In this issue

Jonathan Tobin: Defending the Right to a Jewish State

Heather Hale: Compliment your kids without giving them big heads

Megan Shauri: 10 ways you are ruining your own happiness

Carolyn Bigda: 8 Best Dividend Stocks for 2015

Kiplinger's Personal Finance editors: 7 Things You Didn't Know About Paying Off Student Loans

Samantha Olson: The Crucial Mistake 55% Of Parents Are Making At Their Baby's Bedtime

Densie Well, Ph.D., R.D. Open your eyes to yellow vegetables

The Kosher Gourmet by Megan Gordon With its colorful cache of purples and oranges and reds, COLLARD GREEN SLAW is a marvelous mood booster --- not to mention just downright delish
April 18, 2014

Rabbi Yonason Goldson: Clarifying one of the greatest philosophical conundrums in theology

Caroline B. Glick: The disappearance of US will

Megan Wallgren: 10 things I've learned from my teenagers

Lizette Borreli: Green Tea Boosts Brain Power, May Help Treat Dementia

John Ericson: Trying hard to be 'positive' but never succeeding? Blame Your Brain

The Kosher Gourmet by Julie Rothman Almondy, flourless torta del re (Italian king's cake), has royal roots, is simple to make, . . . but devour it because it's simply delicious

April 14, 2014

Rabbi Dr Naftali Brawer: Passover frees us from the tyranny of time

Greg Crosby: Passing Over Religion

Eric Schulzke: First degree: How America really recovered from a murder epidemic

Georgia Lee: When love is not enough: Teaching your kids about the realities of adult relationships

Cameron Huddleston: Freebies for Your Lawn and Garden

Gordon Pape: How you can tell if your financial adviser is setting you up for potential ruin

Dana Dovey: Up to 500,000 people die each year from hepatitis C-related liver disease. New Treatment Has Over 90% Success Rate

Justin Caba: Eating Watermelon Can Help Control High Blood Pressure

The Kosher Gourmet by Joshua E. London and Lou Marmon Don't dare pass over these Pesach picks for Manischewitz!

April 11, 2014

Rabbi Hillel Goldberg: Silence is much more than golden

Caroline B. Glick: Forgetting freedom at Passover

Susan Swann: How to value a child for who he is, not just what he does

Cameron Huddleston: 7 Financial Tasks You Should Tackle Right Now

Sandra Block and Lisa Gerstner: How to Profit From Your Passion

Susan Scutti: A Simple Blood Test Might Soon Diagnose Cancer

Chris Weller: Have A Slow Metabolism? Let Science Speed It Up For You

The Kosher Gourmet by Diane Rossen Worthington Whitefish Terrine: A French take on gefilte fish

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 Feb. 24, 2014 / 24 Adar I, 5774

NCAA Juicing Basketball

By Bruce Bialosky

http://www.JewishWorldReview.com | When have you ever heard the hometown fans questioning the calling of a foul on the opposing team? I have attended somewhere close to 1,000 basketball games in my life. Most of those are collegiate games -- with plenty of professional games thrown in -- and that does not even include high school games. Also, that does not include all the games I have watched on television. Until now I never heard partisans jeering refs for fouls called on their opponents. But the new rules dictated by the NCAA this year have caused just that.

I sit amongst the hardcore at UCLA basketball games. The seats have come by way of my wife’s family, who refers to them as her “dowry.” Her parents were founders of Pauley Pavilion and her father was co-captain of UCLA’s basketball team in the late 1940’s. I was attending games before we met and have missed very few games since.

We were all aware that there were some rule changes. We had seen it in action in the games that had been played earlier in the season, but since most did not really count and UCLA had played a group of distinguished tomato cans, no one noticed whether the foul calls were dramatically changed. We had left almost every game with ten minutes remaining in the second half.

Then league play started and the first couple of games were fine from an officiating point of view. The first game was a blowout of USC where no one cared about what fouls were being called. That was followed by a first-class game against top-ranked Arizona. The harmonic convergence of the new rules’ effect on the game happened against Arizona State (ASU). It may have been the officials working the game. But the game seemed to not go through a single minute without a whistle being blown. We all know that basketball is a quick game and that sometimes fans see fouls the refs don’t and vice-versa, but this was completely different. As the foul calls kept mounting, we were thinking early in the second half there would be nobody left from either team to play in the last five minutes. It was so bad that on three occasions fans around me questioned fouls being called on ASU players by yelling out “What did he do?” Walking out I said to #1 son that this was one of the worse basketball games I have ever seen, to which he replied it was the worse game he had ever seen … and our team won.

I contacted the NCAA to investigate what they had done. They expressed concern in the rule changes regarding:

1. That hand checking on a player with the ball drastically reduces the dribbler’s ability to beat his man to create scoring opportunities.

2. Rules related to a player’s ability to move with or without the ball were being neglected by the referees.

I asked the NCAA spokesperson if he had ever heard of Chick Hearn’s famous saying “No Harm, No Foul”? The opposite of that is what is now happening in these games – no harm, but a foul. Players are not able in essence to touch the other players even if it is incidental to the action. This goes way beyond the perception of ticky-tacky fouls.

I spoke with David Hirsch from the Pacific 12 Conference. He, like anyone else, will never speak about the officials themselves as they are always in fear that the NCAA will come down on them. But he did state the scoring was up. And yes the scoring has gone up significantly. I asked if he had a breakdown of how much of the scoring increase was from the free throw line and how much was from field goals and his reply was that they had not done that breakdown yet.

Here is what the NCAA has done. They have put a hammer lock on defense in the game, covering it up by saying they are going back to enforcing the existing rules. Because of the change and the command to supposedly “defend with your feet and not your hands,” they have made a concerted effort to increase scoring. For now, while the teams adjust to the level of fouls called, it will cause disruptive, unappealing games. In fact, when I questioned an official of another Pac-12 school, they stated that the same thing happened to their team in a recent game. Once the coaches and the players adjust their games to the new rules, there will be very little defense being played and a whole lot more scoring which the NCAA thinks will attract more fans and larger TV audiences.

Someone pointed out that this may have a beneficial effect. The players will be wholly untrained in how to play defense, thus they may not leave to go to the pros as quickly. More likely they will still leave, but it will take them more years to learn to play at the pro level -- making that game even worse than it is now. All in all, the result is to change the rules and juice the scores, and to hell with how the game is played. And they don’t want their players on steroids?

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Bruce Bialosky is the founder of the Republican Jewish Coalition of California and a former Presidential appointee.


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