Reid WorrelCOMM-140Dr. KurtzFirst Position Paper: Is Sport Rhetorical? Year round, billions of hopeful fans spend countless hours putting off work, school, and relationships to watch their sports teams compete. Sports, for the longest time, have been a source of commonality; a place of escape from the real world, where the best wins and the worst loses. A situation where physicality takes control and a battle of the best ensues, no middle ground, no grey area. Therefore, one can easily see the attractiveness of the many games played around our world. Young kids can watch, hoping to one day be as good as the athletes on TV; and adults can understand the wisdom and effort it takes to succeed on such a high level. However, is it fair to simply leave the idea of sport at that fundamental level? While many, including myself, would prefer to just see sports as a game, too often, sports can be viewed in a much bigger context than just what happens between the lines on a field. Through looking at articles such as that from Thomas Oates and Eduardo Archetti, one can see how big of an impact sports truly have on our communities and nations. Through examining occurrences like the NFL draft, as well as the impacts of national icons such as Diego Maradona, it is clearthat sport brings forth issues of racial struggles through a historical context, homoeroticism, and even helps to create a national identity on an international level, further proving the rhetorical dimensions of sports. It’s April, several of us are gathered in NFL jerseys, excitedly awaiting the arrivalof our new hero; the person who will either keep our teams in playoff contention, or help 1
to bring forth a first winning season in years. It is the NFL draft, and for millions of NFLfans, it is a time of hope and excitement for the season to come. For the athletes awaitingtheir name to be called, it is a time of both nerves and excitement, in which the next chapter of their lives is soon to be defined. However, amid all this excitement, Thomas
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NFL Draft, Diego Maradona, Eduardo Archetti, Thomas Oates, Archetti