Boxing, an official sanctioned sport in the early 20th century, is a sport that is known as one of the most violent and physically demanding sports on the earth. Professional boxers that get paid to fight must be in top shape in order to preform at the highest level. Being a professional boxer is a tough life. Boxers train hard for many months leading up to one fight and either win, lose, knock out the opponent or even get knocked out. The sport has been around for centuries, but has most recently taken off over the last 100 years. It is a multibillion dollar industry with fighters taking home hundreds of thousands of dollars if not even millions of dollars for big matches. In his novel Papa Jack, Roberts tells the story of the famous African American boxer Jack Johnson. He details the boxers rise to fame and fortune and his downward spiral that would soon follow. In Papa Jack, Roberts displays life of a professional boxer through firsthand accounts with events that happened during Johnson’s life and shows how boxing not only influenced his life but also how he influenced the African American community.
But alas, Miss Sifferlin's goal wasn't to be logical or analytical. The goal of her paper is to appeal to parents and coaches about the ramifications of letting kids “play through pain”. Sadness wells up for the amount of children affected by concussions, worry for their safety, and hope that more precautions will be taken. It's not the most delicate of subjects to talk about, but it is one that she broaches with the same type of seriousness and finesse that most will find refreshing.
Steve Almond’s story “You Knock my Brains out This Sunday and I Knock Your Brains out the Next Time we Meet” speaks to the underlying truth about America’s Sunday pastime and how concussions can be prevented not only by the industry, but by its viewers as well. Football is well known after having been brought to the public’s eye as study after study was released proving that there was a link from football to head injuries. Although in our modern society we have already subconsciously made the connection between football and concussions. The fact that this problem is not decreasing, could be surprising, as the lack of understanding about who has control and the ability to influence change. We hear that football helmets and pads, are getting better, but that does not stop concussions. We do not hear how helmets make players feel and change their play style based on the feeling of invincibility that people feel while wearing a helmet. Pads and helmets do help protect the players but false senses of security due to lack of knowledge on what
Adam Goodes is an Indigenous Australian famous for being a player for the Sydney Swans team in the Australian Football League (AFL). Being a well-known AFL player and also winning Australian of the year for his charity work with indigenous youth, Adam Goodes can be considered as a high profile Indigenous person. Throughout his career, he has used his status as a platform to address racial discrimination towards indigenous peoples within Australia, as he himself has received public discriminatory racial slurs. Through sport and community work – Adam Goodes has transformed indigenous culture, by challenging its race relations and empowering the next generation of Indigenous role models. Indigenous Australians continue to have an ongoing resistance to the processes of colonisation and also of emphasizing an indigenous presence within Australia.
Millions of people worldwide take part as spectators to the sport of prize fighting: better known as boxing. In a 1962 essay entitled “Who Killed Benny Paret?” the author, Norman Cousins, writes about the dangers that come with the sport of boxing. He especially talks about a match that resulted in the death of a boxer named Benny Paret. Cousins argues that boxing is just a show of violence and that boxers put themselves in the ring just for the simple purpose of entertaining a crowd. Even though investigations reflect the role of the referee, Paret’s manager, and the doctor’s examinations as the main cause of Paret’s death, Cousins blames Paret’s death on the people that attends boxing matches to see a man get hurt or knockout because he
Paragraph 1 – TEEP On the 29th The article uses compelling first hand evidence of Adam Goodes quoting on the topic of the article from an optimistic angle to persuade the reader to agree with the article. The images accompanying the article show Goodes looking positive and proud, the second image giving a visual of the article itself. Goodes is further described as being a “legend” and “winning the admiration and respect of people around Australia.” This use of selective language aids the journalist’s point of view on the athlete. This article displays Goodes as being a commendable repient for the Australian of the Year Award for his “anti-racism advocacy and youth work,” both inside and outside his sporting career.
By introducing this quote, Oates audience can reflect on the feeling of how daunting boxing can be and gives the persuasion to her audience of the dangers in boxing. In addition, Oates introduces the social aspect of how sport has impacted Muhammed Ali, that shows her audience the external aspect of boxing is cruel as well. By providing the anecdote of Ali and his refusal to join the army, her argument becomes stronger, thus showing the shadowed aspect of boxing, “Man, I ain’t got no quarrel with them Vietcong.” (Ali, 627) Ruth Cullham said it best, “Knowing what to write goes hand in hand with knowing how to write,” (Cullham, 554) explaining in his article the best way to present the best argument in a narrative and Oates format throughout her piece exemplifies this statement. In turn, Oates conveys her argument with narration throughout the text hence making her argument successful.
