Well, snatch my britches!
I had no idea that Israel had an American-style football league!
See, this is the kind of thing that I miss out on by focusing almost entirely on the never-ending conflict.
Apparently, the league has been around for 9 years and is (according to wiki) comprised of eleven teams.
The Jerusalem "Big Blue" Lions
The Tel Aviv Pioneers
The Tel Aviv/Jaffa Sabres
The Jerusalem Kings
The Beersheva Black Swarm
The Judean Rebels
The Ramat Hasharon Hammers
The Petah Tikva Troopers
The Northern Stars
The Rehovot Silverbacks
I tapped the Judean Rebels on the shoulder via their facebook page and they got back with me, lickety-split. I think that they're going to be my team. Besides, I love the name.
The Judean Rebels!
But, I must admit, the Black Swarm is a terrific name for a football team, as well.
The Ramat Hasharon Hammers have a pretty cool logo.
Youtube, needless to say, has a large collection of clips featuring the IFL.
Israel also has a national team that plays countries from all around the world. In fact, you can watch the entire Israel / Spain game from about a year ago. Sure, the opening minute or two is choppy and the broadcast is entirely en Español, but there they are!
It seems as if American-style Israeli football is beginning to get some attention which, of course, is how I came across it.
Steve Leibowitz, the President and founder of the American Football Federation in Israel, has a very recent series of four articles discussing the sport at the Times of Israel and over at The Land of Israel Network they have a radio episode entitled, Israel Uncensored: American Football in Israel on the World Stage.
I think that this is great fun and I would encourage any of you guys who enjoy American football to check it out.
Yeah, my suspicion is that there are not very many Arabs on these squads. That's unfortunate, too, because I am sure that the league would like to see Arab participation in the game.ReplyDelete
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