Riveting BBC Radio program, broadcast just last Thursday, commemorating the 1972 slaughter of Israeli athletes by members of the Palestinian group, Black September, at the Munich Olympics (just click the link to listen):
Another 1972 Olympic widow on her quest for remembrance.
And in tomorrow’s Plain Dealer, an op-ed by American Jewish Committee Regional Director, Lee C. Shapiro, “2012 Olympics scandal is its refusal to honor the victims of 1972.”
Haveil Havalim #275: The “I’m so busy that putting together this blog carnival is actually what substitutes for taking a break” Edition
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Welcome to this week’s edition of Haveil Havalim #275: The “I’m so busy that putting together this blog carnival is actually what substitutes for taking a break” Edition.
Founded by Soccer Dad, Haveil Havalim is a carnival of Jewish blogs — a weekly collection of Jewish and Israeli blog highlights, tidbits and points of interest collected from blogs all around the world. It’s hosted by different bloggers each week and coordinated by the formidable Jack.
No enthusiastic experiments this week like last week’s edition, but I’ll see what I can do to keep it flowing:
Batya presents If I Were To Wear A Wig… posted at me-ander. Side-note: my daughter is into anime/manga and desperately wanted to wear her character’s wig. Did not work out so well, but maybe if I wore one, she’d have been conditioned? FYI, here’s a fascinating post on Jews in Anime and Manga.
Izgad offers a book review in An Anthropologist Does ArtScroll: A Review of Orthodox by Design posted at Izgad.
Mordechai Torczyner speculates in Why does Cleveland hate LeBron James? posted at The Rebbetzin’s Husband. But I can tell you, having just driven past the famous “Witness” wall last night on my way to a friend’s 40th birthday party in downtown Cleveland that, as a parent, LeBron’s decision just sends a bad message – if it doesn’t have to be about money, then it can be about winning. And that seems to make it not be about life.
Shira sounds a theme I’ve read in other posts regarding Segregation in Israeli Schools Today posted at Table Poetry. It’s posts like this one and Mottel’s that make me ache for us to have ever-larger audiences though, so the nuances of such situations can be known and acknowledged.
Joel Katz’s weekly podcasts can be listened to here, Religion and State in Israel – July 5, 2010 (Section 1) and here, Religion and State in Israel – July 5, 2010 (Section 2) (both posted at Religion and State in Israel).
Finally, Harry looks at just how frequently all-things-Israel get mentioned in How Kagan’s hearing turned into an Israeli focus, you know where it’s posted.
Batya highlights PM Binyamin Netanyahu and Larry King “Fencing” Around The Chess Board complete with video and a link to the show’s transcript, posted at Shiloh Musings.
Batya argues, “It’s not enough to feel the spirit” in Torah Judaism, Is It Enough to Be Spiritual Without Keeping The Laws? posted at Shiloh Musings. A very provocative topic indeed.
(I love the name of this blog): Homeshuling presents What’s Jewish about competitive eating? – Homeshuling posted at Home-shuling.
Mottel’s lengthy but absolutely worth the full-read, A Fire Burns in Crown Heights: An Essay on Religion, Modernity and Pizza, has implications, imo, for all kinds of situations, religious and non. It’s posted at Letters of Thought.
Kissmeimshomer examines religion and happiness in Killing Babies and Understanding Brad Pitt’s Depression at Kissmeimshomer.
Ben-Yehudah gives some technical advice with illustrative illustrations in Do You Pay Attention To The Google Ads On Your Site? posted at Esser Agaroth.
I don’t know whether or not I’d recommend this to someone consider being a rabbi but Mordechai Torczyner’s entry, Why Rabbis Stop Believing, posted at The Rebbetzin’s Husband, sure raises a lot of good conversation points.
The title of Joshua Waxman’s entry faked me out so it’s a good thing he included what category Anisakis worms and peshat in Kukyanei, according to Rashi and Rabbenu Tam belonged to (posted at parshablog).
The title of Chaviva’s entry, Once Upon a Time, I Was Agnostic. posted at Just call me Chaviva, reminds me of when I was a freshman at Georgetown and we had to pick a second mandatory theology class (the one all frosh have to take is called The Problem of God), and I first encountered the word, “gnosticism.”
