Day 46: All of Australia

Today is Day 46 of the Omer. Netzach sheb’malchut. Impacting winning by realizing potenial. On Day 44, we began to explore malchut as the full realization of one’s potential. Few recent NBA players have done a better job of it than Aaron Baynes.  Baynes was born in New Zealand, but moved to Australia when he was three and plays for the Australian National Team. He … Continue reading Day 46: All of Australia

day 46: andy

Today is 46 days, which is four days and six weeks of the omer: netzach she’b’malchut. I’ve been planning to write about Yankees pitcher Andy Pettitte since Day 7, when I first talked about performance-enhancing drugs. I’ve instituted a kind of morality clause for this project, trying not to include troublemakers, or at least to talk honestly about their misdeeds (ahem, Day 2/Alex Bregman) if they … Continue reading day 46: andy

Day 38 + 39: Wonder Boy

The sixth week of the Omer, is the week of yesod. Yesod is translated as foundation and is associated with the tzadik, or righteous person. During this week, I’ve been looking for foundational players or players who embody righteousness. Day 38 of the Omer is tif’eret sheb’yesod, demanding a player whose game is truly beautiful or who exemplifies balance. Day 39 of the omer is … Continue reading Day 38 + 39: Wonder Boy

day 39: campy

Today is 39 days, which is four days and five weeks of the omer: netzach she’b’yesod. Brooklyn Dodgers catcher Roy Campanella accomplished a ton during his nine years in the major leagues: eight-time All Star, three-time NL MVP, one-time NL RBI leader, and one-time WS champion, all as one of the star players on the famed “Boys of Summer” team that won five NL pennants between 1949 and … Continue reading day 39: campy

Day 32: The Big Aristotle

Today is Day 32 of the Omer. Netzach sheb’hod. Humility that leads to winning.  Sometimes you have to look for the specific moment in a player’s career to really understand a combination of sefirot. Shaquille O’Neal is the definition of larger than life. At 7’1”, 325 lbs, Shaq was too big for even one nickname. The Big Aristotle destroyed baskets, dunked over everybody, and clowned … Continue reading Day 32: The Big Aristotle

day 32: the left hand of gd

Today is 32 days, which is four days and four weeks of the omer: netzach she’b’hod. Daniel pointed out that if I didn’t do Koufax today, I’d have to write a whole other post about why not (and I’m behind on my posts!), so today’s pick is . . . Dodgers southpaw Sanford Koufax: seven-time All Star, four-time WS champion (and two-time WS MVP), three-time Cy Young … Continue reading day 32: the left hand of gd

Day 28: Getting Iggy With It

Today is Day 28 of the Omer. Malchut sheb’netzach. Winning that manifests in Kingship. How do you become a King? By beating one. And that’s exactly what Andre Iguodala did with the Golden State Warriors in 2015, beating the Cleveland Cavaliers and King James, while winning Finals MVP.* After moving to the bench in the 2014-15 regular season and averaging 7.8 points/game, Iguodala proved his … Continue reading Day 28: Getting Iggy With It

day 28: wilbah

Today is 28 days, which is four weeks of the omer: malchut she’b’netzach. It’s not an accident that, after only one in the first 20 days, four of the seven players in this week of netzach are pitchers. The position is a bit of a contradiction. On the one hand, pitchers are in the game relatively infrequently. In the modern era, starters usually only pitch once every … Continue reading day 28: wilbah

Day 27: Eternal Teammates

Today is Day 27 of the omer. Yesod sheb’netzach. Eternal Teammates.  Netzach means eternity, and for the sixth day of the week of netzach, we celebrate someone who was willing and able to be a good teammate for eternity, #27 Jack Twyman. Twyman was a 6x All-Star and Hall of Famer, who averaged 19.2 points and 6.6 rebounds/game for his career, but he’ll always be … Continue reading Day 27: Eternal Teammates

Players that Endure, and Eternal Moments

Imagine yourself playing over 1,500 games in the NHL. Many goals, points, and highlight-reel moments. With all the magical moments, there are also countless hits, injuries, and painful losses. It is a long and intense NHL season, 82 games if you’re healthy, but the ones who compete and are the most passionate, they make a lasting impression. The ones who play 82 games over multiple … Continue reading Players that Endure, and Eternal Moments