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April 12, 1991 - Image 56

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The Detroit Jewish News, 1991-04-12

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• ••••••••••••
1991

SPORTS

••

Early Dealer 'Demo

CLEARANCE SALE!

YOUR CHOICE

SEDAN DeVILLE, ELDORADO OR BROUGHAM

12 to Choose From All At $24,900 + Tax
All Low Mileage and Backed by Factory 48 Month/$50,000
NEW CAR BUMPER TO BUMPER WARRANTY WITH $0 DEDUCTIBLE

. OR SMARLEASE A NEW
1991 SPRING SPECIAL EDITION ELDORADO

$494'
so DOWN

"NO $ DOWN"
per month + tax

Gold kit, simulated convertible top,
leather interior, Bose radio, special cast
alum. wheels and birdseye maple wood
application. LOADED! Stk. #1338.

5 IN STOCK READY FOR IMMEDIATE DELIVERY

egddge

Roadside

=service

SMARTLEASE

A General Motors Family Since 1917

758-1800

THE BEST

SELECTION, SALES
AND SERVICE

ONLY AT ACTION MOTORS

GIM-MICK

n. 1. A device employed to entice,
cheat or deceive.

AT ACTION MOTORS, THERE ARE NO GIMMICKS,
JUST GREAT DEALS ON ALL OF OUR CARS!

$99

YOUR CHOICE:

1991
Cutlass Calais
In Stock Only

Over
Invoice

1991 88 Royale

YOUR. CHOICE:

In Stock Only

Over
Invoice

d

The invoice total includes factory hold back and advertising association
assessments and is not a net factory cost price to the dealer.

ACTION OLDSMOBILE•VOLVO

33850 PLYMOUTH RD., LIVONIA

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FRIDAY, APRIL 12, 1991

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David Cohen with one of his players.

Passion For Hoops
In The Holy Land

DAVID COHEN

Special to The Jewish News

H

oops!" "Hoops!" Ro-
ger's screams echoed

across the Israeli
countryside. "Pull over,
quick," I replied. Roger
brought our rented Suzuki
hatchback to a halt, causing a
huge dust cloud. It was a hot
afternoon in the Galilee. My
friend Roger and I were two
days into our two-week vaca-
tion, and our first opportuni-
ty to play ball had just
presented itself.
Basketball is a solid second
behind soccer as the most
popular sport in Israel, and
with the success of the
University of Connecticut's
Henefeld Nadav in the NCAA
tournament last season,
Israeli basketball is gaining
more and more recognition.
We are both basketball
fanatics. We will play hoops
anywhere, anytime. Friends,
family and even - work are
sometimes forsaken in the
name of roundball. Such is
our passion for hoops. One of
the main objectives of our trip
was to play as much hoops as
possible. Neither of our
mothers could fathom why in
addition to our backpacks we
were taking a duffel bag, the
contents of which included a
Frisbee, a football, two
baseball gloves, a hardball, a
softball, a 32 oz. George Brett
model Louisville Slugger and
finally, a Spalding indoor/
outdoor David Stern-auto-
graphed basketball (fully in-
flated, of course). Thus did the
doctor and lawyer set out for
the Holy Land.
We rolled into Haifa in ear-
ly afternoon. Of the many

David Cohen is a resident at
Sinai Hospital.

low-budget hotels and youth
hostels in Haifa, only one
boasted a basketball court.
That made our decision very
easy.
At the hostel we gently
lifted the sacred Spalding out
of its duffel bag, honoring an
unwritten, unspoken agree-
ment not to dribble the ball
until we reached the court.
The court itself was a tidy lit-
tle piece of asphalt that was
overhung with sweet-
smelling lilac bushes. We
both made easy layups as our
first shots, afraid, for some
reason to try anything more
risky. To miss your first shot
in Israel, we thought, would
be a bad omen. We had an en-
joyable shootaround, no dif-
ferent than the hundreds we
had had at home. Yet it was
different. This was a shoot-
around in Israel.

By the following afternoon,
when our car came to a stop
on the roadside, we were
somewhere near the town of
Sasa on the road between
Haifa and Safed. From the
roadside we could see a
playground not far off on the
left. Because it was situated
atop a hill, we could only see
the backboards of the basket-
ball court. To our delight, the
rims had nets and every so
often we would see a ball
swish through, while the
shooter remained unseen,
hidden by the hill. Bursting
with excitement we took off in
the car. The fenced-in play-
ground was part of a school
and it was a group of young
kids who held the court. We
laced our hightops and grabb-
ed our ball, eager for our first
run in Israel.
We entered the playground
and called out, "Shalom!" We
received a curious "Shalom"
in return and found that the

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