I can’t even pretend I know what he’s talking about given my insufficient education in this area, but I bet a lot of you will enjoy Joshua Waxman’s Demonic messages between Sura and Pumbedita, posted at parshablog.
That concludes this edition. Submit your blog article to the next edition of Haveil Havalim using the carnival submission form. Past posts and future hosts can be found on the blog carnival index page.
Thank you all for your submissions – they make me sad for all the time I have not had or made to read and keep up on often gripping and always real thoughts on these subjects.
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Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz (D-Fla.) had had enough. The boys always play baseball together and practice for hours. Though women can join, it’s rare. And so the feisty Floridian, who announced just this year that she had successfully battled breast cancer, teamed up with Jo Ann Emerson (R-Mo.) to create a bipartisan female softball team. They’re set to play their first — only? — game against staff from the National Republican Congressional Committee, the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee, the Republican National Committee and the Democratic National Committee — benefiting the Young Survival Coalition. [emphasis in original]
I particularly like how whatever proceeds they get will got to a charity.
And remember, a lot of these women now serving remember the impact Title IX had on them.
FYI: That would be…one blog (Politics Extra) taking news from another blog (Politico). And it doesn’t seem to have made the print version of anything anywhere yet. News anyway? I think so.
If anyone has more news on the team and its future, please drop a comment or email.
A hometown plug that benefits the Orange Schools:
I’m on the board of the Orange Schools Foundation and we’re having a Million Dollar Hole-in-One Shootout to raise money for the schools.
Please consider coming to the Orange Jubilee and participating in the chance to win. I’ll be there part of the time and it will be great fun for a great cause. Here are the deets:
For the first time ever, Orange Jubilee is pleased to welcome the Orange Schools Foundation and their $1,000,000 Hole-in-One Golf Shootout! This is your opportunity to take a chance and put all your golf skills to work to win $1,000,000.
The shootout runs from Friday, May 15 from 6-10pm and Saturday, May 16 from 12-9pm in the Orange Football Stadium. Drive 130 yards towards a pin. Balls that land within a six-foot circle of the pin automatically advance to the semi-finals. The semi-finals and finals are being held at Ursuline College in Pepper Pike.
Take a chance for only $2.00 per ball or 3 chances for $5.00! There is no limit to the number of balls attempted. Bring your favorite club or use a club provided by the Orange Foundation.
All proceeds benefit the Orange Schools through the Orange Schools Foundation. No pre-registration necessary – just come ready to hit what may be the luckiest ball of your life! For further information about the Orange Foundation or the Hole-in-One Shootout, call 216-831-8600 ext 5001 or visit www.orangeschoolsfoundation.org.
You can also see the information plus community comments and who in the neighborhood might be trying to get that money at the event’s Facebook page.
I hope to see you there!
Cleveland Browns wide receiver Donte Stallworth hit and killed a pedestrian with his Bentley on Saturday morning on a busy causeway linking Miami and Miami Beach, police said.
Stallworth was headed toward the beach when he hit Mario Reyes, 59, around 7 a.m., said Miami Beach police spokesman Juan Sanchez. Reyes was taken to a nearby trauma center, where he was pronounced dead about an hour later. He was near a crosswalk but it’s not clear if he was crossing legally.
Stallworth, 28, was cooperating and no charges have been filed, Sanchez said. Officers drew blood to test for drugs or alcohol, which is routine. Sanchez said results from the test could take anywhere from three days to three weeks.
Here’s the cleveland.com story, mostly the same as the AP.
“We are aware of the incident involving Donte Stallworth and have been in contact with his representatives,” the Browns said in a statement released this afternoon. “We understand the seriousness of this situation, but will not have any further comment at this time as this is an ongoing investigation.”
[Edited out link to overly salacious blogger post on the incident.]
There’s Bristol Palin’s situation.
And then there’s Brynn Cameron, profiled in today’s New York Times. In part:
Cameron, 22, met Leinart as a freshman when he introduced himself during study hall. They shared a laugh about how they wore the same uniform number, 11. Cameron said she had been uneasy with Leinart’s celebrity but was won over by his charm and by the goofy sense of humor they shared.
They dated for more than a year but broke up near the end of Leinart’s senior season. Soon after, Cameron learned she was pregnant.
