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A Bagel Bowl with Everything

Jewish football: it exists!

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The Milken Community squad in action (sans pads).(milken Community)

As a former stand-out (benchwarmer) on a high school (junior varsity) football team in Texas, I welcome the news of the West Coast’s inaugural “Bagel Bowl,” allegedly the first match-up of Jewish high school football teams on America’s traditional weak side formation. Between the pre-and-post-game Lord’s Prayers and casual jokes about a Jewish defensive lineman in pursuit of a “quarter back,” it’s empowering to see more Jewish high schoolers embracing the pigskin and forming their own teams to compete in America’s most popular sport.

It was reported that over 150(!) anxious Jewish fans showed up to watch the game between the Milken Community Wildcats and San Diego Jewish Academy Lions. Those on hand were treated the pre-game stylings of the Jewish Academy’s band performing Hatikvah. The Lions, perhaps realizing the existential pressures of a Jewish home-field advantage, faltered at first, falling behind 8-0 before taking the game over (would love to know if that odd figure resulted from a two-point conversion or a safety). The Lions ultimately prevailed 25-8, which made their mothers proud.

Milken Community Loses First Football Game to San Diego Jewish Academy [JTA]

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JCarpenter says:

For at least a decade, on Thanksgiving weekend in Skokie, IL, the “Indo-Jew Bowl” has been played, featuring h.s./college alums and friends from Skokie’s Jewish and East Indian communities. Players, supporters, and fans all bring canned-goods/non-perishables as admission, the items delivered to area food pantries. More often than not, the field conditions resemble that of Soldier Field to the south. The game is fierce-friendly and in the best of academics-first athletic tradition—

MilkenParent says:

The MCHS points came on a TD and 2-point conversion. And the MCHS parents were proud too — our kids played cleanly, well (it was a close game until early in the 4th qtr), and built on their efforts.

You write mockingly – but every one of those kids (both MCHS & SDJA) takes full HS loads AND spends 2 1/2 to 3 hours per day, 5-6 days per week, working on their sport.

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