The Shmooze

Joe Namath's Jewish Fur Guy

By Anne Cohen

You may not have followed the Super Bowl, but chances are you’ve heard about the dead animal gracing Joe Namath’s back during the coin toss.

Namath’s fur coat comes to you courtesy of one Marc Kaufman, owner of Marc Kaufman furs, who apparently provided the former Super Bowl III hero with the Men’s Fur Coyote Parker when he dropped into the store last week, the New York Daily News reported.

He looked at it, and he said, ‘Wow,’” Kaufman told the Daily News. “He put it on. He turned around. He had a big grin on his face.”

The price for this pelt worthy of “American Hustle”? A cool $3,000.

Kaufman’s other A-List clients include fellow tribe-member Drake, and P. Diddy. According to the furrier, business is up since Namath’s appearance, with orders coming in from as far away as Dubai (to counter the freeze of air-conditioning, perhaps?).

Despite his exclusive clientele, Kaufman admitted he was excited to see Namath don one of his creations at Met Life Stadium.

“Everybody loves Joe,” he said. “He’s an icon.”

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6 Lessons From This Year's Jewish Super Bowl Ads

By Anne Cohen

Well, the Super Bowl has come and gone. It’s time for the take-away: The Broncos really need a hug. Bruno Mars was meh. This was possibly the most Jewish Super Bowl of all time.

If the whole SodaStream/Scarlett Johansson debate, and the availability of a game-time knish (for a whopping $6, mind you) didn’t tip you off, all you had to do was follow the ads. Here are some of the lessons we learned from some of our top Jews this year:

1. Bob Dylan wants you to buy American.


2. Bob Dylan wants you to buy Chobani. (Also, Mandy Patinkin voice-over!)


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Behold, the Super Bowl 'Seinfeld' Reunion

By Jana Banin

(JTA) — The rumored Seinfeld reunion finally happened! Teased in a spot during the Super Bowl, Jerry Seinfeld’s latest episode of his web series “Comedians in Cars Getting Coffee” featured Seinfeld and Jason Alexander reprising their roles from the hit show.

A decade and a half later, George is still just as easy to dislike, especially if you’re the Wassersteins. Turns out George ruined their last Super Bowl party with his overzealous cheering and master bathroom antics. George and Jerry hash this out, old married couple style. Plus, thanks to a visit from everyone’s favorite nemesis, we get to hear Jerry say “Newman!”

Dare we say it was more exciting than the game itself?

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The 'Noah' Super Bowl Trailer is Here

By Anne Cohen

Move over ScarJo — the ‘Noah’ Super Bowl trailer has arrived.

So, take a break from controversy, sit back, relax and enjoy. Because, let’s face it: the only thing that could make us look away from Scarlett Johansson’s SodaStream spot is Russell Crowe playing a biblical character in a Darren Aronofsky film.

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Not a Fan of Bruno Mars? Tune in to The Kosher Super Bowl Halftime Show

By Michael Kaplan

Those not too fond of the Red Hot Chili Peppers or Bruno Mars may be excited to learn that a Jewish radio network will be hosting its own alternative halftime show — a “kosher” one.

The Nachum Segal Network has announced that it will be airing an alternative show featuring Jewish stars Lenny Solomon, Shlock Rock, Avromie Weisberger, Jonathan Rimberg, Ari Boianguiu and Ethan Bill. And like the official halftime show, the network says it might have a few surprises.

The 20-minute video, which will coincide with the Super Bowl’s official halftime show, will also be available on their website, Youtube channel and Facebook page after the show, JNS reported.

“The halftime show is a key component of the big game, and the NFL consistently brings the biggest names in contemporary music to play on the main stage. The only issue is that those acts often don’t appeal to the Jewish crowd,” radio host Nachum Segal was quoted saying in JNS. “We are proud to be providing a quality, kosher alternative that will entertain Jewish audiences and maintain a family-oriented vibe even during halftime.”

Believe it or not, the Nachum Segal Network’s show won’t be the first kosher halftime alternative.

Yashiva University has produced videos for the past two years featuring professors from the educational institution speaking about the spiritual side of sports.

Last year’s event was advertised with: “Forget the commercials - Are you ready for some — Torah?!”

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6 Most Jewish Super Bowl Ads

By Anne Cohen

Everyone is talking about Scarlett Johansson’s upcoming Super Bowl ad for SodaStream. FOX has already nixed the original version, though not because of any political concerns — apparently it’s a big no-no to make fun of Coke and Pepsi.

But what about the other Jews who have carved their spot in the Super Bowl ad Hall of Fame?

Get ready for a little trip down memory lane, paved with Ferris Bueller parodies, a Jerry Seinfeld/Jay Leno rivalry, and even an Elton John/Paula Abdul duet.

And really, after being bombarded with news of his misadventures, who doesn’t want to feign ignorance and ask: “What’s a Bieber?”

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'Seinfeld' Reunion or Super Bowl Ad?

By Anne Cohen

The Internet almost exploded last week when someone snapped a picture of Jerry Seinfeld and Jason Alexander walking into Tom’s Restaurant, the inspiration for “Seinfeld“‘s Monk’s diner.

As expected, the rumor mill started running at warp speed: Was it a promo stunt for “Comedians in Cars Getting Coffee”? Were just they craving a Big Salad? Is a “Seinfeld” reunion in the works?

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Beyonce's Booty Didn't Kill Super Bowl Lights

By Reuters

An electrical relay device, not anything to do with Beyonce’s scorching halftime show, caused the power outage that killed some of the lights at the Super Bowl last Sunday, power company Entergy Corp has said.

