The Shmooze

In Jewish Sports News…

By Josh Tapper

Hope swelled for a quick moment after the NFL’s Oakland Raiders named Bruce Gradkowski their starting quarterback earlier this week, just days after he led his team to a 16-14 comeback victory over the Arizona Cardinals.

Gradkowski isn’t Jewish.

Why? Certainly not because of Gradkowski’s quarterback rating of 66 over an inconsistent 27-game career. No, it seemed for a second that Gradkowski would make that two — yes, two! — Jewish quarterbacks on an NFL roster. But it looks like Sage Rosenfels, who’s warming the bench for the New York Giants, remains the league’s lone Jewish field general.

Gradkowski isn’t Jewish; he’s of Italian and Polish descent, according to the Raiders’ publicity department. Since Gradkowski is a middling journeyman at best, maybe we just avoided a fumble.

A couple other Jewish sports stories have cropped up recently, and neither is particularly praiseworthy.

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