Are You Ready for Some Jewish Football?

Remember the name Judah Makeover. In future years, the linebacker for the Hurricanes, a football team at Ben Lipson Hillel Community High School in North Miami Beach, may well be celebrated as the originator of a proud new American football tradition: the J-Bowl.

An Op Ed today in the Pittsburgh-based Jewish Chronicle maps out the X’s and O’s of this delightful idea. It all started with a September 2010 story by the Jewish Telegraphic Agency (JTA) about the Lions, a football team at private high school the San Diego Jewish Academy. This in turn led to further coverage of Makeover’s team as well as another Jewish squad in Florida at the David Posnack Hebrew Day School in Plantation. Via email to the Chronicle, the linebacker with the dangerous first name made a bold suggestion:

Makeover, perhaps pumped from this year’s victory over Posnack, also suggested a post-season game pitting the best Jewish football team on the East Coast against the best Jewish football team on the West Coast. Yes, he did say that. A J-Bowl.

The Chronicle folks have already taken the idea back to the San Diego school, the Florida teams and the JTA, which indicated it would be open to sponsoring such a contest, although they want a better name than J-Bowl or Nose Bowl. Since there are Chabads everywhere, including San Diego, how about the “Chabad Bowl”?