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Not That Hot: Pop star Beyonce thrilled fans at the Super Bowl. But her scorching halftime show didn’t cause the power outage that followed, as some speculated.

With over 108 million Americans watching a game which was televised in more than 180 countries worldwide, about half the stadium lights went dark early in the second half of the National Football League’s championship game, in which the Baltimore Ravens defeated the San Francisco 49ers, 34-31.

Many Americans believed the outage had something to do with Beyonce’s lights-out halftime show. The pop superstar, flaunting her post-baby figure, blew away the crowd with a knockout performane, including a reunion with her Destiny’s Child colleagues.

Baltimore led 28-6 when the lights went out and some say the disruption at the New Orleans Superdome, which lasted about 35 minutes, was a momentum changer that allowed the 49ers to get back in the game.

The device was specifically installed to protect the Superdome’s equipment in the event of a cable failure between the switchgear and the stadium, Entergy said on Friday.

The relay had functioned without issue during a number of other events, including the New Orleans Bowl, the New Orleans Saints-Carolina Panthers game, and the Sugar Bowl.

But during Super Bowl XLVII on Sunday, the relay device triggered, signaling a switch to open when it should not have, which caused a partial power outage in the building.

Entergy said the device has since been removed from service and new replacement equipment was being evaluated.

“While some further analysis remains, we believe we have identified and remedied the cause of the power outage and regret the interruption that occurred during what was a showcase event for the city and state,” Charles Rice, president and chief executive officer of Entergy New Orleans, said in a statement.

Entergy New Orleans, a unit of Entergy Corp, provides electricity to more than 160,000 customers and natural gas to more than 100,000 customers in Orleans Parish in Louisiana.

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Bar Refaeli's Pucker Power

By Renee Ghert-Zand

Who knew Bar Refaeli’s outré Super Bowl ad for Go Daddy would have such pucker power? HuffPo ran a piece on all the lucky guys the supermodel has smooched with, as well as another on nerdy Jesse Heiman who got to play tonsil hockey with her in the commercial. Hillel at Stanford University got in on the sexy action, too, by using an image from the televised spot to advertise its upcoming Birthright Israel trip.

Bar Refaeli’s ex-boyfriend Leonardo DiCaprio was seen last Friday goofing around in a Miami nightclub with buddies Jonah Hill, Gerard Butler, Bradley Cooper, and Mel Gibson (yes, Mel Gibson).

Also not on their best behavior over Super Bowl weekend were Drake and his friends, who were so rowdy that neighbors called the cops on them twice.

And in our last Super Bowl weekend-relate item, if Bar Refaeli’s Go Daddy ad wasn’t sexy enough for you, there’s this “2 Broke Girls” promo featuring Kat Dennings and Beth Behrs pole dancing.

“Oz: The Great and Powerful” co-stars Michelle Williams, Rachel Weisz and Mila Kunis grace the cover of InStyle’s spring fashion issue. In an interview inside the magazine, Williams says she didn’t know who her now-boyfriend Jason Segel was before she started going out with him.

Watch Max Greenfield tell Anderson Cooper about how “Gangnam Style” is a huge hit with his 3-year-old daughter Lily and her friends.

We’ve all be reading a lot about Lena Dunham lately, but here’s a chance to get to know her boyfriend, Jack Antonoff of the Grammy-nominated band called “fun.”

Here is a fun preview item for those of you who can’t wait to see “Admission,” the new romcom starring Paul Rudd and Tina Fey. And here’s another.

In not-so-good news for Ricki Lake, her new talk show has been cancelled after just one season.

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Bar Refaeli To Steam-Up Super Bowl Ad

By Renee Ghert-Zand

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SodaStream won’t be the only Israeli export fizzing things up at the Super Bowl come February 3. None other than supermodel Bar Refaeli, the hottest woman alive in 2012 according to Maxim, will join Danica Patrick in one of those racy Go Daddy ads we’ve all come to expect during the biggest broadcast of the year.

Patrick, known better for these sexy commercials for the Internet domain name company than for her race car driving career, will be making a record 12th Super Bowl appearance. On the other hand, this will be Refaeli’s first time on screen during the NFL championship game.

The women have just finished filming the spot, titled “Perfect Match,” in Los Angeles. With no more information made available about it, our imaginations are left to run wild about the chemistry between the pair.

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Madonna To Kick Off Tour in Israel

By Renee Ghert-Zand

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The Super Bowl halftime show was just the start. All of us are going to be seeing a lot more of Madonna this year, but Israelis are going to be the first to see — and hear — her.

Following the release of her new album, “MDNA” on March 26, Madge will kick off a world tour in Tel Aviv. Her many Israeli fans will have to scramble for tickets for her May 31 performance at the Ramat Gan Stadium, where she is expected to sing both new and old songs in characteristic spectacular style. This will be the Material Girl’s fourth concert in Israel, following one in 1993 and two in 2010.

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Video: Seinfeld in Acura Super Bowl Ad

By Renee Ghert-Zand

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If Matthew Broderick can do it, then so can Jerry Seinfeld. Sell cars, that is. Hot on the (w)heels of Broderick’s reprise of his famous Ferris Bueller alter ego to hock a Honda, we have Seinfeld doing his shtick to push the new Acura NSX.

It seems these days you don’t even have to wait until Super Bowl Sunday to watch Super Bowl ads. Four and half million pairs of eyes have been on Seinfeld’s extended-length commercial since Monday, nearly a week before the game kick off.

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