It’s a sad day for the Chosen People as Tamir Goodman, our Great White Ginger Hope, called it quits.
Goodman was a highly touted prospect out of Maryland that just happened to be an Orthodox Jew. His star rose after a Sports Illustrated profile was written about him and the 35 points he dropped on a no traif diet. The fact that he was doing this against other schmoes while playing for a Talmudical school didn’t bother SI. You see, Tamir also played pick-up games in Baltimore and held his own against street ballers (read: Black people. For some reason, Sports Illustrated really harped on this part.) SI proclaimed him the real deal, the Jewish Jordan.
Maryland also believed the hype. The Terps gave him a scholarship to play ball, but they couldn’t accommodate his religious needs (no practices or games on Fridays or Saturday mornings) and he backed out of his commitment to play there.
Next stop: Towson Tigers! Tamir essentially did nothing as a member of the Tigers, then famously quit after 2 years saying his coach was anti-semitic.
Now, I had the pleasure of seeing Tamir Goodman play in person. Or at least I think I did. He wasn’t exactly the most memorable baller in Towson’s 61-60 win over Hofstra back in 2001-02. In fact, I can’t even remember if he made it into the game. It was probably his Jew hating coach that kept him riding pine. Actually, Im pretty sure the same guy threw pennies at me after the win.
So, Tamir, as we set to celebrate the New Year this weekend, we fondly remember those 6 months of hype that let others know Jews could kick ass at sports, before you ruined it all by, indeed, sucking at basketball.