By Nate Bloom
Final Olympics Update
I share information with Jewish Sports Review (JSR) magazine, a print-only publication that is the best source, by far, about who is Jewish in sports from the high school level through the pros. Their policy, re the Olympics, is not to release their info about first-time Olympic athletes to me until that info appears in the magazine. That issue is now out. Here are the London Games Jewish athletes not mentioned in my prior columns: OLYESA POVH, 24, won a bronze medal as a member of the Ukraine’s 4x100M relay team. Povh recently spoke to an Israeli paper and said she may make aliyah to Israel; BEN PROVISOR, 22, wrestled for the U.S. in the 163-lb. Greco-Roman competition. He won his first match, but then was eliminated; and NICOLE ROSS, 23, U.S. fencer (foil). She lost in the first round.
Following is a list of Jewish players in the NFL as of Sept. 20. JSR helped me and this list is far more accurate than other lists that float around the web, including one provided by the Jewish Telegraph Agency. Let me say this: a lot of Jewish fans think there is some cluster of unknown Jewish pros. Their mantra is to respond to this list with “what about?” and then chant the names of players with “Jewish-sounding names,” like Andrew Luck (who isn’t Jewish). The fact is that by the time players reach the NFL, JSR has run-down virtually every Jewish player. Now and again, a “half Jewish” player, who was raised secular, is uncovered after he reaches the pros. Such players number about one every three years.
GREG CAMARILLO, 30, wide receiver, New Orleans. GABE CARIMI, 24, right tackle, Chicago; ANTONIO GARAY, 32, nose tackle, San Diego; ERIK LORIG, 26, fullback, Tampa Bay; TAYLOR MAYS, 24, strong safety, Cincinnati; ADAM PODLESH, 29, punter, Chicago; GEOFF SCHWARTZ, 26, outside linebacker, Minnesota; and Geoff’s brother, rookie MITCHELL SCHWARTZ, 23, outside tackle, Carolina. (The brothers Schwartz, Carimi, and Podlesh have two Jewish parents; Garay and Mays, who were raised Jewish, and Camarillo, who was raised secular, have Jewish mothers/non-Jewish fathers; Lorig, raised secular, has a Jewish father). Veterans released in the off-season or pre-season: KYLE KOSIER, OG, Dallas; IGOR OLSHANSKY, DE, Miami; and SAGE ROSENFELS, QB, Minnesota.
Footnotes: Brian DeLa Puente, center, New Orleans, has been removed from the JSR list. To be listed, a player must have one “fully” Jewish parent and be raised Jewish or secular. DeLa Puente recently clarified his background: his father is not Jewish and his mother’s father was not Jewish. His maternal grandma was Jewish (which makes him a “halachic Jew”). The player considers himself “nothing” in a religious sense. Also: An online user-edited encyclopedia has “made-up” what JSR says about Adam Goldberg, tackle, MN. Goldberg’s father is Jewish, but he was raised in his mother’s Christian faith. The encyclopedia now says that JSR reported that Goldberg now considers himself Jewish. JSR has never reported this.
Funny and Not So Funny Fantasy
The following movies open on Friday, Sept. 28:
The 3-D animated film “Hotel Transylvania” is the first full-length movie directed by GENNDY TARTAKOSKY, 42. He was born in the former Soviet Union. In 1977, he immigrated to the U.S. with his parents (both were professional people fed-up with Soviet anti-Semitism). The family first settled in Columbus and then moved to Chicago, where the future-director mostly grew-up. Two years of college animation classes led to a TV animation job and then a decades-long climb up the “animation ladder” (including being hired by George Lucas to direct the Emmy-winning 2003 mini-series, “Star Wars: Clone Wars”).
The plot: Dracula (ADAM SANDLER, 46) owns a lavish hotel where monsters can live it up without humans bothering them. One weekend, Dracula invites some of the world’s most famous monsters to celebrate the 118th birthday of Mavis, Frankenstein’s daughter. Then an ordinary guy (ANDY SAMBERG, 34) stumbles on the hotel and takes a shine to Mavis. FRAN DRESCHER, 54, voices Frankenstein’s wife, with JON LOVITZ, 55, as the voice of the Hunchback of Notre Dame, now working as a gourmet hotel chef.
“Looper” is a sci-fi thriller set in the year 2042. The plot: time travel is possible, but illegal and available only to criminals. A gangster gang gets rid of people by sending them to 2012 where Joe (JOSEPH GORDON-LEVITT, 31), their crack killer, eliminates them. Then the mob decides to “close the loop” by sending the 2042 Joe (Bruce Willis) to 2012, where the young Joe will kill his future self.