The Oberlin Review

Football Faces CTE Epidemic

Julie Schreiber, Sports Editor

September 8, 2017

Filed under SPORTS, Sports Editorials & Features

A concussion crisis is consuming the game of football at every level, from pop-warner to professional nationwide. Football has suffered a major loss of support over the past few years, as disturbing information about the sport’s long-term traumatic effects on the brain has come to light. This decline in support, however, is not due to a drop in fans of professional football. The true threat to the future of football is the loss in youth participation, with parents becoming increasingly eager to pull their children out of the game. Participation in youth football is decreasing across the nation at exponential rates. In the past five years, Michigan has lost 57 high school football teams, California, 28, and Missouri, 2...

Money Comes Out On Top

Alex McNicoll, Sports Editor

September 1, 2017

Filed under SPORTS, Sports Editorials & Features

Floyd “Money” Mayweather and Conor McGregor’s celebrity showdown was the peak of a rapidly-changing boxing culture that is selling the sweet science for as much cash as it can. With a pay-per-view cost of $99.95, the fight, which could hardly be called a boxing match, pulled in over $400 million on TV revenue alone. Boxing has always earned the most money from the most outspoken and polarizing athletes in the sports world. From Muhammad Ali’s biting poems to Mike Tyson’s vicious bite of Evander Holyfield’s ear in the ring, no fan ever really knows what to expect when they pay to watch a fight, and that might just be the reason they pay so much. However, in all of boxing, no one has embraced the money as m...

Philips Gym Renovation Continues Throughout School Year

Philips Gym Renovation Continues Throughout School Year

September 1, 2017

As Philips gym renovations continue, members of the Athletics Department are confident that the project’s disruptions will ultimately be a worthwhile investment for the campus. The $13 million project, according to Delta Lodge Director of Athletics Natalie Winkelfoos, will benefit both sports teams and non-athletes. “[It’s going to be a space] where people can start to build more community,” Winkelfoos said. “There’s going to be a lounge where people can [convene] in really cool ways a...

NFL Ethically Progresses With Suspension of Elliott

James Cato, Contributing Writer

September 1, 2017

Filed under SPORTS, Sports Editorials & Features

Editor’s Note: This article contains mentions of intimate partner violence. The NFL took a step in the right direction with its six-game suspension of sensational second-year running back Ezekiel Elliott. As a league fraught with player discipline controversy, the NFL needed to make a statement when its brightest young star, and arguably the best running back in the league, broke the new personal conduct policy. Elliott plays for the Dallas Cowboys, dubbed “America’s team,” with its rich history of five Super Bowls, countless Hall of Fame talents, and maverick owner Jerry Jones. Elliott is a money-making machine. The NFL headed into last season with several controversies, such as “Deflategate” and growing con...

Baseball Should Embrace Growth

Darren Zaslau, Sports Editor

May 5, 2017

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Baseball will always remain entrenched in American culture. Its roots in the United States can be tracked back to the 1700s, but the sport hasn’t gained as much global traction as others. With recent murmurings about Major League Baseball expanding to countries outside of the U.S. though, the game now has potential to engrain itself in sports cultures around the world. Last year, MLB Commissioner Rob Manfred spoke with Associated Press Sports editors and expressed interest in the league expanding from 30 to 32 teams. Manfred mentioned that international expansion is a likely option as Montreal and Mexico City headline the list of cities to land one of the two new teams. If the MLB adds teams outside of the l...

Misguided Media Doubts Serena

Jackie McDermott, Sports Editor

April 28, 2017

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Serena Williams has conquered the challenges of age, fatigue and emotional strife throughout her career. She won 10 of her 23 Grand Slam titles after turning 30, a feat that no one thought possible. She kept playing after her half-sister and personal assistant, Yetunde Price, was murdered in 2003. She overcame a life-threatening health scare in 2011 after developing a blood clot in one of her lungs. Last week, Serena announced that she will take on a new challenge: motherhood. With that will come yet another unique test: returning to the tour after giving birth to add even more accolades to her legacy. I have no doubt that Serena will meet that challenge and perhaps come back as good as ever despite the immense physical...

