The Oberlin Review

Bye Bye, Blatter

Sarena Malsin, Sports Editor

February 26, 2016

Filed under SPORTS, Sports Editorials & Features

This Friday, it will finally be time for FIFA to elect a new president to replace Sepp Blatter at the special FIFA congress in Zurich. Finally. FIFA, arguably the world’s most powerful international sports organization, has developed a reputation for corruption and dysfunctionality with incredibly slow and ineffective solutions. Blatter was the embodiment — and, in many cases, the origin — of FIFA’s corrupt legacy. He began the mess that was his reign in 1998. Three years later, he engaged in what FIFA representatives innocently called “clumsy” conduct in 2001 that bankrupted FIFA’s marketing partner, the company International Sport and Leisure, likely because of kickbacks to FIFA executives that amounted...

NBA in Golden Limbo

Randy Ollie, Sports Editor

February 19, 2016

Filed under SPORTS, Sports Editorials & Features

As another NBA trade deadline came and went on Thursday, the NBA ros­ters officially cemented for the rest of the season. Bar­ring a few possible excep­tions, teams will remain virtually the same until af­ter the NBA Championship this summer, when trades become legal by league guidelines once more and teams look to bolster their talent and productivity for the upcoming season. In past years the trade dead­line has commonly been associated with blockbust­er deals in which franchise players are exchanged be­tween teams, usually to help fulfill championship aspirations or to serve as building blocks for future success. However, this deadline was devoid of any such transactions, a testament to both its insignificance...

NO MORE Not Heard

Sarena Malsin, Sports Editor

February 12, 2016

Filed under SPORTS, Sports Editorials & Features

Many nodded in tentative approval at one of the Super Bowl’s many long-awaited ads on Sunday, which featured an iMessage conversation be­tween two friends trying to make plans to watch the game. One of the friends is clearly be­ing coerced by her partner at home not to leave the house, indicating some history of do­mestic abuse, and she doesn’t know how to respond to her friend’s inquiry of ‘“Are you OK?” before the commercial ends. The organization behind the ad, called NO MORE, post­ed proudly on their website that they had teamed up with a similar organization called Grey Again as well as the NFL to run the ad to “empower viewers to learn the warning signs of domestic violence and sexual assault...

“Beauty” Over Backhand?

Randy Ollie, Sports Editor

February 5, 2016

Filed under SPORTS, Sports Editorials & Features

Last week, the tennis world was lucky enough to witness another highly anticipated matchup: the United States’ Serena Wil­liams and Russia’s Maria Sharapova in the quarterfi­nals of the Australian Open. The pair are undoubtedly the world’s most celebrated female tennis players both on and off the court, and fans witnessed the two stars face off in another competitive matchup. Aside from the excitement and anticipation of the matchup and the Austra­lian Open as a whole, de­bate over Sharapova’s rank­ing as the highest-endorsed female athlete in the world resurfaced for the first time since it began last fall. Sharapova has a host of sponsors, including Nike, Porsche and Tag Heurer, whose 2015 endorsements...

Turf Wars

Sarena Malsin, Sports Editor

December 11, 2015

Filed under SPORTS, Sports Editorials & Features

As far as soccer is con­cerned, turf sucks. Granted, it’s definitely a better surface than the lumpy, rocky, un­kempt mini-forests that high school, premier (and even, ahem, college-level) leagues often have as alternative or backup fields. But when it comes to professional soccer, where resources are specially allocated to create beautiful, meticulously trimmed swaths of natural grass that make ev­ery step feel like heaven, grass fields leave turf in the dust. This is for obvious rea­sons. Turf smells. It makes you question if you’re being cooked alive on hot, sunny days. It gives you killer turf burn that you’re certain must be riddled with disease from those shady tire pieces — ner­dles, nubs, niblets,...

Dawn of a Dynasty

Randy Ollie, Sports Editor

December 4, 2015

Filed under SPORTS, Sports Editorials & Features

The Golden State Warriors are legit. Starting the 2015–2016 NBA season on a record-breaking 20–0 run has not only validated their rank as former NBA champions but has also revealed the possibility of many more potential championships in future seasons. The Warriors currently rank first in the NBA in points per game and assists, as well as seventh in rebounding. Anyone with even the slightest basketball experience recognizes that this is quite the collection of accolades for any one team to have. The Warriors also have Stephen Curry’s sharp shooting skills in their arsenal. Curry, named the NBA’s 2014 and 2015 Most Valuable Player, is currently the league’s scoring leader, racking up nearly 32 points per...

