style of play. Through dribbling the ball single handedly past British defenders and easily scoring, Maradona solely brought pride and respect to the Argentinean nation. It is best stated in the article. “You can say that this day – and during twenty seconds – Maradona was able to produce the most important performance in the history of Argentinean football. It was done against the English machine, it was done against England… It was the victory of the criollo style.” (Archetti, 157). Through looking at this specific moment, this specific goal, one can see how the importance of sport transcends far past what happens on the field. This was a goal that helped to define Argentina as a nation on an international level. Maradona showed what it meant to be Argentinean, what it meant to play with a criollo style, and that this style could produce success against those that were once dominant within the game. Understanding the importance of Maradona and his goal is another way in which sport can be rhetorical. Sports can be fun, interesting, and compelling to watch. They can bring forth emotions of passion, love, and in some unfortunate cases, hatred when things are not going ‘your’ way. However, through understanding articles, such as those from Thomas Oates and Eduardo Archetti, one can better understand the ways in which sports contain a deeper meaning. Whether it be through looking at the ways in which the NFL draft 4
brings forth power and racial struggles, or through comprehending the ways in which Maradona brought pride to an entire nation as a result of the success of the criollo style, it is clear to see that sports are, have always been, and will most likely always be, studied through a rhetorical perspective. Works Cited 1. Archetti, Eduardo P. "The Spectacle of a Heroic Life: Diego Maradona." (1999): 151-62. Print. 2. Oates, Thomas. "The Erotic Gaze in the NFL Draft." Communication and Critical/Cultural Studies 4.1 (2007): 74-90. Print. 5
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