The Oberlin Review

Cool or Drool: Durant, Smith Square Off in Exaggerated Feud

Dan Bisno, Columnist

October 9, 2015

Filed under SPORTS, Sports Column

National sports nowadays are 80 percent reality TV show and 20 percent actual sports game. With the endless sports commentary shows, Twitter feuds and general gossip, many sports fans have become more enamored with the players’ personal lives than with their game performance. Amid all this excitement, sports stars are under more media scrutiny than ever before. Rarely are players described as any­thing other than victims of the scandal­izing media, consistently ripped apart by the ruthless mass of camera-toting individuals known as sports reporters. This brings us to the most recent NBA media feud: Kevin Durant versus Stephen A. Smith. For those of you who don’t know, Durant is the star small forward for the...

Manning Should Set Sights on Graceful Exit

Dan Bisno, Columnist

September 25, 2015

Filed under SPORTS, Sports Column

Deflategate remains a popular news story giv­en the NFL’s recent announcement that they will appeal the reversal of Tom Brady’s suspension by the district court. While this has yet to develop, Brady’s name creates an interesting segue into this week’s topic: the decline of Denver Broncos quarterback Peyton Manning. As many of you know, Brady and Manning are, almost inargu­ably, the most successful quarterbacks of their generation. They are the guys that get thrown in the GOAT conversation with Joe Montana, Dan Marino, John Elway, Brett Favre, etc. — perhaps because they’re all hardy and covered with hair, but most likely because they are the “greatest of all time.” So what’s up with Manning? First...

Stevie Satisfies Appetites, Treats Ailments

Isabel Hulkower, Columnist

September 18, 2015

Filed under SPORTS, Sports Column

Hello Oberlin, and welcome to a fresh new school year chock-full of delight and intrigue. We are currently in the ephemeral time where classes have started but it’s not yet so cold that the only option is “Netflix and chill.” Now is the moment to soak up some sunlight, swim in the Arboretum or maybe even toss some sort of disc if that’s your area of expertise. However, with all this excitement, you might have forgotten about the inherent dangers of all this phys­ical activity. Rest assured, friends, it’s still on my mind. So, in the spirit of “doing it yourself,” I’ve compiled some dorm-room remedies to common outdoor ailments. And for maximum accessibility, every treatment can be made exclusively from...

Cool or Drool: NFL Offseason Goofs

Dan Bisno, Columnist

September 11, 2015

Filed under SPORTS, Sports Column

It’s been a little over seven months since Super Bowl XLIX. America’s most watched sport has been on hiatus and, as always, the offseason has been filled with some of the juiciest sports stories of the year, centered around a variety of players. What were these guys thinking? Did they forget that their actions are microanalyzed, maybe more than actors, actresses and musicians? Or maybe they wanted the spotlight. Let’s go over how this works. “Cool or Drool” is a column I traditionally write with fellow junior Henry Weissberg. While he studies abroad in Chile spending an insurmountable amount of time study­ing statistics for fantasy football, I will continue “Cool or Drool” this semester. In a nutshell,...

Western Yoga Practices Prove Problematic

Isabel Hulkower, Columnist

May 8, 2015

Filed under SPORTS, Sports Column

If you’ve ever wandered into a mat exercise class thinking you were in for something easy and left in extreme pain, you are not alone. Low-impact exercise classes like yoga and pilates have gained major popularity, and their benefits include but are not limited to: being easy on the joints (no jumping), promoting stretching and flexibility and the employment of isometric holds. Pilates is a style of exercise that emphasizes alignment and core strength to help train the body. It was dreamed up by the illustrious Joseph Pilates, who was born in Germany in 1883. He developed an interest in exercise in his youth and began truly refining his craft when he was confined in a British internment camp during World War I. During...

Cavs’ Title Hopes Hit Snag

Dan Bisno and Henry Weissberg

May 1, 2015

Filed under SPORTS, Sports Column

Attention Oberlin College seniors: You have two more sure opportunities to see LeBron live in action this season — maybe forever. Shell out the big bucks and see the best athlete on the planet throw down. It was a midsummer’s dream come true for Cavaliers fans. In early July, as the haze wafted off the asphalt basketball courts in Cleveland, countless fans asked themselves: Where will LeBron land? Many were still bitter after his “decision” to move to Miami in 2010, but was it time for the prodigal son to return after four finals appearances and two championships in South Beach? In July of that summer, LeBron posted a heartfelt essay to the Sports Illustrated website answering that question: He was coming back ...