Vegan Athletes Bust Protein Myths

Vegan Athletes Bust Protein Myths

December 4, 2015

“Isn’t it hard to be a vegan athlete?” “Where do you get your protein?” These are the sorts of incredulous questions Sustainable Technology Coordinator Samuel Hartman and Sustainability Coordinator Bridget Flynn set out to answer once and for all in their second talk of the year on vegan athleticism last Tuesday. The pair mainly emphasized the ease with which they gain the necessary nutrients, even protein, on a plant-based diet. Flynn was quick to debunk the common misconception that...

Doping Ruins Trust

Sarena Malsin, Sports Editor

November 20, 2015

Filed under SPORTS, Sports Editorials & Features

Call me a biased athlete and sports editor, but sports competitions are one of the last bastions of positive and wholesome interaction be­tween countries. They pro­vide this incredible escape for everybody to care about something within a smaller scope than global politics. They serve as a funnel for visceral energy and national pride — all in an environ­ment influenced by the basic positive values that athletic participation and competi­tion impart on people. They occur on a national stage, so people internalize these val­ues to show respect to their international counterparts and represent their own countries well. At least, these values are usually internalized. If they aren’t, there are many regulatory...

Raunchy Recruiting

Randy Ollie, Sports Editor

November 13, 2015

Filed under SPORTS, Sports Editorials & Features

With a new college basketball season just around the corner, this coming winter looks like it’s going to be filled with the drama, controversy and entertainment that has traditionally gone hand in hand with Division-I college basketball. In October, basketball fans got a small preview of what looks to be another rollercoaster ride of a season with the release of self-proclaimed escort Katina Powell’s tell-all book, Breaking Cardinal Rules: Basketball and the Escort Queen. If you haven’t gotten around to reading it, it’s full of accusations that former University of Louisville basketball graduate assistant Andre McGee arranged on-campus sex and stripping parties for players and recruits. Five former players ...

In The Locker Room With Shelby Raynor, Leah Cohen and Joey Velez

In The Locker Room With Shelby Raynor, Leah Cohen and Joey Velez

November 13, 2015

This week, the Review sat down with captains of the Rhinos — Oberlin’s women’s and trans’ rugby team — junior Shelby Raynor and sophomore Leah Cohen. The Review also spoke with captain of the Gruffs — the men’s rugby team — junior Joey Velez and senior player-coach Dustin French (not pictured). The four athletes discussed their rugby careers at Oberlin, their club sports experience and their most memorable team moments. Did you play rugby for the first time at Oberlin? Shelby Raynor:...

Wambach Withdrawal

Sarena Malsin, Sports Editor

November 6, 2015

Filed under SPORTS, Sports Editorials & Features

International soccer star Abby Wambach recently announced her retirement following the U.S. Women’s National Team’s visit with President Obama at the White House in celebration of its World Cup victory this summer. Wambach, 35, fin­ishes her national career of 15 years with 252 interna­tional appearances, the all-time fifth-highest number of caps in U.S. history. She had 184 international goals, two Olympic gold medals in 2004 and 2012 and, her most re­cent accolade, a 2015 World Cup championship. Wambach’s status as the top scorer in international soccer, male or female, en­sures that her presence on the field will surely be missed. But her powerful legacy of setting an exam­ple for personal standards,...

Player of The Week: Geno Arthur

Player of The Week: Geno Arthur

October 30, 2015

Senior standout Geno Arthur runs ahead of the pack at the Inter-Regional Rumble. A 2014 NCAA All-American, Arthur is unbeaten in 2015 and most recently completed the Inter-Regional Rumble in a course record time of 24:04.0, defeating the field of 281 Division-III competitors and outlasting North Coast Athletic Conference opponent Logan Steiner. Arthur also became the first Yeoman to be crowned a men’s 8K champion. The Yeomen are currently ranked the 35th best team in the country by the United States...

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