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February 2 2000 Sports Rhetoric Knowing I had this assignment to complete I was planning on watching the Super Bowl alone Then I got invited to a Super Bowl party and I could not refuse the opportunity to go out and socialize with my friends I was sick the past week and was starved for some human contact I am not really a football fan but this was Super Bowl Sunday one of the biggest parties of the year So I went to my friends house armed with my notebook and was ready to analyze the game Soon more and more people showed up They were all male all college students and all athletes I do not think I need to explain much of what happened but I will say this I did not hear what the sportscasters had to say and we were all more entertained by the commercials snowball fights and the new puppy than we were by the football game To quote Linda Fuller The game itself is oftentimes hardly the point rather it is the parties the people and the products surrounding it Fuller 165 So I lived the Super Bowl experience and for the rhetoric analysis I went to see the film Any Given Sunday Shailer Mathews dean of the Chicago Divinity School once said Football today is a social obsession Football is a boy-killing education-prostituting gladiatorial sport It teaches virility and courage but so does war Fuller 163 Young boys are taught in order to become real men they must be tough and they must like sports From an early age the young men in this country are taught to fight be strong and push down anyone who is in the way Many of the terms used in football are taken from military terminology such as blitz bombs offense defense victories and defeats to name a few Phrases such as ground and air attacks fighting on the
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