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April 9, 2014

Jonathan Tobin: Why Did Kerry Lie About Israeli Blame?

Samuel G. Freedman: A resolution 70 years later for a father's unsettling legacy of ashes from Dachau

Jessica Ivins: A resolution 70 years later for a father's unsettling legacy of ashes from Dachau

Kim Giles: Asking for help is not weakness

Kathy Kristof and Barbara Hoch Marcus: 7 Great Growth Israeli Stocks

Matthew Mientka: How Beans, Peas, And Chickpeas Cleanse Bad Cholesterol and Lowers Risk of Heart Disease

Sabrina Bachai: 5 At-Home Treatments For Headaches

The Kosher Gourmet by Daniel Neman Have yourself a matzo ball: The secrets bubby never told you and recipes she could have never imagined

April 8, 2014

Lori Nawyn: At Your Wit's End and Back: Finding Peace

Susan B. Garland and Rachel L. Sheedy: Strategies Married Couples Can Use to Boost Benefits

David Muhlbaum: Smart Tax Deductions Non-Itemizers Can Claim

Jill Weisenberger, M.S., R.D.N., C.D.E : Before You Lose Your Mental Edge

Dana Dovey: Coffee Drinkers Rejoice! Your Cup Of Joe Can Prevent Death From Liver Disease

Chris Weller: Electric 'Thinking Cap' Puts Your Brain Power Into High Gear

The Kosher Gourmet by Marlene Parrish A gift of hazelnuts keeps giving --- for a variety of nutty recipes: Entree, side, soup, dessert

April 4, 2014

Rabbi David Gutterman: The Word for Nothing Means Everything

Charles Krauthammer: Kerry's folly, Chapter 3

Amy Peterson: A life of love: How to build lasting relationships with your children

John Ericson: Older Women: Save Your Heart, Prevent Stroke Don't Drink Diet

John Ericson: Why 50 million Americans will still have spring allergies after taking meds

Cameron Huddleston: Best and Worst Buys of April 2014

Stacy Rapacon: Great Mutual Funds for Young Investors

Sarah Boesveld: Teacher keeps promise to mail thousands of former students letters written by their past selves

The Kosher Gourmet by Sharon Thompson Anyone can make a salad, you say. But can they make a great salad? (SECRETS, TESTED TECHNIQUES + 4 RECIPES, INCLUDING DRESSINGS)

April 2, 2014

Paul Greenberg: Death and joy in the spring

Dan Barry: Should South Carolina Jews be forced to maintain this chimney built by Germans serving the Nazis?

Mayra Bitsko: Save me! An alien took over my child's personality

Frank Clayton: Get happy: 20 scientifically proven happiness activities

Susan Scutti: It's Genetic! Obesity and the 'Carb Breakdown' Gene

Lecia Bushak: Why Hand Sanitizer May Actually Harm Your Health

Stacy Rapacon: Great Funds You Can Own for $500 or Less

Cameron Huddleston: 7 Ways to Save on Home Decor

The Kosher Gourmet by Steve Petusevsky Exploring ingredients as edible-stuffed containers (TWO RECIPES + TIPS & TECHINQUES)

Jewish World Review Jan. 31, 2011 / 26 Shevat, 5771

Yo, athletes: Twitter!truly can b bad 4 u!

By Mitch Albom

http://www.JewishWorldReview.com | I thought tough guys flexed their muscles.

Not their Twitter accounts.

The new rage among athletes seems to be typing their macho on small gadgets. Who knew fingertips would replace the bicep?

Take last weekend, in the NFL playoffs, when Chicago quarterback Jay Cutler left the game after a reported knee injury. TV showed him mostly passive on the sidelines, even as his team went down to defeat. The Bears would later reveal he had torn a knee ligament.

Nevertheless, before the team had even cleaned out its lockers, Twitter messages began to fly -- from current and former players! -- accusing Cutler of a lack of toughness.

Jacksonville running back Maurice Jones-Drew tweeted: "When the going gets tough……..QUIT" and "he can finish the game on a hurt knee… I played the whole season on one."

Deion Sanders, the glib former superstar turned TV analyst, tweeted: "i never question a players injury but i do question a players heart."

Carolina safety Gerald Alexander wrote: "I've never played in a playoff game. This guy was one game away and he quit! That's BS!"

Well. He's right about BS.


Since when did this become the rage -- athletes racing to express their thoughts? Was a time you had to drag a player from the back of the locker room just to get a mumbled quote about "gotta stay focused … 110 percent … one game at a time."

Who knew there were so many closet Shakespeares in there? All they needed, apparently, was a writing tool that fit in their pockets.

They've got 'em now -- iPhones, BlackBerrys, Droids -- and here is where the Twitter/Facebook universe is taking us: All thoughts must be expressed. Filters are for weaklings. Say it loud, say it proud!

And never have to look a man in the eye.

How cowardly for these athletes to take apart one of their own from the comfort of their living rooms. The very thing they always whine about the media -- "You're not there on the field!" -- they now violate with fast-typing thumbs.

At least the media do interviews, go to locker rooms, attempt to talk to the principals involved. Apparently people like Jones-Drew and Sanders feel just because they once held a football, everything they say about the game or its players must be accurate.

Even from 1,000 miles away.


This past week, New York Jets safety Antonio Cromartie criticized the NFL labor talks, calling both sides a nasty name.

That prompted a tweet from Seattle quarterback Matt Hasselbeck: "Somebody ask Cromartie if he knows what CBA stands for."

That prompted Cromartie to tweet to Hasslebeck: "I will smash ur face in."

That prompted Hasselbeck to tweet: "Sorry for the joke man. No hard feelings."

Apparently, "smash ur face in" has the same meaning on Twitter as it does in person.

But this is just another chit in the endless pile of the new sports communication. Athletes want to control their messages, their images and their "brands" by having constant access to the world stage, which many egotistically feel is nearly a birthright.

Well, here's a flash for the jocks. They soon may yearn for the day when they only had to talk to sportswriters. There was at least a sense of decorum in that dynamic, and the team's public relations staff often herded off controversy.

Now that players can go right to the public to craft their image, many will find that they're not very good at it. Shooting your mouth off doesn't make you popular, just boorish.

And turning on your own -- as Cromartie and Hasselbeck have done, and as so many have done on Cutler -- only proves this noble brotherhood among athletes idea is largely a myth.

Probably created by the media.

You know. The old kind. Before the thumb became mightier than the sword.

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