Neil Best leaves no stone unturned in the world of sports media.

Newspapers and Olympics, Wise and Kornheiser, Israel and baseball

Torchbearer Donna O'Grady holds up the Olympic Flame

Torchbearer Donna O'Grady holds up the Olympic Flame as the sun rises over the Atlantic Ocean in Cape Spear, Canada, on Friday. Cape Spear is the most easternly point in Canada and North America. The torch relay will cover nearly 28,000 miles and visit 1,000 cities and towns before finishing in Vancouver in February for the start of the Winter Games. (Nov. 13, 2009) (Credit: AP)

It appears I will not be covering the 2010 Olympic Games in Vancouver, along with many other people from newspapers that would have covered them in the past.

Washington, D.C., sports media guys Tony Kornheiser and Mike Wise have been feuding on the radio. That kind of thing never would happen in New York, would it?

A few weeks ago I watched an entertaining documentary called "Holy Land Hardball" about the planning and execution of the Israel Baseball League's first and so far only season in 2007.

You can see it, too, Saturday night at Young Israel of West Hempstead.

Roslyn's own Erik Kesten, one of the co-directors, told me the film was a "labor of love" and helped him "redefine my idea of success."

The project drives home the fact that for all the close ties between Israel and the U.S., there are certain subjects on which they have absolutely nothing in common.

For example: baseball.

(The IBL's roster of managers featured a who's who of Jewish former major leaguers who played in New York: Ron Blomberg, Ken Holtzman, Art Shamsky.)

Why does the film end with the first pitch of the opening game rather than showing the games themselves that season? Partly for financial reasons and partly because of the level of play the IBL produced.

"If they had seen it," Kesten said of viewers, "they would not have wanted to see it."

Photo: AP

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