The Oberlin Review

Show Me the Money

Sarena Malsin, Sports Editor

April 8, 2016

This might be a shocking statement to throw down, so bear with me here: The professional sports world is rife with sexism. Recently, the U.S. Women’s National Team, already known for speaking out against homophobia and various unfair sporting practices, did something about it. On Wednesday, March 30, five popular, professional soccer players on the USWNT — goalkeeper Hope Solo, co-captains Carli Lloyd and Becky Sauerbrunn, forward Alex Morgan and midfielder Megan Rapinoe — filed a federal complaint to accuse U.S. Soccer, the U.S.’s soccer governing body, of wage discrimination. On top of having to use inferior facilities and being generally overlooked by an organization created to ensure regularity and safety...

Turf Wars

Sarena Malsin, Sports Editor

December 11, 2015

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,...

Wambach Withdrawal

Sarena Malsin, Sports Editor

November 6, 2015

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,...

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