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In Is It Time to Retire the Football Helmet Reed Albergotti and Shirley S Wang writers for the Wall Street Journal argue that despite the problems caused by the helmet nothing will be done because Americans wont settle for a safer game Without the violence we would lose the thrill of the game The authors start by telling the reader the history of the football helmet basically what the original purpose was They continue by arguing that the risk of having the helmet is outweighed by the benefits just because with the helmets players feel invincible The authors then compare football with similar sports that dont use the helmet such as rugby and by doing this they remind us of the benefit of taking away the helmet They further validate their argument by laying out the rules and showing that there are safety rules in place they just arent as enforced as they should be Then by asserting that without the helmet schools and players will save money since helmets are so expensive but that leads into the suggestion of why they dont try to make a better helmet In conclusion they say that ultimately people wont sacrifice the safety of their beloved reckless football players because the game just wouldnt be the sameThe argument that the Albergotti and Wang lay out in Is It Time to Retire the Football Helmet is very eye opening and incredibly effective The authors did a very good job of setting the arguments against their claim Then at the end threw in that despite all of this valid evidence against the helmet Americans ultimately wont do anything to get rid of this unnecessary risk just because it would change the game they have grown to loveThe authors begin their argument by telling the reader the history of the helmet Why was the helmet added to football in the first
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