April 20, 2009, - 9:23 am

HILARIOUS Video: Jewish NY Jets All Pro Defensive End Shmuley Jackson Bemoans Games on Jewish Holidays

By Debbie Schlussel
When people recently complained about Major League Baseball’s opening day landing, in some major cities, on Good Friday and Passover, I thought it was ridiculous. That’s part of the price of faith–sacrifice. Some things are going to be harder, other things you’ll have to miss out on, and their importance is usually minor. That’s what my parents taught me as a kid, in rearing me as a Sabbath-observant, religious Jew. If you miss opening day, your life will still go on.
In Detroit, liberal Rabbi David A. Nelson had the gall to complain about Detroit Tigers’ opening day falling on Passover. But this is the same rabbi who has no problem hanging out with extremist, anti-Semitic, pro-HAMAS/Hezbollah imam Hassan Qazwini–an imam whom all other Detroit Rabbis, no matter how liberal, have finally shunned–and going to his mosque banquet. Whine about Tigers’ opening day. Kiss ass to Hezbollah agent Qazwini, who’s here on behalf the Iranian government. Priorities.
But, in New York, the owner of the NFL’s Jets has a legitimate beef. Two Jets games were scheduled by the League on Yom Kippur and Rosh HaShanah, the two most important and most observed Jewish holidays of the year. Many Jets fans are Jewish and owner Woody Johnson is worried he’ll lose money, have low attendance, or both. That’s a likely outcome. Here is a funny video of one of the Jets players expressing his anger over this. “Bubbie” is Yiddish for grandmother. “Meshugah” means crazy.

3 Responses

Debbie, in the opening Tigers game, did someone have the honor of throwing out the first matzohball?
Depending on the family recipe, that could have been a hardball or a softball.

Shy Guy on April 20, 2009 at 10:45 am

That was so funny.

Daniel on April 20, 2009 at 12:22 pm

I agree with you completely, Debbie.
Perhaps the good Rabbi should take the time to read a bit about Hank Greenberg, the retired Tiger Hall of Famer, and first Jewish sports superstar.
Greenberg refused to play on Yom Kippur in 1934, even though the Tigers were in a pennant chase. He was lambasted by some in the press, but he stated that he was a man of conscience first and a ballplayer second.
I’ll take this opportunity to air a timely gripe of mine. While I have absolutely nothing but admiration for Jackie Robinson, why does MLB celebrate him each and every year and retire his number throughout the game, yet all but forget Greenberg, who put up with JUST as much crap as Robinson?

Islam Delenda Est on April 20, 2009 at 1:31 pm

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