Monday, May 24, 2010

Monday Musings on Sports - Will Birds of a Feather Bring Down the Jets?

As regular readers of this blog are aware, the Monday post was usually devoted to sports with highlights and analysis of the Max Kellerman show which formerly aired on 1050 ESPN Radio. Although Max resigned from 1050 almost one year ago, I have tried to continue the tradition of linking sports to Torah which I believe was an undercurrent of the Max Kellerman show.

There has been a lot of chatter recently about the team that is being constructed in Florham Park, New Jersey. During the offseason, the Jets have brought in some players with rather jaded pasts, including Antonio Cromartie (trade with San Diego), Santonio Holmes (trade with Pittsburgh) and Jason Taylor (unrestricted free agent from Miami). Each of these players has earned more than his fair share of notoriety either based on arrests, paternity issues or a past history of just being mean to Jets fans.

With each transaction, Jets fans were assured by management that Rex Ryan would be able to turn these players into model citizens and that his lieutenants in the locker room would keep these characters in line. Still, the media and fans have been understandably skeptical (except Brandon Tierney who IMHO is just incomprehensible) about the prospect of these players behaving themselves in the upcoming season.

Will these players behave themselves and propel the team to a championship, or will they turn into the 2010-2011 version of the early 2000's Cincinnati Bengals? I can't answer the question, but then again greater minds than I have pondered similar issues.

In Megillas Ruth, we read about how Elimelech flees to Moab to avoid dealing with the paupers who were seeking charity during the time of famine. In so doing, Elimelech and his family flocked to a nation which was known for its stinginess. It is well known that the Torah forbids allowing male descendants of Moab to convert to Judaism since the Moabites refused to sell the Jews food and water when the Jews were wandering in the desert. It is not mere coincidence that Elimelech sought to avoid his responsibilities to his people by joining a like minded nation.

On the other hand, the Megillah also teaches about Ruth, a woman from Moab who acted selflessly in caring for her mother in law. Although Ruth was born a Moabite princess, she becomes a model of selflessness and is the "mother" of the Davidic dynasty.

Which path will these new Jets players take? Only time will tell.

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