The Oberlin Review

Cool or Drool: NBA Takes on Twitter

Dan Bisno, Columnist

February 10, 2017

Social media reveals unfiltered opinions and the true personalities of our favorite players in a way that interviews and journalistic pieces cannot. Current Los Angeles Clippers point guard Jamaal Crawford once inspiringly took to Twitter to write, “Thinking too much is the gift and the curse.” Filtered or unfiltered? Using the NBA as a case study, we can examine the significant impact of social media on a professional sports league. In 2009, the NBA introduced its notorious social media fine, which coincided with the largest increase in tweets of any year. Twitter is free for the masses, but to NBA stars, it costs at least a $25,000 subscription per year if they expect to get fined. The NBA imposes social...

Cool or Drool: MLB’s New Luxury Tax Levels Playing Field

Dan Bisno, Columnist

December 9, 2016

Sports fans always want to believe that their team has the same shot at winning as any other. While we all know “fairness” is not clear cut, perhaps no factor influences the outcomes of professional sports leagues more than the politics of player compensation. While most leagues have shifted toward a salary cap or restricted payroll, MLB continues to host massive payroll differentials between teams of varied financial capabilities. The league’s new contract-bargaining agreement was reached on Nov. 30, and while it will not include the long-awaited salary cap when it takes effect in 2017, it includes a stronger luxury tax that should level the financial playing field. In 2016, teams were allowed to pay their...

Castro Stunted Cuban Baseball Growth

Jack Brewster, Columnist

December 2, 2016

Former Cuban leader Fidel Castro, one of the most prominent and controversial leaders of the past century, died last Friday at the age of 90. For all the things Castro believed in that stood in opposition to the U.S., there was always one glaring irony — Castro loved our national pastime: baseball. The Cuban leader was a frequent attendee of games around Cuba and adored playing baseball as well. There are many photos of Castro in full baseball uniform, elated to be on the diamond. As The New York Times noted in their obituary for Castro Friday, only five days after the leader rose to power in 1959, he played a game with his fellow revolutionaries. The team was named Los Barbudos — the Bearded Ones — after Ca...

Concussions Underscore Football’s Safety Issues

Jack Brewster, Columnist

November 11, 2016

Nebraska quarterback Tommy Armstrong Jr. receives the snap, drops back, scans left and right and is immediately under pressure. Two Ohio State University defensive linemen are closing in fast. Armstrong abandons the pocket and bolts for an opening in the throng of gargantuan bodies before him. He gets the first down and keeps running. But before he can safely run out of bounds, Ohio State safety Malik Hooker catapults himself into Armstrong’s legs, upending the quarterback. He flies through the air and crashes to the ground, his head taking the brunt of the force as his neck snaps backwards. Armstrong, a catalyst for a struggling Nebraska offense just seconds before, lays motionless on the ground, unconscious. Moments...

From Curses to Recluses: World Series Features Captivating Characters

Jack Brewster, Columnist

October 28, 2016

Editor’s Note: The Oberlin Review’s policy is to avoid calling the Cleveland baseball team by its name due to its derogatory nature and racist caricature. Towards the end of the beloved baseball movie Field of Dreams, Terence Mann, played by actor James Earl Jones, delivers a poignant soliloquy on the game’s enduring appeal. “The one constant through all the years, Ray, has been baseball,” intones Jones in his signature baritone. “America has rolled by like an army of steamrollers. It's been erased like a blackboard, rebuilt and erased again. But baseball has marked the time. This field, this game, is a part of our past, Ray.” Baseball fans everywhere recite this quote the way literature scholar...

Cool or Drool: Cavaliers Give Championship Ring to David Blatt

Dan Bisno, Columnist

September 23, 2016

Cleveland Cavaliers fans are still enjoying the high from the end of the city’s 52-year championship drought. But one crucial member of the championship run still cannot quite stomach the win: former Head Coach David Blatt. The Cavs, pretending that Blatt is not still fuming at the sight of anything with the word Cleveland on it, just announced that they will give him a championship ring at the end of October — less than one year after firing him in one of the most bizarre coaching changes in NBA history. Blatt was brought on as the head coach for the 2014–15 season after the Cavaliers suffered a disappointing 33–49 record fronted by point guard Kyrie Irving. Shortly after Blatt was hired, the Cavaliers...