Give the DivaCup a Chance

Isabel Hulkower, Columnist

April 27, 2015

Filed under SPORTS, Sports Column

This is a weekly column devoted to discussing issues related to wellness at Oberlin College. You don’t have to go deep into Oberlin’s reproductive justice scene to hear cries of the wonders of the DivaCup. There are dozens, if not hundreds, of people all over this campus who have basked in its many benefits and now want to spread word to the uninitiated. However, this little piece of silicone has a lot to it, and using one can be tricky on many different levels. “What even is a DivaCup?” you might ask. It’s the most mainstream brand of menstrual cup, a bell-shaped item that sits inside the vagina to catch menstrual fluid during your period. They’re made of medical-grade silicone, which forms a seal with ...

The Return of Alex Rodriguez: Cool or Drool?

Dan Bisno and Henry Weissberg

April 17, 2015

Filed under SPORTS, Sports Column

Warning to Nate Levinson, Sports editor, and fellow Yankees fans: Proceed with caution. We’re back again to update you faithful Review readers on what’s happening on and off the field in the world of sports. This week, we turn to the case of Alex Rodriguez, a one-time superstar and truly dangerous player behind the plate. Many readers will remember Rodriguez’s 2014 campaign, or lack thereof, which ended before it began when news broke that A-Rod would be suspended from 211 games for his illegal use of both steroid creams and human growth hormone. The suspension was later shortened to 162 games, but his record-setting accomplishments are, sadly, forever blemished. The Yankees have just begun their 2015 campai...

Fats, Oils Have Benefits Too

Isabel Hulkower, Columnist

April 11, 2015

Filed under SPORTS, Sports Column

This week’s column is devoted to two very special oils in my life. One is a superfood sensation, known to the world over for its crazy benefits and uses, and the other is a personal favorite that I lovingly grab at every opportunity. The first and most vital thing I have to say is that fats and oils are dope. We are currently blessed to be living in an age when the benefits of fat are revered instead of feared. This modern outlook is due to a dramatic cultural shift. From 1980 through the mid- 2000s, fat was public enemy number one. Facing the enormous heart disease crisis, many national agencies responded by pointing their collective finger at dietary cholesterol. The prevailing wisdom at the time was that cutting fa...

Suh’s Mega-Deal Top Move of NFL Offseason

Dan Bisno and Henry Weissberg

April 3, 2015

Filed under SPORTS, Sports Column

We bet you’re wondering what we are going to throw at you this week. Will it be a left jab of basketball analysis? Or a righty uppercut of football talk? Oh yeah, that’s the one. We’re talking NFL. Football! Football! Football! There is no offseason for us. Free agent signings and offseason trades are what keep us warm during the dreary final days of winter. We are here to update you on the most important offseason moves in the NFL. Practically as exciting as the regular NFL season, the offseason is a time when millions are made and championship teams are crafted. With dozens of difference makers available, the offseason is like a trip to Disneyland for general managers. Now, without further ado, the top move...

Divisive Paleo Diet Impractical for Many

Isabel Hulkhower, Columnist

March 13, 2015

Filed under SPORTS, Sports Column

If you’ve spent any time down the rabbit hole of outlandish food trends, you’ve undoubtedly come across the paleo diet. Paleo is an extremely rigid lifestyle plan in which dieters only eat foods cave people would have been able to hunt or gather, such as meat, fish, eggs, vegetables, fruits, nuts and seeds. The diet forbids the consumption of anything else, including things like grains of any sort, legumes, dairy, refined sugar, soy, most cooking oils and processed food. The diet gets its name from the Paleolithic era, which started about 2.6 million years ago, and ended with the advent of agriculture around 8,000 BCE. This style of eating then went the way of the dinosaurs until 1975, when gastroenterologist W...

Sanders Walks Away from Game: Cool or Drool?

Dan Bisno and Henry Weissberg

March 6, 2015

Filed under SPORTS, Sports Column

Welcome to this week’s edition of “Cool or Drool?” We are your one-stop shop for biased opinions on off-the-field sports stories. It’s been an eventful season for the Milwaukee Bucks. Losing the second overall draft pick, Jabari Parker, to a torn ACL devastated fans who had high hopes for the young prospect. Players like Giannis Antetokounmpo and Brandon Knight stepped up for the Bucks and put up great numbers before the All-Star break. Then, in a move that surprised almost everyone, the Bucks dealt away Knight in a three-way trade, in which they acquired Michael Carter- Williams from the Philadelphia 76ers and Tyler Ennis and Miles Plumlee from the Phoenix Suns. The move, while promising, adds elements of unc...

Established 1874.