Jewish Basketball Team Punished for being Kosher in Texas

February 29, 2012

(JC)(Arizona Jewish Post / JTA Ben Harris) A Texas school’s basketball team have been denied its chance to compete in a state championship because the game has been scheduled for Shabbat.
Pupils at the Orthodox Jewish Robert M Beren Academy in Houston were left celebrating after they reached the semifinals of the state contest.
But their victory was short-lived after organisers refused to change the time of the match from 9pm on Friday – after sunset – despite an appeal lodged by the school to the Texas Association of Private and Parochial Schools.
Edd Burleson, the association’s director, said that when the school first joined the league they were advised that this problem could arise.
“If schedules are changed for these schools, it’s hard for other schools,” he told the New York Times.
The school’s basketball coach, Chris Cole said. “One reason this is a big deal to many, is that no Orthodox Jewish team, from what we’ve heard, has ever won a state basketball championship.”(Details)


Hezbullah claims basketball players are spies …the most bizarre story yet

December 23, 2011
(Carl) Hezbullah is claiming that eight basketball players, who formerly played in Israel, must be Israeli spies.

Hezbollah’s mouthpiece Al-Manar TV aired a report criticizing Lebanese authorities for allowing eight foreign basketball players who had previously played in Israel to play for teams in Lebanon. One of the players, Sam Hoskin, plays for Lebanon’s national team. Hoskin, an American, previously played for Israeli basketball club Hapoel Galil-Elyon.
Abd el-Malek Sachriya, who heads an organization promoting legislation aimed at boycotting Israel, told Al-Manar’s website that Lebanese authorities are responsible for the “scandal” in which Hoskin was allowed to become a citizen of the Arab country.

I guess Hoskin isn’t a ‘Palestinian.’ If he was, he could not become a citizen of Lebanon.

He said Lebanon was “half-asleep” and wondered “how can it be that eight players who have played in the Zionist entity come to play in Lebanon – and one of them is even granted citizenship – without anyone knowing who they really are?”
Sachriya said he would meet the Lebanese sports minister next week to discuss the matter. “Any player who entered the Zionist entity and came to Lebanon must be expelled immediately,” he said.
“Players who came from Israel may have been recruited by Mossad – this is a danger to national security,” Sachriya continued. “As we know, the enemy uses all the means at its disposal to achieve its goals and harm the Lebanese resistance.”

From reading the list of players at the end of the article, it seems that at least some of them are over the hill. Of course, Lebanese teams will never play Israeli teams, so we will never find out how they compare. They sound paranoid to me.

That is insane


Israel welcomes NBA refugees

November 7, 2011

(sizedoesntmatter.com)The addition of locked-out NBA players to the team rosters of the Israeli Super League has added a totally unique dynamic to the current basketball season.
At the moment, about six percent of the locked-out NBA players – many of them international players who have returned overseas – are plying their trade in foreign leagues. Most of them are on two-month contracts or with open escape clauses, which allow them to leave as soon the NBA reaches an agreement with the Players Association.
Jordan Farmar (Maccabi Tel Aviv), Avery Bradley (Hapoel Jerusalem), J.J. Hickson (Bnei Hasharon Herzliya) and Craig Brackins (Maccabi Ashdod) are the four locked-out players currently appearing in the local league, while Trevor Booker, also of Ashdod, is waiting to recover from a pre-season injury.
All of these players have chosen to keep playing rather than sit out the lock-out like their colleagues, and each has his own reason. For example, Farmar, who is Jewish, has strong ties to Israel because he was raised by an Israeli stepfather. Bradley, who played only one college season at Texas before turning pro, and then lost most of his rookie season with the Boston Celtics due to injury, is playing to get added experience.
While none of these players are of superstar “instant impact” caliber, all are expected to make a significant contribution to their new teams. Though none of the players or coaches interviewed by Haaretz claimed to be overly concerned by the lock-out, the specter of the labor dispute, and just when it will end, still hovers in the background.
Hickson had 20 points in his debut with Bnei Hasharon on Sunday, but his team was still blown out by host Hapoel Holon. Farmar, whose adjustment has been slowed by injuries, fouled out with just six points against Barak Netanya last night (see story). Bradley and Brackins are all still getting acclimated. According to Maccabi Tel Aviv coach David Blatt, “Any player who hasn’t played in Europe, even an NBA player, has to be expected to go through an adjustment period to European basketball, and the pace of adjusting is usually connected to the player’s attitude.”
The difference between style of play and rules has often been cited.
International basketball allows a lot more contact than the NBA, and the style of play is basically team oriented rather than based on stars and individual talent. Foreign players cite the Israeli league as very, very up-tempo, which makes it a fun place to play, and the rabid fans and small intimate arenas are reminiscent for them of high-school basketball in America.
Brackins has probably made the quickest adjustment so far, scoring an impressive 23 points in his second league game last week against Elitzur Netanaya. “He came here to learn and invest,” says his coach at Ashdod, Ofer Berkovicz. “And he’s been improving all the time.”
Israel enjoys an excellent reputation among American basketball players these days. The abundance of good weather, good food, beautiful women and English speakers, plus a more than acceptable level of basketball, has been passed through the grapevine and makes players choose la dolce vita here despite the risks of a Katyusha crashing down on a local arena. When asked, Brackins explained his choice of Israel over offers from other foreign leagues. “I have a lot of friends who have played here and every one of them simply raved about this place,” he said.
Local teams are buying into this two-month rent-a-pro program after years of experience of foreign players coming over and leaving in mid-season for one reason or another. They go and another player is brought in to replace him. According to Berkovicz, “We see Craig (Brackins ) as an important addition, but it’s clear we aren’t building the team around him.”
Reasons for using locked-out players can vary from team to team. Bnei Hasharon coach Roi Hagai told Haaretz, “We are doing this as a favor to our fans. It gives them a chance to see an NBA player right in front of their eyes rather than on TV. After all, we are involved in show business here, and it also advances the league.”
As usual, Maccabi Tel Aviv is thinking two steps ahead. When asked if they have a contingency plan for the day Farmar leaves, coach Blatt told Haaretz: “That was one of the reasons we brought in Theodoros Papoloukos.”
Regarding Farmar, he added, “As a Jewish player, with a strong connection to Israel, we are rolling out the red carpet to Jordan in the hope that he’ll come back later in his career.”
Source: Haaretz

