[Editor’s note: Before anyone gets upset, yes, The Dismal Political Economist is Jewish.]
The Maccabiah Games are sort of like an Olympics for Jewish Athletes. Yes we know the idea of Jewish Athletes is the stuff that jokes are made of. But let’s put an end to that silliness with two words, Sandy Koufax.
For the eclectic Stoudemire — he also has written children’s books and is the subject of a documentary that will have its premiere April 19 on EPIX— the coaching role is new but the destination will not be.He visited Israel in 2010, shortly after signing a free-agent contract with the Knicks. That trip, he said then, was spiritual in nature.
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So it turns out that Mr. Stoudemaire is a fairly extraordinary person, not at all like the typical professional athlete. It may be that he plays the game for fun, and is coaching because he actually enjoys teaching the game. And there is this.
The coming visit promises to be uplifting, too, especially if Canada earns the gold medal, something it last accomplished in 1997. But
Canada has scored a coup
just by getting a star of Stoudemire’s magnitude to , especially one who
professed in his previous trip that he believed he might be partially Jewish. Israel
Partially Jewish huh, that’s great. And yes on the left is the punchline everyone is waiting for.