She said her once-strained relationship with Leinart has become amicable. During football season, Leinart flies to Los Angeles on Monday, his off day, to be with Cole, and he sees his son regularly in the off-season at his home in Manhattan Beach. Leinart did not return telephone calls seeking comment for this article.
“We still fight and disagree on things,” Cameron said. “We’re both on the same page now for what we want with our son. We’ll be in each other’s lives forever, so we may as well get along and make the most of it.”
News of Cameron’s pregnancy was too good for late-night comedy writers to pass up. For Cameron, there were the barbs calling her a gold digger, eager to tap the guaranteed $14 million that Leinart would receive from the Cardinals, not to mention his endorsements.
“I was already devastated that I was pregnant,” Cameron said. “Then being pregnant and having it so public, emotionally, I can’t deal with this. There were times when I would break down — why is this so public, why do people care? After a while, you learn to not listen, to not care.”
Cameron turned to her safest haven, her family. Her parents, Stan and Cathy Cameron, met as students at Brigham Young, where Stan played basketball. They married and had four children in five years. Because they moved en masse in those early years, the Cameron children became as close socially as they were in age.
But within that environment, the children were encouraged to think for themselves. When Brynn, a Mormon like the rest of her family, was turned off by a religiously tinged recruiting pitch from B.Y.U., her parents backed her decision to attend U.S.C.
So when Cameron told her parents that she was pregnant and intended to keep the baby, she knew which question would come next: Did she want to marry Leinart?
“I was young and a lot of people said, ‘Oh, it makes it easier to get married,’ ” Cameron said. “But I was 19, Matt was off doing his thing. We had completely different lifestyles, and I don’t think either of us were willing to change.”
She added: “I had so much support. I knew I could do it. I didn’t need a husband to make it O.K.”
Cameron gave birth to Cole in October 2006 and took the year off from U.S.C., moving back home with her parents in Newbury Park, a suburb 50 miles northwest of downtown Los Angeles. When Cameron returned to campus, her parents followed, renting a nearby apartment. They cook and baby-sit, and Cathy travels to all of U.S.C.’s away games so Brynn can bring Cole along.
I recommend reading the whole article.
One thing I do want to note: just as in Bristol Palin’s FOX interview, there’s not discussion of how it happened. How these teens who were dating did or didn’t take precautions, did or didn’t assess the consequences.
Why is this so verboten? That is exactly what other teens need to hear in order to recognize the real consequences. Instead, while it is indeed a story of a family supporting one another, both the Palin and the Cameron stories show us the best case scenarios for white privileged intact families.
We know that these two portraits are not the only two images of teen pregnancy that need to be reflected. How can we help reduce unwanted pregnancies if we never talk about or ask about or write about how they happen, how they can be avoided and all the possible permutations that result in the first place?
The Assistant Majority Whip for the West Virginia House of Delegates, Jeff Eldridge (D-Lincoln), is simultaneously seeking to legalize “the emerging full-contact – and often bloody – sport of mixed martial arts” while also pushing to make it “unlawful to sell Barbie and similar dolls ‘that promote or influence girls to place an undue importance on physical beauty to the detriment of their intellectual and emotional development.’”
From an article in The Charleston Daily Mail, which also describes in great detail Eldridge’s upbringing and history with fighting:
[Eldridge's] knack for and interest in competitive fighting has led Eldridge to introduce legislation that would allow mixed marital arts events in West Virginia.
In recent years, boxing has dropped in popularity, but the emerging full-contact – and often bloody – sport of mixed martial arts is gaining more fans.
Mixed martial arts is a one-on-one combat sport that allows various fighting techniques, from striking to grappling.
Kicking, punching, wrestling, kneeing, elbowing, slamming, twisting – it’s all allowed. Winners are determined by knockout, submission or referee’s decision.
The sport has come a long way since the 1990s, when U.S. Sen. John McCain dubbed it, “human cockfighting.”
“To my knowledge, no one has died in the UFC,” Eldridge said “There’s a referee and doctors on the scene. It’s professional.
“It’s aggressive, but I’ve seen bad fights in a game of marbles, too.”
Okay – take a deep breadth. Because, although Eldridge has seen bad fights in a game of marbles too, and still wants to legalize mixed martial arts? He’s got his rationale for banning Barbie all worked out:
House Bill 2918 [a bill "relating to banning the sale of "Barbie" dolls and other dolls that influence girls to be beautiful], introduced Tuesday, would make it unlawful to sell Barbie and similar dolls “that promote or influence girls to place an undue importance on physical beauty to the detriment of their intellectual and emotional development.”
