Wednesday, November 30, 2011

Profile: Matthias Sindelar

Thanks, commenter. Not a Jew. Details here.

Sindelar's goal against France in the 1934 World Cup means at least two Jews have scored at the world's biggest stage: Sindelar and Mordechai Spiegler.

Thanks to Patrick from Cork City for the suggestion.

Tuesday, November 29, 2011

Profile: Hank Azaria

The latest victim of Azaria's abilities was the American re-make of the British comedy, Free Agents, which last a whole four episodes on NBC. Yikes. Still, we can't help but like Hank for his Simpsons stuff, and well, maybe one of these days we'll get suckered into something good for a change...

Azaria was suggested by Harvey from Shaftsbury, VT, Devi from Winter Park, FL, Bruce from LA, Arthur from NYC, Simon from UK, Blair from Chicago, Ben from Spain, Daniel from New York, and Kristine from Florida.

Monday, November 28, 2011

Settling the Score: Nancy Lieberman

Nancy Lieberman just might be the greatest women's basketball player ever. She was born Jewish, and considers herself so, here's from a 2010 interview:

I am 100% Jewish. My father’s parents were deeply religious, we had two sets of silverware when we went and ate over there. My mother’s side observed the major holidays. It was more relaxed. I went to Hebrew School as well. [...] I consider myself a progressive Jew.

However, strange for someone so accomplished, she is missing from both the National Jewish Sports Hall of Fame and the International Jewish Sports Hall of Fame. And she was definitely inducted to the latter. So if one is to believe that she became a born-again Christian (maybe that's her definition of "Progressive Jew"), that would add up.

However, she does consider herself Jewish... Borderline Jew it is.

Profile: Cristie Kerr

The web is notoriously murky on Kerr's potential Jewishness, so thanks to reader Steve from Florida for clearing it up!

Friday, November 25, 2011

Profile: Rachel Dratch

Poor Rachel, forever lost behind Tina Fey, Amy Poehler, and Ana Gasteyer. At least, her lovers with Will Ferrell never failed to crack me up. Debbie Downer, on the other hand...

Rachel was suggested by D. from Philadelphia.

Thursday, November 24, 2011

Profile: Walter Matthau

Matthau has been in our queue for seemingly years, but he deserves his due.

Happy Thanksgiving, everyone!

Suggestions from Pat from New York, Brendan from New York, Silvio from San Marino(!), Michael from Canada, and Joshua from Texas.

Wednesday, November 23, 2011

Profile: Professor Layton

So, confession time: I have not played any of the Professor Layton games. Yes, I know, they're supposed to be very good and all... I just, with a limited budget and limited time, one must pick and choose which games one plays. And the idea of a whimsical puzzle solving game in which it turns out that (spoiler alert!) everyone in town is a robot, just doesn't appeal as much as, say, being Batman.

So there ya go.

Anyway, our dear Professor was suggested by Freezair from Idaho, who did an excellent job of explaining his reasoning. Thanks Freezair!

Tuesday, November 22, 2011

Update: Ryan Braun, MVP

Ryan Braun, Jew, National League MVP.

Profile: Audrey Hepburn

Audrey's ancestry is here; there are a lot of baptisms, so the possibility of a Jew slipping in is not too likely... But you never know.

Suggestions from Rick from California, Bob from Tucson, Amanda from Texas, and Lyndsey from Florida.

Monday, November 21, 2011

Profile: Maimonides

1200 profiles! And yes, another perfect score...

Suggestions from Cole from Berkeley and Carlos from New York.

Friday, November 18, 2011

Profile: Bono

Sorry, Jewish U2 fans, just because someone thinks they might have Jewish roots, doesn't make them so...

Thanks to Alex from Houston and Ze'ev from Jerusalem for tipping us off.

Thursday, November 17, 2011

Profile: Ralph Baer

Speaking of Duck Hunt, did you know you can play as THE DUCK? Yes!

