LJay saidThis may be betraying my egalitarian preferences, but it seems a little odd to even be concerned with the religious background of Sandy Koufax or any other sports figure. Who cares? He played baseball.
I think if you look at the OP's OP. as well, frankly, at the OP of the OP's OP (& didn't I see something quickly in another thread by him indicating of a touch of negativity about keeping a body?)
So when I read the OP here, it struck me as an attempt to if not blame, possibly explain away as a conditioned behavior obesity supposedly due to some zeitgeist perpetrated in some real senses by media.
It could be argued that part of that is the self-deprecations of Jewish humorists and maybe even of the studios themselves. It is not uncommon to joke now that Jews don't do sports, which of course is not true but it is said. It's no excuse to puff up. I blame all my puffiness not on TV but on mother where blame belongs, on her death, and my other deaths, and the betrayals and their subsequent depressions upon me, certainly not on being Jewish. Though I am pleased to announce that I'm down from 223#/23% bf, ick, to 205#/17%, eh, thank you very much and still working on that. I can't believe how fucking fat I got. Ick. And all those Mallomars didn't even bring anyone back from the dead as advertised.
In my large extended family going back to generations from the 1800s that I've known or heard of, I can only think of two relatives who were seriously fat. An uncle I never liked and he hurt himself by consumption. And his daughter upon whom he inflicted psychological damages. But that's about it.
I do have a Jewish education of five years of my youth. Not just Sunday school but Tues, Thurs, Sundays as well as Sat services and sometimes Friday nights. Though most of that time, of course, I was in the steam room, shhhhh, don't tell the cantor.
So having such a background and raised by a family that valued good health--gramps had those tacky trophies all over the house--I never thought of the jokes as anything more than jokes. Also having family in entertainment, I know media is bullshit. So the jokes never described to me our culture. But I think it interesting that even Jewish people might think so. And I think that's what the OP expressed except he took the propaganda in as real or as something to explain away how he feels about maintaining a good bod.
Now, are you going to eat the rest of that knish?