“That’s the image out there that’s the most impressionable on our younger children, especially our little girls — ‘I want to be like Barbie,’” said the bill’s sponsor, Delegate Jeff Eldridge, D-Lincoln. “If we had that other image of Barbie being smart, and beautiful as well, I think that would be a great image to send to our young kids. ”
If the bill makes any headway in the Legislature, West Virginia’s government would not be the first to try to block Barbie from store shelves. Iran has tried to ban Barbie dolls in the past, in large part because of how they are dressed.
He is concerned about what could hurt girls’ self-images and said not all the blame should go to Barbie. There also is the image that parents and other family members or adults pass on to young girls that “You’re beautiful” or “You’re a princess,” instead of integrating images of both beauty and intelligence, he said.
The article says Mattel has yet to comment.
Did I mention that one of the committees to which he’s assigned is a Committee on Children, Juveniles and Other Issues?
Did I mention that Barbie’s official birthday, her 50th this year, is March 9? (Listen here to a great Diane Rehm show from Monday in which the panel debates the merits and demerits of Barbie.)
Then you haven’t heard or read Frank Deford:
A record should be one simple, outstanding thing, i.e., Wilt Chamberlain scored the most points in one game: 100. Thank you, QED, next.
But these new idiotic records combine two or more disparate numbers to make what only sounds like a very important point. Here are some actual examples I’ve come across:
He’s the first teenager in the last 33 years with three triples and two intentional walks in one season.
Now just stop. Have you ever heard any fan say, “Well, one thing about Joe, he’s a valuable guy because he hits triples and gets intentional walks?” Of course not. So, next:
He was the second quarterback since 1970 to complete less than 30 percent of his passes and throw four interceptions in a victory.
And hey, if you’re going to talk about the past, for it to mean anything, you have to stick to round numbers. But not any more.
He was the second pitcher in the last 83 years — 83! — to win 13 more games than he lost for a team finishing 13 games or worse under .500.
You gotta stand in awe of whoever figured that out.
He’s the only pitcher in — get this — the last 4,113 to debut with 10 strikeouts and no walks.
Wow, how many before the last 4,113?
He’s the first player since 1912 with 50 doubles and 50 stolen bases in one season.
A combination of doubles and stolen bases? How ’bout hit by pitcher and sacrifice flies?
He’s the first catcher over the age of 35 to hit .330 with 20 homers and 85 runs batted in.
So, did some other plus-35 catcher have 25 home runs and 80 RBIs?
He’s the first National League player to account for as many as 30 steals and 25 double plays in one season.
Steals and double plays together? This is like saying, “He’s the first archaeologist to find 23 dinosaur bones and 12 Spanish doubloons on the same hunt.”
Here’s a meaningless pick-a-number quintuple nonsense record:
He is only the third player to hit .300 with at least 15 triples, 10 home runs, 20 doubles and 50 stolen bases.
Imagine the time it takes to find these goofy combinations.
Only five clubs in the wild-card era have trusted 15 starts to three 23-and-under pitchers.
Please, say, how many 22-year-olds with 12 starts?
He is the first pitcher in 24 years to win 70 percent of his decisions while logging more strikeouts than innings pitched.
He is one of 17 players under the age of 23 to twice hit 20 home runs and drive in 90.
His 5.17 ERA was the fourth worst in National League history by a left-hander with at least 200 innings.
And finally, I say:
These are the stupidest combination numbers stuck together by anyone over the age of 17 who speaks English since 1914.
This is another person whose name I love to hear pronounced, but mostly, I remember thinking what a good looking guy he was (I watched a lot of golf when I was in high school):
I didn’t realize that he’s battling brain cancer, at the age of 51, until I saw a headline that said he was just getting out of intensive care. You can read more here but thinking good thoughts for his recovery.
I wrote about Alaska Governor and GOP VP nominee Sarah Palin’s attempt to use former Secretary of State Madeleine Albright’s words to flip the gender card earlier today.
