The Oberlin Review

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...

Lecture Highlights Cultural, Racial Roots of Baseball

Lecture Highlights Cultural, Racial Roots of Baseball

October 30, 2015

Many different Oberlin communities came together in Hallock auditorium on Wednesday night to hear Professors Adrian Burgos, Jr. of the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign and Frank Guridy of Columbia University discuss the cultural and racial significance of baseball’s history in the United States. Guridy specifically focused on his research into the significance of stadiums in baseball’s cultural history, whereas Burgos examined the legacy of Roberto Clemente, right fielder for the Pittsburgh...

The End of An Era

Randy Ollie, Sports Editor

October 30, 2015

Filed under SPORTS, Sports Editorials & Features

As another exciting NBA season unfolds, I can’t help but recognize the hard truth: This may well be Kobe Bryant’s final season with the Los Angeles Lakers, as well as his final year in the league. The prolific shooting guard has been a global basketball icon for nearly two decades, and his fame and reputation transcend multiple generations of basketball fans. Bryant’s jersey currently ranks as the fourth most popular NBA jersey and ranks in the top 10 of the most famous sports jerseys of all time. Heck, if you ever see someone trying to shoot their trash into the garbage bin, you can probably hear them muttering “Kobe” under their breath. As much as Bryant’s brand and fame have grown over the years,...

One Man’s Three-Man Job

Sarena Malsin, Sports Editor

October 9, 2015

Filed under SPORTS, Sports Editorials & Features

European professional soccer leagues are cutthroat, with each team constantly jockeying for higher rankings and greater popularity on and off the field. But the ball defi­nitely isn’t the only thing being passed around. Aside from the actual game of soccer, there is also a game of strategy constantly in play within these leagues, one which involves the movement of money, play­ers and staff to build the most successful team. Teams in crisis are most guilty of these shadow games, as they are constantly strug­gling to stay relevant in the competitive atmosphere of European professional soccer. Liverpool F.C. recently shoul­dered its way to the forefront when it fired its manager Bren­dan Rodgers and replaced him...

Waiting for Superman

Randy Ollie, Sports Editor

October 2, 2015

Filed under SPORTS, Sports Editorials & Features

If you held your ear to the ground this past Tuesday, you probably caught the echoes of exasperation from Chicago. Once again, former NBA Rookie of the Year and 2011 MVP Derrick Rose has been injured — so severely, in fact, that he was rushed into surgery Wednesday morning to repair a left orbital fracture resulting from an elbow to the face in practice the day before. Any Bulls fan or NBA junkie will tell you that this does not look good for the start of the season or Rose’s health for its duration — it’s a bleak prospect for such a promising player. Even more frustrating is that, with this latest ailment, Rose has now officially been injured in every region of his body. The most serious of these started...

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