The Oberlin Review

Miller Doc Reminds of Jewish Stars, Heroes

Chris Landers, Sports Editor

April 22, 2011

Filed under SPORTS, Sports Editorials & Features

Dana Torres The most decorated Jewish Olympian of all time, Torres swam her way to 12 medals over the course of five Olympic Games, the fifth-highest total in American history. Sandy Koufax Koufax, who played his entire 12-year career with the Brooklyn/Los Angeles Dodgers, was one of the best left-handed pitchers of all time. He won three Cy Young awards, the 1963 National League MVP award, threw four no-hitters and is a member of the Baseball Hall of Fame. He also famously elected not to pitch in Game 1 of the 1965 World Series because it fell on Yom Kippur. “Hammerin’” Hank Greenberg Arguably the first Jewish sports star, Greenberg was a dominant hitter with the Detroit Tigers in the 1930s. A Hal...

Wasted Talent Becomes Lasting Legacy of Steroid Era

Chris Landers, Sports Editor

April 15, 2011

Filed under SPORTS, Sports Editorials & Features

This past week was an odd one for baseball, with everything wonderful and everything reprehensible about the sport blending together to create a panorama of images equal parts bizarre and beautiful. For all of the late-inning drama and on-field storylines, the black pall of steroid use, inescapably interwoven in the fabric of the game at this point, again dominated headlines. First, it was retired slugger Barry Bonds, on trial for perjury after testifying under oath that he had never knowingly taken steroids. Then, in a surreal sequence of events, Tampa Bay Rays great Manny Ramirez abruptly retired without even so much as a personal statement after he reportedly failed a second drug test. Rounds of steroid admissions...

AD Candidate Roth Makes Second Visit to Campus

Ariel Lewis, Staff Writer

April 15, 2011

Filed under SPORTS, Sports Editorials & Features

As the search for a new Athletic Director continues, the Oberlin Department of Athletics and the Athletic Director Search Committee welcomed finalist William Roth, currently the associate director of Athletics in the Department of Development and Alumni Affairs at the University of Pennsylvania, back for a second visit. Roth, who has served as an administrator at Penn for the past four years, met with interested athletics staff, faculty, students and community members at noon on Monday, April 11 to talk about his philosophy regarding athletics and to field general questions from the audience. At Penn, Roth oversees nine Division I varsity sports, including track and field, cross country and swimming. Additionally, he h...

Student-Athletes Meet Candidates for Athletic Director

Ariel Lewis, Staff Writer

April 6, 2011

Filed under SPORTS, Sports Editorials & Features

In the weeks prior to spring break, the Director of Athletics Search Committee and the Oberlin College Department of Athletics welcomed four candidates to campus for final interviews and an introduction to the students, faculty, facilities and fundamentals of Oberlin’s athletic life as the search for Joe Karlgaard’s successor continues. As part of the process, current student-athletes sat down with each candidate separately for an hour-long question-and-answer session. The forum allowed student-athletes to voice their concerns regarding past and future leadership, and offered candidates a chance to offer their vision for the future of Oberlin Athletics. Representatives from nearly all of Oberlin’s twenty varsity...

Sports Editorial: Ralph Nader Gets You

James Blankenship, Sports Editor

April 6, 2011

Filed under SPORTS, Sports Editorials & Features

Guess what Oberlin athlete? Ralph Nader gets you. In fact, Ralph Nader wants athletes across the nation to be more like you, and why not? You strive to balance life and love, finding just enough time to make those weekend mistakes that so gracefully drag us into adulthood. What separates you from your counterparts at Public U? Athletic scholarships. And unethical cash transactions. Oh, and sex. Also, criminal records (hopefully). Never one to seek the spotlight, Mr. Nader appeared on ESPNs Outside The Lines to discuss his endorsement of a proposal that would essentially eliminate athletic scholarships and replace them with need-based aid. While Nader’s League of Fans, a self-described “sports-reform project...

Oberlin Through an All-American’s Eyes

Joanna Johnson

March 18, 2011

Filed under SPORTS, Sports Editorials & Features, Track and Field, Varsity Spring

This is my rhythm. The humid air surging in and out of my lungs, the pounding of my heart, my arms swinging, my rubber soles drumming on the pavement. Having found my cadence, I relax and settle in. I clear my mind of all distractions and lose myself in the harmony of the movement produced by myself and those around me. Minutes and miles fly by, and I find myself turning the corner onto Union Street. The gym comes into view. “All right guys,” Jacob gasps between breaths. “Push through to the end.” We pick up the pace as we stride down the street, house by house. I never won a race in high school. I didn’t qualify for the California State Championships in cross country or track. I ran because I enjoyed it....