Albright responded to Palin’s remarks in a statement to the Huffington Post on Sunday. “Though I am flattered that Governor Palin has chosen to cite me as a source of wisdom, what I said had nothing to do with politics. This is yet another example of McCain and Palin distorting the truth, and all the more reason to remember that this campaign is not about gender, it is about which candidate has an agenda that will improve the lives of all Americans, including women. The truth is, if you care about the status of women in our society and in our troubled economy, the best choice by far is Obama-Biden.” [my emphasis]
Thank you, Madam Secretary.
I wasn’t in town during the games (Aug. 10-15) but here are a few articles about them:
The Shaw JCC of Akron is hosting the JCC Maccabi Games from August 10 to August 15.
The event billed as an international Olympic-style, athletic, cultural and social event has been bringing Jewish teens together yearly since 1982.
The JCC Maccabi Games will involve teen competitors between the ages of 12 to 16 and draw more than 650 athletes, families and spectators to Akron.
Most of the athletes are drawn from across the country but some are coming to Akron from as far away as Israel and Hungary.
Here’s a nice narrative by the Akron Beacon Journal on the experience from the perspective of hosts and helpers:
”A lot of people in their 60s and 70s are housing kids this week,” Faye Regal said. ”They brought us out of the woodwork. . . . We’re having a great time with our new kids. The experience really takes us back. I feel like these kids are my own, at least this week.”
The Regals raised a son and daughter, but have been empty-nesters ever since their daughter got married two decades ago.
They are one of 121 families in the Akron area hosting the 350 Jewish athletes. They also are volunteers during the competition and work at the tennis matches.
”The best thing about housing the kids is that they are just like grandchildren,” Faye Regal said. ”You have them for a while to enjoy, and then after the week you turn them back over to their parents.”
The West Side Leader describes the historical and international aspects:
Though the JCC Maccabi Games are a chance for fun and competition, there is also an emphasis on history. According to organizers, the opening ceremonies of every JCC Maccabi Games include a tribute to the 11 Israeli Olympians murdered at the 1972 Olympics in Munich. Part of the Akron Games’ tribute included a performance by The Dance Institute of UA, shown at right middle.
In addition, officials said the Maccabi Games strive to teach teens the value of “tikkun olam,” the Hebrew phrase for “repairing the world.” That value took center stage during the Games’ Day of Caring and Sharing Aug. 13, a community service project that is a part of each JCC Maccabi Games and provides all athletes a chance to give back to the host community. Delegates were able to participate in four different community projects in Akron.
I found reaction to the event in this blog post, but I’m not sure how to interpret the writer’s thoughts. It ends with this:
Come on, the Jews have most of the money and run most of the business world…do you REALLY need to rub it in our faces have your own freakin’ Olympics!? Just stick to penny-pinching, lawyering and filling up the upscale communities in America’s suburbs.
Akron’s not that big and has a lot of bloggers – if anyone can give some context, I’d appreciate it.
Did you go? Do you know anyone who competed? There were some Akron residents on my trip to Israel and they were sorry that they couldn’t be there, although they were very excited for the event and Akron.
The official Wimbledon website has a nice live-blog of this year’s Ladies’ Singles championship match at Wimbledon between sisters Venus and Serena Williams. I was just saying last night that I prefer Venus’ height and grace to Serena’s muscular oomph. But hey, I’m still just trying to stay on a treadmill for 20 minutes without complaining about my hip…or my back…or may side…
True to his word, their father flew home to the States yesterday to watch it from Florida.
Congrats to both sisters for their effort, energy and success.
I love tennis and started to get back into the game after my third child was born. There is no better way to get in shape than taking tennis three times a week during the summer, playing outdoors, while breastfeeding.
And so I really love this story about Lindsay Davenport at Wimbledon – bless her, she was 31 when she had her son and I was 31 when I had my first. But I can’t imagine gearing up for a grand slam event – other than a trifecta of laundry, dishes and sleep.
Asked if she foresaw this Wimbledon, Lindsay Davenport said, “I did not. It’s a real treat, a real honor and privilege. . . . You know, I’ve had some of my greatest memories here. What started off as a Grand Slam that I probably liked the least definitely turned into the one I liked the most in the latter part of my career.”
Fielding a question about male players with children, Davenport cracked, “It’s probably easier for a guy to come back after having a child.”
They’re in a five-bedroom house just up the road in Wimbledon Village — player, husband, coach, mother, nanny and 1-year-old son Jagger, and they’re all about the village, Ann recommending both the Indian restaurant and the Mediterranean on the corner.