Israeli NBA Player Victim of Hate Crime. Obama Ignores Statistics.

September 10, 2010
Another stat that shows that it is Jews not Muslims who are suffering from hate crimes

After being drafted 23rd overall in the first round of the 2009 NBA Draft, Omri Casspi became the first Israeli-born player to ever play in the league. Prior to his rookie season, Casspi, a 6’9 forward, had spent his entire life in Israel, but now a year into his American experience and on the eve of Rosh Hashanah, he’s been forced to face the reality that “post-racial” America was just a figment of the liberal media’s collective imagination.

KCRA Sacramento reported:

A mural featuring Sacramento Kings small forward Omri Casspi was defaced with a swastika just before an important Jewish holiday.
The mural is near 16th and R streets in midtown Sacramento, about a half-block from Fremont Park.

Casspi, who is Jewish, was raised in Israel and is the only NBA player born in that country.

The vandalism was reported Wednesday morning; the Jewish holiday of Rosh Hashanah begins at sunset Wednesday.

Based on a preliminary investigation, Sacramento police said the vandalism might be investigated as a hate crime.

Obama likes basketball …but I doubt this will change anything in the Obama administration. Wonder why? Because it doesn’t work in Obama’s narrative.

There were 1,606 hate crime offenses motivated by religious bias in 2008. A breakdown of these offenses shows:
  • 65.7 percent were anti-Jewish.
  • 13.2 percent were anti-other religion.
  • 7.7 percent were anti-Islamic.
  • 4.7 percent were anti-Catholic.
  • 4.2 percent were anti-multiple religions, group.
  • 3.7 percent were anti-Protestant.
  • 0.9 percent were anti-Atheism/Agnosticism/etc. (Based on Table 1.)

via fbi.gov

 and yet the slant of our media and government is otherwise 

USA Cheerleaders Wear Pants for Sharia

September 2, 2010


ahmadinejadsmilesmaller.jpgJust so we’re all clear on the issue, THIS IS THE WAY A CHEERLEADER IS SUPPOSED TO LOOK: There’s been a lot of hype about the USA National Basketball Team playing Iran in the World Basketball Championship.  Tuesday, Team USA beat Iran, but with the PC pandering of “our” team, it’s as if we lost. Sadly, Team USA Coach Mike Krzyzewski and players were all too dhimmi-esque regarding Iran.  Barf.  Then, the cheerleaders had to wear long pants to respect Islam and Iran.  Double barf.

Coach K, Team USA, & Dancers
Dhimmi Up for Iran, Islam

via debbieschlussel.com
and ibloga.blogspot.com

I don’t even like basketball. The Cheerleaders were all I had.
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