The Oberlin Review

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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...

Handicapping the Carmelo Anthony Situation

Chris Landers, Sports Editor

February 18, 2011

Filed under SPORTS, Sports Editorials & Features

Each year, the National Basketball Association’s trade deadline wreaks havoc upon the league and its general managers. Contenders contemplate which moves will put their teams over the top, while bottom-dwellers look to rebuild. It’s a time of year when the only constant is chaos, and it is upon us once again. In the face of all of the mind-numbing information, the Review is here to sift through the mess and make sense of the possible scenarios. The marquee name in the rumor mill this season is Denver Nuggets all-star forward Carmelo Anthony. He will be a free agent after this season, and this summer announced he would not be willing to sign the three-year, $65 million contract extension that the Nuggets put on t...

NFL Owners’ Greed, Hypocrisy Clouds Their Finest Hour

Chris Landers, Sports Editor

February 11, 2011

Filed under SPORTS, Sports Editorials & Features

As the confetti streamed down onto the victorious Green Bay Packers at the end of Super Bowl XLV, the National Football League and its fans should have been rejoicing. The Packers and the Pittsburgh Steelers — arguably the two most storied franchises in the game — had just played one of the tightest contests in recent memory. An eminently marketable star was born in Green Bay quarterback Aaron Rodgers. A whopping 111 million people tuned in to the game, making it the most watched event in American television history. And yet, during the league’s finest hour, that confetti in the air felt more like a storm cloud. On Mar. 4, the league’s collective bargaining agreement between the owners and the players’ union...

Super Blown: The Super Halftime Show Disappoints Yet Again

James Blankenship, Sports Editor

February 11, 2011

Filed under ARTS, Dance, Music, SPORTS, Sports Editorials & Features

Every time the overhyped monstrosity that is Super Bowl week graces us with its presence, a nation is left wondering, “Can this halftime show really be worse than last year’s?” In the last five years, a spectacle that has become more celebrated than several national holidays (I’m talking to you, Columbus Day) has failed to produce a mistake-free halftime show, let alone one that’s actually entertaining. At this point, it’s difficult to think of a 30-minute event that isn’t more deserving of our time. Even a re-run of Friends provides an opportunity to appreciate the acting repertoire of a young Jennifer Aniston. That being said, the people who consistently treat their Super Bowl viewing parties more lik...

The Good, The Bad, and The Ugly

Staff

February 11, 2011

Filed under SPORTS, Sports Editorials & Features

The Good •The swimming and diving teams were both victorious in a meet against John Carroll University on Jan. 21. Six different Yeowomen won events, while the Yeomen took home seven events of their own in the win. •The next day, the teams defeated Notre Dame College and Ohio Wesleyan in the last meet before the North Coast Athletic Conference Championships. •The men’s track and field team won the Crimson and Gold invite behind two double-event winners. Junior Shawn Chrapczynzki won both the 55- and 200-meter dashes, while fellow junior Reshard El-Shair took the 400-meters and the 55-meter hurdles. •Yeowomen track star Joanna Johnson continued her remarkable senior campaign, breaking her own school r...

Machine Workout

Liv Combe, Sports Editor

December 11, 2009

Filed under SPORTS, Sports Editorials & Features

Needing a break from running along the same three routes in Oberlin, I’ve recently taken to working out in the gym. I tried the treadmill a few times, and then decided that I wanted a respite from running altogether. So I moved to the elliptical machine. This is the machine where you have both your feet on small platforms that move somewhat erratically around in circles, following the movement of your legs. You can raise or lower the incline and the resistance level of the machine, and sometimes there are poles to hold onto that are connected to where your feet are. I think of it as a stationary mix of jogging and cross-country skiing. It’s tiring, and according to the calorie-counter, I’m accomplishing something,...

The Fall of Yet Another Sports Icon: The Tiger Woods Saga

Hal Sundt, Staff Writer

December 11, 2009

Filed under SPORTS, Sports Editorials & Features

At 2:25 a.m. on Nov. 27, Tiger Woods crashed into a fire hydrant. Allegations followed that the face of the PGA was driving drunk, that there was domestic violence within the Woods household and that Woods has had 10 mistresses throughout his marriage. We can continually stress the old adage that Woods, just like all other pro athletes placed on an absurd pedestal of immortality, is just human, and that like all humans, he is flawed. This is true, but you know what? It doesn’t make me feel a whole lot better right now. I want to vent. I want to have a temper tantrum. It sucks when our heroes let us down. It sucks that Tiger isn’t everything we wanted him to be. We didn’t just want him to be the once-in-a-lifetime...

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