And, btw, she won Tuesday in three sets.
* Phrase originally seen in this article.
Nine teenagers and two adults missing in the central Sierra Nevada during a wilderness adventure have been found safe. They apparently hiked out of the area to a nearby store.
Two adult guides, one from San Rafael, and 9 teenagers failed to meet up with a third guide as planned on Saturday, according to the Fresno County Sheriff’s Department. One of the teenagers is from East Palo Alto, the other from Alameda.
Some of what I expect we’ll hear about this incident is the fact that parents claim that Outward Bound did not notify them of the hikers’ absence from where they were supposed to be for three to four days (depending on which timeline you believe – one timeline has them missing from Saturday evening and the parents not being told until Tuesday some time).
As a parent who lived through a far more minor incident that involved not being told that something was amiss, I can only begin to imagine the anger and angst the parents felt. However, other people will argue, what good would it have done to tell them earlier.
I’m not sure what “good” it could have done, but I’m also not sure that it matters whether telling the parents what’s going on with their children is going “to do” any good. They’re the parents, they should know. Unless they’d given OB guardianship or legal custody of the children.
And more, including some clues as to how these outing companies stress that challenge and independence thing.
The names of the teens have not been released, but sheriff’s officials said they were from “all over the country,” including Hawai’i, Connecticut, Montana, Massachusetts and California.
They were reported missing to authorities on Tuesday, two days after the group missed a rendezvous with a third guide. That guide had separated from the group Sunday to scout a possible climb and when he returned to the pre-arranged meeting point, the group wasn’t there, Mushovic said.
Three people immediately set out to search for the group, then on Tuesday called Fresno officials and parents of the children, he said. The organization also called parents of children in other groups on nearby wilderness adventures.
“We’re conservative in our approach,” Mushovic said in explaining the search tactic. “It’s not common, but it’s not unheard of, for a group to get disoriented or lost for some period of time. They’ve always turned up. It’s the reason we did our own search for a couple of days.”
Guess it depends on how you define “conservative.”
If people are willing to harass a parent who let her son learn the NYC subway system at age 9, then what do those same people say to parents who spend thousands of dollars for their children to go on an Outward Bound program and get lost?
A search is under way for nine teenage hikers and two adults missing in California’s central Sierra Nevada after they failed to meet up with another hiker as planned over the weekend.
The hikers — two adult leaders and nine teens, ages 13 to 16 — were taking part in a two-week Outward Bound adventure, Stewart said.
The food and water supplies they are carrying should last them until Friday.
An adult leader — the only one equipped with a satellite phone — split away from the group to scout the next destination with the understanding all of them would meet up again later, according to a news release from the Fresno County Sheriff’s Department.
The area where they are believed to be is at an elevation of 10,000 feet, and no cell phone service is available, he said.
Outward Bound offers a variety of adventures designed to “inspire character development and self-discovery in people of all ages and walks of life through challenge and adventure,” according to a statement on the company’s Web site.
Challenge and adventure?
Wonder what the waivers and release forms look like for OB.
Godspeed to them all.
For sports fans, there’s nothing more disappointing than to see a career end before we want it to. This week, the world learned that two soon would. Belgian tennis player Justine Henin and Swedish golfer Annika Sorenstam both announced their retirements. Sorenstam, a career Grand Slam winner, is 37. Henin, a seven-time Grand Slam champion and current world No. 1, is 25. Neither plays a sport in which youth is at a premium. So it is difficult not to feel cheated: we will never again see Henin’s spry figure unleashing shots with such a variety of spins that she made the slugging behemoths of women’s tennis suffer death by a thousand slices. Sorenstam’s cool accuracy and composure will soon be lost to us, too.
To Henin and Sorenstam, an athlete’s career is in many ways no different from any other. “I have a lot of dreams, I want to live and I’m getting married,” Sorenstam said. Henin echoed: “This is the end of a child’s dream … It is my life as a woman that starts now.” The world has always admired northern European countries for their work-life balance, so we can hardly begrudge a famous Swede for saying she wants to start a family, or the planet’s best-known Belgian for simply craving a rest.
Henin’s explanation for quitting in her prime is that, quite to her own surprise, she has lost the desire to train and compete and is now interested in focusing on her personal life and her new Belgian tennis academy.
