The Oberlin Review

Editorial: Blaming Penn State

James Blankenship, Editor-in-Chief

November 11, 2011

Filed under Football, SPORTS, Sports Editorials & Features

I can remember what it was like to be twelve years old. At this point in our lives as young students, we all can. When we think of being a child this is the image we conjure. It meant thinking we knew more than we did, and knowing more than we should have. For me, as a young, essentially parentless boy moving in and out of shelters and schools and the random homes of kind strangers, it meant depending on everyone and trusting no one. I participated, with the encouragement of counselors and social workers, in different programs aimed at pairing me with a positive male role model several times. As if I weren’t disturbed enough at that age, more than one of these potential “role models” was forced to quit on me amid...

Editorial: Al Davis Stirs Controversy, Even in Death

Chris Landers, Sports Editor

October 14, 2011

Filed under SPORTS, Sports Editorials & Features

As it turned out, Steve Jobs wasn’t the only Bay Area pioneer to pass away last week. Al Davis, owner of the NFL’s Oakland Raiders for thirty-five years and one of the league’s foremost leaders since its inception in 1970, died early last Saturday morning at the age of 82. The posthumous outpouring of love and praise from all corners of the media painted a picture of Davis as a universally beloved man, a monumental figure who was a blessing to all the lives he touched in his six decades in pro football. Yet for the last 20 years of his life, Davis was easily the most reviled figure in the NFL. He ruled over the Raiders with an iron fist, firing and hiring on a whim and exerting authoritarian control over...

Separate but Equal? The State of Club Sports

Quinn Hull

October 14, 2011

Filed under Club & Intramural Sports, SPORTS, Sports Editorials & Features

Any given weekday, within the seemingly quiet bowels of Hales Gymnasium, the sovereign of club sports operates in hurried solitude. Maybe Director or Recreation and Club Sports Betsy Bruce, the self-described “Athletic director for everything but varsity sports,” will be trying to get a hold of the treasurer of The Billygoats Gruff, Oberlin’s Men’s Rugby team; perhaps, as she was last week when days of unforgiving Ohio rain forced the North Fields into temporary closure, she’ll be urgently procuring a new site for the Ultimate Frisbee teams’ annual tournament. She is the solitary face of club sports at Oberlin College. Meanwhile, just a short jaunt across the varsity soccer and field hockey teams’ prim...

Editorial: Lessons from Homecoming Weekend

Chris Landers, Sports Editor

September 30, 2011

Filed under SPORTS, Sports Editorials & Features

Another Sept. 11 has come and gone, time indifferently trudging on, as it always does, despite how often we could swear it would never move again. The obligatory perspective pieces flooded in to publications large and small, pausing to reflect on just how much the past 10 years have transformed us. And yet, for all of the ink dedicated to this anniversary, my most indelible memory from 9/11 seems to have been somewhat forgotten. It was Oct. 30, 2001, Game three of the 2001 World Series. The nation was still in utter shock, the remaining wreckage from Ground Zero a cold and concrete reminder that this hadn’t been a dream. In the midst of all of the chaos, the anxiety and the fear of that fall, newly elected President...

Young is Better

James Blankenship, Editor-in-Chief

September 16, 2011

Filed under SPORTS, Sports Editorials & Features

As the adrenaline rush of returning to Oberlin slowly transforms into the sad realization that we are back in Oberlin, one sliver of happiness remains for those of us seeking relief in the form of man-on-man violence: The NFL has returned. Undoubtedly, there are at least a few football players reading this who know where I’m coming from when I say I wasted countless hours of my life following the lockout this past off-season. That, coupled with the biweekly revelation that yet another school was rewarding its players’ on-field production with gold bars, prostitutes and rare Renoir paintings (see: Miami, Auburn and, alas, Ohio State), seemed enough to titillate my interest until September. After all, no somewhat...

New Leader Brings New Attitude to Athletic Department

Ariel Lewis, Sports Editor

September 16, 2011

Filed under SPORTS, Sports Editorials & Features, Uncategorized

The 2010-2011 athletic year saw Oberlin teams reach new heights, and College administrators have matched that success over the past several months. William Roth was hired as the new Delta Lodge Director of Athletics, coming from a successful program at the University of Pennsylvania with fresh ideas and a fresh attitude. Roth has spearheaded several new changes to both the facilities and the culture of the department to complement continued growth on the field by both the Yeomen and Yeowomen. Recent changes to the facilities have been minor — most notably in the form of “Go Yeo” window decals in the cardio hallway of Philips Gymnasium, which allow exercisers to look out but prevent passers-by from staring in, ...

Yeomen and Yeowomen Alike Receive Conference Accolades

John Crittenden, Staff Writer

May 13, 2011

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

With spring sports at a close, the North Coast Athletic Conference recently honored numerous Yeomen and Yeowomen for their exemplary play. In women's tennis, junior Ariel Lewis received her third consecutive All-NCAC First Team selection. Lewis, who notched her 100th career win midway through the season, was also one of 32 players selected to play in the NCAA Singles Championships in her home state of California. When asked about her All-NCAC selection, Lewis said, “I'm honored to have received recognition by the conference. During the season I just play my matches; winning individual awards or honors isn't really the point so much as helping the team is. Still, it's rewarding to see that you are respected by t...

William Roth, Oberlin’s New Athletic Director

Chris Landers

May 13, 2011

Filed under SPORTS, Sports Editorials & Features

What attracted you to Oberlin rather than a more high-profile position? I really loved that the administration wanted to improve: They legitimately wanted to get better. There was a tight-knit community. I was also interested in the multi-dimensional nature of the athletes here — the regular student can perform on our playing fields. The young man who plays lacrosse and the young woman who plays soccer, they’re the peers of the person in the concert hall and the lab, and I think there’s something amazing that happens when you have that type of environment. Any athletic achievement that we have becomes a campus achievement. I really hope that’s what our department creates. When athletics advances, Oberlin advances...

Texas Excess Highlights National Concern

Chris Landers, Sports Editor

May 6, 2011

Filed under SPORTS, Sports Editorials & Features

There’s a scene in the first season of Friday Night Lights in which Dillon High Panthers’ head football coach Eric Taylor is reprimanding Buddy Garrity, a big-money and big-haired booster for the team, for cheating on his wife. Buddy’s family is crumbling around him, yet, true to form, he can only focus on football. “[My wife] can cut off my head and stick it on a pike!” he exclaims. “But I’ll always care about the Panthers!” This moment has been running through my mind a lot lately. It could just be because I have a soft spot for portly men with Texas drawls, but I’m inclined to believe it has something to do with the unsettling fact that American athletic culture has seemingly lost touch with reality. Case...

Words with Winkelfoos

James Blankenship, Sports Editor

April 22, 2011

Filed under SPORTS, Sports Editorials & Features

Do you feel like the Athletic Director Search Committee has made a significant amount of progress thus far? Absolutely. The entire search committee has been thoughtful in their approach and has worked incredibly hard to find our next leader. We are all very excited about the direction Oberlin athletics is headed under a new Director of Athletics. What are some of the things you've learned throughout the process of searching for a new AD? Most importantly, I was reminded to have patience. Hiring someone for any job, big or small, is never easy. It takes a lot of patience, proper screening and careful analysis of your candidates. I put a lot of trust into the people leading our search. I am certain our process h...

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...

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