(JTA) For Jewish sports fans, 2022 will be a year of highs and lows.
autumn is dominated by a anti-semitism scandal Involving Brooklyn Nets star Kyrie Irving, who shared a link to an anti-Semitic film on Twitter, initially refused to apologize. Irving’s eight-game suspension drew more attention to anti-Semitism, Black-Jewish Relations with Black Hebrew Israelites move.
Off-court controversies aside, Jewish athletes enjoyed an All-Star-caliber year in 2022.Jews in sports shine on the international stage macabia gamethis Beijing Olympics with world cup. As the sports world honors some of the best athletes of all time — we’re looking at you, Sandy Koufax and Sue Bird — we also get a glimpse of the next generation of Jewish sports stars.
We also said goodbye to some familiar faces who retired, like the Jewish Super Bowl champ Ali Mapet with Mitchell Schwartz with The duo behind Jewish sports commentary Magazine.We share memories of those who died this year, including Jewish Olympic gold medalist “Ike” Bergerwith vince cali with Franco Harris — Two sports legends who are not Jewish but whose careers are cherished by Jewish fans.
But finally, here is jewish sports report The best Jewish sports moments of the year — plus what to look forward to in 2023.
8. Jason Brown performing Schindler’s List at the 2022 Beijing Olympics
The 2022 Beijing Winter Olympics kicked off Jewish sports in spectacular fashion. dozen or so jewish athletes People from all over the world compete in hockey, ice skating, snowboarding and more.
perhaps the most famous jewish olympian was Jason Brown, a figure skater who won a bronze medal at the 2014 Sochi Winter Olympics. Brown didn’t win a medal in 2022 (he finished sixth), but he did score a personal best while gliding towards the theme of “Schindler’s List.”
Emery Lehman also competed on ice for Team USA, winning a bronze medal in team speed skating.
7. Max Fried continues his MLB dominance
Now in four full seasons in the MLB, Atlanta Braves ace Max Fried has cemented himself as one of the best pitchers in the game.
In 2022, Fried won the His first All-Star selection in winning his Triple Golden Glove Award As the best defensive pitcher in the National League.He was a runner-up for the NL Cy Young Award, given to the best pitcher in the league, and was a Named to second full-time major league team For the second straight year, he’s 14-7 in 2022 (the same mark he had in 2021) and ranks seventh in the MLB with a 2.48 average and 170 strikeouts.
The 28-year-old southpaw, a native Los Angeles native whose childhood idol was Dodger legend and lefty Sandy Koufax, had his own highlights this year — more on that below.
6. Greg Joseph scored multiple historic winners
The success of the Minnesota Vikings this season can be attributed in large part to Greg Joseph’s right foot.
jewish kicker – He’s had contact with the Jewish community in every city he’s played in – There have been five game-winners this season, two of which made history in a row.
In Week 15, Joseph drove a 40-yard field goal into the post to give the Vikings a 39-36 win over the Indianapolis Colts, the largest comeback in NFL history. The Colts lead 33-0.
Then in Week 16, Joseph hit a 61-yard field goal at the end of the clock to beat the New York Giants 27-24. It was the longest kick in Joseph’s career, the longest in Vikings history, and quite possibly the longest ever by a Jewish player.
5. Subred ended her remarkable career
From her earliest college days to her last professional game in the WNBA, Sue Bird always comes out on top In any sport: She’s a two-time NCAA champion, four-time WNBA champion, five-time Olympic gold medalist and four-time FIBA World Champion. She’s all-time leader in WNBA history in terms of assists, games played, minutes played, All-Star appearances and seasons played.
Bird announced in June that she would retire after the season her Seattle Storm lost to the Las Vegas Aces in the semifinals of the playoffs, ending her 19-year WNBA career.
Bird, who received Israeli citizenship in 2006 in part so she could play for European teams, became a respected entrepreneur, activist and basketball executive even before her career was over. It laid the foundation for her next stage of success.
4. Sports mark 50th anniversary of Munich massacre
This year marks the 50th anniversary of the Munich Olympic massacre, the terrorist attack on the 1972 Olympics 11 Israelis killed after hours-long hostage standoff.
After tense negotiation process, families of Israeli victims Compensation agreement reached with Germany Just in time for the official 50th anniversary celebration. at the same time, Israel marathon team wins gold at the European Championships in Munich, and ESPN made a documentary about Shaul Ladany, an Olympic race walker who survived the Holocaust and the Munich attack. Reported and narrated by Jewish Emmy Award winner Jeremy Sharp, the episode brings the story of the Holocaust to mainstream audiences through the network’s “E:60” series.
3. Sandy Koufax immortalized at Dodger Stadium
Sandy Koufax’s legacy as the greatest Jewish athlete of all time has never been questioned.But this past summer, nearly 60 years after the Hall of Fame pitcher Sitting by the World Series to Watch Yom KippurKoufax, 86, received one of the most meaningful mementos to date: a permanent statue at Dodger Stadium.
The Dodgers unveiled the Koufax statue in a pregame ceremony on June 18 — next to one of his former teammates, Jackie Robinson — three years after initially announcing the statue. The unveiling was postponed due to the pandemic.
Koufax’s Jewish identity — and his famous Yom Kippur sit-in — were highlighted at the ceremony along with his many career accolades, including three Cy Young Awards and three seasons with more than 300 hits each Strikeouts and a score below 2.
2. Ryan Turell started his pro basketball career as a kippah
Ryan Turell, the former Yeshiva University basketball prodigy, took a giant step toward his goal of becoming the first legitimate player in NBA history.
Turell was selected by Motor City Cruise in the October G League draft, joined the Minor League affiliate of the Detroit Pistons. He became the first known Orthodox player in the league.
For Jewish fans in Detroit, Turell’s promotion brings a boost of excitement and enthusiasm. For the NBA organization, it created an opportunity to engage with the local Jewish community. The Pistons are offering kosher deals at Cruise Arena and celebrating Jewish Heritage Night and Hanukkah this month.
In Cruise’s Dec. 27 regular-season opener, Turrell dropped 21 points Only 17 minutes.
1. The Maccabean Games return to Israel
The 21st Maccabia Games, also known as the “Jewish Olympics,” took place in Israel in July.
The quadrennial international Jewish sports competition, scheduled for 2021, kicked off on July 14 at Teddy Stadium in Jerusalem with an opening ceremony.
With 10,000 Jewish athletes from around the world coming together for two weeks, there are many stories to tell.
Here’s what to look forward to in 2023
Finally, as the calendar turns to the new year, there’s (at least) one major Jewish sports storyline on deck: the 2023 World Baseball Classic, set to take place in Miami in March.
after it 2017 Cinderella Run with 2021 Olympic debutIsrael’s return to the international stage There’s More Major League Talent Than Everincluding All-Star outfielder Joc Pederson and pitchers Dean Kremer and Eli Morgan.
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