The Oberlin Review

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...

Congress Loses Sight

Jackie McDermott, Sports Editor

March 3, 2017

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...

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...

Lifetime Promotes NWSL

Jackie McDermott, Sports Editor

February 17, 2017

Game 7 of the 2014 World Series. The Golden State Warriors’ Championship-clinching Game 6 victory over LeBron James’ Cleveland Cavaliers. The 2015 FIFA Women’s World Cup. Which one had the most viewers? Hint: The answer will defy the myth that no one watches women’s sports. While two of the biggest games in baseball and basketball had 23 million viewers, an astonishing 25 million Americans tuned in to watch Abby Wambach and Carli Lloyd hoist the FIFA Women’s World Cup trophy as the United States triumphed over Japan to secure its third world championship. Now, those viewers will have a new platform where they can watch their favorite women’s soccer stars. Earlier this month, the National Women’s Soccer...

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....

Longevity Shines in Tennis

Jackie McDermott, Sports Editor

February 3, 2017

“Thirty-fun.” That’s how Serena Williams referred to her age in post-match interviews on Saturday. Only one number was on her mind earlier that day as she took the court to face her sister Venus in the Australian Open final. It wasn’t her age — which is 35, by the way. It wasn’t the number one — the ranking she could steal back from Angelique Kerber, who had made an early exit in Melbourne, Australia. It was one magic number, narrowly missed by Steffi Graf, untouched by any other in the Open era, and finally achieved by Williams, the 2017 Australian Open champion: 23. The 23rd victory wave. The 23rd shining silver chalice. Her 23rd Grand Slam title. A number that makes Williams the winningest player...

Athletes Voice Dissent with New Administration

Jack Brewster, Columnist

February 3, 2017

Donald Trump’s controversial executive orders — most notably his refugee and majority Muslim-country-travel ban imposed Jan. 27 — have incited protests from all corners of the country and from every race, gender and religion. Hollywood and Broadway stars, executives of major corporations and countless politicians on both sides of the aisle have already been highly critical of Trump’s actions early in his presidency. A growing number of athletes have also begun speaking out against Trump during the election, persistently dissenting during the first days of his presidency. Recently, more and more professional athletes have worked to inspire social change both on and off the field. If dissent among athletes continues...

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...

Asiya Empowers Athletes

Jackie McDermott, Sports Editor

December 2, 2016

Hijab-wearing Muslim athletes received some much-needed good news on Monday. A duo of women entrepreneurs announced that they will release a line of hijabs made of a breathable material that absorbs sweat, empowering some Muslim athletes to play more comfortably. Fatimah Hussein, a Somali immigrant and founder of a girls’ sports non-profit, and her business partner, Jamie Glover, founded the modest sportswear company Asiya to meet the demand from the ever-growing number of Muslim girls and women participating in athletics. With this news, the sportswear market promotes a trend of visibility and acceptance of Muslim athletes that has slowly taken hold in the sports world. But that progress is in danger given...

Keep Doping Consequences Heavy

Jackie McDermott, Sports Editor

November 11, 2016

Tennis’ darling played dumb and received a reprieve. Maria Sharapova’s suspension for meldonium use was reduced from two years to 15 months by the Court of Arbitration of Sport on Oct. 4 because the organization believes Sharapova didn’t intend to cheat. She claims she wasn’t aware that the drug she was taking had become banned. In trimming the tennis star’s suspension, CAS sent the message that, if a player takes a drug with the intent of enhancing performance but claims they weren’t aware that it was banned, they can weasel their way out of her punishment. Further, CAS disrespected the International Tennis Federation by reversing its decision on Sharapova’s case. This opens the door for players...

Stacking Sullies NBA

Darren Zaslau, Sports Editor

November 4, 2016

The 2015–2016 Golden State Warriors polished off their best NBA regular season ever with a record of 73–9. Led by star point guard and two-time MVP Stephen Curry, last year’s Warriors were just about as perfect as a basketball team can be. Enter Kevin Durant. Adding a seven-time All-Star, former MVP and four-time scoring titleholder to the mix makes the Warriors virtually untouchable and destined to rack up lopsided victories against teams who just can’t compete. As the general viewership of sports decreases, stacking teams in the NBA is not helping the situation. The only way to combat the imminent fan disinterest is through a stricter salary cap. Currently, the NBA salary cap is $94.14 million, up...

Fernández Never Forgotten

Darren Zaslau, Sports Editor

October 7, 2016

José Fernández was one of the best pitchers in the history of the Miami Marlins. Posting a 16–8 overall record with a 2.86 earned-run average this season, the star right-handed pitcher will always be remembered for his dominance on the mound. And while Fernández’s on-field presence will never be forgotten, his charity work, community involvement and inspiration shines an even brighter light on the legacy that he leaves behind after his tragic death at the age of 24. After a high-speed boating accident off the coast of Miami Beach on September 25 killed Fernández, baseball fans across the world were shocked. A first-round pick in the 2011 Major League Baseball Draft, Fernández had the determination and talent...

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