Firstly, McGrath defends the argument that football does not have a future. After introducing his topic with a story of his first football game and first favorite player, he uses this to present this question, “Was Ironhead a role model for a sport with no future?” This question introduces the topic and also sets the mood for the duration of the article. He gives several examples of football players with traces of chronic traumatic encephalopathy (C.T.E.) in their brains. This condition is what results from a person who has had a multitude of concussions or
To start off, conditioning and practicing is a necessary part of football. Conditioning is when you physically make your body stronger and more equipped for a sport. In the article “ How Dangerous is High School Football?”, it stated that “ ...because we observed high levels of ankle and knee injuries, we recommend increased conditioning of ankles and knees and rule changes aimed on protecting these vulnerable body sites.” This sentence from the article is a prime example on how football is safe because they are helping the vulnerable and weaker parts of your body stay protected, which in doing so helps prevent injuries. This shows how they are not only tackling big issues, but small issues as well. Not only is conditioning a big role in football, practice is also required for the game. Practicing helps players learn the game of football in a safe way. According to the article “Hard Knocks”, “... one recent study found out
American football has been a well-known sport for over 140 years. The first college game ever played was between the Rutgers and Princeton. Little did they know about the risk that occurs when playing a physical contact sport. Some common risk that is associated with playing football is the chance
Football and its Effects Football players are the heroes of the screens during the Super Bowl season. The rah-rah spirit is the sound that Americans express as an encouragement to their favorite football teams. Their enthusiastic supports motivate football players to play harder, but also sacrifice their bodies to win and
“I am a fat boy at heart, so it is challenging going on diets”, the athlete complains to me. I ask what his favorite dishes are, and as he let me know what they are his mouth was nearly watering. His most important conflict or dilemma is that Adrian purposely forfeiting fights. His opponent’s manager or promoter proposes large amounts of money to throw a match. “The money is very tempting and can change my life very much, but my love of boxing takes over temptation”, the pro boxer admits to me. He also said in a chill way that he does not worry about those situations that much any more because he has camaraderie for himself. “It happens to many other boxers like myself all the time so it is something I get used to”, he states. Adrian has not been on the top of his game lately, but he is clairvoyant to his bright future in his career. My personal interview with professional boxer Adrian Dub is just the beginning of why image, family, and money affect boxers that choose to forfeit
I’m free to be who I want.” Ali left and the title went to a new champion and he defended it until Ali got back. When he did get back he went straight for the heavyweight crown. His most brutal fight yet was against Joe Frazier. The fight lasted fifteen of the most grueling, brutal rounds the celebrity-studded crown had ever seen. “The physical toll of the fight was visible, Frazer’s face, misshapen and skinned, looked unfathomable.”(Lipsyte pg 96) Ali’s never quit attitude got him this far and “no one had ever doubled his speed or his talent, but his courage in the ring”( Lipsyte pg 96), his heart could not be topped. They expected Joe to plan his feet and pound away, offering up his own bumpy face in sacrifice for eventual victory. In a brutal end Joe’s hand was raised in victory, but Clay wouldn't stand for it,”Joe if you beat me this time, you’ll really be the greatest,”(Lipsyte pg 98) the past champ said in
Although we participate in wrestling, we were inspired by one of the greatest athletes of all time, Muhammad Ali, and his encounter with the Civil Rights movement as well as his exchange of religion. As partners, we decided to research Ali after one of our wrestling practices. After hearing Ali sing “stand by me” on the speaker during practice we decided to watch I am Ali, a documentary on his life. We realized that he majorly encountered Civil Rights during his life. We were truly inspired and astonished when we analyzed his life in depth. This was because he went through so many struggles in and out of the ring. Using events in Ali’s life, such as his exchange in religion and his numerous encounters with his fans, we connected the story of Muhammad Ali to the National History Day theme.
II. The humiliation, and dishonor the boxing match plays out to be IM has had no voice in whether or not he wanted to enter the boxing ring, or participate in the battle royal. In Tewarie’s article we learn that the Battle