Game’s Visuals Marred by Clumsy Controls

Avi Vogel, Columnist

April 8, 2016

Walking up a set of stairs embedded into a mountain, the environment changes. Pink skies and green-blue grass shift to light blue air and snow-covered ground. Before I enter the new area, I move myself around the edges of the mountaintop, seeing what secrets I can find. As I saunter toward the lip of the cliff, the camera pans forward and reveals the massive decaying head of a titan, its lifeless hand clinging to the ledge. I sit still, forgetting the controller in my hand, the music and visuals dragging me into the world. Then, I walk through the door, start the next fight and die because an attack that looks like it shouldn’t connect does. I start the dungeon over. That, in a nutshell, has been my entire experience...

‘SUPERHOT’ a Minimalist Take on Shooter Genre

‘SUPERHOT’ a Minimalist Take on Shooter Genre

March 11, 2016

I pop into a level. First things first — get to the enemy at the end of the hall. I weave through a hail of bullets, swinging my sword to cut through the occasional one I can’t avoid. I throw my sword at the enemy, shattering his polygonal frame and causing his gun to fly towards me. I snatch it from mid air and crack off two shots, perfectly aimed at the enemies still behind me. Out of ammo, I throw the handgun against the final katana-wielding enemy before he can slice me. The gun shatters...

In Devil Daggers, Survival a Simple but Daunting Task

Avi Vogel, Columnist

February 26, 2016

They’re chasing me. I turn around to fire off a quick spread shot of daggers with a single click of my mouse, vaporizing three of the dozens of giant floating skulls. The bright orange of my projectiles illuminates just enough space for me to see the hovering red gem just offstage. But just as I start running toward it, a hoarse laughter echoes from behind and a twin-horned skull takes me out. The screen goes dark. I look at the time. The counter reads 65.4782 seconds — not bad, but I can do better. I tap the R key and promise myself: just one more run. This is the essence of Devil Daggers, a first-person shooter that came out last week for PC. You control a hand, which may or may not be attached to ...

Con Opens Doors to College Musicians with New Jazz Ensemble

Sam Rueckert

February 19, 2016

As an aspiring musician who has recently committed to taking every possible musical opportunity, I now realize that I have very little experience with auditioning. Yesterday I went to my second real audition since I’ve gotten to Oberlin. My friend Justin invited me to audition to drum in a jazz combo for which he is the pianist. The combo is a new experiment for the Conservatory: It’s the first Conservatory-sponsored jazz ensemble consisting of only College students. I knew I would be competing against my friend Cole for the place in the combo. Having seen Cole drum before, I was pretty certain that I wouldn’t have much of a chance at winning the spot. I’ve practiced a lot this year and have gotten confident...

Political Issues Weigh Down Action Film

Christian Bolles, Columnist

September 11, 2015

Content Warning: This review discusses violent and potentially offensive themes that may be disturbing to some readers. In order to properly instill fear in the audience, horror and action filmmakers exploit deep sources of paranoia and thrust them onto the screen. This leverage of the human psyche often manifests itself as a masked man with a knife or a bloodthirsty beast; the former plays on our knowledge of the potential cruelty of other humans and the latter on our wariness of the unknown. No Escape weighs both of these options and settles for a not-so-happy medium. This decision gives rise to one of the greatest narrative miscalculations in recent memory. Brothers John and Drew Dowdle, who wrote and directe...

Western Yoga Practices Prove Problematic

Isabel Hulkower, Columnist

May 8, 2015

If you’ve ever wandered into a mat exercise class thinking you were in for something easy and left in extreme pain, you are not alone. Low-impact exercise classes like yoga and pilates have gained major popularity, and their benefits include but are not limited to: being easy on the joints (no jumping), promoting stretching and flexibility and the employment of isometric holds. Pilates is a style of exercise that emphasizes alignment and core strength to help train the body. It was dreamed up by the illustrious Joseph Pilates, who was born in Germany in 1883. He developed an interest in exercise in his youth and began truly refining his craft when he was confined in a British internment camp during World War I. During...

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