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Chicago meets “Bear Jew”


All first round picks get noticed, but Bears tackle Gabe Carimi looks destined to get extra attention in Chicago because of his upbringing.

After all, he is the “Bear Jew.”

Carimi’s nickname comes from the movie Inglourious Basterds, but it’s not the first nickname he had because of his faith.  In college, where he once fasted before a game against Purdue because of Yom Kippur, he was called the “Jewish Hammer.”

The Chicago Jewish community is fired up with Carimi’s arrival in town.  He has been written about plenty by Jewish organizations and was featured in a kickoff parade of the Great Jewish Family Festival on Sunday.  The locals think he’ll be the best Jewish player since Sid Luckman.   (O.J. Simpson? Not a Jew.)

“It shows that Jews are not just scrawny little people,” Dovid Weingrow, 11, told the Chicago Tribune. “Jews can go far [in sports].”

I’m proof that Jews can still be scrawny little people and not go far in sports.  (Although Florio would say I don’t count since I haven’t been to temple in my life.)

Carimi, on the other hand, embraces his faith.

“I find it extremely easy to balance my religion and my job,” Carimi said.

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26 Responses to “Chicago meets “Bear Jew””
  1. dooger2 says: May 25, 2011 9:31 AM

    You spelled both parts of the name Inglourious Basterds wrong (well, right, technically, but wrong as far as the movie goes).

  2. CKL says: May 25, 2011 9:31 AM

    Carimi??? I would figure Italian Catholic.Must mean his mother is Jewish and by their beliefs if the mother is Jewish the child is Jewish.

  3. thephantomstranger says: May 25, 2011 9:36 AM

    Barack Obama announced in a speech this week that Gabe Carimi would have to limit the area in which he blocks to the area he blocked when he was 10. Proper blocking techniques displayed by Carimi would be considered the same as illegal cheap shots taken by defenders.

  4. comeonnowguys says: May 25, 2011 9:36 AM

    “In college, where he once fasted before a game against Purdue because of Yom Kippur, he was called the ‘Jewish Hammer.'”

    I’m now really sorry I clicked on this story because it reminds me of that craptastic Comedy Central movie “The Hebrew Hammer.”

  5. bigdan7885 says: May 25, 2011 9:38 AM


  6. tomjacksonjr says: May 25, 2011 9:39 AM

    What about Rex Grossman?

  7. jw731 says: May 25, 2011 9:40 AM

    And somewhere, Sandy Koufax is rolling his eyes..

  8. ditkastache says: May 25, 2011 9:44 AM

    Got us here a Packer, wants to die for “city.” Oblige him!

  9. realitypolice says: May 25, 2011 9:49 AM


  10. citizenstrange says: May 25, 2011 10:01 AM

    I’m afraid you’re mixing metaphors.

    It’s either “Hebrew Hammer” or “Jewish Jackhammer.”

  11. parasonic says: May 25, 2011 10:03 AM

    but guess who is

    hall of gamer roooood carew …he converted.

  12. parasonic says: May 25, 2011 10:04 AM

    thanks autocorrect on the phone…

    Famer! not gamer. fail.

  13. souldogdave says: May 25, 2011 10:13 AM

    Anyone who thinks jews are runts has never met the Mossad.

  14. buckybadger says: May 25, 2011 10:33 AM

    Makes me sick a Badger will be playing for the Bears.

  15. flyinhighwithvick says: May 25, 2011 10:35 AM

    Shalom! To the Hungry Hungry Hebrew!

  16. ludgatecircus15 says: May 25, 2011 10:54 AM

    Rod Carew, my childhood hero, was a Jew and perhaps the greatest hitter in history.

  17. hoobsher says: May 25, 2011 10:58 AM

    the jewish hammer? what, did adam goldberg trademark the hebrew hammer?

  18. ilpackerbacker says: May 25, 2011 11:18 AM

    “Makes me sick a Badger will be playing for the Bears”.

    That’s nothing. I’ll never forget how pissed Bears fans were when Steve McMichael played for the Packers in 1995. Oh man, that did not even look right. But I loved it when McMahon backed up Favre. Awesome.

    Jim McMahon – the only player in NFL history, to win a world championship with the Bears AND the Packers. Rare!

  19. rangenius says: May 25, 2011 11:45 AM

    Your tribe runs Hollywood and the corrupt banking system, isn’t that enough?

  20. myeaglescantwin says: May 25, 2011 12:20 PM

    now i know why the eagles passed-over him


    giants suck.

  21. kevinfromphilly says: May 25, 2011 1:06 PM

    They had a guy at Wing-Bowl a few years ago nicknamed “The Hungry Hungry Hebrew”. Given this guys size, it might apply.

  22. bbrophy1 says: May 25, 2011 1:07 PM

    Lyle Alzado was a good Jewish player

  23. capslockkey says: May 25, 2011 2:17 PM

    So the guy is Jewish. BFD This is almost as important as the fact the Vikings drafted a white tailback last year.

    The media, chastising stereotypes while being the champion of keeping them alive at the same time.

  24. lightningboltz says: May 25, 2011 5:41 PM

    Would you like something to read?
    Do you have anything light?
    How about this leaflet, “Famous Jewish Sports Legends?”

  25. steelerskicktheravens says: May 25, 2011 9:30 PM

    i am a jew..
    and im so proud of gabe..

  26. tombradyswig says: Jun 2, 2011 4:31 PM

    Wouldn’t it be Jew Bear!?!?
    JewBear, I love it!

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