar Jerusalem’s fine game and win over Maccabi Petach Tikva and how that will play out as we enter the playoff rounds of the Israel Soccer League. Lastly we looked at Allon’s great article from last week about Ali Khatib entitled, “Rising star causes Palestinian-Israeli soccer conflict”.
Next Jim Williams (38:17) from The Washington Examiner made his first ever appearance on The Sports Rabbi Show and it was great to have Jim with me as we delved into various different sports topics. We looked at Jim’s background where he has been involved in sports media for many many years and discussed some of the fascinating things he has seen behind the scenes!
Jim, a friend of Chris Evert talked about Chris and a recent column he wrote about her which is a must read for the tennis lovers out there. Also, Jim and I discussed Major League Soccer, the MLS and how it has grown since its birth in 1996. That led us to the US Men’s National team, their German coach Jurgen Klinsmann and Top level international football!
Jon Scheiman (1:12:10) from True Hoops NY joined me next as we broke down the best point guard in the league, Derrick Rose! Jon’s great new column “Rose Comes Up Rosy” features his interview with Derrick Rose and a look at why he is the best!
We also discussed the New York Knicks and their troubles since Carmelo Anthony returned to the line up. Can ‘Melo & Jeremy Lin co-exist? Kind of funny this discussion would not have been anywhere near the radar 2 months ago! As the trading deadline approaches we played GM and we also looked at the Lakers vs. Celtics and their classic match up from this past week. And we took a look back at the greatest facilitator of all time Michael Jordan! Check out this great Youtube video!
Then Maayan Efrat (1:40:16) from Maariv was welcomed to the show and we broke down Maccabi Tel Aviv’s chances next week in the Euroleague quarterfinals best of 5 series against Panathanikos. The Greek outfit, though not as strong as last year’s team that defeated Maccabi in the finals is still a huge player on the European stage and will give Maccabi all kinds of problems.
Maayan & I also discussed Maccabi’s plans for next season, will they play in the Adriatic League again? What will be their presence in the Israeli League? How will the increased matches in the Euroleague play a factor in their decision and how will Avner Koppel’s move to become the head of the Israel Basketball Association play into Maccabi’s future! So listen in as one of basketball’s best and brightest writers talks about Israel’s #1 team!
To close the show Doc Ike (1:54:03) & I talked about big news of the week, that being Sidney Crosby’s return to the NHL this Thursday against the New York Rangers. We also analyzed the MVP/Hart Trophy candidates, the Vezina/best goaltender and Adams/top coach of the season for the 2011-12 year. we came up with a bunch of good names and players, so tune in to hear who we think have had an impact this year in the NHL!