Student-Athletes Deserve Pay

Darren Zaslau, Sports editor

April 21, 2017

Filed under SPORTS, Sports Editorials & Features

College sports video games have been out of sight, out of mind for the past three years. Not since the release of NCAA Football 14 for the PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360 have sports fans been able to play with their favorite collegiate athletes. The cancellation of this series, along with the NCAA Basketball and NCAA Baseball video games, has sparked controversy among athletes and fans. The debate centers around video game companies’ failure to compensate athletes for the use of their likenesses. Talk of bringing these games back has recently begun to surface, but if companies plan to revive these games, players must be paid. Video game companies such as EA Sports want their games to be as realistic as possible. Fro...

Sharapova Set to Return Unscathed as Sponsors Shrug at Doping

Jackie McDermott, Sports editor

April 14, 2017

Filed under Sports Editorials & Features

The top search hits for Maria Sharapova have nothing to do with her doping suspension. A Daily Mail article shows fashionista Sharapova sporting a casual and chic Los Angeles look in capris and a pashmina shawl. Forbes touts her success as a businesswoman, featuring her candy company Sugarpova and its recent ventures in the chocolate industry. ESPN pairs her name with Rafael Nadal’s when it lists players to watch this clay court season. It seems that Sharapova will arrive fresh-faced and unscathed as she steps back on court after a 15-month doping suspension on April 26. The tennis star will compete at a tournament hosted by one of her sponsors, the Porsche Tennis Grand Prix, in Stuttgart, Germany. Back from her 15...

Tribune Bridges Divide

Darren Zaslau, Sports Editor

April 7, 2017

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Athletes are generally viewed under a microscope for their actions on and off the field. As a result of the public criticizing their every move, a large divide exists between the fan and player. Recently, The Players’ Tribune has bridged that gap. Founded by former New York Yankees shortstop Derek Jeter in 2014, this new media platform provides sports talk and personal stories written by the athletes themselves. With the creation of the The Players’ Tribune, athletes’ voices have the potential to be heard across the globe. “It’s a trusted place, a place where they can speak freely and not have to worry about how their words are twisted and turned,” Jeter said in an interview with The Hollywood Report...

Sexism Plagues Hockey

Jackie McDermott, Sports Editor

March 31, 2017

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Most American sports fans are aware of our country’s dominance in women’s sports like basketball and gymnastics. But there is another sport in which American women have collected numerous Olympic medals and won seven of the last nine world championships — ice hockey. Despite being wildly successful on the world stage, American women’s ice hockey has been repeatedly degraded at home by its own governing body. USA Hockey recently took a long-awaited positive step toward improving the conditions for women’s play, but the organization’s shameful past must not be forgotten. USA Hockey must be held accountable for its disrespect and underdevelopment of the women’s game. On Tuesday, the begrudging leaders...

Krzyzewski Should Bench Grayson Allen for Aggressive Play

Darren Zaslau, Sports editor

March 10, 2017

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Duke University has always been a national powerhouse in men’s college basketball. The Blue Devils are tied for third in most national championships with five wins, command an NCAA-best .755 NCAA tournament winning percentage and have suited up 71 players who went on to the NBA. Under the direction of Head Coach Mike Krzyzewski, the all-time leader in wins in Division I men’s basketball history, winning is an expectation, not an aspiration. Entering this season, the Blue Devils were the first-ranked team in the Associated Press Top 25 and USA Today Coaches Poll. Not only were they projected to win another national championship, but the Blue Devils also had numerous preseason All-Americans and top-tier talent on t...

Congress Loses Sight

Jackie McDermott, Sports Editor

March 3, 2017

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The 2005 Congressional hearings that exposed steroid use by Major League Baseball’s own Jose Canseco, Mark McGwire and other home-run slammers are forever burned into America’s collective sports memory. This week, Congress revived its clean-sports crusade, urging reform of World Anti-Doping Agency policy and berating members of the International Olympic Committee for their handling of last summer’s Russian doping scandal. While Congress’ quest to eradicate cheating in international sports seems noble, it pales in comparison to some other issues our legislative body faces. Why should a Congress tasked with replacing Obamacare, probing Trump’s ties to Russia and fighting a nationwide heroin epidemic spend...

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