OOOOHHHHH BBBBAAAABBBBBYYYYYYYY!!!!!!! The Sports Rabbi makes it to Israel TV with the PUNCH LINERS! An amazing time was had when I visited the studios of The Punch Liners in Netanya as I appeared on Israel’s ONLY Pro Wrestling TV Show! It was a ball and the video is above! Check it out as The Sports Rabbi wants to thank the whole gang, Alon Levin, Boaz Korpel, Dror Hakimi, Matan Sender & Sharon Palty for welcoming me with open arms! WARNING: THERE IS HARSH LANGUAGE NEAR THE BEGINNING OF THE SHOW IN A SEGMENT ENTITLED WTF.The Sports Rabbi Appears at the 19:21 mark! Enjoy!
Next on tap was Raanan Baranovsky (2:31) of Walla.co.il & Sport 1 & 2 to discuss the latest in Israel Football/Soccer League summer activities! We discussed Maccabi Tel Aviv and their plans with Jordi Cryuff & Oscar Garcia, plus we talked about Hapoel Tel Aviv and the ownership change along with Maccabi Haifa’s new coach Reuven Atar and what he brings to the table! Beitar Jerusalem was also examined and we came to a radical conclusion about their future! Raanan also gave us the rundown on Kiryat Shemona, Maccabi Netanya & Bnei Yehuda’s chances in European action that begins this week!
And speaking of Kiryat Shemona, they came up short 1-0 against Zilina in Slovakia and you can read my game report published in The Jerusalem Post and online at JPost.com by clicking this link.
Next up was Amit Tamir (24:08), one of Israel’s top basketball players who plied his trade in the University of California and continued on to Europe and then back to Israel winning the Basketball Super League Championship a few years ago with Hapoel Holon! Amit discussed his career and current activities as The Sports Rabbi was honored to have this great athlete on the airwaves!
Roey Gladstone (44:20) of Sport 5 joined me to talk Israel National Team Basketball as the club begins their way to the Eurobasket 2013 Tournament! We discussed the potential that Alex Tyus gives to the National Team as he just received his passport and we look at Maccabi Tel Aviv and their summer of signings and non-signings as well as the IBBA Chairman controversy between Avner Koppel and Tzvika Sherf!
I then had the great honor and pleasure to have one of the greatest football/soccer writers of all time Paddy Agnew (1:02:07), and the author of Forza Italia-The Fall and Rise of Italian Football, one of the finest books on Italian Football ever written! Paddy & I discussed the Italian Football League, Serie A, where it stands now against the other leagues in the world and why at one time the league was attracting the world’s best players! So tune in to hear one of the greatest soccer writers of our time and follow Paddy on Twitter @paddyagnew.
To close the show Dave Faris (1:37:40) The Sports Rabbi’s MLB correspondent took a hard look at the Los Angeels Angels budding superstar and 5 tool player Mike Trout! We also examine the MLB standings and see who is in and out of the race as we begin the second half of the season!