The Oberlin Review

Shohei Ohtani Defies Asian-Athlete Stereotypes in MLB Debut

Jane Agler, Staff Writer

April 6, 2018

Filed under SPORTS, Sports Column

Major League Baseball’s opening day is not only a signifier that spring weather is fast approaching; it is also a celebration of clean slates and the purest of hopes for the oncoming season. Baseball franchises and fans alike approached the day with full hearts and the mentality that anything could happen this season. But while there are 30 teams in the MLB with 25-player active rosters that all competed on this day, there seemed to be a massive spotlight shining on a single member of the league: the Los Angeles Angels’ Shohei Ohtani. Not only is he an instant star in the MLB, but he is also just as important to the Asian athletic community in the U.S. and an inspiration to me as an Asian-American sports fan. Standin...

I Kneel to Start a Conversation

Aiden Day, Contributing Writer

March 30, 2018

Filed under SPORTS, Sports Column

I’ve played sports all my life. This is mostly thanks to my dad, who saw sports as a great way for me to stay healthy, as well as one way to make myself stand out during the college process. For me though, above all else, participating in sports has been about having fun. From recess in elementary school to my high school varsity games, I’ve had the privilege to win and lose many exhilarating games of capture the flag, dodgeball, football, soccer, and — of course — lacrosse. Now that I’m finally here at the college level, I play lacrosse for Oberlin not out of some obligation or necessity, but because it’s something that I love doing. But who I am is much more than the sport I play. Just like every Oberlin...

Liberal Stereotyping Undercuts Sportsmanship

Jackie McDermott, Staff Writer

March 9, 2018

Filed under SPORTS, Sports Column

A tennis court is 78 feet long. A block of blue space striped with white lines stretches between each player as we wage an intense, individual war. Pumping adrenaline and high stakes combined with a questionable line call can make things personal, causing us to label an opponent as “cheater,” or worse, “bitch.” Sometimes, in the heat of battle, we think only of our differences from the person on the other side of the net. My differences with my opponent from Centre College revealed themselves off-court, after our singles match, when she pulled on a light blue t-shirt that read “TRUMP: MAKE AMERICA GREAT AGAIN” in block letters colored with the American flag. “Wow, look.” I tapped my dad’s arm and tried to sub...

Students Must Exit Comfort Zones, Bridge Divides

Justin Godfrey

March 2, 2018

Filed under SPORTS, Sports Column

My first few classes at Oberlin were some of the most uncomfortable times of my life. I remember sitting in Econ 101, sweat covering my forehead because I desperately didn’t want to say or do anything that would draw attention from the other 100 people sitting in King 106. Things were different in high school. I would thrive off the attention I received from fellow classmates and did anything I could to make sure all eyes were on me. At Westlake High School, a little over 30 minutes away from Oberlin, I participated in football, track and field, musicals, plays, choirs, and pep rallies — anything that would make people notice me. Still, in that lecture hall on my first day of college classes, all I could think w...

FBI Sting on NCAA Basketball Stalwarts Sparks Conversation

Jane Agler, Staff Writer

March 2, 2018

Filed under SPORTS, Sports Column

The the depth of malpractice in NCAA Division I college basketball recruiting became apparent Feb. 23. when the FBI revealed that powerhouse basketball schools committed a myriad of violations. As multiple charges are leveled, it seems that changes are coming to the college basketball landscape. Some men’s basketball prospects and current players received payments — politely worded as “loans” — to sway their collegiate commitment decisions, among other things. This preferential treatment has been exercised by big-name schools like the University of Alabama, Duke University, Louisiana State University, the University of Kansas, the University of Louisville, and Clemson University. While these are only a handful ...

“What’s My Name, Fool?” Creates Dialogue Around Race, Activism

Jason Hewitt, Columnist

March 2, 2018

Filed under SPORTS, Sports Column

English Professor Yago Colás hosted a discussion Wednesday in Dye Lecture Hall between the ESPN Around the Horn co-host and University of Maryland professor Kevin Blackistone, Grand Valley State University professor Louis Moore, Northeastern University professor Sarah Jackson, and University of Michigan’s prominent Fab Five member Jimmy King. The four panelists are all influential Black individuals who are deeply connected to the overlapping realms of sports and activism. The talk opened with Colás’ introduction of the speakers. He then gave each speaker 10 minutes to share their thoughts on the overall topic. The first to speak was Blackistone, who came to Oberlin for the second time to discuss his ideas after...

