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Why Eating Chinese Food on Christmas Is a Sacred Tradition for American Jews — Mile End opened in Boerum Hill, Brooklyn, at the beginning of 2008, a deli specializing in Montreal Jewish cuisine: smoked meat instead of pastrami; poutine instead of cheese fries; those flat, sweet things they serve up there instead of what New Yorkers call bagels. Foodies loved the sandwiches. Hi...

Jameis Winston Is Not a Heisman Finalist, Leaving Some to Wonder Why — Jameis Winston completed more than 65 percent of his passes and threw 24 touchdowns for Florida State this season. He did work with his legs, too, rushing for three touchdowns, including an electric, 28-yard score in the opening game of the season. He led the Seminoles to one dramatic comeback after another.

From ‘Winter Wonderland’ to ‘White Christmas,’ the Top Ten Christmas Songs Written by Jews — "The two holidays that celebrate the divinity of Christ-the divinity that's the very heart of the Jewish rejection of Christianity-and what does Irving Berlin do? He de-Christs them both! Easter he turns into a fashion show and Christmas into a holiday about snow." Philip Roth, in Operatio...

A Spotlight on the College Football Season — All season long we have been highlighting some of the well-known and not-so-well-known football traditions on campuses across the country. Now that the final College Football Playoff rankings have been released, setting the stage for the postseason, let's take a look back at the regular season.

Big 12 Is Left With Its Nose Pressed Against Playoff Glass — Before the season, the Big 12 Conference introduced the motto "One True Champion" to highlight that, out of the five major football conferences, only its teams play all other league opponents each season. In July, Commissioner Bob Bowlsby trumpeted the arrangement, saying, "You will always see the matchup that you want to see eventually in our conference."

College Football Playoff Committee Picks Alabama, Oregon, Florida State and Ohio State — The College Football Playoff selection committee revealed its first four-team bracket on Sunday, seeding Alabama No. 1, Oregon No. 2, Florida State No. 3 and Ohio State No. 4. The two most deserving teams left out were Baylor and Texas Christian.

Big Ten to Hold 2018 Men’s Tournament at Madison Square Garden

F.S.U. Grinds Out Another A.C.C. Title With a Win Over Georgia Tech — CHARLOTTE, N.C. - Florida State's modus operandi this season has been to play down to the competition and do just enough to come away with the win. As F.S.U.

Jewish News and Politics, Jewish Arts and Culture, Jewish Life and Religion — A mini-controversy happened a couple months ago when the New York Daily News reported that The New Republic planned to "pan" Jonathan Franzen's blockbuster novel . This news was actually news because Freedom had been accorded near-universal critical acclaim and, as importantly, had reached a level on the buzz-meter and sales charts almost always denied novels of real literary merit.

J.J. Watt's Brothers May Soon Join Him in the N.F.L. — PEWAUKEE, Wis. - The Watt brothers have always been competitive - with others ideally, with each other when necessary - whether playing their first love, hockey; their current sport, football; or their family pastime of shinny, a pickup hockey game that is specific to their basement.
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Dec 22, 2014

@realaxelfoley this is maybe the darkest tweet I've ever read (I mean that as a compliment)

Dec 22, 2014

Irving Berlin is buried in the Bronx. His son is next to him. When I saw his son's tombstone, my heart stopped.…

Dec 21, 2014

RT @NYTSports: Jameis Winston was cleared of violating F.S.U.’s code of conduct after a hearing involving a 2012 rape accusation:

Dec 21, 2014

I always wait for the shortest day of the year and the miss it. Do you always wait for the shortest day of the year and then miss it?

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