The Sports Rabbi: April 24, 2012
To start off the show Allon Sinai from The Jerusalem Post, JPost.com joined me to look at all the activity on and of the football pitch this past weekend. Unfortunately for fans of the Israel Soccer League, there was not much action on the field of play as Israel Football Association President Avi Luzon cancelled all of the Premier League matches because of an ugly incident on the field Friday afternoon.
Bnei Lod & Ramat Gan the top two teams in the second division and fighting for promotion, got into it in more ways than one as a massive brawl broke out in this hotly contested match up. Suspensions and fines will for sure be dealt out and Avi Luzon will have to do something to clean up the games as Knesset Member in charge of Sports & Culture Limor Livnat is coming down hard on the league.
Allon and I also looked at Maccabi Tel Aviv Basketball Club’s upcoming Israel playoff match up as the will face BC Habikaa in the best of 5 quarter final series. We then wrapped up the segment discussing not having sports on TV during Yom HaShoah, Holocaust Rememberence Day and Yom HaZikaron, Israel’s Memorial Day for fallen soldiers, especially as UEFA Champions League match ups are in full swing.
Jeff Caplan from ESPN.com Dallas/Fort Worth (18:35) came on board to look at the Dallas Mavericks, teams of the past, the championship run from last year and what the Mavs have to look forward in this year’s upcoming playoffs.
We learn about Dirk Nowitzki on and off the floor and what kind of person he is along with some of the other veteran stars on this terrific team.
Jeff a veteran sports reporter in the Dallas area also broke down the Lamar Odom fiasco, Metta World Peace’s (the former Ron Artest) elbow to James Harden’s head and how this incident may affect the Mavericks going forward. So tune in to listen to one of basketball’s best reporters!
The Sports Rabbi then welcomed Dave Faris, MLB correspondent (49:36) on the West Coast of the USA to the program as we looked at all the top stories around the world of baseball! From Philip Humber’s Perfect Game for the Chicago White Sox to the New York Yankees victories over the Boston Red Sox. To the great start of the season for the Los Angeles Dodgers and the Texas Rangers to the struggles of others, we check it out! Dave & I also look back at some of the other Perfect Games in baseball history! Listen in to find out what game Dave was at, and the two that The Sports Rabbi attended!
Next on tap we welcomed back Jon Scheiman from True Hoops NY, (1:08:27) our NBA correspondent who just relocated to Bean Town, Boston, MA! We looked at the NBA’s top stories and playoff teams, from the Lakers to the Celtics, the Knicks and the Suns, Bulls, Heat & Magic, we have a good time checking out who may be at the top of the NBA ladder this season. Make sure to check out Jon’s great website and read up on Carmelo Anthony and what he has meant to the Knicks since Mike Woodson took over the coaching reigns!
To close out the show, Doc Ike (1:29:20) took a look at the NHL playoffs thus far as the Vancouver Canucks went down in style 4-1 to the upstart Los Angeles Kings and the Penguins begin their vacation as they were eliminated by their Pennsylvania counterpart, the Philadelphia Flyers.
The Sports Rabbi will be broadcasting a special Yom Haatzmaut, Israel Independence Day show with some classic interviews of the past! So make sure to tune in later this week for more fun!