The Oberlin Review

Sieze the Draft

Maxwell Sugarman, Sports Editor

April 26, 2013

Filed under SPORTS, Sports Editorials & Features

The offseason can be a long and arduous journey for the NFL fan. Thursdays and Sundays feel empty and jerseys sit unworn in the closet. While one might be inclined to just give up and hibernate for the seven months between the Super Bowl and next season’s opening game, there exists one brief respite from the monotony and tedium of sports with spherically shaped balls. No, it’s not the NFL Scouting Combine. It may be fun to watch the quarterbacks awkwardly run the forty-yard dash, but it doesn’t get the blood flowing in the way NFL fans crave. The event I am talking about is the NFL Draft. I understand the draft can bit intimidating. Mel Kiper’s hair aside, the excessive analysis of random player measurements...

Beware the Ides of March

Maxwell Sugarman, Sports Editor

March 8, 2013

Filed under SPORTS, Sports Editorials & Features

This is a tough time for fans of professional sports. There’s not much going on in the sports world right now: football is over, and the draft is months away; spring training has just begun in Major League Baseball, and the National Basketball Association is slowly moving through the mid-season doldrums toward the playoffs. Things are so rough for sports fans that people have resorted to checking hockey scores. Hockey?! Yes, March is definitely the most boring time of year in professional sports. The die-hard NBA fan will try to convince you that this time of year is great for basketball, that mid-season battles for first place will translate into exciting playoff races. This is a difficult claim to support, however,...

Postseason Prodigies

Maxwell Sugarman, Sports Editor

February 8, 2013

Filed under SPORTS, Sports Editorials & Features

There was something eerily familiar about Joe Flacco and the Baltimore Ravens’ 2012 championship season. The whole ride was so similar to that of the 2011 New York Giants that Flacco must have been channeling his inner Eli Manning. Both quarterbacks were mocked at the beginning of the season for ambitious conceptions of their skill levels — Manning ranked himself as an elite quarter- back and Flacco claimed to be the best in the NFL — and both went on to justify those comments. Both barely made the playoffs, Giants at 9–7 and Ravens at 10–6, and both took their teams on wild playoff runs, putting up good numbers in the process. The question is exposed: Who led their team to victory in a more impressive fashion? A...

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