Amar’e Stoudemire’s recent discovery of his Jewish roots (or not) has sports fans all a-buzz. Apparently his statements are proof enough for Sports Illustrated to include him — nay, place him atop — this slide show of “Prominent Jewish Athletes.”
FYI, Sandy Koufax follows the “newest” MOT. The other Other 22 athletes include, in order, Kevin Youkilis, Lyle Alzado, Ryan, Braun, Jon Scheyer, Hank Greenberg, Mark Spitz, Sid Luckman, Omri Casspi, , Ian Kinsler, Dara Torres, Nancy Lieberman, Kurt Angle, Ken Holtzman, Sara Hughes, Steve Stone, Jason Lezak, Corey Pavin, Igor Olshansky, Michael Cammalleri, Sue Bird, and Yossi Benayoun.
I marvel at some of SI‘s selections. No Shawn Green? No Jewish boxers? Similarly, what is the magazine’s criteria for inclusion? I’m checking with some of my sources, but I had never heard anything to the effect that Turco (an NFL goalie), is Jewish. Similarly, it’s my understanding that Pavin (golfer) and Lieberman are born-again Christians.
The game is afoot.