The Oberlin Review

Darren Zaslau (left) and Jackie McDermott

In The Locker Room with Sports Editors

May 5, 2017

This week, the Review’s Sports editors, Jackie McDermott and Darren Zaslau, sat down with each other to reflect on a year of covering Oberlin athletics, favorite memories of the Review and the best and most challenging parts of the job. This interview has been edited for length and clarity. Darren Zaslau: What’s been the most rewarding part of being a Sports editor for The Oberlin Review? JM: I think it’s been really nice when we’ve gotten positive feedback from our stories and differ...

Baseball Should Embrace Growth

Darren Zaslau, Sports Editor

May 5, 2017

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...

Tribune Bridges Divide

Darren Zaslau, Sports Editor

April 7, 2017

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...

Monique Newton (left) and Lilah Drafts-Johnson.

In The Locker Room with Women’s Track and Field

March 31, 2017

In The Locker Room with Lilah Drafts-Johnson and Monique Newton This week, the Review sat down with junior sprinter/jumper Lilah Drafts-Johnson and junior thrower Monique Newton to talk about the women’s team’s first outright conference championship in school history, the duo’s experiences competing at Nationals and their expectations for the outdoor season. In the NCAA Division III Indoor Championship, Newton shattered records across the board, placing first in the nation at shot put an...

Krzyzewski Should Bench Grayson Allen for Aggressive Play

Darren Zaslau, Sports editor

March 10, 2017

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...

Liz Amber (left) and Mia Battle

In The Locker Room with Women’s Lacrosse

March 3, 2017

This week, the Review sat down with women’s lacrosse first-year midfielders Mia Battle and Eliza Amber to discuss their rookie season, offseason training and the eight-person senior class leadership. Last season, the Yeowomen finished 10–7 overall and 4­–4 in North Coast Athletic Conference competition, falling to The College of Wooster in a heartbreaking 14–13 loss to keep them out of the NCAC tournament. The squad ranked fourth in the conference’s preseason poll and earned its first wi...

Rule Changes Ruining Baseball

Darren Zaslau, Sports Editor

February 24, 2017

Whether it’s eating ice cream at the ballpark on a hot summer day with your family or watching a diving catch on ESPN’s Top Ten Plays, baseball memories always last. But the game that everyone grew up watching is about to drastically change for the worse. Major League Baseball proposed several rule changes to increase the speed of the game and create more offense on Feb. 6. The MLB wanted the strike zone to be raised two inches to the top of the hitter’s knees, for intentional walks to no longer require the pitcher to nonchalantly throw four balls out of the strike zone and for pitchers to be on a 20-second pitch clock. Though the speed of play needs improvement, it’s important for the league to understa...

In The Locker Room with Men's Lacrosse

In The Locker Room with Men’s Lacrosse

February 17, 2017

This week the Review sat down with men’s lacrosse seniors Kinori Rosnow and Eric Hager to discuss their enthusiasm for the upcoming season, the impact they expect rook­ies and sophomores to have on the team and the ways the squad has changed since last year. This interview has been edited for length and clarity. How excited are you and the team for the upcoming season? Kinori Rosnow: Extremely. We have a very different dynamic this year, and I’m excited to see how that translates to...

Media Spurs Sports Drama

Darren Zaslau, Sports Editor

February 10, 2017

The 2017 NFL postseason was filled with non-stop drama. While the competitive play on the field is usually the center of conversation among the national sports media, this season was different. Turn on ESPN, Fox Sports or any other sports channel and you will see headlines like “BoatGate” or “FacebookGate” in reference to the off-field actions of New York Giants wide receiver Odell Beckham Jr. and Pittsburgh Steelers wide receiver Antonio Brown. While numerous sports broadcasters believe that these players’ actions were ill-advised, it’s truly unreasonable for the media to discuss these scandals ad nauseam and blame the Steelers’ and Giants’ playoff losses on the minor transgressions of these athletes....

Abby Andrews (bottom) and Tyler Parlor

In The Locker Room with Women’s Basketball

February 3, 2017

This week the Review sat down with junior guard Tyler Parlor and junior forward Abby Andrews to discuss the team’s midseason improvements, recent attrition and the impact that their rookies have made throughout the season. The juniors help lead a Yeowomen squad that has earned an NCAA Division III-best 150 blocks this season. This interview has been edited for length and clarity. Q: How has the season gone so far? Tyler Parlor: I would say the season so far has been a journey. We’ve b...

NHL Bets on Vegas

Darren Zaslau, Sports Editor

December 9, 2016

When people think of Las Vegas, they usually picture massive casinos, enticing slot machines and skyscraping hotels. But Sin City’s image may change soon. With the addition of the NHL’s new expansion team, the Vegas Golden Knights, and the potential of an NFL franchise arriving in the future, it’s fair to say that Las Vegas could become America’s new sports city. Excitement for the Golden Knights’ inaugural season has started to spread despite their first game being around 11 months away. Following the NHL’s June 22 announcement that Las Vegas won the expansion bid, the Golden Knights sold over 14,000 season tickets inside their future home, T-Mobile Arena, which seats 17,500 fans. Two weeks ago, the team...

Feature Photo: Heisman Club Gathers in D.C.

Feature Photo: Heisman Club Gathers in D.C.

December 9, 2016

Oberlin Athletics alumni and members of the Heisman Club gathered in Washington, D.C., for a happy hour and networking event last Thursday. Heisman Club President-elect Carla White-Freyvogel, OC ’79, and Molly Powers and Jack Evans, both OC ’16, hosted the event. Delta Lodge Director of Athletics Natalie Winkelfoos represented the athletics department at the event. Attendees discussed the Heisman Club’s “OC Next” campaign, which encourages alumni, parents and friends to continue their support...

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