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Robert Kraft Attends Last Regular Season Game of the 2007-2008 Israel Football League Inaugural Season as Big Blue Jerusalem Shuts Out Mike’s Place Tel Aviv, 38 – 0

New England Patriots owner Robert Kraft with IFL President Steve Leibowitz and Commissioner Eric Amkraut, at the final regular season game of the first year of the Israel Football League

New England Patriots owner Robert Kraft with IFL President Steve Leibowitz and Commissioner Eric Amkraut, at the final regular season game of the first year of the Israel Football League

It was a Kraft and family affair at Kraft Family Stadium in Jerusalem on Thursday night as a sell-out crowd was on hand for the IFL regular season finale along with the New England Patriots owner and a couple of Patriots star players, defensive end Richard Seymour and tight end Benjamin Watson. All those in attendance were treated to an exciting and highly-entertaining football game as the Big Blue Jerusalem Lions roared out to an early lead and ran roughshod over a beleaguered Mike’s Place Tel Aviv Sabres squad for a 38-0 shutout victory, heading into the first round of the first-year league’s playoffs next week.

“I am thrilled to be in Israel watching tackle football for the first time. I get a special feeling in my heart every time I hear Hatikva sung on a football field and hope to help this sport grow in this country” exclaimed the NFL executive.

With Seymour and Watson on the sidelines as honorary team captains for each side, Jerusalem jumped out to a lead on the first drive of the game with a Moshe Horowitz touchdown run. Horowitz owned the first half, adding another score on the ground to boost his league-leading total as Big Blue never let Tel Aviv find their bearings en route to an insurmountable 32-0 half time lead. Starting Aryeh Bauman QB also chipped in with two rushing TDs as well and Big Blue simply dominated the contest from outset.

The crowd came out to see Mr. Kraft, who brought a delegation from Boston to witness tackle football in Israel for the first time and the home-town Lions certainly did not disappoint, getting on the board early and often to finish the regular season at 8-1. Tel Aviv, meanwhile, were forced to start third-string quarterback Raviv Faig and could muster only 4 first downs all game, finishing a dismal 1-8 on the year.

The IFL will return next week with Week One of playoff action as the Real Housing Haifa Underdogs (6-3) and Dancing Camel Hasharon Pioneers (3-6) meet in the first round. Big Blue has a bye week coming up and will anxiously watch the outcome of that 2 vs. 3 match-up, which will determine their opponent in the first annual Israel Bowl on March 28 at Kraft Stadium.


Prepared by Uriel Sturm, IFL League Statistician, who has (objectively) viewed and/or recorded each and every IFL down and game ever played from the best seat in the house – the field! Please feel free to contact at uesturm@gmail.com.

Photo Courtesy Shmuel Weisfeld


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  1. Rumor has it that Kraft expressed interest in Greg Tepper but was dissuaded by Tep’s ridiculous asking price ($48 mill. guaranteed over the next 3 years). Tepper was quoted as saying, “What are they paying Moss?!? I can jump twice as high as that guy, plus I will not moon the Packers fans!”

    Comment by Eric in L.A. | March 12, 2008 | Reply

  2. i was looking at the 2009 patriots yearbook at rite aid today(2-4-2010) amazing photos of all the players,robert kraft was listed near the back of the year book.love the super bowl rings.good work.the cheerleaders are hott!!but most importantly i have a passion for the game and that will never change.sometimes i have to control my emotions cause i get so involved when i watch football.good talking and go patriots!!!

    Comment by morris | February 5, 2010 | Reply

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