MLB Offseason Spending Highlights Change in Values

Alex McNicoll, Sports Editor

February 23, 2018

Filed under SPORTS, Sports Column

The Boston Red Sox signed outfielder J.D. Martinez to a five-year $110 million mega-deal Monday. On the surface, the deal will help them contend with their American League East rival New York Yankees this season, after they made headlines by acquiring National League MVP Giancarlo Stanton of the Miami Marlins. However, with the contract finalization so close to the start of the season — spring training starts today — it highlights an alarming trend of MLB teams choosing not to sign blue-chip free agents, opting instead to pocket extra cash. With four of the top 10 free agents of this offseason still unsigned, MLB teams appear to have adopted the strategy of tanking. Thirty-year-old Martinez comes off a career yea...

Athletic Programs Must Open Dialogue on Eating Disorders

Melissa Harris, Editor-in-Chief

February 16, 2018

Filed under SPORTS, Sports Column

Editor's Note: This article contains discussion of eating disorders. I told myself that less was more. As a swimmer, you always try to shave off time. Downsizing the time stamp in the pool is the mark of success for a swimmer — looking at the score board after a race and finding that I dropped time certainly made the endless hours and laps and exhaustion well worth it. But living by the doctrine of “less is more” is dangerous. It ruined my student-athlete career. I had been a competitive swimmer since I was 10 years old. I made my way to becoming captain of my high school and club teams before college, and the growth, values, and community I found in swimming are things I still consider integral to who I...

Eagles Stun the League, Take Down the Patriots

Jason Hewitt, Columnist

February 9, 2018

Filed under SPORTS, Sports Column

If you’re a Philadelphia Eagles fan, you’d probably agree with me on this statement: It’s about time. All those years of suffering without a Super Bowl ring have finally resulted in triumph. Allow me to give you some perspective. The Philadelphia Eagles have existed since 1933, long before the Super Bowl began. The Eagles’ last championship run occurred in 1960. That’s right — it has been 58 years since they’ve been crowned as champions. There will be no more “ringless” jokes for Eagles fans to hear, now that they have a Lombardi trophy. Feb. 4, 2018 is a day that Eagles fans all over the world will remember for the rest of their lives. How did they do it? How did they overcome all the odds and defeat...

USSF Needs Kathy Carter As President for Growth, Equality

Alex McNicoll, Sports Editor

December 8, 2017

Filed under SPORTS, Sports Column

Sunil Gulati, the president of the United States Soccer Federation who has been called “the single most important person in the development of soccer in this country” by Major League Soccer founder Alan Rothberg, announced this week that he will not be running for re-election in February. The decision comes after the United States Men’s National Team failed to make the World Cup for the first time since 1986, despite having one of the world’s most electrifying young talents in 19-year-old Christian Pulisic. During Gulati’s time as president — which began when he ran unopposed in 2006 and continued for 12 years through single-candidate re-elections — soccer has grown immensely in the United States. Howev...

Schiano’s Mediocrity an Unacknowledged Motive of Protests

Julie Schreiber, Sports Editor

December 1, 2017

Filed under SPORTS, Sports Column

Editor’s note: This article contains mentions of sexual abuse. Greg Schiano, the current defensive line coach of the Ohio State Buckeyes, signed a memorandum to become the new Head Coach of the University of Tennessee Volunteers last Sunday morning. By that evening, he was out. The rapid reversal was undoubtedly a reaction to the massive student protests that ensued on the campus after word spread about Schiano’s new role — protests that insisted that the University of Tennessee had just hired a bystander to sexual assault. Schiano was the defensive line coach of Penn State’s football team for six seasons, from 1990–1995, where he worked under the direct supervision of Jerry Sandusky, the assistant coach who w...

Perspective: A Thank You to Baseball

Alexis Dill, Sports Editor

November 17, 2017

Filed under SPORTS, Sports Column

The other day, I passed a young father playing catch with his son in the driveway, and as I drove off, tears gathered in my eyes as I reminisced about the times when that little boy was instead a little girl, and the father was my dad. Between school, work, and softball, not many things grab my attention and stick with me, but this did. Call baseball what you want — boring, too slow, outdated — but never deny its ability to form a bond between father and child in a way that few other things can. The year is 2004, the girl is six years old, and her mom has tied a pink bow in her hair to match her pink dress. She’s in the backyard on a summer afternoon, holding a bat that’s certainly too heavy, and her dad has a ba...

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