March Madness Reminds Us Why We Love Sports

Chris Landers, Sports Editor

March 18, 2011

Filed under SPORTS, Sports Editorials & Features

It’s that time of year again. The snow is beginning to thaw and the calendar has flipped to that most glorious of all sporting months: March. Yes, the NCAA Division I Men’s Basketball Tournament is here once more. There’s a guy named Jimmer, the Buckeyes mean business and, as always, everyone still hates Duke. But none of that matters. The names will change, the Cinderella slipper may fit a different foot, but the excitement remains. The tournament may not be bigger than the Super Bowl, certainly not in television ratings, but it’s still, to my mind, the most important sporting event in America. Unlike the Super Bowl or any other championship event, March Madness is a three-week extravaganza of spor...

Obies, Athletes Need to Break Down Barriers

James Blankenship, Sports Editor

March 4, 2011

Filed under SPORTS, Sports Editorials & Features

She wasn’t nervous, you could see it in her eyes. They bounced to the left side of the court, and then to the right, then back again to the left. She was calculating. Dump it down low for a high percentage look? Drive it inside and hope for a foul? There wasn’t enough time to think. She paused for a moment at the top of the key and glanced at her bench, then pulled up for the shot. Boom. Oberlin’s Allison Anderson, arguably the best player in the conference, dropped a pivotal trey right in the face of her over-caffeinated defender. After putting her squad ahead with just over a minute remaining, she let a sly smirk slip onto her face. These are the moments that she plays for. The only problem? Nobody was...

Holloway Inspires Average Joes, NBA Players Alike

Hal Sundt, Staff Writer

February 25, 2011

Filed under SPORTS, Sports Editorials & Features

On Feb. 16, Wilson Holloway passed away at the age of 22 after battling Hodgkin’s lymphoma for three years. Standing at six feet six inches and weighing 275 pounds, Holloway earned a scholarship to the University of Tulsa out of high school to play offensive tackle for the Golden Hurricane football team. After red-shirting during his first year, he was preparing for a breakout season, but the off-season workouts started to wear on him. When he finally went to the hospital, the doctor said he had a tumor the size of a softball inside of his chest. Holloway underwent chemotherapy while he trained for the upcoming season. By August, the cancer went into remission. Six games later, however, it returned. This time...

News with Natalie

Ariel Lewis

February 25, 2011

Filed under SPORTS, Sports Editorials & Features

In addition to your responsibilities as co-interim director of athletics, you also have your own position to fill. What’s your official title, and what capacities does the job entail? My official title prior to the co-interim stuff is Associate Athletics Director for Development and Alumni Affairs, and I’m also the senior woman administrator. My main function for the department is to make fundraising efforts through the Heisman Club — our athletics booster club. They help alleviate the financial stress of paying for some equipment, professional development and the end–of–the–year banquet we hold for our senior athletes. Also, if a team wins a championship, [the club] will provide funding for a team jacke...

Talk of Another Jordan Comeback Tantalizes Fans

Hal Sundt, Staff Writer

February 18, 2011

Filed under SPORTS, Sports Editorials & Features

We know about his NCAA title-winning shot against Georgetown, that magical NBA draft night and the Magic/Isiah freeze-out conspiracy at the 1985 All-Star game. We still watch footage of the 63 points at the Boston Garden and remember the pain of losing to the Bad Boys from Detroit again and again and again. While he was chasing an incredibly elusive championship, Gatorade, Nike and McDonalds recognized his individual achievements: scoring titles, MVP’s and even a Defensive Player of the Year award. We bought the shoes, ate the meat and drank the drink. We helped rip the torch from Magic’s hands in the ’91 Finals after the forever-famous "fake-dunk-layup." Our mouths watered during the evisceration of the...

Cleveland: Ohio’s Detroit!

James Blankenship, Sports Editor

February 18, 2011

Filed under SPORTS, Sports Editorials & Features

I’m no Art Schlichter, but I’m willing to bet that some people will be pissed-off after reading this. I’m also willing to bet that those people will be, by and large, of the Oberlin resident, non-student variety. Most likely, they’ll assume that I’m some pretentious college student from Boston who wouldn’t know the first thing about core “Midwestern” values like hard work, modesty and Budweiser (which is actually based in Belgium). On the contrary, I’m a born and raised Ohioan who is more likely to defend this place than make a mockery of it. That being said, there is one inescapable fact that everyone outside of Ohio began to accept years ago: Cleveland is the worst sports city in America. It...

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