Wednesday, November 16, 2011

Settling the Score: Jake LaMotta

There has been a lot of back-and-forth on the possible Jewish mother of boxer Jake LaMotta. There is some hearsay on the web that she is Jewish. And then LaMotta and his own son contradict her Italian origins: one claims she is from Trieste, the other that she is from Sicily.

We're not sure if the following clears it up, but apparently LaMotta himself claimed -- to! -- that she was Jewish. So, until further notice, he is at Borderline Jew.

Nicknamed "The Bronx Bull", and portrayed in Robert De Niro's 1980 film "Raging Bull", Boxing legend Jake LaMotta not only had a Jewish mother, but as he revealed to TJ, has also married four different Jewish women.

Profile: Arne Jacobsen

The chair:

Jacobsen was suggested by Boris from Germany and Ben from, where else, Denmark.

Tuesday, November 15, 2011

Profile: Max Scherzer

We got a lot of requests to profile Scherzer when he was pitching for the Tigers in the playoffs. Now... not so much.

Suggestions from Roger from California, Benn from Detroit, Stephen from Montreal, Jon from Nashville, Putty from Florida, Rick from Detroit, David from St. Paul, Leboro from California, Beitler from New York, Steve from Detroit, and Matt from Cherry Hill, NJ.

Monday, November 14, 2011

Profile: Toucan Sam

In my one and only time in Jewish summer camp, about two decades ago, Froot Loops was the breakfast cereal everyone was fighting over. And why were we fighting over breakfast cereal? And why did my parents send me to Jewish summer camp? If only the answers were simple...

Friday, November 11, 2011

Profile: Bud Selig

We sort of dealt with Selig as part of the David Stern profile waaaaay back in 2008. But much like everyone needed a nation post-WWI, nowadays everyone needs their own individual profile.

Plus we're more than happy to take the opportunity to pick on MLB's beleaguered, befuddled commish.

Suggestions by Tim from East Dundee, IL, Loren from Las Vegas, Mike from NYC, Bryce from NYC, and B from Philadelphia.

Thursday, November 10, 2011

Profile: Dorothy Parker

Yes, that's really what happened to Ms. Parker's ashes. If you read the story linked, you'll see it all turned out ok in the end. Still makes for one weird afterlife...

Wednesday, November 9, 2011

Profile: Kelly Kelly

Kelly Kelly was suggested by Avi from Canada and John from St. Petersburg, FL. FOR THE LOVE OF G-D, JOHN, PLEASE LEARN TO TURN CAPS LOCK OFF. It's really not that difficult. See?

Tuesday, November 8, 2011

Profile: Ivan Reitman

Ivan Reitman was suggested by returning suggester Jason from Vancouver. A bunch of people suggested Ivan's son Jason, who'll get profiled... one day.

Monday, November 7, 2011

Profile: Eddie Carmel

The photograph is Jewish Giant, taken at Home with His Parents in the Bronx, NY, 1970 by Diane Arbus... Who deserves her own profile at some point.

Friday, November 4, 2011

Profile: Stephen Tobolowsky

Tobolowsky was suggested by Jonathan from Los Angeles, who calls Stephen the "Coolest Jew in LA". But to us, he'll always be Ned Ryerson...

Thursday, November 3, 2011

Wednesday, November 2, 2011

Profile: Sholom Aleichem

That list of perfect scores keeps growing...

Dear readers! We know of "Big River", the Huck Finn musical. The key words are "ALL-TIME HIT".

Sholom Aleichem was suggested by Vadim from Australia and Jason from Vancouver.

Tuesday, November 1, 2011

Profile: Arthur Blank

At my old job, there was a guy who could discuss merits of Home Depot vs Lowe's for HOURS. I wish I was exaggerating.

Blank was suggested by Alexander from Lakewood, NJ.

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1. Steve Jobs (+8)
2. Bill Gates (+16)
3. Ben Affleck (-2)
4. Jesus Christ (-2)
5. Mel Gibson (-1)
6. Sergei Brin and Larry Page (+76)
7. Adolf Hitler (-3)
8. Lance Berkman (+329)
9. Theo Epstein (+429)
10. Scarlett Johansson (-3)