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Jewish Sports Nerds and Their Path to the Promised Land

Ep 4: How ‘Moneyball’ changed the game and opened the door to new careers in sports

November 2, 2022

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Shondas and Stereotypes: Jewish Sports Team Owners

Ep. 5: Exploring the complicated way we feel when high profile Jews behave badly

November 16, 2022

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The Sports Mitzvah

Ep. 6: How the world of professional sports reshaped a rite of passage for American Jewish teens

November 30, 2022

Sid Gillman, My Coach

A Hall of Fame lineman remembers the character traits he learned from one of the game’s greatest teachers and leaders

A coach is a teacher of not only athletic skills but of fundamental character traits that serve as a foundation for a society with values. An NFL Hall-of-Famer looks back on one of his most formative coaches: Sid Gillman, one of the game’s all-time visionaries. The Duke of Wellington is said to have declared that it was on the playing fields of Eton that the battle of Waterloo was won. He recognized that it is on the athletic field we learn loyalty, discipline, the value of hard work, acceptance of responsibility, respect for oneself and others, and the mark of a mature person: the deferment of immediate gratification for long-term goals. I first learned of Sid Gillman when I needed him most. In 1955, he was named the head coach of the Los Angeles Rams, the team of my boyhood. At the time, I was a junior at Hawthorne High School and a not very successful substitute on the varsity football team. I had been born in Boyle Heights, at the time an East Los Angeles Russian-Jewish ghetto. “Ghetto” was a fair description of the place for it was peopled by primarily Jewish immigrants who were trying to figure out how to make a living in this strange land that did not particularly want them. My father had traveled to America by himself at age 13, sent by his family to be the first to leave the oppression in Russia, where Jews could neither be landowners nor obtain an education.

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How To Win at Basketball

Over at the London Review of Books, Tablet contributor Benjamin Markovits talks to sports journalists Ben Cohen and Kevin Arnovitz about the role of data in the game

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Jews and Baseball

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Slugger

In a new biography, Mark Kurlansky explores the life of baseball great—and Jewish hero—Hank Greenberg

May 16, 2011

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Schwartz Authority

This week on Unorthodox, Jewish NFL player Geoff Schwartz and etiquette expert Patricia Napier-Fitzpatrick

September 15, 2016

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Kosher Pigskin

As football season starts, discussing backup Vikings quarterback Sage Rosenfels and other Jews in the NFL

August 30, 2010

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The Most Joltin’ Judean?

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Number of runs Hank Greenberg batted in during his 1937 American League Most Valuable Player award-winning campaign for the Detroit Tigers, maybe the greatest season a Jewish slugger’s ever had

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