“I think I will take long, real vacation,” she said. “I’m going to appreciate going for a run with nothing at stake, just doing it for pleasure. I’ve never put my feet in skis, and next year I think I’ll be doing it the whole winter. I want to rediscover the small pleasures, not look at my watch all the time because I have to get to training the next day.”
So is it pure and simple burnout? Not according to Henin and not according to Larry Scott, the head of the WTA Tour, who heard the news and an explanation from Henin on Tuesday.
“This isn’t an exasperated, frustrated player who needs a break,” Scott said. “This is a life decision. I don’t think there’s any chance she’ll come back. Really.”
Best to them both.
Last two for the night:
About that YSU rapper, here’s info from the original article:
Eighteen-year-old freshman Jonathon Tepper is working on a fashion marketing degree at Youngstown State University, but has recently successfully marketed himself to the music industry.
Tepper, aka Throwback the Jewish King, has just signed a major record deal to New York’s top independent record label, Affluent Records, which has a few other artists such as Outlawz, Dead Prez and Hood Surgeon.
As far as being from Youngstown, Throwback raps that people hate on the Yo’, but he’s proud of where he comes from. In his songs, he focuses on misconceptions of a city back on the rise.
Throwback has done many local performances in Youngstown and the surrounding area, which has contributed to his success. He has released a album locally, but by the summer time he will celebrate his nationwide release of his first major album, “Ballin’ Since Birth.”
What a nice Jewish boy – to be paying homage to the matzah ball since he was a little kinderlach.
It took nearly half of last year’s baseball season for rabbinically supervised, strictly kosher hot dogs to be served at Indians games.
This year, Jewish baseball fans can enjoy kosher franks starting with the Tribe’s very first game.
Ghazi Faddoul, a Lebanese Christian who runs the kosher Subway restaurant at The Mandel Jewish Community Center of Cleveland, started the stand last June with help from Clevelanders Earl Lefkovitz and Tom Sudow. The two men also assisted in launching the stadium’s very first kosher stand in 1998.
The Indians discontinued rabbinical oversight on glatt kosher hot dogs, soft drinks, and other treats last season in order to expand menu offerings for fans. But months of negotiations by Lefkovitz and Sudow with the team, food distributors, and kosher organizations brought kashrut back to the ballpark.
I don’t go to the ballpark for the kosher fare, but I know that baseball is enormously popular with my rabbis, among others. So it’s nice that they are making nice.
And not just because he’s the reason I had that PDQ thing in the Plain Dealer a few weeks ago. Or because he has an awesome title for his blog, Joyrides for Shut-ins. Or because he offers up great writing about being a first-time dad. Or because he’s just a plain nice guy.
Here’s why, from an e-mail I received from Pete:
Although I’m long since out of the “bracketology” for the NCAA tournament (thanks to Xavier and Davidson for being this year’s Gonzaga) I’m in the running for another competition:
I rather accidentally ended up as a finalist for the WTAM-AM 1100 “Sportsline” Amateur Night as a caller who got a shot at his own 30 minute segment last night. I had a great deal of fun doing it, but now the real fun begins. There were 5 finalists who each did a 30 minute segment last night… and we’re all competing to be the winner of the competition. The winner gets to host an entire show with Kevin Keane after a Cleveland Indians game at Progressive Field, gets a shot at some other assorted on-air work at WTAM (baseball related) and wins a prize package as well.
All that said. I am appealing for your vote. I’m not ashamed to do so; by casting a vote for me, you’re helping to scratch that sports broadcasting itch.
Again, apologies for the spam/mass mailing nature of this email, but I figured this would be the only way to get to all of you before Friday.
Please visit the Amateur Night page and vote (and vote on multiple computers if you have access to them, because I think the website picks up on IP addresses and will only let you vote once).
Lastly, pass this along to your friends and ask them to vote on my behalf, if you would be so kind.
Thanks in advance for your help, sorry for the mass mailing and have a great weekend!
Good luck, Pete. If you win, maybe I’ll even listen to the station.
This is Barack Obama’s NCAA bracket.
Would it be entirely cruel and irrational of us to pick it apart for political motivations. Yes, obviously.
Will that stop us? Hell no!
Anyone seen one for Hillary Clinton or John McCain?