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Hengwei (David) Zhang 3/04/19 CW 112 The Trial of American Football “You Knock My Brains Out This Sunday and I knock Your Brains Out the Next Time We Meet” is an chapter excerpt from Against Football (2014) written by Steve Almond Steve who applies his intimate experience of being an American football fan to the ultimate discussion of the brutality as well as the lack of morality in the game of American football. This piece of writing contained many controversial viewpoints of the danger of football between the NFL runners, football players, and the audience who all contribute to the success of the game equally but also the lack of ethics within it. At a more intimate level, through almond’s reflection on his childhood the audience can initially perceive how the thrill and barbarity of the sport also depicted his relationship with two of his brothers as they turned their “brotherhood into a a furious little fortress.” (Citation) As the argument expands, Almond states with reference that the countless injuries occured in these games were purely a byproduct of the how the game of footable operates and that many of the medical research papers have suggested that there is a growing amount of potential evidence suggesting that playing football could cause severe traumatic injuries to the human body through many of those unintended minor concussion. Furthermore, Almond summarizes the dispute between the medical fields and the committee of NFL about the death rates, life longevity as well as the mental states of the former football players. With such dispute, Almonds personally criticizes the NFL for disregarding the detrimental consequences of its beloved game and that the profit it is making from TV broadcasting is undeniably large and it ulizes a certain privilege in the media industry to correct the influence of negative mental dagames that the game passes on to its players In Almond’s mind, the NFL is somewhat fraudulent for the propergandations they do towards football and that they are degrading the game’s brand image. In the end, Almond sees the fanboys as the ones who barely confront any moral meaning of the research there is and often connect the damaged brains,which corrupt the human personality and longevity, to the player’s own behaviors caused by taking drugs or under other influences. Almond finishes the piece with his purpose to influence and exhort the fans to prevent the extreme obsession with the game and relate to more of the ethical codes that could promote more healthier habits to the game across the board. Almond’s piece is very much of an epiphery to me as it introduced me to the similarity between the game of football and the functionality of modern society. The argument for football is more intriguing for me to expand on because I perceive myself as an outsider to the game of football that has been guarded by the American culture since the start and with my first year experience
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Hengwei (David) Zhang 3/04/19 CW 112
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  • Spring '08
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  • American football

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