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    Jock Stein

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    October 5, 1922 – September 10, 1985

    Deep in the heart of Glasgow, a holy war has raged for over a century.

    It's about soccer, of course.

    No, Jews are not involved. The war is between Celtic (Catholic) and Rangers (Protestant). The pair has dominated Scottish football since its inception. In fact, the last time the championship was won by neither of the two was 1984. And they say Major League Baseball has parity problems.

    The rivalry transcends sport; it divides families, splits the city, and spawns hatred. For decades, no Catholic played for Rangers. When ex-Celtic star Mo Johnston crossed the line and signed for Rangers in 1989, he was branded "Judas" and despised by both sets of fans. (At least that got them to agree on something. Well, that and hating England.)

    But, interestingly enough, Celtic's greatest coach, Jock Stein, was in fact (no, not Jewish — Stein is a Scottish surname as well, a derivative of Steven. Besides, no Jew has every been named Jock.) Protestant. But since he led the club to its lone European Cup back in 1967, we assume that was forgiven.

    Now, if he wasn't a winner...

    Verdict: Not a Jew.

    February 16, 2011

    See Also

    Eyal Berkovic

    George Cohen

    Bela Guttmann

    Judas Iscariot

    Sebastian Rozental
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